News & Articles

Buyer Beware: Negotiating terms in technology agreements

March 20, 2017       Jon Dartley      

With the proliferation of new technological solutions for everything from fundraising to donor relationship management, program analytics to payment processing, an increasing number of third-party vendors are being engaged to integrate these systems into their day-to-day operations. These services are often “mission-critical,” meaning they are necessary for the nonprofit to function optimally and accomplish their purpose.

Donors Race To Support Meals On Wheels

March 20, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Meals on Wheels America last week had about 8,000 followers on Twitter. Not a bad number but nowhere near the 88,000 followers the Arlington, Va.-based office had by Monday morning.

Possible Net Neutrality Changes Will Block Access, Cost More

March 17, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Imagine that there are two lanes leading you to a potential donor. Now imagine that the lane that you are in slows and the adjacent lane keeps moving. The adjacent lane is moving more swiftly to your prospect, but it costs more money to merge in. Is your organization in position to change lanes?

Nonprofits Hammered In Federal Budget Proposal

March 16, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

President Donald Trump’s first federal budget proposes deep cuts in discretionary spending to many departments that impact nonprofits while boosting financial support to defense, homeland security and veterans’ affairs.

IU Offers Online Philanthropy Masters

March 15, 2017       NPT Staff      

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy will now offer its M.A. program in Philanthropic Studies to students across the globe. The online program, which will begin during the fall 2017 semester, is accepting applications.

Leaders Gather In N.Y. Seeking Tax Policy Common Ground

March 15, 2017       Paul Clolery      

Leaders of some of the nation’s largest tax-exempt organizations will meet in New York City tonight and tomorrow to discuss federal tax policy in a first attempt to hammer out a consensus on the charitable sector’s plan for lobbying during an era of changes to the tax code.

Bargain Sale Gifts Might Not Be Worth It

March 14, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The words “bargain sale” are magical to almost every consumer, but are they a good deal for nonprofits and donors?

Plaintiff Sues For Harvard Donor’s Records

March 13, 2017       Andy Segedin      

A federal judge has given Harvard University until March 20 to turn over the financial information of a top donor and alum, Charles Spackman. It is unclear as of yet whether the university will comply.

8 Mistakes That Even Good Boards Make

March 10, 2017       Anne Wallestad      

The role of a board of directors is not an easy one. Strong governance and board leadership re­quire dedication and intentionality from each and every board member, as well as from the executive. It’s a big job, which — for most board members — falls on top of an already-maxed-out set of professional responsibilities.

CFC in DC Raises $1 Million More Than Last Year

March 9, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Bucking a trend of declining campaigns in recent years, the annual workplace giving program for federal employees in the Washington, D.C. area eclipsed its $47 million goal and surpassed last year’s total by almost $1 million.