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  • Vegas Draws Youths Looking For Meaningful Relationships

    By Mark Hrywna — June 1, 2012

    The hope is that what happened in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas. The jackpot for TribeFest organizers would be for the event to have a youthful impact on Jewish communities through the nation.

  • Future Of Technology Donations ‘Cloudy’

    By Patrick Sullivan — June 1, 2012

    The nation’s major software vendors have been generous with product donations. Either directly or working through a pass-through entity, a nonprofit could get software either free or at a discounted rate. The box would show up and the organization was in business.

  • Sal Army Completing Kroc Heiress’ Dream For Centers

    By Mark Hrywna — June 1, 2012

    Ten years after the first Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center was unveiled in San Diego, Calif., the largest Kroc Center is set to open this month in Chicago, Ill., leaving only a few more facilities to complete the late heiress Joan Kroc’s vision.

  • CVS Foundation Opens Grant Application Process

    By Zach Halper — May 31, 2012

    CVS Caremark Charitable Trust has begun its 2012 grant application process. The trust’s grants support specific initiatives each year. For 2012, grants will be targeted to programs in two areas of focus access to health care, and children and inclusion.

  • Newman’s Own Celebrates 30 Years Of Giving

    By Patrick Sullivan — May 23, 2012

    In honor of the 30th anniversary of the founding of Newman’s Own organic food company, the Newman’s Own Foundation, based in Westport, Conn., has announced its intention to donate $30 million to charities in 2012. The initial round of grantmaking, which will total about $10 million, has already begun and will continue on an ongoing basis throughout 2012.

  • House Subcommittee Targets Nonprofits

    By Joann Weiner — May 16, 2012

    At a time when many nonprofits are seeing an increased demand for services amid government deficits at all levels, organizations are under increased congressional scrutiny of their tax-exempt status and their activities.

  • Many Americans Don’t Recognize Poverty

    By Mark Hrywna — May 16, 2012

    Americans don’t quite have an accurate picture of what poverty in the United States looks like, at least according to a new survey.

  • Flo Green Dead At 71

    By Patrick Sullivan — May 15, 2012

    “Flo” Green, the long-time leader of the California Association of Nonprofits (CAN) has died. She was 71.

  • IRS Remains On Hunt For Revocations

    By Mark Hrywna — May 9, 2012

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revoked the tax-exempt status of almost 280,000 organizations last year but potentially missed more than 15,000 others, according to a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

  • Donors And Funders Are Also Consumers

    By Thomas McLaughlin — May 9, 2012

    Two questions, the first one a multi-part: Who owns Benjamin Moore & Co., Fruit of the Loom, Geico and See’s Candies? (Answers below)

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