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  • Trump Foundation Admits ‘Self-Dealing’

    By Mark Hrywna — November 23, 2016

    The Donald J. Trump Foundation admitted to breaking “self-dealing” rules regarding private foundations in a federal tax filings made available publicly on Monday.

  • Orlando Conference Focused on Support Systems

    By Andy Segedin — November 23, 2016

    Mental-health professionals, musicians and poets gathered in Orlando, Fla., to discuss mental-health needs, counseling and ways individuals from all walks of life can help themselves and their communities. The recent supporter conference was hosted by To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA), an organization focused on assisting those battling depression, addiction, self-injury and thoughts of suicide. The event took place just a month after the deadly Pulse nightclub shooting that killed or injured more than 100 people in the city.

  • Fundraising Package Affinity

    By Stephanie Ceruolo — November 23, 2016

    Donors really don’t like change that much

  • Big Boost For CFC Fundraising

    By Mark Hrywna — November 23, 2016

    The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) continues to run about 17 percent ahead of last year’s pace. The 2016 campaign has reached $17.6 million in pledges through Nov. 22, more than one-third of the way toward its goal of $47 million.

  • Former CFF Employee To Be Sentenced In Wire Fraud Case

    By Mark Hrywna — November 22, 2016

    A former employee of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced next month for wire fraud in connection with a 2014 murder-suicide.

  • Social Services, Social Change Must Be Marketed

    By Andy Segedin — November 22, 2016

    Some 86 million Americans are pre-diabetic, yet just 20,000 individuals enrolled in a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) last year, according to Taz Hussein, a partner at Bridgespan’s Boston office. DPP has about all one could want from a health initiative, Hussein said, it was built off of years of National Institutes of Health research and was applied to a deliverable, community service with the help of the YMCA. But, clients still weren’t biting.

  • Database Shows 36% Of Charities Up 10%

    By Mark Hrywna — November 21, 2016

    The largest growth among arts organizations of any metropolitan area in the last five years occurred in Portland, Ore. Immigrant organizations are growing in Minneapolis, Minn., as quickly as they are in cities like New York. In New Orleans, where nonprofits grew dramatically in response to Hurricane Katrina in 2006, the sector is still growing strong a decade after the disaster.

  • How 4 Associations Approach Continuing Education

    By David N. Plaskow — November 17, 2016

    According to the Pew Research Center, 63 percent of the U.S. workforce is composed of professional learners. These individuals have taken a course or gotten additional training during the past year to improve their job skills to advance their careers.

  • Two Experts Lost

    By Andy Segedin and Mark Hrywna — November 17, 2016

    Julie Floch, Herschell Gordon Lewis changed charities

  • Live From IS: Where Nonprofits Fit After ‘Primal Scream’

    By Paul Clolery — November 17, 2016

    Washington, D.C. – Nonprofit leaders were told that the nation had let out “the greatest primal scream” on Nov. 8 and now there is an opportunity to learn from the presidential election results. The electorate is being dismissive of institutions and that could leak over to the charitable sector.


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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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