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  • Selling Service And Volunteering To A Busy Nation

    By Patrick Sullivan — June 19, 2012

    The theory is that if a famous face can get a consumer to purchase something, that image can also be used for social good. Well, there are a lot of famous faces in Chicago this week for the annual National Conference on Volunteering and Service. They are all pitching national service.

  • 2011 Giving Estimated at $298.42B

    By Mark Hrywna — June 19, 2012

    Giving in the United States reached an estimated $298.42 billion during 2011, an increase of roughly 4 percent from 2010. Giving by individuals led the way, as usual, at 73 percent or $217.79 billion.

  • $6.1 Million Damage Award In Defamation Case

    By The NonProfit Times — June 18, 2012

    A Texas District Court judge ruled that a former intern defamed a bat sanctuary nonprofit and its president, and awarded the organization $6.1 million in damages.

  • National Honors Awarded To Volunteers

    By The NonProfit Times — June 18, 2012

    Nine volunteer programs and participants received the National Service Impact Award today from The Corporation for National and Community Service during the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Chicago.

  • 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.


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