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10 Issues That Top The Activist List For 2013

May 15, 2013       Zach Halper      

Nonprofits and activists have always had a fairly healthy relationship. The same can’t be said of corporations, which are usually a favorite target of grassroots movements. While some corporations might be reluctant to change, a new report from Future 500 indicates that a series of issues will force them to partner with nonprofits to adapt to a changing environment.

Binders Full Of Fundraisers Causing A Diversity Stir

May 15, 2013       Claudia Zorn Schaefer      

Nonprofit fundraisers in the UK recently had their own “binders full of women” backlash on social media. Veteran UK fundraiser Giles Pegram, CBE, co-organizer of a conference on the future of fundraising scheduled for April, reportedly tweeted “women are still not adequately engaged in the thinking in fundraising,” according to the Civil Society UK website.

Keeping Score With Capital Campaigns

May 15, 2013       Mark Hrywna      

Not many people like being recorded on video — or even audio for that matter. That notion didn’t stop the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO). In the midst of a $32-million capital campaign, the Newark, N.J., organization recorded their front-line fundraisers doing an elevator speech or mock scenarios making a gift ask. Then they were analyzed and critiqued in how they did, including a review by the CEO.

Rockefeller Foundation To Fund Urban Resilience

May 14, 2013       Patrick Sullivan      

It’s the Rockefeller Foundation’s centennial birthday and it’s the one handing out gifts — $100 million worth.

IRS Now Targeted After Stalling Tax-Exempts

May 14, 2013       Mark Hrywna      

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting conservative 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations will be the focus a hearing Friday morning in Washington, D.C., by the House Ways and Means Committee. The only witnesses are expected to be Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller and Treasury Inspector for General Tax Administration J. Russell George.

CFOs Get Comfortable With Thin Margins

May 9, 2013       Paul Clolery      

Chief financial officers at nonprofits appear to be feeling a lot like the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, pointing in both directions when asked a series of questions. Many describe their organizations’ overall financial health as good, yet have reserves of six months or less.

Bid Increase Creates Opportunity For Google Grants Users

May 3, 2013       Zach Halper      

The nonprofit version of Google’s popular AdWords program, which allows advertisers to promote their services through targeted ads, has increased the amount organizations can bid on keywords, allowing organizations to place more competitive bids.

What Time Are You?

May 1, 2013       Thomas McLaughlin      

In the professional world, there is no more powerful determinant of individual style, effectiveness, or influence than one’s orientation to time. The topic was touched upon in the Sept. 1, 2012 issue of The NonProfit Times, (Time, Task, and Turf), but this time the powerful construct will get a full airing.

No Surprises

May 1, 2013       Erin Gloeckner      

Volunteers are at the heart of most nonprofits, but your nonprofit’s heart might beat a dangerous rhythm without volunteer risk management. Every nonprofit with volunteers is at risk of experiencing these surprises:

Scouts’ Survey Shows Members Split About Stand On Gays

May 1, 2013       Mark Hrywna and Patrick Sullivan      

Roughly half of the 280 local Boy Scout councils in the United States recommend no change in the organization’s membership policy banning openly gay members and Scout leaders. Survey results, however, show less support today from parents for the policy than three years ago, in addition to a majority of major funders that do not support the current policy.