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Livestrong without Lance
From Inc. via Slate
Doug Ulman remembers the day that everything went south. It was a Wednesday in October 2012, and Ulman, CEO and president of the Livestrong Foundation, had just received the inevitable news he had been dreading for months: The United States Anti-Doping Agency’s long-awaited and damning report, which concluded once and for all that Lance Armstrong, the cancer charity’s founder and chairman, was guilty of doping during his legendary cycling career.
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Chili's nixes autism event after backlash
From The Associated Press via ABC News
Chili's has canceled a fundraiser for a group that says that autism can be triggered by vaccinations, a position widely discredited by the medical community. To honor National Autism Awareness month, the restaurant chain had planned on donating a portion of its sales from the event to the National Autism Association. The group, based in Attleboro Falls, Mass., says its focus is on safety issues for the autistic community. But a section of its website also states that it believes vaccinations can "trigger or exacerbate autism in some, if not many, children."
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Nonprofit insurers lag in California's health care exchange
From The Associated Press via KCAL-TV
Small nonprofits offering insurance plans on California’s health care exchange are lagging well behind major insurers in sign-ups, potentially undermining a key goal of the federal Affordable Care Act, which sought to drive down costs by increasing competition. Across the U.S., community nonprofits and co-op insurers have struggled with a lack of brand recognition and, in some cases, offering policies that were priced to compete with the big insurance companies.
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Optimal times to post on social networks: Infographic
From Nonprofit Quarterly
SumAll.com has taken data analytics from the social media activities of a series of companies, from larger corporations to small businesses, to determine the best times to post on social media platforms. SumAll is a data-analyzing firm that has allocated 10 percent of its ownership to a nonprofit the company created to leverage the power of data for social good. SumAll created the following infographic for nonprofit communications experts to help break down the optimal times to post on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter.
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South Carolina politician calls campaign messages via nonprofit's Twitter account 'an innocent mistake'
From Charleston City Paper
Sheri Few, president of S.C. Parents Involved in Education and a candidate for S.C. Superintendent of Education, says it was "just an innocent mistake" that led a Twitter account for her tax-exempt nonprofit organization to send out messages promoting her as a political candidate. "Apparently a volunteer for the nonprofit mistakenly linked the Stop Common Core Facebook page to the SCPIE Twitter account. We've been extremely careful — or at least I have attempted to be — to keep the campaign separate from the nonprofit," Few says.
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2014: Nonprofits are taking center stage with branded videos
From MediaPost
Every year, we see new creative trends emerge. Over the past couple of years, we saw stunts and pranks move to the forefront. But in 2014, viewers have made it clear that they want as many tear-jerking videos as brands can produce. We saw the beginning of this trend last year when Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” became the most viral branded video of the year with its powerful message. Brands took note of the buzzworthiness of this type of emotional content in 2013 and have inundated us with it in 2014, and with great success.
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Judge rules for nonprofit group in slogan battle with Louisiana tourism
From The Associated Press via NewsTimes
A nonprofit group can continue to use Louisiana's trademarked tourism slogan to criticize the government while a lawsuit against its billboard is still in court, a federal district judge has ruled. District Judge Shelly Dick ruled that a MoveOn.org billboard using the slogan "Pick your Passion" can stay in place before she hears Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne's lawsuit challenging its use. Dardenne filed suit over the ad criticizing Gov. Bobby Jindal's refusal to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act.
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Is your nonprofit forward-focused or a prisoner of the past?
From The Huffington Post
Many might find that nonprofits rarely address the possibilities and perils of "...the road ahead." An endless stream of current and pressing issues cause both Board and CEO to take a myopic view of their nonprofit responsibilities — either totally ignoring strategic issues or procrastinating a discussion of the subject. The results can be damaging to the organization. Here are some "prompts" that might guide nonprofit board members and CEOs as they attempt to provide leadership in this important but neglected area.
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How this CEO combined a for-profit and nonprofit and made both better for it
From Entrepreneur
The board of San Diego-based biotechnology firm Evofem had specifically sought out Saundra Pelletier to be its new CEO. Pelletier’s years of experience in big, corporate pharma combined with her experience with women’s health issues in Third World countries made her the perfect candidate for Evofem, which has been working on a contraceptive product to be sold in the developing world. Plus, Evofem wanted a woman to be the face of its company, given the nature of its products. The problem for Evofem was that its dream candidate wasn’t willing to leave her current position running WomanCare Global, a San Diego-based international nonprofit that works to bring innovative contraceptive options to every woman in the world.
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Nonprofit finance fund survey points to tough road ahead
From Nonprofit Quarterly
What the Nonprofit Finance Fund found in its 2014 annual survey of the financial state of nonprofits suggests that nonprofits are experiencing increased need for the sixth straight year and that need is expected to persist. Additionally, a record number of nonprofits are unable to meet that need. Nonprofit Quarterly examined the topline results for a survey of more than 5,000 organizations that responded.
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Livestrong without Lance
From Inc. via Slate
It was a Wednesday in October 2012, and Ulman, CEO and president of the Livestrong Foundation, had just received the inevitable news he had been dreading for months: The United States Anti-Doping Agency’s long-awaited and damning report, which concluded once and for all that Lance Armstrong, the cancer charity’s founder and chairman, was guilty of doping during his legendary cycling career.

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In a marathon for the ages, a rush of volunteers
From The Boston Globe
Krista Myer, a 43-year-old marathoner from Columbia, Mo., had accepted that she would never be able to meet the Boston Marathon’s rigorous qualifying times. But after last year’s bombings, she wanted to be part of the race in whatever way she could. So she applied to be a volunteer, writing to race organizers that she would “do absolutely anything that you need.”

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Wooing a new generation of museum patrons
From The New York Times
Several hundred millennials mingled under the soaring atrium of the Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue one recent frigid February night. Weaving around them were black-clad servers bearing silver trays piled high with doughnuts, while a pixieish D.J. spun Daft Punk remixes. The occasion was the museum’s annual Young Collectors Party.

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Nonprofit pay gap: Poor helping the poor in Ohio?
From Public News Service
Income inequality has been big news in the private sector, with some CEOs of major corporations bringing in hundreds of millions, while front-line workers make minimum wage. It turns out the nonprofit world is not so different. Rose Frech, policy and planning associate, Center for Community Solutions, Cleveland, said many direct-service staffers at nonprofits bring home just 10 percent to 15 percent of the earnings of top leadership.
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Nonprofits will lose workers to business unless they feel a sense of purpose
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Researchers have found that the best ways to ensure that employees feel a sense of purpose boils down to three simple things: They need to have opportunities to grow; to build relationships with employees and others involved in the work; and to create something greater than themselves. Start-up companies and nonprofits alike offer this kind of engagement for workers.
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