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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

  • Mid-Level Donors Hiding In Plain Sight

    By Patrick Sullivan — July 22, 2014

    Mid-level donors might live in a strange place in your development department. They’re not serviced with the same automation that your direct mail file is handled. They also most likely don’t warrant the personal touch of the major giving department.

  • House Passes America Gives More Act

    By Patrick Sullivan — July 17, 2014

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed the America Gives More Act of 2014, a package of bills to extend a number of giving incentives for charities. “This legislation is a big win for those who are served by the nonprofit community, which in one form or another, is much of the country,” Joanne Florino, senior vice president for public policy for The Philanthropy Roundtable, said via a statement.

  • America Gives More Act Targets Nonprofit Deductions

    By Patrick Sullivan — July 16, 2014

    The U.S. House of Representatives is likely to debate this week a legislative package concerning IRA distributions to charity, food donations, deduction filing, conservation easement and foundation excise taxes. H.R. 4719, “America Gives More Act of 2014,” was reported out of the House Committee on Ways and Means.

  • Distance Not Making Donors’ Hearts Grow Fonder

    By Patrick Sullivan — July 7, 2014

    Some 80 percent of Food for the Poor’s lapsed donors stopped giving because they felt distanced from the organization. “Every time we had a meeting, we said the donor is king, but we weren’t acting like the donor was king,” said Angel Aloma, executive director of the Coconut Creek, Fla.-based organization. During the next three years, Aloma said his organization internalized what it meant to make the donor king, starting at the top.

  • Marketing An ‘A-Ha’ Moment

    By Patrick Sullivan — July 1, 2014

    Katie Bisbee, chief marketing officer for in New York City, had to learn the hard way that “admitting failure and apologizing ends up engaging donors in a deeper way,” she said.

  • Classically Cannabis

    By Patrick Sullivan — July 1, 2014

    Like many American symphonies, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has seen some of its audience go up in smoke. “Here in Denver, the classical music audience has been flat or slightly declining for a long time,” said CEO Jerome Kern. “That impacts contributions. It’s not simply that they’re not attending concerts, they’re not contributing to support.”

  • Bogied Prizes: Hole-in-One Can Be Expensive

    By Patrick Sullivan — June 24, 2014

    Spring is in full bloom and that means baseball, allergies, barbecues and charity golf tournaments. While you might need to watch for foul balls, the pollen report and undercooked burgers, it’s the last one, golf tournaments, with which nonprofits should be most concerned.

  • Seattle Is The Most Generous City

    By Patrick Sullivan — June 20, 2014

    The people of Seattle gave more online per 1,000 residents in 2013 than residents of any other city, at a rate of $53,542 per 1,000 residents. Residents generated $33.2 million from 201,502 donations. Those are some results from the Most Generous Online Cities 2013 report, produced by Charleston, S.C. software firm Blackbaud.

  • Cash Jumps As Wall Street, Donors Feel Better

    By Patrick Sullivan — June 18, 2014

    The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) focus on its strategic framework, called “Global Challenges, Global Solutions,” helped to secure a $26 million gift for programs in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia this past March.

  • MDA Moves Executives To Chicago

    By Patrick Sullivan — June 17, 2014

    The Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) new Chicago headquarters is open for business. The organization’s former headquarters in Tucson, Ariz., has been renamed the Operations Center. The Chicago headquarters will house most of MDA’s top executives, including President and CEO Steven Derks, the chief development officer, chief marketing and communications officer and chief financial officer.


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