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  • Accounting Software

    By Tim Mills Groninger — March 6, 2012

    Ask an accountant to decide which is worse, the annual audit, a fire, or a lawsuit and the response will be reminiscent of the old Jack Benny joke “Your money or your life?”– “I’m thinking, I’m thinking…”

  • Trouble On The Border

    By Frank Trejo — March 6, 2012

    When it comes to challenges, Project Vida, a multi-program social service agency in El Paso, Texas faces the usual suspects – federal, state and city budget cuts stemming from a nationwide economic downturn.

  • ‘Privacy’ And ‘Smartphone’ Are Mutually Exclusive Terms

    By Gary Morton — March 6, 2012

    Since the dawn of the smartphone era in 1997, and especially since the first camera phone was introduced to the United States market five years later, nonprofits have wrestled with privacy and safety issues that have developed with the spread of instant communications.

  • Community Collaboration Funds Define Critical Juncture Financing

    By Thomas McLaughlin — March 6, 2012

    When the board and management of a for-profit company decide that it is time for a merger, they can easily learn about the applicable laws and regulations and the pool of advisors available to them. If they begin the process, they expect to pay for any related services out of current earnings or, in some cases, from future proceeds.

  • No Free Lunch

    By Kim McCormick — March 6, 2012

    Hundreds of millions of dollars of grants and contracts have found their way to nonprofits across the country via the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA or Recovery or Act). It hit its peak in 2010 and 2011 and organizations are feeling the impact.

  • The Power of Data Starts Within

    By Mike Cousineau — March 6, 2012

    Data is the buzzword in business and the charitable sector. Attach words to data such as analytics, warehouse, center, manipulation, etc., and you have bigger words with significant challenges.

  • Tweeting For A Better World

    By Elizabeth Good Christopherson — March 1, 2012

    You’ve got to get out there, or so nonprofits are told. “There” is the world of social media: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and the ever-expanding array of web-based and mobile technologies that can turn communication into an interactive dialogue.

  • Blackbaud And Convio

    By Mark Hrywna — March 1, 2012

    Board members and early investors in Convio and the former GetActive are in line for a nearly $100-million payday if Blackbaud’s $275-million acquisition of the company closes this month. At least five key Convio executives will be joining their Charleston, S.C.-based rival but co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Vinay Bhagat will not be among them.

  • Pink Ribbon Gets Black Eye

    By Mark Hrywna — March 1, 2012

    For all its marketing might, the pink powerhouse that is Susan G. Komen for the Cure is going to need every watt of that pow­er to come back from its public relations misstep regarding de-funding Planned Parenthood and then revising its decision.

  • Where’s Your 990?

    By Mark Hrywna — March 1, 2012

    Score one for transparency: Beginning with its 2011 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 990, AmeriCares will post its annual tax information form on its website in full – including executive salaries, which previously had been omitted by the $795-million organization.


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