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Espada trial grinds down to a (partial) end

After months of speculation and the defendant’s posturing, six weeks of stunning revelation followed by stunning revelation during the trial, and eleven days of acrimonious jury deliberations, former New York State Senator Pedro Espada was finally found guilty of charges that he looted the nonprofit he founded, ran, and kept alive with a steady stream […]

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The Nonprofit Outcomes Toolbox wins 2012 AFP Research Prize

I am pleased to share the official announcement that The Nonprofit Outcomes Toolbox has won the 2012 Association of Fundraising Professionals/Skystone Partners Research Prize Each year since 1990, the AFP Research Council awards the Skystone Partners Prize for Research to the author of a book that contributes substantially to the knowledge and understanding of fundraising […]

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NY Attorney General Announces New Nonprofit Initiatives

Another small step toward tighter control over how nonprofits operate in New York was taken yesterday when the state’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, announced a package of initiatives intended, according to his press release, to “revitalize and reform” New York’s nonprofit sector.  This is no small matter, given that the report contains the eye-opening facts […]

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Cuomo and the Nonprofits

Well…it has, I admit, been a while since I’ve written in these pages; and for that I apologize.  I plead two contributing factors. The first is that I have been (thankfully) busy, mostly in Texas where Barry Silverberg, the president of the Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations, has had me traveling to the Lone Star […]

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Head vs. Heart Based Giving

Ken Berger and I respond here to a piece Ruth McCambridge had in the Nonprofit Quarterly…. Ruth McCambridge’s December 5th article on the Nonprofit Quarterly’s Nonprofit Newswire page, “Donors Give LESS When More Analytic Say Researchers,” is certainly provocative; but it misses a serious point and could give donors, both large and small, the wrong […]

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Cuomo Orders Review of Nonprofit Compensation, Part 6

A strange –some might say “disquieting”- silence has settled in on the Nonprofit Task Force announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo amidst much fanfare back in August.  It will be recalled by readers of these pages that quickly following a New York Times story that recounted how two brothers, Phillip and Joel Levy of […]

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Cuomo Orders Review of Nonprofit Compensation, Part 5

While it is still too early to tell precisely what the exact focus of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new Nonprofit Task Force will turn out to be –it was initially announced that it would be looking into executive compensation at nonprofits that receive state funding- by virtue of the last item in a 40+ question survey […]

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Cuomo Orders Review of Nonprofit Compensation; Part 4

It seems that the broad media coverage of the Nonprofit Task Force appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last month eclipsed an earlier announcement by the state’s Attorney General, Eric S Schneiderman, that he was forming a “Leadership Committee For Nonprofit Revitalization.”  While the Governor’s Task Force has raised both eyebrows and questions, the […]

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Cuomo Orders Review of Nonprofit Compensation, Part 3

Late yesterday the nonprofit community got its first hints regarding the scope of New York Governor Cuomo’s newly formed Task Force on Not-For-Profit Entities.  In a letter sent to the heads of Medicaid providers and other health service and social service organizations in the state –the letters are being sent on a “rolling basis,” so […]

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Cuomo Orders Review of Nonprofit Compensation; Part 2

Within days of our blog recounting New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s groundbreaking creation of a new task force to investigate the executive and administrator compensation levels at not-for-profits that receive taxpayer support from the state, the New York Post and Albany Times Union revealed even more disturbing facts about how nonprofit organizations are being used […]

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