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  • Outpouring Of 9/11 Financial Support Slowed In A Few Months

    By Mark Hrywna — September 1, 2011

    Almost no one was donating via the Internet in 2001. People were barely Googling, much less donating by text. Social network? That was called your Rolodex. Cell phones were starting to become prevalent, but the average person probably thought a “smart phone” was a potential joke punchline.

  • CDR Fundraising Group Is Sold

    By Paul Clolery — August 30, 2011

    CDR Fundraising Group in Bowie, Md., has been sold to direct marketing entrepreneur James Moore. In the fundraising space, Moore already owns Barton Cotton in Baltimore, Md., Bernard Data Solutions in Broomfield, Colo., and Resource One in Tulsa, Okla.

  • Religious Donors Give To Secular Groups, Too

    By Mark Hrywna — August 22, 2011

    People who give to a religious group are almost three times more likely to give to another charity than those who do not give to religion. They will also give to more charities, according to a recent national survey by The NonProfit Times and Infogroup.

  • NJ Backs Down On Giving Regs

    By Mark Hrywna — August 19, 2011

    New Jersey has shot down a trial balloon that would make it mandatory for nonprofits to provide donors an opportunity to designate a specific program when they make their gifts.

  • Jerry Lewis Out As Host, Chairman

    By Mark Hrywna — August 4, 2011

    Less than three months after announcing that this year would be his last as host of the annual Labor Day telethon, Jerry Lewis will not making an appearance and is leaving his post as national chairman.

  • Being Flexible

    By Gary Morton — August 2, 2011

    This is an article from the latest issue of NPT’s Exempt Magazine

  • Bright Lights & Big Stars

    By Mark Hrywna — August 2, 2011

    This is a story from the latest issue of NPT’s Exempt Magazine

  • Your 403(b): Terminating A Plan

    By Christine Faris — August 2, 2011

    This is a story from the newest issue of NPT’s Exempt Magazine

  • The 2011 NPT Power and Influence Top 50

    By Paul Clolery — August 1, 2011

    When the economy tanks it gives entrepreneurs a reason to try a new path. That’s what nonprofit managers are doing, increasingly with technology as a centerpiece. Whether it’s down the block or around the world, smart nonprofit managers are leading the sector to plow untilled soil. Innovation is springing from that dirt. The economy has slowed while the pace of change is accelerating. Managers at nonprofits with resources and those just launching causes seem to be handling the recession better than most organizations.

  • Religious Group Drops ‘Christ’ And ‘Crusade’ From Name

    By Mark Hrywna — July 29, 2011

    For the third time in as many years, one of the nation’s largest nonprofits will be dropping a reference to “Christ” from its name in an effort to simplify and make its message more effective.

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