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AG Questions Thrift Chain’s Deal With Charities

November 25, 2014       Zach Halper      

The Minnesota affiliates of a chain of for-profit thrift shops are under investigation by the State Attorney General’s Office for allegedly misleading donors and shortchanging charities on the value of donated items.

CFRE, EFA In Fundraising Credential Deal

November 24, 2014       The NonProfit Times      

CFRE International and the European Fundraising Association (EFA) announced a partnership that will further extend fundraising best practices in Europe with collaboration of the two partners’ professional education and certification programs.

Hollrah To Head Nonprofit Channel For Intacct

November 14, 2014       The NonProfit Times      

Kent Hollrah has left the top job at online fundraising solution firm Orange Leap in Dallas to become senior channel executive – nonprofit at cloud financial software provider Intacct in San Jose, Calif.

Infogroup Acquires Specialized Fundraising Services

November 12, 2014       The NonProfit Times      

Infogroup, a provider of business data and marketing solutions, has acquired Specialized Fundraising Services in Spartanburg, S.C. (SFS). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jurisdictions Cuffing Asks About Arrests

November 12, 2014       Sandi Pessin Boyd, Douglas B. Mishkin and Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum      

The District of Columbia is about to become the 14th jurisdiction nationwide to “ban the box,” prohibiting employers — nonprofit and otherwise — from asking job applicants to check a box indicating whether they have ever been arrested. Nonprofits with employees in Washington, D.C., that ask an employment applicant questions about criminal history early in the hiring process, or who use criminal history to eliminate an applicant from the employment pool, will be subject to a fine by the D.C. Commission on Human Rights.

Lilly School Gets 10th Endowed Chair

November 12, 2014       The NonProfit Times      

Global understanding of philanthropy across borders and within cultures is the topic for a new endowment, the Stead Family Chair in International Philanthropy at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Survey: Nonprofits Doing Better With Content Marketing

November 5, 2014       Mark Hrywna      

The most effective nonprofit content marketers have a documented content marketing strategy that very closely guides efforts, along with a dedicated content marketing group that is successful a tracking return on investment (ROI) and publishes new content daily or multiple times per week.

Foundation Giving Hits Record at $54.7 Billion

November 5, 2014       Patrick Sullivan      

Foundations paid out an estimated record $54.7 billion in 2013, an increase of $2.7 billion compared to 2012’s record $52 billion. That’s according to a report, “Key Facts on U.S. Foundations,” released by the Foundation Center in New York City. “Giving by the nation’s foundations has surpassed previous record levels,” said report author Steven Lawrence, director of research at Foundation Center, via a statement.

Schwab Charitable Grants Up 55%

October 31, 2014       Patrick Sullivan      

Schwab Charitable has made 55 percent more grants from its donor advised funds (DAFs) from the start of the organization’s July 1 fiscal year through the end of September than it did in the same three-month period in 2013. The total for this fiscal year, to date, is $201 million.

Ex-Maine Charities Boss In Hot Water

October 31, 2014       Patrick Sullivan      

Russel Brace, former president of United Mid-Coast Charities (UMCC) in Camden, Maine, has been accused of embezzling $3.8 million from the nonprofit. He faces a civil suit from the organization, but he might have more bad news coming. According to an affidavit filed by Brace’s attorney Peter DeTroy, the ex-executive is the subject of a federal criminal investigation and charges are expected, though they have yet to be filed.