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Foundation CEOs are emphasizing transparency and have identified grantees and prospective grantees as a target audience instead of the likes of government policymakers, journalists and the general public. CEOs of independent foundations identified grantees and nonprofits considering applying for a grant as the intended audience for transparency in 95 and 84 percent of cases, respectively. Both groups are the intended audience for 96 percent of community foundations.
TIAA-CREF, the pension firm for many tax-exempt organizations, has shortened its name to TIAA as part of a multi-layered marketing campaign geared toward emphasizing simplicity, clarity and engagement. The new name is accompanied by a new logo and redesigned website and precedes a national advertising campaign set to launch on Feb. 29.
More than two years after it first went into effect, the 4.3-percent surcharge on postal rates will disappear as of April 10. Barring any congressional or court action, it would be just the third time in its history that the United States Postal Service (USPS) lowered postage rates.
The Salvation Army’s signature Red Kettle Campaign set a new record this past holiday season, raising nearly $150 million, up 3.4 percent compared to the previous year. Online donations were up 7.5 percent compared to 2014.
Natixis Funding Corp. and Societe Generale will pay a combined $56.7 million settlement for fraudulent and anticompetitive municipal bond dividend transaction practices that harmed nonprofits, school districts, municipalities, counties and government agencies. A total of $53,865,000 of the sum will be paid into a settlement fund to be applied toward restitution for the affected parties.
Many of the nation’s leading peer-to-peer fundraising programs had significant declines on returns during the past decade. The trend, coupled with an overall increase in giving through the fundraising mechanism, has shrunk the gap between peer-to-peer Davids and Goliaths.
Nonprofit staffers now have a new website to check intermittently throughout the day. Facebook, used by many organizations to share initiatives, network and fundraise, announced late last week that it has launched nonprofits.fb.com.
Telling a room full of direct response fundraisers that mass mailings might not be the best way to promote intelligent giving won’t win you many friends. But then again, Michael Thatcher wasn’t necessarily there to make friends, instead offering a view of Charity Navigator’s future priorities, which include plans to rate the impact and results of nonprofits, and rating more charities.
Zubik v. Burwell, a case before the Supreme Court of the United States, will help define how religiously affiliated nonprofits are viewed in the aftermath of the Affordable Care Act. The court might set the precedent without longtime Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday at the age of 79
You have a job description, but on any given day, you're probably doing dozens of things outside the scope of that description. Combine that with the challenge of a fast-paced environment and the shifting priorities of funders, colleagues, and board members and it’s easy to fall short of doing your best. By being mindful of your limitations and capacity—and saying “no” when your plate is full—you can actually do more for your cause. In the sixth installment of the Raise and Engage podcast Danielle Johnson and Robin Anderson discuss the power of saying “no” at work.
In the most recent episode of Raise + Engage, Danielle is back with Brian Reich from little m media to discuss how nonprofit professionals can stay motivated and energized in their day-to-day roles. Brian shares his experience working with nonprofits and the lessons and tips he's learn from and shared with them over the years, including tips for avoiding a professional rut, creating forward momentum in your career and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you're considering making a career move or want to ensure you're on the right path, you won't want to miss this inspo-packed episode!
Episode 4: Apps and Hacks to Stay (Mostly) Sane, is all about tips, tricks and tools for sanity. Blackbaud’s own interactive product marketer, Julia Lenz, joins host Danielle Johnson to share some high tech. (and no tech.) productivity tips to help nonprofit professionals stay sane in the crazy world of philanthropy. Tune in to hear:
- Tips for how to spend the first 30 minutes of your day
- The benefits of 15 minute meetings
- Why notebooks are still relevant to a successful organization
- Ideas for better managing your inbox
- Why you should take lunch outside the box
- ...and much more!
Episode 3: Tech. Connection: Solutions, Strategy, and Staff In episode 3 of the Raise + Engage podcast, Danielle Johnson is joined by Chris Geady and William DaSilva, two IT experts in the nonprofit space, to talk technology integration for NPOs: when you need it, when you don’t, and how to do it successfully. Tune in to hear:
- When to say NO to integration
- How to set your strategic plan before even looking at technologies
- Ways to get your entire team on board
- The importance of identifying a project lead
- The RFP process - how it should and should not go
According to Danielle Johnson, straight-shooting host of the Raise + Engage podcast series, if your staff members aren’t the number one advocates for your cause on social media, you’re failing. In the most recent episode, Danielle is joined by Blackbaud’s own social media guru Madeline Turner to discuss overcoming social struggles and creating a social ambassador program at your organization. This entertaining and insightful duo dishes on the importance of making your social media presence human, making the case for a formal social program to leadership, how University of Michigan turned a one time social media campaign into a long term social program, and how Madeline's mom unknowingly became a social ambassador on #GivingTuesday.
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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