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  • Scouts’ Survey Shows Members Split About Stand On Gays

    By Mark Hrywna and Patrick Sullivan — May 1, 2013

    Roughly half of the 280 local Boy Scout councils in the United States recommend no change in the organization’s membership policy banning openly gay members and Scout leaders. Survey results, however, show less support today from parents for the policy than three years ago, in addition to a majority of major funders that do not support the current policy.

  • Events Planning Gets Second Look After Boston Attack

    By Paul Clolery, Mark Hrywna, and Patrick Sullivan — May 1, 2013

    The day after the terror attack at the Boston Marathon organizers of the London Marathon said the race would go on as planned. It was run on April 21, less than a week after the bombing that killed at least three people and wounded nearly 200.

  • NPT Survey: CFOs Get Comfortable With Thinner Margins

    By Paul Clolery — May 1, 2013

    Chief financial officers at nonprofits appear to be feeling a lot like the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, pointing in both directions when asked a series of questions. Many describe their organizations’ overall financial health as good, yet have reserves of six months or less.

  • Nonprofit Mailer, USPS Settle Workshare Complaint

    By Patrick Sullivan — April 5, 2013

    The Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers (ANM) has settled a dispute with the United States Postal Service regarding rules for worksharing discounts. The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) accepted the agreement.

  • Charities Push Senate On Restoring Deduction

    By Mark Hrywna — April 1, 2013

    Some of the nation’s most prominent charities and advocacy groups are asking the U.S. Senate Budget Committee to reconsider changes to the itemized deduction for charitable giving for fear that it would reduce giving by billions of dollars each year.

  • Americans Took More Deductions In 2011, Hitting $160 Billion

    By Mark Hrywna — April 1, 2013

    Americans took a collective $160.33 billion in tax deductions for charitable contributions in 2011, an increase of 1.4 percent compared to the $158.18 billion in 2010. The number of tax returns filed that included charitable deductions declined by 0.8 percent, from 38.1 million to 37.9 million.

  • Fundraising Via Mobile Apps Can Still Be A Challenge

    By Elizabeth Pope — April 1, 2013

    There’s an app for almost everything, even in fundraising. With mobile devices reaching near-ubiquity, donors want to use their smartphones or tablets to give to their favorite charities. Some nonprofits are optimizing their websites to make it easier for mobile users to donate, others are experimenting with text-to-give programs.

  • University’s Postcard ‘Bombing’ Actually A Good Thing

    By Patrick Sullivan — March 15, 2013

    If you followed the 2012 presidential primaries, you might have heard of candidate Ron Paul’s 24-hour fundraising initiatives known as Money Bombs. Well, so did staff in the Advancement and External Affairs department of Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J.

  • Chefs Chop Away At Hunger

    By Patrick Sullivan and Zach Halper — March 15, 2013

    Voters in the presidential election decided Barack Obama would run the United States for another four years. But that same night on the Food Network, another decision was under consideration: Which chef who works for a nonprofit made the best use of cauliflower and cola in their venison entrée?

  • CEO Turnover Continue At Some Komen Chapters

    By Mark Hrywna — March 15, 2013

    Two fundraising veterans have been tapped to lead a pair of the largest Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliates in the nation. The Greater New York City affiliate and Chicagoland affiliates announced the appointments of new chief executives. Four smaller affiliates also hired new executives during the past two months.

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