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  • Bowling Green ‘Raps’ Up Big Fundraising Goal

    By Mark Hrywna — January 2, 2012

    His last name is 83 percent consonants, he can’t dunk or hit a three, but he’ll “melt your face with his philanthropy.”

  • Fans? HSUS Has A Million Of ’em

    By Mark Hrywna — January 2, 2012

    What do one million fans on Facebook look like? The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has the answer – in the form of an infographic that details all sorts of information about its fans.

  • Electing To Campaign

    By Gary Morton — January 2, 2012

    When the president of Catholic Answers posted an e-letter on the nonprofit’s website eight years ago questioning whether Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), a Catholic, should receive communion at Mass because of his support for abortion, the organization believed he was simply stating an opinion about the then-presidential candidate’s stance on an issue important to Catholics.

  • Contributions To Donor-Advised Funds Were Up Last Year

    By Don McNamara — December 21, 2011

    Contributions to donor-advised funds increased by 25.5 percent in 2010, reaching $7.77 billion, while grant dollars grew at a slower pace of 1.3 percent.

  • U.K. Group Ranks U.S. Most Charitable Nation

    By Mark Hrywna — December 19, 2011

    It’s often been said that the United States is the most charitable country in the world, and now there’s more data to prove it.

  • Aid Groups Hoping For North Korean Transition

    By Don McNamara — December 19, 2011

    Any time news comes out of North Korea, the rest of the world holds its breath, because it could be anything from the announcement of a parade to a threat to start a nuclear war.

  • Your Nonprofit Business Model: Is It Really That Healthy?

    By Thomas McLaughlin — December 19, 2011

    It is difficult to talk about business models without sounding like a candidate for Wonk of the Year, but streetsmart managers know that the concept is at the heart of successful management. Strong business models bring programmatic and financial success, while weak ones bring irrelevance and even ruin.

  • Salvation Army’s Red Kettles Coming Up Short

    By Samuel Fanburg — December 16, 2011

    The usual clanging and bell-ringing red kettles on behalf of The Salvation Army are not reaching as many ears this holiday season as affiliates in California, Massachusetts and New York are reporting drastic decreases in donations.

  • Google Gives Back – To The Tune Of $40 Million

    By Mark Hrywna — December 16, 2011

    The charitable arm of online search engine behemoth Google gave away $40 million to almost 50 causes focused on technology, education and human trafficking.

  • Index: Online Giving Up 10 Percent

    By Mark Hrywna — December 15, 2011

    Online giving was up more than 10 percent for the quarter ending in October while overall charitable giving nudged up more than 2 percent, compared to the same three-month period in 2010.

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