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  • What Role Members?

    By Thomas McLaughlin — March 6, 2012

    The word “member” rolls off the tongue easily for many nonprofit managers. Too easily, it sometimes seems, because the word implies an exchange of perceived value that might or might not be shared by the nonprofit and its members. Since the mission model of many nonprofits depends on the effectiveness of the membership, a flawed model can be a handicap.

  • 5 Smart Finance Leaders

    By Jeff Jones — March 6, 2012

    The past five years have been no day at the park for investors. Take the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) as an example. The DJIA posted a roughly 1,100 point gain during the five-year period beginning Jan. 31, 2006 and ending Jan. 28, 2011. Between those dates, it ranged more than 7,000 points – climbing greater than 14,000 during the fall of 2007 and falling to less than 6,600 during the late winter of 2009.

  • Getting A Loan

    By Robert Leslie — March 6, 2012

    Nonprofits have needs for various types of credit facilities from financial institutions. Credit needs vary from operating lines of credit to long-term financing for buildings and equipment.

  • Balance The Books

    By Cheryl Olson — March 6, 2012

    Audit committees face many challenges, especially when the members are volunteers with other “day jobs,” as is true in most nonprofits. And when it comes to accounting, other than one plus one generally equally two, there are constant changes in standards and processes.

  • You Need A Methodology

    By Joseph Paul Timpano — March 6, 2012

    All nonprofits require the creation of a specific internal control methodology as the basis for conducting operations. It isn’t enough for your organization to only seek to expand revenue goals or marketing strategies. The benefit of an internal control methodology is to ensure integrity in your organization’s reporting, efficiency in processing and consistent standards to reduce costs and redundancy.

  • Active First Half For Share Prices Of Nonprofits’ Vendors

    By Mark Hrywna — March 6, 2012

    Last year’s resurgence of stock portfolios since the nadir of the economy in 2008 has slowed somewhat into 2011, but there are still more winners than losers among companies that have a hand in the nonprofit sector.

  • Converting The Cash

    By Samuel Fanburg — March 6, 2012

    With operations in nearly 100 countries, World Vision gets a considerable amount of international donations. But through foreign currency hedging and focusing on the best monetary practices, the organization has been able to create an efficient cash stream to fund their programs.

  • Donor Diversity

    By Janice Gow Pettey — March 6, 2012

    A story is told about a southern gentleman who owned a grove of beautiful oak trees. Well established and much admired, these oak trees were a source of great pride. On a trip to another part of the country, the man discovered peach trees. Taken with their lovely blossoms and sweet fruit, he decided that peaches would be a good addition to his grove.

  • In the Crosshairs

    By Kristalyn Loson — March 6, 2012

    The New York Attorney General (NYAG) recently crossed into what some consider the hallowed ground of charities, by launching an investigation into cause-related marketing of “pink ribbon” charities. In its own recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the NYAG is examining charities and commercial partners that are involved in a cause-related marketing campaign representing that a portion of the sales of a product or service will support breast cancer research or screening.

  • Prospect Wealth

    By Gary Morton — March 6, 2012

    When the $200 million Reed College Centen­nial Campaign began five years ago, the school turned to donor pros­pect research to help identify alumni and college friends who might be able to make a major gift.

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