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Nonprofit Trends: Fastest Growing Sector?

Marc Chardon | Posted 05.22.2013 | Impact
Marc Chardon

According to Bloomberg: "In the past decade, the number of nonprofit groups has grown by 25 percent to 1.6 million. They now account for 5.4 percent of gross domestic product and 10 percent of jobs."

Opera vs. the Economy: Verismo 2.0 Pulls 'Wildcard'

Roxane Assaf | Posted 05.20.2013 | Arts
Roxane Assaf

Verismo 2.0 cleaves to a motto of feasibility. Opera with full orchestra is exciting for a singer and alluring for a producer. But small companies have been brought to ruin by the insistence upon this luxury.

Solving veteran homelessness in the U.S.

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 05.20.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

In the last few years, the Department of Veterans Affairs has revolutionized its service delivery, partnering with homeless services organizations lik...

10 Lessons Veronica Mars Can Teach Non Profits About Fundraising

Jason Pugatch | Posted 05.20.2013 | Impact
Jason Pugatch

Lesson #1: Know your fan base, no matter how "small." 55,000 people wouldn't keep a network television program on air past the first commercial break. Yet 55,000 passionate people can fund a movie.

Nonprofit Brands in the Age of Supporter Shift (Part 3)

Marc Chardon and Hal Williams | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Marc Chardon and Hal Williams

So, now that we've covered the evolution of branding and what a brand is, let's take a look at the importance of having a living brand.

America's 'Melting Pot' Is Boiling Over

Atul Tandon | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Atul Tandon

The American demographic reality has changed. No one can deny that the United States is an ethnically diverse nation. Non-profits need to catch up to this reality -- in their leadership and staffing, as well as in their programs and funding.

Nonprofit ABFs: Always Be Fundraising

Gary Laermer | Posted 05.11.2013 | Impact
Gary Laermer

Similar to social media, fundraising never sleeps. It's an ongoing effort and an art to be practiced and nurtured throughout all levels of an organization, not just the fundraising department.

6 Artists on their Road to Broadway and Engaging Audiences: Here, Now and Then

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 05.08.2013 | Arts
Bruce E. Whitacre

Since last week, Paul's next play has been announced at Signature Theatre in Arlington; Santino opened to positive reviews in Cinderella; Kinky Boots has had a bravura first few performances, and the theatre world keeps turning.

Comments From the Front -- Friends of AT&T Want New Digital Dead Zones

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.07.2013 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

AT&T's Petition requests that it starts the 'transition' to the Internet protocols, when in fact it is simply a plan to stop upgrading whole areas of AT&T's 22 states and get rid of all regulations.

The 27 Best Practices of High Performing Volunteer Organizations

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 04.08.2013 | Impact
Mitch Ditkoff

Chances are good that you've had the experience of being a volunteer of some kind for a worthy non-profit organization -- local, national, or international. I've identified 27 best practices that high performing volunteer organizations abide by.

An Exercise in Volunteering

Hilary Sheinbaum | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Hilary Sheinbaum

Much like the gym, (for me) the hardest part of volunteering is getting there. And yes, the difficulty I speak of includes torturing myself by watchin...

Fundraising Events Can Be More Productive!

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 03.30.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

Start today and make your fundraising events more productive (and yes, let's get something other than money out of them!).

Nonprofits Should Take a Page From This Survival Guide

Joe Waters | Posted 03.26.2013 | Impact
Joe Waters

Instant gratification is important for nonprofits too when do-gooders are searching for that local charity to give a holiday or year-end gift to. But like Green Apple bookstore, you need position yourself for success. If you're not top of mind, they'll skip over you.

Everyone Needs a Bed

Marc Joseph | Posted 03.05.2013 | Impact
Marc Joseph

Homelessness, poverty, recession; you would hope that a New Year would wipe away all of the bad things that have happened to our nation... but it does not. We still wake up in 2013 with the same issues we had in 2012. Is there any hope in sight?

Death of a Mentor: What I Learned About the Meaning of Impact

Winnie Kao | Posted 03.02.2013 | Impact
Winnie Kao

Maybe he didn't know how much an honest conversation or encouraging word meant to a kid -- but it set in motion a string of positive actions that helped me become the person I am today -- and I hope to honor his legacy by passing it forward.

Give the Gift of Hope This Holiday Season

MeiMei Fox | Posted 02.17.2013 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

My family has vowed to practice "experiential Christmases" for the past decade. We try to avoid giving each other material gifts, but instead focus on being together. This year, I am giving my two nieces, ages 6 and 3, the gift of the sponsorship of a HOPE child.

The Economic Power of Not Making a Profit

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 12.14.2012 | Chicago
Valerie S. Lies

The value of a stable nonprofit community transcends the economic benefits. We entrust nonprofits to perform a range of vital services as well as jobs. We hope lawmakers recognize that nonprofits enrich our state in every way.

Building Rural Libraries Close to Heaven

Adam Pervez | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Adam Pervez

How do you bring the world to a remote Andean village? More than the world, how do you give kids in your birth village access to knowledge beyond the school curriculum and local folklore?

Running a Non-Profit vs. Running a Company

Andrew_Yang | Posted 02.10.2013 | Small Business
Andrew_Yang

It's important to know that some problems lend themselves to for-profit solutions, and some lend themselves to non-profit solutions. The trick is balancing it so you can, to the extent possible, get the best of both worlds.

The Life Out Loud: Sharing the Love

MeiMei Fox | Posted 02.05.2013 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Sharemeister is running an experiment to see if they can get people to give passively to non-profits within the context of "competitive giving events." By downloading Sharemeister's browser application for Firefox, people can generate donations in the form of "Shares."

The Poor, the Elderly, the Disabled Stand to Lose the Most

Marc Joseph | Posted 02.03.2013 | Impact
Marc Joseph

In reality, giving has got to come from the heart, not because you are saving some money in taxes. In actuality, though, movements by the government to guide how we live and spend our money are a major influence on how non-profits get funding.

Homeless for the Holidays

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Well, Turkey Day is over and the malls were packed on Black Friday, and through the weekend, with shoppers trying to catch those quickly vanishing best bargains of the year. But, what does the holiday season really mean to us and to people living on the streets?

Black Friday for Change

Shannon Galpin | Posted 01.20.2013 | Impact
Shannon Galpin

Each year I'm flummoxed by the kickoff to our holiday season. Let's bring family and friends together to give thanks for what we have on Thursday, and then trample our fellow man at 5:00 a.m. at a local Walmart to purchase cheap electronics on Friday?

Creative Ways to a Second Career

Fred Whelan and Gladys Stone | Posted 01.20.2013 | Business
Fred Whelan and Gladys Stone

Many people long to do something different. They dream about starting a new career but can't get past the common hurdles: how to leverage what they know into what they love and how to live on less, as a new career often means a pay cut.

Help-Portrait

Caitlin Crosby | Posted 11.15.2012 | Good News
Caitlin Crosby

Taking time out to really see someone, and help them see themselves tangibly in a photo communicates volumes: it speaks hope, it speaks value, it restores dignity to people who have had it stripped from them any number of ways.