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February, 2020

How you doin’? Nonprofits benefit from formal evaluations

  By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Jodi Snell grew up in a small town. Under 20,000 people live in Jacksonville, Illinois, but Snell remembers her parents were always busy helping to make their tiny community a better place. Like organizing a softball tournament to raise money for a young cancer patient and her family. […]

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Nonprofit-governance course helps graduates improve boards and organizations

By Leslie Wells, assistant director of communications, O’Neill School at IUPUI In 2017, Nigena Livingston was building Urban Act Academy, a K to 8 charter school in Indianapolis, from the ground up. She had worked as an educator for more than 15 years, but launching a charter school was unfamiliar territory. She was beginning to […]

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Beyond large donations

By Genevieve Shaker, associate professor of philanthropic studies, and Abby Rolland, communications project manager, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Small gifts do matter Nowadays, it’s easy to assume that small gifts* don’t matter. The U.S.’s biggest 50 individual donors gave $7.8 billion to nonprofits in 2018. The percentage of households that give is declining, even […]

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