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The Worlds Best Fundraisers

January 15, 2006       NPT Staff      

Sure, there’s competition. Yes, the economy is difficult and donors are fickle. Yup, it’s been one natural disaster after another elbowing into donors’ checkbooks.

Text Messaging Connects With Donors

January 15, 2006       Marla Nobles      

For the international relief organization CARE and the American Red Cross, the thumb trumped the forefinger as the digit of the year in 2005. While millions of Americans hit their personal computers in support of disaster relief, a surprising number of donors pounded relentlessly on their cell phones, pledging hundreds of thousands of dollars to disaster relief efforts.

Red Cross Board Pushes Another CEO Out

January 1, 2006       Marla Nobles      

The board of the American Red Cross (ARC) forced its second chief executive officer out the door in four years, and as politics in Washington, D.C., goes, this new departure has a connection to another former ARC boss, Elizabeth Dole.

Socially Unacceptable

January 1, 2006       Clint Carpenter      

The social compact serves as a societal ecosystem on a local, state, national and international level. The interrelated workings of governments, nonprofits, corporations and the public can get more than a little sticky as proved most recently by the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Nonprofits Hit By Federal Budget Cuts

January 1, 2006       Mark Hrywna      

As Congressional leaders continue to meet to hash out differences in spending cuts and tax provisions, a study of federal funding paints a bleak picture for nonprofits in the near future.

November: A Bitter Month

December 15, 2005       Craig Causer      

The nonprofit management and fundraising worlds were rocked during November as three of the sector’s influential leaders died. Management guru Peter Drucker, fundraising legend Don Kuhn and database fundraiser pioneer Andrew E. Svenson all left their marks on the nonprofit and for-profit worlds.

Shades of Gray

December 15, 2005       Craig Causer      

The holiday season is a time of tradition — family gatherings, songs of the season and Jimmy Stewart wonderfully warbling “Zuzu’s petals! Zuzu’s petals!” That is, until Ted Turner went all willy nilly in his digital Bob Ross phase and added a little color to George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life. Objection spanned from the tip of Mount Krumpet to the Island of Misfit Toys. The classic black and white film was the preferred version for the masses.

Special Report: 2005 In Review

December 1, 2005       Craig Causer      

The tsunami that sent shock waves throughout Southeast Asia this past December 26 served as the impetus for a fundraising surge in early 2005. It also proved to be a harbinger of things to come, as 2005 was marked by the tireless work conducted by nonprofits in light of the devastation from the tsunami, and later in August, Hurricane Katrina. Then of course, there were the attempts by government to regulate those actions.

NPT Executive of the Year 2005

December 1, 2005       Stuart Kahan      

It was clear to just about anyone watching television or with access to The Weather Channel that Katrina was a hurricane of significant magnitude. Devastation can be predicted, but until it happens and you see the aftermath, it’s an abstract concept that becomes an unspeakable reality.

Boy Scouts Perseverance Put To Test

December 1, 2005       Marla Nobles      

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) were anything but “ready and prepared” for what the summer of 2005 wrought. Seven separate incidents of injury and death, ranging from electrocution to being crushed by a fallen oak tree, searing heat that disabled more than 300 people, and an emergency landing, dealt the BSA one blow after another.