News & Articles

IRS Seeks Nonprofit Help

September 1, 2001       Matthew Sinclair      

Attached to a post outside a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site in Camden, N.J., this past winter was an ad for a recognizable financial services company offering tax preparation for the people in that particular low-income area – for a charge likely around $300.

Pledge Processing Slowly Going Electronic

September 1, 2001       Matthew Sinclair      

Out of the ashes of the United Way Information Network (UWIN), which failed to deliver an automated pledge-processing program, different approaches have arisen. Appropriately enough, Phoenix has become the hotbed for electronic fund processing and workplace giving online.

United Way Reinforces Brand with Performance PSAs

September 1, 2001       Clint Carpenter      

The United Way of America is reshaping its brand — adding speed and punch — via a new public service campaign, which depicts athletes as a metaphor for the re-evolving 1,400-chapter organization. The Performance campaign stresses that the Alexandria, Va.-based UWA is a determined, action-oriented community leader and the foremost community solutions provider in the nation. The PSAs debuted in mid-July with national and local television spots of 60, 30, and 20 seconds, plus radio broadcasts of 60 and 30 seconds. There also are print ads.

Community Service Conference Transitions From Star Studded

August 1, 2001       Matthew Sinclair      

Last year, the national conference on volunteering and community service felt a bit like high school.

Nonprofits Face Regulation

August 1, 2001       Tom Pope      

A big scandal always grabs attention. But when nonprofits fall under the gun of the state charity official, attorney general or other regulators, they can be slapped with any number of infractions.

Groups Bringing Space Down to Earth for Students

August 1, 2001       Matthew Sinclair      

“In space there is no 9-1-1,” was the theme of one track of a design competition for grade-school students interested in space. But to former-United States senator and astronaut John Glenn, the nation’s children are in need of life support when it comes to math and science education.

Down and Out

August 1, 2001       Todd Cohen      

The e-philanthropy roller coaster is picking up speed.

Special Report: Safely Storing Your Accumulated Data

July 1, 2001       Clint Carpenter      

Mention the prospect of a disaster wiping out an organization’s financial, donor and member data and people think of earthquakes, floods and tornadoes. But, sometimes humans pose the greatest danger.

Introspection Brings Sparks at United Way

July 1, 2001       Matthew Sinclair      

At United Way of America’s (UWA) Community Leaders Conferences, conference-goers are more likely to network outside hotel elevators and in gift shops than in the hotel bar. Yet the latest CLC in St. Louis carried with it a strange hangover feeling compared to past years.

Linking Unrelated Events Boosts Volunteer Activities

July 1, 2001       Tom Pope      

Volunteer groups fill the landscape more than the average person is aware. The New York City committee fostering the International Year of the Volunteer (IYV) linked with several groups to boost special events this spring, especially for the month-long dedication of April as the month of the volunteer.