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  • Child’s Gender, Family Configuration Impact Giving

    By The NonProfit Times — November 10, 2015

    Fundraisers have traditionally refrained from asking for a donor’s first-born child. The gender of the first-born child might be of some interest, however, as a new study shows that a child’s gender and family configuration impact parents’ charitable-giving tendencies.

  • Watchdogs’ Bite Will Continue To Injure

    By Barbara Nastasi — November 9, 2015

    Plan International USA faced a hurdle a few years back. Watchdog website Charity Navigator had given the organization a two-star rating (out of four) and a donor was prepared to stop giving as a result. During her 2015 Risk Summit workshop, “A Different Perspective: Understanding Charity ‘Watchdogs,’” Kitty Holt, Plan International USA’s ethics and compliance officer, shared tips on how to improve ratings and preserve donors, as the organization was ultimately successful in doing.

  • $2 Million In Facebook Ads Going To Nonprofits

    By Andy Segedin — November 5, 2015

    Two thousand nonprofits will be awarded up to $1,500 each in Facebook ad-credits in the coming months. ActionSprout of Bellingham, Wash., with the support of Facebook, has committed to distributing $2 million in credits this holiday season.

  • The Check’s In The Mail

    By The NonProfit Times — November 3, 2015

    Don’t tell fundraisers direct mail is dead: Member-focused mailings at both WOSU, a Columbus, Ohio public radio station, and The Philadelphia Zoo are being aggressively reconfigured with the goal of boosting donor bases, retention efforts and revenue streams.

  • Finance Execs Stay Longer, Have ‘Cloudy’ Futures

    By Mark Hrywna — November 3, 2015

    Finance and accounting folks at nonprofits are actively involved in decision making beyond their departments, playing active roles in decisions across their organizations. And regardless of organization size, a new study found the three strongest trends to be small, lean finance teams, cross-functional expertise for all staff, and being key decision makers for technology, software and services.

  • Bob Smucker Dies: A Founding Father of Nonprofit Advocacy

    By Mark Hrywna — November 2, 2015

    Robert “Bob” Martin Smucker, the founder of the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI) and one of the godfathers of nonprofit advocacy and lobbying, died Oct. 28 at his home in Falls Church, Va. He was 86.

  • Board Members Compensated 46% Of The Time

    By The NonProfit Times — November 1, 2015

    Nearly all (95%) of foundation boards have at least one member with program-specific knowledge. Original donors have a seat on 22 percent of boards while 50 percent of boards have a family member of an original donor. All board members are compensated at 46 percent of foundations, while 7 percent of foundations compensate some but not all members.

  • Live From BBCON: Empathy Gap Stalling Progress

    By Mark Hrywna — October 27, 2015

    Innovation is sweeping through the nonprofit world and beyond yet there remains an “empathy gap” when it comes to investing in solutions to address society’s problems, according to Nicholas Kristof.

  • Would You Donate To A Soft Drink Company?

    By Paul Clolery — October 27, 2015

    Something became quite obvious while sipping a Diet Dr. Pepper and reading through the 1,800 statistical cells for this year’s NPT 100 in the soon to be released November 1 issue of The NonProfit Times. The numbers are improving but donors have very little to do with the enhancement.

  • Retirement Plans Can Consider Impact Investments

    By Mark Hrywna — October 23, 2015

    New guidance announced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) could be another boon for impact investments.


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