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  • Live From SXSW: Activism That Drives Supporters

    By Joleen Ong — March 16, 2015

    Perhaps one of the most asked questions at SXSW Interactive has circled around effective online engagement. How is it possible to establish meaningful relationships to create and mobilize for change in this noisy digital age?

  • 5 Nonprofit Myths – And Tall Tales

    By Patrick Sullivan — March 16, 2015

    There’s an old myth in fundraising: Loki will one day kill direct mail. The Tree of Nonprofit Life, Individual Giving, will wither and die, thus ushering in the eternal winter of fundraising Ragnarok.

  • Live From SXSW: Battling Online Harassment

    By Amy Sample Ward — March 16, 2015

    There are inevitably many formal sessions at SXSW Interactive, virtual announcements or product launches, and hallway conversations about new platforms and mobile apps. Many are designed to bring people together to share stories and content, create digital watering holes, and make connections.

  • Live from SXSW: USAID Crowdsources Ideas To Fight Ebola

    By Joleen Ong — March 16, 2015

    After receiving more than 1,500 ideas to improve the design of an Ebola protective suit, USAID unveiled the winning design at a breakout session led by USAID representatives at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas.

  • A Moving Target: The regulation of online fundraising platforms

    By Karen Wu — March 13, 2015

    The National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) posted a document on its website titled “Internet and Social Media Solicitations: Wise Giving Tips.” True to its title, the document laid out advice on issues relating to fraudulent and deceptive solicitations, charities’ control over the use of their names on fundraising platforms, and transparency in fundraising platform policies.

  • Federal Rules Q&A: Nonprofit procurement under the new Super Circular

    By Barbara Floersh — March 13, 2015

    The procurement rules governing purchases made with grant funds changed when the new Uniform Guidance on grant administration was implemented as an interim final rule in late December 2014. Procedures must become more structured and purchases of more than $3,000 will have to be accompanied by varying levels of documentation as the dollar value of purchases increases.

  • The Great DAF Debate: Timing of payouts continues to spark discussion

    By Mark Hrywna — March 13, 2015

    Hundreds of millions of dollars have been pouring into donor-advised funds (DAF) in recent years. The question for some observers of the charitable world, however, is whether enough has been making its way to the coffers of charities.

  • Vets, Kids Lead Donors’ Giving Choice

    By Paul Clolery — March 13, 2015

    Direct mail donors age 35 and older when given $100 to donate among 10 charities categories would most likely give a majority of the money to either a veterans group or to kids in poverty. And, that predisposition was across the political spectrum from conservatives to moderates to liberals.

  • Multi-Channel Promotion, Stars Hype Online Auctions

    By Richard H. Levey — March 13, 2015

    How much is a hug from Joel McHale, the host of cable-TV show The Soup, worth? To the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Foundation, it was worth several hundred dollars. And, that was from a first-time donor.

  • MacArthur, MMA And National Assembly Have New Bosses

    By Patrick Sullivan — March 13, 2015

    A trio of large nonprofits have chosen new leaders. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Human Services Assembly have all announced new executives at the top.

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