Philanthropic & Nonprofit Sectors

Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices

Publication date: 
09/2016
For foundations, there are lots of questions to reflect on when thinking about which evaluation practices best align with their strategy, culture, and mission. How much should a foundation invest in evaluation? What can they do to ensure that the information they receive from evaluation is useful to them? With whom should they share what they have learned
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Examining the 990: An Informative Series on Completing the Form

Publication date: 
08/2016
Examining the 990: An Informative Series on Completing the Form In order to justify their tax-exempt status, every year non-profit organizations must file a 990 form with the IRS. Due to popular demand, The Chronicle has released a series of articles to help readers come away with a better understanding of the form, section-by-section, including how to fill it out, and why it’s so important. Organizations will get valuable information on topics including: Outlining their accomplishments Reporting on contributions Avoiding common missteps Other insider tips
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Sharing What Matters: Foundation Transparency

Publication date: 
03/2016
The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) examined the perspectives of foundation CEOs and learned that there is much agreement on the audiences for their transparency efforts. Foundation CEOs also agree about what they believe is the most important information to share with those audiences.However, foundation practice lags behind CEOs’ beliefs.
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New York Nonprofits in the Aftermath of FEGS: A Call to Action

Publication date: 
02/2016
The state Commission to Examine Nonprofit Human Services Organizations Closures published this report, New York Nonprofits in the Aftermath of FEGS: A Call to Action. The Human Services Council (HSC) convened the commission to examine the systemic problems contributing to the instability of so many nonprofit human services organizations, and we brought together stakeholders from philanthropy, academia, direct service, nonprofit coalitions, and others with nonprofit expertise to reflect on the sector in an effort to deliver thoughtful and succinct recommendations through a nine-month process...
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Regulating Donor Advised Funds

Publication date: 
10/2015
A donor-advised fund is a giving vehicle designed to manage donations on behalf of individuals, families or organizations. DAFs provide a flexible way for donors to give to charities—an alternative to direct giving or creating a private foundation. Donors to DAFs enjoy administrative convenience, tax advantages and cost savings compared to operating a private foundation.

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