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  • Road Kill Social Media

    By Mark Hrywna — August 1, 2010

    In just less than a month, the “Skinned Alive” campaign by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) had garnered 98,000 fans, driven almost entirely through social media, primarily Facebook and Twitter. MySpace? Not so much.

    Only a few years ago, MySpace was essentially neck and neck with Facebook in a battle for social networking supremacy. These days it seems to be falling into the niche category while Facebook boasts more than 400 million users worldwide and Twitter has seen fast-paced growth during the past year. Nonprofits, it seems, are following the same lead.

  • Professional Fundraiser Wants To Keep Home Addresses Private

    By Don McNamara — August 1, 2010

    Rejection of a professional fund-raising counsel registration renewal has sparked a battle between an attorney and the Secretary of State of North Carolina regarding the confidential nature of where a fundraiser resides, and the ability to safely raise money for sometimes controversial causes.

  • Social Innovation Fund Picks 50 Million Dollar Winners

    By Mark Hrywna — July 22, 2010

    Nearly a dozen organizations from around the country will share in the first round of Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grants from the federal government totaling $50 million. Combined with private matching funds of $74 million raised so far, more than $123 million will be targeted toward scaling up innovative nonprofit programs.

  • Hairy Situations

    By Kate Rogers — July 1, 2010

    Controversial animal rights group PETA has learned the hard way that celebrity spokespeople can sometimes get attention for all the wrong reasons.

  • SmartPhone Optimization Of Resumes

    By Kate Rogers — June 15, 2010

    Before the days of iChat, Skype or Facebook, Nancy Racette, chief operating officer of DRI Consulting in Arlington, Va., would conduct video interviews with potential candidates at her local Kinkos. Today, she can look at an applicants resume, professional profile and Twitter account, all on her Blackberry. While advanced technology has helped the job recruitment and executive search game evolve, the basic principles have stayed the same, Racette said. The Internet has only leveled the playing field.

  • Letting The Sun Shine In

    By Jeff Jones — June 15, 2010

    A friend sent Bill Strickland an orchid. Struck by its beauty, he bought a beginners guide and asked area experts how to grow the flower. But he failed to sustain any orchids in his basement nursery.

  • Can I ask you a question?

    By Mark Hrywna — June 15, 2010

    If someone walked up to you on the street and asked that you give them your credit card or checking account information, the odds are that you would think that they think youre a rube with a turnip truck. That sounds just crazy enough to work, so some nonprofits are enlisting canvassers to raise money in metropolitan cities around the U.S. and abroad.

  • Giving Drops Less Than Expected

    By Kate Rogers — June 9, 2010

    Giving to charity in the United States dropped a little more than 3 percent during 2009 to $303.75 billion, a decline but not the precipitous plummet feared by nonprofits as the U.S. recession was in full bloom. As usual, donations by individuals led giving, with gifts to religion being the top category.

  • Camera Phone Fundraising Taps Younger Donors

    By Kate Rogers — June 8, 2010

    Understanding the nature of generational differences is what will open the doors for new methods of fundraising. According to John Baguley, CEO of the International Fundraising Consultancy in London, for Gen Y, technology is just a part of life — as natural and necessary as eating and sleeping.

  • Six Figure Retention Bonuses

    By Mark Hrywna — June 1, 2010

    The stock market was booming and the housing market was still on the way up when Mary-Alice Frank was hired as chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland in 1999.

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