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  • Foundation Puts $300K Up For Grabs

    By The NonProfit Times — October 31, 2016

    Nonprofit leaders are being invited to throw their organizations’ hats in the race for one of five grants being distributed by the LIDS Foundation, totaling $300,000. The charitable arm of Indianapolis, Ind.- based LIDS Sports Group, a sports and fan gear retailer, the foundation has gifted a total of $840,000 since 2012 through it’s “Tip the Hat Award.”

  • $600,000 Raised With Robin Williams’ Bikes

    By Andy Segedin — October 28, 2016

    Shortly after a horse-riding accident left actor Christopher Reeve paralyzed, he was paid a visit by an Eastern European proctologist. As the doctor’s behavior became increasingly flamboyant, Reeve finally realized that it was his friend from The Julliard School, Robin Williams, in costume. It was the first time he smiled since his injury.

  • DMA Rebrands As Data & Marketing Association

    By Andy Segedin — October 27, 2016

    The “D” in DMA means something new now. On the eve of the professional group’s 100th anniversary, the Direct Marketing Association has rebranded to become the Data & Marketing Association.

  • Study Proves Triple-Digit Revenue Hike From Sustainers

    By Andy Segedin — October 27, 2016

    National Harbor, Md. — Fundraisers are frequently hungry for more donors and revenue, but they might be leaving both on the table by not diving into sustainer programs. In fact, converting donors to sustainers could result in a post-conversion revenue increase of up to 300 percent.

  • Cutting Tech Costs Comes With Risk

    By Chris Bernard — October 27, 2016

    Your staff wants to use their own phones and tablets for work, arguing that it will boost productivity and reduce costs. Let them use the devices they want and they’ll be happier and more efficient. They already carry their own phones everywhere and don’t want to have to carry another or settle for the slow, outdated models provided by the organization.

  • Only 25% Of Wealthy Plan To Give To Candidates

    By Andy Segedin — October 26, 2016

    Nearly a quarter of wealthy donors (24 percent) have given to a political candidate, campaign or committee last year or plan to do so before the end of the election season. Donors over the age of 70 (40 percent) and members of the LGBTQ community (38 percent) are the most likely wealthy donors to give to a political candidate or campaign.

  • Blackbaud Launches Impact Institute

    By Andy Segedin — October 26, 2016

    National Harbor, Md. — Blackbaud, a leading cloud software company in the nonprofit and social good space, launched the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact during its annual meeting today.

  • Geofilters ‘Snapping’ Donors To Get Inolved

    By Andy Segedin — October 25, 2016

    Social media was identified early on as a key component to making Red Nose Day, a decades-old British institution, a success stateside. The U.S. team, Comic Relief Inc., piloted a few strategies shortly before the 2015 launch, according to Mitch Hansen, digital director. In the lead-up to Year 2, the U.S. team buckled down and dived in deeper with its social media strategy.

  • Nonprofits Paid Staff $634 Billion, Running Deficits

    By Mark Hrywna — October 24, 2016

    Nonprofit employment and wages held their own through the recession and even outpaced other sectors of the economy over the last decade, according to new data presented by The Urban Institute.

  • 10 Keys To Success For Nonprofit Mergers

    By Mark Hrywna — October 20, 2016

    Staff and board retention, management succession, and branding of a new organization are among the most critical issues in any nonprofit merger, according to a new study released today.


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