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  • Oregon Bill Ties Exemption To Program Expense Ratios

    By Mark Hrywna — May 1, 2011

    Charities that don’t spend at least an average of 30 percent of their expenses on programming for three years would risk losing certain state tax deductibility, due to a bill passed by the Oregon state Senate.

  • Lady GaGa, Robin Hood Team On $1 Million In Grants

    By Paul Clolery — April 26, 2011

    In what they are hoping is a good romance, Lady Gaga and the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City are sponsoring a contest in which they will give away $1 million to five charities that benefit disconnected youth in New York City. And, they are giving away tickets to the foundation’s sold out gala where she will perform.

  • Majority Of Tax-Exempts Pay Tax Anyway

    By Samuel Fanburg — April 25, 2011

    Some 63 percent of nonprofits reported paying various types of fee and taxes to local and state governments during 2010. Of these types of assessments, 17 percent reported paying field-specific taxes, 36 percent paid “other payments,” 9 percent paid PILOT (payments in lieu of taxes) and 42 percent of nonprofits paid user fees.

  • Montana’s AG Wants ‘Tea’

    By Mark Hrywna — April 22, 2011

    The Montana Attorney General’s Office is looking into the operations of a charity after a scathing report by “60 Minutes” that has the nonprofit sector abuzz.

  • Myths Of Donor Acquisition Fundraising

    By Samuel Fanburg — April 20, 2011

    There’s no end to the urban legends and myths when it comes to fundraising.

  • Proxies Aim To Have Their Say At BP’s Annual Meeting

    By Samuel Fanburg — April 14, 2011

    Hoping to display the human cost of consequences stemming from the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill last spring, Diane Wilson, a fourth-generation fisherman from the Texas Gulf Coast, attended BP’s annual meeting this morning in London.

  • Jury Hung On Fate Of Philanthropy

    By Mark Hrywna — April 14, 2011

    Charged with not fulfilling its mission of advancing the public good, the philanthropy was put on trial Tuesday afternoon during the Council on Foundations’ (CoF) conference closing plenary session. The penalty, if found guilty, was the loss of its tax status.

  • Tips For Winning Back Your Lapsed Donors

    By Mary Bogucki — April 13, 2011

    Winning back lapsed donors is critical to an organization’s growth. The long-term value of a recaptured donor is usually better than that of a new donor. In addition, the cost to recapture a lapsed donor is less than the cost to acquire a new donor.

  • Program Services Delivery Starting To Go Mobile

    By Samuel Fanburg — April 12, 2011

    Realizing that it took far too long for medical clinics to receive lab tests in Bangladesh, Nadim Mahmud, co-founder of Medic Mobile, decided to create a network where lab results could be distributed with relative ease.

  • Two Blueprints For Successful Donor Retention

    By Mark Hrywna — April 6, 2011

    Retention programs are designed to keep supporters engaged on an annualized basis, and some such programs can be the most effective strategy to improve lifetime value of donors, with the ultimate goal to grow the donor file, maximizing revenue and building long-term value.


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