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Special Report: A Civil Society...

The NonProfit Times, a bit uncertainly and without the gloss and color that now grace its pages, made its first appearance early in 1987. Within months of the debut, the nonprofit world had been fundamentally transformed. And barely two years later, communism would fall in Eastern Europe and a whole set of global political and […]

Terrorist Attacks, War Effort Spur CFC Giving...

Before September 11, fundraisers were hoping their fall campaigns would be able to help them stave off the repercussions of the faltering U.S. economy. In the wake of the tragedies that day, many organizations hoped they wouldn’t be forgotten as the American public dug deep to donate in unprecedented amounts. One area of American philanthropic […]

Beating Unemployment Taxes...

The national unemployment rate climbed to 5.8 percent in December, but Northeast Counseling Services (NCS) anticipates saving $32,085 in state unemployment insurance (SUI) costs for 2002. NCS, a Pennsylvania community mental health center, expects to save money because it exited the SUI tax system. NCS will, instead, reimburse the state dollar for dollar for only […]

Building Relationships...

Chicago-based National Easter Seal Society, one of the biggest charities serving people with disabilities in the United States, is looking to the Web to build relationships with new donors and increase contributions. The organization, which raised $125 million in the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2001, including $27,000 online, has hired industry veteran Shirley Sexton […]

Special Report: Email Campaigns Finding Cyber Success...

In one of its first e-philanthropy ventures, Sojourners, a nonprofit Christian ministry that publishes Sojourners magazine, more than doubled its online giving in just three weeks. Sojourners, based in Washington D.C., raised $16,037 online with a well-timed and compelling email sent in December to 16,000 recipients of its newsletter, SojoMail. “Within seconds my email box […]

Special Report: Election Action Networks...

Think globally, act locally: it’s a virtual mantra among many environmental organizations. But it also has a firm hold in getting things done in cyberspace. Viral marketing and good old-fashioned communication have made electronic action networks one of the flashpoints of the Web for nonprofits of different stripes. While the focus is still on generating […]

Salt Lake Group Hope Economy Captures Gold...

Still weathering a weak economy and a cutback in funding for social services, Utah’s nonprofits are hoping the glow of the Winter Olympics lasts a little longer than the official flame at Rice-Eccles Stadium. After years of anticipation, legions of volunteers put their shoulders to the wheel during the 17 days that attracted more than […]

Houston Nonprofits in Enrons Undertow...

When Tropical Storm Allison flooded Houston’s theater district last June, the Society for the Performing Arts lost its headquarters along with valuable equipment and records needed to stay afloat. To the rescue came one of the pillars of corporate philanthropy — Enron Corp. — which provided free furnished offices, along with telephones, computers and a […]

Politically Charged Mailers Toned it Down...

The typical rancor launched by political mailers liberal and conservative alike toned down a bit following the terrorist attacks of September 11, but it is expected to heat back up. Before the terrorist attacks, partisan Democratic party mailers were beating President Bush like a rented mule, condemning him with attacks on his stiff persona and […]

USO is Out to Make Some New Memories...

For years the face of Bob Hope made Americans think of the United Service Organizations (USO). And with the grim tragedies of September 11, the activity of the USO goes on with new celebrities who take up the mantle to again entertain the troops overseas. Such a mission places a weighty demand on fundraising that […]