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  • In the Crosshairs

    By Kristalyn Loson — March 6, 2012

    The New York Attorney General (NYAG) recently crossed into what some consider the hallowed ground of charities, by launching an investigation into cause-related marketing of “pink ribbon” charities. In its own recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the NYAG is examining charities and commercial partners that are involved in a cause-related marketing campaign representing that a portion of the sales of a product or service will support breast cancer research or screening.

  • Prospect Wealth

    By Gary Morton — March 6, 2012

    When the $200 million Reed College Centen­nial Campaign began five years ago, the school turned to donor pros­pect research to help identify alumni and college friends who might be able to make a major gift.

  • Return On Investment

    By Mark Hrywna — March 6, 2012

    Stocks of a dozen public companies that service nonprofits were up by almost 8.5 percent collectively by mid-year 2011 before tailing off to finish with a gain of less than 1 percent, lagging the Dow, yet besting most of the major indices.

  • Of Pay And Perks

    By Mark Hrywna — March 6, 2012

    Paul Logli might have seemed like a before repentance Grinch when he joined the United Way of Rock River Valley as president and chief executive officer in December 2008. The Rockford, Ill.-based affiliate of United Way Worldwide went through a sharp contraction not long after he arrived — a result of the downward spiraling economy. It also discontinued its tuition reimbursement and 401(k) matching contributions.

  • Treat Donors As If They Are Investors

    By Samuel Fanburg — March 6, 2012

    Viewing direct mail as “costly” and “disappointing,” William Kiel, vice president of development for Allegiance Health, said the three-year-old organization has had to take a more innovative approach toward fundraising given its youth.

  • Accounting Software

    By Tim Mills Groninger — March 6, 2012

    Ask an accountant to decide which is worse, the annual audit, a fire, or a lawsuit and the response will be reminiscent of the old Jack Benny joke “Your money or your life?”– “I’m thinking, I’m thinking…”

  • Trouble On The Border

    By Frank Trejo — March 6, 2012

    When it comes to challenges, Project Vida, a multi-program social service agency in El Paso, Texas faces the usual suspects – federal, state and city budget cuts stemming from a nationwide economic downturn.

  • ‘Privacy’ And ‘Smartphone’ Are Mutually Exclusive Terms

    By Gary Morton — March 6, 2012

    Since the dawn of the smartphone era in 1997, and especially since the first camera phone was introduced to the United States market five years later, nonprofits have wrestled with privacy and safety issues that have developed with the spread of instant communications.

  • Community Collaboration Funds Define Critical Juncture Financing

    By Thomas McLaughlin — March 6, 2012

    When the board and management of a for-profit company decide that it is time for a merger, they can easily learn about the applicable laws and regulations and the pool of advisors available to them. If they begin the process, they expect to pay for any related services out of current earnings or, in some cases, from future proceeds.

  • No Free Lunch

    By Kim McCormick — March 6, 2012

    Hundreds of millions of dollars of grants and contracts have found their way to nonprofits across the country via the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA or Recovery or Act). It hit its peak in 2010 and 2011 and organizations are feeling the impact.


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