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Clergy: Free Speech Is Just That, Unless It Costs Money

August 14, 2013       Mark Hrywna      

Clergy and other nonprofit leaders should be free to say what they want even during campaign season — as long as it doesn’t cost any more money to do it.

Prosecutor Goes After Charity And Fundraiser

August 13, 2013       Mark Hrywna      

One of the so-called “worst charities” in America and its fundraising vendor are in the cross hairs of at least one state charity official. Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has filed a consumer-protection lawsuit against a New Jersey-based charity and its Conway, Ark.-based fundraiser.

Judge Orders Pursuant To Pay Another $131K

August 9, 2013       Mark Hrywna      

A Dallas, Texas-based fundraising agency has been ordered to pay more than $130,000 in front pay to a former executive who accused the firm of retaliation after he filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). A judge last week also denied a motion by The Pursuant Group asking that he set aside a jury’s award of $195,000 in punitive damages, back pay and pain and suffering.

Courts Might Define ‘Public Charity’

August 9, 2013       Patrick Sullivan      

Battle lines are being drawn in Pennsylvania between the courts and the legislative bodies, and nonprofits are squarely in the middle. At issue is who gets to decide if an organization “of purely public charity” is exempt from property taxes. The courts say they can determine exemption subjectively, while the legislature says there is already a perfectly fine rule on the books for determining it.

Baby Boomers Are Foundation Of U.S. Giving

August 8, 2013       Patrick Sullivan      

Nearly nine in 10 of Americans born before 1945 (so-called Matures) give to charities, and they support the greatest number of organizations at an average of 6.2 per person. But Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, contribute about 43 percent of all dollars given in the United States, the highest percentage by far. Those are among the findings of Charleston, SC software firm Blackbaud’s study, “The Next Generation of American Giving.”

Jury Award Against Pursuant On Hold

August 6, 2013       Mark Hrywna      

A night cap after an industry conference led to not only allegations of inappropriate behavior but eventually resulted in a nearly $200,000 jury verdict against one of the nation’s largest fundraising agencies. The Pursuant Group, accused by former executive Philip Capps of retaliation after he filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), has asked a judge to set aside the entire judgment, which is not legal until a judge enters it.

Nonprofit Fractured Atlas Buys For-Profit Tech Firm

August 6, 2013       Mark Hrywna      

Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit aimed at providing artists with smart technology and support services, announced that it has acquired Gemini SBS, a for-profit customer software development firm.

Party As If You’re Thomas Jefferson

August 5, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

So, you sit down to dinner with a dozen people, only some of whom you know, and the host is … Thomas Jefferson.

Let Donors “Experience” Your Mission

August 2, 2013       Mark Hrywna      

It’s all about the experience. Whether it’s gumballs, coffee, car insurance or even charities, consumers are looking for experiences rather than things, according to B. Joseph Pine II, the author of the best-selling book, “The Experience Economy: Work is Theatre & Every Business a Stage.”

Path To Success Often Looks Like Failure

August 1, 2013       Patrick Sullivan      

When the load becomes too heavy to carry – literally or figuratively – people must keep moving forward in spite of the pain or failure. In her book, “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” there’s a point when Cheryl Strayed realizes that her pack is so heavy she can’t lift it. “In that scene is what ‘Wild’ is all about,” she said. “In that moment when you can’t lift the pack, that’s where you’re making the leap from a personal story to a universal tale about what it means to be human.”