News & Articles

Trump Golf Tournaments Bogeyed Charities

June 8, 2017       Andy Segedin and Mark Hrywna      

Philanthropy by the First Family is under scrutiny again. This time it is charity golf outings at Trump properties staged by the son of President Donald J. Trump.

Nonprofit HR Managers Getting Ulcers Over Health Plans

June 6, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Benefits are hotter than normal of late, as employees worry about health coverage, particularly those at nonprofits where benefits are minimal or non-existent. Employers are starting to respond.

Increased Corporate Reporting Good For Nonprofits

June 2, 2017       Andy Segedin      

More than four out of five (82 percent) of S&P 500 companies published corporate sustainability reports in 2016, representing a four-fold increase from 2011. The 82-percent figure marks a highpoint during the six years that the Governance & Accountability Institute, based in New York City, has tracked such reporting.

Giving Up A Scant 0.2% In April

June 2, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Giving crept up by just 0.2 percent during the three-month period ending in April 2017 as compared to the same three-month span during 2016. Online giving increased to a greater extent between the two periods, up a total of 9.9 percent, highlighting a potential shift in giving methods.

Change.org Gets $30 Million Infusion

June 1, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

A $30-million infusion led by LinkedIn.com co-founder Reid Hoffman will help Change.org grow its online petition platform and scale fledgling efforts to generate revenue through crowdfunding and membership. Also participating in the latest round of funding are Microsoft founder Bill Gates and venture capitalist Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator.

Layoffs At Twin Cities UW As Donors Designate Gifts

May 31, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Greater Twin Cities United Way exceeded its fundraising goal by $2.2 million last year, raising $87.6 million, but still had to lay off nine staff members last month.

Telefundraising Finding Ways Around Cell Phones, Avoidance

May 25, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Jerry is just about to hear how his pitch went with the network executives when the phone rings. He picks it up to find that it’s a telemarketer. He’s busy, he explains, but he’ll call him back later if the telemarketer provides him with his home number. “Oh, I guess you don’t want people calling you at home,” Jerry says after the telemarketer explains that he can’t provide his home number. “Now you know how I feel.”

Grassley Praises WWP Management Changes

May 24, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) inaccurately reported the percentage of donor funds spent on program services – particularly long-term support for veterans – and its use of joint cost allocations (JCA) though legal under the tax code, was questionable, according a key U.S. senator who reviewed the charity after its spending practices were questioned last year.

Federal Budget Proposal Cuts Holes In Safety Nets

May 24, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Leaders from nonprofits across the country are voicing their displeasure with President Donald J. Trump’s fiscal year 2018 federal budget proposal, dubbed “A New Foundation For American Greatness.” Criticisms have specifically centered on cuts to federal safety nets such as Medicaid and food subsidy programs.

Red Noses Getting More U.S. Exposure

May 23, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Red Nose Day USA organizers are looking for the event to be bigger and bolder in Year 3, a strategy becoming of its prime-time television time slot. Increased airtime, a more expansive retail presence, and a social media initiative aimed at converting supporters into fundraisers are among the strategies in place to take the event to another level for its May 25 broadcast on NBC.