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Global Reporting Initiative
April 21, 2002
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a global, multi-stakeholder effort to create a common framework for voluntary reporting of the economic, environmental, and social impact of organization-level activity, has released a draft version of its 2002 Sustainability Guidelines (85 pages, PDF). Designed for use by organizations of all sizes and...
Lessons from the Crisis: New York City Nonprofits Post-September 11
April 19, 2002
An article in the latest issue of The Nonprofit Quarterly (Spring 2002), a publication of Third Sector New England, takes a look at the characteristics of small and medium-sized nonprofits in New York City that were best able to handle the fallout from the September 11 terrorist attacks and offers a number of lessons for nonpofits that find...
Working Better Together
April 17, 2002
The Three Sector Initiative, a project of the Conference Board, the Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, the National Academy of Public Administration, the National Alliance of Business, the National Civic League, and the National Governors Association, has released Working Better Together: How Government, Businesses, and Nonprofit...
Framing a Strategy for Homeland Security
April 11, 2002
The Century Foundation, a nonpartisan research foundation that conducts analyses of economic, political, and social issues and institutions, has issued Framing a Strategy for Homeland Security (6 pages, PDF), a white paper by Donald F. Kettl which argues that the most efficient and effective way to build a federal strategy for homeland security...
Kauffman Teen Survey, 2000-2001
April 8, 2002
For the third year in a row, overall drug use among eighth-, tenth- , and twelfth-graders in the Kansas City metro area has fallen, reaching an all-time low, while substantial declines in the use of many drugs, including tobacco and alcohol, were reported among eighth- and twelfth-graders. These and other findings are reported in the Kauffman...
IRS logo
March 28, 2002
The momentum behind the electronic filing of Forms 990 and 990 EZ by nonprofits continues to build. The National Center for Charitable Statistics at the Urban Institute has been working with twelve state charity offices to offer e-filing of state charity registrations and 990s, and in February announced that Pennsylvania had become the first...
Innovative Public Housing Initiatives: An Annotated Bibliography
March 22, 2002
The School of Social Work at Wayne State University, supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, has announced the publication of a new annotated bibliography on public housing issues. Assembled from both academic and practice-oriented sources as well as the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Web site,...
DiscounTech
March 20, 2002
TechSoup.org, a comprehensive technology Web site for nonprofits, has launched DiscounTech, an online technology store designed to give nonprofits access to a range of tech products and services that "work with and build on each other." Created in collaboration with leading high-tech companies, including Microsoft, Intuit, Lotus, eTapestry,...
PovertyNet
March 18, 2002
Dozens of world leaders are headed to Monterrey, Mexico, this week for the UN International Conference on Financing for Development. Conference organizers, who have called for nothing less than the eradication of poverty, sustained economic growth, and sustainable development for the one billion people — fully a sixth of the planet's population...
Wonderful Town: The Future of Theater in New York
March 15, 2002
Even before the devastating terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, New York theater faced a challenging future. Soaring production and real estate costs, sky-high ticket prices, chronic labor problems, and fierce competition from other entertainment forms had plagued the industry for years; the on-again, off-again recession merely deepened...
2001 National Environmental Scorecard
March 13, 2002
As it has for every Congress since 1970, the League of Conservation Voters has released an environmental scorecard ranking the environmental voting records of members of Congress over the past year. The report, which can be searched online or downloaded in its entirety as a PDF file (52 pages), scores members' votes on the most important issues...
Northwest Area Foundation's Regional Indicators Web Site
March 11, 2002
The St. Paul-based Northwest Area Foundation, in cooperation with the University of Idaho, has announced the launch of a new online information tool designed to assist users obtain social and economic information on any of the 480 counties in the foundation's eight-state service region (i.e., Iowa, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Montana,...
Reflections on Sustainability
March 6, 2002
Government devolution, a seven-year conomic boom, rapid and accelerating technological change, and the first ripples of the largest intergenerational transfer of wealth in history are transforming the nonprofit sector as never before. In California alone, there are now ten foundations with assets in excess of $1 billion — a scenario, as Tom...
Shifting Boundaries of the Mixed Economy and the Future of the Nonprofit Sector
March 4, 2002
What lies ahead for the nonprofit sector in the future? How will changes in technology, the economy, globalization, and other areas affect the sector? Will there be a sustainable need for its services? Will it be able to satisfy needs that aren't met by the for-profit and public sectors? These are some of the questions addressed by Avner Ben-Ner,...