Financial Disclosure Takes Root

July 1, 2005       Todd Cohen      

In 1999, when GuideStar announced it would post on its Web site all Form 990 information returns that nonprofits file with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), “all hell broke loose,” said Bob Ottenhoff, president and CEO.

Breaking The Bottleneck

June 15, 2005       Craig Causer      

When the South Asia tsunami struck this past December, an unprecedented number of people turned to the Internet as their avenue to provide financial support. Nonprofits swiftly responded with online content and appeals. And while the rapid influx of cash was a welcome boon, some nonprofits were technologically ill- prepared for the relentless traffic that responded to the natural disaster.

The Fundraising Office Of The Future

June 15, 2005       Paul Clolery      

Everyone has been waiting for the future promised by Hanna Barbera, where George Jetson’s morning coffee is just a push-button away and Rosie the Robot helps out with Elroy’s homework.

Special Report: Exclusive NPT Study

June 1, 2005       Paul Clolery      

Nonprofits and watchdog groups spend tens of millions of dollars each year so that donors can have information at their fingertips when a direct mail appeal arrives and the decision is made whether or not to make a gift.

Ex New Era President Seeks Early Prison Release

June 1, 2005       Jeff Jones      

John G. Bennett, Jr., who spearheaded one of the largest charity frauds in history as president of the Foundation for New Era Philanthropy, recently filed a motion to vacate, set aside, or correct his sentence, according to court records.

Revenue Per Donor Up In 2004

June 1, 2005       Don McNamara      

Response to the Asian tsunami helped boost fundraising in 2004 to $1.2 billion for 40 national charities tracked for industry benchmarking by Target Analysis Group, Cambridge, Mass.

Oversight By Whom

June 1, 2005       Stuart Kahan      

“This has been a very useful hearing,” said Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, at the conclusion of a recent hearing on reform proposals for charities and charitable giving. “The testimony today has made it clear that there is a need for reforms to deal with this part of the tax gap.”

Unique Adventures Energize Nonprofit Auction Lots

May 15, 2005       Craig Causer      

Six Flags Great Adventure decided that it wanted to shake up its event to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). With the April opening of Kingda Ka, the world’s tallest and fastest roller coaster, the Jackson, N.J., amusement park auctioned off the opportunity to experience the inaugural ride, which includes being launched from 0 to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds and climbing 456 feet from the ground.

Hearts And Eyeballs

May 15, 2005       Tim Mills Groninger      

Humans can’t help it. They have to include a little bit of themselves into every exchange. Staff meetings have little asides about weekend adventures. Client meetings might start with questions about each person’s family.

Outer Envelopes

May 15, 2005       Robert Ford      

One prevailing theory of the direct response envelope is that if you hand write it, or at least make it appear that you did, donor prospects will open it. And whether the envelope is hand-written, in color, with graphics or without, many theories of what works crowd the landscape.

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