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  • Blackbaud Finalizes Deal For Smart Tuition

    By Andy Segedin — October 5, 2015

    Blackbaud of Charleston, S.C. has finalized its $190-million acquisition of Smart Tuition, a payment software and services provider for private schools and parents. The deal will fold Smart Tuition’s full product line including Smart Tuition, Smart Aid and Smart for Dioceses into Blackbaud’s K-12 portfolio.

  • When Do You CFO?

    By The NonProfit Times — October 5, 2015

    Evolving from doing everything has its challenges

    By Thomas A. McLaughlin

  • Can’t Follow The Money

    By The NonProfit Times — October 5, 2015

    Transparency upended with grant confidentiality

    Brian Mittendorf

  • Sustainable Investing

    By The NonProfit Times — October 5, 2015

    Maximizing Earnings While Minimizing Risk


  • Donor Info Under Assault

    By The NonProfit Times — October 5, 2015

    It’s a case to define the role of the sector

    Charity solicitation regulators have been defeated four times since 1980 in the Supreme Court of the United States but — a bit like Freddie Krueger — they keep coming back.

  • Accountability And Reporting

    By Susan Ellis — October 5, 2015

    Volunteers need to be responsive to procedures

    You put effort into recruiting the most qualified volunteers, orienting and training them to accomplish needed work, and assigning them to a project. Once they are contributing their hours, you need to keep informed about exactly what they are doing. Collecting the number of hours volunteers serve is not at all the same as understanding how they fill that time.

  • Digital Annual Reports Click With Donors

    By The NonProfit Times — October 5, 2015

    Staffers at the Foundation Center held their breath for a few days in 2013, when the organization released its annual report for the fiscal year 2012. That year the New York City-based organization mailed out a slimmed-down print version, but the online version was much more in depth.

  • ACS’ Direct Mail Relaunch Beats Goal

    By The NonProfit Times — October 5, 2015

    New donors declined by 11 percent. New donor revenue dropped by $11.3 million. Had the suspension of its direct mail acquisition program continued, the American Cancer Society (ACS) projected a loss of almost $30 million over five years.

  • Taxing The Cloud

    By The NonProfit Times — October 5, 2015

    Potential changes in how states tax cloud-based services have become a hot topic in the nonprofit sector. While few nonprofits would be in the business of providing cloud-based media for things outside of their mission, nonprofit leaders might be advised to approach any sort of new digitally-provided service or revenue source carefully. As more data, fulfillment and everyday work transfer to the cloud from local servers, state and local tax officers are brainstorming for ways to tax the process. Annette Nellen, a professor at San Jose State University and author at, said the questions concerning the taxation of cloud-based services stem from the fact that sales tax in many states is directly tied to the transfer of tangible property.

  • New Donors Elusive; Retention Sitting At Just 43%

    By Mark Hrywna — October 5, 2015

    Donor churn is improving but charities are still losing three more donors each year than new and returning donors are giving to organizations. Less than half of donors supported the same charity two years in a row, according to a new survey.


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