News & Articles

Financial Disclosure Takes Root

July 1, 2005       Todd Cohen      

In 1999, when GuideStar announced it would post on its Web site all Form 990 information returns that nonprofits file with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), “all hell broke loose,” said Bob Ottenhoff, president and CEO.

Habitat and Fuller Call Truce On Name

July 1, 2005       Robert Ford      

What’s in a name? The answer is a lawsuit, if you’re Millard Fuller, the fired founder of Habitat for Humanity International (HFH) in Americus, Ga. It’s especially the answer if you’ve formed a new organization that executives at HFH believe can be mistaken for your former one and it’s not only in the same town but right up the road.

Americans Gave Nearly 250 Billion Dollars In 2004

July 1, 2005       Matthew Sinclair      

Though 2004 ended with a series of waves that devastated southern Asia and Indonesia, giving to tsunami relief was barely a ripple in the tidal wave of support for philanthropic efforts during the year.

The Fundraising Office Of The Future

June 15, 2005       Paul Clolery      

Everyone has been waiting for the future promised by Hanna Barbera, where George Jetson’s morning coffee is just a push-button away and Rosie the Robot helps out with Elroy’s homework.

Breaking The Bottleneck

June 15, 2005       Craig Causer      

When the South Asia tsunami struck this past December, an unprecedented number of people turned to the Internet as their avenue to provide financial support. Nonprofits swiftly responded with online content and appeals. And while the rapid influx of cash was a welcome boon, some nonprofits were technologically ill- prepared for the relentless traffic that responded to the natural disaster.

Oversight By Whom

June 1, 2005       Stuart Kahan      

“This has been a very useful hearing,” said Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, at the conclusion of a recent hearing on reform proposals for charities and charitable giving. “The testimony today has made it clear that there is a need for reforms to deal with this part of the tax gap.”

Revenue Per Donor Up In 2004

June 1, 2005       Don McNamara      

Response to the Asian tsunami helped boost fundraising in 2004 to $1.2 billion for 40 national charities tracked for industry benchmarking by Target Analysis Group, Cambridge, Mass.

Ex New Era President Seeks Early Prison Release

June 1, 2005       Jeff Jones      

John G. Bennett, Jr., who spearheaded one of the largest charity frauds in history as president of the Foundation for New Era Philanthropy, recently filed a motion to vacate, set aside, or correct his sentence, according to court records.

Special Report: Exclusive NPT Study

June 1, 2005       Paul Clolery      

Nonprofits and watchdog groups spend tens of millions of dollars each year so that donors can have information at their fingertips when a direct mail appeal arrives and the decision is made whether or not to make a gift.

Outer Envelopes

May 15, 2005       Robert Ford      

One prevailing theory of the direct response envelope is that if you hand write it, or at least make it appear that you did, donor prospects will open it. And whether the envelope is hand-written, in color, with graphics or without, many theories of what works crowd the landscape.