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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

  • Donors And Gym Rats Have Plenty In Common

    By Patrick Sullivan — August 5, 2014

    Gyms and monthly sustainer programs have plenty in common. Gym members are monthly givers, and a gym membership is a monthly contribution. Long-term value needs little explanation.

  • IRS, Minnesota AG Asked To Investigate Bremer Foundation

    By Patrick Sullivan — August 1, 2014

    The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) has asked the federal and state authorities to investigate the Otto Bremer Foundation after its three trustees installed themselves as co-CEOs.

  • 100%

    By Patrick Sullivan — August 1, 2014

    Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), based in Torrance, Calif., banks on the need for instant gratification. “Individuals want to make a tangible impact. It’s innate,” said LiNK Vice President Justin Wheeler. “They want to see immediate and direct impact.” That’s why LiNK directs 100 percent of public donations to refugee rescues.

  • There’s Strategy To Using Google Grants

    By Patrick Sullivan — July 29, 2014

    The Google Grants program can be a proving ground for paid search campaigns. Project Hope wanted to maximize its Google Grant efficiency, so the organization launched a four-phase Google Grant campaign culminating in a paid campaign to put into practice what they’d learned with the free Google Grants program.

  • Survey: Room To Grow For Online, Sustainer Giving

    By Patrick Sullivan — July 28, 2014

    Online giving and recurring giving has lots of room to grow, particularly for small nonprofits, according to a recent survey.

  • 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.


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