Kara Beer

Kara Beer

Kara Beer has worked as a development officer, grant writer, manager, and editor in the nonprofit sector for over fifteen years. She is the former managing editor of Modern Age, and the former development department manager at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

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  • Obama nonprofit polls in Chicago

    Barack Obama Foundation starts polling Chicagoans to see if there’s support for building his presidential library on the South Side. “The foundation developing Barack Obama’s future presidential library has commissioned polling in Chicago to determine whether residents support building it on the South Side, people close to the foundation said, in the clearest sign to […]

  • Cautionary bequest tale

    Eileen Belmont left $200K to Columbus Jewish Foundation, but “lack of clarity” in her will resulted in taxes and litigation chipping away at bequest. “The Tax Court decision in the Estate of Eileen S. Belmont is probably one of good intentions gone awry.  Ms. Belmont wanted to provide something for her brother, who had issues, […]

  • Vanishing nonprofits

    A lament for recently “vanished” NY nonprofits, like the 70-year-old New York City Opera, and what they contributed to the cultural landscape. “One of the hallmarks of New York City’s social, cultural and economic life is the multitude of high-quality nonprofits delivering desirable services of all kinds to residents and visitors. Hospitals, universities, social-service providers, […]

  • China’s philanthropic former premier

    Former premier Zhu Rongji, who has given millions in retirement, ranks among China’s most philanthropic, but some wonder why he’s alone in his field. “Since Zhu Rongji stepped down as premier of China in 2003, he has pursued interests including playing a type of fiddle called the huqin, writing best sellers and practicing philanthropy. It […]

  • Houston’s back!

    Another week, another “million-dollar luncheon”: Fundraising has bounced back in Houston, in typically big Texan fashion. “It seems to be the week of seven-figure fundraising events with Neighborhood Centers joining the ranks with a non-profit rarity — the million dollar luncheon. Wednesday’s ‘Heart of Gold’ fundraiser filled the ballroom of the Hilton Americas-Houston with 700 […]

  • CA-like, but only at first glance

    On the other coast, ME is now considering a bill that would require nonprofits disclose names of donors who give to their political action committees. “Nonprofit organizations that spend money on political campaigns in Maine could be required to disclose their donors under a bill proposed by Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton. Saviello’s proposed legislation targets […]

  • IA says mandate would duplicate efforts

    AZ nonprofit wants to require American high schoolers to pass civics exam based on citizenship test; last week IA legislature said, “No thanks”. “A plan to require students in all 50 states to pass a civics exam to graduate from high school hit a speed bump in Iowa last week when a bill to mandate […]

  • Director of Development, Sutherland Institute

    Sutherland Institute seeks an experienced, responsible and committed Director of Development. The Director of Development is responsible for leading the fundraising team in designing and executing fundraising initiatives in support of the Institute’s mission. The Development Director will supervise and coordinate the work of outside consultants and manage a development team staff. This position is […]

  • “Strange philanthropy”

    Politics makes strange bedfellows, but it can also make for “strange philanthropy,” such as recent $1m gift of Newsmax founder Chris Ruddy to Clinton Foundation. “He once wrote a book linking Bill and Hillary Clinton to an alleged cover up in the death of a White House lawyer, but judging by conservative newsman Christopher Ruddy’s […]

  • “Shielding” MN nonprofits

    MN nonprofits have grace period when it comes to implementing state’s new, higher minimum wage; editorial argues exemption hurts their ability to compete. “[Sen. John Pederson] is chief author of a bipartisan bill that would allow tax-exempt nonprofit organizations to pay $6.15 an hour beginning Aug. 1. The idea is to shield nonprofits from a […]

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