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Legendary fundraiser Kay Partney Lautman, who founded Lautman & Company 20 years ago, died Monday at Sunrise Assisted Living in Washington, D.C., after suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease for several years. She was 74.
Origins Recovery Centers (ORC), an addiction center located in South Padre Island, Tex., is looking to hire a Human Resources Manager.
When the United States Supreme Court ruled in the landmark Citizens United case two years ago, it opened the door for an influx of corporate money into elections. Most thought this would manifest itself in the form of so-called super PACs (Political Action Committees).While this has happened in some instances, a report in The New York Times indicates that many corporations are funneling their political donations through nonprofits so they are not subject to normal disclosure requirements. This allows businesses to push for a political agenda without being held accountable for it.In its review of corporate governance reports, tax returns of nonprofits, and regulatory filings, The New York Times uncovered many previously undisclosed donations to political nonprofits from corporations. For example, health insurance giant Aetna donated over $3 million last year to the American Action Network (AAN), a Republican-leaning organization that has spent millions of dollars attacking President Barack Obama’s health care law. This donation comes despite Aetna’s president publicly backing the legislation.Most of corporations’ donations went to organizations like AAN, which fall under Section 501(c)(4) of the tax code as “social welfare” organizations. Since they are not technically political organizations, they don’t have to disclose their donors to the Federal Election Committee (FEC), which makes them attractive to businesses. As scrutinized as super PAC spending is, they were outspent by 501(c)(4)s in the 2010 midterm elections.The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has already revoked the tax-exempt status of one political nonprofit this year, leading to speculation as to whether the agency will act on some of the bigger groups such as AAN or the Democratic-leaning Priorities USA. Until such action is taken, however, it appears corporations will continue to use nonprofits to shield their donations.You can read the full story in The New York Times.
Religious donors are anything but a one-trick pony. As a study by The NonProfit Times and InfoGroup last year showed, these individuals will also give to a select number of secular groups as well as their favorite religious groups. In fact, they are almost three times as likely to donate to other groups than those who do not give to religious institutions.As with any strategy to reach new donors, one marketing strategy doesn’t fit all. This is especially true with religious donors. It’s one thing to just reach out to them; it’s another thing entirely to convince them that your cause aligns with their morals.In “Nonprofit Management 101,” Jennie Winton and Zach Hochstadt, two partners at Mission Minded, identified seven tactics you can follow to get religious groups to appeal on your behalf:
- Tactic 1: Identify local religious organizations;
- Tactic 2: Create a brochure that explains the benefits of supporting your nonprofit;
- Tactic 3: Mail an introductory letter and brochure about the nonprofit to each group;
- Tactic 4: Schedule and make follow-up phone calls;
- Tactic 5: Create introductory packets for organizations that agree to raise money for the nonprofit;
- Tactic 6: Create fundraising templates for religious institutions that agree to appeal for money on your behalf; and,
- Tactic 7: Follow up with all partners monthly.
A group of family members of victims of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks is calling for the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum to be taken over by the National Park Service (NPS), with the nonprofit transformed into a “Friends Of” group responsible only for fundraising.
A study by the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies (NHCPPS) found that there is no correlation between the quality of care at nonprofit hospitals and the pay of their CEOs.
There is no question that online fundraising has become a very popular method for nonprofits that are trying to increase their revenue and donors. Even though it’s still not as dominant as traditional means, it has seen steady growth over the years — the most recent Blackbaud Index of Charitable giving saw it increase for the 12th month in a row.
New York City council members plan to oppose a measure by Mayor Michael Bloomberg that would impose a garbage-collection fee on nonprofits, universities, and religious organizations.The measure, which was included in the city’s recently approved $68.5 billion budget, would raise $17.2 million in revenue for the city but requires the permission of the City Council. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, that doesn’t seem likely to happen.Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) has indicated that a majority of the council’s 51 members oppose the legislation. He has already introduced legislation barring the Bloomberg administration from instituting a trash fee, and claims he has support for the bill from 31 council members.The idea of the trash fee originated in May 2011, when Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty informed the council that his department was considering it. The hope was that this fee would give organizations an incentive to recycle items rather than using the garbage. It would also take taxpayers off the hook, as they currently foot the bill for organizations’ garbage collection.Most of the opposition from the City Council comes on behalf of small organizations. Critics say that the proposed fee could have a negative impact on these institutions’ operations. David Zigun, executive director of Coney Island USA, told The Journal that the fee amounts to a tax, and that his organization — which is currently dealing with a deficit — would have to lay off employees as a result.You can read the full story in The Wall Street Journal.
A dispute over a gift of property to Johns Hopkins University is scheduled to go to trial this fall, nearly a year after her heirs filed suit against the Baltimore-based college.
The American Marketing Association (AMA), American Marketing Association Foundation (AMAF) and The NonProfit Times have recognized Anne Marie Dougherty, executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, as the 2012 Nonprofit Marketer of the Year.
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