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A Very Special Bird for Michigan

Huron Pines | Posted 02.23.2014 | Science
Huron Pines

Photo: Gene McGarry The Kirtland's warbler is a conservation success story and one that exemplifies the positive impact of the Endangered Species Ac...

'Tis the Season -- for Sensible Charitable Giving

Lily Casura | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Lily Casura

The Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting recently identified the "50 worst charities in America".

Negative Ads Make Peterson 'More Inclined' to Run

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

A secretive, conservative nonprofit tied to billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch has commenced a media attack against Rep. Collin Peterson, the 12-term Minnesota Democrat already been marked by national Republicans for defeat in 2014.

Nonprofits Must Stop Apologizing For Needing Money

Nell Edgington | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Nell Edgington

If you have a smart organizational strategy you can confidently ask a potential donor to invest in a solid, well-thought out plan for creating change to a problem they care about. And that's much less awkward than asking someone to just give, right?

Paul Blumenthal

Every Time Republicans Do Something 'Really Stupid' A New Democratic Donor Writes A Check

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sharon Caliendo of Norman, Okla., worked for home state Republican Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe. She worked for Republican Gov. Mary ...

How the Humblebrag Is Changing the World

Amy Schoenberger | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Amy Schoenberger

My friend commented, "I'm so sick of people bragging about how charitable they are." So what if they brag? Good for them -- as long as it translates to dollars spent on worthy causes. We brag about everything else we do, so why not add charitable giving to that list?

Income Inequality and Campaign Money: A Case of Cognitive Dissonance

Dan Glickman | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Dan Glickman

In these days of record-breaking-spending legislators and aspiring politicians, regardless of party, pursue campaign dollars from high-income donors as a matter of simple political survival. They follow the advice of Willie Sutton who, when asked why he robbed banks said, "that's where the money is."

The Kirtland's Warbler--Tiny Bird. Big Pluck!

Huron Pines | Posted 02.16.2014 | Science
Huron Pines

By Joy Leisen, Special Projects Coordinator, Huron Pines Mystery, intrigue, tragedy, controversy, and even murder--the story of the Kirtland's warb...

3 Ways You Can Give Differently (And Better) This December

Brady Josephson | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Brady Josephson

Great donors to organizations are those who are passionately committed to the cause. And numbers, no matter how "good" they may be, will never inspire the type of passion and commitment that organizations need.

The Ideal Board

Michael Kaiser | Posted 02.15.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The ideal board is a zero-based approach to designing a board. It starts with the assumption that the board has no members and we describe the salient characteristics of the board members we want.

Paul Blumenthal

This Is How Campaigns Get You To Open Their Emails And Give Them Your Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "[T]hey're coming for your guns," blared the subject line of an email sent out by the campaign of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in Januar...

The Internet in Politics: What's It Good For?

Colin Delany | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Colin Delany

Sure, the internet brought us the glory of unlimited kitten photos, but what's it done for us lately? In the political world, quite a lot -- and more every election cycle. Let us count the ways.

6 Celebrities Who Remind Us to Not Forget Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Too Soon

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 11.27.2014 | Impact
Jonha Revesencio

While the spotlight is starting to fade as to the real situation of the survivors, there are still a handful of celebrities who never cease to use their global reach for good and constantly urge their fans to continue supporting the relief operations for the typhoon Haiyan survivors.

Crowdfunding 2.0: A New Means for Capitalist Participation

Himanshu Sareen | Posted 02.09.2014 | Technology
Himanshu Sareen

The JOBS Act has opened the floodgates for small-time investors. Now there just needs to be a comprehensive platform that attends to this area. Such a tool could maintain momentum for the entrepreneurial renaissance occurring around us.

The Only Way I Know How To Celebrate My Dying Daughter's Birthday

Maria Kefalas | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
Maria Kefalas

It's hard not to be angry and bitter when people ask, "So, what are you doing for your daughter's birthday?" So, for now, I will keep writing and selling cupcakes.

Are You a Slacktivist?

Adam Grant | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Adam Grant

As Seth Meyers said on Saturday Night Live, "Look, if you make a Facebook page we will 'like' it -- it's the least we can do. But it's also the most we can do."

Why I Hate #GivingTuesday

Brady Josephson | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Brady Josephson

Because it's not about the donor. And fundraising that's not about the donor is bad fundraising. So we end up with day full of bad fundraising.

Pope Francis, Liberal Populist

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Politically the moral leadership of the pope is bad news for those Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party advocates and libertarians who politically worship at the altar of the unbridled and unregulated excesses of capitalism that Francis deplores.

Holiday Special: Celebrate With Dance and Culture

Lane Harwell | Posted 01.27.2014 | New York
Lane Harwell

There is magic all around us in New York City during this season, with its spirit of togetherness, remembrance, and hope.

When Cultivation Events Are Not Cultivation Events

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I think there is a great deal of confusion about the meaning of 'cultivation event.' Every arts organization I know mounts several of these a year - ...

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Beat Republicans In Fundraising For Second Straight Month

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic National Committee beat the Republican National Committee in October fundraising, the second consecutive Democratic month...

Paul Blumenthal

House Democrats Raise Money At Record Pace For 2014 Elections

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats' chief political arm maintained a record-breaking fundraising pace in October, adding $7 million to its existing $25 mil...

The Award-Winning LGBT Book Missing Becomes the Indie Movie He Is Gone

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

I had the pleasure of speaking with Gregory G. Allen and director/producer Lois Munoz Merka to learn more about their project and its journey from page to screen.

Do eCommerce Giving Programs Effectively Raise Money for Charity?

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The idea behind craigconnects is giving the voiceless a real voice, and the powerless real power. I see it as everyone doing some small, or big, part. One way to do this is by giving back via purchases and a few key initiatives.

It Ain't the Bylaws

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

One of the tell-tale signs that a troubled arts organization is off course is when one or several board members announce they are revising the bylaws of the organization.