Fast Track To Nowhere

September 1, 2006       Don McNamara      

Five years later, a study by The NonProfit Times has found that more than one-third of the organizations that received fast-tracked approval by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) after the Setember 11, 2001 terror attacks can’t be located and are assumed to have ceased operations. Another 38 organizations are known to have closed their doors.

Islamic Charities Struggle From Terrorism Fallout

September 1, 2006       Tom Pope      

Imam Mahdi Bray struggles these days as he stumps in fundraising circles. Bray’s Falls Church, Va.-based Muslim American Society (MAS) Freedom Foundation is a religious, educational, and civic organization with 56 chapters in 35 states. As executive director, he worries that the freezing of charities’ assets by the U.S Department of the Treasury hasn’t been done properly and really affects donors.

Philanthropic Marketing

August 15, 2006       Julie Hogan      

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of columns by Social Capital Partnerships in collaboration with The NonProfit Times and American Marketing Association. This column will bring you best practices in philanthropic marketing, a strategy in which companies make philanthropic investments and promote marketing affiliations with nonprofits.

Groups Use Travel To Educate, Immerse Major Donors

August 15, 2006       Marla Nobles      

Jane Goodall began studying chimpanzees in Africa during the 1960s. Today, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) continues that research and has expanded its works across Africa to include assisting the surrounding communities of people.

Salamon, Foundation Center Call Off Deal For New Institute

August 15, 2006       Paul Clolery      

A deal that would have launched a new center for civil society at The Foundation Center in New York City headed by respected academic and researcher Lester Salamon is dead.

Advocacy Groups Fight Attempts To Limit Email

August 1, 2006       Marla Nobles      

In the way that many Congressional offices want to curb the number of emails they receive, a coalition of nonprofits is hoping to blunt the spread of what the group claims will prevent grassroots lobbying.

Volunteer Centers, POL Sign Affiliate Agreement

August 1, 2006       Mark Hrywna      

Fifteen years after the National Volunteer Center merged with the Points of Light Foundation (POL), a formal affiliate agreement has been developed in an effort to define expectations and strengthen both the affiliates and the national organization.

IRS Seeks Ideas For Form 990

August 1, 2006       Mark Hrywna      

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should follow the airline industry’s e-ticket incentives as a model for future electronic filing of Form 990, according to an IRS committee’s recommendations.

Fairway To Heaven

July 15, 2006       Craig Causer      

Every golfer has experienced driving the ball and having it nestle snugly within a fairway divot. Extreme times call for extreme measures. Oh so subtly, you remove that clandestine 15th club, the one that proper etiquette dictates you not speak of, the foot wedge, and knock your ball clear when no one is watching.

Show Me The Premium

July 15, 2006       Marla Nobles      

St. Joseph’s Indian School doesn’t mail potential donors just one premium, it mails them multiple enticements. Through its donor involvement program, World Vision mails current donors a tangible reminder of the needs of those the organization serves. And by offering lifestyle premiums on the back-end, the National Wildlife Federation not only increased perceived value, it stumbled upon a new branding opportunity.

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