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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 10 Things To Ask Your Banker Right Now

    By Michele Donohue — June 13, 2012

    The bandit Willie Sutton was famous for saying he robbed banks because that’s where the money was kept. Nonprofits probably don’t need the firepower Sutton was packing. That doesn’t mean getting the cash is going to be as easy.

  • Bankrupt But Endowed

    By Patrick Sullivan — June 12, 2012

    Crystal Cathedral Ministries, the megachurch started by Robert Schuller in Garden City, Calif., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010. A lawsuit filed late last year by creditors against the ministry’s founding members — the Schuller family — alleges that directors used more than $10 million from the ministry’s restricted endowment for operating expenses and staff salaries. Donors can restrict how en­dowment funds are spent and those restrictions are all but inviolable. Ignoring those restrictions and spending more of an endowment than the donor permits has a suitably piratical name: It’s “invading” the endowment.

  • Komen Seattle Misses Goal By $700G

    By Zach Halper — June 5, 2012

    The Seattle affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure fell $700,000 short of its fundraising goal during Sunday’s Race for the Cure, as fall out appeared to continue from the breast cancer nonprofit’s attempt earlier this year to pull funding from Planned Parenthood.

  • Future Of Technology Donations ‘Cloudy’

    By Patrick Sullivan — June 1, 2012

    The nation’s major software vendors have been generous with product donations. Either directly or working through a pass-through entity, a nonprofit could get software either free or at a discounted rate. The box would show up and the organization was in business.

  • Sal Army Completing Kroc Heiress’ Dream For Centers

    By Mark Hrywna — June 1, 2012

    Ten years after the first Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center was unveiled in San Diego, Calif., the largest Kroc Center is set to open this month in Chicago, Ill., leaving only a few more facilities to complete the late heiress Joan Kroc’s vision.

  • Vegas Draws Youths Looking For Meaningful Relationships

    By Mark Hrywna — June 1, 2012

    The hope is that what happened in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas. The jackpot for TribeFest organizers would be for the event to have a youthful impact on Jewish communities through the nation.


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