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  • Schwab Charitable Grants Up 55%

    By Patrick Sullivan — October 31, 2014

    Schwab Charitable has made 55 percent more grants from its donor advised funds (DAFs) from the start of the organization’s July 1 fiscal year through the end of September than it did in the same three-month period in 2013. The total for this fiscal year, to date, is $201 million.

  • Ex-Maine Charities Boss In Hot Water

    By Patrick Sullivan — October 31, 2014

    Russel Brace, former president of United Mid-Coast Charities (UMCC) in Camden, Maine, has been accused of embezzling $3.8 million from the nonprofit. He faces a civil suit from the organization, but he might have more bad news coming. According to an affidavit filed by Brace’s attorney Peter DeTroy, the ex-executive is the subject of a federal criminal investigation and charges are expected, though they have yet to be filed.

  • Board Members

    By Thomas McLaughlin — October 31, 2014

    Every now and then there’s a board of directors that — how can this be written diplomatically — doesn’t seem to get it. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does it’s never a pretty sight. Usually the not-getting-it board seems to be paying attention, and its members really do want the best for their organization, but somehow or another “the best” never seems to happen.

  • Receive And Give

    By Susan Ellis — October 31, 2014

    Volunteers with a direct, personal connection to the work of an organization are often conspicuous by their absence, particularly in human service agencies. These are recipients of service, their families and friends, or people in the facility’s immediate neighborhood. These are the folks the staff serves, and therefore are not always recognized as a source of talent.

  • #GivingTuesday Prepares For Round #3 On December 2

    By Patrick Sullivan — October 31, 2014

    Last year it was the Unselfie. Now, the nonprofit sector is awaiting the next big surprise #GivingTuesday has in store next month.

  • Hooking New Online Shoppers To Also Donate Takes Marketing

    By Patrick Sullivan — October 31, 2014

    Pam Kohl, executive director at Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast (Komen NCTC), a Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate in Raleigh, N.C., wanted to rely less on race revenue. She was seeking easy ways to engage supporters when she stumbled upon online retail behemoth Amazon’s AmazonSmile program.

  • The 2014 NPT Top 100: Is Recovery Here?

    By Mark Hrywna — October 31, 2014

    Revenue for the nation’s largest nonprofits has continued to recover since the recession, backed by a slow but steady return for donations last year and buoyed by more gains in investment income and continued growth of program service revenue.

  • Transitioning From Buddy To Boss

    By Monica Wofford — October 29, 2014

    You’ve worked hard. You’ve stayed late. You’ve been a team leader. And, finally, you’ve gotten that promotion. Now what? Build that team, train those new hires, push all the papers, and create great results. It’s significantly different than the job you used to do.

  • West Virginia Ballot Item Targets BSA’s Land Use

    By Mark Hrywna — October 28, 2014

    West Virginia voters will head to the polls on Election Day (Nov. 4) faced with a question of whether to allow nonprofit youth organizations that build $100-million facilities to be exempt from property tax. The ballot question to amend the state constitution would affect just one property and organization: the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and its Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Fayette County.

  • Nonprofits Worth $887.3 Billion To U.S. Economy

    By The NonProfit Times — October 28, 2014

    The tax-exempt sector in the United States represented 5.4 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) during 2012, contributing $887.3 billion to the economy. And of those tax-exempt entities, 501(c)(3) public charities accounted for slightly more than three-quarters of the sector’s revenue ($1.65 trillion) and expenses ($1.56 trillion) and more than three-fifths of nonprofit assets ($2.99 trillion) during 2012.


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