The Chronicle of Philanthropy | Government http://philanthropy.com/section/Government/253/ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:02:10 EDT <![CDATA[Somaly Mam Foundation Shutters Operations]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149517/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Somaly-Mam-Foundation-Shutters/149517/ The move follows a controversy over charges that the namesake founder, renowned as an anti-trafficking activist, fabricated her personal history.

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:23:22 EDT
<![CDATA[Conference to Debate Whether Current Charity Rules Promote the Public Good]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148637/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Conference-to-Debate-Whether/148637/ Philanthropic leaders, scholars, and others want to pave the way for an update on rules that govern giving and nonprofits.

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Michelle Nunn’s Senate Run Puts Nonprofit Leadership in the Spotlight]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148365/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Michelle-Nunn-s-Senate-Run/148365/ Her salary at Points of Light and the organization’s grant making come under scrutiny.

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Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:30:53 EDT
<![CDATA[What Government Liaisons Can Do for Nonprofits]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148219/ http://philanthropy.com/article/What-Government-Liaisons-Can/148219/ The officials are helping to streamline state programs and help nonprofits that are stretched thin.

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Government Liaison Offices Need Community Support to Resist Electoral Winds]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148237/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Government-Liaison-Offices/148237/ When people who advocate for nonprofits are tied to a particular politician, their positions are often eliminated when new people take office.

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Government Liaisons Help Nonprofits Get Attention They Need]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/148217/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Government-Liaisons-Help/148217/ Interest in creating these hybrid positions, paid for by government and foundations together, has grown as money woes force states and cities to rely more on charities.

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[House Passes Bill Designed to Encourage Gifts to Charity]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147801/ http://philanthropy.com/article/House-Passes-Bill-Designed-to/147801/ The legislation would make permanent three tax items that have been regularly extended on an annual basis, as well as lower the excise tax on private foundations.

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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[House to Vote on Bill to Encourage Charitable Giving]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147777/ http://philanthropy.com/article/House-to-Vote-on-Bill-to/147777/ The legislation would boost the tax benefits of giving IRA funds to charity and let people claim charitable deductions on their previous year's taxes until April 15.

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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:53:51 EDT
<![CDATA[Activist Challenges IRS Over Release of Social-Security Numbers on Tax Forms]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147727/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Activist-Challenges-IRS-Over/147727/ Carl Malamud says the tax agency’s failure to remove the personal data from 9,000 Forms 990 that he bought from the IRS is a violation of federal privacy laws.

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Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:45:23 EDT
<![CDATA[IRS Releases EZ Application for Charity Status]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147469/ http://philanthropy.com/article/IRS-Releases-EZ-Application/147469/ The federal agency says 70 percent of new nonprofits are likely to use the short form.

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Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:30:51 EDT
<![CDATA[Judge Rejects IRS Effort to Dismiss Open-Records Case]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147299/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Judge-Rejects-IRS-Effort-to/147299/ Public.Resource.Org is seeking to force the tax agency to release Form 990 data in a digitally searchable format.

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Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:15:33 EDT
<![CDATA[IRS Open-Records Lawsuit Likely to Proceed, Judge Says]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147251/ http://philanthropy.com/article/IRS-Open-Records-Lawsuit/147251/ A public-interest group wants changes in Form 990 to make information on nonprofits searchable online.

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Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Open Records Activist Shuts Down Nonprofit Data Website in Protest]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147177/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Open-Records-Activist-Shuts/147177/ Carl Malamud, who is suing to get the Internal Revenue Service to release nonprofit tax forms in digital format, shut down the free online database he maintained containing millions of nonprofit filings going back to 2002.

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Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:28:47 EDT
<![CDATA[Lawsuit Would Force IRS to Release Nonprofit Tax Forms Digitally]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147077/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Lawsuit-Would-Force-IRS-to/147077/ Tired of waiting for data, watchdog groups are creating new ways to shed light on charity operations.

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Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Public Access to Nonprofit Finances: a Timeline]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147131/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Public-Access-to-Nonprofit/147131/ Nonprofits were first required to file annual returns known as Forms 990 to the Internal Revenue Service in 1942.

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Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Tax-Credit Stalemate Leaves Nonprofit Projects in Limbo]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146761/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Tax-Credit-Stalemate-Leaves/146761/ A tax break for investors in low-income areas expired earlier this year, and nonprofit projects are waiting to see if it will be revived.

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Thu, 22 May 2014 16:07:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Wage Fight Poses Dilemma for Nonprofits Squeezed by State Funding]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146573/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Wage-Fight-Poses-Dilemma-for/146573/ Because so many charities work with poor people, few contest the idea of raising the minimum wage, but some groups are worried they can't afford it.

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Sun, 18 May 2014 19:30:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Critics Say New Form for Nonprofit Status Will Draw Cheats]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146613/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Critics-Say-New-Form-for/146613/ Some worry the IRS's abbreviated application for federal tax-exempt status will ask for so little information, it will invite fraud.

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Sun, 18 May 2014 19:30:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Nonprofits Cite Headaches in Government Contract Work]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146631/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofits-Cite-Headaches-in/146631/ Charities report a complex process with rules that change midway through and late payments that force them to seek other funds to tide them over.

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Thu, 15 May 2014 17:54:00 EDT
<![CDATA[War on Poverty Spurs Lifelong Advocacy for Children]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146391/ http://philanthropy.com/article/War-on-Poverty-Spurs-Lifelong/146391/ The founder of the Children's Defense Fund started out as a civil-rights lawyer in Mississippi, where she witnessed extreme poverty.

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Tue, 06 May 2014 07:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[New Course Explains IRS Election Laws]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146351/ http://philanthropy.com/article/New-Course-Explains-IRS/146351/ A new animated online course can help foundation officials and charity leaders navigate election-related tax laws.

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Mon, 05 May 2014 07:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Report Card for Serve America Act Shows A’s and F’s]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146131/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Report-Card-for-Serve-America/146131/ Budget woes were a source of failing grades in some areas, but the agency succeeded at forming partnerships with other agencies and helping groups that respond to disasters.

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Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:27:00 EDT
<![CDATA[AmeriCorps Gets Boost From Mentions in TV Programs]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145527/ http://philanthropy.com/article/AmeriCorps-Gets-Boost-From/145527/ A campaign to promote volunteerism on TV shows reached prime time in a recent episode of "True Detective."

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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Obama Budget Would Support Anti-Poverty Efforts and Early-Childhood Education]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145187/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Obama-Budget-Would-Support/145187/ His plan would also use federal money to revive poor urban and rural areas, but it would slash funds to Community Services Block Grants and other programs.

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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[White House and Congressional Budget Plans Battle It Out Over Charitable Deduction]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145203/ http://philanthropy.com/article/White-HouseCongressional/145203/ The House plan goes further in seeking to draw tax revenue from nonprofits and sends a strong message about how lawmakers want nonprofit groups to spend money.

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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Nonprofits and Taxes: Key Proposals]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145197/ http://philanthropy.com/article/NonprofitsTaxes-Key/145197/ President Obama and the House Ways and Means chairman have each crafted plans that seek to raise revenue by imposing new tax rules that affect donors, foundations, and other nonprofits.

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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:00:00 EDT