Employment Agreements

When a professional sports team has one of the best players in the business, it’s often wise to lock them up in a long-term deal. It’s why Alex Rodriguez was signed to 10-year contracts twice during his career. OK, so the best athletes sometimes make more per year than most nonprofits, but the contract analogy is still true for about …

Creative Masterclass

“Is a puzzlement.” Do you remember that line from The King and I? We, who are the targets of nonprofit communications, shake our heads (sideways, not vertically) when we get an email whose heading is — as is one that was on my screen until 15 seconds ago — begins, “Successful Meetings — Click here to apply.” Just about every …

The Power And Influence Top 50 2014

Click here to see the full report! *** The Irish philosopher Edmund Burke is quoted as having said: “Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.” Those selected for inclusion in this year’s The NonProfit Times Power & Influence …

Lockout Looms At Metropolitan Opera

Singers, musicians and stage hands at the Metropolitan Opera face the prospect of a lockout just seven weeks before opening night as contracts for 15 of their 16 unions expire at midnight. The New York City-based Metropolitan Opera is negotiating all day with representatives of its three largest unions “in the hope that we will be able to agree to …

The Long Goodbye: Atlantic Philanthropies Approaching The End

There’s not really a handbook when you are the largest foundation to put yourself out of business. More than a decade after The Atlantic Philanthropies decided it would give away every penny it had rather than operate in perpetuity, the foundation is moving closer to its end date and trying to develop best practices that other organizations can learn from …

There’s Strategy To Using Google Grants

The Google Grants program can be a proving ground for paid search campaigns. Project Hope wanted to maximize its Google Grant efficiency, so the organization launched a four-phase Google Grant campaign culminating in a paid campaign to put into practice what they’d learned with the free Google Grants program. The campaign took started in 2009, before Google made substantial changes …

Survey: Room To Grow For Online, Sustainer Giving

Online giving and recurring giving has lots of room to grow, particularly for small nonprofits, according to a recent survey. The overall average gift hovered around $400 for organizations in the Individual Donor Benchmark Report but average online gifts were just less than $100 in 2013. Only organizations with annual budgets of less than $2 million were surveyed. Nonprofits are …

Food, Home, Money: New Nonprofit CEO Basics

Congratulations! You just vanquished the competition and were offered your first nonprofit CEO position. If you believe that you’ll walk in to find a pristine environment, a culture that welcomes change, updated technology, absolute financial transparency and a board that will not compare you to your predecessor — resign now! After the round of farewell galas and tributes for the …

Report: Charitable Giving Will Increase 5.7 Percent In 2014

Charitable giving is estimated to increase 5.7 percent during 2014, according to the latest report from the Atlas of Giving. The 5.7 percent estimated increase in 2014 was revised from earlier predictions, which the company dubbed a “reduction.” The Dallas, Texas-based Atlas released its initial estimates for giving in 2013 and 2014 in January and estimated that giving increased 13 …

$91 Million For My Brother’s Keeper

More than $91 million in commitments was announced during a town hall on My Brother’s Keeper, a White House initiative to at-risk minority boys and young men. President Barack Obama signed a presidential memorandum in February establishing the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, which released a report in May addressing several key issues. The interagency effort chaired by Cabinet Secretary …