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Community Service Conference Transitions From Star Studded...

Last year, the national conference on volunteering and community service felt a bit like high school. This year it felt more like the days before graduation. People (both male and female) wearing tattoos and sandals seemed to outnumber suits and businesswear two-to-one. And like schools in which a day or two of classes continue after […]

Nonprofits Face Regulation...

A big scandal always grabs attention. But when nonprofits fall under the gun of the state charity official, attorney general or other regulators, they can be slapped with any number of infractions. While state charity officials claim that a national compilation of fines and enforcement is not kept, a spot check by The NonProfit Times […]

Groups Bringing Space Down to Earth for Students...

“In space there is no 9-1-1,” was the theme of one track of a design competition for grade-school students interested in space. But to former-United States senator and astronaut John Glenn, the nation’s children are in need of life support when it comes to math and science education. Glenn co-chaired the recent fifth annual Space […]

Down and Out...

The e-philanthropy roller coaster is picking up speed. GreaterGood.com, the Seattle-based online mall that lets shoppers donate part of purchases to charity, has shut down and is looking for a buyer. Also seeking a buyer is CharitEx, a New York-based maker of software to help charities manage cash and donor relationships. And, eContributor.com, a Virginia-based […]

Special Report: Safely Storing Your Accumulated Data...

Mention the prospect of a disaster wiping out an organization’s financial, donor and member data and people think of earthquakes, floods and tornadoes. But, sometimes humans pose the greatest danger. The YWCA of the USA had three hard drives for all its business and financial systems. When the main hard drive failed and needed to […]

Introspection Brings Sparks at United Way...

At United Way of America’s (UWA) Community Leaders Conferences, conference-goers are more likely to network outside hotel elevators and in gift shops than in the hotel bar. Yet the latest CLC in St. Louis carried with it a strange hangover feeling compared to past years. Betty Beene, the former UWA president and CEO, was nowhere […]

Linking Unrelated Events Boosts Volunteer Activities...

Volunteer groups fill the landscape more than the average person is aware. The New York City committee fostering the International Year of the Volunteer (IYV) linked with several groups to boost special events this spring, especially for the month-long dedication of April as the month of the volunteer. The committee gave groups around the city […]

High Profile Coaches Fund More Than Sports...

People in Lubbock, Texas began clamoring the instant they realized Bobby Knight was going to be Texas Tech University’s new men’s basketball coach – flooding the season ticket office with requests. In fact, he university’s season ticket packages doubled within 12 hours of the announcement of “The General’s” arrival. At the University of Louisville in […]

Playing Percentages...

College commencement is a turning point in which the newly crowned graduate is welcomed into the “real world” with often eye-popping student loan bills, job market concerns and the ever-pressing question, “How can I move out of my parent’s basement?” Detachment from old State U. continues as families and 9 to 5ers replace fraternities and […]

Technology Evolves...

San Jose-based HandsNet has roughly halved its staff to seven and closed its training center in Washington, D.C., as part of a shift in strategy. The nonprofit will continue to operate an information and networking service for nonprofits at webclipper.org, which includes moderated discussions for nonprofits and foundations. Now, HandsNet also will work as a […]