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Independent Sector

Independent Sector Should Stop Pushing Self-Regulation

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Pablo Eisenberg

Asking nonprofits to voluntarily transform their behavior has done little to stomp out the biggest problems in the nonprofit world. The only way to end bad behavior is to pass more stringent laws and to put teeth into enforcing them. That's what Independent Sector should have been asking for when it visited Congress.

Consider the Giraffe, That Improbable Change Agent

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Valerie S. Lies

Can we make the necessary changes, set aside our differences (including the differences in status, influence and power), and still create connective spaces for honest exchanges to take place in order to achieve true change?

The Humbug Factor

Patricia McGuire | Posted 02.22.2014 | College
Patricia McGuire

In this season of giving, let's call out the "humbug factor" that degrades the moral value of charitable gifts as merely self-serving gestures.

Is Corporate Philanthropy Dead as We Know It, or Should It Be?

Senay Ataselim-Yilmaz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Senay Ataselim-Yilmaz

The initiative's difference stands out when corporations realize that they are large enough and have plenty resources and skills to address social problems in our communities. And, the catch line is they can make profit while doing that.

Small Nonprofits: Who's Got Your Back?

Shar McBee | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Shar McBee

The power of a lobbyist working for a huge nonprofit is self-evident (note the NRA) but if you are a small nonprofit, who is pressing your case?

Charities Shouldn't Strive to Speak in Only One Voice

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 12.22.2012 | Impact
Pablo Eisenberg

Nonprofits will never share a broad consensus about which issues are most important. The best that nonprofits can accomplish is to strengthen their individual advocacy and lobbying activities and join with other organizations in coalitions that fight for specific policy changes.

Study About Nonprofit Advocacy Spoiled by Outrageous, Self-Serving Recommendations

Aaron Dorfman | Posted 12.22.2012 | Impact
Aaron Dorfman

It seems likely to me that there are ways to figure out what each organization working on sector-wide advocacy brings to the table and how to improve our collective impact without anointing one organization as the convener.

4 Nonprofit Principles To Guide Deficit Reduction

Diana Aviv | Posted 06.23.2012 | Impact
Diana Aviv

Last week millions of Americans observed the time-honored tradition of waiting until the last possible moment to pay their taxes.

A Conversation with Diana Aviv, President and CEO of Independent Sector

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rahim Kanani

Finding new ways to capture the strength and experience of the Baby Boomers, while still nurturing subsequent generations will be an important challenge ahead.

COF 2010: Foundations Need to Step up Advocacy in Congress

Jane Wales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jane Wales

Foundation leaders can no longer assume that policymakers share their view of the sector's role -- it is up to these leaders to tell philanthropy's story in a way that can be appreciated and understood.

Philanthropy at its Somewhat Myopic: Mistaking Means and Ends

Paul Brest | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul Brest

The most significant of NCRP's grantmaking requirements is that 50 percent of a foundation's grants be for general operating support (GOS) -- unrestricted support for an organization.