$5 Million Gift Will Create Native American Artifact Museum

The University of Akron is the beneficiary of a new $5 million gift from long-time UA benefactors Jim and Vanita Oelschlager. The gift will be used to create the Oak Native American Museum as part of the Institute for Human Science and Culture. The museum will provide research opportunities and community access to the Oelschlagers’ […]

New York State Law Targets Donor Confidentiality

The state of New York has a law on the books that targets the confidentiality of donors to 501(c)(4) nonprofits, those focused solely on social welfare. While that definition is broad, and the Tea Party is such a nonprofit, the problem is that the New York law essentially puts up what some refer to as […]

Should You Start a Nonprofit or a Social Enterprise?

The rise of social enterprises has helped to make the world a slightly better place, as companies that care try to do good by the world around them, through partnerships, direct donations, or any number of other plans. But while they have contributed to the good in the world, they’ve also complicated the charitable field, […]

Founders of Nonprofit Charged With 15 Felony Counts

David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress, have been charged with 15 felony counts in California for falsifying their identities and using a fake bioresearch company to covertly record videos of themselves trying to obtain fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood. The Center for Medical Progress is a nonprofit organization that describes […]

Mel Gibson Supports Charity Assisting Holocaust Survivors

Surprising many, Mel Gibson, the once beloved Australian actor who is best known now for his drunken anti-Semitic rant in 2006, has been quietly working with a charity that helps Holocaust survivors. According to actress Zane Buzby, Gibson has been supporting her organization, the Survivor Mitzvah Project. The charity brings emergency aid to Holocaust survivors […]

Russian Charity Brings Life to Children Suffering from Cancer

Curing cancer, particularly in children, is hard enough. But imagine if these children had no access to important resources that could save their lives! Increasing access and support is the drive behind Podari.Life, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit focused on providing services to children with cancer and their families. What makes Podari.Life unique, though, is its cultural […]

6 Tips for Raising a Child to Be Philanthropic

If you’re a philanthropist yourself—no matter the amount or size of your gifts—you probably want your children to follow in your footsteps and learn the values of generosity and kindness to other living beings. But sometimes it seems like there’s so much distraction, you don’t know if your hopes are falling on deaf ears. Here are […]

Remembering the Grassroots of the Nonprofit Sector

We’ve heard it over and over again, that real change comes from the grassroots. While national nonprofits can get a lot done, they absolutely require that the “little people” be giving them money. And that’s just on the most superficial level. All problems faced by nonprofits are, essentially, local problems. They affect real people in […]

Charity is a Great Motivator for Exercise

Given the success of walkathons for cancer cures, AIDS research, Alzheimer’s Disease research, animal welfare, and other causes, it’s apparent that “exercise for charity” programs are a reliable way to raise funds. While it might seem reasonable to assume that many people participating in such activities are already physically active and appreciate the opportunity to […]

Overhead Ratios Are A Persistent Problem for Nonprofits

In Canada, it appears that the acceptable limit of how much a charity can spend on overhead is about 15 percent, leaving a full 85 percent to be spent on its mission. While that might sound like a pretty solid distribution—after all the point is to achieve that mission—the goal of a 15-percent overhead can […]