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ThePort Releases New Whitepaper to Help Nonprofit Organizations Evaluate Social Networking Software
September 1, 2009

Atlanta, GA, September 1, 2009 — Social media solutions provider ThePort Network, Inc. announced today the availability of a new whitepaper entitled "How to Identify Enterprise-Class Social Networking Platforms." The whitepaper discusses critical factors organizations must evaluate when considering utilizing social network software and how to identify platforms that are tailored to help accomplish their mission. The whitepaper is available for free download at ThePort's website.

Merkle Hires Angie C. Moore as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Fundraising Group
August 3, 2009

Columbia, Md., August 3, 2009Merkle, one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing database marketing agencies, announced the appointment of Angie C. Moore to the position of senior vice president and general manager for its fundraising services group. Moore brings to Merkle extensive industry knowledge gained from more than 20 years of marketing and fundraising experience with private companies and national health charities that include the American Cancer Society and the Arthritis Foundation.

DMANF Announces New Advisory Council Members
June 19, 2009

June 19, 2009 — The DMA Nonprofit Federation is pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2009, Susan M. Loth, director of fundraising, Disabled American Veterans, will serve as Chairman and Geoffrey W. Peters, president, CDR Fundraising Group, will serve as Vice-Chairman of the Nonprofit Federation's Advisory Council. 

Merkle Acquires CognitiveDATA
May 18, 2009

May 18, 2009 — Merkle (, one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing database marketing agencies, announced the acquisition of Little Rock, Ark.-based CognitiveDATA, a marketing technology company with award-winning, data quality innovations that help recognized retailers, insurance providers, nonprofits and financial services organizations ensure the accuracy of mail files and eliminate waste in their direct mail programs.

New Survey Is First To Examine Nonprofit Industry's Use of Social Networking
April 28, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO, April 28, 2009 — Co-sponsors ThePort Network, Inc. (, NTEN (, and Common Knowledge ( released today results of the nonprofit industry's first-ever survey examining the use of social networking as a marketing and fundraising channel. Conducted earlier this year, the survey polled 978 nonprofit professionals about their organizations' use of commercial social networking sites, as well as their own hosted social networking communities.

National Nonprofits Select Blackbaud Sphere for Multi-Chapter Management
March 11, 2009

Blackbaud, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLKB) today announced enhancements to Blackbaud Sphere™ that will further support the complex data needs of national nonprofits with multiple chapters. More than 85 multi-chapter organizations already use Blackbaud Sphere for their online fundraising, communication, event management, and advocacy needs.

Drawing Attention to Your Cause
October 1, 2008

Why would anyone in his right mind suggest using humor in a fundraising campaign to help fight a terrible disease or address an important social cause? Ask any conventional direct-mail expert, and he’ll tell you humor is one of the quickest ways to kill your campaign. But in the 27 years I’ve been creating mailings, I’ve found humor to be an extremely effective tool for breaking through — and creating an instantly warm connection with people. In my experience, humor is perhaps the most effective way to humanize any organization. And when you do that, people begin to care. And respond. The problem