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Balancing the Mission Checkbook

  • Join the NAF/MAP Team! Position Currently Available: Marketing Manager

    Join the NAF/MAP Team! Position Currently Available: Marketing Manager

    wordle2.gif Nonprofits Assistance Fund/MAP for Nonprofits is seeking a new member for its team - Marketing Manager. If you are interested in fueling the impact and effectiveness of nonprofits, committed to building…
    - 13 days ago, 3 Aug 17, 12:11pm -
  • Who Pays For the Common Good?

    Who Pays For the Common Good?

    headset.jpg The recent news of Minnesota’s Crisis Connection closing due to shortfalls in funding is a powerful case study in the financial and strategic issues that face nonprofits.And it raises a gigantic, thor…
    - 22 days ago, 25 Jul 17, 9:52am -
  • Financial Management is a Teachable Skill

    Financial Management is a Teachable Skill

    learn-to-draw_246x250.jpg One of our foundational beliefs at NAF is that the nonprofit sector is chock full of potential for financial savvy.
    - 37 days ago, 10 Jul 17, 3:02pm -
  • 8 Lessons from the Front Lines of Nonprofit Arts Management

    8 Lessons from the Front Lines of Nonprofit Arts Management

    sightglass2_dress_19112015_023_photomichael_slobodian_250x250.jpg Over the years, NAF has worked with a wide range of arts organizations: small, large, urban, rural, and spanning an array of mediums, audiences, and…
    - 56 days ago, 21 Jun 17, 11:07am -
  • There’s (Almost) No Such Thing As “Founder’s Syndrome”

    There’s (Almost) No Such Thing As “Founder’s Syndrome”

    founders_syndrome_250x250.jpg Ways to talk about organizational leadership challenges without blaming the people who got it off the groundWe’ve all heard the phrase when there’s trouble in a nonprofit: “Found…
    - 69 days ago, 8 Jun 17, 12:04pm -
  • Piece by Piece, Putting it Together

    Piece by Piece, Putting it Together

    puzzle_250x250.jpg The last four months feels more like four weeks; it’s gone by so quickly. As you probably know, on Jan. 1, 2017, MAP for Nonprofits and Nonprofits Assistance Fund merged to become one organizat…
    - 90 days ago, 18 May 17, 11:15am -
  • New Strategic Partnerships Resource for Nonprofits

    New Strategic Partnerships Resource for Nonprofits

    power_of_possibility_logo.png Over the past year, MAP for Nonprofits has served as a content contributor and a development partner with BoardSource to launch The Power of Possibility: Exploring Greater Impact throug…
    - 27 Feb 17, 7:00pm -
  • Join the NAF Team! Positions Currently Available: Strategic Services Director & Strategic Services Consultant

    Join the NAF Team! Positions Currently Available: Strategic Services Director & Strategic Services Consultant

    wordle2.gif Nonprofits Assistance Fund is seeking two new members for its team - Strategic Services Director and Strategic Services Consultant.
    - 20 Feb 17, 11:13am -
  • To Build, Buy, Beg, Borrow, or Boldly Lease

    To Build, Buy, Beg, Borrow, or Boldly Lease

    larger_image_of_blueprints_2_600x400.jpg For nonprofits, the choice of office space or program space matters. Who doesn’t want the perfect environment that inspires our clients or fuels the passions of our staff a…
    - 15 Feb 17, 6:14pm -
  • When it Adds Up Just Right: Merger Announcement

    When it Adds Up Just Right: Merger Announcement

    alnes_zeller_barr_signing_cropped.jpg When does one plus one equal five, or maybe even ten? When you can multiply as well as add. That kind of arithmetic is why I’m so excited to announce that the Boards of Direct…
    - 14 Dec 16, 12:33pm -

Nolo's Fundraising Tips for NPO's

  • Backing Up Your Case for Support With Statistics; or Not

    Backing Up Your Case for Support With Statistics; or Not

    As Jerold Panas brilliantly explains in this excerpt from Making a Case Your Donors Will Love, statistics should be used only sparingly when making a case that your organization needs support due to an identifiable community need. “Statistics ha…
    - 4 Dec 14, 8:29pm -
  • Getting Your Nonprofit Ready for Giving Tuesday

    Getting Your Nonprofit Ready for Giving Tuesday

    It used to be that nonprofits’ biggest concern at this time of year was roping in those last tax-deduction-seeking donors before December 31st. But this year, December 2nd also requires a big red circle on one’s calendar, as the 2nd annual “Gi…
    - 11 Nov 14, 1:03pm -
  • Season of Sugar Begins: Can We Reduce It When Fundraising?

