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Balancing the Mission Checkbook

  • 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.
    - 13 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…
    - 32 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…
    - 45 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…
    - 66 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 -
  • Making Progress Together

    Making Progress Together

    group_pic-cropped.jpg Have you ever had the experience of talking with someone and you see their eyes light up with clarity and understanding? It is a seminal moment. To know that not only has understanding been bri…
    - 5 Oct 16, 12:25pm -
  • A Graphic Re-visioning of Nonprofit Overhead
    A Blog in Pictures (and some words, too)Most nonprofit leaders agree that we need a new way to communicate about the true costs of our programs and the vital importance of strong organizational infrastructure.  But we have not yet developed a simpl…
    - 2 Aug 16, 11:56am -

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

  • 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...
    - 24 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…
    - 30 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....
    - 30 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...
    - 30 days ago, 23 Jun 17, 1:22pm -
  • Interdisciplinary Nonprofit Studies: Recent Articles & Upcoming Conferences
    The study of nonprofits goes well beyond the laws governing them, and there are a number of publications and organizations dedicated to that study. Here is a sampling of both recent articles and upcoming conferences from this broader academic space..…
    - 30 days ago, 23 Jun 17, 12:45pm -
  • Crystal Ball Gazing: Tax Reform and Nonprofits
    No one knows what is going to happen with tax reform, which means now is the perfect time to speculate wildly about how Congress may help or hurt tax-exempt nonprofits if and when it actually does something. Tax Simplification: If...
    - 31 days ago, 22 Jun 17, 2:02pm -
  • Private Benefit: Plain Vanilla & Spicy Political
    Journalists have a constant interest in charity private benefit stories, particularly ones with a political angle. And unfortunately they seem to be able to find them. Recent reports raising questions about plain vanilla (non-political) private benef…
    - 31 days ago, 22 Jun 17, 12:52pm -
  • IRS Application Litigation Drags On, No Wrongdoing by FEC Employees, and No 501(c)(4) Guidance Soon
    The various lawsuits that grew out of the IRS exemption application controversy continue their slow grind with discovery ordered in the Linchpins of Liberty and True the Vote cases (which are before the same judge in the U.S. District Court...
    - 31 days ago, 22 Jun 17, 11:24am -
  • Supreme Court Upholds Longstanding Definition of "Church Plan" ERISA Exemption
    As anyone who has represented a house of worship knows, they are subject to many legal exceptions and special rules. One of the more obscure but also more important ones is the exemption of church benefit and pension plans from...
    - 31 days ago, 22 Jun 17, 9:51am -
  • Feds In Action: Data, a Report, and the Occasional Indictment or Raid
    While the IRS is underfunded and Congress is deadlocked, this does not mean there is no action by the federal government with respect to tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. For starters, the IRS' continues to report data like clockwork, including the…
    - 32 days ago, 21 Jun 17, 4:52pm -

Philanthropy Roundtable

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

    Nonprofit Spotlight: Bunker Labs

    Supporting veterans pursuing entrepreneurship
    - 17 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
    - 18 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.
    - 18 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
    - 19 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…
    - 19 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
    - 20 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. 
    - 20 days ago, 3 Jul 17, 10:10am -
  • Donor Intent Resource Library

    Donor Intent Resource Library

    We have assembled an extensive resource library as part of our ongoing commitment to preserving, strengthening, and celebrating the principle of donor intent. Our resource library will direct you to the best articles, books, and panel di…
    - 20 days ago, 3 Jul 17, 5:44am -
  • When Philanthropy Goes Wrong
    In this Wall Street Journal essay, Adam Meyerson warns donors against the risk that their gifts will be redirected into purposes they did not intend and offers advice on how to prevent violations of charitable intent.
    - 20 days ago, 3 Jul 17, 5:42am -

