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  • Study: Texting, Focus On One Project Preferable

    By Samuel Fanburg — November 30, 2011

    Telling for both volunteer managers and students, almost three quarters of college admissions officers favor students who are consistently involved with one organization rather a variety of causes. Half of those survey respondents believed it was possible to have “too many” community service hours.

  • Bowling Green Raps About Big Donors

    By Mark Hrywna — November 29, 2011

    His last name is 83 percent consonants, he can’t dunk or hit a three, but he’ll “melt your face with his philanthropy.” Case in point, Allen Schmidthorst’s $1.7-million contribution to the construction of Bowling Green State University (BGSU)’s newest athletic facility. The donation was one of four seven-figure gifts that helped to raise $14 million in private money for the $36-million Stroh Center on the Bowling Green campus, just south of Toledo, Ohio.

  • Charities Get In On Black Friday Activity

    By Samuel Fanburg — November 23, 2011

    Charities are branching out with technology in hopes of taking advantage of increased Internet and foot traffic on Black Friday, one the busiest shopping days of the year.

  • Reply Devices Account For At Least $400M In First Class Postage

    By Mark Hrywna — November 23, 2011

    Mail sent by only a handful of some of the largest charities generates almost $400 million in First Class postage revenue for the United States Postal Service (USPS), according to a survey by the Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation (DMANF).

  • ‘Pearing’ Up Needs With Abilities A Winning Strategy

    By Mark Hrywna — November 18, 2011

    It all started with roasted pears. Charles Best walked into the teacher’s lounge at the Bronx public school where he taught and told his fellow teachers that they could indulge in his mother’s recipe on one condition: that they go to the website he recently created and plug in the school projects that they’ve always wanted for their students.

  • Evangelical Group Sees Hike In Fundraising Results

    By Samuel Fanburg — November 18, 2011

    Members of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) raised $9.38 billion during 2010, a 5.8 percent increase from the $8.87 billion raised during 2009. Noncash gifts decreased, however, with larger organizations seeing the greatest increases in charitable giving.

  • Nonprofits At Risk With Smartphone Privacy Issues

    By Gary Morton — November 15, 2011

    Since the dawn of the smartphone era in 1997, and especially since the first camera phone was introduced to the United States market five years later, nonprofits have wrestled with privacy and safety issues that developed with the spread of instant communications.

  • Charity CEO Forced Out In Wake Of Penn State Scandal

    By Mark Hrywna — November 14, 2011

    The board of directors of The Second Mile, the charity founded by Jerry Sandusky, accepted the resignation of its longtime CEO yesterday. Jack Raykovitz had been CEO for 28 years. “Both Dr. Raykovitz and the board believe this is in the best interests of the organizations,” according to an announcement released this morning.

  • Penn State Board Fires Iconic Coach

    By Mark Hrywna — November 10, 2011

    The Penn State University Board of Trustees cleaned house Wednesday, firing football coach Joe Paterno – effective immediately, only hours after he announced he would retire at season’s end – and accepted the resignation of university President Graham Spanier.

  • 9 Tips For Incorporating Holiday Mobile Technology

    By Doug Plank — November 8, 2011

    To quote Charles Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the age of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light…”

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