Sector Report: Fundraising 2009-2010
January 1, 2010

Lynn Edmonds, president, L.W. Robbins Associates
Loyal donors are being conservative but holding on. Since the spring, we have seen a slight increase in giving in some audiences but not all. And in certain cases, we have been able to reactivate lapsed donors by decreasing the gift asks.

SEO Tips for Nonprofits
December 8, 2009

In the Sage Nonprofit Solutions webinar "Intro to Search Engine Optimization & Marketing for Nonprofits" in its Web Wise Series, Katie McNally, account supervisor for Sitewire Marketspace Solutions, and Dan Gonzalez, Web manager for Sage Nonprofit Solutions, discussed search basics, best practices for organic SEO and what search’s role should be in fundraisers' overall interactive marketing mix, among other things.

Merkle Introduces Market Research Practice: Christine Baskin Appointed Vice President of New Group
November 12, 2009

Columbia, Md., November 12, 2009 — Merkle (, one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing customer relationship marketing agencies, today announced the formation of its new Market Research Practice, which will provide new insights into client marketing programs by discovering and understanding how consumer beliefs and attitudes shape purchasing and engagement decisions. The new practice is part of Merkle’s Quantitative Solutions Group, which provides leading organizations with analytical insight and strategy to drive highly targeted and measurable marketing programs.

ACF Solutions Becomes an Authorized Convio Solution Provider
November 5, 2009

RESTON, Va., November 5, 2009 — ACF Solutions, a leading provider of business systems solutions for the nonprofit industry, and Convio, Inc., a company that is passionate about helping nonprofit organizations use software and services to fulfill their missions, announced today that ACF Solutions is now an authorized Convio Solutions Provider (CSP). The CSP program recognizes top organizations that have deep skills in the non-profit industry and excellent knowledge and training on the award-winning Convio products.

Social Solutions and Urban Institute to Create First Online Resource for Improving Nonprofit Performance
November 3, 2009

BALTIMORE,  November 3, 2009 — Social Solutions, the leading provider of performance management software for human services, and the Urban Institute a nonpartisan policy research organization are teaming up to create the Outcomes and Effective Practices Portal, the first comprehensive online resource to equip nonprofits with the information and measurement tools needed to enhance performance.

Drexel Launches New Professional Development ?Program for Nonprofits
October 21, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, October 6, 2009 — Drexel University’s Goodwin College of Professional Studies today announces the launch of its new Leading-Edge Nonprofit Networkcontinuing education programs designed to help professionals advance or change their careers and proactively plan for career success in the nonprofit sector.

30 New Grant Awards Given to US Charitable Organizations to Fight Hunger
October 2, 2009

WASHINGTON, October 1 2009 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), recently awarded 30 grants totaling $8.6 million to 23 U.S. based non-profit, private and voluntary organizations (PVOs), under USAID's International Food Relief Partnerships (IFRP) program.