Stories From 2005

Dec 30, 2005

Nonprofit governance


QUESTION:

In this age of increased oversight, what are three ways nonprofits can improve their governance?

ANSWER:

The legal standard for board governance remains unchanged and generally is the same as for for-profit boards.

What has changed is recognition of the nonprofit sector's history and acceptance of poor governance practices.

Efforts to regulate the sector will continue until

Dec 30, 2005

Teen volunteering high



More than half of American teenagers volunteered last year, a rate that almost doubles that for adults, a new study says.

The study, conducted by the Corporation for National and Community service, the

Dec 30, 2005

Red Cross call centers cited in scam



Here are the week’s top nonprofit stories reported elsewhere:

* Federal authorities say a scheme to siphon hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Red Cross program to get cash to Katrina victims has resulted in the indictment of nearly 50 people, the Washington Post reported

Dec 30, 2005

Children’s museum turns one



By Chris Gigley

WINSTON-SALEM,

Dec 29, 2005

Ethics, Part 6



By
Todd Cohen

The growing focus on nonprofit ethics has spawned a broad range of voluntary initiatives and services, including training seminars and workshops, and ethical codes and standards adopted by membership organizations and individual nonprofits.

Some of those codes and standards draw from the federal Sarbanes-Oxley corporate-disclosure law.

Some experts like Naomi Levine of the George H. Heyman

Dec 29, 2005

Jewish federation launches drive



By
Todd Cohen

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro Jewish Federation has kicked off its 2006 annual campaign, aiming to raise $1.65 million, up from $1,624,000 it raised in its 2005 campaign from 1,150 contributors.

The main agencies benefiting from the campaign include Jewish Family Services, B’nai Shalom Day School, NC-Hillel and programs overseas.

Headed by

Dec 28, 2005

Social investing receives boost



A deal reached between the Calvert Foundation and Incapital will dramatically increase the availability of community investment notes to investors throughout the U.S.

The Calvert Foundation, based in Bethesda, Md., offers Calvert Community Investment Notes as a way for investors to earn financial returns while combating poverty.

The notes pay a fixed rate of interest, up to 3 percent, determined when the note is purchased, and benefit communities through investments in areas like affordable housing, job creation, micro-lending and fair-trade agriculture.

Under

Dec 28, 2005

Managing volunteers a critical task



To the editor,

Cultivating an exceptional volunteer base is a task that should be approached with a high level of both sincerity and support.

Great volunteers are recruited by great volunteer managers.

These administrators are trained in all aspects of volunteer management, participate in ongoing educational opportunities and belong to a professional network of other volunteer managers.

They also have developed a structured volunteer program that incorporates an application process, orientation, individual interviews, training and ongoing support.

Dec 28, 2005

Tightwads a drag on change



By Todd Cohen

Philanthropy can change the world.

Too often, though, those who control wealth seem to want to take it with them.

Epitomizing high-impact change are philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates and rocker Bono, named persons of the year by Time for their unprecedented efforts to improve global health and fight global poverty.

Yet wealth can be tight-fisted.



Dec 27, 2005

Civic participation critical



Sterling FreemanBy Sterling E.