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Microsoft Philanthropies has committed to donating $1 billion in Microsoft Cloud Services to nonprofits and universities during the next three years. The commitment is part of a three-stage initiative by the software giant to use its cloud computing tools for the public good.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is making changes to its Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) including a reduction in the number of people on the committee and a change in its focus.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) cannot grow the economy, but it can work toward preventing governmental barriers to generating income. That was the message of Jason Lee, general counsel of AFP, to those in attendance at Wednesday’s annual meeting of the New York City chapter.
A charity founded by convicted sex offender Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has petitioned to permanently shut down.
A Philadelphia nonprofit has entered into the newspaper business. H.F. Lenfest, sole owner of Philadelphia Media Network (PMN), which houses The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com, has donated the news sources to a newly created tax-exempt organization that will operate under The Philadelphia Foundation.
The stable of lawyers for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has been busy the past year responding to requests from a number of state regulators, including Colorado, Oklahoma and Tennessee (in addition to North Dakota a few years ago). Some of those state charity regulators closed the investigations with no evidence of violations.
PayPal was awarded the Guinness World Record title for “Most money raised online for charity in 24 hours,” with users giving more than $45.8 million globally on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, more than doubling the previous record of $19 million.
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.
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.
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.
You have a job description, but on any given day, you're probably doing dozens of things outside the scope of that description. Combine that with the challenge of a fast-paced environment and the shifting priorities of funders, colleagues, and board members and it’s easy to fall short of doing your best. By being mindful of your limitations and capacity—and saying “no” when your plate is full—you can actually do more for your cause. In the sixth installment of the Raise and Engage podcast Danielle Johnson and Robin Anderson discuss the power of saying “no” at work.
In the most recent episode of Raise + Engage, Danielle is back with Brian Reich from little m media to discuss how nonprofit professionals can stay motivated and energized in their day-to-day roles. Brian shares his experience working with nonprofits and the lessons and tips he's learn from and shared with them over the years, including tips for avoiding a professional rut, creating forward momentum in your career and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you're considering making a career move or want to ensure you're on the right path, you won't want to miss this inspo-packed episode!
Episode 4: Apps and Hacks to Stay (Mostly) Sane, is all about tips, tricks and tools for sanity. Blackbaud’s own interactive product marketer, Julia Lenz, joins host Danielle Johnson to share some high tech. (and no tech.) productivity tips to help nonprofit professionals stay sane in the crazy world of philanthropy. Tune in to hear:
- Tips for how to spend the first 30 minutes of your day
- The benefits of 15 minute meetings
- Why notebooks are still relevant to a successful organization
- Ideas for better managing your inbox
- Why you should take lunch outside the box
- ...and much more!
Episode 3: Tech. Connection: Solutions, Strategy, and Staff In episode 3 of the Raise + Engage podcast, Danielle Johnson is joined by Chris Geady and William DaSilva, two IT experts in the nonprofit space, to talk technology integration for NPOs: when you need it, when you don’t, and how to do it successfully. Tune in to hear:
- When to say NO to integration
- How to set your strategic plan before even looking at technologies
- Ways to get your entire team on board
- The importance of identifying a project lead
- The RFP process - how it should and should not go
According to Danielle Johnson, straight-shooting host of the Raise + Engage podcast series, if your staff members aren’t the number one advocates for your cause on social media, you’re failing. In the most recent episode, Danielle is joined by Blackbaud’s own social media guru Madeline Turner to discuss overcoming social struggles and creating a social ambassador program at your organization. This entertaining and insightful duo dishes on the importance of making your social media presence human, making the case for a formal social program to leadership, how University of Michigan turned a one time social media campaign into a long term social program, and how Madeline's mom unknowingly became a social ambassador on #GivingTuesday.
In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!