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  • AG Hits Bond Firms For $56.7 Million Settlement

    By NPT Staff — February 24, 2016

    Natixis Funding Corp. and Societe Generale will pay a combined $56.7 million settlement for fraudulent and anticompetitive municipal bond dividend transaction practices that harmed nonprofits, school districts, municipalities, counties and government agencies. A total of $53,865,000 of the sum will be paid into a settlement fund to be applied toward restitution for the affected parties.

  • Top Peer-To-Peer Events Struggling, Down 7.7%

    By Andy Segedin — February 24, 2016

    Many of the nation’s leading peer-to-peer fundraising programs had significant declines on returns during the past decade. The trend, coupled with an overall increase in giving through the fundraising mechanism, has shrunk the gap between peer-to-peer Davids and Goliaths.

  • Dan Cardinali New Boss At Independent Sector

    By Paul Clolery — February 23, 2016

    Dan Cardinali, president of Communities In Schools since 2004, has been hired as the new leader at core industry advocacy organization Independent Sector (IS), effective July 5.

  • Facebook Launched Nonprofit Tutorial Page

    By NPT Staff — February 22, 2016

    Nonprofit staffers now have a new website to check intermittently throughout the day. Facebook, used by many organizations to share initiatives, network and fundraise, announced late last week that it has launched

  • Charity Watchdog Reorganizing Evaluations, Rates Itself 4-Stars

    By Mark Hrywna — February 22, 2016

    Telling a room full of direct response fundraisers that mass mailings might not be the best way to promote intelligent giving won’t win you many friends. But then again, Michael Thatcher wasn’t necessarily there to make friends, instead offering a view of Charity Navigator’s future priorities, which include plans to rate the impact and results of nonprofits, and rating more charities.

  • Scalia’s Death Has Impact On Nonprofit Cases

    By Andy Segedin — February 18, 2016

    Zubik v. Burwell, a case before the Supreme Court of the United States, will help define how religiously affiliated nonprofits are viewed in the aftermath of the Affordable Care Act. The court might set the precedent without longtime Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday at the age of 79

  • Finance And Fundraising Equals Water And Oil

    By Andy Segedin — February 17, 2016

    Nonprofit finance and fundraising teams might not only fail to know what the other is doing, the two might also be speaking different languages and have varying perceptions of their relationship.

  • Sustainability After The Money Runs Out

    By Barbara Floersh — February 17, 2016

    Because grants are social investments meant to produce ongoing change, both funders and grantseekers are concerned about what happens after the grant ends.

  • $6.5 Billion Granted Via Just 5 Donor Advised Funds

    By Mark Hrywna — February 16, 2016

    Grants by the National Philanthropic Trust (NPT) were up almost 24 percent last year, as donors recommended more than 25,000 grants, totaling some $643.7 million in grant dollars.

  • Goodwill Cuts Ties With Toronto Affiliate

    By Andy Segedin — February 9, 2016

    Goodwill Industries of Toronto, Eastern, Central and Northern Ontario (TECNO) has been disaffiliated from membership in Goodwill Industries International (GII) in Rockville, Md. The decision, made by GII’s board of directors, came less than three weeks after the resignation of the organization’s board and the shut down of services including 16 stores, 10 donation centers. Approximately 430 employees lost their jobs in the move.


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