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  • Some Minnesota Nonprofits Gain Reprieve

    By Don McNamara — July 7, 2011

    Several Minnesota nonprofits are breathing easier after court rulings deemed them essential services, meaning they can continue to receive state funding despite the state’s shutdown over a budget impasse.

  • Gunderson To Leave Council On Foundations

    By Mark Hrywna — July 5, 2011

    Calling it “the right time for a transition,” Council on Foundations (CoF) President and CEO Steve Gunderson announced today that he will step down Sept. 1 after six years on the job.

  • Convio Expands To The UK, Buys Baigent

    By Paul Clolery — July 5, 2011

    Convio, the online fundraising and constituent relationship management (CRM) firm in Austin, Texas, has reached across the Atlantic Ocean and purchased Baigent Digital, just outside London in Chesham.

  • Bass Begins New Chapter At Bauman Foundation

    By Mark Hrywna — July 1, 2011

    Closing a chapter that started nearly three decades ago, OMB Watch and founder and executive director Gary Bass bid farewell yesterday to the organization he helped create.

  • Hot Copy

    By Herschell Gordon Lewis — July 1, 2011

    Do you remember Popeye? According to Wikipedia it is still out there, as a comic strip, although the animated cartoons that used to be theatrical short subjects are quiescent.

  • General Ramblings: Yeah, So?

    By Paul Clolery — July 1, 2011

    The Giving USA numbers were released and they show that donations to charity in their various forms totaled $290.89 billion, up from the adjusted $280.3 billion from 2009. The 2008 numbers were also significantly adjusted this time around.

  • Long Road Back For Exemption-Revoked Groups

    By Mark Hrywna — July 1, 2011

    Nonprofits that hope to regain the tax-exempt status that was revoked last month better hunker down for the long haul. The review process by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to re-apply for tax-exempt status could take an average six to ninth months, even with the expedited process, according to the National Council of Nonprofits (NCN).

  • Being There, But Not Really

    By Samuel Fanburg — July 1, 2011

    Noticing a slump in attendance at its annual conference due to the national recession and an increase in travel costs, Tammy Blosil, vice president of online learning for Washington D.C.-based ASAE – The Center for Association Leadership (ASAE), decided to integrate a “hybrid,” conference model even though some feared it would lead to cannibalization of their physical attendees.

  • Reel Grrls Vs. Media Giant

    By Mark Hrywna — July 1, 2011

    It was the Tweet heard around the world — well, heard pretty loudly around the Pacific Northwest, at least: “OMG! @FCC Commissioner Baker voted 2 approve Comcast/NBC merger & now is lving FCC for A JOB AT COMCAST?!?

  • First Step Toward 1 Million Volunteers

    By Mark Hrywna — June 27, 2011

    United Way Worldwide’s fourth annual United Day of Action is the first step in the organization’s campaign to recruit one million volunteer readers, tutors and mentors. The effort was launched recently at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with the help of 1,000 volunteers assembly 50,000 summer reading backpacks for elementary school children.


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In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!


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