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After a break of just a few months, California legislators have now reconvened for the second half of the 2021-2022 Session of the Legislature. 
There had been hopes that “we’d be through the pandemic, but it hasn’t gone away,” says Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego). The California Legislature is back: What to expect in 2022 (January

It’s been just over a year since the launch of the ambitious Initiative to Accelerate Charitable Giving (IACG). See Important Charitable Giving Initiative Launched (December 22, 2020).
According to the “powerhouse coalition of philanthropists, foundations, and academic experts” that are the sponsors of this bold proposal, “America’s charities are in a state of crisis.” Simply put, there is

Until December 17, 2021, when a California appellate court published its ruling in  Woods v. American Film Institute, Case No. B307220 (Cal. Ct. App. Dec. 17, 2021), it wasn’t entirely clear under the labor laws of this state whether a tax-exempt charitable organization could have unpaid help; that is, true volunteers that work without pay.
Let that sink in.
 

 
Around New Year’s Day 2020, the ubiquitous lists of top ten-or-whatever predictions popped up.  
They were all wrong. 
That, of course, included ours: What’s Up for Nonprofits in 2020? (January 3, 2020). Promising an end-of-year lookback for accuracy, it wasn’t necessary to wait until the final days of December. In Revisiting Nonprofit Predictions For 2020 (November 17, 2020), we

“What was initially considered a challenge” just months ago “has now become a workforce crisis.” 
That’s the urgent warning from the National Council of Nonprofits (NCN) published on December 13, 2021, about the serious labor shortage recently making news. 
While this is a worrisome development broadly affecting the American economy, it’s striking particularly hard in the nonprofit sector. See our

“No one has ever asked me that,” the executive director of Minneapolis-based Loaves & Fishes told the newspaper reporter. 
Cathy Maes, head of the largest free-meal program in Minnesota, said she was “dumbfounded” when “she interviewed a candidate for a truck driver position and he asked if she could reimburse him for college education.” See Minnesota nonprofits grapple with sudden

 
Before the pandemic, there were already simmering pools of trouble ahead for the nation’s overall workforce and for the nonprofit sector’s more particularly. 
The demographic time bomb of too many baby-boomer workers set to retire has been a crisis about to explode in every part of the U.S. economy. Many 501(c)(3)s have been top-heavy with older workers, especially in

One notable consequence of the 18-months-long pandemic is that regularly-issued annual or quarterly reports are anything but routine or run-of-the-mill updates or reviews of the status quo. 
The topics that ordinarily dominate sector analyses or (virtual) conferences are gently pushed aside to make way for urgent consideration of unprecedented issues and developments. 
For the charitable community, the crushing economic chaos

At the beginning of the pandemic in early March 2020, one of the critical unknowns was whether institutional funders would step up adequately to “meet the moment” of this rapidly spreading global catastrophe.
The answer came quickly. The fury unleashed by COVID-19 was spectacular enough to shatter the status quo of deeply entrenched philanthropy-funding practices – at least in the