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Structural Deficits

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Having spent most of my arts management career working to erase deficits of arts organizations, I must suggest that most organizations that face deficits do not face structural deficits.

Paul Blumenthal

The New Campaign Finance Reformers Look To Jump-Start A Movement

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

COLUMBIA, Md. -- The 2014 election is over a year away, but even so Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) found himself standing in late July in the recessed liv...

Jared Gilmour

Not Shut Down: Congressional Fundraising

HuffingtonPost.com | Jared Gilmour | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats seemed sure of their political footing Wednesday, already looking beyond the shutdown that has paralyzed the gov...

Why YOU Need to Unleash Your Inner Fundraiser

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 12.03.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

Most of us are raised with definite ideas about money. We're told that asking for money is taboo and that it makes people uncomfortable. Many of us ar...

Parents: Fundraisers Are In the Budget

Neale Godfrey | Posted 12.02.2013 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

Supporting fundraisers is a great way teach your children the concepts of charity and volunteerism. It is also an important way of reinforcing money lessons in the real world that will last a lifetime.

Dems Raise A Lot Of Money Off The Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

The Democratic National Committee had its best fundraising day since the 2012 election on Monday as the government hurtled toward a shutdown pushed by...

Luke Johnson

Lawmakers Not Too Busy To Raise Money Under Shutdown Threat

HuffingtonPost.com | Luke Johnson | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A government shutdown will force agencies to close their doors and send many employees home without pay, but the money won't stop flowin...

Elevator Speeches

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.30.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While I never want to dissuade board members from serving as ambassadors for their organizations in their communities, I truly dislike the notion of a set elevator speech. I do not like the assumption that the organization can be reduced to a static group of sentences.

A Promise for Education

Noah Kerner | Posted 11.27.2013 | Los Angeles
Noah Kerner

The idea was simple - alumni, students, Californians and anyone passionate about education would make a promise and rally their social networks to contribute money towards their fundraising goal.

How to Get Real With Nonprofit Donors

Nell Edgington | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Nell Edgington

It used to be that a nonprofit leader receiving a check from a donor would smile politely, say a big "thank you" and go on her way. But just as (seemingly) every aspect of the world as we know it is changing, so too is philanthropy.

Who Sets the International Development Agenda? We do!

Weh Yeoh | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Weh Yeoh

I wonder if we could collectively put disability back on the agenda: if ordinary people could show those that are in positions of power that this is an important issue that cannot afford to be overlooked again and again.

The Crowdfunding Controversy

Lee Schneider | Posted 11.26.2013 | Small Business
Lee Schneider

You can crowdfund your movie, album, hospital stay, birthday, or social good project. Now, there's equity crowdfunding. It might just be startup heaven or startup hell.

Soldier Suicides: The Preventable Epidemic

Evan Bailyn | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Evan Bailyn

It's incumbent on all of us to get involved and support our soldiers whether or not we agree with our country's military actions, whether or not we have service members in our own families. We must demand answers and options.

The Power of New Models

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.23.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

When money concerns affect creativity, one is always likely to be more conventional, more easily accessible, more conservative, more boring.

Paul Blumenthal

'Defund Obamacare' Push Helps Democrats Raise Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised more than $840,000 in online contributions since House Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh...

To Get Beyond Two Percent, We Have to Go Beyond Giving

Eric Kessler | Posted 09.21.2013 | TED Weekends
Eric Kessler

Imagine you were considering investing in a company and found out that it didn't bother buying up-to-date technology, paying its employees competitive wages, or seeking out the best management practices. Would you still invest?

WATCH: Why I Think Nonprofits Should Act More Like Businesses

Dan Pallotta | Posted 11.20.2013 | TED Weekends
Dan Pallotta

2013-09-19-pallottapull.jpgCould it be that everything we've been taught about charity, and about giving, and about change is backwards? Is it possible that in the name of an ethic we are actually prolonging the suffering of millions of adults and children the world over?

The Speed of the Turnaround

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.16.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

A successful turnaround requires a leader, a plan, an exciting roster of programs, an aggressive institutional marketing plan and a great deal of discipline. But there is something else a turnaround requires: speed.

A Night You Can't Regret: Five Feel Good LA Events This Fall

Party Earth | Posted 11.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Party Earth

It's no secret that Los Angeles is home to the most glamorous soirées and celebrity-studded extravaganzas in the country; but what you may not know i...

'Corporate Responsibility' Has to Get Personal to Have Meaning

Cindi Bigelow | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Cindi Bigelow

As CEO of a family-owned business, I believe that a company can only do well by doing good. Clearly, we can never forget that we have an obligation to the communities where we live and work.

Are Colleges and Universities Ready for a Sea Change in Their Alumni? They Better Be!

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 11.06.2013 | College
Marybeth Gasman

When we talked to alumni of color, some told us that they are often not asked in a manner that is respectful of their cultural background. Others mentioned having had negative experiences on campus that have remained unaddressed.

Detroit Food Academy -- The Hope of Our City Is in Our Youth

Detroit Food Academy | Posted 11.04.2013 | Detroit
Detroit Food Academy

This program feeds a basic need for our young people; Detroit Food Academy gives them a place to be and group to belong to. And they completely own it.

Paul Blumenthal

Major GOP Donors Take A Stand On Syria Strike

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's push for a congressional resolution authorizing the use of force against Syria could give Republicans positioni...

Making "the Ask" in a Brave New World

Gary Laermer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Gary Laermer

Philanthropy is all about looking ahead. That means development and fundraising professionals need to identify and attract those who will become our donors of tomorrow - not just those who will sustain our work today.

Sustainability: A Conversation

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

We are living in a very competitive world -- there are so many forms of entertainment available. If we are not interesting to our group of friends and supporters, they have many other places where they can give their money.