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~December 2003~ Topics

College Degree in “Social Change and Activism”

The New College of California is now offering a bachelor’s and master’s degree with a concentration in social change and activism. The program and curriculum are based around the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee, which has been educating and preparing people to fight injustice since 1932. The new school is seeking to follow the ideals of that group, but offer programs in an accredited college environment.

Bachelor degree candidates need 45 credit hours before they can be admitted to the program. The year-long program meets one weekend per month, combines elective and required courses, often taught by activists. The master’s program takes about one year and includes work in a local nonprofit organization. For more information visit their website at: http://newcollege.edu/activismchange/actsocma.html.


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New Online Resource

Community organizations can find help at a new online resource: Living Cities Mix: Management Information Exchange at http://www.lcmmix.org. The site provides sample documents, articles, tips on how to resolve conflicts, managing people, and strengthening boards. There is also a discussion area for posting questions and getting answers.
The site is a collaborative project between the Graduate School of Management at NYU in New York and the School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers in New Jersey.


Change Afoot for IRS 990

The IRS is soon to accept electronic filings of the 990 forms for nonprofit organizations. To speed this along they have created a compliance unit in Ogden, UT that will open in January, 2004. The role of staff is to help charities avoid mistakes in filing, a chronic problem in the past.

Plans are for the IRS to group nonprofits by type of errors made and then focus on helping the organization get the correct information to complete the form. There is an effort to locate nonprofits that are not reporting fund raising expenses, ones that conduct gambling activities, and organizations where the pay or benefits of senior staff is excessive. These organizations will be under a greater scrutiny than others.

 


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