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  • BBCON: Platform Integration A Top Proiority

    By Mark Hrywna — October 1, 2012

    Reaffirming its commitment to a Salesforce.com platform, Blackbaud assured clients that integration will be its top priority in the coming year after its acquisition of rival Convio.

  • Create A High-Performing Board

    By Dennis Miller — September 27, 2012

    The vast majority of nonprofits have great, dedicated and committed executives and wonderful individual board members. Yet, one of the most common questions asked is “how do we create a high performing board as a whole?”

  • Associations Can Run Afoul Of Anti-Trust Rules

    By Robert Davis — September 27, 2012

    Antitrust: Even the name is ominous. And the closer you look at it, the more vaguely menacing it seems. For example, if you violate the antitrust laws, you might rack up millions of dollars in fines, and you might even go to jail.

  • Social Impact Bonds Set Up Unique Venture Capital Market

    By Todd Cohen — September 27, 2012

    Massachusetts became the first government entity in the United States in 2011 to issue a request for proposals for “social impact bonds.” The bonds are a fledgling financing strategy that ex­perts believe could help take effective social programs to scale by tapping into private capital, with government paying investors back only if the programs produce results.

  • King County Again Leads United Way Affiliates

    By Mark Hrywna — September 19, 2012

    The United Way of King County led all United Way affiliates in public support for at least the fourth year in a row, despite a drop-off of more than 12 percent last year. The Seattle-based agency was the only affiliate to top $100 million, according to a compilation of data from affiliates released on Wednesday by United Way Worldwide in Alexandria, Va.

  • Research Examines Nonprofit Political Activity, Advocacy

    By Paul Clolery — September 19, 2012

    After interviews with more than 100 people, three surveys, examination of information from 528 nonprofits and an exhaustive review of existing literature, researchers have concluded that sector leaders have strong but varying opinions about whether organizations should engage in political activity around sector-wide issues.

  • Sister Mary Rose Dead, Saved Covenant House After Scandal

    By Patrick Sullivan — September 17, 2012

    Sister Mary Rose McGeady, who led Covenant House for 13 years after a sexual abuse and financial scandal crippled the organization, died September 13 in Albany, N.Y. The cause of death was respiratory failure. She was 84-years-old.

  • Top 10 Towns

    By Don McNamara — September 17, 2012

    Austin, Texas is hot – and it’s not just the mercury in the thermometers outside that in the summer routinely dance with 100-degrees. The city and surrounding suburbs are teeming with technology jobs and people there are pulling down good salaries.

  • 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.

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