News & Articles

Software Deal Marries YourMembership, Abila and Aptify

April 7, 2017       Paul Clolery      

Three of the major players in the association management software space are merging under one corporate umbrella, in a move that surprised many in the association management and nonprofit software industry for the speed at which it all come together.

Fundraising Agencies Russ Reid and Grizzard Being Merged

April 6, 2017       Paul Clolery      

Two of the nation’s foundational fundraising agencies, Russ Reid and Grizzard, are being merged by their parent company, the DAS Group of Companies (DAS), part of Omnicom Group Inc. The new entity will be led by Alan Hall, CEO of Russ Reid. Chip Grizzard, CEO of Grizzard, will become chairman of the new unit.

Ford Foundation Bets $1 Billion On Mission Investing

April 5, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The Ford Foundation plans to commit up to $1 billion of its $12-billion endowment during the next 10 years to mission-related investments (MRIs).

Habitat Launches Affordable Housing Push

April 5, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Habitat for Humanity assisted the New York Mets in celebrating the team’s 2017 home opener on Monday, framing a home out in front of Citi Field and enjoying a strong organizational presence around the ballpark. The organization also participated in the official “unlocking of the gate” to the stadium the day prior.

Nonprofit News Groups Get $114 Million Boost

April 5, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Omidyar Network, the philanthropic investment firm established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, unveiled a $100-million initiative to span the next three years aimed at strengthening independent media and investigative journalism, combating misinformation and hate speech, and enabling citizens to better engage with government entities.

Secular, Religious Nonprofits Petition To Save Johnson Amendment

April 5, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Almost 4,500 organizations from around the country, in every state and every segment of the nonprofit sector, have signed on to a “Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship.” The April 5 letter was sent to key members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Large NPOs Lead Overall Dip In Giving

April 4, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Charitable giving decreased by 1.4 percent in February 2017 as compared to the same time last year, according to the Blackbaud Index, a month-to-month recording of charitable performance. The index, which tracks approximately $20 billion in U.S.-based giving, is based on year-over-year percentage changes.

Blackbaud Bulks Up With Education Acquisition

April 4, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Blackbaud has added another company to its stable of education products, announcing the acquisition of AcademicWorks for $50 million.

Most Trump, Clinton Voters Want Johnson Amendment

April 4, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Nearly three-quarters (72 percent), of voters support maintaining the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits 501(c)(3) organizations from engaging in partisan political activity. The percentage includes 78 percent of those who voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and 66 percent of those who voted for President Donald Trump in last November’s election.

Restricted Gifts: What You Can And Can’t Do

March 31, 2017       Andy Segedin      

There is much public and media interest in from where organizations are receiving their charitable gifts. It runs from allegations of pay-to-play relating to presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s foundation to questions about who was donating to President Donald Trump’s foundation to instances of organizations naming fixtures after donors only to regret it later.