Thanks and Giving: St Judes Brands A Holiday

January 15, 2005       Craig Causer      

In the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, nobody gets more media play than the old man in the red suit. This past holiday season, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital gave Santa a good run with its inaugural A Day of Thanks & Giving campaign.

Donors Respond To Tsunami Disaster

January 15, 2005       Jeff Jones      

U.S. nonprofits providing relief in South Asia received hundreds of millions of dollars in donations just more than a week after the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami killed more than 150,000 people and left an estimated 5 million survivors in need of food, water and shelter.

Nonprofit Mail Numbers Decline

January 15, 2005       Clint Carpenter      

Confusing U.S. Postal Service (USPS) regulations and the emerging popularity of email are two of the reasons experts gave for a drop in the amount of snail mail that charities sent out during the Oct. 1, 2003 to Sept. 30, 2004 fiscal year. However, the USPS contends that its regulations are “no more complex than in previous years” and that the decline “was rather trivial.”

Special Report: Accounting Software Round Up

January 1, 2005       Ted Needleman      

When it comes to accounting software, it’s easy to get caught up in the numbers. How many digits can the account number contain? How many reports does the software produce? How many users can the application support?

Fuller Forced Out At Habitat For Humanity

January 1, 2005       Jeff Jones      

Last fall, Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International, said he had no plans to resign as leader of the international movement he started.

Privacy Grows Into A Hot Nonprofit Topic

January 1, 2005       Robert Ford      

For Gods Love We Deliver (GLWD) in New York City, donor and prospective donor privacy is something that is taken very seriously.

Study Finds Reporting Problems In Fundraising

January 1, 2005       NPT Staff      

Public and donor pressure to keep administrative and fundraising expenses low might be leading nonprofit organizations to underreport such costs, according to a new study by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.

Absentee Rates Soared In 2004

January 1, 2005       Robert Ford      

Workplace absenteeism hit a five-year high in 2004 and experts said it was due in large measure to policies reducing the amount of sick time workers receive each year.

A Dedicated Web URL

December 15, 2004       Craig Causer      

A stamp is significantly more expensive than an email. And, depending on a donor’s Web access, an email response can put revenue in the coffers a lot faster and establish the Web as an additional way to talk to donors.

List Summit

December 15, 2004       Paul Clolery      

You have a terrific fundraising direct mail package. But, who will receive it? If you ask a room full of fundraising list experts, that’s the wrong question. To whom you want it to go should have been the first question, then the package should have been developed.

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