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Blackbaud is back shopping, this time paying $160 million for MicroEdge, a major player in the foundation, donor advised funds and corporate social responsibility space. Earlier this year, Blackbaud acquired education software maker WhippleHill for $35 million.
Employers across the globe are concerned that they are faced with a workforce that is aging and a talent pool that is under-educated, or under-motivated and showing talent shortages in many critical areas. These problems create challenges for all businesses, but they are especially critical for nonprofits, which usually operate with a smaller number of employees than for-profit firms.
Crowdfunding is no Field of Dreams: If you build it, they might not come. “If you build it, you need to push it out and tell everyone about it, and then they will come,” said Stephanie Truax, director of development for the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA).
The question of where to “place” responsibility for the administration of volunteer involvement surfaces repeatedly, with no agreement upon standard practice. While there is no definitely right or wrong department or level in an organization where volunteers belong, where they appear on the organizational chart sends a message as to their importance.
It might be time to dig out that retainer and tuba from your high school yearbook picture. Charity watchdog Charity Navigator changed in August the way it issues its ratings. While the organization has no plans to move to a letter grade system, the new system is based on 100 points, similar to the school system and is more recognizable to users.
Lou Gehrig’s Disease probably hasn’t received this much exposure since the Hall of Fame first baseman’s famous farewell speech at Yankee Stadium 75 years ago.
Note: This story has been updated to reflect that the AARP does not have a Political Action Committee (PAC).
When conducting a peer-to-peer (p2p) fundraising program, don’t neglect your employees and former employees. “The nonprofit community is small and people know each other. They often leave their organizations on good terms,” said Brenna Holmes, vice president of digital at Chapman Cubine Adams and Hussey. “You can’t forget about former employees. Stay in touch. They can hook you into new networks. They know new people who you might not know.”
The ALS Association will withdraw two trademark applications filed for the Ice Bucket Challenge as the viral campaign eclipsed $100 million in donations in 30 days.
Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., CEO and president of Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) and nationally recognized philanthropy leader, was selected as the first person to serve in the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Chair on Community Foundations at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
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