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

  • DRTV Getting Much More Personal with Viewers
    The child’s eyes are significant. The look of the mother is a potential drawing point. Research is conducted in search of the most heart-wrenching, emotional…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 12:46pm -
  • Community Foundations Expand Reach Globally
    International giving by community foundations has grown in recent years, led by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) in particular as well as donor-advised funds…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 4:43pm -
  • Paquin To Lead Points Of Light
    Natalye Paquin will be the next CEO of Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. The Board of Directors of the…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 2:28pm -
  • 6 Ways To Entice Millennial Donors
    They’re here. Millennials gain prominence in society and commerce each year, making them an attractive population to help expand and diversify your organization’s donor base.…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 12:43pm -
  • The Light Of Public Scrutiny Burns Bright
    Whether you like it or not, your organization is not immune from the kind of scrutiny concerning organizational expenses that Wounded Warrior Project was slammed…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Jul 17, 11:06am -
  • Investment Returns Pop, But Don’t Keep Up
    Private and community foundations saw their highest average returns in three years but spending rates also jumped, staying ahead of 10-year returns. Community foundations reported…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Jul 17, 11:10am -
  • Progressive Protesting Proving to Be Profitable
    All it took was eight women sitting around a table at a conference in Boston last year talking about sustainability and the planet, and a…
    - 10 days ago, 13 Jul 17, 1:36pm -
  • Young Nonprofit Executives Seek Accessible Training
    Jamie Smith isn’t just the executive director of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN), she’s a member. When she first joined the network’s Chicago regional office…
    - 10 days ago, 13 Jul 17, 11:27am -
  • Study: Nonprofits To Expand To Survive
    More than three-quarters (76 percent) of nonprofits are at least somewhat likely to expand fundraising efforts during the next 12 to 18 months – a…
    - 11 days ago, 12 Jul 17, 4:26pm -
  • Study: Donors React To Direct Mail More Than Email
    “There isn’t enough reverence for the written word these days,” is a refrain shared among college professors, newspaper editors, coffee-shop poets, and direct marketers for…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Jul 17, 12:16pm -

The CEP Blog

  • 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.
    - 2 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.
    - 12 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.
    - 17 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.
    - 24 days ago, 29 Jun 17, 4:51pm -
  • Magnified Side of the Mirror

    Magnified Side of the Mirror

    Most mornings I keep the mirror on the regular side, preferring a casual glance from...The post Magnified Side of the Mirror appeared first on The Center for Effective Philanthropy.
    - 26 days ago, 27 Jun 17, 11:31am -
  • Five Tips for Building Strong Relationships with Grantees

    Five Tips for Building Strong Relationships with Grantees

    The Center for Effective Philanthropy has just released its Benchmarking Program Officer Roles and Responsibilities...The post Five Tips for Building Strong Relationships with Grantees appeared first on The Center for Effective Philanthropy.
    - 31 days ago, 22 Jun 17, 9:37am -
  • Through the Eyes of the Program Officer

    Through the Eyes of the Program Officer

    The funder-grantee relationship is at the heart of our work at the Center for Effective...The post Through the Eyes of the Program Officer appeared first on The Center for Effective Philanthropy.
    - 33 days ago, 20 Jun 17, 12:19pm -
  • We Can Work It Out

    We Can Work It Out

    The Edgewater, constructed to accommodate visitors to the 1962 World Fair in Seattle, was always...The post We Can Work It Out appeared first on The Center for Effective Philanthropy.
    - 38 days ago, 15 Jun 17, 10:07am -
  • 2016: A Year in Review at CEP
    2016 marked CEP’s 15th anniversary. In the decade and a half since its founding, CEP...The post 2016: A Year in Review at CEP appeared first on The Center for Effective Philanthropy.
    - 40 days ago, 13 Jun 17, 10:37am -
  • In Today’s Complex and Uncertain Times, Philanthropy Associations and Networks Are More Vital Than Ever

    In Today’s Complex and Uncertain Times, Philanthropy Associations and Networks Are More Vital Than Ever

    This post originally appeared on NCRP’s website as part of the Spring 2017 edition of...The post In Today’s Complex and Uncertain Times, Philanthropy Associations and Networks Are More Vital Than Ever appeared first on The Center for Effective P…
    - 45 days ago, 8 Jun 17, 11:37am -
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