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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • UN Examines First Amendment Freedoms

    By Mark Hrywna — July 28, 2016

    Amid recent protests reacting to police shootings and demonstrations at major political party conventions, a human rights expert with the United Nations examined how the freedom of assembly and association is holding up in the United States.

  • Three DAFs Exceeded $5 Billion In Grants Last Year

    By Mark Hrywna — July 27, 2016

    Grants distributed by the National Philanthropic Trust (NPT) exceeded $626 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30. The latest estimate brings to $3.6 billion the total distribution by the donor-advised fund sponsor in its first 20 years.

  • Early Childhood Investment Has Huge Financial Returns

    By Andy Segedin — July 26, 2016

    Large amounts of philanthropic capital directed at early-childhood investments have the potential to produce returns of $5 to $11 for every $1 invested. An investment of $1 billion focused on children ages five and under could result in the upward trajectory of hundreds of thousands of low-income Americans.

  • Mapping Donor Experiences Ahead Of Time

    By Andy Segedin — July 26, 2016

    Meet Carla. Carla is a prime donor for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada, better known stateside as Doctors Without Borders. She is well educated, lives in a Canadian metropolis, is age 55 or older, and is either employed full-time or retired. Carla is not a real person.

  • Is Pokémon Go The Latest Shiny, New Toy?

    By Mark Hrywna — July 25, 2016

    It’s been less than a month since Pokémon Go was released and already nonprofits might be experiencing the early stages of reaction to the latest technological fad: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

  • Wood Heading Up FrontStream

    By NPT Staff — July 22, 2016

    Nonprofit software industry veteran William “Bill” C. Wood is the new president of FrontStream, Inc., a provider of fundraising and community engagement solutions. Wood is responsible for the company’s strategy, products, marketing and sales, professional services, operations and customer service activities.

  • Africa-Focused Organizations Merge

    By Andy Segedin — July 22, 2016

    Africare and Accordia Global Health Foundation have merged. The new organization will be known as Africare and will be led by Robert L. Mallett, president and CEO of Africare. Mallett has previously served on Accordia’s board and held a brief tenure as the organization’s president.

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