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  • Finance And Fundraising Equals Water And Oil

    By Andy Segedin — February 17, 2016

    Nonprofit finance and fundraising teams might not only fail to know what the other is doing, the two might also be speaking different languages and have varying perceptions of their relationship.

  • Aplos Software Gets $4 Million In New Funding

    By Mark Hrywna — February 9, 2016

    Aplos software has raised $4 million in a Series A round of funding from San Joaquin Capital. The newly formed venture capital firm specializes in technology companies based in California’s Central Valley. The funding will allow Fresno, Calif.-based Aplos to accelerate and expand product development efforts.

  • CRM Firm Orange Leap Acquired By YourCause

    By Paul Clolery — February 3, 2016

    Orange Leap, one of the first software as a service providers (SaaS) for charitable organizations, was acquired by Carrollton, Texas-based YourCause. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Orange Leap Founder Randy McCabe will join YourCause as director of nonprofit services.

  • Declining Oil Revenue, Budgets Pressures Alaskans’ Giving

    By Andy Segedin — February 3, 2016

    Alaskans have donated $13.8 million to charity during the past seven years through the Pick. Click. Give. program, a giving mechanism that enables residents to donate a portion of their Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) to local causes. The program has grown each year since its inception in 2009, but efforts to address the state’s budget deficit might cut into PFDs, which are given annually to those who reside in the state for a full calendar year.

  • BBBSA Hits The Road Again — This Time To Tampa

    By Mark Hrywna — February 3, 2016

    It’s not often an established national nonprofit moves its headquarters. It’s even more unusual when it happens twice within only a few years. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) left its Philadelphia, Pa., headquarters in 2013 for Irving, Texas, moving into a complex owned by one of its largest affiliates and which also housed BBBS International. BBBSA’s headquarters hit the road for Tampa just two years later.

  • YouTube Adds Video Donation Option

    By Mark Hrywna — January 28, 2016

    YouTube has unveiled donation cards that can be added to videos, allowing users to donate to a nonprofit through the online video platform. Cards can add interactivity to videos, pointing users to a specific URL or display customized images, titles and calls to action, and now donations.

  • Jerry’s Back. MDA To Rebrand

    By NPT Staff — January 27, 2016

    Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) will lean on its star power as it unveils its revitalized brand on Friday at a Carnegie Hall event. Jerry Lewis, the longtime host of the organization’s Labor Day telethon, will provide a taped message for the event. “Today” anchor Natalie Morales, TNT sportscaster Ernie Johnson, “Small Town Big Deal” host and long-time MDA volunteer Jann Carl and “The Voice” winner Jordan Smith will also participate.

  • Microsoft Philanthropies Offers $1B In Cloud Services

    By Andy Segedin — January 20, 2016

    Microsoft Philanthropies has committed to donating $1 billion in Microsoft Cloud Services to nonprofits and universities during the next three years. The commitment is part of a three-stage initiative by the software giant to use its cloud computing tools for the public good.

  • IRS Cuts ACT Members, Changes Focus

    By NPT Staff — January 19, 2016

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is making changes to its Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) including a reduction in the number of people on the committee and a change in its focus.

  • Beware Of Election Cycle Tax Plans

    By Andy Segedin — January 13, 2016

    The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) cannot grow the economy, but it can work toward preventing governmental barriers to generating income. That was the message of Jason Lee, general counsel of AFP, to those in attendance at Wednesday’s annual meeting of the New York City chapter.

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