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  • The YWCA USA Reorganizes Starting With A New CEO, Plan

    By Mark Hrywna — September 17, 2012

    The YWCA USA will usher in a new era by the end of the year, not only with its first permanent CEO in more than two years, but also a new governance structure for the 250-affiliate organization for women.

  • Blackbaud Folding Convio’s Common Ground Product

    By Mark Hrywna — September 17, 2012

    Nearly four months after its acquisition of Convio, Black­baud announced both that it would discontinue Convio’s Common Ground and a restructuring that eliminates 51 positions. In what was described as an unrelated development, the company also announced that former Convio CEO Gene Austin will be leaving.

  • The Social Media Myth

    By Herschell Gordon Lewis — September 17, 2012

    Remember Simon called Peter? Remember Glen or Glenda? Remember “Call me Ishmael” or, for that matter, “Call me Pisher?” Remember Cassius Clay and Muhammad Ali? Remember Allen Stewart Konigsberg and Woody Allen? How about Caryn Johnson and Whoopi Goldberg? Or Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta and Lady Gaga?

  • Time Vs. Money

    By Patrick Sullivan — September 17, 2012

    Members of corporate volunteer councils (CVCs), groups of businesses that come together to discuss and share best practices on employee volunteer programs, need to have a shared vision and open lines of communication between the various entities or risk ineffectuality, according to members of HandsOn Network’s Corporate Volunteer Council Advisory Council (CVCAC).

  • MDA Hopes To Transition Volunteers To Non-Telethon Duties

    By Patrick Sullivan — September 4, 2012

    There was no chance of a donor calling in to the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) annual Labor Day telethon and being lucky enough to talk to a famous volunteer. Local and on-air watched national phone banks were eliminated, with telephone operations centralized and in-bound calls handled by centers in the Midwest.

  • Mergers Keep Doors Open, Refocuses Management

    By Mark Hrywna — September 4, 2012

    Chuck Gehring has overseen four nonprofit mergers in his years as president and CEO of LifeCare Alliance in Columbus, Ohio. “It’s important in this economy, in our field, if you don’t try to do something extra, you’re going to be out of business,” he said. “Your traditional revenue sources – United Way, government — are eroding. If you’re going to just keep laying off you’re not able to do anything.”

  • Musical Chairs At Komen, Brinker Stays And Goes

    By Mark Hrywna — September 4, 2012

    A media firestorm regarding pink powerhouse Susan G. Komen for the Cure defunding of Planned Parenthood, and its eventual reversal, started this past February and put the organization in the spotlight for reasons unrelated to its usual marketing prowess.

  • General Ramblings: Stage One Is Denial

    By Paul Clolery — September 4, 2012

    Richard Nixon. Lt. Commander Philip Francis Queeg. Nancy Brinker. What do these three have in common?

  • With Election Around The Corner, Charities Must Tread Carefully

    By Janice Ryan — September 4, 2012

    The presidential election is less than 100 days away. Federal tax law strictly prohibits 501(c)(3) organizations from engaging in activities to support or oppose candidates for public office. However, there are still a number of ways that 501(c)(3)s can be involved in the political process without running afoul of the law.

  • Time, Task And Turf

    By Thomas McLaughlin — September 4, 2012

    “Where you stand is where you sit.”

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