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What keeps you up at night? The answer to that question might vary whether you’re looking at from a charity executive’s point of view or that of a state charity regulator. That was among the questions raised during a luncheon discussion between regulators and nonprofit attorneys during the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) annual conference today at the Washington Marriott Georgetown in Washington, D.C.
Three United Way affiliates reported total support of more than $100 million for the 2014-2015 campaign while overall support for United Way was down by 1 percent last year.
With crowdsourcing campaigns popping up all over the news and social media, nonprofit leaders might be tempted to incorporate the strategy into their organizations’ fundraising efforts. Many already have done so.
Blackbaud of Charleston, S.C. has finalized its $190-million acquisition of Smart Tuition, a payment software and services provider for private schools and parents. The deal will fold Smart Tuition’s full product line including Smart Tuition, Smart Aid and Smart for Dioceses into Blackbaud’s K-12 portfolio.
Staffers at the Foundation Center held their breath for a few days in 2013, when the organization released its annual report for the fiscal year 2012. That year the New York City-based organization mailed out a slimmed-down print version, but the online version was much more in depth.
New donors declined by 11 percent. New donor revenue dropped by $11.3 million. Had the suspension of its direct mail acquisition program continued, the American Cancer Society (ACS) projected a loss of almost $30 million over five years.
Potential changes in how states tax cloud-based services have become a hot topic in the nonprofit sector. While few nonprofits would be in the business of providing cloud-based media for things outside of their mission, nonprofit leaders might be advised to approach any sort of new digitally-provided service or revenue source carefully. As more data, fulfillment and everyday work transfer to the cloud from local servers, state and local tax officers are brainstorming for ways to tax the process. Annette Nellen, a professor at San Jose State University and author at 21stcenturytaxation.com, said the questions concerning the taxation of cloud-based services stem from the fact that sales tax in many states is directly tied to the transfer of tangible property.
Donor churn is improving but charities are still losing three more donors each year than new and returning donors are giving to organizations. Less than half of donors supported the same charity two years in a row, according to a new survey.
Leaders who struggle with risk management might be able to attribute their difficulties to their own brains working against them. Diana Del Bel Belluz, founder and president of Risk Wise Inc., in Toronto, explained to attendees of the 2015 Risk Summit that the brain is capable of undermining success in risk management by overestimating or underestimating rewards, overestimating one’s ability to control risk, misaligning risk-reward tradeoff and allowing for self interest to take over organizational interests.
Yale University’s endowment earned an 11.5 percent investment return and grew to $25.6 billion last year. The university also had investment gains of about $2.6 billion for the year ending June 30, compared with $4 billion the previous year. The endowment returned 20.2 percent for the year ending June 30, 2014, when most university endowments averaged about 15.5 percent, according to the 2014 Study of Endowments.
You have a job description, but on any given day, you're probably doing dozens of things outside the scope of that description. Combine that with the challenge of a fast-paced environment and the shifting priorities of funders, colleagues, and board members and it’s easy to fall short of doing your best. By being mindful of your limitations and capacity—and saying “no” when your plate is full—you can actually do more for your cause. In the sixth installment of the Raise and Engage podcast Danielle Johnson and Robin Anderson discuss the power of saying “no” at work.
In the most recent episode of Raise + Engage, Danielle is back with Brian Reich from little m media to discuss how nonprofit professionals can stay motivated and energized in their day-to-day roles. Brian shares his experience working with nonprofits and the lessons and tips he's learn from and shared with them over the years, including tips for avoiding a professional rut, creating forward momentum in your career and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you're considering making a career move or want to ensure you're on the right path, you won't want to miss this inspo-packed episode!
Episode 4: Apps and Hacks to Stay (Mostly) Sane, is all about tips, tricks and tools for sanity. Blackbaud’s own interactive product marketer, Julia Lenz, joins host Danielle Johnson to share some high tech. (and no tech.) productivity tips to help nonprofit professionals stay sane in the crazy world of philanthropy. Tune in to hear:
- Tips for how to spend the first 30 minutes of your day
- The benefits of 15 minute meetings
- Why notebooks are still relevant to a successful organization
- Ideas for better managing your inbox
- Why you should take lunch outside the box
- ...and much more!
Episode 3: Tech. Connection: Solutions, Strategy, and Staff In episode 3 of the Raise + Engage podcast, Danielle Johnson is joined by Chris Geady and William DaSilva, two IT experts in the nonprofit space, to talk technology integration for NPOs: when you need it, when you don’t, and how to do it successfully. Tune in to hear:
- When to say NO to integration
- How to set your strategic plan before even looking at technologies
- Ways to get your entire team on board
- The importance of identifying a project lead
- The RFP process - how it should and should not go
According to Danielle Johnson, straight-shooting host of the Raise + Engage podcast series, if your staff members aren’t the number one advocates for your cause on social media, you’re failing. In the most recent episode, Danielle is joined by Blackbaud’s own social media guru Madeline Turner to discuss overcoming social struggles and creating a social ambassador program at your organization. This entertaining and insightful duo dishes on the importance of making your social media presence human, making the case for a formal social program to leadership, how University of Michigan turned a one time social media campaign into a long term social program, and how Madeline's mom unknowingly became a social ambassador on #GivingTuesday.
In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!