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March, 2016

Advice from an award-winning fundraiser

By Patrick M. Rooney, associate dean | Barbara Coury didn’t get into fundraising for accolades, but she’s receiving them anyway. American Red Cross President Gail McGovern recently presented the national organization’s Presidential Award for Excellence — the highest honor a Red Cross employee or unit can receive — to Coury, chief development officer for the […]

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Communicating data to drive change

By Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO, and Lisa Hamilton, vice president of external affairs, Annie E. Casey Foundation | Kids can’t vote. They can’t buy ads on television. They can’t form a political action committee to get what they need. They can’t speak up for themselves, and as a result they often disappear from the […]

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From project to platform: the evolution of KIDS COUNT

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation | This report tells the story of how a single data book documenting child well-being measures turned into a mission-critical vehicle for the Foundation in building bipartisan support for proven practice solutions and policy change. The report includes data and research insights that the Foundation gained from decades of investing in a program that […]

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Investing to close America’s racial wealth gap

Like many economists who care about American families struggling to make ends meet, I spend a good amount of time thinking about how parents can earn more income to give their children better opportunities and reduce stress in their daily lives. But my real mission is one you hear less about in the debate over […]

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Nonprofits can lobby, too

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors | A few eyebrows were raised 2½ years ago when United Way of Central Indiana named Andrew Cullen as its lobbyist. A few nonprofits questioned his appointment, primarily because they thought that nonprofits could not lobby. And while in fact, nonprofits are allowed to lobby, Cindy Booth of Child […]

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Nonprofits’ minimum wage bind

By Jennifer Jones Austin, commentary, Times Union | Across the nation there is mounting concern about economic inequity. At the heart of the matter of the ever-increasing economic divide are stagnant wages, which have plagued millions of low- and middle-income Americans for decades. But here in New York state we have a real opportunity to […]

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Nonprofit ads tap ‘Game of Thrones’ to highlight real-world conflict

By Alina Tugend, ShortCuts columnist, The New York Times | The actors in “Game of Thrones,” the epic fantasy series featuring story lines about civil war and banishment, are using the enormous popularity of their HBO series to raise money for real-life victims of conflict and exile. Beginning Monday, public service announcements and videos featuring […]

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