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  • 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.

  • NAACP Board Member Quits Over Gay Marriage

    By The NonProfit Times — June 8, 2012

    Rev. Keith Ratliff, Sr. has stepped down from his positions as national board member and Iowa/Nebraska state conference president of the NAACP, due to the group’s support of gay marriage.

  • Without Gates, Foundation Giving Dove

    By The NonProfit Times — June 7, 2012

    Giving by foundations in the United States was an estimated $46.9 billion in 2011, surpassing the $46.8 billion pre-recession peak recorded in 2008. Yet, after accounting for inflation, contributions by the nation’s more than 76,600 foundations were down slightly when compared to 2010.

  • Tech Salaries Show Signs Of Sliding

    By The NonProfit Times — June 7, 2012

    Technology staff salaries declined significantly in nearly every position during 2011 with webmasters’ pay declining an average 25 percent to $44,442.58. And, more than half (55 percent) of nonprofits responding to the survey had a formal technology plan during 2011, a substantial increase compared to 2010.

  • Chase To Award $7.5 Million In Grants

    By The NonProfit Times — June 6, 2012

    Chase Community Giving, the philanthropic giving program of JPMorgan Chase banks, has opened nominations for its Fall 2012 program, with $7.5 million in grants to be awarded to organizations across the country.

  • 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.

  • Structural Leadership Gaps

    By Thomas McLaughlin — June 1, 2012

    Scan the group carefully if you ever find yourself in a meeting that includes chief executives of medium to large-sized established nonprofits. Chances are the age of most of the CEOs begins with a “6.”

  • Technology Leads The Way In Social Innovation

    By Patrick Sullivan — June 1, 2012

    Steve Gleason is confined to a wheelchair and has trouble speaking. The former defensive back with the New Orleans Saints football team was diagnosed last year with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He’s creating a video journal to share with his newborn son, Rivers, in the future.

  • 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.

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