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Nonprofit Sector Strategy Group
October 4, 2001
The Aspen Institute's Nonprofit Sector Strategy Group has issued two new publications that address the challenges and opportunities faced by the nonprofit sector at the start of the 21st century. The Nonprofit Sector and the Market: Opportunities & Challenges (16 pages, PDF) proceeds from the idea that market relationships have become...
October 3, 2001
The Fund for the City of New York, a private operating foundation launched by the Ford Foundation in 1968, has announced that it's making its consulting services available free of charge to any New York City nonprofit organization in need of disaster-related technology assistance. This can include the development of emergency Web sites,...
IRS 9/11 Disaster Relief Organizations
October 3, 2001
The IRS has released an unpdated list of newly established 9/11 relief and recovery organizations. All of the organizations on the list have been granted tax-exempt status, making contributions to them tax deductible. The list will be updated on a periodic basis.
Assessing the Threat
October 2, 2001
In light of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the National Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism — also known as the Gilmore Commission — is accelerating the release of its third report to the President and Congress. The complete version of the commission's first and second...
IRS Online Disaster Relief Effort
September 21, 2001
In the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Internal Revenue Service has issued Disaster Relief: Providing Assistance Through Charitable Organizations (7 pages, PDF) to assist the recovery and relief efforts of U.S.-based charities. The pamphlet, which is part of a broader online disaster relief effort by...
Terrorism and Security Issues
September 19, 2001
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has assembled a wide-ranging list of publications and Web resources on terrorism and security issues. The list includes links to resources on Islam and the Middle East, Afghanistan and Central Asia, and recent Carnegie publications and event summaries.
Project on World Security
September 19, 2001
The New York City-based Rockefeller Brothers Fund is an excellent source of information on issues related to global security. The Fund's Project on World Security (1996-1998) was "designed to encourage and help provide a framework for a larger public debate on the subject of security at the end of the twentieth century; to produce monographs and...
9/11 Disaster Relief and Recovery page
September 13, 2001
The horrific events of September 11, 2001, have shocked and saddened people around the world. The staff of the Foundation Center extends its sympathies to all who lost family or friends.To learn more about the relief and recovery efforts and the organizations involved in those efforts, visit our 9/11 Disaster Relief and Recovery page.
Finding Our Way: Living With Dying in America
August 27, 2001
More and more Americans are seeking ways to balance high-tech medical interventions with comfort and compassionate care to achieve a sense of dignity and meaning at the end of life. Finding Our Way: Living With Dying in America, a fifteen-week newspaper series distributed throughout the country by Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services,...
Public Agenda Online Guide to Medical Research
August 20, 2001
Public Agenda, a New York City-based public policy research organization, and the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation have announced the launch of the Public Agenda Online Guide to Medical Research, a comprehensive Web-based guide to medical research debates. The site offers nonpartisan background information on medical research issues; survey data...
Disconnected: The First Nonprofit Email Survey
August 16, 2001
The Seattle-based Gilbert Center has announced a followup study to "Disconnected: The First Nonprofit Email Survey," the results of which were published earlier this month. The first survey had its genesis in the "Gilbert Email Manifesto," which argued that resources spent on e-mail strategies are more valuable to a nonprofit organization than...
Declaration of Commitment
August 13, 2001
Six weeks after the United Nations Special Session on HIV/AIDS, the 189 member countries of the UN General Assembly have issued a Declaration of Commitment (13 pages, HTML) which acknowledges that "the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, through its devastating scale and impact, constitutes a global emergency and one of the most formidable challenges to...
August 10, 2001
Is there a "digital divide" in the nonprofit sector? What does it take for a nonprofit organization to use technology successfully? Does technology unite or divide? These and other vital issues of the moment are addressed in The Impact of Information Technology on Civil Society: How Will Online Innovation, Philanthropy, and Volunteerism Serve the...
Returning Results: Planning and Evaluation at the Pew Charitable Trusts
August 3, 2001
Unlike their for-profit counterparts, foundations rarely operate in a marketplace that tells them how well they are doing. As a result, a growing number of foundations are using evaluation as a tool to strengthen understanding of their grantees' work. With an eye to sharing ideas about the crucial work of determining and evaluating philanthropic...