News & Articles

Selling Service And Volunteering To A Busy Nation

June 19, 2012       Patrick Sullivan      

The theory is that if a famous face can get a consumer to purchase something, that image can also be used for social good. Well, there are a lot of famous faces in Chicago this week for the annual National Conference on Volunteering and Service. They are all pitching national service.

Inspiration Zone

June 15, 2012       Melanie Lockwood Herman      

A risk-aware culture at a nonprofit is one that supports the ongoing discovery and understanding of threats to the organization’s mission, strategic goal, and valuable assets. For this culture to take hold, risk management activities must be considered worthwhile by the organization’s board of directors, the staff team, and the volunteers who support front-line service delivery.Designating a champion for the effort is a proven way to begin the process of getting everyone on board with the purpose, goals and activities of a risk management program and also sustaining the effort over time.

Books Without Illumination

June 15, 2012       Patrick Sullivan      

An eight-year-old boy sprints to the mailbox on a Saturday morning. Waiting is a small package, addressed not to his mother or father but to him, from an organization called PJ Library in West Springfield, Mass. He rips it open and finds a book. He feels its weight, runs his fingers along the pages, flops on the couch and begins reading.

Mobile Bids Changing Auctions

June 15, 2012       Gary Morton      

The 400 guests at the Foundation for Belmont Education’s spring dinner-dance fundraiser bid on eight high-end items, such as a “Green Monster Experience” at nearby Fenway Park in Boston and a 15-guest catered dinner.

Database Archeology

June 15, 2012       Michele Donohue      

Every nonprofit already has a mountain of data. The donor database often leads to an organization’s own high-potential names and undiscovered planned giving donors. The database is much more than simply an organizational LinkedIn.

Challenged Or Driven

June 15, 2012       John Davidoff      

Jane Addams Hull House in Chicago, Ill., recently shut its doors after 122 years. It’s not alone in its struggles. For more than a century another nonprofit in that city has worked to combat racism and poverty, using a platform of publishing and community organizing.

Telecommuting Employees

June 14, 2012       Jeff Tenenbaum      

As technology for the home office improves, more nonprofits and employees are taking advantage of the benefits of telecommuting.

10 Things To Ask Your Banker Right Now

June 13, 2012       Michele Donohue      

The bandit Willie Sutton was famous for saying he robbed banks because that’s where the money was kept. Nonprofits probably don’t need the firepower Sutton was packing. That doesn’t mean getting the cash is going to be as easy.

Bankrupt But Endowed

June 12, 2012       Patrick Sullivan      

Crystal Cathedral Ministries, the megachurch started by Robert Schuller in Garden City, Calif., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010. A lawsuit filed late last year by creditors against the ministry’s founding members — the Schuller family — alleges that directors used more than $10 million from the ministry’s restricted endowment for operating expenses and staff salaries. Donors can restrict how en­dowment funds are spent and those restrictions are all but inviolable. Ignoring those restrictions and spending more of an endowment than the donor permits has a suitably piratical name: It’s “invading” the endowment.

Komen Seattle Misses Goal By $700G

June 5, 2012       Zach Halper      

The Seattle affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure fell $700,000 short of its fundraising goal during Sunday’s Race for the Cure, as fall out appeared to continue from the breast cancer nonprofit’s attempt earlier this year to pull funding from Planned Parenthood.