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NFPN Perspectives: 20 Years of Supporting Central Indiana’s Nonprofit Community

By Shari Finnell, writer/editor Charitable Advisors When Bryan Orander launched Not-for-Profit News in 2001, the internet had not yet reached its saturation point; only 52 percent of American adults reported using it at the time, according to the Pew Research Center. And Orander considered the e-newsletter as nothing more than a project to keep him […]

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Why you need to know about donor-advised funds

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Michele Thomas Dole has spent her career helping others realize their philanthropic dreams. During the day, she is a senior trust officer at Fifth Third Private Bank. She advises clients about trust administration and estate planning, and builds client relationships to help accomplish their financial goals. For the past […]

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The right conversations benefits donors and fundraisers

By Abby Rolland, Content Coordinator, and Andrea Pactor, Interim Director – Women’s Philanthropy Institute, The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy   You’re a new professional in the nonprofit field. You’re just starting in your career, and you want to learn more. You’re a seasoned fundraiser, but you continually find ways to sharpen your knowledge about […]

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Gen X giving: Effective fundraising strategies for Gen X donors

By Abigail L. Coleman, writer, JGA | The Baby Boomer and Millennial generations are frequently top of mind in discussions and research into the generations and generational giving preferences, but what about the “in-betweens?” Given the buzz, particularly about Millennials, it may be easy to overlook a resource for significant current and future donor growth […]

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Why DC’s nonprofit organizations are targets for hackers

By Chris Bing, staff reporter, DC Inno | D.C. is home to a conglomeration of high-profile, global nonprofit organizations who have progressively become extremely attractive targets for hackers. These organizations are especially susceptible to attacks because of the sensitive financial information they store via their donors and the propensity for sharing information between offices that […]

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Philanthropy’s ambassador in muddy boots: Jenna Wachtmann

By Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy staff | If you’re planning a career in the nonprofit sector after completing a degree, Jenna Wachtmann recommends investing in a sturdy pair of boots. The Ball Brothers Foundation program officer says that when she interviewed leaders from several influential foundations for her master’s degree thesis, “They […]

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Putting overhead under scrutiny

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors | So you donate money to your favorite charity, and you find out later that the money went to buy a new roof. Or new computers. Or to replace the muffler on the company van that shuttles needy clients around the city. Was this a good use of your […]

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The human factor

What’s the best way to solicit donations for a charity? New research suggests that telling donors that none of their money will go toward overhead may be very effective at raising money. But it also comes with a few potential pitfalls. In a study published in Science on Thursday (10/30/2014), a team of researchers showed […]

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Dear Charity Navigator, please move forward thoughtfully

Last November, Charity Navigator’s board approved a plan to scale up operations, planning to double the number of charities it rates by the end of 2016. In April, when its CEO Ken Berger suddenly best online casino resigned, the California Association of Nonprofits – an organization of 9,400 member nonprofits — thought it time to […]

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