One of the questions we’re asked most frequently at U.S. 1 is: How can I get my event listed in your calendar?

The answer is simple. As soon as you know the details of your Prince­ton-area event, send them by email to events@princetoninfo.com. Be sure to include the date, time, and location of the event, a website or phone number where people can find further information, and a brief description including any cost for the event. If a high-resolution photograph is available, send that too. We try to include as many images as space allows.

That one email can go a long way. If your event recurs regularly, let us know about all upcoming dates. There is no limit on how far in advance we can add events to our database.

And in addition to the U.S. 1 calendar — both in print and online at www.princetoninfo.com/events — that one email address also feeds into the calendars featured in our nine monthly sister publications covering Princeton, Trenton, West Windsor-Plainsboro, Hamilton, Robbinsville, Hopewell, Lawrenceville, Ewing, and Bordentown. Learn more about those papers at www.communitynews.org.

We include as many listings as we can, subject to space constraints. And the best part of all? Event listings are always free.

To the Editor: More on Charity Oversight

In a recent column on the charitable sector, I wrote that “the nonprofit sector is growing at an astronomical rate” and “while the majority of nonprofits are operating effectively and efficiently, there are thousands of nonprofits [among the 1.5 million charities] that are operating in an inefficient and ineffective manner, and there is no mechanism to weed out charities that are performing poorly.” (U.S. 1, November 27, 2019.)

I pointed out that there is a very low barrier to establishing a charity as the IRS approves 99.5 of applications (50,000 each year). My suggestion to create some sort of evaluation/accreditation entity, like those that operate in higher education and health care, was not designed, as Linda M. Czipo wrote in her column on January 22 in U.S. 1, to “do a grave disservice to all the charities operating in New Jersey and the country” but rather to improve the quality of services offered.

I do not believe, nor did I write, that the charitable community is “a ‘wild west’ of lawlessness and incompetence.” To the contrary, I believe the vast majority of charities do an incredible job with scarce resources. As I wrote, I think existing charities could do an even better job if we required “potential new charities to meet with similar charities that are currently operating to see if there aren’t ways they could work together. The goal would not be to screen-out innovative ideas, but to reduce duplication.”

Irwin S. Stoolmacher

President, Stoolmacher Consulting Group

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