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  • Smooth Selling: Nonprofits reap big dividends in smart retail

    By Mark Hrywna — June 2, 2015

    Morris Vogel would bet that for its size, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum’s shop probably generates more revenue per square foot than any museum retail location in New York City. At less than 1,500 square feet, the museum shop is bright thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that look out from the corner of its open storefront at Orchard and Delancey streets in Manhattan.

  • Baltimore Nonprofits Protect Staff, Push Peace

    By Mark Hrywna and Patrick Sullivan — June 2, 2015

    Unrest in Baltimore, Md. following the funeral of a man who died a week after being injured while in police custody forced some Charm City charities to close their offices, with staff working from home. Nonprofits have since begun the work to address the underlying causes of the violence and protests.

  • Court OKs Public Disclosure Of Donors

    By Mark Hrywna — June 2, 2015

    Schedule B or not Schedule B? That is the question…that an appeals court tried to answer in an ongoing battle over donor disclosure between the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) and California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

  • Charity Auctions: Make sure you are in compliance with federal rules

    By R. Michael Sorrells — June 2, 2015

    While neither charity auctions nor the various rules governing them are new, nonprofit managers have numerous questions about them. There are many examples of inadequate auction procedures by both large and small organizations. Charity auctions (silent or live) typically sell merchandise or services that are donated. The first requirement for the organization is to acknowledge the donated item. This step is often missed as the organization is more concerned about reporting to the purchaser and not the donor.

  • VIOs & AVOs: The other half of the volunteer world

    By Susan Ellis — June 2, 2015

    Those employed in nonprofit and public agencies hear the word volunteer and generally picture someone working side-by-side with the paid staff. Such settings are called volunteer-involving organizations (VIOs). But there is a huge other arena in which volunteers are both workers and managers. That is all-volunteer organizations (AVOs) such as civic and service clubs, small faith communities, co-ops of various kinds, self-help groups, hobby clubs, professional societies and lots of other membership associations.

  • Retail Operations Maximizing Nonprofit Revenue

    By Mark Hrywna — June 2, 2015

    Morris Vogel would bet that for its size, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum’s shop probably generates more revenue per square foot than any museum retail location in New York City. At less than 1,500 square feet, the museum shop is bright thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that look out from the corner of its open storefront at Orchard and Delancey streets in Manhattan.

  • Nepal Earthquake Shook Up Online Giving

    By Mark Hrywna — June 1, 2015

    Fueled by giving in response to a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal, online giving to international affairs organizations spiked 17 percent but it wasn’t enough to boost overall giving into positive territory for those groups.

  • “Giving back” Important For Most High Net-Worth Individuals

    By Mark Hrywna — May 29, 2015

    More than half of high net-worth (HNW) individuals consider “giving back to society” essential to a life well lived, and another one-third describe it as “important,” for a combined 86 percent.

  • Charity Checkout Campaigns Remained Flat

    By Patrick Sullivan — May 28, 2015

    CHICAGO — The biggest charity checkout campaigns raised some $388 million at U.S. cash registers in 2014, only slightly less than the total raised the previous year. The Rye, N.Y.-based Cause Marketing Forum (CMF) identified 77 campaigns that raised $1 million or more last year. Findings were released today at the 2015 Cause Marketing Forum conference in Chicago. CMF conducted its first America’s Charity Checkout Champions Report in 2012.

  • Competencies Of The Modern CDO

    By The NonProfit Times — May 28, 2015

    The chief responsibility of a chief development officer (CDO) is, well, development. Having gotten past that hurdle, what does development mean?

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