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  • Arts Donors Not Impressed By Organizational Efficiency

    By Andy Segedin — September 13, 2016

    Are supporters of arts and culture organizations driven more by organizational performance or fundraising efficiency? The answer might be neither, according to a report conducted by researchers Mirae Kim of University of Missouri and Cleopatra Charles of Rutgers University – Newark.

  • Cancer Telecast Pledges Exceed $111 Million

    By NPT Staff — September 12, 2016

    The Stand Up 2 Cancer (SU2C) fundraising special broadcast on Sept. 9 has already generated $111 million in pledges in the United States and Canada. The early tabulations push the total raised by the biennial telethon to $481 million since 2008.

  • 8 Ways To Avoid Calendar Fire Drills

    By The NonProfit Times — September 12, 2016

    Having an appointment calendar is helpful. Having a calendar that can be accessed quickly on a mobile device is even more helpful.

  • 14-1 Return Projected For Jobs Philanthropy

    By Andy Segedin — September 7, 2016

    A $1 billion philanthropic investment into competency-based job training and higher learning could yield returns of up to 14-fold. The projection is part of The Bridgespan Group’s Billion Dollar Bets series.

  • Houston Tapped As Hot Charity Market — Again

    By Andy Segedin — September 7, 2016

    Houston, Texas is America’s most charitable city for the second year running, according to Charity Navigator’s annual metro-area rankings. San Diego, Calif., is the only other city returning to the top five, having finished second in 2015 and tied for fourth in 2016.

  • Map The Donor’s Giving Journey

    By Andy Segedin — September 7, 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.

  • Independent Report Faults Media, WWP Board For Fiasco

    By Mark Hrywna — September 6, 2016

    No one escapes the wrath of Doug White in his written overview of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) fiasco earlier this year. The organization, its board, major media organizations, former employees and so-called whistle-blowers, former executives, charity evaluators, and even the Department of Defense all had some part to play. In the end, he still suggests that the five members who served on the board at the time should quit.

  • In Case You Missed It: Another Embattled Veterans Charity Ceases Operation

    By Andy Segedin — September 6, 2016

    The National Vietnam Veterans Foundation (NVVF) is no more. The organization’s former president in under internal review by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs NVVF came under the microscope in May, when a CNN investigation showed that less than 2 percent of organizational revenue was going toward charitable causes. The organization’s demise was first reported by CNN this week, with an employee quoted as saying that NVVF President J. Thomas Burch, an attorney with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), had resigned and the organization had closed operations.

  • Embattled Vet Charity Ceases Operation

    By Andy Segedin — September 2, 2016

    The National Vietnam Veterans Foundation (NVVF) is no more. The organization’s former president in under internal review by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

  • Layoffs Hit Wounded Warrior Project, 50% Of Executives

    By Mark Hrywna — September 1, 2016

    Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), one of the fastest growing charities in the country the past decade, announced a reorganization that reduced its workforce by 15 percent – including cutting almost half its executive staff – while adding positions in “areas essential to its mission.”


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In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!


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