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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

 
The nonprofit sector has certainly seen its share of changes and accommodations due to the pandemic; the latest is for the way that charity ratings are determined.
Charity Navigator, the “world’s largest and most-utilized independent nonprofit evaluator” of charities, recently announced that it “has adjusted its rating methodology” for fiscal years ending March 31, 2020, or

 
For six years, a “partnership of charities, regulators, law enforcers and other not-for-profit stakeholders” around the globe have joined forces in an annual week-long campaign to spread the word about an urgent problem affecting the philanthropy community. 
As in the past, this year’s Charity Fraud Awareness Week (October 18-22, 2021) focused on raising “awareness of fraud and cybercrime

 
In the brief two weeks since Nonprofits: Continue Engaging On Billions In Pandemic Aid (October 21, 2021), there have been further developments.
       Money-Delivery Tied Up 
As part of the historic $1.9 trillion economic stimulus in March 2021 from The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Congress authorized $3.5 billion as “fiscal relief funding” for state, local,

 
Charity raffles are a consistently popular way that nonprofits – especially smaller ones – raise money. 
From the outside looking in, these fundraisers appear simple and straightforward; a surefire way to generate new revenue on a one-time basis or more regularly, with relatively little hassle.
But that’s deceptive; they are tightly regulated in almost all jurisdictions around the nation.

 
That mountain of money Congress authorized back in March as “fiscal relief funding” for state, local, territorial, and tribal governments? 
Since early May, the Treasury Department has been shoveling it out the door as fast as it can, but a big chunk of that “whopping $3.5 billion” remains. 
And “money doesn’t just spend itself….”  
It needs our