News & Articles

Special Report: Pooled Income Funds Can Help Keep Charities Afloat

January 1, 2002       Richard Williamson      

The goal of any planned giving program is to leverage every gift to its highest value while satisfying the wishes of the donor. Common trust arrangements usually serve this purpose quite well. But there are times — especially in a slumping economy — when a different plan is more suitable and beneficial for both parties.

Dot Bombs and World Events Push Increases at Peace Corps

January 1, 2002       Matthew Sinclair      

The news of technology-based companies weathering a rough economic storm seems to hit the papers every day. Personal computer-maker Gateway announced it was slashing nearly a quarter of its global workforce. Toshiba announced 17,000 layoffs globally. Lucent Technologies could go down as one of the most colossal corporate collapses in history.

Immigration Groups Stretched

January 1, 2002       Beverly Goodman      

No matter how welcoming the Statue of Liberty may seem, she doesn’t offer the one thing just about all immigrants require — legal advice. Instead, the nonprofit organizations that assist immigrants in all areas of adjusting to American life are often charged with the crucial task of providing much of that information.

Neither Sleet Nor Snow Nor Nuclear Winter

January 1, 2002       Craig Causer      

With the current fear of anthrax-laced letters continuing to loom over both postal workers and mail recipients alike, one might ask, “How can this be happening within a system that is designed to survive a nuclear holocaust?” Yes, a nuclear holocaust.

Revolving Door at Top Nonprofit DM Positions

January 1, 2002       Clint Carpenter      

Three of the most influential women in direct response marketing made career moves in the past few months, two testing the consulting field, and one making an internal move.

Web Tangling

January 1, 2002       Todd Cohen      

Boosting charitable giving, volunteering and advocacy, and helping charities do a better job, are the goals of a Web site launched by a nonprofit partnership spearheaded by three giant tech firms. The new site, at, builds on, launched two years ago by the AOL Time Warner Foundation to connect donors and volunteers with charities, and provide charities with online resources.

NPT Executive of the Year 2001

December 1, 2001       Craig Causer      

It’s a common belief that the classified ads do not contain one’s calling in life. For Susan Sarfati, the daily newspaper listings may not have provided so much of an epiphany as a chance to work in the nation’s capital. Sometimes a call is presumed local and ends up being long distance.

Relief Groups Take Hit to Unrestricted Gifts After September 11

December 1, 2001       Clint Carpenter      

Many relief organizations across the country are reporting moderate to hefty declines in unrestricted donations following the attacks of September 11. Meanwhile, donors are expanding generosity to facilitate aid in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Mainstream Accounting

December 1, 2001       Todd Cohen      

A nonprofit application for QuickBooks, accounting software for small businesses, is set for release in January by B2P, a Chicago firm that develops tech-based business tools for nonprofits.

Special Report: Top 100 Revenues

November 1, 2001       Matthew Sinclair      

A precious few of the 100 largest organizations ever post more than 50 percent increases from year to year. Yet, when Lutheran Services in America (LSA), the St. Paul, Minn.-based human services giant, released its fiscal year ’99 data – its most recent available – the result was 87.5 percent more than the FY ’98 data. LSA nearly reached $7 billion in total revenues among its constituent organizations.