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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 | 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 | 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.

Whoops! Beloved Kid's Cancer Hospital Makes Ham-Fisted Shot at Strumming Heartstrings

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Leigh

I've criticized St. Jude in the past, for failing to draw attention to those childhood cancers with prognoses that have remained unchanged for decades. But our family participates in its marathons and walks and will continue to do so. However, something's up with its latest campaign to get its repeat donors to dig deep.

Putting More Kids in Classrooms Around the World

Vicki Escarra | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact
Vicki Escarra

Fall means the beginning of a new school year as children head back into the classroom to learn, grow and make new friends. But that's not always the case in the developing world, where a staggering 130 million children are not in school.

Paul Blumenthal

House Democrats Tout Their Best Position Ever | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $4.4 million in July and stands in its best-ever financial position at this point...

When Board Members Poach

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.19.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

If half as much effort that is devoted to trying to fix things was devoted to fundraising, most of the problems facing the organization would disappear. In fact, rarely have I observed a board member trying to take over the fundraising effort!

Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?

Jay Scott | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Jay Scott

Are you wondering what exactly I mean by pranks? Sure, I tell my fair share of jokes, but I also like to remind all of Team Alex that we deal with a heavy topic here, so to keep ourselves on the right track, we have fun too.

Time to Stop Blaming the Economy

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.12.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

For the vast majority of arts organizations, most of their audience members and donors are still employed and are enjoying strong returns on their investments. They have rising levels of disposal income and consumer spending is increasing as a result.

What Nonprofits Need Most

Sylia Obagi | Posted 10.10.2013 | Impact
Sylia Obagi

Most nonprofit leaders don't think of income generation as their top priority. Their purpose is to serve, they reason. Raising money is secondary. T...

Jason Linkins

Everyone In Politics Is Fundraising For Any Reason They Can Come Up With, Basically | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics

Back in April, the Democratic National Committee did something that conventionally appeared to be super-nice and thoughtful: It paid tribute to Boston...

How-To Give Your Inner Fundraiser More Currency

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

This year, a mentor died. A friend moved on. A social enterprise started sinking. Each loss leaves its unique echo of disappointment and the haunti...

The Power of a Challenge Grant

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.05.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Turning around arts organizations is mostly about changing the psychology of an organization. If we can get people who are closest to us to believe in our work and proceed with confidence, we can find the resources we need.

Is It Charity or Is It Community?

Irv Katz | Posted 08.01.2013 | Impact
Irv Katz

Another challenge to charity in 21st century America is donor confusion and disenchantment. And why not? It is very confusing, what with the huge numbers of causes and organizations coming at us, a lack of clarity of what is government and what is charity, and our dated notions of charity.

Paul Blumenthal

'Fundraising Bonanza' For These House Republicans | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the first six months of their tenure, new House committee chairmen have seen their campaign contributions increase by 59 percent from...