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New Tax Law: How Worried Should Your Nonprofit Be?
January 12, 2018 at 12:29 pm

Tax benefits are icing on the philanthropy cake. What to do when the icing is melting? First, the good news. The sky is not falling. Human beings have given long before the existence of charitable deductions.  Human beings are generous. They like being helpful. They like making a difference. They like doing the right thing.…

Volunteer Retention: 3 Strategies for 2018
January 10, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Volunteer retention is as important going into 2018 as it has ever been before. Volunteer behavior is changing and supporters want to be engaged in exchange for their time. What strategies is your nonprofit deploying to keep volunteers coming back? How is your organization measuring volunteer impact and communicating with your volunteer base?...

A Big Pharma-Funded Charity Sues the Government
January 9, 2018 at 10:41 am

A charity that helps patients pay for expensive prescription drugs is suing the federal government over what it alleges are unlawful federal restrictions that put a “stranglehold” on its ability to communicate with donors—which happen to be pharmaceutical companies that sell expensive drugs. Patient-assistance charities have become a mainstay of drug companies’ efforts to ensure patients can afford…

Hedge Fund Executive Accused of Tricking Charity
January 4, 2018 at 12:44 pm

A former hedge fund executive lied to a U.K. charity, so an associate could repay part of an $18 million loan owed to the tainted hedgie, according to a 10-count indictment unsealed Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court. Michael Cohen, 46, formerly of Och-Ziff Capital Management, duped the charity into buying stock in a mining company—without…

But I Want to Be Sure!
December 28, 2017 at 9:40 am

Principle 3 of The Eight Principles™ is Leadership Leads™. The governing board and senior staff of an organization are the ones responsible for doing the leaping. Far too often, however, those leading are the ones resisting their role...

Study: What Are the Giving Patterns of Wealthy Philanthropists?
December 22, 2017 at 11:35 am

There are a number of charities out there that tend to target high-net worth philanthropists, and these philanthropists have the opportunity to play a big role due to the fact that they willingly give in large amounts...

Nonprofits Have More Reason to Rejoice This Holiday Season
December 21, 2017 at 10:51 am

#GivingTuesday on Nov. 28 was an extraordinary fundraising event for nonprofit organizations—from community groups to international charities— with charitable giving totaling over $274 million...

Senate Approves GOP Tax Plan (and How This Affects Nonprofits)
December 20, 2017 at 12:16 pm

In an interview with NonProfit PRO, Katie Leonberger, CEO of Community Resource Exchange (CRE), says that the implications to nonprofits can be dependent on whether the organization's funding comes from government funding at federal, state or local level, or whether its funding comes from foundations and individual supporters, who may increase their giving in the short-term...

Selling the Sizzle: Taking Board Member Participation to the Next Level
December 19, 2017 at 11:11 am

You say your nonprofit board members are unenthused about everything? For some members, their lack of enthusiasm is so profound, they fail to attend board and committee meetings. And many more members are so unenthused that they are not inclined to play an active role to support the nonprofit in achieving success...

5 Productivity Hacks for Nonprofit Bosses to Beat Burnout
December 18, 2017 at 11:18 am

Most nonprofit leaders and staff are doing a lot to stretch the resources they have. As a nonprofit executive who is passionate about her work, I have at times found myself working around the clock. There’s always so much to do that you can find yourself constantly connected electronically, tired, stressed, over-scheduled and over-committed, trying…

Donor Intent: What It Is and Why It Matters
December 15, 2017 at 10:54 am

Years ago, Charles Francis “Chuck” Feeney, a successful Irish-American capitalist, philanthropist and the founder of The Atlantic Philanthropies decided to contribute a gift of $350 million to Cornell University. It was one of the many gifts he and The Atlantic Philanthropies were making while he was alive...

You’re Invited: Be a Part of NonProfit PRO’s New Research Study on Leadership Impact
December 14, 2017 at 11:15 am

That’s right ladies and gentlemen—NonProfit PRO is embarking on a new research initiative, and it’s all circling around the topic of nonprofit leadership. As our nonprofit sectors continue to grow and evolve, it’s more pertinent than ever for leadership teams to learn about the latest trends and tactics for effective organizational management across the board...

How to Lead Nonprofit Colleagues to Accept Reality
December 12, 2017 at 10:46 am

In this time of year-end fundraising campaigns, it's especially likely that professional colleagues might let slip that they are denying reality. It happens more often than you might think...

6 Reasons Why You Need a Capital Campaign Consultant
December 11, 2017 at 12:18 pm

During a recent client coaching session, we spent an hour talking about the reasons why it’s so important to hire a capital campaign consultant. Yes, we’ve covered this topic before, but the question keeps coming up. Besides, we thought of even more reasons that hiring a consultant is such a good idea. Why? Because any nonprofit that’s planning a capital campaign should really make the oh-so-worthwhile expense of hiring a consultant a budget priority!...

When Someone Says, ‘I Know All This Stuff!’
December 11, 2017 at 12:11 pm

It was time to trot out my PowerPoint presentation and go through all the points of what we did as a company, the results we secured and how we did it. I was invited into the office of the president of a very prestigious eastern nonprofit. The purpose of the meeting was to explain what…

Say ‘Thank You,’ Why Don’t You?
December 11, 2017 at 12:09 pm

A few weeks ago, I shared how I made 20 online donations on Black Friday. For some, this was a repeat donation; for others, it was my first. Of course, all organizations sent me an auto-responder message and a “thank you” email message. So far, so good...

Corrine Brown Sentenced to 5 Years For Stealing From Bogus Charity
December 7, 2017 at 11:53 am

Former Rep. Corrine Brown has been sentenced to five years in prison for pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars from donors who believed their money was going to charity. A federal judge on Monday sentenced the Florida Democrat, who was voted out of office last year, on 18 crimes ranging from conspiracy to fraud. "It…

4 Questions That Get Your Boss to ‘Yes’
December 6, 2017 at 11:54 am

You have a great idea. You run it up the flagpole to leadership. They love it! Then, nothing happens. You wait. You push it up there again. They love it again. They gush over your creativity and forethought. Then, nothing happens...

How to Win Over Your Organization to Major Gifts
December 4, 2017 at 11:30 am

I think you might be making your job as a major gift officer even harder. Richard and I often run into CEOs, board members, finance and programs staff who don’t know how major gift programs work or, at best, are just down right skeptical that it really works...