News & Articles

Mainstream Accounting

December 1, 2001       Todd Cohen      

A nonprofit application for QuickBooks, accounting software for small businesses, is set for release in January by B2P, a Chicago firm that develops tech-based business tools for nonprofits.

Special Report: Top 100 Revenues

November 1, 2001       Matthew Sinclair      

A precious few of the 100 largest organizations ever post more than 50 percent increases from year to year. Yet, when Lutheran Services in America (LSA), the St. Paul, Minn.-based human services giant, released its fiscal year ’99 data – its most recent available – the result was 87.5 percent more than the FY ’98 data. LSA nearly reached $7 billion in total revenues among its constituent organizations.

Public TV Merger in NY Struggling From Attack and With Conversions

November 1, 2001       Tom Pope      

The recent merger between public broadcasting stations WNET/Ch.13 and WLIW/Ch.21 in New York was pushed not by a lack of fundraising acumen but because of a technology crunch being felt across the nation. Stations must comply with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to change to digital broadcasting by May, 2003.

Corporate Giving Picks Up Despite Weak Economy and Attacks

November 1, 2001       Gina Bernacchi      

Corporate giving — expected to be flat this year — swung dramatically higher in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, as the donors themselves struggled against a deepening economic slump.

Clinton Presidential Library Spurs Little Rocks Growth

November 1, 2001       Natalie Gardner      

Little Rock, Arkansas is no Dallas or Atlanta or Chicago, but you’d never know that by the fundraising campaigns descending on the city of less than 300,000 citizens.

Online Giving Surges From Attack Relief Efforts

November 1, 2001       Tom Pope      

Online philanthropy soared to more than $103 million in the first two weeks after the World Trade Center and Pentagon catastrophes. With approximately one out of every $2 going to the American Red Cross (ARC), the organization couldn’t electronically keep up at the Greater New York chapter. In fact, it needed an additional 35 temporary software licenses to handle the coordination.

Deadly Mail Makes Life Harder For Nonprofits

November 1, 2001       Matthew Sinclair      

Nonprofits can expect higher costs, more delays and greater challenges in reaching donors after bio-terrorists infected the nation’s postal service with anthrax, industry experts said.

Alumni Giving

November 1, 2001       Todd Cohen      

Only 8 percent of its 65,000 living alumni contribute to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The school generates between $7 million and $8 million annually from alumni, parents and other “friends,” and has raised more than $37 million in the quiet phase 9 of a planned $100 million capital campaign.

Ronald McDonald House Cashes in on e-Payments

October 1, 2001       Craig Causer      

The annual Rock 103 Wake Up Crew’s Ronald McDonald House Radiothon has been a staple fundraiser for years for the Memphis, Tenn.-based nonprofit. Despite a collection rate traditionally entrenched in the 80 percentile, Ronald McDonald House, Memphis (RMHM) improved the number of pledges cashed in by utilizing an ePayment system.

Special Report: Tech or Treat

October 1, 2001       Craig Causer      

Over the last 50 years many of the grand Halloween traditions have been taken to the grave. Rarely does one go outhouse tipping in response to failing to receive a treat. Children today sport lifelike latex headpieces and appendages rather than the stifling plastic mask and smock combo of 1970s yore. And who can forget spinning their Monster Mash 45 rpm on the trusty RCA record player?