    Season of Sugar Begins: Can We Reduce It When Fundraising?

    No, I’m not going to become the Halloween equivalent of a Scrooge and give out toothbrushes or apples on Halloween — there will be candy at my door. Nevertheless, if I can put on my Berkeley hippie hat for a moment, now seems like a good time to…
    - 31 Oct 14, 7:22pm -
  • Is It All Bad News Regarding Individual Giving?

    Is It All Bad News Regarding Individual Giving?

    What a rush of apparent bad news we’ve seen lately in the realm of recorded or anticipated donations to nonprofits:  The wealthy are giving less of a share of their income to charity, according to analysis by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. “Amer…
    - 10 Oct 14, 7:19pm -
  • Don’t Let Tax Rules Intimidate When Writing Nonprofit Thank-You’s to Donors

    Don’t Let Tax Rules Intimidate When Writing Nonprofit Thank-You’s to Donors

    Reading Roger Craver (author of Retention Fundraising: The New Art and Science of Keeping Your Donors for Life) should put a jolt into any fundraiser’s Monday morning, with his analysis of why the nonprofit sector is “hemorrhaging donors and lo…
    - 22 Sep 14, 1:13pm -
  • The Message of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for Other Nonprofits

    The Message of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for Other Nonprofits

    Could anyone have predicted that this would be the next big fundraising  strategy to go viral and bring in big bucks? You’ve by now no doubt heard about the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Association‘s challenge, in which social media parti…
    - 19 Aug 14, 1:58pm -
  • For Fundraising Auction, Parties Can Be Scaled to Any Size and Age

    For Fundraising Auction, Parties Can Be Scaled to Any Size and Age

    An auction to raise money for a school or other nonprofit may, over the years, develop its own, unique culture and tradition. That’s what has occurred in the Piedmont school district of California, where parties, put on by parents, have become…
    - 11 Aug 14, 12:07pm -
  • Plus Side of Not Receiving Huge Donations: No Need to Return Huge Donations!

    Plus Side of Not Receiving Huge Donations: No Need to Return Huge Donations!

    It seems there’s been an epidemic recently of nonprofits either having to, or deciding to, return money to disgraced donors. On the “having to” list, just this week the Wall Street Journal reported that the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota…
    - 12 Jun 14, 4:35pm -
  • Nonprofit Email Subject Line Fails

    Nonprofit Email Subject Line Fails

    Ping, ping, ping. New messages keep popping up in my email box, many of them from various nonprofits. (Silly me, I can’t resist signing all those petitions; an apparently effective way for nonprofits to capture names and email addresses.) No way am…
    - 30 May 14, 12:48pm -
  • Why Billionaires Sign on to Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge

    Why Billionaires Sign on to Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge

    A total of 127 people have now added their names to the “Giving Pledge” list  started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. It’s no token commitment: The billionaires on this list have agreed to give over half of their wealth to charitable cause…
    - 20 May 14, 2:51pm -

