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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

  • Employee Retreats: Serious Business And Carnival Tricks

    By Patrick Sullivan — July 31, 2015

    The 25 staff members at Young Community Developers (YCD) drove about an hour and a half away from the organization’s San Francisco headquarters for an employee retreat in 2013. When they returned they had a new program.

  • Stand For Your Mission Pushes Board Advocacy

    By Patrick Sullivan — July 15, 2015

    BoardSource released the third edition of its seminal document “10 Basic Responsibilities for Nonprofit Boards” today, and readers will notice some fundamental changes. The document has a stronger focus on board members’ advocacy. That’s not an accident.

  • Donors Take Their Own Sweet Time

    By Patrick Sullivan — July 7, 2015

    It used to be that you’d mail a donor and the donor would mail you back. Increasingly, that’s not the case. Donors are “not obedient like they used to be,” said Jeff Brooks, creative director of TrueSense Marketing. “Now they have their own methods.”

  • Report: Donor Takes Big Gift Back

    By Patrick Sullivan — June 24, 2015

    A major donor to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign has reportedly taken at least $50,000 of $70,000 in donations back from the group, citing lack of programmatic progress.

  • Answer The Question, Win Valuable Grants

    By Patrick Sullivan — June 23, 2015

    Winning a grant is a lot like the SATs, you get points for simply getting your name correct. About 60 percent of winning a grant is answering the questions on the application and telling the grantmakers what they want to know.

  • NAACP Chapter President Dolezal Resigns

    By Patrick Sullivan — June 15, 2015

    The NAACP chapter president under fire for questions about her race has resigned. Rachel Dolezal, president of the Spokane NAACP in Washington state, has announced her resignation via a post on the chapter’s Facebook page.

  • Charity Checkout Campaigns Remained Flat

    By Patrick Sullivan — May 28, 2015

    CHICAGO — The biggest charity checkout campaigns raised some $388 million at U.S. cash registers in 2014, only slightly less than the total raised the previous year. The Rye, N.Y.-based Cause Marketing Forum (CMF) identified 77 campaigns that raised $1 million or more last year. Findings were released today at the 2015 Cause Marketing Forum conference in Chicago. CMF conducted its first America’s Charity Checkout Champions Report in 2012.

  • Transparency, Bigger Fines Sought In New Lobbying Laws

    By Patrick Sullivan — May 26, 2015

    Legislation introduced to both the Rhode Island state House of Representatives and the state Senate would rework lobbying in the Ocean State. The new legislation, called the Rhode Island Lobbying Reform Act, would broaden the definition of lobbying, merge two lobbyist registers, require disclosure of funds and empower the secretary of state to issue subpoenas in the conduct of investigations into violations.

  • Scouts’ Anti-Gay Volunteer Stand ‘Cannot Be Sustained’

    By Patrick Sullivan — May 21, 2015

    The Boy Scouts of America’s prohibition against gay adult volunteers and employees is unsustainable, according to the organization’s board president. “We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained,” said Robert Gates during the BSA’s National Annual Business Meeting in Atlanta, Ga.

  • 16 Digital Inclusion Fellowships Offered By NTEN, Google Fiber

    By Patrick Sullivan — May 21, 2015

    NTEN, the Nonprofit Technology Network, is partnering with Google Fiber to find 16 tech experts who can build digital inclusion programs in eight U.S. cities. The Digital Inclusion Fellowship was announced today, and applications are open through June 10.


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