Raising Kids Who Care

March 15, 2006       Marla Nobles      

After the tsunami hit Southeast Asia in December, 2004, Save the Children ( STC) received more than 26,000 donations from children. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) calculates close to 70,000 visitors to its family-friendly Animaland Web site each month. The nonprofit Learning to Give has, since this past January, distributed more than 3,000 copies of The Giving Game, an interactive philanthropic tool for the whole family.

Live Nude Fundraising

March 15, 2006       Craig Causer      

Sex sells, and has done so for centuries. But one question continues to confront nonprofits: Does an organization need to stay buttoned-up to get people to lay down cash?

Cartoons Have Long Been Politically Incorrect

March 1, 2006       Mark Hrywna      

It was said that Helen of Troy had a face that could launch 1,000 ships. Now it can be said that a cartoon has launched protests and fatal violence around the globe.

Finance Fundraising And The Executive Suite

March 1, 2006       Paul Clolery      

If yesterday’s nonprofit financial department was a comfortable two-lane highway, today’s financial operation is beginning to look more like the intersection of several highways and train routes with an explosion of city streets thrown in for good measure.

Special Report: Exclusive NPT Donor Research

March 1, 2006       Craig Causer      

Since its inception in 1999, shopgoodwill.com, the first Internet auction site built and operated by a nonprofit, has blossomed from a $63,000-a-year operation to over $9.1 million in total sales in 2005. While the success of shopgoodwill.com follows a general trend that auction sites and online shopping have grown by leaps and bounds the last five years, the charitable retail landscape continues to be dominated by purchases conducted at physical store locations.

Stress Free Summer Events

March 1, 2006       Craig Causer      

Summer is the season for exotic locales, vacations from work and time spent with friends and family. Despite the season’s endless entertainment options, nonprofits have not taken a vacation from holding summer events, many of which have proven effective without overwhelming staff, volunteers or organizations’ expense statements.

Direct Mail Doubling Days Taking Longer

February 15, 2006       Mark Hrywna      

Nonprofits are tweaking the traditional forecasting tool they use to measure the success of mailings, so-called doubling days, in the face of what some say is slower mail delivery.

Wimpy Web Sites Get Muscle

February 15, 2006       Craig Causer      

Listen to me now and believe me later — nobody extolled the virtues of pumping up more than the masters Hans and Franz. Wimpy Web sites shouldn’t expect immediate Schwarzenegger-like development a la Hans and Franz, but there are a number of methods nonprofits are utilizing to trim down and muscle up online.

Sleeping With The Phishes

February 15, 2006       Craig Causer      

Cialis. Sons of deposed leaders of the Congo. Hot stock tips. Each is an example of the unwanted greetings popping up throughout email inboxes across the globe.

The American Red Cross Interim CEO Club

February 1, 2006       Marla Nobles      

The Interim CEO Club of the American Red Cross (ARC) is quite the exclusive, yet growing club. Comprised of the first African-American to lead the ARC, one of Georgia’s 100 most powerful people, an attorney and a leader in the biomedical field, the ARC’s past four interim presidents are an impressive assembly.

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