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Breaking: Blackbaud Launches Impact Institute

Breaking: Blackbaud Launches Impact Institute By Andy Segedin

National Harbor, Md. -- Blackbaud, a leading cloud software company in the nonprofit and social good space, launched the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact during its annual meeting today. It’s a collaboration and research initiative intended to work through sector-wide problems and dis…   Read More »

Alliance Lays Out New Vision

Alliance Lays Out New Vision By Paul Clolery

Los Angeles -- The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is undergoing a re-visioning on everything from its mission, network, operations and dues structure. The national organization is developing a plan of action to combat what President and CEO Susan Dreyfus called “unprecedented changes…   Read More »

Attorneys General Seek One-Stop Charity Regulation

Attorneys General Seek One-Stop Charity Regulation By Mark Hrywna

Just as state charity regulators are getting a better handle on nonprofit compliance through data and technology, nontraditional models of philanthropy are gaining traction, combining elements of the for-profit world and getting on the radar of the regulators. Those were among the subjects of pan…   Read More »

Tax Foundation: Clinton Tax Plan Might Slow Growth

Tax Foundation: Clinton Tax Plan Might Slow Growth By Andy Segedin

Secretary Hillary Clinton’s tax plan could hold back 10-year national gross domestic product (GDP) growth by 2.6 percent from what it otherwise would reach, according to models developed by Tax Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based research group. The foundation further projects that the Democrati…   Read More »

Scandinavia Leads EU In Social Progress

Scandinavia Leads EU In Social Progress By Andy Segedin

Social progress in Europe is concentrated to the north. Regions from three Scandinavian countries, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, and nearby Netherlands dominate the first ever European Union Regional Social Progress Index released by Social Progress Imperative (SPI) – taking up the first 30 of 272 …   Read More »

Authors Propose $1 Billion Philanthropic Bet Against Incarceration

Authors Propose $1 Billion Philanthropic Bet Against Incarceration By Andy Segedin

Approximately 12 million Americans cycle through jails every year, with two million incarcerated at any given time. The figure represents one-quarter of the world’s population of incarcerated individuals despite the fact that the U.S. represents just 5 percent of the world’s overall population. …   Read More »

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Only 25% Of Wealthy Plan To Give To Candidates

By Andy Segedin — October 26, 2016

Nearly a quarter of wealthy donors (24 percent) have given to a political candidate, campaign or committee last year or plan to do so before the end of the election season. Donors over the age of 70 (40 percent) and members of the LGBTQ community (38 percent) are the most likely wealthy donors to give to a political candidate or campaign.

10 Keys To Success For Nonprofit Mergers

By Mark Hrywna — October 20, 2016

Staff and board retention, management succession, and branding of a new organization are among the most critical issues in any nonprofit merger, according to a new study released today.

Postal Service Applies For Rate Hike

By Mark Hrywna — October 13, 2016

The break on First Class postage will be short-lived and Standard Mail will have a new name under a proposal by the United States Postal Service (USPS).

$47 Million To Develop Principled Principals

By Andy Segedin — October 13, 2016

The Wallace Foundation has launched a $47-million, four-year initiative to improve the training of school principals. Seven universities and their corresponding state and district partners have been selected to participate in the initiative, which will be geared toward improving university principal-preparation programs and analyzing state policies to see whether higher-quality training can be better encouraged statewide.

Herschell Gordon Lewis Dead At 87

By Mark Hrywna — September 26, 2016

Herschell Gordon Lewis, considered the “Godfather of Gore” as well as the “Godfather of Direct Marketing,” died early this morning from congestive heart failure. He was 87.

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You have a job description, but on any given day, you're probably doing dozens of things outside the scope of that description. Combine that with the challenge of a fast-paced environment and the shifting priorities of funders, colleagues, and board members and it’s easy to fall short of doing your best. By being mindful of your limitations and capacity—and saying “no” when your plate is full—you can actually do more for your cause. In the sixth installment of the Raise and Engage podcast Danielle Johnson and Robin Anderson discuss the power of saying “no” at work.

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According to Danielle Johnson, straight-shooting host of the Raise + Engage podcast series, if your staff members aren’t the number one advocates for your cause on social media, you’re failing. In the most recent episode, Danielle is joined by Blackbaud’s own social media guru Madeline Turner to discuss overcoming social struggles and creating a social ambassador program at your organization. This entertaining and insightful duo dishes on the importance of making your social media presence human, making the case for a formal social program to leadership, how University of Michigan turned a one time social media campaign into a long term social program, and how Madeline's mom unknowingly became a social ambassador on #GivingTuesday.

Episode 1: Corporate Culture & Development: Shake It Up! || daniellejohnson-76

In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!


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