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  • Charities Spent 4¢ On Advertising For Each $1 Raised Online

    By Mark Hrywna — April 20, 2016

    Nonprofits are spending an average of 4 cents on digital advertising for every $1 raised online last year and almost 70 percent of those advertising budgets were devoted to lead generation and new donor acquisition.

  • Leaked Panama Papers Show Fake Charitable Gifts

    By Andy Segedin — April 19, 2016

    Leaders at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) received a surprise following the release of the Panama Papers – the organization’s name listed as a beneficiary. Multiple outlets, including Reuters, have reported that the “International Red Cross” was named as a faux beneficiary of dummy foundations featured in documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.

  • 56% Of Nonprofits Testing Content Marketing Strategy

    By Mark Hrywna — April 19, 2016

    Three out of five nonprofits surveyed have at least one staff member dedicated to online or digital strategy while more than half have a team of at least two to five people. The trend, however, is more common in larger organizations with smaller nonprofits lagging behind.

  • ICYMI: Preparing For The LGBT Transfer Of Wealth

    By The NonProfit Times — April 18, 2016

    Laws and judgments supporting gay marriage and LGBT issues will have significant impact for the nonprofit sector, particularly fundraising.

  • U.S. Volunteer Time Worth $188 Billion

    By NPT Staff — April 14, 2016

    The value of volunteers’ time hit a record high in 2015, an estimated $23.56 per hour nationwide. The sum represents more than a $1 increase compared to the figure in 2013.

  • Survey: Donors Bored By Long-Winded Charities

    By NPT Staff — April 14, 2016

    Organizational messaging can drive donors to action or bore them to tears, the difference drastically affecting willingness to provide support.

  • Aging Prospects Are Giving Online

    By The NonProfit Times — April 14, 2016

    Donors between the ages of 40 and 59 are increasingly likely to give online, with 67 percent doing so as compared to 47 percent in 2014. By comparison, donors younger than the age of 40 are just as likely to give online as those 60 and older, with 54 percent of those in both populations doing so.

  • The Pros and Cons of Open Source Office Suites

    By The NonProfit Times — April 14, 2016

    The Microsoft Office suite — Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote — dominate the productivity software marketplace. But is Microsoft your only option? Open source software is used at many nonprofits for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation design.

  • Fixing IT When You’re Not An IT Expert

    By The NonProfit Times — April 14, 2016

    What do you do when the Internet goes down? Or a computer keeps crashing? These mini-crises are common at small nonprofits and often there’s no one with an IT background to help. How do you stay calm and keep your organization carrying on?

  • ICYMI: Nonprofit Cash In Less Safe Territory

    By Mark Hrywna — April 13, 2016

    U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen testified before Congress that negative interest rates are not out of the question. “I wouldn’t take them off the table but we would have work to do to judge whether they would be workable here,” she said during testimony to the Senate Banking Committee.

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