New York, December 2, 2009 - Graham-Pelton Consulting, Inc., a leading fundraising and nonprofit management firm, today announced it has acquired J. Donovan Associates, a national fundraising firm based in Boston, MA, with extensive expertise in healthcare. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

BOSTON, MA, June 16, 2009 — The National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) today announced it has been awarded a $3.25 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic trend across the nation by training, supporting and providing technical assistance to healthcare professionals in becoming advocates for change within their communities.

BOSTON, MA, May 20, 2009 — Gazelle (, the nation's largest company rewarding consumers for responsibly trading in their electronics, today announced the launch of its Gazelle for Good fundraising service ( This new service enables fundraisers to raise money for a good cause by collecting used gadgets instead of cash -- allowing everyone to get involved and support causes in their community regardless of financial means. Dozens of organizations and individuals have signed on to use the free service, including the Epilepsy Therapy Project, Little Red Wagon Foundation, and Pluta Cancer Center.

BOSTON, MA, April 20, 2009 — A newly released Bridgespan Group survey of U.S. nonprofit executive directors shows that a leadership deficit forecast in 2006 may have widened last year. Meanwhile, in 2009, despite tightening budgets, nonprofits already foresee a need to fill 24,000 vacant or new roles in areas like finance and fundraising, amid increasing management complexity and baby boomer retirements. Developing leaders within the sector remains critical. In addition, three quarters of respondents saw value in “bridging” talent in from outside the sector to fill the gap, but underscored the need for cultural adaptation. Study findings will be presented at the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy taking place from April 27th-May 1st in New York.

The Nonprofit Federation of the Direct Marketing Association (DMANF) today announced that Christopher M. Quinn, assistant vice president of Membership for the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU), has joined the DMANF as its executive director.  He will report directly to Senny Boone, DMA’s senior vice president, Corporate & Social Responsibility, and will be based in DMA’s Washington, DC office.

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