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The Obama White House cannot be insulated from the ever-expanding IRS scandal. It is neither a political sideshow nor a tiny muck-up by low-level bureaucrats. Rather, it threatens a cornerstone of American democracy—political speech--and has the serious potential to derail public attention to and support for other elements of the Administration’s policy agenda such as health care, immigration reform, gun control, and tax reform. It should be a wake-up call for the White House and all of us that it is high time to come to grips with the mess of what has evolved into the current crop of 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations with almost entirely partisan electoral agendas programs and agendas with little or no interest in social welfare. Clean up the IRS for sure, but let’s also clean up the tax exempt sector of the surfeit of phony social welfare organizations too.
For-profits tend to accept the benefits of coaching as a given. Nonprofits, on the other hand, question whether or not coaching actually works, and are more concerned with return on investment. But, as Bill Ryan explains, rather than asking “Does coaching work?,” nonprofit organizations invested in the practice would be better served figuring out how to make it work in their particular situation.
By its own admission, between 2010 and 2012, the IRS subjected groups to extra scrutiny based on buzzwords like “tea party” and “patriot” in their names. We would love to hear from you on this turn of events. What should be the nonprofit sector’s response?