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  • Inspiration Zone

    By Melanie Lockwood Herman — June 15, 2012

    A risk-aware culture at a nonprofit is one that supports the ongoing discovery and understanding of threats to the organization’s mission, strategic goal, and valuable assets. For this culture to take hold, risk management activities must be considered worthwhile by the organization’s board of directors, the staff team, and the volunteers who support front-line service delivery.Designating a champion for the effort is a proven way to begin the process of getting everyone on board with the purpose, goals and activities of a risk management program and also sustaining the effort over time.

  • Books Without Illumination

    By Patrick Sullivan — June 15, 2012

    An eight-year-old boy sprints to the mailbox on a Saturday morning. Waiting is a small package, addressed not to his mother or father but to him, from an organization called PJ Library in West Springfield, Mass. He rips it open and finds a book. He feels its weight, runs his fingers along the pages, flops on the couch and begins reading.

  • Mobile Bids Changing Auctions

    By Gary Morton — June 15, 2012

    The 400 guests at the Foundation for Belmont Education’s spring dinner-dance fundraiser bid on eight high-end items, such as a “Green Monster Experience” at nearby Fenway Park in Boston and a 15-guest catered dinner.

  • Making Fundraising Truly Mobile

    By The NonProfit Times — June 15, 2012

    Just about every organization has social media as part of the engagement process and many use mobile giving to raise funds. Together, the two barely register in the giving scale, unless there is a natural disaster.

  • Database Archeology

    By Michele Donohue — June 15, 2012

    Every nonprofit already has a mountain of data. The donor database often leads to an organization’s own high-potential names and undiscovered planned giving donors. The database is much more than simply an organizational LinkedIn.

  • Challenged Or Driven

    By John Davidoff — June 15, 2012

    Jane Addams Hull House in Chicago, Ill., recently shut its doors after 122 years. It’s not alone in its struggles. For more than a century another nonprofit in that city has worked to combat racism and poverty, using a platform of publishing and community organizing.

  • Who Needs Words?

    By The NonProfit Times — June 15, 2012

    Whomever best describes the problem is the one most likely to solve it, and whomever draws the best picture gets the funding. That’s the way serial doodler Dan Roam sees it.

  • Telecommuting Employees

    By Jeff Tenenbaum — June 14, 2012

    As technology for the home office improves, more nonprofits and employees are taking advantage of the benefits of telecommuting.

  • Washington Nonprofit Health Insurers Reach Record Surpluses

    By The NonProfit Times — June 14, 2012

    Two nonprofit health insurers in Washington State have accumulated record surpluses of more than $1 billion, causing the state’s insurance commissioner to sound the alarm.

  • Boy Scouts Board Member Wants End To Gay Ban

    By The NonProfit Times — June 14, 2012

    The chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young and a board member of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has become the latest voice to speak out against the organization’s ban on gay members.


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