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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

  • Passion Trumps The Donor Pyramid

    By Patrick Sullivan — March 24, 2015

    Tom Gaffny was giving Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, hosts of the hit television show Mythbusters, a run for their money during the Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation’s 2015 Washington Nonprofit Conference. Gaffny, who owns an eponymous fundraising consultancy in Wellesley, Mass., busted some myths of his own during the session.

  • 5 Nonprofit Myths – And Tall Tales

    By Patrick Sullivan — March 16, 2015

    There’s an old myth in fundraising: Loki will one day kill direct mail. The Tree of Nonprofit Life, Individual Giving, will wither and die, thus ushering in the eternal winter of fundraising Ragnarok.

  • MacArthur, MMA And National Assembly Have New Bosses

    By Patrick Sullivan — March 13, 2015

    A trio of large nonprofits have chosen new leaders. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Human Services Assembly have all announced new executives at the top.

  • The Problem of Too Many Prospects or Donors

    By Patrick Sullivan — March 10, 2015

    Too many fundraisers want more donors in the door and don’t care about what happens after the first gift. “They enter the dreaded ‘donor death spiral,’” said Rob Reger, senior vice president at the Irving, Texas office of data firm Epsilon. “That occurs with too many one-time or short-term donors who aren’t loyal to the organization.”

  • Sector Not Paying To Develop New Leaders

    By Patrick Sullivan — March 4, 2015

    Less than one percent of grant dollars were put towards nonprofit leadership development between 2003 and 2012, according to a new report.

  • Online Volunteers: Don’t Ever Call Them Virtual

    By Patrick Sullivan — March 3, 2015

    The street address 76 Reservoir Road, Atherton, Calif., is ostensibly the headquarters of the Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN). Visitors would be lucky to find any staffer on any given day. That’s because the six-person leadership team, all volunteers, are only there once every two weeks. They work remotely the rest of the time.

  • Live From DMA: Challenges For U.S. Postal Service

    By Patrick Sullivan — February 26, 2015

    There’s good news and bad news when it comes to the United States Postal Service (USPS), according to Robert Taub, acting chair of the Postal Regulatory Committee (PRC).

  • Best Practices, Governance Principles Revised

    By Patrick Sullivan — February 25, 2015

    Independent Sector has updated nearly every one of its 33 Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practices, the first set of substantive changes since the document was released in 2007.

  • Study Forecasts Rise In Giving

    By Patrick Sullivan — February 24, 2015

    A strong stock market and rising income and personal net worth will drive giving up almost 5 percent in each of the next two years, according to a new study.

  • Senate Bill Would Require Revocation Notice

    By Patrick Sullivan — February 23, 2015

    Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate would require the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to give charities notice that they will lose their exempt status.


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