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Everyone Agrees: The Other Guy Should Give More

April 23, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

Just how much money does someone need to earn each year to be considered one of “those people who have a lot money” to support nonprofits? It doesn’t really matter, apparently, as non-donors of any income level consider other people the ones with enough income to give to charity, at least according to a recent survey.

Advocacy In A Flash

April 16, 2012       Samuel Fanburg      

Armed with cowboy hats, towels around their hips and questionable dance moves, Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County’s (TSC) flash mob might have been able to spur conversation about the organization’s mission, but did little in terms of raising money.

Corporate Deal Masks Comp At Special Olympics International

April 16, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

J. Brady Lum is a full-time employee of Special Olympics International (SOI), serving as its president and chief operating officer (COO). He even signs off on the organization’s tax form. But, The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Ga., pays him and the compensation apparently is as secret as the formula for Coke.

Blackbaud Files Paperwork For Convio Acquisition

April 13, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

In what might be a sign that the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) review of the acquisition of rival software maker Convio is coming to a conclusion, Blackbaud today re-filed its Premerger Notification and Report Form.

Volunteer Week Is When?

April 9, 2012       Patrick Sullivan      

President Barack Obama knows volunteering is important, but apparently the subject is not quite important enough for the staff to fact-check. In a proclamation issued today, the White House erroneously announced April 8 through April 14 as National Volunteer Week (NVW).

Advocacy Email Response Rates Jump 28%

April 5, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

Email response rates, particularly for advocacy emails, were up last year, according a study released today (April 5). Advocacy emails were up 28 percent, but even overall, response rates for email were up 2 percent among 44 nonprofits surveyed in the 2012 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study, by M+R Strategic Services and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN).

Mortenson To Pay $1 Million In Restitution To Charity

April 5, 2012       Patrick Sullivan      

A yearlong investigation by the office of Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock into author and mountaineer Greg Mortenson’s charity, Central Asia Institute (CAI), found that both Mortenson and CAI’s board had been negligent in their management of the nonprofit. As a result of a settlement between Mortenson, CAI and the office of the attorney general, Mortenson must pay CAI back at least $1 million for personal expenditures such as charter flights and clothing. Bullock distributed his office’s investigative report in a press conference today.

New CEO At Feed The Children

April 4, 2012       Paul Clolery      

After nearly three years of turmoil, Feed The Children in Oklahoma City, Okla., has selected a new president and CEO.

Reserves On Hand

April 3, 2012       Thomas McLaughlin      

“Have six months of cash on hand at all times” is one of the recommendations most often invoked by well-meaning observers. It’s the holy grail of financial comfort for many nonprofit managers, the metric that brings color back to board members’ white knuckles, the feel-good threshold for restful nights.

50 Best Nonprofits To Work For In 2012

April 2, 2012       Don McNamara      

Darlene Kiyan, executive director of Playworks Los Angeles, believes she knows what doesn’t attract would-be employees.