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Foundation Readies For Armstrong’s Admissions

January 15, 2013       Mark Hrywna      

After a decade of denials and less than three months after resigning from the board of his organization to spare it from the controversy, cyclist Lance Armstrong reportedly admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, which will air on Thursday.

Number Of Donors Dived In Third Quarter

January 14, 2013       Patrick Sullivan      

Donor revenue fell by 2 percent between the end of the third quarter of 2011 and the end of the third quarter of 2012. The number of donors declined by 3.2 percent in the same period. Those are some of the results of Target Analytics donorCentrics Index of National Fundraising Performance 2012 Third Calendar Quarter Results (Q3 Index).

A Civil Society

January 10, 2013       Jon Van Til      

The NonProfit Times, a bit uncertainly and without the gloss and color that now grace its pages, made its first appearance early in 1987. Within months of the debut, the nonprofit world had been fundamentally transformed. And barely two years later, communism would fall in Eastern Europe and a whole set of global political and economic realities would be fundamentally reshaped. The launch of The NPT, its readers will be relieved to know, had almost nothing to do with these fundamental changes. But the public emergence of "cause-related marketing" in 1987, and the rediscovery of the idea of "civil society" during the revolt against communism throughout Eastern Europe in 1989, continue to challenge and reshape the way the nonprofit organization is conceived and evaluated. They form my two nominations for the most fundamental shifts in the world of nonprofit action since the founding of the NPT. Cause related marketing Cause-related marketing has been practiced by American corporations since the 1960s, when the Insurance Company of America guaranteed a contribution to CARE with every policy it sold. The practice became a matter of some controversy in the nonprofit field in 1987, following on a highly visible American Express campaign to donate a penny from each card use to the restoration fund for the Statue of Liberty. Card use increased by 28 percent within a year, and more than $2 million was raised for the fund. Maurice G. Gurin, the late and pioneering fundraising consultant, warned in 1987 that the introduction of cause-related marketing practices might come to represent "an almost irresistible temptation for hard-pressed organizations, and for the fundraisers that serve them." Gurin warned, "With the foresight of lemmings bent on self-destruction … increasing numbers of fundraisers have been welcoming marketing into the fundraising fold. Welcoming is an understatement: they have become zealous proselytes of this doctrinal import from Madison Avenue; they are preaching its gospel."

Study: Mobile Devices Facilitate Impulse Giving

January 7, 2013       Zach Halper      

Americans are increasingly using their smartphones for monetary contributions. A new study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project revealed that those who use this method of giving tend to make the decision to donate without much, if any, research.

N.Y.’s AG Gets, Publishes Sandy Fundraising Info

January 3, 2013       Zach Halper      

The New York attorney general wants nonprofits that fundraised for Superstorm Sandy relief to provide documentation as to what they did the with cash. Some 88 charities had responded as of Dec. 31, and the information was posted on the Bureau’s website. The organizations raised a collective $400 million.

Social Impact Is Investing, Not Fundraising

January 2, 2013       Patrick Sullivan      

Modern philanthropy is about results, not just money. Consider the partnership between Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the nonprofit MDRC. Goldman Sachs will invest $9.6 million in MDRC to create a program to reduce recidivism by at least 10 percent in adolescents released from New York City’s Rikers Island jail.

Done Deal – Donors Living And Dead Take Hit

January 2, 2013       Paul Clolery      

Updated 4:30 p.m.

Over The Cliff, Grabbing A Branch

December 31, 2012       Paul Clolery      

The United States will technically go off the fiscal cliff, triggering automatic tax increases, spending cuts and monetary policy that will impact almost every facet of American finance.

Grants: Guarding Against Application Fraud

December 31, 2012       Barbara Floersh      

Given the stiff competition for grant funding and the amount of money at stake, the field of grant proposal writing is unfortunately fertile ground for fraud. When someone blows the whistle and the law suit flies, the person who wrote the grant proposal is in the line of fire. And, the organization that submitted the proposal — the applicant organization, is likewise in hot water.

It’s A Cliff-hanger

December 31, 2012       Paul Clolery      

The lack of an agreement regarding taxes and the federal budget has the nation hours away from fiscal carnage so potentially devastating it will make a Herschell Gordon Lewis splatter film look like “Driving Miss Daisy.”