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The Livestrong Foundation appears to have taken the first tangible hit from the saga of Lance Armstrong’s mea culpa tour.
Nonprofit software behemoth Blackbaud will cut 150 jobs from across the company, which will bring to 200 the number of jobs eliminated since this past summer. The layoffs come almost one year to the day that it announced the acquisition of Convio, its largest rival in the online fundraising business.
After a decade of denials and less than three months after resigning from the board of his organization to spare it from the controversy, cyclist Lance Armstrong reportedly admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, which will air on Thursday.
Americans are increasingly using their smartphones for monetary contributions. A new study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project revealed that those who use this method of giving tend to make the decision to donate without much, if any, research.
The New York attorney general wants nonprofits that fundraised for Superstorm Sandy relief to provide documentation as to what they did the with cash. Some 88 charities had responded as of Dec. 31, and the information was posted on the Bureau’s website. The organizations raised a collective $400 million.
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The United States will technically go off the fiscal cliff, triggering automatic tax increases, spending cuts and monetary policy that will impact almost every facet of American finance.
The lack of an agreement regarding taxes and the federal budget has the nation hours away from fiscal carnage so potentially devastating it will make a Herschell Gordon Lewis splatter film look like “Driving Miss Daisy.”
The television news show "60 Minutes" aired a feature story this past November on “Children Helping Children.” It centered on Craig Kielburger, who at age 12 took action against child labor and exploitation in Pakistan, eventually recruiting his friends to the cause and founding Free the Children. Some 17 years later it is an international charity with more than 1.7 million youth involved in education and development programs in 45 countries.
As the debate and acrimony in Washington, D.C. continues regarding the absurd notion that the federal charitable deduction plays an important role in the nation’s “fiscal cliff,” voices were raised in New York City. The voices were of hope and charity.
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!