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Patrick Sullivan

Staff writer Patrick Sullivan came to The NonProfit Times in February 2012, having previously been a freelance writer. He graduated summa cum laude from Kean University in 2009, and is proud to be covering the nonprofit sector.

Patrick Sullivan's Articles

  • UNICEF ‘Bridges’ Time From Pledge To Action

    By Patrick Sullivan — April 21, 2014

    When Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines in November 2013, donors wanted the funds they pledged to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF (U.S. Fund) to be spent on life-saving initiatives as quickly as possible. Instead of waiting days or even weeks for large pledges to be released, the U.S. Fund used its Bridge Fund to quickly get $250,000 into the region.

  • Survey: Bible Readers Give More Than Those Who Don’t

    By Patrick Sullivan — April 17, 2014

    Americans who read the Bible give more than Americans who don’t — roughly $500 more per year, on average. Bible readers donated a median $600 to nonprofits during 2013, compared to a median of $100 for non-Bible-readers. The more someone is engaged with the Bible, the more they give, with those reporting the highest level of engagement donating a median $1,500, versus $30 for non-readers.

  • Judge Rejects New York’s Salary, Contract Caps

    By Patrick Sullivan — April 11, 2014

    The New York Department of Health’s regulations on use of funds and executive salary caps, including nonprofits, were struck down this week, with the judge saying Gov. Andrew Cuomo exceeded his authority when he enacted the executive order that launched the regulations.

  • Donor Recruitment and Retention Can’t Be On And Off

    By Patrick Sullivan — April 8, 2014

    Recruiting a donor is like a light switch, according to Diana Ruano: Either you get someone or you don’t. Development and stewardship is more complicated. “It’s a volume dial,” she said.

  • Hourly Value Of Volunteers Grows 41 Cents To $22.55

    By Patrick Sullivan — April 3, 2014

    Nonprofits that used volunteer services last year got a little more bang for their buck. The value of a volunteer hour stood at $22.55 during 2013, according to a report from Independent Sector in Washington, D.C. That’s 41 cents, or 1.9 percent more than 2012.

  • Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Political Donation Limits

    By Patrick Sullivan — April 2, 2014

    The U.S. Supreme Court today lifted the cap on individuals’ donations to political candidates, parties and political action committees in a two-year election cycle. The 5-4 decision along ideological lines in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Committee removes the aggregate cap of $123,200.

  • Aroma, Touch and Words All Boosted Giving

    By Patrick Sullivan — April 1, 2014

    Russell James, III, Ph.D., is not advocating gathering your donors into a room where the air is filled with the hormone oxytocin. He’s just saying that an experiment involving dosing donors with a nasal spray of oxytocin led them to give more. It’s up to you whether you want to tamper with the ventilation system at your next special event.

  • CFC Campaign Down 19 Percent In 2013

    By Patrick Sullivan — March 31, 2014

    The workplace giving program for federal employees reported a 19-percent decline last year, the fourth straight year that it has dropped. The 2013 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) totaled $209.1 million, down almost $50 million from $258.3 million the previous year, according to figures recently released by the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which oversees the program.

  • Combined Federal Campaign Plummets For 4th Year

    By Patrick Sullivan — March 28, 2014

    The 2013 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the workplace giving program for federal employees, dropped 19 percent or almost $50 million from 2012. Giving to the 2013 CFC totaled $209 million, compared to $258.3 million for 2012. The federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which oversees the campaign, released figures for nearly all of the local zones.

  • Live From AFP: Wozniak Says Do What You Love

    By Patrick Sullivan — March 24, 2014

    Steve Wozniak, self-admitted ubergeek, loves equations so much he even developed a formula for happiness: H=S-F. Happiness equals the number of smiles minus the number of frowns in your life. His secret to success? Doing what he loves and doing what he’s best at.


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