NPR Names Ronald J. Schiller Senior Vice President for Development and President, NPR Foundation
September 3, 2009

September 3, 2009, Washington, D.C. — Ronald J. Schiller, currently Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development for University of Chicago, will become NPR’s top fundraiser later this month. NPR’s CEO and President Vivian Schiller announced today that Ron Schiller (they are not related), has been appointed to the position of Senior Vice President for Development of NPR and President of the NPR Foundation. His appointment will begin on a full-time basis on October 15, and he will report directly to Ms. Schiller.  He will lead NPR’s fundraising programs – including major and planned giving, and foundation grants, which currently account for NPR’s third largest source of revenue. The NPR Foundation is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to raise financial support for NPR, Inc. The Foundation holds the NPR Endowment, including the majority of the $230 million bequest made by Mrs. Joan B. Kroc in 2003.

Pros and Cons of Checkout Line Donations
August 20, 2009

August 19, 2009, NPR — Charities are turning to the digital key pads at retailers' checkout lanes to help fundraise. Customers are especially happy to give if the charity is related to the business. For example, a pet rescue group raising money at a high-end dog food store. But charities might be losing out on the bigger dollars that come from actually knowing who's giving.