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.

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.

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.

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.

Nonprofits Face Generation Gaps For Boards Donors

August 1, 2005       Todd Cohen      

Call it the “Boomer Bottleneck.”

A Wristed Development

July 15, 2005       Craig Causer      

The outcome of attempting to match the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s $50 million-plus sales of its LIVESTRONG wristband is about as attainable as wresting the yellow jersey from Armstrong himself in the Pyrenees. The Austin, Texas-based foundation’s yellow band is everywhere you look, but during the past six months nonprofits have been adding more color to the wristband rainbow.

Orders In Stuff Out

July 15, 2005       Craig Causer      

The Save the Children (STC) gift shop at the nonprofit’s Westport, Conn., headquarters has been hawking everything from t-shirts to jewelry and holiday cards for 20 years. Total retail sales reached nearly $400,000 last year, 49 percent from its on-site store; 38 percent from online sales; and 13 percent via its catalog.

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?

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.

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.

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