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  • 10 States Leave Behind No Child Left Behind

    By Zach Halper — February 9, 2012

    Ten states will receive waivers from requirements of the oft-criticized federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) initiative. In a conference call with reporters, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Munoz discussed the details of the plan.

  • Former Exec: Komen Was Trying To Move To ‘Neutral Ground’

    By Mark Hrywna — February 7, 2012

    Taking aim at Planned Parenthood for its “vicious attacks” over the past week, Karen Handel said Susan. G. Komen for the Cure was trying to move to “neutral ground” when it decided to discontinue grant funding to the organization.

  • Komen Senior VP Quits

    By Mark Hrywna — February 7, 2012

    Karen Handel, the senior vice president of advocacy for Susan G. Komen for the Cure who had become the lightning rod for Komen’s decision to discontinue grant funding to Planned Parenthood, has resigned.

  • Komen Apologizes, Reverses Decision

    By Mark Hrywna — February 3, 2012

    After several intense days of scrutiny and outrage regarding severing grant funding to Planned Parenthood of America (PPFA), Susan G. Komen for the Cure Founder & CEO Nancy Brinker issued a statement that the organization will amend its grant eligibility criteria to not disqualify groups that are under investigation.

  • Komen, Planned Parenthood Profiting From Fight

    By Mark Hrywna — February 2, 2012

    The controversy regarding Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood of America has lit a fire under supporters of both organizations, which both reported generous boosts in fundraising.

  • Politics Charged In Plan To Pull Planned Parenthood Funding

    By Mark Hrywna — February 1, 2012

    Supporters of Planned Parenthood of America are painting the decision to cut grant funding to 16 of its affiliates by the nation’s most prominent breast cancer charity as a political one, influenced by the hiring last year of a former gubernatorial candidate who ran with being anti-abortion as a key issue.

  • At Historically Black Schools, Needs To Go Mainstream

    By Mark Hrywna — February 1, 2012

    Nelson Bowman was attending a fundraising training program when a question came from the audience: What to do when one college at a university is courting a $1 million donor but another college on campus has an affinity that’s more in line with that donor? The instructor, according to Bowman, suggested finding another $1 million donor.

  • Blackbaud’s Buying Spree Hits $431 Million With Convio Deal

    By Mark Hrywna — February 1, 2012

    Nonprofit software and technology giant Blackbaud has gobbled up competitors or added complementary firms to their stable of offerings to the tune of $431.3 million during the past few years. Last month’s announcement of its intent to spend $275 million for archrival Convio is just the latest ingestion.

  • General Ramblings: New Year, New Problems

    By Paul Clolery — February 1, 2012

    A dozen companies filed paperwork in California on Jan. 3 to legally become “benefit corporations.” These are models that are supposed to be structured to have public good as part of a for-profit mission.

  • Romney’s Giving Exceeded Tax Payments

    By Samuel Fanburg — January 24, 2012

    Giving away $7 million in charitable contributions and paying $6.2 million in federal income taxes, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney contributed more money to charity than he paid in federal tax during the past two years. Newt Gingrich contributed $81,133 to charity in 2010, while paying $944,708 in federal income tax.


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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!


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