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.
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.
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.
The Supreme Court of the United States has refused to hear an appeal in the case of The Center for Competitive Politics where the identities of donors would be revealed to state officials in California.
The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance), an organization President Barack Obama announced as a spinoff to his initiative of the same name, already has some $80 million worth of commitments. What it doesn’t have is a tax exemption.
The .ngo and .ong domain names are now available to all nonprofits. The open registration follows a sunrise period where organizations that had trademark names could register and a limited registration period for any nonprofits that had expressed prior interest. About 1,000 nonprofits have signed up since the sunrise period, according to domain provider Public Interest Registry (PIR).
Speaking from Lehman College in New York City, President Barack Obama yesterday announced the creation of a nonprofit called the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. The organization is a spinoff of a White House initiative aimed at uplifting black and Hispanic boys from preschool through high school.
The rate of growth of overall giving in the United States has slowed considerably. Overall giving was up 1.7 percent for the three-month period ending in March 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. For the three-month period ending February 2015, giving was up 4.9 percent versus the same period the year before. Online giving held steady in this most recent index at 9.9 percent.
It looks as if Charity Navigator is missing a star. The sector watchdog has embarked on a three-year, $8.5 million fundraising campaign aimed at doubling the Glen Rock, N.J.-based organization’s size. To get a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, organizations have to spend 10 percent of their budget or less on fundraising. Charity Navigator has spent about 15 percent since the campaign kicked off this past October.
You might want to put down the phone, or delay that mailing by a month or two. Nonprofits are 10 times more likely than donors to think the organization is not communicating enough with donors. For its first donor engagement study, Austin, Texas-based fundraising and software firm Abila surveyed more than 1,200 donors across four generational cohorts, as well as managers at 206 nonprofits with revenues ranging from $1 million to $49 million.
Big Data and regression models can chop and analyze a donor file in lots of interesting ways. But if you don’t have millions of dollars or millions of names in your file to utilize these technologies, you’ll have to look elsewhere for measurement.