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  • Talk Costs NPR Execs Their Jobs

    By Mark Hrywna — March 9, 2011

    National Public Radio (NPR) announced the resignation of its president and CEO this morning, days after its top fundraising executive was caught on hidden camera calling Tea Party members racists that hijacked the Republican Party.

  • Smile Merger Now In Doubt

    By Mark Hrywna — March 7, 2011

    Three weeks after announcing a merger of the organizations, two cleft surgery charities this morning voted to annul the fledgling relationship.

  • General Ramblings: Middle East Tea Party

    By Paul Clolery — March 1, 2011

    The people have spoken in Tunisia and Egypt. Citizens have taken to the streets in Iran, Yemen and other nations throughout the Middle East. And while the leadership fell only in Tunisia and Egypt as of this writing, the form of government had less to do with the uprising than did the people’s living conditions.

  • NPT and infogroup national donor poll

    By Paul Clolery — March 1, 2011

    More than half of the money given to charity by Americans goes to religion, even though it ranks fourth when donors are asked which type of organization actually needs the money. They see education as the top priority but don’t back up their words with their giving.

  • Funding Cut Off

    By Mark Hrywna — March 1, 2011

    The Court Appointed Special Advocates of Los Angeles (CASA/LA) might be the canary in a coal mine for the more than 1,000 CASA affiliates around the nation as it begins a new course as a self-sustaining nonprofit.

  • Competition From Government

    By Don McNamara — March 1, 2011

    As American donors seek more and more information about charities and Web sites compete for visitors to view financial data, questions arise about the need for and longevity of the organizations providing that information.

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals Picks Andrew Watt To Be CEO

    By Paul Clolery — February 28, 2011

    Andrew Watt is expected to be appointed the new president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in Alexandria, Va. Currently chief programs officer for AFP, he is also vice president of international development.

  • It Is Time To Renegotiate Everything

    By Stuart Kahan — February 15, 2011

    At the Federal Reserve Bank in lower Manhattan, machines have been installed in the cafeteria. They dispense one napkin and one piece of plastic ware at a time. No longer is the supplier simply dumping napkins and forks, spoons, and knives into big buckets for the employees to take whatever they want. “Money had to be saved,” said Michele Lamourt of the Fed’s Analytical Support Unit. “We used to be able to grab a bunch if we wanted to, no longer.” In fact, the cafeteria has stopped subsidizing the food. Contracts have been renegotiated so that employees now have to pay normal prices. “It’s double the cost of what we used to pay,” she added.

  • US Senate Passes 1099 Repeal

    By Mark Hrywna — February 14, 2011

    Amid all the bad news charities are getting lately, there is a glimmer of hope — at least for the accounting departments. The U.S. Senate this past Wednesday approved an amendment that would repeal a measure that would require nonprofits to file a Form 1099 for any vendor with which they spend more than $600. The new rule is set to take effect in January 2012.

  • Pensions Sink Postal Services Profit

    By Mark Hrywna — February 10, 2011

    Continuing to push for Congressional relief from prefunding future retiree healthcare benefits, the United States Postal Service (USPS) said it would have netted $226 million in income for the first quarter if not for the required $5-billion payment. Instead, the USPS reported a loss of $329 million, more than the $297-million loss a year ago, and it expects to have a chase shortfall by the end of this fiscal year (Sept. 30), as well as reaching its statutory borrowing limit.

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