The idea of Responsible AI is like building a bridge that stays solid for many, many years to come. You and I may have the tools and manuals to use those tools, but until we understand the gap between where we came from and what our future should (not could) look like, you and I will never be able to build that solid bridge.
The interim funding package adopted by Congress last month runs out on January 19 for part of the federal government, with the remaining funding for other parts of the government expiring on February 2. These deadlines will be quickly upon us, an issue of critical concern for charitable organizations. Nonprofit organizations (NPOs) are already being pushed to the limit to help people in need.
Each month The Nonprofit Alliance (TNPA) introduces you to a member of Congress who is a leader on legislative matters important to our TNPA community, with representation from both parties. TNPA had the opportunity to ask Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) a few questions. TNPA has enjoyed getting to know Senator Peters, and looks forward to continuing to work closely with him.
Wednesday, October 18, was a busy day for TNPA, with 14 executives coming from across the country to Washington, D.C., for a day that included ten meetings in the Senate. It was a nonstop effort for our volunteers, who had meetings with three Senators and the staffs of seven other Senators. The focal point of the day’s meetings was continuing to build momentum for the enactment of the Universal Charitable Deduction — the Charitable Act, S. 566, the legislation led by Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Chris Coons (D-DE).
Mentors help college students build the foundation they need to thrive in their professional lives. In fact, college graduates who had a mentor while they were students are almost twice as engaged with their professional work as those who didn't have a mentor, according to the 2018 Gallup Alumni Survey.
Despite the opposition of The Nonprofit Alliance (TNPA) and many organizations involved in third-party data, on September 14, 2023, the California Legislature adopted SB 362, which would be harmful to nonprofits that fundraise in California. The legislation would create a “delete my information” provision whereby consumers/donors could request removal from all California-registered data brokers — there are over 500 California-registered data brokers — with a single click.
We made it to the end of the second Leading EDGE Internship cohort! It’s been a great summer working with these amazing students and employers. This year, seven dedicated employers hosted nine interns for ten weeks over the summer.
Why diversity? Why programs like TNPA’s Leading EDGE? Try asking it a different way: Why not? It’s a question many of us are asking after the Supreme Court’s decision to ban affirmative action in school admissions despite the conspicuous need for proactive efforts towards diversity, equity and inclusion in every aspect of our country’s educational institutions and workforce.
Last week we lost a fundraising industry champion. Jennifer Bielat succumbed to complications following a planned surgery at the end of June that no one ever imagined would have beaten her. I have known Jennifer as a colleague and friend for more than twenty years, and I never saw her give up without a fight. I have no doubt she went down swinging.
On July 19, The Nonprofit Alliance (TNPA) conducted another of its Capitol Hill Days. This one was special on two levels. It was TNPA’s first in-person Hill Day since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic — TNPA conducted six virtual Hill Days via Zoom meetings with members of Congress and their staffs between then and April 2023 — and it was TNPA’s first-ever Catholic Development Council (CDC) Hill Day, with members of the CDC joining us.