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Commentary … Leadership Doesn’t Have To Be Lonely...

Comedian Mel Brooks famously quipped: “It’s good to be king” … comedically capturing public sentiment on leadership. That’s certainly the perception of CEOs, whether of a for-profit or nonprofit organization. As a former CEO of a well-known, national charity, I can tell you that in many ways, it is. Everyone always thinks of the benefits […]

Nonprofit Mailers To Appeal Postal Rate Hike...

The second postal rate hike of this year is on track to take effect at the end of next month following approval this week by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). The United States Postal Service (USPS) filed notice with the PRC in May and the new rates will become effective Aug. 29, barring a legal […]

Bloomberg To Fund Tech Upgrades For The Arts...

Almost 50 cultural nonprofits will have access to $30 million for strategic improvements to technology infrastructure through a commitment from Bloomberg Philanthropies that aims to help build audiences, increase fundraising, drive revenue, and deliver programming both virtually and in person. The Digital Accelerator Program will launch with an initial cohort of 46 nonprofits — 26 […]

Golf And Cash – Great Four-Letter Words...

Golf tournaments are as much a go-to for nonprofits as Michael’s Jordan’s fade away jumper or Wolfgang Puck’s spatula. For many golf enthusiasts, it provides them the opportunity to test their skills on famed courses, compete with other amateurs, and donate to a good cause.  And, while the cause itself is generally most important to […]

It Is Time Not Treasure For Young Americans...

Younger socially-conscious individuals are increasingly offering their time to causes they care about, according to Influencing Young America to Act, a report from Cause and Social Influence. While 39% provided their contact information via a petition on a cause or organization’s website, and 28% signed a petition shared on social media, 22% offered professional services […]

Woman Gets 6 Years After Defrauding 2 Nonprofits...

Nicole Lescarbeau, a.k.a. Nicole Coulibaly, was sentenced to six years in prison, five years of supervised release and ordered to make restitution to two nonprofits she defrauded while employed by them. Lescarbeau embezzled more than $1.4 million from the two nonprofits, which were not identified in court papers or a statement from the United States […]

4 AGs Investigating Political Recurring Gifts...

Monthly sustainers and recurring donations in other forms have become a popular fundraising tactic in recent years. It’s common for fundraising solicitations to include a lightbox or similar tools on websites, encouraging donors to turn their one-time gift into a recurring donation, automatically debiting a checking account or credit card each month. In those cases, […]

Number Of Nonprofits Nearing 2 Million...

More than 89% of applications for tax-exempt status were approved by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the most recent fiscal year, with the number of tax-exempt organizations eclipsing 1.9 million. The numbers are found in the recently released Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Book, covering the federal fiscal year running from September 2019 to […]

Anne Lewis Strategies Rebrands As MissionWired...

Anne Lewis Strategies, a creative force in nonprofit and political digital fundraising, is rebranding as MissionWired. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the firm’s staff also works from offices in New York, Denver, and Oakland, Calif. “In many ways, as MissionWired, we are who we’ve always been: a collective committed to helping nonprofits and Democratic campaigns raise […]

Episode 42: Bitcoin and the Future Of Fundraising...

The American Cancer Society aims to raise $1 million exclusively through cryptocurrency. Its Cancer Crypto Fund will be renamed in honor of the first donor to contribute $250,000. Donations of at least $10,000 will appear on the Cancer Crypto Fund Wall of Honor. The Salvation Army launched a cryptocurrency option the week before Christmas and […]