Policy & Advocacy
Top stories summarized by our editors
12/11/2018

When developing a holiday decorations policy, all HOA members should be involved in the process, and the goal should be to create a feasible policy that brings people together and honors the festive season. A committee should be formed to complete an initial policy draft, contact a lawyer for legal advice and get feedback from the community.

12/11/2018

The police department in Rapid City, S.D., invested in shoes for its police dog, Jary, to wear while on patrol during the harsh winter weather and the Belgian Malinois is having a hard time adjusting to wearing the shoes. The police department uploaded a video of Jary attempting to walk in the shoes for the first time.

Full Story:
Sky News
12/11/2018

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have issued guidance designed to help nonprofit leaders comply with a provision in last year's tax-code overhaul regarding employee parking. "The guidance issued today aims to provide flexibility while minimizing the burden on non-profit groups that provide employee parking," said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Full Story:
The Hill
12/11/2018

Philanthropic efforts related to plastic waste, malaria, financing for low-income populations, empowerment of women and the use of art to advance social justice initiatives are examples of an evolution brought about by a growing entrepreneurial influence, write Abby Schultz and Beckie Strum. Private charitable contributions expand opportunities for innovation by giving nonprofits more room to take risks, says Gulgun Kayim, director of arts, culture and the creative economy for the city of Minneapolis.

12/11/2018

Girl Scouts of the USA and Boy Scouts of America leaders are facing unrest due to a Boy Scouts policy change that will result in acceptance of some female members. Girl Scouts Council of the Nation's Capital CEO Lidia Soto-Harmon says it's important for Girl Scout members to be present at Scouts BSA recruiting events to clarify the "stereotype out there that Girl Scouts don't do high ad­ven­ture."

More Summaries:
Boy Scouts, BSA
12/11/2018

Simpson Housing Services in Minneapolis has received $2.5 million from Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos as part of a $97.5 million pledge toward national housing efforts made earlier this year. "This support from the [Bezos] Day One Families Fund will increase our capacity to end homelessness for more families and deepen our impact with each family," says Executive Director Steve Horsfield.

More Summaries:
MacKenzie Bezos, Jeff
12/11/2018

Repeat donors are a huge asset for nonprofits, yet only 40% of organizations thank donors -- a process that's critical for retention, Lisa Schohl writes, citing GuideStar data. The most effective ways to show gratitude reflect an understanding of the donor's preferences and are delivered in a timely manner, Schohl writes.

More Summaries:
Guidestar
12/11/2018

Facebook's new ad policies relating to politics and issues of national importance are random, confusing and unnecessarily burdensome to nonprofits looking to promote their causes on the platform, writes Daniel Gallant, executive director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. "Unless Facebook offers more transparency and accountability, determined marketers will remain able to circumvent the process," Gallant writes.

More Summaries:
Facebook
12/11/2018

Humanitarian organizations spend about $1.2 billion annually on diesel annually and could save more than $500 million per year by switching to solar and other clean energy sources, according to nonprofit think tank Chatham House. Observers note that while diesel is easy to use and readily available, it also exacerbates climate change and harms vulnerable populations.

Full Story:
Reuters
More Summaries:
Chatham House
12/11/2018

Nonprofit leaders should agree on a single name for the sector, whether it be the charitable sector, nonprofit sector or some other option, writes Timothy McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation. McClimon argues that many people don't realize they're involved with the sector and that nomenclature would bring unity and strengthen the sector on a whole.

Full Story:
Forbes
More Summaries:
American Express Foundation