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  • New Jersey Considering Mandatory Disclosure Requirement

    By Samuel Fanburg — July 15, 2011

    The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs (NJDCA) is accepting public comment on a proposed mandatory donor designation disclosure. Nonprofits would be required to provide a mechanism for donors to designate funds to specific programs.

  • Some Minnesota Nonprofits Gain Reprieve

    By Don McNamara — July 7, 2011

    Several Minnesota nonprofits are breathing easier after court rulings deemed them essential services, meaning they can continue to receive state funding despite the state’s shutdown over a budget impasse.

  • Gunderson To Leave Council On Foundations

    By Mark Hrywna — July 5, 2011

    Calling it “the right time for a transition,” Council on Foundations (CoF) President and CEO Steve Gunderson announced today that he will step down Sept. 1 after six years on the job.

  • Still Buffering: Gore Crashes At Games For Change

    By Samuel Fanburg — June 27, 2011

    Proclaiming, “games have clearly arrived as a mass medium,” former Vice President Al Gore delivered the keynote speech to the Games for Change Festival last week, as members of the audience quietly questioned his involvement in the festival, while nodding in indifference toward his generic statements.

  • Study: Nonprofit Managers Eyeing The Door

    By Samuel Fanburg — June 27, 2011

    More than two-third of nonprofit executives say they will leave their jobs within the next five years and only one-fifth think their boards are doing a good job.

  • First Step Toward 1 Million Volunteers

    By Mark Hrywna — June 27, 2011

    United Way Worldwide’s fourth annual United Day of Action is the first step in the organization’s campaign to recruit one million volunteer readers, tutors and mentors. The effort was launched recently at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with the help of 1,000 volunteers assembly 50,000 summer reading backpacks for elementary school children.

  • 8.8% Response Takes Direct Response Package Prize

    By Samuel Fanburg — June 22, 2011

    A summer mailing that culled an 8.8 percent response rate with an average gift of $33.41 was enough to garner the 2011 Package of the Year for Fountain House from the Direct Marketing Fundraisers Association (DMFA).

  • Giving Hits $290 Billion, Maybe

    By Mark Hrywna — June 20, 2011

    Americans gave an estimated $290.89 billion to charity during 2010, probably.

  • Disaster Cooperation Keys National Volunteering Conference

    By Paul Clolery — June 7, 2011

    Republican pundit Mary Matalin yesterday referred to her husband, Democratic pundit James Carville, as “my service project.” For his part, Carville said New Orleans without music “might as well be Atlanta,” not that there’s anything wrong with Atlanta.

  • Public Comment Sought On 990

    By Samuel Fanburg — June 6, 2011

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is inviting public comment on issues and frequently asked questions regarding Form 990. Issues for comment include a consideration to eliminate a section asking to report activity codes, reporting compensation to management companies and leasing companies owned by an organization’s leadership, and thresholds for reporting compensation to key employees.

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