Non-Profit Humor

Nonprofit Law Prof Blog

  • newConservation Easements: Today's Biggest Charitable Contribution Deduction Loophole?
    How large is the potential for hard-to-detect and even harder-to-counter abuse when it comes to the federal income tax deduction for "qualified conservation contributions" under Internal Revenue Code section 170(h)? As Peter J. Reilly highlights at F…
    - 2 hours ago, 16 Aug 17, 11:42am -
  • Gaudeul & Kaczmarek on Charitable Giving
    Alexia Gaudeul and Magdalena Claudia Kaczmarek have posted Does Nudging Intentions Translate into Action? Why Nudging Pledges to Charities Does Not Result in Increased Donations on SSRN with the following abstract: Recent evidence suggests that nudge…
    - 7 days ago, 9 Aug 17, 4:07pm -
  • Milde & Yawson on Social Media Use by Nonprofits
    Katherine Milde (Quinnipiac) and Robert M. Yawson (Quinnipiac) have posted on SSRN with the following abstract: The aim of this paper is to detail the social media engagement efforts used by successful nonprofits and to build on these insights in...
    - 8 days ago, 8 Aug 17, 4:29pm -
  • Ball on Pro Bono Business Lawyering
    Alina Ball (Hastings) has posted Primary Care Lawyers: A Holistic Approach to Pro Bono Business Lawyering on SSRN with the following abstract: Pro bono programs for business lawyers provide small businesses in low-income communities and nonprofits mu…
    - 8 days ago, 8 Aug 17, 4:21pm -
  • Joint TE/GE Council Meeting
    The date for the Joint TE/GE Council Meeting has been announced. The TE/GE Councils were formed to maintain lines of communication between practitioners and the IRS TE/GE Division (and related areas) to: open and maintain lines of communication betwe…
    - 23 days ago, 24 Jul 17, 5:27pm -
  • Distributive Justice and Donative Intent
    Professor Alexander A. Bon-Saenz has posted his forthcoming article, Distributive Justice and Donative Intent, UCLA Law Review (forthcoming), on SSRN. The following is the abstract for his paper: The inheritance system is beset by formalism. Probate…
    - 23 days ago, 24 Jul 17, 5:17pm -
  • The Use of Nonprofits as Political Organizations: AALS Call for Papers
    The Nonprofit Law Section of the AALS has extended the deadline to July 15 for its call for papers for the 2018 annual meeting in sunny San Diego. Here are the details: The Section on Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law, in...
    - 48 days ago, 29 Jun 17, 6:59pm -
  • Many Countries Continue to Tighten Restrictions on NGOs
    This may be because I have been writing in this area (shameless plug), but there seem to be numerous recent stories about various countries increasing the legal restrictions on nonprofits and especially nonprofits with foreign connections. Here are s…
    - 54 days ago, 23 Jun 17, 2:03pm -
  • Blumberg, Canadian Registered Charities Revoked as a Result of Audit 1992-2017
    Mark Blumberg (Blumberg Segal LLP) has put together a list, with relevant links, of all 447 Canadian registered charities that have had their charity status revoked by the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Service over the past 25 years....
    - 54 days ago, 23 Jun 17, 1:42pm -
  • More Social Enterprise Articles & Book Chapters
    Earlier this week I posted a link to the recently published Financing the Benefit Corporation article by Dana Brakman Reiser and Steven Dean, but there have been a number of other recent articles and book chapters relating to social enterprise...
    - 54 days ago, 23 Jun 17, 1:22pm -

Philanthropy Roundtable

  • Charter and District Schools Sharing Innovations: How Philanthropy Can Help
    Philanthropy New York, in collaboration with The Philanthropy Roundtable, hosted an in-depth discussion on innovation sharing between charter and district leaders in New York City.
    - 21 days ago, 26 Jul 17, 4:46pm -
  • National Forum on K-12 Philanthropy: Session Recaps

    - 21 days ago, 26 Jul 17, 12:34pm -
  • Briefly Noted
    Home life and scholastic success. A baseball all-star gives back. Children and animals on Noah's Ark. BYU student animators.
    - 40 days ago, 7 Jul 17, 11:22am -
  • Nonprofit Spotlight: Bunker Labs

    Nonprofit Spotlight: Bunker Labs

    Supporting veterans pursuing entrepreneurship
    - 41 days ago, 6 Jul 17, 11:23am -
  • Interview with Mike Rowe

    Interview with Mike Rowe

    The "Dirty Jobs" and "Somebody's Gotta Do It" star on the tyranny of the college narrative and the value of manual work
    - 42 days ago, 5 Jul 17, 11:23am -
  • Get Help Protecting Donor Intent

    Get Help Protecting Donor Intent

    From clarifying your charitable purpose to adopting effective governance structures, The Philanthropy Roundtable has services and resources designed to help you safeguard your donor intent.
    - 42 days ago, 5 Jul 17, 11:06am -
  • Interview with J.D. Vance

    Interview with J.D. Vance

    The Rust Belt native and Yale Law graduate on his nonprofit and the barriers to success many Americans face
    - 43 days ago, 4 Jul 17, 11:24am -
  • Protecting Donor Intent
    How to define and safeguard your philanthropic principles. This guidebook by Jeffrey J. Cain offers detailed guidance to philanthropists who want to ensure that the assets they dedicate to charity are disbursed as they intend. It identifies common…
    - 43 days ago, 4 Jul 17, 5:41am -
  • Revving Economic Engines at Community Colleges
    Want to get America back to work? Stop overlooking the thousand schools that serve half of America's higher-ed students
    - 44 days ago, 3 Jul 17, 11:24am -
  • Clarifying Your Philanthropic Purpose

    Clarifying Your Philanthropic Purpose

    A vitally important step in safeguarding donor intent is defining and clarifying your mission statement. 
    - 44 days ago, 3 Jul 17, 10:10am -

