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  • Guarding Against Grant Fraud

    By Barbara Floersh — December 3, 2012

    Given the stiff competition for grant funding and the amount of money at stake, the field of grant proposal writing is unfortunately fertile ground for fraud. When someone blows the whistle and the lawsuit flies, the person who wrote the grant proposal is in the line of fire. And, the organization that submitted the proposal — the applicant organization, is likewise in hot water.

  • Charities Strike Back After Sandy’s Knockdown Punch

    By Mark Hrywna — December 3, 2012

    The challenges of any emergency response get more complicated when the responders, too, are impacted. Charities throughout the northeast were knocked out by the storm called Sandy but many found a way to still deliver services.

  • Get Ready For The Fiscal Cliff

    By Mark Hrywna — December 3, 2012

    As the so-called “fiscal cliff” looms in January, charities are wary of not only losing direct federal funding for some programs but also fear being overwhelmed to make up the difference in potentially lost services.

  • Impact Of #GivingTuesday Still Being Assessed

    By Paul Clolery — November 30, 2012

    With data being announced in small bites, organizers of #GivingTuesday, an annual day of giving launched this past Tuesday, are optimistic the event had an impact.

  • Study Shows Giving Makes People Feel Good

    By Zach Halper — November 27, 2012

    The long lines and stress associated with last week’s Black Friday are hardly things that make people feel great but, according to a new study there is one thing that lifts peoples’ mood this holiday season: Giving to others.

  • Donors Still Give, For Different Reasons

    By Patrick Sullivan — November 15, 2012

    U.S. donors gave almost three times as much as their counterparts in the U.K. or Australia across all age groups between August 2011 and August 2012. More donors in each country either increased their donations or held steady than decreased their donations. Only 15.9 percent gave less in Australia, with 17.2 percent of U.K. donors and 19.8 percent of U.S donors giving less than the previous 12 months.

  • Kids To Use Former Adult Club Site

    By Zach Halper — November 15, 2012

    What do a strip club and the Boys and Girls Club have in common? That seems like an absurd question but the two do have a connection – at least in Ohio.

  • Livestrong Dumps Armstrong’s Name

    By Mark Hrywna — November 15, 2012

    Days after Lance Armstrong resigned as chairman of the board, officials of the foundation that bears his name filed paperwork to officially change its name. The Lance Armstrong Foundation received approval Oct. 30 from the Texas Secretary of State’s office to change its name to the Livestrong Foundation.

  • Leaders Told To Chart Mission Delivery

    By Paul Clolery — November 13, 2012

    Nonprofits were called upon to be the north star of change in the charitable universe and leaders should fix a point in time and space from which to chart their organizational course. The comment was made by Independent Sector President and CEO Diana Aviv during the organization’s annual conference, being held in San Francisco, Calif.

  • Election Done, Focus Is On Budget Cuts, Tax Deduction

    By Mark Hrywna — November 7, 2012

    President Barack Obama won re-election to a second, four-year term last night but he likely won’t have too much time to bask in the glory, as critical issues that impact the nonprofit sector will need to be dealt with before his inauguration in 10 weeks – if not sooner.

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