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  • Calculate A Donor’s Score Then Dump Them

    By Marty Daks — April 21, 2015

    When Nicole Gyorfi Titus, a veteran communications director, was asked to lead digital operations for the ReadyforHillary, a Rosslyn, Va.-based national political action committee, she didn’t hesitate to utilize a cooperative database for the PAC’s direct mail fundraising efforts.

  • Scoring Donors And Adding Prospects

    By Marty Daks — December 16, 2014

    When Nicole Gyorfi Titus, a veteran communications director, was asked to lead digital operations for the ReadyforHillary, a Rosslyn, Va.-based national political action committee, she didn’t hesitate to utilize a cooperative database for the PAC’s direct mail fundraising efforts.

  • Who’ll Fill Their Shoes?

    By Marty Daks — November 12, 2014

    Neil Nicoll joined a lengthy list of CEOs who are exiting large, influential charities when he announced this past June that at year’s end he would end his nearly decade-long tenure as president and CEO of the YMCA of the USA.

  • Scoring Donors

    By Marty Daks — July 1, 2014

    When Nicole Gyorfi Titus, a veteran communications director, was asked to lead digital operations for ReadyforHillary, a Rosslyn, Va.-based national political action committee, she didn’t hesitate to utilize a cooperative database for the PAC’s direct mail fundraising efforts.

  • Nonprofits Offer Mixed Bag Of Health Plans

    By Marty Daks — April 9, 2014

    Concerns regarding rising healthcare costs have been at or near the top of the worry list of many nonprofit executives. An analysis of the Nonprofit Organizations Salary and Benefits Reports for 2010 through 2013, along with conversations with executives, shows the concern benefits have on the budget’s bottom line.

  • Red Flags: Beware The Fraud Triangle

    By Marty Daks — March 4, 2014

    The director of facilities at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta pleaded guilty in April 2013 to embezzling more than $1.1 million from the nonprofit. Accord­ing to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, former employee Ralph Clark stole the money from the visual and performing arts center by submitting invoices for bogus expenses, picking the checks up in person, and then depositing them into accounts over which Clark had signatory authority.

  • Pay-What-You-Can Concept Challenged By Thin Margins

    By Marty Daks — December 31, 2013

    Panera Bread Co. wants to give something back to the communities it serves, and one way it has is to launch a series of “community cafés” where “suggested donations” replace fixed prices on the menu. The concept is fine, but “it is challenging,” said Kate Antonacci, director of social impact initiatives for the Panera Bread Foundation, which operates the Panera Cares cafés.

  • Group Hopes To Re-Frame Human Services Using Neuroscience

    By Marty Daks — November 1, 2013

    Many nonprofits, especially human services, are struggling with reduced funding from government and donors. A solution to the shortfall could involve changing the way that nonprofits explain their missions. It’s a matter of choosing the right words, a process known as framing, and it can affect donors’ thinking.

  • New Regs Require Recognizing Contributed Services

    By Marty Daks — September 24, 2013

    Nonprofits that receive management and other services without charge from affiliated organizations will soon have to recognize the value of the activities, due to a Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) update.

  • New Regs For Retirement Plans

    By Marty Daks — March 26, 2013

    Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center Inc. had a “plain vanilla” 403(b) retirement plan for a long time. About a year ago the Newburgh, N.Y.-based medical services nonprofit decided to explore other options as part of a broad benefits overhaul aimed at stemming a high rate of executive turnover.

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In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!

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