Slow Going For Kroc Centers

November 1, 2006       Marla Nobles      

When the Salvation Army of San Francisco broke ground this past June on a complex that would include a Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, the project became the first to make it through a maze of guidelines and restrictions to access a share of the $1.6 billion bequest to the Salvation Army from the McDonald’s fast-food heiress.

At IRS-No Accounting For Charities

November 1, 2006       Marla Nobles      

How many tax-exempt organizations are there in the United States? Don’t ask the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) right now.

Disaster Relief Drives Spike In Unrestricted Public Support

October 23, 2006       Marla Nobles      

The United States Fund for UNICEF during 2005 raised approximately $54.7 million through Web giving. While the bulk of that was, as expected, tsunami-related, the unrestricted online giving to the Fund’s core programs shot up nearly 500 percent during the period.     

Jewish-Related Charities Mobilize Because Of War

October 15, 2006       Mark Hrywna      

As the war between Israel and Hezbollah was intensifying this past July, Jewish National Fund was working furiously to mobilize its email donors. Within a day of hostilities beginning, it had sent an email blast to the nearly 280,000 donors in the organization’s database. More messages rapidly followed. Within a week, on all fronts, the nonprofit was fully mobilized.

On The Scene

October 15, 2006       Rick Christ      

This past August, I had the opportunity to return to New Orleans for several days. Though the primary reason for returning was the biennial conference of my college fraternity, I took the opportunity to connect with some of the New Orleans firefighters I met while there last October as a volunteer performing search and rescue for Katrina victims in the lower Ninth Ward.

Getting The Message To Lawmakers Gets Expensive

October 1, 2006       Mark Hrywna      

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has more than 9.5 million members on its mailing lists; in other words, almost one in 30 Americans. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit has utilized those contacts around the nation to help pass 70 bills at the state level, in addition to getting 20 ballot initiatives approved during the past 15 years.

FDA Fines Red Cross

October 1, 2006       Paul Clolery      

The American Red Cross (ARC) was fined $4.2 million by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for failure to comply with requirements under federal laws and FDA regulations relating to the collection of blood products. The fines were assessed under an amended 2003 consent decree that calls for significant financial penalties when ARC fails to comply with FDA regulations and consent decree provisions designed to ensure the safety of the nation’s blood supply.

Southern Comfort

September 15, 2006       Craig Causer      

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans escaped the most significant lashing that Hurricane Katrina had to offer. While damage caused by the storm was minor, the subsequent looting of its gift and coffee shops shuttered the museum for three months. As a nonprofit that depends on tourism to boost admission receipts, the hurricane cast a dark cloud over the future of the museum’s ability to survive. The museum, also known as the D-Day Museum, counts approximately 85 percent of its members as living outside of the Gulf states area. As a national institution, it was able to reach out to those people in the storm’s aftermath. It did not begin mailing appeals into the hurricane-affected areas until recently, when the United States Postal Service put in place a plan to allow nonprofits to mail at standard rates to the affected areas.

Donor Perceptions

September 15, 2006       Tom Pope      

How slick is that direct mail? Donors strongly dislike nonprofits using big-business marketing and sales techniques. They are turned off by glossy brochures, unsolicited “gifts,” and telemarketing.

WTC Memorial Scheduled To Open In 2009

September 1, 2006       Craig Causer      

The horrific images of September 11, 2001 remain seared into the minds of Americans. Since the Twin Towers were toppled by a terrorist attack, the talk has been of healing and paying proper respect to those who lost their lives on that day.

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