Friday, March 31, 2017

Over 79,500 New Nonprofits in 2016

In 2014, the IRS implemented a new form for organizations seeking nonprofit status. Called the 1023-EZ, the three-page document was designed to make it easier for new groups to attain nonprofit status. And boy has it worked! According to the 2016 IRS Data Book, 79,545 new organizations were granted 501 (c)(3) status status last year. Although this represents a decline from the high of 94,365 approvals in 2014, the 2016 figures are still more than double the approval rate in 2013 (the prior to the implementation of the 1023-EZ form). In total, the IRS Data Book reveals that there were a total of 1, 237,094 501 (c) (3) organizations in 2016!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Interest in Meals on Wheels Surges After Trump Releases Federal Budget

On March 16, the Trump administration released its proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget. Included in the various cuts proposed by the White House, is the elimination of the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program and a decrease in support for the Department of Health and Human Services. Both of these programs help subsidize the work of Meals on Wheels


World Water Day was recognized in 1993 by the United Nations and has been observed on the 22nd of March ever since. The day highlights the importance of sustainable management of freshwater and freshwater resources. World Water Day also draws attention to the millions who are impacted by lack of safe access to clean water and are existing with the effects of ingesting contaminated water. Two of the sixteen UN Sustainable Development Goals are concerned with water, which demonstrates just how crucial water is to eradicating extreme poverty. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


It might only be March 21, but did you also know it is the International Day of Forests!?

Back in 2012, The United Nations General Assembly declared this day to be International Day of Forests. Each year, countries from around the world are encouraged to commit to local, national, and international efforts in organizing various activities having to do with trees and forests. These activities include tree planting campaigns and raising awareness about the importance of all types of trees and forests for future generations to come.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Metric Mondays #12: Meeting Minutes

Today's Metric Monday looks at an Accountability & Transparency metric: meeting minutes documentation.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

World Poetry Day

March 21st is World Poetry Day!

Declared by UNESCO in 1999, World Poetry Day serves as a reminder and celebration of the way that artistic expression can bind us all together as a collective humanity. Poetry is a celebration of the languages that bind us, as well an affirmation of shared human experience and empathy.

Monday, March 13, 2017

A Review of Peter Drucker's Views on Nonprofits

Last April, I participated in a symposium, “Social Entrepreneurship: Wave of the Future?,” hosted by the Anisfield School of Business at Ramapo College of New Jersey. During the event, we debated the merits of Peter Drucker's 1991 Wall Street Journal Essay, “It Profits Us to Strengthen Nonprofits.” The event went so well, that the professor behind it,  Dr. Sabrin, decided to publish an ebook of essays about Drucker's ideas. Here's a synopsis from my essay:

Monday, March 6, 2017

International Women’s Day!

March 8th is International Women’s Day! The first official International Women’s Day took place in 1911 and prioritized the rights of women to work, vote, and hold public office. Over one million women and men attended rallies across Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland on that day in 1911. In 1975, the United Nations officially set March 8th as the date for International Women’s Day.