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Nonprofit employment defied recession
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Despite a global recession, U.S. nonprofit employment rose steadily during the end of the last decade and beyond, according to new research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. From 2007 to 2012, the number jobs at organizations registered as charities with the Internal Revenue Service increased 8.6 percent, climbing from 10.5-million to 11.4-million. That figure rose year-to-year throughout the entire five-year stretch, climbing even as the total number of American jobs dropped by 2.7 percent over the same period of time.
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Envelope change boosted fundraising results 10 percent
From The NonProfit Times
If the last time you considered modifying your direct mail fundraising package wasn't this morning, you're overdue. "Testing isn't difficult or costly, but it is the lifeblood of your program," is what Bryan Terpstra, senior vice president of direct response fundraising agency RobbinsKersten Direct, told an audience during a recent fundraising conference.
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Smithsonian details new fundraising approach
From The New York Times
The Smithsonian Institution said it planned to raise $1.5 billion by 2017 in its first institution-wide fundraising campaign and had already raised more than $1 billion of that sum from private individuals, foundations, corporations and other donors. In an era of tighter federal funding the Smithsonian is increasing its private fundraising efforts to pay for its stepped-up ambitions at its sprawling network of museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and research centers, one of the largest collections of museum and research centers in the world.
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Study: Fundraisers upbeat about reaching money goals for 2014, but staffs are stretched thin
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Seven in 10 nonprofits expect to meet their fundraising goals for 2014, although fewer of them than last year are seeing their gifts grow, according to a survey. Nonprofits say their biggest challenge is no longer the state of the economy but their stretched fundraising staffs, with 52 percent worried they won't meet their goals as a result. Only 14 percent said they consider the economy to be a serious problem.
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Nonprofit employment defied recession
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Despite a global recession, U.S. nonprofit employment rose steadily during the end of the last decade and beyond, according to new research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Can a nonprofit find strategic ways to grow in difficult times?
From The Huffington Post
Nonprofits have always had to struggle to meet their client needs, even when economic conditions and social turmoil were much less constraining than today. How can mid-level nonprofits uncover growth opportunities in the present environment?

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Google opens whole e-business toolbox to nonprofits for free
From The Denver Post
Nonprofits looking for help from the tech world need not search far. Google's plethora of business tools is open to nonprofits for free, with a few features — like $10,000 grants — that many nonprofits may not realize are available.

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Guidestar launches new nonprofit diversity tracker
From Associations Now
Diversity is becoming a bigger part of the discussion than ever these days, and that’s most definitely true for nonprofits. Industry tracker Guidestar has big plans to be on top of the issue. The organization announced that it was launching a new collaboration with the D5 Coalition to add new voluntary diversity metrics — including race, sexual orientation, gender and disability status of employees — to the Guidestar Exchange.
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6 things nonprofits can teach small business
From Nonprofit Quarterly
In an article in Yahoo Small Business Advisor, small businesses are urged to look to the practices of nonprofits. It lists six lessons that appear to us to be very interconnected — most of which flow back to staying attentive to and responsive to stakeholders — but it is certainly worth some attention.
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What does it take to grow a nonprofit? Ask Nourish International
From PBS
Since 2003, Nourish International has spread to 60 high school and college campuses and contributed to 113 projects in 28 countries. The group hopes to have a sustainable revenue stream and grow to 100 campuses in three years, said Kelly Leonhardt Phoenix, Nourish International's executive director.
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Nonprofit advocates take opposing sides on HIV Drug Truvada
From Nonprofit Quarterly
Nonprofits can be effective advocates for their causes in tandem with government agencies, but it's not always unanimous. The fact that groups dedicated to serving the same constituency and cause can sometimes differ on the best approach is testimony to the diversity of ideas and approaches in the nonprofit sector. Here's a case in point.
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New startup turns nonprofit donations into discovery
From Associations Now
The recently launched nonprofit platform Dollar a Day, which has the backing of Kickstarter's former CEO and current chairman, hopes to make it easy for the public to discover new nonprofits worthy of help.
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