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Restricted Gifts: What You Can And Can’t Do

March 31, 2017       Andy Segedin      

There is much public and media interest in from where organizations are receiving their charitable gifts. It runs from allegations of pay-to-play relating to presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s foundation to questions about who was donating to President Donald Trump’s foundation to instances of organizations naming fixtures after donors only to regret it later.

Bezos Family Donates $35 Million For Cancer Research

March 31, 2017       NPT Staff      

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, based in Seattle, Wash., has received the largest private contribution in its 41-year history, a $35-million gift from the Bezos family. The gift will be used to attract research talent to lead projects at the core of the center’s new strategic plan. Jeff Bezos is chief executive officer of online retailer Amazon.

Strong Focus on Organizational Culture Drives Staffing Choices At the Best Nonprofits

March 31, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

A classic source of frustration in many workplaces goes something like this: An employee expresses an idea during a meeting. The boss hears that comment but lodges it in the back of the brain and weeks later it comes out as the boss’s idea, forgetting that the colleague started it.

Foundation Leader Sara Engelhardt Dies

March 30, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Sara L. Engelhardt, longtime president of the Foundation Center, has died after a battle with a form of dementia. She was 73. She is survived by her two daughters and grandchildren.
Engelhardt retired from the Foundation Center in 2008. She had initially joined the Foundation Center in New York City as executive vice president in 1987 after three years on the center’s board of trustees. She elevated to the position of president in 1991, where she remained until her retirement.

Hacked! Crooks are Grabbing Nonprofit Websites and Demanding Ransom

March 30, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Joy O’Neal, executive director of The Red Barn, received an unexpected telephone call from her brother early one April morning in 2015. He had been out with a friend and talking about the Leeds, Ala.- based organization, when they visited the website. It had been hacked and taken over by a terrorist sympathizer group.


Moving Up, Over Rather Than Out

March 28, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Career changes within the American Red Cross were predominantly employee-driven 15 years ago. Today, talent movement, leadership development and succession planning all help the Red Cross match employees to skillsets they are interested in within the organization.

Touchdown Boosted Red Kettle Giving To Almost Even

March 27, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Giving to The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign this past holiday season dropped for the first time in three years, off 1.5 percent from 2015’s record total.

Live From #NTC17: Mainstreaming Data Visualization

March 24, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The way Albert Cairo describes it, data visualization can be a tool as simple yet powerful as a hammer or even a superpower, like X-ray vision.

Foundations On Right Sun-Setting Faster Than Those On Left

March 24, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Among foundations that seek to influence public policy, those on the left have vastly larger assets. But among those that plan to spend themselves out of existence, foundations that lean to the right are spending at a faster rate.

Survey: Taxpayers Want To Expand Charitable Deduction

March 23, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Three-quarters of Americans are in favor of expanding the charitable deduction to taxpayers who do not currently itemize their taxes, according to a new poll commissioned by Independent Sector (IS). The deduction is currently only available to taxpayers who itemize their taxes, typically high-level earners.