Associations

Colon Cancer Alliance Receives Platinum Status on GuideStar
June 12, 2017 at 11:20 am

Of over 340,000 nonprofit organizations registered on GuideStar’s database, only 1 percent have received Platinum status—the organization’s highest level. The Colon Cancer Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to ending colon cancer, is now one of those organizations...

Expand Your Horizons
April 26, 2017 at 9:10 am

We are big on not attending the same professional conferences year after year. Take a break from your routine and attend a new conference—maybe one outside of your nonprofit sector. This year, I’m taking a break from AFP to attend a different conference and I plan to be back at AFP next year...

Nonprofit May Have Violated Tax Law By Donating to Anti-Muslim Platform
March 7, 2017 at 10:23 am

The David Horowitz Freedom Center, a controversial California-based nonprofit that sponsors virulently anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant campaigns in the U.S., has quietly played a prominent role in financing Dutch far-right nationalist Geert Wilders’s People’s Party for Freedom (PVV). The PVV’s platform calls for an end to Muslim immigration and the closing down of mosques and Islamic…

National Geographic Gives Fox Control of Media Assets in $725 Million Deal
September 10, 2015 at 9:55 am

Ever since it was launched from the temple-like headquarters of the National Geographic Society in Washington in 1888, National Geographic magazine has illuminated the world’s hidden places and revealed its natural wonders. On Wednesday, the iconic ­yellow-bordered magazine, beset by financial issues, entered its own uncharted territory. In an effort to stave off further decline,…

Veteran Asks USO to Stop Using Purple Heart in Fundraising
August 12, 2015 at 1:25 pm

An Army veteran said the USO's use of the Purple Heart image in its fundraising campaign creates a misleading impression about the award given to service members wounded in combat. The USO's fundraising materials sent in April included personalized return address labels featuring an image of the Purple Heart next to the veteran's name and…

How an Association Used a Vintage Plane to Drive Membership Enrollment and Engagement
July 30, 2015 at 1:03 pm

Facing the challenges of increasing and maintaining membership base year after year can be difficult. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Frederick, Md., touts sweepstakes as an invaluable tool for membership enrollment and engagement. Key to success is selecting a special prize, as well as the structure of the promotion. With more than 1.5 million entries generated last year, AOPA should know...

The Ice Bucket Challenge Movement
July 24, 2015 at 2:36 pm

In last week’s blog, I discussed the characteristics of movements. One person, a “lone nut,” typically initiates movements. It is the subsequent followers, who are embraced as equals, who really lend power to the movement. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a movement the likes of which are rarely seen. I had the opportunity to hear about this from the inside over dinner last week with Lance Slaughter, chief chapter relations and development officer of the ALS Association...

Leading Is Not Seasonal: Never Stop Giving Back
April 1, 2015

A big part of life—as we know from our profession—is continually giving and continually learning. Continue to associate with great folks and be part of a cause larger than yourself. Don't make leading or giving a "season of life." Make it a lifelong habit and commitment.

Looking Back: Above and Beyond (2006)
February 28, 2013

Getting people to write checks to support your organization can be tough. But what of those folks who already are writing you a check every year? What of your members? In the July 2006 issue, then FS Associate Editor Abny Santicola explored how to encourage members to see the “added benefit” of giving "Above and Beyond" their membership dues.