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Working in the Hundred Acre Wood

The old grey donkey, Eeyore, stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things.

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Charitable deduction cap would be ‘devastating’

By Tom Strode WASHINGTON (BP) – A proposal to limit charitable deductions would be devastating for churches, religious organizations and other nonprofits if adopted by the federal government, says a Southern Baptist church-state expert. Leaders in both political parties have suggested further restricting charitable deductions for at least some Americans who itemize on their tax […]

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Nonprofit boards and funding

One of the big opportunities nonprofits have is to carefully understand the best roles and responsibilities of their board.

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The advantages of informal authority

Positions with titles imply a legitimate endorsement to lead. But there is an advantage to leading with informal authority.

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Church of England faces backlash over rejecting women bishops

By Trevor Grundy CANTERBURY, England (RNS) – When the Church of England scuttled plans to allow women bishops on Nov. 20, incoming Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called it “a very grim day for women and their supporters.” Now, that grim day is turning into a church-state nightmare for Britain’s established church. On Monday (Nov. […]

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Charitable giving up, but Sandy and tax changes expected to impact year-end donations

By Elizabeth Weise / USA Today (RNS) The recession continued to affect how much Americans gave to charity last year, and the triple whammy of Superstorm Sandy, a national election and the looming fiscal cliff may cut how much we donate in the crucial final month of 2012, experts say. Charitable giving overall increased by […]

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‘#GivingTuesday’ event aims to boost charities

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (RNS) In the days following Thanksgiving, there’s already Black Friday and Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday shopping season. Now, a group of charities and corporate sponsors is urging Americans to make the Tuesday after Thanksgiving just as powerful a day of giving to those in need. It’s […]

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Atheists sue IRS for failure to monitor church politicking

By Kimberly Winston (RNS) A First Amendment watchdog group is suing the Internal Revenue Service for failing to challenge the tax-exempt status of churches whose pastors engage in partisan politicking from the pulpit. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which advocates total separation of church and state, filed the lawsuit Wednesday (Nov. 14) in U.S. District […]

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Why all pastors should be farmers

By Tim Spivey I’ve never been a farmer. Then again, I’ve been a farmer in training as long as I can remember. Let me explain: Farmers understand how things grow. They are planted, watered and harvested. They understand the organic process, and they understand what happens if they don’t plant, water or harvest: they reap […]

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How to work with younger staff

I was thinking about what it really means to mentor younger staff. How do you make yourself relevant, relatable and valuable to someone half your age?

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