News for not-for-profits

Posted by Reham El-Sherazi on Aug 23, 2017

PayPal faces lawsuit over diverted donations

Payment processing company PayPal faces a class action lawsuit over its “Giving Fund” platform. The lawsuit claims the platform lists charities that aren’t registered to receive donations and doesn’t inform donors that unregistered charities won’t receive their donations.

The suit also alleges that PayPal redirects donations intended for unregistered charities to other organizations of its own choosing. The case was filed on behalf of donors whose donations weren’t delivered as intended, as well as registered and unregistered not-for-profits listed on the platform who didn’t receive their donations, either. 

Report sheds light on state charity regulators

The Urban Institute, an economics and social policy think tank, has released a free, downloadable primer that looks at the regulatory and enforcement activities of state charity officials’ offices. The regulators vary greatly (in resources and staffing, for example) and the information can provide organizations with valuable information on how to work with their state regulators. The primer, State Regulation and Enforcement in the Charitable Sector, includes an analysis of laws for charities in 56 U.S. jurisdictions and a survey of all state and territory offices about their enforcement strategies. Included are interviews with officials in about two-thirds of those offices. You can find the report at

Funding impedes not-for-profit HR’s top priorities

A Nonprofit Talent Management Priorities Survey by consulting firm Nonprofit HR uncovered the talent management priorities of nearly 300 not-for-profit leaders and HR professionals from organizations nationwide (representing a diverse range of budgets, staff sizes and missions). The top talent acquisition priority cited was attracting diverse talent. But many respondents indicated they lack the funding to accomplish that and other goals. The study also looked into areas such as culture and engagement, performance management, and learning and development as they relate to managing talent. The full results are available at

Peer-to-peer fundraising takes a hit

Revenues dropped by 2.8% in 2016 for the nation’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns, according to the 2016 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Thirty Survey from the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum, which offers support for charitable fundraising events. It was the fourth consecutive year in which the total revenues for the 30 biggest campaigns declined. The survey found that these campaigns raised about $1.53 billion in 2016, down from $1.57 billion in 2015. Researchers attribute the drop-off to the rise of so-called do-it-yourself campaigns in which supporters use online tools to raise funds for their favorite causes.

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