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Study: Boards, senior staff holding up nonprofit mergers
From The NonProfit Times
Despite financial pressure from reductions in government funding and duplication of services, the overall rate of nonprofit mergers remained unchanged during the past decade according to a new study by the Bridgespan Group. Authors of “Why Nonprofit Mergers Continue to Lag,” compared merger rates from 2001-2006 to 2007-2012 and found they are essentially the same in the states they examined. The exception is Florida, which had close to 500 mergers from 2001-2006, with only 400 from 2007-2012.
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Managing nonprofit fundraising risks in the digital age
From Hartford Business
As nonprofits seek to diversify their revenue streams and reach new audiences, they need to communicate their missions and value propositions more broadly, persuasively, and efficiently than ever before, and they're embracing digital media to do so. According to statistics cited by Changing Our World, a nonprofit fundraising consultancy, over $22 billion was raised online in 2011, making online giving the fastest — growing fundraising channel for nonprofits. But no significant advance comes without risk — and digital philanthropy is no exception.
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NYU Hospital's political fund-raising questioned
From The New York Times
On Nov. 9, 2012, less than two weeks after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, Kenneth G. Langone pulled on a pair of construction worker’s bright yellow galoshes and accompanied Senator Charles E. Schumer and other officials through a foul-smelling mix of diesel oil and water in the basement of his namesake, NYU Langone Medical Center. By early 2013, Mr. Schumer and his Senate and House colleagues had approved $60 billion in post-hurricane disaster aid, with a large chunk destined for NYU Langone.
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Small slice of car donation revenue reaches charities
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Nonprofits that use commercial middlemen to process automobile donations can see as little as 10 percent of the money raised by selling the vehicles, making contributing cars one of the most expensive ways to give, writes the Orange County Register. In California, charities got 31 percent of the $17.7-million raised by car donations in California in 2012, down substantially from 53.8 percent the year before.
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California to crack down on anonymous political donation
From Nonprofit Quarterly
A bill requiring greater transparency from electioneering nonprofits has passed the California Senate and could be on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown for signature, reports the Sacramento Bee. The bill is a result of the fact that out-of-state nonprofit groups spent $11 million on the 2012 election cycle, which eventually earned them a $1 million California Fair Political Practices Commission fine. Legislators have reacted by trying to tighten the campaign spending rules since then. “Simply put, our law needs to catch up with the way some nonprofits skirt reporting requirements,” said Democratic Assemblyman Rich Gordon.
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Maine's cap on tax deductions could hurt nonprofits' bottomlines
From WCSH-TV
A change to Maine's state tax code last year, designed to close part of a $37 million budget shortfall by capping tax deductions, may cause a ripple effect in the budgets of nonprofits across the state. The change caps all deductions, including donations to charity, at $27,500 reducing the tax incentive for Mainers to give to nonprofit organizations. The state estimates that removing the tax cap on donations to charity would result in a $15 million budget shortfall.
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Study: Boards, senior staff holding up nonprofit mergers
From The NonProfit Times
Despite financial pressure from reductions in government funding and duplication of services, the overall rate of nonprofit mergers remained unchanged during the past decade according to a new study by the Bridgespan Group.

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Growth of 'crowdfunding' a worry for traditional charities
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The fast-growing popularity of crowdfunding as a tool to finance small-scale, single-issue charity projects is raising concern among venerable charities like Save the Children that have long appealed directly to donors to support broad aid and development programs.

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg biggest giver in 2013
From The Washington Post
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, with a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $970 million, to a Silicon Valley nonprofit in December.

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Nonprofits should find former Utah AG's behavior hard to swallow
From Nonprofit Quarterly
The recent investigation of Utah’s former attorney general, John Swallow, contains big red flags for the nonprofit sector. While there are gaps in the investigations conducted by the Lt. Governor’s office, the Utah House Special Investigation Committee, and the U.S. Department of Justice, there is no question that Swallow, who resigned in disgrace in November, was one real piece of work, warranting every bit of approbation he has received so far, and deserving of revived Justice and FBI reviews.
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Print media continues to lose ground with nonprofits: New report
From Association Trends
If nonprofit communication professionals had their way, print would be a big loser in 2014, according to the just released report Nonprofit Communications Trends 2014, produced by NonprofitMarketingGuide.com. Also, the annual report — 60 percent completed by executive directors, communications directors and development directors — found that goals vary between larger organizations and smaller organizations. Larger organizations are more likely to select brand awareness and thought leadership as top goals than smaller nonprofits.
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