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  • Breaking: New Overtime Rules To Hit Dec. 1

    By Mark Hrywna — May 18, 2016

    Overtime pay regulations will change Dec. 1 for the first time in 12 years, doubling the salary threshold to qualify for time-and-a-half pay.

  • Grassley Wants More Answers From WWP

    By Mark Hrywna — May 17, 2016

    U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent another letter of inquiry into spending and accounting practices of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), questioning the percentage the charity claims went to program expenses.

  • ‘Hamilton’ Boosts Orphanage’s Story, History

    By Andy Segedin — May 17, 2016

    Broadway smash-hit, Hamilton, ends with — spoiler alert for those who slept through history class — the titular character perishing in a duel, leaving the remaining characters to sing about what they did with the rest of their lives. “Can I show you what I’m proudest of,” the character Eliza Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton’s wife, sings. “I established the first private orphanage in New York City.”

  • 7 Steps To Avoid Circling The Fundraising Drain

    By Andy Segedin — May 17, 2016

    Project HOPE was facing a fate not becoming of its name a few short years ago, a product of short-term thinking and aversion to risk. The organization focused on metrics such as fiscal year and net revenue as opposed to retention rates and year-over-year growth. Direct mail was relied on almost exclusively and extreme list rental practices resulted in the Millwood, Va. organization’s file being turned over 9 million times over the course of 18 months.

  • Foundations Pushed To Give 1% To Infrastructure

    By Mark Hrywna — May 17, 2016

    A coalition of nearly two dozens nonprofits issued a plea for foundations to consider directing at least 1 percent of grant-making budgets to support the infrastructure of the nonprofit sector.

  • 8 Nonprofits Garner Brand of Year Citations

    By Andy Segedin — May 16, 2016

    Eight nonprofits are among the Harris Poll’s brands of the year. The organizations were identified during the Harris Poll’s 28th annual EquiTrend Study, which identifies the strongest brands in nearly 100 categories ranging from entertainment to automotive to restaurants.

  • Jitasa Acquires Two Related Firms

    By Paul Clolery — May 13, 2016

    Jitasa, a company specializing in accounting services for nonprofits, announced the acquisition of firms AVF Consulting and K12 Enterprise. They are related companies, with K12 Enterprise being spun from AVF Consulting. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

  • Special Olympics Gets International Boss

    By NPT Staff — May 12, 2016

    Special Olympics now has an international chief executive officer, a new position, who will be responsible for the organization’s global team of 250 staff members, facilitating 5 million athletes across 170 countries with 100,000 competitions annually.

  • Robin Hood’s Night Of 61.2 Million Stars

    By Mark Hrywna — May 12, 2016

    What started as a relatively modest gala raising $700,000 a quarter-century ago has turned into one of the largest fundraising spectacles, raising tens of millions of dollars in a single night.

  • Program Metrics Added To GuideStar Listings

    By Mark Hrywna — May 11, 2016

    Nonprofits can now add quantitative metrics to their profiles on with the launch of the website’s Platinum Seal of Transparency. GuideStar, which provides data on 2.4 million nonprofits, describes it as the first of its kind, sector-wide effort to share hard data about programs.


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In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!


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