Covenant House Emphasizes the Positive
February 12, 2017 at 4:53 pm

How can you get a donor to support your mission? With an email like this one, which puts the spotlight on the right place. Mailer Name: Covenant House Date Emailed: June 11, 2015 For decades, Covenant House has been dedicated to helping runaway and homeless kids. Its Bed for Every Kid’s Head campaign, supported by […]

Philanthropy Motivates Sedentary Kids to Exercise
February 8, 2017 at 8:51 am

When sedentary kids strap on this Fitbit-like wearable, they might start exercising—at least temporarily. But they'll work out harder and longer if they know that their activity is also helping someone else. The Kid Power band, developed by UNICEF, lets kids use exercise to "unlock" a donation of a food packet to a child in…

World's Largest Student-Run Charity Helps Kids With Cancer
February 1, 2017 at 9:41 am

It’s winter in State College, Pa. For thousands of Penn State students, alumni everywhere and hundreds of families of pediatric cancer patients, that means one thing. THON—what’s short for a very long dance marathon—will soon begin. This year’s event is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 through 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19.…

Boy Scouts Will Admit Transgender Boys
January 31, 2017 at 9:12 am

In a surprise announcement, the Boy Scouts of America said that it will begin accepting transgender boys who want to join its scouting programs. The Scouts' policy change came in a written and video statement released by Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh. He said that for more than a hundred years the Scouts used the…

Ex-Manager Accused of Bilking $600K From Nonprofit for Troubled Children
September 30, 2016 at 8:00 am

A former manager at a Northwest Philadelphia mental-health treatment facility was accused Tuesday of embezzling more than a half-million dollars in public funds meant to help children suffering from trauma and behavioral disorders. Federal prosecutors say Sonja McQuillar, the former director of health and information management at Northern Children's Services, issued checks through her job…

Ice Cream for Breakfast: On Nonprofits and Happiness
August 10, 2016 at 11:07 am

Give Kids the World Village, (GKWV) is a nonprofit situated on a "79-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families." Since 1986, more than 146,000 children and their families have come to the resort to visit Central Florida and its collection of theme parks and other attractions. But until a couple of months ago, I had never heard of it...

Opinion: The Most Undervalued Nonprofit Professional
August 1, 2016 at 11:39 am

It’s probably you. Or could be you in the near future. And if not, then definitely some of your friends. I’m talking about the 4 million moms, dads, teachers, community members and other concerned citizens who are currently PTA members that willingly share their precious time with their children’s schools...

Michigan Kid Charges 25 Cents Per Lesson at Charity History Stand
July 7, 2016 at 10:06 am

They say when life gives you history, you make history-ade. Or something. That's what Gabe Fulmerhouser did, anyway. In need of a summer hobby, the enterprising 8-year-old from Jackson, Mich., decided he'd dispense history lessons at a roadside stand for 25 cents a pop, with all proceeds going to charity, naturally. He's raised $140.25 so far, and rather than buying a World of Warcraft subscription and some Mountain Dew, like most kids would, he plans to donate it...

Girl Scouts CEO Steps Down
June 17, 2016 at 8:00 am

Girl Scouts of the USA has appointed Sylvia Acevedo as interim CEO following Anna Maria Chavez’s departure. Chavez, who has been in her role since 2011, will depart June 30 to return to public service...