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Paul Clolery

Paul Clolery is vice president and editorial director of NPT Publishing Group in Morris Plains, N.J., which publishes The NonProfit Times and its sister publication the magazine Exempt. He also has oversight responsibilities for the editorial content The NonProfit Times Online, the e-letters NPT Weekly, NPT Instant Fundraising, Exempt and NPT TechnoBuzz.

Since Clolery joined The NPT, it has gone from one publication 12 times annually to the list above. He joined The NPT in December, 1994 from Faulkner & Gray, a division of Thomson Financial, where he was senior editor of The Practical Accountant, which at the time was the largest circulation independent publication covering tax and accounting. He also contributed to other F&G publications.

Often a speaker for industry meetings and conferences, he has spoken at conferences of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, The American Society of Association Executives, The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The DMA Nonprofit Federation, the Blackbaud user conference, the Kintera user conference the Convio user and the Sage Software user conference. He also has been master of ceremonies for events at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Formerly a senior fellow of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Fourth Estate and the Third Sector series, Clolery taught the tax-exempt sector to consumer reporters for four years during a week-long seminar at the University of Mississippi and Marshall University. He also has lectured on the topic at the annual conference of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Prior to Faulkner & Gray, Clolery spent more than a decade in the daily newspaper business in Texas and New Jersey. He has been honored a dozen times for reporting excellence, including awards from Associated Press Managing Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists. Most recently, the Society of Professional Journalists has twice awarded him first place for column and opinion writing.

Clolery has also written freelance articles for ID World, Investor’s Business Daily, Working Woman and others. He is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and The National Press Club.

He was not a stranger to the nonprofit sector when he joined The NPT. A shoulder injury forced him to retire from active duty at a local volunteer rescue squad after answering more than 1,200 emergency calls. He currently is a volunteer emergency medical technician instructor, and is part of a teaching team that received a Daily Point of Light award from The Points of Light Foundation in Washington, D.C. for consistently having a pass rate of more than 90 percent of students on the National Registry EMT examination when the national average is less than 50 percent. In 2008, he was individually presented a Daily Point Of Light award for volunteer service.

Paul Clolery's Articles

  • Minorities Under Represented In Fundraising Appeals

    By Paul Clolery — March 3, 2015

    Giving at a place of worship is the top venue for donors who are white, African American and Hispanic. Asian donors, however, are more likely to give to health charities. Local social service and children’s charities are also priorities for Asian donors.

  • Study: Giving As Diverse As Donors

    By Paul Clolery — February 26, 2015

    Giving at a place of worship is the top venue for donors who are white, African-American and Hispanic. Asian donors, however, are more likely to give to health charities. Local social service and children’s charities are also priorities for Asian donors.

  • Abila In ‘Peach’ Of A Deal

    By Paul Clolery — February 18, 2015

    Content and learning platform Peach New Media, a player in the association and large organization educational space, has been purchased by Abila Software. The firm has operations in Atlanta and Hanover, Mass., and will be rebranded as Peach New Media, an Abila company.

  • Blackbaud Revenue Up 12% for 2014

    By Paul Clolery — February 12, 2015

    Nonprofit fundraising and financial platform firm Blackbaud posted net income of $4.8 million on revenue of $152.8 million during the fourth quarter of 2014. For the year, Blackbaud reported profit of $28.3 million, or 62 cents per share.

  • Warm Greeting

    By Paul Clolery — December 30, 2014

    There’s no intent to throw a bucket of ice over the efforts for #GivingTuesday but one has to wonder about the euphoria. The final numbers will show roughly $60 million was raised on Dec. 2 by some 20,000 partner organizations in the United States and another 6,500 or so abroad.

  • Commentary: Congress Has to ‘Answer For The Sector’

    By Paul Clolery — December 18, 2014

    The nonprofit sector needs its own Michael Corleone. In the classic movie “The Godfather,” Frank “Frankie Five Angels” Pentangeli urges Michael to strike at his enemies. “Look, let’s get ‘em all — let’s get ‘em all now, while we got the muscle.”

  • Leaders Again Push For America Gives More Act

    By Paul Clolery — December 3, 2014

    Five leading nonprofit advocacy organizations yesterday took the opportunity of the #GivingTuesday international day of fundraising to send a letter to President Barack Obama and Congressional leadership urging them to enact charitable provisions found in the America Gives More Act (H.R. 4719).

  • Rumors Of Tax Deal Include Charitable Rollover

    By Paul Clolery — November 26, 2014

    Congress has gone home for the Thanksgiving holiday with a threat of a presidential veto for a rumored $440 billion tax compromise legislative package that is not formally available for inspection.

  • Aviv Challenges Sector To Evolve

    By Paul Clolery — November 17, 2014

    Seattle — In a call to action that was sometimes provocative, attendees of the Independent Sector (IS) annual conference here were told that the status quo was not enough. Leaders must take action on structural issues of the sector and their organizations and think about what both will look like and operate 25 years from now.

  • Imagining The Nonprofit Sector in 2024

    By Paul Clolery — November 17, 2014

    SEATTLE – “Do no harm. Do more good.” Knowing what is possible and what is “barely achievable” and still going for it is how nonprofit leaders can imagine the future. Those were the words of Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps, during an opening session Sunday of Independent Sector’s annual conference held this year in Seattle.


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