News & Articles

Nonprofit Mailer, USPS Settle Workshare Complaint

April 5, 2013       Patrick Sullivan      

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

April 1, 2013       Mark Hrywna      

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

April 1, 2013       Mark Hrywna      

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

April 1, 2013       Elizabeth Pope      

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

March 15, 2013       Patrick Sullivan      

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

March 15, 2013       Patrick Sullivan and Zach Halper      

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

March 15, 2013       Mark Hrywna      

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.

SXSW: CEO’s Passion for Accessibility Shines Through

March 13, 2013       Beth Carpenter      

As Bre Pettis took the stage for the first keynote of SXSW 2013, two things stood out.

SXSW: Embracing Social Media Failure, Innovation

March 12, 2013       Amy Sample Ward      

SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas this week is, inevitably, packed with people launching new applications, cool mobile tools, and big brand campaigns. With thousands of people all in one place, it can actually be difficult to find your peers.

SXSW: Tips for Nonprofit News Groups

March 12, 2013       Amy Sample Ward      

As for-profit news organizations struggle to maintain previous levels of reporting, nonprofit news gathers are proliferating to fill the gap in coverage. “These new nonprofit media outlets are experiencing the same problems that longtime nonprofit publications such as The Texas Observer have been tackling for years,” said Cherilyn Parsons, director of development and strategic initiatives at the Center for Investigative Reporting.