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  • Reel Grrls Vs. Media Giant

    By Mark Hrywna — July 1, 2011

    It was the Tweet heard around the world — well, heard pretty loudly around the Pacific Northwest, at least: “OMG! @FCC Commissioner Baker voted 2 approve Comcast/NBC merger & now is lving FCC for A JOB AT COMCAST?!?

  • First Step Toward 1 Million Volunteers

    By Mark Hrywna — June 27, 2011

    United Way Worldwide’s fourth annual United Day of Action is the first step in the organization’s campaign to recruit one million volunteer readers, tutors and mentors. The effort was launched recently at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with the help of 1,000 volunteers assembly 50,000 summer reading backpacks for elementary school children.

  • Study: Nonprofit Managers Eyeing The Door

    By Samuel Fanburg — June 27, 2011

    More than two-third of nonprofit executives say they will leave their jobs within the next five years and only one-fifth think their boards are doing a good job.

  • Still Buffering: Gore Crashes At Games For Change

    By Samuel Fanburg — June 27, 2011

    Proclaiming, “games have clearly arrived as a mass medium,” former Vice President Al Gore delivered the keynote speech to the Games for Change Festival last week, as members of the audience quietly questioned his involvement in the festival, while nodding in indifference toward his generic statements.

  • 8.8% Response Takes Direct Response Package Prize

    By Samuel Fanburg — June 22, 2011

    A summer mailing that culled an 8.8 percent response rate with an average gift of $33.41 was enough to garner the 2011 Package of the Year for Fountain House from the Direct Marketing Fundraisers Association (DMFA).

  • Giving Hits $290 Billion, Maybe

    By Mark Hrywna — June 20, 2011

    Americans gave an estimated $290.89 billion to charity during 2010, probably.

  • Everything Old Is Still New

    By Ann Andrews Morris — June 15, 2011

    The practice of public relations has come a long way in its 111 year history. And while the modes of communication have changed radically, PR’s core values have stayed the same. Unfortunately, it is still an industry that’s largely misunderstood.

  • Online Premiums Allow Donors To Choose, The Few Who Use Them

    By Samuel Fanburg — June 15, 2011

  • Marketing To Hispanics Is More Than Language

    By Samuel Fanburg — June 15, 2011

    The March of Dimes (MoD) began a direct response campaign to Hispanic donor prospects in 2006 after recognizing that not only was this a population with formidable purchasing power, but that the organization provided services used by people in the demographic group.

  • Protection of Charitable Assets Act On Agenda For Uniform Law Group

    By Mark Hrywna — June 15, 2011

    More reporting requirements might be coming down the pike if the Protection of Charitable Assets Act (PCAA) gains approval this summer. State legislatures would still need to sign off on the model act, or simply pick and choose the parts they like, before any new regulations are enacted.

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