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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

  • Aroma, Touch and Words All Boosted Giving

    By Patrick Sullivan — October 21, 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.

  • JPMorgan’s Corporate Challenge Data Was Breached

    By Patrick Sullivan — October 20, 2014

    As if 76 million households weren’t enough, it has been learned that the JPMorgan Chase data breach this past summer has even more potential victims: participants in the banking giant’s Corporate Challenge series of charitable races.

  • 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.

  • Fundraising Question: What Do We Owe Each Other?

    By Patrick Sullivan — October 6, 2014

    What do Catholic fundraisers have in common with high school football players? According to Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, quite a bit.

  • Donor Privacy

    By Patrick Sullivan — October 2, 2014

    Proposed data protections in the European Union have charities on the other side of the pond panicking. The changes include making opt-in consent mandatory for telemarketing and direct mail (currently opt-out), banning the tracking of IP addresses and the deletion — rather than the suppression — of email users who have opted out. The proposed changes, if approved, would go into effect in 2017.

  • 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.

  • Updated: YMCA Picks New CEO

    By Patrick Sullivan — September 30, 2014

    YMCA of the USA has selected Kevin Washington, current president and CEO of YMCA of Greater Boston, as the new national chief executive. He will take the helm on Feb. 1, 2015.

  • California Blocks Online Non-Disparagement Clauses

    By Patrick Sullivan — September 23, 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.

  • Look Outside U.S. For Fundraising Creativity

    By Patrick Sullivan — September 16, 2014

    Andrew Watt is glad fewer fundraisers are feeling the lingering effects of the Great Recession. But he takes issue when they say they’ve recovered to pre-recession levels. “I disagree,” said Watt, president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). “It’s not because we’re not doing well, but we will never go back. Things have changed exponentially.”

  • Internet Slows Down In Net Neutrality Protest

    By Patrick Sullivan — September 10, 2014

    Stop yelling at the IT guy; the Internet isn’t broken. Yet.

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