Social Innovation Fund Director to Leave This Month

Paul Carttar, director of the federal government’s new Social Innovation Fund since April 2010, will step down at the end of this month, the Corporation for National and Community Service said.

Idara Nickelson,  the corporation’s chief investment officer, will become the fund’s new  director,  Wendy Spencer, the agency’s chief executive, said in an e-mail to associates.

Mr. Carttar,  a nonprofit expert with a wide range of experience in philanthropic, academic, government, and business, was the …


Biden vs. Ryan: Who Gave More to Charity?

Some Republicans have criticized Vice President Joseph Biden for giving a small portion of his income to charity—about 1.5 percent last year and 1.4 percent in 2010.

In the latest jab, the GOP strategist Karl Rove told Politico this week that he makes “more charitable contributions as a percentage of my income than either [President Obama] or the vice president.”

“Of course, that’s not hard when it’s compared with Vice President Biden,” Mr. Rove said. “I think he’s getting his tips on charitab…


New PAC for Nonprofits Endorses Its First Candidates

CForward, a political-action committee that was set up last year to promote candidates who pledge to stand up for nonprofits, has made its first endorsements.

They include five contenders for state legislatures and one each for city council, mayor, and the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Our choices are not based on any single issue, or geography, gender, or political party,” the group said in a statement. With governments cutting budgets across the country, it looked for candidates that would “…


Social Innovation Fund Awards $42-Million

The Social Innovation Fund, a federal program designed to help nonprofits expand effective programs, has awarded more than $42-million to 11 groups in its third round of annual grants, the Corporation for National and Community Service announced today.

The fund, which gives money to grant makers that in turn award it to innovative nonprofits, has allotted $11-million to four new groups and $33.9-million to seven existing grantees.

The newcomers, which will each receive $2-million over two years:


IRS Struggles to Know if Big Nonprofits Pay the Taxes They Owe


Four years after the Internal Revenue Service started requiring nonprofits to submit more information about their charitable and commercial activities, the agency still struggles to determine which income earned by colleges, hospitals, and other big institutions is taxable, an IRS official said today.

Steven T. Miller, deputy IRS commissioner, made the comment at a Congressional  hearing devoted to an issue that has vexed lawmakers and regulators—how to ensure that charities pay ta…


Congressional Hearing to Examine Complex Charity Operations

A Congressional panel will hold the second in a series of hearings on tax-exempt organizations next week, this one focusing on charities that have complicated operations such as profit-generating arms.

“Over the last two decades, the organizational structures of public charities have become increasingly complex, creating compliance and transparency issues,” said Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., a Louisiana Republican who heads the oversight subcommittee of the House Ways and Means committee.

He said h…


Tell Us What You Think of the Health-Care Ruling

Supporters of the healthcare law in front of the Supreme Court

Credit: Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Newscom

The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld most of the health-care overhaul law, a decision that will please many foundations and nonprofit groups that have been working to put the new law into effect.

The decision will also affect many charities that care for patients on Medicaid. The ruling says the federal government could expand the pool of people who are eligible for the federal-state insurance program, but the court limited the government’s ability to penalize st…


Washington State National-Service Leader to Head AmeriCorps

William C. Basl, executive director of the Washington Commission for National and Community Service, has been named director of AmeriCorps, the national-service program.

He will succeed John Gomperts, who left to take a job as chief executive of America’s Promise Alliance, a children’s-advocacy network.

Mr. Basl has headed the commission, which manages AmeriCorps programs in the State of Washington, for 18 years. Before that, he founded the Washington Service Corps, a state youth-service program…


Obama Committee Pushes Collaborations on Youth Employment

When paying for projects to help young people get educated and find jobs, federal and private grant makers should give priority to projects that involve collaborations between nonprofits and others, says a report issued today by a White House advisory committee.

“Individual nonprofit services can be fragmented and dispersed, with each organization typically serving a limited population with specific interventions,” says the report, drawn up by the White House Council for Community Solutions.

It …


5 Experts to Testify at Hearing on IRS Nonprofit Oversight

A House subcommittee has announced that five nonprofit experts will testify at a hearing it has scheduled for Wednesday to examine several issues related to the Internal Revenue Service’s oversight of tax-exempt organizations.

They are Diana Aviv, president of Independent Sector; Roger Colinvaux, an associate law professor at the Catholic University of America;  Joanne DeStefano, vice president for finance at Cornell University, who will be testifying on behalf of the National Association of Co…