News & Articles

Grants: 6 Six Principles For Acquisition Work

October 10, 2012       Barbara Floersh      

Facing vast funding demands, nonprofit boards all too often assign the executive director the quixotic task of slaying every dragon with a grant. The roof is falling in? Get a grant. Can’t afford administrative salaries? Get a grant.

Donation Collection Bin Bill Vetoed

October 9, 2012       Zach Halper      

An initiative spearheaded by Goodwill International that would have stopped nonprofits from placing collection bins on private property in California was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The governor called the bill anti-competitive.

What Can You Get For $1? Registration in Colorado

October 4, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

Nonprofits that solicit contributions in Colorado and file registration statements – as well as professional fundraising consultants and paid solicitors – will see registration fees drop to $1 for at least the next year.

New Boss At United Way Of NYC

October 4, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

United Way of New York City will be led by a female president and CEO for the first time in its history. Sheena Wright, a former United Way board member who for the past decade has been president and CEO of Abyssinian Development Corporation (ADC) in the Harlem section of New York City, will succeed Gordon Campbell in mid-November.

Regulators Seek Universal Registration, Filing Methods

October 2, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

State regulators are aiming to streamline the oft-criticized charity registration process by creating a single website where charity registration can be done and disseminated to appropriate states. And, a watchdog group is changing the way it looks at standards for for-profit fundraisers.

Health Charities Try To Keep The Competition Friendly

October 1, 2012       Todd Cohen      

As vice president for policy, planning and communications at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research (FFPR), Joyce A. Oberdorf saw an opportunity to fill a gap in helping families of patients cope with the disease.

BBCON: Platform Integration A Top Proiority

October 1, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

Reaffirming its commitment to a platform, Blackbaud assured clients that integration will be its top priority in the coming year after its acquisition of rival Convio.

Create A High-Performing Board

September 27, 2012       Dennis Miller      

The vast majority of nonprofits have great, dedicated and committed executives and wonderful individual board members. Yet, one of the most common questions asked is “how do we create a high performing board as a whole?”

Associations Can Run Afoul Of Anti-Trust Rules

September 27, 2012       Robert Davis      

Antitrust: Even the name is ominous. And the closer you look at it, the more vaguely menacing it seems. For example, if you violate the antitrust laws, you might rack up millions of dollars in fines, and you might even go to jail.

Social Impact Bonds Set Up Unique Venture Capital Market

September 27, 2012       Todd Cohen      

Massachusetts became the first government entity in the United States in 2011 to issue a request for proposals for “social impact bonds.” The bonds are a fledgling financing strategy that ex­perts believe could help take effective social programs to scale by tapping into private capital, with government paying investors back only if the programs produce results.