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Comprehensive postal reform is nearing the goal line and Congress should be able to punch it into the end zone. The football metaphor was used more than a few times during a U.S. Senate committee hearing on Wednesday, where lawmakers said they came close to enacting postal reform last year and seemed optimistic it could be accomplished in 2013.
Long-term performance of endowments continues to improve but lags the necessary growth needed to keep up with inflation and expenses amidst volatility in recent years. Endowments among more than 800 colleges and universities in the United States saw an average return of -0.3 percent for the fiscal year that ended in June, after a 19.2-percent boom in 2011.
At some point in their development, most children learn about Magic Hampers. These are containers of some sort that the adults in the family put in a kid-friendly location. The formula is simple – put dirty clothes in the thing and eventually, like magic, those clothes reappear neatly folded and clean. The child thinks: How did this happen? That evolves into: Who cares?
Lance Armstrong admitted that he might have cheated to win a few bicycle races. Meanwhile, the LIVESTRONG brand he created is being tarnished, the name most recently removed from a sports arena.
Some of the nation’s largest nonprofits are reporting fewer charitable gift annuities (CGA) in recent years amid historically low interest rates, but the CGAs they do receive are larger than in the past.
Facebook rolled out an experimental giving platform that allows users to donate $25 to any of a dozen charities. The social networking platform might expand the program in 2013.
The Concert for Bangladesh raised $250,000 in 1971 for UNICEF, about $1.4 million in 2012 dollars. It’s nothing to sneeze at, but it’s just a drop in the bucket compared to the December 12, 2012 benefit for Sandy Relief (12-12-12) at the same venue, Madison Square Garden in New York City. That concert raised more than $30 million for the Robin Hood Foundation before a single note was played, and garnered at least $20 million more during the concert.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) could be close to ending its prohibition of gay scouts and leaders. Deron Smith, director of public relations for the Irving, Texas-based organization, said in a statement: “Currently, the BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation.”
A new website that seeks to function as a marketplace for pro bono services was launched by The Taproot Foundation in New York City.
One year and one week after announcing it would acquire its biggest rival and barely a week after cutting 5 percent of its workforce, Blackbaud announced President and Chief Executive Officer Marc Chardon will step down by the end of 2013.
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!