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

  • New S.F. Hospital Gets $75-Million From Zuckerberg and Chan
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, have donated $75-million to San Francisco General Hospital to fund critical equipment and advanced medical technology at its new building, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Th…
    - 6 Feb 15, 10:50am -
  • IRS Chief Wary of 2016 Impact for Nonprofit Politicking Rules
    Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen says the agency does not have a set timeline to pursue new restrictions on nonprofit groups’ political work and is guarding against the appearance of influencing next year’s presidential electio…
    - 6 Feb 15, 10:45am -
  • After Years of Growth, Teach for America Recruitment Falling
    Applications to join Teach for America, the national education nonprofit, which sends new, quickly trained college graduates into troubled school districts for two-year classroom stints, are down by about 10 percent from a year ago, the second straig…
    - 6 Feb 15, 10:40am -
  • Mass. Health Chain Rethinks Expansion After Court Rebuff
    The new chief executive of Partners HealthCare tells The Boston Globe the nonprofit Massachusetts medical system will “re-evaluate” its growth plans following a judicial blow to its proposed purchase of three more hospitals. David Torchiana, a su…
    - 6 Feb 15, 10:30am -
  • Ex-Head of Ala. Health Charity Accused of $14-Million Fraud
    The former CEO of a Birmingham, Ala., nonprofit whose mission is providing health care to the poor and homeless, has been charged with diverting $14-million in federal grant funds, property, and other assets for private gain, The Birmingham News repo…
    - 6 Feb 15, 10:20am -
  • Taking on Corcoran Collection Transforms National Gallery
    The New York Times and The Washington Post report on the National Gallery of Art’s absorption of the now-closed Corcoran Gallery of Art’s collection, an unprecedented transfer that could dramatically remake the National Gallery.The Smithsonian-a…
    - 6 Feb 15, 10:10am -
  • Major Museums Sour on Photo-Facilitating ‘Selfie Sticks’
    Several prominent museums have banned “selfie sticks” or are mulling doing so, citing concerns that the gadgets that allow users to hold cameras at a distance and take better self-portraits pose a hazard to visitors and exhibits, CBS New York and…
    - 6 Feb 15, 10:00am -
  • College Endowments Grow Bearish on Alternative Investments
    Major college and university endowments are trimming their reliance on alternative assets like hedge funds and private equity, retreating from a strategy that got the financial world’s attention by drawing big gains before the recession, according…
    - 5 Feb 15, 10:50am -
  • N.Y. Nonprofit Ousts Legal-Aid Lawyers Over Anti-Police Video
    Two public defenders have been forced to resign from a New York City-funded legal-aid organization after appearing in a rap video that called for killing police officers, reports The New York Times. The executive director of Bronx Defenders, Robin St…
    - 5 Feb 15, 10:40am -
  • Philadelphia Schools Group Pledges $35-Million for More Charters
    A nonprofit education organization in Philadelphia has offered the city school system up to $35-million to open new charter schools that could enroll some 15,000 students, The Philadelphia Inquirer writes. Mark Gleason, executive director of the Phil…
    - 5 Feb 15, 10:30am -
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The NonProfit Times

  • newCFC Campaign Will Be Delayed By A Month
    The workplace giving program for federal employees will begin later than usual this year, kicking off Oct. 2 and running through Jan. 12, 2018. It…
    - 21 hours ago, 15 Aug 17, 4:50pm -
  • Fundraisers: Heed George Costanza’s Warning On Relationships
    Worlds collide at the expense of Seinfeld’s George Costanza in one famous episode, “killing” independent George. The theory of the episode is that it is…
    - 1 day ago, 15 Aug 17, 11:37am -
  • Texting Might Be The Only Way To Inform Constituents
    Now that most cell phone plans wrap texting into the base fee, a lot more people are sending and receiving text messages. This is a…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Aug 17, 11:26am -
  • Open This Email, Not That One
    An estimated 269 billion emails go out each day, according to a recent study by The Radicati Group In Palo Alto, Calif. (Email Statistics Report,…
    - 8 days ago, 8 Aug 17, 10:24am -
  • Red Cross Embezzler Gets 8 Years In Jail
    A former finance director of a Connecticut chapter of the American Red Cross has been sentenced to eight years in prison for embezzling almost a…
    - 9 days ago, 7 Aug 17, 12:38pm -
  • Branding Your NPO’s Biggest Dreams
    National Harbor, Md. — “I have a plan,” Martin Luther King Jr. declared from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial following the March on Washington…
    - 12 days ago, 4 Aug 17, 11:47am -
  • Paid Social: Blowing Up The Basics
    When it comes to social network advertising, Facebook and Instagram are leading the pack, accounting for 68 percent of social network revenue in 2016 (a…
    - 12 days ago, 4 Aug 17, 11:47am -
  • 2018 Best Nonprofits To Work For Competition Opens
    Finding employees can be tough. Finding great employees can be next to impossible. Great staff members migrate to the best places to work, or morph…
    - 14 days ago, 2 Aug 17, 11:51am -
  • White Paper: Combining Stories and Data to Better Prove Your Impact

    White Paper: Combining Stories and Data to Better Prove Your Impact

    Fundraising is at its best when strong data and inspiring stories are combined to show a nonprofit’s full impact. This combination demonstrates scale, proves impact,…
    - 15 days ago, 1 Aug 17, 3:15pm -
  • Risk Management Guide 2017: How’s Your Appetite?

