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.


  • Hidden in plain sight

    “Is philanthropy bad for democracy?” More concern about how “largely unaccountable donors” are influencing policy behind the scenes, supra-democratically. There are credible arguments on both sides about how much effect a change in the deduction would have on charitable giving in the United States. I tend to believe the studies—such as those by the Center […]

  • Parsing the data

    Making lemonade out of Chronicle report’s lemons: These graphs purporting to show blue states are as charitable as red speak for themselves. “When the Chronicle of Philanthropy released an analysis of charitable giving in America earlier this month, it included one surprisingly consistent finding: Red states contributed the most. As we reported at the time, […]

  • Stigmatized?

    Grand Canyon University cites “stigma” of being a for-profit college; wants to become nonprofit and “join the traditional academic community”. “Executives at for-profit Grand Canyon University want to turn the company into a nonprofit, they said Wednesday, because of the “stigma” of being a for-profit. The move, if it happens, would be the first of […]

  • A unique regional problem

    Too costly and too late: A Louisiana nonprofit hoping to save a 1900s cemetery sinking into the bayou has had to abandon its plans. “A nonprofit group has given up its proposal to protect the little that remains of a nearly submerged cemetery in Leeville. Launch Leeville wanted to build a 280-foot-long bulkhead between what’s […]

  • Nonprofit embezzler to serve 20 months

    Bookkeeper for ME nonprofit Coastal Enterprises will serve 20 months in prison after being found guilty of embezzling $365,000 over four years. “A Brunswick woman who embezzled more than $365,000 from a Wiscasset nonprofit has been sentenced to 20 months in prison, according to a statement issued Tuesday by U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty. Stacey […]

  • An “unusual entity”

    One state’s experiment in private lending, Virginia Community Capital, has been “quietly lending millions” to help neighborhoods across VA. “In the mid-2000s, well-intended state leaders gave $15 million to start a private, regulated financial institution. It would launch during the Great Recession not in one of the financial centers of the state, but in sleepy […]

  • “Caught off-guard”

    Yakima, WA, recently passed moratorium on opening new homeless shelters; nonprofit that was poised to open health clinic questions the timing. “One day after Yakima passed a lengthy moratorium on any new homeless shelters, representatives of a local health clinic hoping to open one questioned the timing and method of the decision. The Yakima City […]

  • Headline speaks for itself

    “Nonprofits Worth $887.3 Billion To U.S. Economy”: Nonprofit Times notes there are now approximately 1.44 m nonprofits, an increase of 8.6% in 10 years. “The tax-exempt sector in the United States represented 5.4 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) during 2012, contributing $887.3 billion to the economy. And of those tax-exempt entities, 501(c)(3) […]

  • When $33K lands you on “highest paid” list

    Are you wondering who the highest-paid nonproft executives in Central Florida are? Here’s a 22-person list, and salaries range from $33K to $370K. “Central Florida has a number of nonprofit organizations that serve the communities in which they’re located in numerous ways. Heading up these organizations is no easy task, considering the job typically entails […]

  • NJ hospital rumors amp up lawmakers

    A couple of NJ lawmakers are “convinced” county hospital is “on the verge of being sold or closing”, so they want to ease way for nonprofit transition. “Saying they are convinced Memorial Hospital of Salem County is on the verge of being sold or closing, state Senate President Stephen Sweeney and state Assemblyman John Burzichelli […]

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