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Democratic groups re-group to clear up confusion among frustrated donors

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Peter H. Stone, iWatch NewsThe proliferation of outside Democratic groups has sowed some confusion and frustration among donors. To sort out the ma...

Tea Party Express Puts Focus On Primaries

Washington Post | By Aaron Blake | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

As evidenced by its co-sponsorship of last week’s GOP presidential debate in Florida, the Tea Party Express is emerging as a major voice in today’...

There Must Be a Leader

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.19.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Those organizations willing to empower one such collaborative, creative, entrepreneur to lead the turnaround are a giant step towards solving their problems.

"Trapper John" Reveals How He Became a Business Star

S.Z. Berg | Posted 11.13.2011 | Entertainment
S.Z. Berg

Wayne Rogers, best known for his role as Trapper John on the now classic TV series M*A*S*H, is a man with many hats.

John Kerry: I'm Not Meeting With Lobbyists

Boston Globe | By Glen Johnson | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics

As one of the 12 members of a congressional “supercommittee” charged with developing a plan by Thanksgiving for cutting $1.5 trillion from the fed...

Democratic Congresswoman: Fraudster Staffer Stole My Campaign Funds

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.09.2011 | Politics

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) discovered her campaign funds were wiped out after her treasurer, Kinde Durkee, was arrested on suspicion of mail frau...

Fundraising Is Not About Being Charming to Rich People

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.06.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Many board members, especially, think of a fundraiser as an alchemist, turning nice lunches into gold. While this lack of understanding provides job security for the fundraiser, both skilled and unskilled, it is terribly dangerous for our field.

We Have the Power -- A Constitutional Amendment to Take Back Our Government

Ed Koch | Posted 10.30.2011 | New York
Ed Koch

Money has taken over our political system in a way that is simply horrifying. Special interest groups, in particular corporations, unions, Wall Streeters and bankers, dominate our politics. But we are not helpless.

Paul Blumenthal

Democratic Fundraising Slows In July | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic National Committee was not kidding when it hinted last month that fundraising would slow down from the torrid pace set du...

Endowments Are Not Safety Valves

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.22.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The notion that an endowment is an insurance policy is simply not appropriate. Boards can create designated funds that serve as safety valves, but this is not the same as endowment that is meant to be a permanent source of funding.

Rick Perry Can Come From Behind in Fundraising With Texas-Size Donations

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

Rick Perry needs to move fast in the presidential money chase to capitalize on his strong suit: the army of large donors who have raised more than $100 million for his gubernatorial campaigns since 2001.


Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.15.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

One of the joys of working in the not-for-profit sector is that one is engaged in supporting a mission that is meaningful and motivational.

Cathy Conheim: A Woman Who Knows How to Make Things Happen!

BJ Gallagher | Posted 10.11.2011 | Impact
BJ Gallagher

"Wishing, waiting, and hoping -- that's the language of victims," Cathy asserts. "Those are all passive words. They're not active. If you want things to happen in your life, you have to get moving."

How Awkward Black Girl Raised Over $44,000 Through Kickstarter

Issa Rae | Posted 10.10.2011 | Black Voices
Issa Rae

After mapping out a budget and strongly considering what we needed to increase the show's production value and compensate the crew and actors who volunteered their time, we decided it was time to stop shortchanging ourselves.

Mandy Jenkins

Tell Us About Fundraising Calls From Obama, Democrats | Mandy Jenkins | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – As President Barack Obama campaigns for re-election, he has to sell a controversial deal he endorsed to end the impasse over the debt c...

Christina Wilkie

Obama To Donors: 'Markets Will Go Up And Down' | Christina Wilkie | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics

Following a day marked by huge losses on Wall Street and uncertainty in global markets, President Obama defended his administration's priorities on Mo...

The Importance of Small Arts Organizations

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.08.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Smaller arts organizations are typically those which serve unique segments of our communities. Many of our nation's greatest artists were first exposed to the arts through these more specialized arts organizations.

Christina Wilkie

Lawmakers Rock Out, Raise Cash at Taylor Swift Concert | Christina Wilkie | Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics

With an ongoing debt crisis, two wars, and a drought across much of the country, what better way for members of Congress to spend their time than to r...

Andrea Stone

Embattled Fannie Mae Walks Away From Homeless Fundraising Walk On National Mall | Andrea Stone | Posted 10.02.2011 | Impact

WASHINGTON -- Fannie Mae, the troubled mortgage giant at the center of the housing foreclosure crisis, is walking away from its annual Help the Homele...

In Praise of Foundations

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.01.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Foundations occupy a vital place in the world of philanthropy. Unlike most corporate donors, foundations are not looking primarily for visibility.

A Most Unstable Summer

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.24.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Virtually every American arts organization is dealing with the residual effects of several years of deep recession, but many of my international Fellows are dealing with far more difficult and dangerous situations.

Grassroots vs Grassrootsy: How to Parse Technology's Role in Politics

Micah Sifry | Posted 09.17.2011 | Technology
Micah Sifry

In the current era, we should be on guard against claims that money given online, as well as tallies of small donations versus large donors, prove definitively that a campaign is more "grassroots" or "owned by ordinary people". Such signs offer hints, nothing more.

Paul Blumenthal

Money Race: Obama's Monster Campaign Haul; Romney Reigns Above GOP Hopefuls | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama set a high bar for 2012 presidential campaign fundraising after reporting a haul of $46 million in his second qua...

Why Romney Might Be In Trouble

John R. Talbott | Posted 09.16.2011 | Politics
John R. Talbott

Mitt Romney disclosed that 70% of his total fundraising of $18,383,256 came from donors giving the maximum allowable contribution of $2,500. This means that almost $13 million of his total amount raised came from just 5,147 people.

Tattoos: An Oddly Recession-Proof Industry

Daily Finance | Loren Berlin | Posted 09.14.2011 | Business

In today's challenging economy, when unemployment continues to hover near 9%, people are also choosing to remove tattoos to appeal to potential employ...