VFW Rebranding

February 15, 2007       Tom Pope      

What’s wrong with this image? Stop a person on the street at random and ask about impressions of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and you’ll probably hear it’s a hall offering cheap beer where old soldiers talk about World War II.

Get In Gear Avatars

February 15, 2007       Craig Causer      

Parents often rue the day when their child came home with a metal stud protruding from an eyebrow or a Maori tattoo scrolled across the breadth of a lower back. Self-expression might continue to be the hallmark of youth but with the growing popularity of Internet avatars, kids can enjoy all the piercing and tats without the guff from the parental units.

What A Disaster

February 5, 2007       Marla Nobles      

The first nine months of 2006 proved sobering for the nonprofits – but it wasn’t unexpected. Coming off a year of unprecedented disaster-related support, last year’s donor counts were down a median 2.4 percent when compared to the same period the year prior, according to a new study.

Acquisition Frenzy

February 1, 2007       Mark Hrywna      

In two blockbuster technology deals that will impact thousands of nonprofit groups, online fundraising firm Convio has a deal to buy GetActive Software and as reported on NPT.com, software giant Blackbaud has purchased Target Software and Target Analysis Group for $60 million.

Texas Nonprofits Pumping Up

February 1, 2007       Tom Pope      

One color of natural gas usually is blue, but for nonprofits in and around Fort Worth, Texas, the color is green as they cash in on mineral rights to the tune of millions of dollars.

Beamer Struggling With Missions

February 1, 2007       Mark Hrywna      

The organization that rallied a nation after the September 11 terror attacks with the phrase “Let’s Roll” is looking for a rescue of its own. Faced with dwindling finances, the Todd M. Beamer Foundation will make a decision about its future in the coming weeks.

How To Plan A Leadership Crisis

January 29, 2007       Priscilla Rosenwald      

In Sebastian Junger’s award winning novel, The Perfect Storm, a confluence of conditions combined to form a killer storm in the North Atlantic. The strong-willed and stubborn captain ignored the warnings and forged ahead, mortally endangering his crew and his ship.

The New Wave Of Philanthropy

January 15, 2007       Natalie Ghidotti      

Entrepreneurial philanthropy. Planetary philanthropy. Venture philanthropy. Innovative philanthropy. Hybrid philanthropy.

Auction Bidders Are Affluent And Female

January 15, 2007       Mark Hrywna      

Competitive arousal is what makes online charitable auctions one of the most pleasurable ways to give to a favorite charity. The entertaining, gaming aspect draws participants. And the most likely participant in an online auction is a 41-year-old woman with an annual household income of $108,000, according to preliminary results of a recent study.

Going Community By Community

January 2, 2007       Paul Clolery      

Things have gone full circle at the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (WHOFBCI). The concept started as an idea that was developed with the help of several think tanks, particularly academics and thinkers in Texas and Indianapolis.

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