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  • Digital Testing Trumps Fundraising Intuition

    By Andy Segedin — August 15, 2016

    Tim Kachuriak’s first digital experiment came with the George W. Bush Presidential Library. He was playing around with a message for support and tested nearly identical messages, one asking readers to “stand with President and Mrs. Bush,” and another offering the reader to be a “charter member” of the library.

  • IS Taps New COO In Continuing Reorganization

    By Mark Hrywna — August 15, 2016

    The reorganization at Independent Sector continues as Victor Reinoso, a former deputy mayor of the District of Columbia, joins the organization as chief operating officer. Reinoso is the first major appointment since Daniel Cardinali took over as president and CEO of the advocacy organization in July.

  • Giving Days Donors Lack Diversity

    By Mark Hrywna — August 10, 2016

    Giving Days have become a vehicle for community foundations to increase visibility and credibility, strengthen digital skills, and raise millions of dollars, although from a donor base that isn’t very diverse, according to a new report.

  • No Ask Boosts Fundraising Response

    By The NonProfit Times — August 9, 2016

    Leaders at World Vision Canada took an unorthodox approach in attempting to reengage donors who were unresponsive to other solicitations or calls to action. They sent notices asking the donors not to send more money.

  • Playing Telephone With Your Donors Gets Tougher

    By Andy Segedin — August 8, 2016

    Few hands went in the air after Tara Kowsaluk, senior account director for Donor Services Group, asked who in the audience owned a landline phone. The informal poll placed a spotlight directly on the primary challenge facing organizations’ telemarketing teams. Landlines are a dying entity, cell phones are the future and telemarketing’s role in it all is not yet defined.

  • Charges Filed In Alleged Terror Financing

    By NPT Staff — August 5, 2016

    A manager working in World Vision’s Gaza, Israel office has been accused of funneling organizational funds to Hamas, an Islamist militant group.

  • Equity Firm Takes Majority Stake in PMX

    By Andy Segedin — August 5, 2016

    A majority stake in PMX Agency, formerly Paradysz + PM Digital, a New York City-based global marketing firm, has been sold to Stagwell Group LLC.

  • New Federal Rules For Classifying Nonprofit Workers

    By Melanie Herman — August 4, 2016

    Nonprofit leaders are taking notice now that a proposed change in the overtime eligibility threshold has been finalized. It’s time to stop grumbling about the potential financial impact, and get ready by doing what all employers should have been doing all along. You need to classify employees as “exempt” or “non-exempt” based on permitted reasons, and not on the desire to avoid tracking employee time and paying eligible staff overtime.

  • Big Apple Circus Seeks ‘White Knight’ To Save Season

    By Andy Segedin — August 2, 2016

    Big Apple Circus’ 2016-2017 season is on hold following years of rising costs and bad luck. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based nonprofit circus lost an estimated $250,000 in 2012 after its performance venue, Manhattan’s Damrosch Park, was closed following Hurricane Sandy.

  • Making The A, B And C-Suite Work Distinguishes These Executives

    By Paul Clolery — August 1, 2016

    If you ask nonprofit executives the one thing about which they feel certain during 2016 the answer surely would be uncertainty. Here’s the list: A presidential election that probably will resemble Ali v. Frazier I; Bond and stock exchanges moving inversely to their historic norms; and, rapid and some might offer rampant change in the C-Suite, with marquee names coming and going.


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