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GuideStar's 6 Tips for Busting the Overhead Myth


More than ever before,
the people on the front lines of
social change are in agreement: we need to evolve the conversation about nonprofit overhead. It's time to reduce the Overhead Myth's stranglehold on donors, the media, and the general public.


Federal Judge Tosses Unpaid Intern Claims: Four Takeaways—and Good News—for Nonprofit Employers with Internship Programs


The legal requirements for unpaid internships have been in a state of flux the last several years. In Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., unpaid interns sought minimum wage and overtime pay based on allegations that they qualified as employees under federal and New York State wage-and-hour laws. In 2013, the federal District Court in Glatt ruled in favor of the unpaid interns, finding that they should have been classified as employees and, therefore, were entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay. That holding was soon reversed, however. In 2015, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the District Court's Glatt decision and established a different test for evaluating the legality of unpaid internships.

Federal courts in the Second Circuit are now tasked with applying the new Glatt standard. On August 24, 2016, United States District Judge J. Paul Oetken of the Southern District of York dismissed an unpaid intern lawsuit against the Hearst Corporation, using the new Glatt test. A copy of Judge Oetken's decision in the case, which is captioned Wang v. The Hearst Corporation, may be found here.


10 Trending Nonprofit Profiles (Did Clinton and Trump make the cut?)



Each year, more than 7 million people use GuideStar to find data on 2.4 million current and formerly IRS-recognized nonprofits. Being the data nerds that we are, we wondered: what organizations are our users most curious about?


Some positive feedback and appreciation for funders


A few months ago, our grantwriter and I dealt with a grant for $4,000 that comprised a five-page narrative and about 10 attachments. Luckily, of course, we have most of those documents ready in our Master Grant folder. The kicker, though, was the unusual requirement for us to print out a document with ten labels, each corresponding to one of the attachments, and literally cut out each of the tabs and paste it on to the attachments. So there I was, handling a glue stick for the first time in years, carefully pasting each tab. I was getting more and more irritated, gritting my teeth and wishing I had listened to that one palm reader in Saigon who told me to go into medicine or maybe law (I think my parents paid her).


Development Impact Bond year one results: What do they mean to the service provider?


The preceding is cross-posted with permission from the Alliance blog. Based out of the UK, Alliance magazine is the leading global magazine on philanthropy and social investment.
 


Some Early Answers

I recently wrote about collaboration, one of the most discussed words in the field of philanthropy these days, right up there with transparency and administrative cost control.


What Millennial Marketing Strategies Can Teach Nonprofits about Motivating Donors

Do you ever worry you’re not doing enough to attract the donors of the future?

Does thinking about how to market to Millennials (who will make up 36% of the U.S. workforce by next year and nearly half by 2020) fill you with anxiety, because it’s just one more thing to add to your overflowing list?

Fear no more!

Today I’m going to tell you how you can have it all – and with very little extra work.


6 reasons why your nonprofit absolutely needs a junior board


Last fall BoardAssist launched a junior board matching pilot program
to find junior boards for all the terrific millennials who approach us for board service. The pilot was an immediate success with loads of amazing young professionals approaching us for junior board seats. From the nonprofits we helped, the feedback has been extremely positive. While many were concerned that having a junior board would take a lot of staff time away from other critical functions, what we’ve heard has been wholly to the contrary. Millennials are terrific self-starters that don’t need or want a lot of hand-holding. Give them a task to do, and they will get it done!


Why and How Do Nonprofits Work Together?


Nonprofit collaborations are at an all-time high.
Recent surveys conducted by the Bridgespan Group and the Patterson Foundation reveal that 91 percent of nonprofits engage in some form of collaboration. In turn — and contributing to some of the confusion around collaboration — a number of terms have emerged that attempt to capture these complex relationships: from formal partnerships and mergers to collective impact efforts, there are more than a few ways to approach collaboration.


4 Beliefs That Limit Corporate Funding

What keeps nonprofits from approaching corporate funders for support? Is there a difference in cultivating relationships with corporate funders vs private foundations and individual donors? What can a nonprofit do to break into this consistent yet, often elusive funding stream?