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  • Nonprofits Lose Donor Confidentiality Appeal

    By Mark Hrywna — January 6, 2016

    A California appeals court overturned a lower court ruling that blocked the state attorney general from gaining access to the names of major donors to nonprofits.

  • Year-End Giving Goes Year-Round

    By Andy Segedin — December 31, 2015

    At Langley Memorial Hospital in Langley, B.C., one can scrub in and get behind some of the hospital’s most cutting-edge equipment following years of schooling and medical training or simply by being among its leading donors.

  • Minimum Wage No Small Issue For Nonprofits

    By Andy Segedin — December 31, 2015

    Just 75 cents per hour is all that it took to push a program of one rural Michigan nonprofit from breaking even to deep into the red. LifeChallenge of Michigan in Hillsdale, Mich., operated Tastes of Life, a restaurant program that provided employees looking to find their feet an opportunity to gain real-world work experience.

  • VolunteerMatch’s Salesforce Account Breached By Malware

    By NPT Staff — December 15, 2015

    Malware on a VolunteerMatch computer has led to the unauthorized access of contact information within the organization’s Salesforce account. Compromised information includes email addresses, business addresses and telephone numbers within VolunteerMatch’s business records with Salesforce. As credit card information is not stored in such records, such data was not part of the breach.

  • Nonprofits Impacted Voter Turnout In 2014 Midterms

    By Mark Hrywna — December 2, 2015

    Intervention by nonprofits had the biggest impact on turnout of the least likely voters in the most recent midterm elections, according to a new study.

  • UK Youth Charities To Merge

    By Andy Segedin — November 24, 2015

    Two of the United Kingdom’s leading youth-support organizations intend to merge. YouthNet, a London-based organization providing informational and emotional support for local young adults, and Get Connected, a London-based youth helpline, combined to assist 1.7 million young people in the United Kingdom in 2014.

  • Earned Income Jumps For Nonprofits

    By Mark Hrywna — November 24, 2015

    Revenue increased 7 percent and attendance was up 3 percent for cultural groups in nearly a dozen metropolitan areas from 2009 to 2012, despite a decline in most sources of contributed support, including individual giving.

  • Postal Rates To Stay The Same, Might Even Drop

    By Andy Segedin — November 19, 2015

    The United States Postal Service’s (USPS) leadership has publicly committed to having no general price increases for letter and flat mail in 2016. An overall price decrease for such mailings is possible for later in the year.

  • Facebook Testing New Fundraising Tool

    By Mark Hrywna — November 18, 2015

    Facebook today unveiled a suite of donation tools to be tested among 37 charities that could be available to qualified nonprofits by next year.

  • Survey: 25% of Fundraisers End Up Fired

    By NPT Staff — November 17, 2015

    There is instability in fundraising at organizations cross the country. During his workshop “Averting The Current Crisis in Nonprofit Leadership” during the National Catholic Development Conference, Marc A. Pittman, executive director of The Nonprofit Academy in Greenville, S.C., discussed a recent CompassPoint survey of 2,700 development staff and executive directors.

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