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4 questions to develop your storytelling strategy
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The first question in developing a "story strategy" — a communications and organizing strategy that uses stories — is not, "How do we tell this particular story well and get it to go big?" Instead, the first question is, "What do we want to achieve?" In the case of the first reader, the answer is right there: to encourage people to support your organization financially or take part in your programs. Really, those are two separate but related objectives, and each probably calls for a different audience.
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After public outcry, IRS to 'reconsider' its attempt to police nonprofit speech
From Forbes
Americans sent a clear message to the Internal Revenue Service about its proposal to restrict the speech rights of nonprofit groups like the Alliance for Justice, NAACP and the National Rifle Association: Stop. A new study by the Center for Competitive Politics examined the record-setting number of comments sent to the IRS in response to its proposed regulations limiting the activities of nonprofit advocacy groups, known as 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations. A remarkable 87 percent of all public comments sampled opposed the rule-making outright, with 64 percent of comments from organizations, experts and public officials in firm opposition.
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Another year of pay hikes for nonprofit hospital CEOs
From Modern Healthcare via Crain's Detroit Business
Despite the ongoing public ire aimed at executives at not-for-profit health care systems because of their multimillion-dollar pay packages, their salaries and total cash compensation continued to rise at a far faster clip than average worker salaries in 2012, the most recent year with full data available. Boards and compensation consultants continue to cite market forces — the need to keep up with peers to hold onto skilled health care leaders — as the main reason for the increases.
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Scaling the wall: 5 ways to get unsolicited proposals heard
From Nonprofit Quarterly
Philanthropy is, increasingly, a world of insiders. How many foundation websites explain in no uncertain terms that they do not accept unsolicited proposals, or even unsolicited letters of interest? For nonprofits that aren't already in the foundations' circles or don't socialize with the foundation leaders and staff, it looks and feels like an impenetrable, unscalable, concrete wall.
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Study: Millennials more generous with donor-advised funds
From The NonProfit Times
Millennial donors on average recommend higher grant dollars to charities via donor-advised funds than their older counterparts but are also unsure about how to go about giving, according to a study by Vanguard Charitable. "An Inside Look" examines 15,330 donors over a 10-year period that gave to charities using Vanguard's DAF. Millennials/Generation-Xers recommended grant dollars of $9,065 compared to averages of $6,979 for traditionalists and $7,877 for baby boomers. The minimum grant from Vanguard Charitable is $500.
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4 questions to develop your storytelling strategy
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The first question in developing a "story strategy" — a communications and organizing strategy that uses stories — is not, "How do we tell this particular story well and get it to go big?" Instead, the first question is, "What do we want to achieve?"

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Most activist groups actually suck at online fundraising — Here's how to change that
From Inside Philanthropy
There's an old proverb that goes like this: Give a nonprofit a grant and you feed it for a year. Teach it how to crowdfund and you can wash your hands of the place. Okay, that's not how the proverb actually goes.

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Advanced marketing opportunities for nonprofits
From Forbes
Nonprofit companies have very different goals and a different way of operating than your traditional business, so many of your typical online marketing strategies simply aren't optimized for nonprofits.

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New York judge rules for Cuomo's nonprofit pay cap
From Capital New York
A Suffolk County Supreme Court justice in New York ruled that a salary cap on nonprofit providers instituted by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2012 is legal, dealing a blow to providers who said the cap was an overreach by the state's health department and could impair providers' ability to serve their patients.
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America's press needs to stop fawning over big donors
From The Huffington Post
America's news media are failing to focus a critical eye on philanthropy, especially on wealthy donors. A decade ago, major newspapers like the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times regularly uncovered the inappropriate activities of foundations and large wealthy donors. But today, journalists have become, for the most part, relatively uncritical, almost supine, cheerleaders of American philanthropy.
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Ailing nonprofit health services provider takes steps toward recovery
From The Washington Post
HealthWorks for Northern Virginia, the financially troubled nonprofit health service provider charged by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors with improving its productivity before it could receive additional county funding, is making progress toward its goals, the organization's chief executive says.
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HR is no longer a nonstarter at nonprofits, research shows
From Workforce
It seems that the groups known for helping people around the world are finally turning inwards and realizing the importance of focusing on improving and empowering the people within their organizations. Almost 50 percent of the 260 nonprofit organizations surveyed in XpertHR's recent report, "HR Staffing, Costs and Structures in the Nonprofit Sector," said their human resources department's influence had increased in the past year, and none of them reported a decrease in HR's workload. But why did it take so long for nonprofits to jump on the HR bandwagon?
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Nonprofits provide jobless men with a fitting for a 2nd chance
From The New York Times
Joseph Campbell noticed them whenever he hunted for work on the streets of Manhattan: the purposeful men wearing pinstripes or herringbone, seersucker or linen. He admired the sleek suits, the starched shirts, the gleaming cuff links. They all signaled success and prosperity. Or, as Mr. Campbell put it: "Somebody who wants to take care of some serious business." Somebody else. Not him.
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