    Risk Management Guide 2017: How’s Your Appetite?

    Engaging The Board In Risk Oversight Nonprofit missions are potentially bolstered — and threatened — by risk. When you decide to take a mission-advancing risk,…
    - 15 days ago, 1 Aug 17, 11:13am -

The CEP Blog

  • How Improved Evaluation Sharing Has the Potential to Strengthen a Foundation’s Work

    How Improved Evaluation Sharing Has the Potential to Strengthen a Foundation’s Work

    This post originally appeared as part of the #OpenForGood series on Glasspockets’ “Transparency Talk” blog, in partnership...The post How Improved Evaluation Sharing Has the Potential to Strengthen a Foundation’s Work appeared first on The…
    - 1 day ago, 15 Aug 17, 9:45am -
  • Failing Forward: The Importance of Course Correction

    Failing Forward: The Importance of Course Correction

    Underlying most grantmakers’ strategies are a set of assumptions that guide implementation. These assumptions are...The post Failing Forward: The Importance of Course Correction appeared first on The Center for Effective Philanthropy.
    - 8 days ago, 8 Aug 17, 9:53am -
  • General Support and Myths about New Funders

    General Support and Myths about New Funders

    There are a lot of statements made about “new” donors and how they differ from...The post General Support and Myths about New Funders appeared first on The Center for Effective Philanthropy.
    - 14 days ago, 2 Aug 17, 10:56am -
  • Listening to Beneficiaries: Student Feedback on College and Career Readiness
    At YouthTruth, we believe that the best way to understand how students experience school is...The post Listening to Beneficiaries: Student Feedback on College and Career Readiness appeared first on The Center for Effective Philanthropy.
    - 15 days ago, 1 Aug 17, 10:29am -
  • Why Philanthropy Must Speak Out: An Interview with Grant Oliphant

    Why Philanthropy Must Speak Out: An Interview with Grant Oliphant

    This interview with The Heinz Endowments President and CEP Board Chair Grant Oliphant, by Nell...The post Why Philanthropy Must Speak Out: An Interview with Grant Oliphant appeared first on The Center for Effective Philanthropy.
    - 20 days ago, 27 Jul 17, 10:20am -
  • Upping the Support for Nonprofit Performance Assessment

    Upping the Support for Nonprofit Performance Assessment

    The Center for Effective Philanthropy’s Benchmarking Program Officer Roles and Responsibilities report provides useful insights...The post Upping the Support for Nonprofit Performance Assessment appeared first on The Center for Effective Philanthr…
    - 22 days ago, 25 Jul 17, 9:34am -
  • A High-Engagement Approach Doesn’t Have to Come at the Cost of Strong Relationships with Grantees
    This post originally appeared on the CEP blog in June 2016. It is reposted here...The post A High-Engagement Approach Doesn’t Have to Come at the Cost of Strong Relationships with Grantees appeared first on The Center for Effective Philanthropy.
    - 26 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 12:47pm -
  • Giving Relationally: Prioritizing a Culture of Empathy and Joy

    Giving Relationally: Prioritizing a Culture of Empathy and Joy

    Last year marked the 40th anniversary of First Fruit, a foundation that provides resources to...The post Giving Relationally: Prioritizing a Culture of Empathy and Joy appeared first on The Center for Effective Philanthropy.
    - 36 days ago, 11 Jul 17, 10:10am -
  • Learning to Learn: Four Takeaways from GEO’s 2017 Learning Conference
    It isn’t very often you get to spend two days dedicated solely to learning, reflecting...The post Learning to Learn: Four Takeaways from GEO’s 2017 Learning Conference appeared first on The Center for Effective Philanthropy.
    - 41 days ago, 6 Jul 17, 11:55am -
  • Ask Yourself: Do We Really Need This Data?
    This blog post from CEP’s Vice President, Assessment and Advisory Services, Kevin Bolduc originally appeared on...The post Ask Yourself: Do We Really Need This Data? appeared first on The Center for Effective Philanthropy.
    - 48 days ago, 29 Jun 17, 4:51pm -
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