Thursday, April 18, 2013

Assault On Charities: This One In N.C.

by Gary Snyder

A group of N.C. legislators introduced a bill that would call for a commission to study $100,000 salary caps for employees at state-supported nonprofits, as well as research into whether lawmakers should ban the use of tax dollars for salaries. 

The assault continues after the governor proposed a budget that bundles sharp cuts, about $85 million worth, for powerful economic nonprofits: the Golden LEAF Foundation, N.C. Rural Economic Development Center and the N.C. Biotechnology Center. The latter two were among the state-funded nonprofits with the highest-paid leaders, according to data provided. 

Moreover, an October 2010 report from the left-leaning N.C. Justice Center found overall state funding for nonprofits plunged more than 25 percent in the 2009–2010 fiscal year, roughly 10 times greater than overall cuts in the state budget that year. According to a 2011 survey by advocates at the N.C. Center for Nonprofits, more than 60 percent of nonprofits reported cuts in state grants in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Nonprofit Imperative gathers its information principally from public documents...some of which are directly quoted. Virtually all cited are in some phase of criminal proceedings; some have not been charged, however. Cites in various media: Featured in print, broadcast, and online media outlets, including: Vermont Public Radio, Miami Herald, National Public Radio, Huffington Post, The Sun News, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Wall Street Journal (Profile, News and Photos), FOX2, ABC Spotlight on the News, WWJ Radio, Ethics World, Aspen Philanthropy Newsletter, Harvard Business Review, Current Affairs, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, St. Petersburg Times, B, USA Today Topics,, Responsive Philanthropy Magazine, New York Times...and many more Nonprofits: On the Brink (2006) Silence: The Impending Threat to the Charitable Sector (2011)
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