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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

  • 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.

  • Live From AHP: Young Professionals Produce For Hospital

    By Paul Clolery — October 24, 2014

    Engaging the nosy neighbor and the fact that people between ages 32 and 49 need to be social and connected has propelled a hospital foundation that targeted nothing but estate planning into potential million-dollar gifts.

  • Philanthropy: Progress at ‘the pace of molasses’

    By Paul Clolery — October 23, 2014

    Real transformation can be a nauseating experience. It probably should be gut-wrenching. And the phrase thinking out of the box has created a new box without actually looking at the nature of the box. The “puritanical” idea that philanthropy assuages guilt holds charities back from transforming the process of mending society’s issues.

  • Amir Pasic To Replace Tempel As Lilly School Dean

    By Paul Clolery — September 8, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS — Amir Pasic will be the new dean of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. It is anticipated that he will be the first holder of the endowed Eugene R. Tempel Deanship, named for the retiring founding dean, once fundraising for it is completed.

  • Nonprofit Tech Must Evolve Inclusively

    By Paul Clolery — September 4, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO — The first question asked to a room of roughly 250 technologists in the nonprofit space was: What does inclusiveness look like in an implementation plan? Diversity, inclusion and equity must be “interwoven into everything you do.”

  • Lilly Family School Dean Search Down To 2

    By Paul Clolery — July 23, 2014

    There are two remaining candidates to fill the shoes of Eugene R. Tempel when he retires as the founding dean of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy later this year.

  • Causing A Movement To Develop Revenue

    By Paul Clolery — May 29, 2014

    CHICAGO — Nonprofit leaders not actively engaged with renewal face the danger of their organizations’ obsolescence. Cause marketing and branding is not about feel good and forgotten.

  • Fundraiser LW Robbins Acquires KerstenDirect

    By Paul Clolery — April 2, 2014

    Direct response firm LW Robbins in Holliston, Mass., has acquired KerstenDirect of Richardson, Texas. The companies have merged operations and Tim Kersten was appointed chief executive officer of the combined company, which will be called RobbinsKersten Direct.

  • Apps, Experiences Pushing Auction Prices Higher

    By Paul Clolery — March 4, 2014

    Auctions at fundraising galas can be a snore. They can also interrupt a meal, however rubber the chicken might be. Whether it’s a traditional bidding auction, a silent auction where bids are written down or new mobile bidding, if you don’t have great items, you’re not going to get premium dollars.


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