News & Articles

Komen Apologizes, Reverses Decision

February 3, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

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

February 2, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

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

February 1, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

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

February 1, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

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

February 1, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

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

February 1, 2012       Paul Clolery      

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

January 24, 2012       Samuel Fanburg      

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.

Index: Some Nonprofits At Pre-Recession Giving Levels

January 18, 2012       Samuel Fanburg      

Fundraising returned to pre-recession levels through the first 11 months of 2011, with overall giving up 3.4 percent compared to 2010 and exceeding levels seen in 2007. But overall giving slowed in during September, October and November.

Blackbaud To Acquire Convio For $275 Million

January 17, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

Charleston, S.C.-based Blackbaud announced its intention to acquire rival software fundraising firm Convio of Austin, Texas for $275 million.

Supreme Court’s Ministerial Exception Leaves Room For Debate

January 12, 2012       Don McNamara      

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to grant religious organizations a “ministerial exception” to employment discrimination laws was a victory for one church, but its wide-spread impact might take a decade to unfold.