Special Report: The Year In Review

December 1, 2004       Jeff Jones      

“Have you heard of the terrible family They And the dreadful venomous things They say? Why, half the gossip under the sun, If you trace it back, you will find begun In that wretched House of They” Ella Wheeler Wilcox, “They Say” as quoted in The Pocket Book of Quotations.

Special Report: Just Try Mailing A Letter-Go Ahead

December 1, 2004       Jeff Jones      

The traditional backbones of nonprofit fundraising have been direct mail and telemarketing. Both areas made headlines this year as several postal issues were debated, and the federal Do Not Call Registry’s (DNCR) legitimacy was upheld.

Refugee Resettlement Is Getting Harder

December 1, 2004       Tom Pope      

They are just 28 of the more than 1.4 million people estimated by the United Nations to have been driven from their homes because of civil war in the Republic of the Sudan. It’s a war that has claimed between 50,000 and 70,000 lives.

NPT Executives of the Year

December 1, 2004       Robert Ford      

What was supposed to be a simple dinner turned out to be a movement.

Agencies Face New Funding Challenges

December 1, 2004       Tom Pope      

When refugee agencies help the newcomers, the U.S. Department of State funds an initial amount. Yet that income is, “very little,” according to Loc Nguyen, the director of the Immigration & Refugee Department for the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Making Assessments

December 1, 2004       Todd Cohen      

A new online tool aims to help nonprofit professionals assess and improve their leadership skills. Developed by Centerpoint for Leaders and focusing on the skills of individuals working for nonprofits, the new tool builds on other online resources the Washington, D.C., nonprofit has developed to improve organizational effectiveness and performance.

New Homeowners Respond To Mail

November 15, 2004       Tom Pope      

Will the person who buys a new home in your community have the disposable cash to become a donor? Testing the idea that new homeowners are responsive, the Salvation Army’s Metropolitan Division received a solid 1.5 percent response to an acquisition mailing this past July.

ECHO Honors Nonprofit Winners That Touched Hearts

November 15, 2004       Linda Presto      

Nonprofits are approaching donors with appeals in every shape and style, from the classic direct mail appeal, to telefundraising and catalogs.

Deductions Lost

November 15, 2004       Robert Ford      

Nonprofits that rely on donations of cars and intellectual property expect to suffer severe financial setbacks because of new regulations included in the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2005.

Special Report: Asset Allocation

January 1, 2003       Todd Cohen      

The stumbling economy is fueling a quest for stability in endowments, which are taking a hard look at how they build and invest their assets. If they haven’t already, endowment officials are assessing investment strategies, shifting assets to investments they believe will be less volatile and encouraging donors to consider alternative gifts, such as real estate or art.

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