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  • Everyone Agrees: The Other Guy Should Give More

    By Mark Hrywna — April 23, 2012

    Just how much money does someone need to earn each year to be considered one of “those people who have a lot money” to support nonprofits? It doesn’t really matter, apparently, as non-donors of any income level consider other people the ones with enough income to give to charity, at least according to a recent survey.

  • Kardashian Wedding Gifts Slated For Donation

    By Patrick Sullivan — April 20, 2012

    What is a vegetable spoon, and why does it cost a month’s rent? One or more lucky nonprofits might soon find out.

  • Corporate Deal Masks Comp At Special Olympics International

    By Mark Hrywna — April 16, 2012

    J. Brady Lum is a full-time employee of Special Olympics International (SOI), serving as its president and chief operating officer (COO). He even signs off on the organization’s tax form. But, The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Ga., pays him and the compensation apparently is as secret as the formula for Coke.

  • Advocacy In A Flash

    By Samuel Fanburg — April 16, 2012

    Armed with cowboy hats, towels around their hips and questionable dance moves, Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County’s (TSC) flash mob might have been able to spur conversation about the organization’s mission, but did little in terms of raising money.

  • Blackbaud Files Paperwork For Convio Acquisition

    By Mark Hrywna — April 13, 2012

    In what might be a sign that the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) review of the acquisition of rival software maker Convio is coming to a conclusion, Blackbaud today re-filed its Premerger Notification and Report Form.

  • Volunteer Week Is When?

    By Patrick Sullivan — April 9, 2012

    President Barack Obama knows volunteering is important, but apparently the subject is not quite important enough for the staff to fact-check. In a proclamation issued today, the White House erroneously announced April 8 through April 14 as National Volunteer Week (NVW).

  • Mortenson To Pay $1 Million In Restitution To Charity

    By Patrick Sullivan — April 5, 2012

    A yearlong investigation by the office of Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock into author and mountaineer Greg Mortenson’s charity, Central Asia Institute (CAI), found that both Mortenson and CAI’s board had been negligent in their management of the nonprofit. As a result of a settlement between Mortenson, CAI and the office of the attorney general, Mortenson must pay CAI back at least $1 million for personal expenditures such as charter flights and clothing. Bullock distributed his office’s investigative report in a press conference today.

  • Advocacy Email Response Rates Jump 28%

    By Mark Hrywna — April 5, 2012

    Email response rates, particularly for advocacy emails, were up last year, according a study released today (April 5). Advocacy emails were up 28 percent, but even overall, response rates for email were up 2 percent among 44 nonprofits surveyed in the 2012 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study, by M+R Strategic Services and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN).

  • New CEO At Feed The Children

    By Paul Clolery — April 4, 2012

    After nearly three years of turmoil, Feed The Children in Oklahoma City, Okla., has selected a new president and CEO.

  • Reserves On Hand

    By Thomas McLaughlin — April 3, 2012

    “Have six months of cash on hand at all times” is one of the recommendations most often invoked by well-meaning observers. It’s the holy grail of financial comfort for many nonprofit managers, the metric that brings color back to board members’ white knuckles, the feel-good threshold for restful nights.


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  • The RFP process - how it should and should not go
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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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