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  • Why It’s Hard to Grow

    By Thomas McLaughlin — November 1, 2012

    There is a notable lack of attention paid to growth in the nonprofit sector, and it’s not because we’re just starting to come out of The Great Recession. There is a larger structural reason why growth is so difficult in the nonprofit sector no matter what the economic outlook. Being able to recognize that reason is the first step in overcoming this structural locked brake.

  • Funding ‘Free’

    By Susan Ellis — November 1, 2012

    It’s a paradox. In a bad economy, more people are in need of the services provided by nonprofits just as it gets harder to raise funds for those services. People see that volunteers are important and organizations try to recruit more of them.

  • Mandel Center Changes Split Management From Business

    By Mark Hrywna — November 1, 2012

    Almost three decades after being among the pioneers in nonprofit management education, The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations is making big changes to keep up with an evolution in the sector.

  • Nonprofits And Fundraisers Face Unflattering Light Of Consumer Media

    By Patrick Sullivan — November 1, 2012

    Scrutiny by consumer media into some potential skeletons in the nonprofit sector’s closet has charity officials both capitulating and complaining. The capitulation is the handing over of potentially explosive documents. The complaining is about attorneys general and consumer media supposedly not understanding the cost to raise a dollar and the value of a donor list.

  • The Recovery Begins From Jersey Girl Sandy

    By Patrick Sullivan — October 31, 2012

    “We started up an operation across a geographic area the size of Europe.”

    Those are the words of American Red Cross Director of Media Relations Anne Marie Borrego. An estimated 60 million people in 16 states have felt the wrath of Hurricane Sandy throughout the northeast and as far west as Illinois. At least five million residences in the northeast are without power.

  • Wealthy Still Giving, Just Less

    By Patrick Sullivan — October 29, 2012

    Almost all the highest net worth households in the United States, those with either a net worth of $1 million or more (excluding home value) or an annual household income of at least $200,000, gave to charity in 2011. Fully 95 percent gave to at least one charity, 30 percentage points more than the general population.

  • Education Endowments Flunk, Posting Negative Numbers

    By Patrick Sullivan — October 25, 2012

    Rates of return for college and university endowments have taken a nosedive in fiscal year 2012. The rate of return is a negative 0.3 percent, compared to a 19.2 percent gain for 2011. That’s according to preliminary results of a study by Commonfund Institute and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) on higher education endowments.

  • Weighing The Appetite For Risk

    By Paul Clolery — October 23, 2012

    San Francisco, Calif. — Nonprofit financial managers could have been counting calories and poundage as part of a service project in advance of this week’s Nonprofit Financial Executives Forum sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

    The managers packed more than a peck of pears — 32,976 of them to be precise — helping out at the San Francisco Food Bank. The food bank daily ships 100,000 pounds of food to organizations in San Francisco and Marin counties. They then retired to the hotel for nearly three hours of risk management training.

  • Boy Scouts’ Alleged Pedophile Info Posted On Website

    By Patrick Sullivan — October 18, 2012

    An Oregon attorney has released an estimated 1,200 Ineligible Volunteer (IV) files from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) on a website. The files, dating from 1965 to 1985, detail information on alleged child molesters and others the BSA deemed a threat to scouts’ safety.

  • Platform for the Nonprofit Sector

    By Paul Clolery — October 17, 2012

    With the presidential election just weeks away, 22 of the leading executives of the nonprofit sector have a message for both President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.

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