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  • Livestrong Dumps Armstrong’s Name

    By Mark Hrywna — November 15, 2012

    Days after Lance Armstrong resigned as chairman of the board, officials of the foundation that bears his name filed paperwork to officially change its name. The Lance Armstrong Foundation received approval Oct. 30 from the Texas Secretary of State’s office to change its name to the Livestrong Foundation.

  • Leaders Told To Chart Mission Delivery

    By Paul Clolery — November 13, 2012

    Nonprofits were called upon to be the north star of change in the charitable universe and leaders should fix a point in time and space from which to chart their organizational course. The comment was made by Independent Sector President and CEO Diana Aviv during the organization’s annual conference, being held in San Francisco, Calif.

  • Election Done, Focus Is On Budget Cuts, Tax Deduction

    By Mark Hrywna — November 7, 2012

    President Barack Obama won re-election to a second, four-year term last night but he likely won’t have too much time to bask in the glory, as critical issues that impact the nonprofit sector will need to be dealt with before his inauguration in 10 weeks – if not sooner.

  • Sandy Fundraising Gaining Steam

    By Patrick Sullivan — November 2, 2012

    Let the fundraising begin — and continue.

  • The NPT 2012 Top 100

    By Mark Hrywna — November 1, 2012

    See the full list of Top 100 organizations by clicking here

  • Why It’s Hard to Grow

    By Thomas McLaughlin — November 1, 2012

    There is a notable lack of attention paid to growth in the nonprofit sector, and it’s not because we’re just starting to come out of The Great Recession. There is a larger structural reason why growth is so difficult in the nonprofit sector no matter what the economic outlook. Being able to recognize that reason is the first step in overcoming this structural locked brake.

  • Funding ‘Free’

    By Susan Ellis — November 1, 2012

    It’s a paradox. In a bad economy, more people are in need of the services provided by nonprofits just as it gets harder to raise funds for those services. People see that volunteers are important and organizations try to recruit more of them.

  • Mandel Center Changes Split Management From Business

    By Mark Hrywna — November 1, 2012

    Almost three decades after being among the pioneers in nonprofit management education, The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations is making big changes to keep up with an evolution in the sector.

  • Nonprofits And Fundraisers Face Unflattering Light Of Consumer Media

    By Patrick Sullivan — November 1, 2012

    Scrutiny by consumer media into some potential skeletons in the nonprofit sector’s closet has charity officials both capitulating and complaining. The capitulation is the handing over of potentially explosive documents. The complaining is about attorneys general and consumer media supposedly not understanding the cost to raise a dollar and the value of a donor list.

  • The Recovery Begins From Jersey Girl Sandy

    By Patrick Sullivan — October 31, 2012

    “We started up an operation across a geographic area the size of Europe.”

    Those are the words of American Red Cross Director of Media Relations Anne Marie Borrego. An estimated 60 million people in 16 states have felt the wrath of Hurricane Sandy throughout the northeast and as far west as Illinois. At least five million residences in the northeast are without power.

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