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Nonprofits Are Election Losers...

Some of the nation’s largest nonprofits experienced severe declines in direct mail response during late 2000 and early 2001, some as much as 50 percent. Direct mail experts believe the uncertainty of the national election and a slowing of the economy are to blame for the reversal of fortunes. This past year’s election, so close […]

Women Are Now Driving Nonprofit Direct Response Marketing...

As director of direct response marketing for the American Diabetes Association and a veteran fundraiser, Joanne Del Giorno hasn’t battled alone to gain respect and acceptance from the historically male-driven arena of direct response marketing. With a little help from many female mentors throughout her career she has worked to forge a multi-million dollar fundraising […]

Passing the Plate...

Financial research on Christian groups is the focus of a new nonprofit Web site designed to serve donors. Created by a former portfolio manager for Templeton Investment Counsel, MinistryWatch has built a database of more than 400 U.S.-based Christian charities that raise roughly $6 billion a year. The site, at www.ministrywatch.com, rates a charity based […]

Trying to Define Charity...

The idea of bringing nonprofits into the 21st century has become more than just a common name for conference sessions. Largely spurred by the viewpoint that government can’t do everything, several countries are examining how they can help their nonprofit sectors do more. And, it has nothing to do with American efforts at helping faith-based […]

Bush Plan...

Faith-based nonprofits across the country may soon find themselves with a conflicting choice – take federal money and risk restrictions, or turn the money down and see the organization across the street take the cash. The other issue is how to suggest that a tax cut, especially eliminating the estate tax, is not the best […]

WBAI is Latest Pacifica Storm...

Recent firings and the questionable barring of some people at WBAI radio in New York City leave the staff once more at odds with the Pacifica Foundation which owns the station. The firing of the station manager along with a program director and a producer by Pacifica management right before Christmas spawned a series of […]

Special Report: Some Benefits Rub Employees the Right Way...

Trying to raise money or run a program can be stressful. But, the folks at Alaska Assets, Inc. in Anchorage have a solution. Massage therapy. "An employee, about once a month," explained Executive Director Diana Strzok, "can sign up for up to 30 minutes for a chair massage (kneeling into a special chair) that is […]

Special Report-Nonprofit Paychecks Continue to Climb...

If you’re a planned giving officer anywhere in the United States, but particularly for a foundation, your 2001 paycheck is going to be significantly heavier. The average pay for the top planned giving officer at a foundation is $89,362. And, planned giving professionals at associations will receive the greatest pay hike, 26 percent to an […]

Save Dollars on Your Brokers Commissions...

As chief financial officers struggle with a nonprofit’s finances they would probably like getting back some of the money they spend just to coordinate the funds. That’s just what the Goodspeed Opera House Foundation in East Haddam, Conn., has been doing. A portfolio of $7 million in trading brings back around $15,000 a year consistently […]

Leaders Need Guts, Cooperation...

As Fred Grandy left his job as president and chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries International he seemed a bit frustrated. While progress certainly was made at the Bethesda, Md.-based organization during his five years, much larger, sector-wide issues weighed on his mind. "I always thought that if organizations have the opportunity to band together […]