Tax-Exemption and Public Policy – Bob Jones University

Bob Jones University v. United States, 461 U.S. 574 (1983), is a landmark case in which the United States Supreme Court held that the IRS had the authority to revoke the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status of Bob Jones University (BJU) based on the university’s racially discriminatory practices that were contrary to public policy. According to The Greenville News, BJU announced it […]

Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 2/17/17

The past week was marked by the resignation of President Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn under the cloud of highly suspicious and likely unlawful communications, as a private citizen, with the Russians regarding U.S. sanctions on Russia; and the Grammy Awards, which also found itself under a cloud, in this case, of cultural bias. […]

Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 2/10/17

The past week was marked by the confirmation of an unqualified Secretary of Education (“but only with the help of a historic tiebreaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence”) and an Attorney General with a history of alleged racist comments and sexist statements and actions. But it will also be known for the birth of the battle cry “Nevertheless, […]

Converting Charities (including Churches) into Dark Money Political Organizations

Would you like charities, including mosques, temples, synagogues, churches and other houses of worship, to be able to give your donations to politicians running for office? Would you like mosques, temples, synagogues, churches and other houses of worship (that are automatically tax-exempt and not required to disclose their financials or their donors) to solicit and use funds to […]

Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 2/3/17

The past week was marked by the heinous Muslim Ban Executive Order and worldwide protests against the action. Have a listen to the Black Eyed Peas’ Where is the Love? while perusing our curated nonprofit tweets of the week: Council of Nonprofits: Yes, America, there is a moral cliff and #nonprofits are its foundation. We can’t […]

Screwtape’s 10 Tips on How to Lead

We’ve welcomed this controversial guest author before, and while we take issue with his suggestions, he unfathomably enjoys tremendous popularity with some segments of the country. With that, here are his 10 tips on how to lead (which he admittedly borrowed from some of his mentors): On Leadership Transition Immediately discredit and tear down all […]

Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 1/27/17

The past week was marked by the extraordinarily powerful Women’s March in Washington DC and throughout the world and the question of what happens next from the new administration and those who are passionately opposed to many of its policies. Have a listen to the flashmob’s I Can’t Keep Quiet while perusing our curated nonprofit tweets of […]

Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 1/20/17

Today, Donald Trump becomes the President of the United States of America “as one of the most unpopular presidents in recent American history … pushing an agenda that most Americans don’t support.” Have a listen to School House Rock – The Constitution while perusing our curated nonprofit tweets of the week: BoardSource: In Times of Change, Board Members Must Be Advocates: […]

Advocacy: An essential board responsibility

[Updated – original version published on July 15, 2015] Advocacy is an essential board responsibility. That’s the new message being espoused by BoardSource in connection with the release of the third edition of Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards. I’ve long asserted that board members should consider whether advocacy (and in some cases lobbying) would be an effective strategy and if […]

Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 1/13/17

The past week was marked by President Obama‘s farewell address, President-Elect Trump‘s denial and denouncement of an unsubstantiated report that said Russia had compromising information about him, Trump’s concession that Russia was probably behind the hacking related to the Presidential election, and Trump’s insistence that he will not divest his business holdings. Have a listen […]