News & Articles

Fundraising Agencies Russ Reid and Grizzard Being Merged

April 6, 2017       Paul Clolery      

Two of the nation’s foundational fundraising agencies, Russ Reid and Grizzard, are being merged by their parent company, the DAS Group of Companies (DAS), part of Omnicom Group Inc. The new entity will be led by Alan Hall, CEO of Russ Reid. Chip Grizzard, CEO of Grizzard, will become chairman of the new unit.

Ford Foundation Bets $1 Billion On Mission Investing

April 5, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The Ford Foundation plans to commit up to $1 billion of its $12-billion endowment during the next 10 years to mission-related investments (MRIs).

Habitat Launches Affordable Housing Push

April 5, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Habitat for Humanity assisted the New York Mets in celebrating the team’s 2017 home opener on Monday, framing a home out in front of Citi Field and enjoying a strong organizational presence around the ballpark. The organization also participated in the official “unlocking of the gate” to the stadium the day prior.

Nonprofit News Groups Get $114 Million Boost

April 5, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Omidyar Network, the philanthropic investment firm established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, unveiled a $100-million initiative to span the next three years aimed at strengthening independent media and investigative journalism, combating misinformation and hate speech, and enabling citizens to better engage with government entities.

Large NPOs Lead Overall Dip In Giving

April 4, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Charitable giving decreased by 1.4 percent in February 2017 as compared to the same time last year, according to the Blackbaud Index, a month-to-month recording of charitable performance. The index, which tracks approximately $20 billion in U.S.-based giving, is based on year-over-year percentage changes.

Blackbaud Bulks Up With Education Acquisition

April 4, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Blackbaud has added another company to its stable of education products, announcing the acquisition of AcademicWorks for $50 million.

Restricted Gifts: What You Can And Can’t Do

March 31, 2017       Andy Segedin      

There is much public and media interest in from where organizations are receiving their charitable gifts. It runs from allegations of pay-to-play relating to presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s foundation to questions about who was donating to President Donald Trump’s foundation to instances of organizations naming fixtures after donors only to regret it later.

Strong Focus on Organizational Culture Drives Staffing Choices At the Best Nonprofits

March 31, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

A classic source of frustration in many workplaces goes something like this: An employee expresses an idea during a meeting. The boss hears that comment but lodges it in the back of the brain and weeks later it comes out as the boss’s idea, forgetting that the colleague started it.

Foundation Leader Sara Engelhardt Dies

March 30, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Sara L. Engelhardt, longtime president of the Foundation Center, has died after a battle with a form of dementia. She was 73. She is survived by her two daughters and grandchildren.
Engelhardt retired from the Foundation Center in 2008. She had initially joined the Foundation Center in New York City as executive vice president in 1987 after three years on the center’s board of trustees. She elevated to the position of president in 1991, where she remained until her retirement.

Hacked! Crooks are Grabbing Nonprofit Websites and Demanding Ransom

March 30, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Joy O’Neal, executive director of The Red Barn, received an unexpected telephone call from her brother early one April morning in 2015. He had been out with a friend and talking about the Leeds, Ala.- based organization, when they visited the website. It had been hacked and taken over by a terrorist sympathizer group.