The next budget showdown is in January, the next debt ceiling will be in February, and an unrepentant Senator Ted Cruz is pledging government shutdown chaos if his demands aren’t met.
Kudos to The Guardian for getting ahold of the August board book of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), revealing the conservative lobbying group’s strategy for recovering from its membership and financial losses after its involvement in stand-your-ground legislation.
Travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux returns to a topic he addressed nearly a decade ago: the misguided efforts of “telescopic philanthropists” trying to help Africa.
The Urban Institute and the National Council of Nonprofits have documented the continuing grant and contract problems faced by nonprofits in dealing with local, state, and federal governments. Problems of late payments, inadequate indirect and administrative costs, and less than full compensation for the cost of service delivery still plague nonprofits across the nation, but the Council of Nonprofits has ideas about how to turn the tide and fix this persistent problem.
Does it make a difference that nonprofits are providing a service to the developmentally disabled? Kansas will be testing that question as it shifts this responsibility from community-based nonprofits to three national for-profit insurance companies.
Public understanding of nonprofits might be helped if nonprofits and funders discussed the financial challenges nonprofits face. This story about the closing of a Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate in southeastern Connecticut is a case in point.