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  • Young Chief Executives Are Finding Few Peers

    By Mark Hrywna — November 1, 2009

    When the Children’s Aid Society in New York City went looking for a new CEO, they were looking for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit. They found Richard Buery, Jr.

  • Nonprofit Pension Liability Relief Introduced In Congress

    By Mark Hrywna — October 28, 2009

    Legislation introduced in Congress this week could provide temporary relief for nonprofits faced with huge increases in pension contributions in the coming years.

  • A Personal Inventory Will Help Find That Next Job

    By Tom Pope — October 26, 2009

    One job seeker volunteered at Beth Israel Hospital. Having a sales background with Neiman Marcus in the for-profit world, that skill helped the woman land a job in development.

  • infoGroup Launches Nonprofit Division

    By Paul Clolery — October 26, 2009

    The melding at infoGROUP continues with the combining of database firm Triplex and creative and list company May Development Services to form infoGROUP Nonprofit. The new division will launch with approximately 435 clients and virtually no client overlap.

  • Feed The Children Faces More Litigation

    By Mark Hrywna — October 20, 2009

    Barely a month after they wrote an internal memo about possible fraud and criminal conduct, two employees at Feed The Children, Inc. have filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the billion-dollar charity.

  • Challenges In Welcoming Pro Bono Volunteers

    By Susan Ellis — October 19, 2009

    There is nothing inherently new about volunteers donating professional expertise. During the past year, a variety of summits and action campaigns have examined the potential of intentionally and strategically applying business talents to “strengthen the management capacity” of nonprofits.

  • Closed Door Deal Averts DMA Proxy Fight

    By Paul Clolery — October 18, 2009

    SAN DIEGO, CALIF.  — In the end, the proxy votes of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Direct Marketing Association (DMA) members were never counted. And board member Gerry Pike, who was denied a second term by the DMA’s board nominating committee, ended up keeping his seat, gaining seats for three new members and moving the organization down the path to a potential name change.

  • Acquisition Challenges

    By Roger Hiyama — October 15, 2009

    The search for solutions to acquisition programs often leads to thinking of innovative creative approaches. After all, the manner in which you engage this audience must change to reverse the double-digit response rate declines that many have experienced during the past two or three years. While offer and creative testing are important, some of your easiest and most immediate gains will result from modifications to your audience strategies.

  • United Way Campaigns Are Hurt By Layoffs

    By Michele Donohue — October 15, 2009

    United Way of Westmoreland County in Greensburg, Pa., posted a 40.8-percent increase from 2007 to 2008 for total contributions. President Nancy Kukovich said the positive change began in 2002 when board and staff reevaluated the organization’s “number one customer” — the donors.

  • Groups are getting together on the web

    By Michele Donohue — October 15, 2009

    Meredeth Winter manages people across the country as the leader of The Nature Conservancy’s Fundraising System Specialists team. The 17-person team usually meets for retreats that incorporate team-building exercises with educational components twice a year for two to four days each retreat.


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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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