Getting Cash Faster

September 1, 2005       Don McNamara      

An integral part of the office equipment for the Christian Children’s Fund (CCF) in Richmond, Va., is a desktop scanner.

Merger Mania

September 1, 2005       Don McNamara      

Three California organizations are engaged in a prolonged courtship, staging merger talks to decide if they can establish a long-distance relationship stretching from San Francisco to Los Angeles, even as far as Sacramento.

Special Report: Tsunami Put Donor Management Software To The Test

September 1, 2005       Ted Needleman      

It has been an interesting year in the donor management software market. For many of the vendors who sell donor management software, the big news this last year wasn’t a new technology. Rather, it was a tragedy — the tsunami that devastated large areas around the Indian Ocean and killed thousands of people.

Mixed Messages

August 15, 2005       Tom Pope      

Your donor gets a letter to join a special event club, but the donor has just made a serious planned gift and is confused about the special clubs he thought came with the gift program.

Kicking The Tires

August 15, 2005       Craig Causer      

An effective online giving system is no muss and less fuss for the donor. A person logs on to a nonprofit Web site, enters their personal information, a gift amount, credit card number and cha-ching – the nonprofit cashes in and the donor rings up another charge on their credit card statement.

DMFAs Package Winners Were Top Performers

August 15, 2005       Tom Pope      

Direct mail faces greater competition and this year’s winner of the Direct Marketing Fundraisers Association (DMFA) 2005 Package of the Year Award turned a twist on the image of the wolf. The package, called the Defenders of Wildlife Wolf Sponsorship Kit, showed friendly-looking animals.

Nonprofits Face Generation Gaps For Boards Donors

August 1, 2005       Todd Cohen      

Call it the “Boomer Bottleneck.”

Recruiting At The Elite Level

August 1, 2005       Stuart Kahan      

“When we look to propel a candidate into the elite level, we look for, among other things, some courage in judgments or decisions that are out of the ordinary,” explained Arnie Miller, former president of Isaacson, Miller, one of the premier executive recruiters for nonprofits.

Panel Report Goes To Congress And IRS

August 1, 2005       Paul Clolery      

Summertime and the living isn’t easy — in Washington, D.C. anyway. Congress is out, but sitting on the desk of Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is the final report by The Panel on the Nonprofit Sector. The report was presented to Grassley, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Mark Everson and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.

Ho Ho Dough

July 15, 2005       Craig Causer      

Nonprofits bank on the goodwill of the public during the holiday season. Will the sector hit the jackpot and score the allegorical Red Ryder BB Gun with a compass on the stock and this thing that tells time? Or, can it expect more along the lines of a lump of grandma’s stale fruitcake?

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