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A Philanthropist and a Nonprofit ED Walk Into a Bar...

Steven Crandell | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Steven Crandell

The philanthropist sighs and says she has money to give, but no nonprofit will agree to carry out her intent as she envisions it.

Curing a Lack of Government Funding for Disease Research Through Crowdfunding

S.Z. Berg | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
S.Z. Berg

Bake sales, car washes, and 5K races are all good fundraising events, but nothing has raised funds so fast and furious as crowdfunding for one man who is using it to fund medical research at the same level as major federal government grants.

The Magic Bullet of Crowdfunding

Marc Prosser | Posted 07.29.2014 | Small Business
Marc Prosser

If you're thinking about investing via a crowdfunding platform, do it with only money you can afford to lose, and realize that you have a high probability of losing your money.

Paul Blumenthal

Leaked Memo Tells Senate Candidate To Spend 80 Percent Of Her Time Raising Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A campaign strategy memo prepared for Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn last year and leaked online on Monday reveals fa...

The Grass Is Always Greener

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.21.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The American View: It would be so great to be working in a European arts institution. After all, those organizations get such a large portion of their budget from the government. The European View: It would be so great to work in an American arts organization. Everyone there is used to giving to the arts.

Sam Stein

DSCC Has Best 2nd Quarter Fundraising In Its History

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Continuing its trend of strong fundraising cycles, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will announce on Friday that it raised n...

Dine Out, Fight AIDS, in Greater New Orleans, Thursday, July 17th, 2014 (AUDIO / VIDEO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact
Nicholas Snow

On Thursday, July 17, New Orleans' NO/AIDS Task Force and participating restaurants are presenting Dining Out For Life.

From Crisis to Chronic

Gary Laermer | Posted 07.15.2014 | New York
Gary Laermer

In fundraising, momentum is key. Maintaining awareness -- and, hopefully, support -- of a particular cause is the great challenge that faces any nonprofit organization. Hurricane Sandy is a useful and relatively recent case study.

Paul Blumenthal

Alison Lundergan Grimes Sets Kentucky Fundraising Record

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic challenger to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), raised more than $4 mill...

Measuring Charity Effectiveness: Manage Your Mission, Not Your Rating

Steve Nardizzi | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Steve Nardizzi

These rating schemes tell the public that if you spend more on fundraising, you are bad. They equate fundraising and overhead to fraud and judge the business decisions charities make in order to best fulfill their missions, serve their constituents, and sustain their organizations for the long-term.

Nostalgic GOP Pines After Bush With 'I Miss W.' T-Shirts

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics

The Republican National Committee is celebrating former President George W. Bush's birthday this weekend by selling wistful "I Miss W." t-shirts to it...

How to Help America's Vets and Heroes Right Now

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

I figure, the least we can do is give back. These charities do some really innovative work to support vets, and other American heroes.

Start Spreading the News

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.30.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Send a clear, concise well-formatted email that focuses on highlights from the season, including some photographs, to donors (and key prospects), volunteers, board members, subscribers and key press. This is a very inexpensive and easy way to celebrate the year just finished.

Rethinking Veterans Support and Charities

Tom Aiello | Posted 06.26.2014 | Impact
Tom Aiello

I challenge more veteran organizations to fundamentally re-engineer their operating model to consider self-sustaining paradigms that can help them better support veterans in the years to come.

What Makes a Plan Strategic?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While many arts institutions may have the same general goals (sell more tickets, raise more money, etc.) the path to achieving these goals will differ markedly from one organization to another.

Arab Community Raises Funds for Israeli Charity

Anav Silverman | Posted 06.19.2014 | Impact
Anav Silverman

The Israeli Arab city of Kalansua in central Israel last week held a fundraising event called "A Smile of Hope" for leading Israeli disabilities organization, Beit Issie Shapiro and their Sindian Center, which serves the Kalansua community and Arabs from across the Southern Triangle.

Paul Blumenthal

Billionaire's Campaign Contribution Among Biggest In Recent History

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With a $2.5 million contribution to Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, Chicago-based hedge fund executive Ken Gri...

Internet Rallies Around 4-Year-Old Eliza, Shatters Online Fundraising Record

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact

Eliza O'Neill has several supporters who've got her back -- more than 20,000, in fact. That's how many people have donated -- mostly gifts of $10...

Is Crowdfunding for Social Change More Than Hype?

Nell Edgington | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Nell Edgington

I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but I'd like us to dig a bit deeper to understand what the real effects of crowdfunding are so far and what it's true promise is.

The Lean Interfaith Nonprofit

Frank Fredericks | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Frank Fredericks

It's pay day. The bills are due. The fundraiser flopped, the ask unanswered. Donations are diminishing and expected grants taken for granted. Program ...

Father's Day Heroes

Andrea Pett Joseph | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Andrea Pett Joseph

Imagine watching your child face each day with pain and suffering, when even gentle hugs can bring about tears and every day is a challenge just to take a bath or walk up stairs.

We're All Liars: Creative Storytelling Is the Nonprofit Sector's Drug of Choice

Pippa Biddle | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Pippa Biddle

Just as professional athletes take steroids, it seems as if embellishing or even fabricating stories has become the stimulant of choice for nonprofit leaders looking to gain a competitive edge.

Republicans Launch Another 'Jumbo Joint' In Wake Of McCutcheon Ruling

Center For Public Integrity | Michael Beckel | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

National Republicans have launched another jumbo joint fundraising committee in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s McCutcheon v. Federal Election ...

The Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.27.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I have learned that we cannot simply impress donors and audience members by showing them the great level of accomplishment of our artistic and educational endeavors.

Paul Blumenthal

David Koch, Donald Trump Lead Wealthy Donors Past Now-Dead Campaign Finance Limit

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some wealthy donors have already blown past limits on campaign contributions to political parties that were voided by the Supreme Court'...