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  • 6 questions for non-assessment assessment

    By The NonProfit Times — March 3, 2016

    Sometimes not telling people exactly what they are doing until they are well into it can be a successful way of doing things. That’s the approach taken by David Grant at a session on assessment at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation leadership series.

  • 10 things about happy employees

    By The NonProfit Times — March 3, 2016

    Burnout, compassion fatigue, just plain being fed up: all of those can happen to people who devote themselves to helping others. It’s only normal to become wearied. If that weariness leads to bad work habits or health problems, the consequences are serious.

  • New Name, Same Services For Former Alzheimer’s Chapter

    By Andy Segedin — March 2, 2016

    New York City’s longtime Alzheimer’s Association chapter has surfaced with a new name: CaringKind. The new name accompanies the organization’s return to being an independent charity following its disaffiliation this past December from the nationwide association. The organization had been a member of Alzheimer’s Association since 1985.

  • The Big Bucks Don’t Always Reside In The C-Suite

    By Andy Segedin — March 2, 2016

    Lesley Rosenthal took a path less traveled on her way to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. She went to law school. Then she spent more than a decade in “Big Law” before moving over to the nonprofit side 11 years ago.

  • Fundraising, Speech Issues Targeted In 3 State Legislatures

    By Mark Hrywna — March 1, 2016

    After battling the Oklahoma Attorney General in court last year, it appears the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has another fight looming, this time with the state’s legislature, which may spill over into neighboring Missouri.

  • Bad Decisions

    By Paul Clolery — March 1, 2016

    Mike Rowe has done every unimaginably ugly job there is on his television programs, “Dirty Jobs” on the Dis­covery Channel and now “Somebody’s Got to Do It” on CNN. He has slogged through human and animal excrement. He’s been a fish gutter, bat guano collector, septic tank cleaner, sludge recycler and shark suit tester.

  • Money “Laundering” And The Future of Fundraising

    By Steve MacLaughlin — March 1, 2016

    The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) recently convened in the glitzy oasis that is Las Vegas. The buzz was all about autonomous automobiles, drones, gadgets, wearables, and all of the indulgences from the Internet of Things.

  • HIV Charities Change Fundraising Direction

    By Andy Segedin — March 1, 2016

    Leaders at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) are continuing the fight against HIV by taking a long look at housing, social justice and co-occurring conditions among patients. The priorities are part of a new three-year strategic plan and eye toward AFC’s future that call for evaluating the needs of older adults and long-term survivors of the virus.

  • Rent Vs. Charity: Older Donors Now Have Few Reserves

    By Mark Hrywna — March 1, 2016

    If Americans don’t have much in the way of retirement savings, how much disposable income could they possibly have for future giving to charity? A number of recent surveys spell out a potentially grim outlook for the average American when it comes to savings and retirement:

  • Y-USA, YWCA and MDA Reintroducing Themselves

    By Andy Segedin — March 1, 2016

    You would think that everyone already knew the Y-USA, YWCA and Muscular Dystrophy Association. Yet, the three long-standing organizations chose to reintroduce themselves to the public by either rebranding or launching marketing campaigns during January.

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