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  • Fundraising In A Recession Is A ‘Capital’ Idea

    By Samuel Fanburg — October 17, 2011

    The goal was $35 million when the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation (AAMC) began its “Care Like No Other” capital campaign in 2007. It was a bit of a shock, according to Lisa Hillman, AAMC’s senior vice president and chief development officer, when the total rocketed past $44 million.

  • General Ramblings: Celebrity Buzz

    By Paul Clolery — October 15, 2011

    The Farrah Fawcett Foundation is trying to get ahead of reports that a fraud investigation is under way by posting denials on its Facebook page. According to the posting, attributed to Alana Stewart, president of the foundation, the State of California is conducting a “correspondence audit.”

  • New Facebook Profile Gives ‘Causes’ Users More Information

    By Samuel Fanburg — October 15, 2011

    The significant changes to social networking platform Facebook’s profile options regarding a Timeline and Open Graph API technology, allows nonprofits the ability to secure a more permanent spot in a supporter’s online identity.

  • United Way Drives To Diversify Income

    By Mark Hrywna — October 15, 2011

    As United Way continues to diversify funding, the piece of the revenue pie made up of workplace giving continues to shrink.

  • Charitable Deduction Cap Pulled From Bill

    By Mark Hrywna — October 7, 2011

    A proposed cap on charitable deductions for people earning more than $200,000 annually was removed from the American Jobs Act by the Senate majority leader.

  • Developing Your Board

    By Dennis Miller — October 1, 2011

    The roles and responsibilities of boards and their members have been well researched and written about by experts in the field. Based upon my experience, knowing what to do and actually doing it are two different things. To unlock your board’s true potential, boards need to constantly re-examine their own performance and make the necessary improvements that have been identified through their assessment process.

  • General Ramblings: Take This Job

    By Paul Clolery — October 1, 2011

    Think about an answer to the following question: At what point does a “recession” simply become the “economy?” It appears that putting a label on this economy is keeping those with cash on the sidelines, waiting for this magic switch to flip and the economy to be in what some consider a “recovery.”

  • On Board For Term Limits

    By Mark Hrywna — October 1, 2011

    Richard Buery admits he has a hard time getting rid of people. But that’s a good thing. “It’s a testament to how great our organization is and how great our work is,” said the president and CEO of Children’s Aid Society (CAS) in New York City.

  • Online Payment Systems

    By Mark Hrywna — October 1, 2011

    Fundraising used to be pretty simple. Your organization would send a solicitation and you’d wait for those checks to arrive in the mail. It wasn’t exactly as easy as turning on a faucet but it was simple: Mail letter. Receive letter. Cash check.

  • It’s A Miraculous Turnaround For International Aid

    By Gary Morton — October 1, 2011

    International Aid, Inc., reported shipping a record $116 million worth of health products and reconditioned medical equipment to its partners around the world during its fiscal year that ended this past June 30, marking a sort of resurrection for the Christian relief agency.


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