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NAACP Appoints Interim President/CEO

July 24, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The president of the Mississippi State Conference NAACP and vice chairman of the NAACP national board of directors, Derrick Johnson, will serve as interim president and CEO until a permanent new president is appointed.

Marketers Not Giving Consumers What They Want

July 24, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Nonprofit email marketers are lagging behind peers, and the preferences of constituencies, in their ability to provide personalized, relevant messaging.

DRTV Getting Much More Personal with Viewers

July 19, 2017       Andy Segedin      

The child’s eyes are significant. The look of the mother is a potential drawing point. Research is conducted in search of the most heart-wrenching, emotional stories. From a dozen possible stories, seven are selected for air, a focus group assisting in identifying the strongest story to be repeated during the segment.

Community Foundations Expand Reach Globally

July 18, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

International giving by community foundations has grown in recent years, led by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) in particular as well as donor-advised funds (DAF).

Paquin To Lead Points Of Light

July 18, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Natalye Paquin will be the next CEO of Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.

6 Ways To Entice Millennial Donors

July 18, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

They’re here. Millennials gain prominence in society and commerce each year, making them an attractive population to help expand and diversify your organization’s donor base. What remains elusive, however, is how to attract this sect of donors, larger in number than Baby Boomers, after years of focusing on predominantly older donors — those who tend to be the most likely to give.

The Light Of Public Scrutiny Burns Bright

July 17, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Whether you like it or not, your organization is not immune from the kind of scrutiny concerning organizational expenses that Wounded Warrior Project was slammed with in 2016. Here’s the key question organization leaders have to ask themselves, according to Lou Mezzina, retired partner at KPMG LLP: If that scrutiny comes, are you ready for it? During the session, “Expense Allocations and the New ASU” at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Not-For-Profit Conference in National Harbor, Md., Mezzina discussed “the overhead myth” and the need to properly document organization expenses. Mezzina opined that, given the differing complexity and level of staffing and working necessary to achieve missions from organization to organization, expense ratios are given too much focus. The problem with pivoting too far from organization expenses, he said, is that it hurts fundraisers who depend on being able to tell donors that “90 percent of contributions go to mission.”

Investment Returns Pop, But Don’t Keep Up

July 14, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Private and community foundations saw their highest average returns in three years but spending rates also jumped, staying ahead of 10-year returns.

Progressive Protesting Proving to Be Profitable

July 13, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

All it took was eight women sitting around a table at a conference in Boston last year talking about sustainability and the planet, and a new nonprofit was born. Called Global Women 4 Wellbeing, it launched in October at the Georgetown home in Washington, D.C., that owners Leigh Stringer and John Hlinko affectionately call “the house that Trump built.”

Young Nonprofit Executives Seek Accessible Training

July 13, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Jamie Smith isn’t just the executive director of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN), she’s a member. When she first joined the network’s Chicago regional office in 2009, she – like many in the sector – found herself underpaid and underdeveloped. Now she’s leading the organization’s mission of connecting young, emerging leaders with resources, professional development and ideas.