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Month: September 2015

Dear New York Times: Now You’re Covering Immigrants’ “Deportment?”

Dear New York Times: Now You’re Covering Immigrants’ “Deportment?”

I know immigration law is complicated, but this should be a pretty easy concept to get straight: Deporting an immigrant is called “deportation.” So when the New York Times said, in an article called “Los Angeles Rethinks Deportation of Inmates,” that the Secure Communities Program was “an Obama administration initiative that relied on local law enforcement to help with deportment efforts,” it was apparently saying that L.A. cops or prison guards are teaching etiquette to its non-citizen inmates. I’d like to…

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California Updates Forms for Challenging Traffic Tickets by Video

California Updates Forms for Challenging Traffic Tickets by Video

On September 1, 2015, the California Judicial Council updated forms for people who’ve received traffic tickets and want to show their faces in court without schlepping to the courthouse. As the relevant instruction sheet tells, “remote video proceedings” (RVP) are available in (1) those courts that choose to allow them and (2) “cases involving Vehicle Code infractions or local ordinances adopted under the Vehicle Code.” (Defendants are ineligible if their alleged traffic offenses involve drugs or alcohol or their cases are…

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Looking for Development Director Job? Don’t Expect to Earn Over $40K!

Looking for Development Director Job? Don’t Expect to Earn Over $40K!

The 2015 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report is out, and the results are, shall we say, depressing. In organizations with a budget of $250,000 or less, the average salary for the top development position is $37,993. In the bigger-budget organizations, it goes up by a measly $10K or so, to $48,775. Worse yet, there’s a significant gender gap. The female development directors earn less than the males, and there are fewer of them to begin with. To put the typical development director’s income level into perspective,…

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Four Percent of U.S. Homes Being Sold to Foreign Buyers

Four Percent of U.S. Homes Being Sold to Foreign Buyers

You don’t have to live in the U.S., much less possess a green card or U.S. citizenship, in order to buy a home here — a fact that’s not lost on foreign investors. In raw numbers, this 4% of purchases isn’t huge: it’s approximately 209,000 U.S. homes going to buyers who either reside outside the U.S. or have been living in the U.S. for less than two years‘ time. (These figures come from the National Association of Realtors, covering the year…

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Has Your Nonprofit Filled Out the 2015 Global NGO Online Technology Survey Yet?

Has Your Nonprofit Filled Out the 2015 Global NGO Online Technology Survey Yet?

I just attended a webinar led by Heather Mansfield, expert and researcher extraordinaire in the field of utilizing mobile and social media to raise money and visibility for charitable organizations. Among the choice bits of info she provided were: Social media has become a MAJOR force in online fundraising, with 95% of nonprofits having established a presence on Facebook, and a goodly number using Twitter and LinkedIn, as well. It’s no longer a question of, “Should we market our organization through social media?” but how…

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