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Biking For Family...

Combining healthy living with “family values,” Focus on the Family (FTF) has fired the starting gun on its new fundraiser. The Colorado Springs, Colo., organization most recognized for radio programs, magazines and founder Dr. James Dobson has created a bicycle ride that will hit all 50 states. Lisa Anderson, FTF’s publicist for the National Bike […]

New Programs Spell Relief For Troubled Rescue Workers...

In more than six years as director of marketing and communications for the Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross, Matt Bertram has seen more than 100 disasters up close, including the Oklahoma City bombing and Columbine High School shootings. Even with all of that experience, he was still hit hard by a plane […]

California Nonprofits Quake in Growing Energy Crisis...

An invisible earthquake is shaking the nonprofit sector in California. That’s how Jan Masaoka, executive director of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, a consulting and training firm for nonprofit organizations, described the effect of the latest blow to nonprofits in the Bay Area: a growing energy crisis in an uncertain economy. Combined with escalating occupancy costs and […]

Online Justice...

Poor people and their legal advocates can find help at an emerging Web portal that aims to pool and share content provided by legal groups throughout the United States. The justice portal is taking shape through expansion of probono.net, a two-year-old site backed by George Soros’ Open Society Institute that initially provided online resources for […]

Special Report: Innovative Fundraising Ideas Bring in Cash For Bold Organizations...

What sounds like a creative way for corporations to improve their image isn’t always the brainchild of a for-profit company. And when an innovative idea comes from the nonprofit sector, it can lead to relationships that help its mission, and even those of other organizations. Kathleen E. Nixon, director of marketing alliances with the Washington, […]

Nonprofits fill pockets … err … coffers...

Sex sells. It may also give. Actually, what may make donors give is tastefully expressed nudity, several organizations have found out. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) based in White Plains, N.Y., and the Leukaemia Research Fund (LRF) in London were the recipients of the proceeds from The Ladies of Rylstone 19-month calendar. The ladies, […]

Venture Dollars Coming With a Helping Hand...

The Austin, Texas-based nonprofit Knowbility holds Internet events to help people with disabilities explore careers in high-tech. But the organization’s leaders had a more national vision. The staff of Austin Social Venture Partners (SVP) volunteered to guide the group through a financial roll-out strategy. That plan linked the organization with other cities where similar SVP […]

Next Up For Bid-Your Organizations History...

Many people know James Naismith invented basketball when he was a YMCA instructor. Some might even know that a Y instructor invented volleyball. But most people, even among YMCA employees, probably don’t realize the Y had representatives in the fields of the Civil War and World War I, when they wore red triangle patches on […]

OPX To Launch...

The charitable world is poised to join the ranks of roughly 300 other vertical markets that have established industry-wide open standards for online transactions. Set for release April 30, version one of the new OPX standard is designed to seamlessly link online fundraising data with software that manages donor data and relationships. OPX is the […]

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 […]