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Philanthropy: Progress at ‘the pace of molasses’

Philanthropy: Progress at ‘the pace of molasses’ By Paul Clolery

Real transformation can be a nauseating experience. It probably should be gut-wrenching. And the phrase thinking out of the box has created a new box without actually looking at the nature of the box. The “puritanical” idea that philanthropy assuages guilt holds charities back from transforming …   Read More »

Giving Increases, But Donors’ Wealth Is Rising Quicker

Giving Increases, But Donors’ Wealth Is Rising Quicker By Mark Hrywna

Wealthy donors appear to be getting more optimistic, with more of them expecting to give more to charity during the next three to five years, according to the 2014 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy. Released today, the study has been written and researched in partnership with the India…   Read More »

GuideStar Coalition Launches Exchange To Benchmark Diversity

GuideStar Coalition Launches Exchange To Benchmark Diversity By Mark Hrywna

Nonprofits will be able to track and compare the diversity of their organizations against others in the sector, through a partnership announced today. “We believe that data about who’s leading, working in and with organizations is just as important as financial and operational data we already ha…   Read More »

Technology Evolves Fundraising, But Charleston Principles Remain Unchanged

Technology Evolves Fundraising, But Charleston Principles Remain Unchanged By Richard H. Levey

Picture a consumer in Los Angeles visiting a New York charity’s website. The site slips a cookie -- a tiny bit of tracking code -- onto the consumer’s computer. An advertising network then deploys “remarketing” and serves up an ad for the charity with a prominent “donate now” button whil…   Read More »

ALS Association Starts Disbursing Ice Bucket Cash

ALS Association Starts Disbursing Ice Bucket Cash By Mark Hrywna

The $115 million in Ice Bucket Challenge donations this summer are beginning to melt with initial approval of $21.7 million in funding for six projects. The ALS Association (ALSA) in Washington, D.C., announced it would support six programs and initiatives to expedite the search for treatments an…   Read More »

SEC Crowdfunding Rules Pose Challenges, Create Opportunities

SEC Crowdfunding Rules Pose Challenges, Create Opportunities By Julius A. Karash

At first glance, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) proposed rules on crowdfunding don’t appear to have much to do with the nonprofit world. The rules are designed to make it easier for small businesses and startups to raise capital and provide additional opportunities for investors.…   Read More »

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Envelope Change Boosted Fundraising Results 10%

By Richard H. Levey — October 15, 2014

If the last time you considered modifying your direct mail fundraising package wasn’t this morning, you’re overdue. “Testing isn’t difficult or costly, but it is the lifeblood of your program,” is what Bryan Terpstra, senior vice president of direct response fundraising agency RobbinsKersten Direct, told an audience during a recent fundraising conference.

You Can’t Block Bad Comments In California

By Patrick Sullivan — October 15, 2014

Bad reviews can cost good will and lost donations, but trying to prevent them could cost cold, hard cash in California. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the “Yelp Bill,” which prevents anyone doing business in California from adding non-disparagement clauses to their terms of service.

NPT Lunchtruck: Exclusive Audio Interviews With Nonprofit Leaders

By The NonProfit Times — October 13, 2014

NPT Lunch Truck is a 15-minute discussion on a hot issue of the day while you munch on that chicken salad sandwich with the crust cut off. The newsmaker will be interviewed by a member of the editorial staff of The NonProfit Times.

Study: Click-Throughs Decline 25%, But Online Revenue Improves

By Mark Hrywna — October 8, 2014

Nonprofits sent 60 percent more email last year and open rates are stabilizing. Click-through rates are falling, but repeat and sustaining donors are boosting online revenue.

Harvard Trumpets Gift, But Mutes The Details

By Patrick Sullivan — October 2, 2014

A recent $350 million donation is the largest gift ever received by Harvard University. There was a press conference that was also live streamed. But, the school really doesn’t want to answer any questions about its details.

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