To support local government redesign efforts and recognize the innovative work already underway, the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center has partnered with state associations to create the Local Government Innovation & Redesign Guide and host a yearly Local Government Innovations Awards ceremony.
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To try and keep up-to-date with news and events related to the PNLC, I have a few keywords in my Google alerts. Every day, I go through them, looking for interesting articles to post to the news feed here. Hopefully, one or more will spark ideas for an actual post. The keywords are nonprofit, charity, charitable giving, and philanthropy.
Lately, it's been all about health insurance reform or tax time. I suppose this makes for an interesting addition to all the celebrity auctions (kiss from a supermodel, kidney stone, the handbag a socialite carried to a party in Vegas), but I have not found something big to write about.
Sure, I itemize my charitable giving. Last year it was public radio and public TV plus loads of clothes and housewares. Oh, and I donated my car to The March of Dimes. I itemize because I did it, I don't do it because I itemize. But all the articles about tax time make it sound like most people donate because they itemize. That's a different perspective.
When you are dropping off at Goodwill, are you calculating your deductions in your head?