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  • Rejected WWF Terror Ad Hit The Web Anyway

    By Michele Donohue — September 1, 2009

    World Wildlife Fund (WWF) US sent hundreds of messages via Twitter in the space of an hour trying to curb backlash against an advertisement using the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 to illustrate climate change effects in an advertisement the organization did not commission.

  • Learning The Triple P

    By Patrick Rooney — August 17, 2009

    It can be challenging for nonprofit professionals to rise above grim news reports, struggles their organizations might be facing, and for many, concerns about the growing needs of their clients. Often it seems that there are more questions than answers.

  • Jones Ousted As Boss At Feed The Children

    By Mark Hrywna — August 14, 2009

    Larry Jones, founder and president of Feed The Children, today relinquished day-to-day operational control of the Oklahoma City, Okla., nonprofit as part of a lawsuit settlement. Both sides in a nasty boardroom battle were scheduled for court today.

  • Special Olympics Founder Eunice Shriver Dies

    By Michele Donohue — August 11, 2009

    Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics and life-long advocate for those with intellectual disabilities, has died. She was 88.

  • NPT Study: Creative Ways of Luring Conference Goers

    By Michele Donohue — August 3, 2009

    Carol Lewis, CEO of Philanthropy Northwest, said she worried people wouldn’t be able to afford the organization’s annual conference next month. So, the Seattle-based organization decided to tweak the conference to make it more financially accessible.

  • 31 Percent Say They Can’t Go To Conferences

    By Michele Donohue — August 1, 2009

    Carol Lewis, CEO of Philanthropy Northwest, said she worried people wouldn’t be able to afford the organization’s annual conference next month. So, the Seattle-based organization decided to tweak the conference to make it more financially accessible.

  • It’s Christmas in July for the Salvation Army

    By Mark Hrywna — August 1, 2009

    In Nashville, it was a full month. In Philadelphia, it was every Wednesday in July. In New York, it was a full week. In each case, The Salvation Army’s Christmas in July campaign had one goal: to raise more money for a continuing increase in requests for essential services.

  • Federal Money Is Redirected

    By Mark Hrywna — August 1, 2009

    Scrapping the $50-million Compassion Capital Fund (CCF) because the “range of recipients was too narrowly defined,” the Obama administration has launched the Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF).

  • Donor Scales Back Major Gift To University

    By Mark Hrywna — July 31, 2009

    Two and a half years after announcing the largest gift in school history, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) will have to settle for less than a third of the donation.

  • AMA Awards Nonprofit Marketer Of The Year

    By Michele Donohue — July 31, 2009

    Eric Overman, director of online communities and social media at Operation Smile, received the 2009 Nonprofit Marketer of the Year Award from American Marketing Association (AMA) and the American Marketing Association Foundation (AMAF) at the Nonprofit Marketing Conference in Chicago, Ill, earlier this month.


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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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