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More Questions about Nonprofit Health Care Cooperatives


More on the Nonprofit Cooperative Option for Health Care


Social Media for Nonprofits: Learning from Beth Kanter

I recently read that approximately 900,000 people post blog entries, daily. As the blogosphere continues to grow, more and more publications are providing readers the ability to subsribe via RSS feeds. This is making it both easier and more cumbersome to keep up with all of the information that is out there. I, as I’m sure many of you do, subscribe via RSS feed, to a variety of different nonprofit blogs and publications. All of them, from The Chronicle of Philanthropy to the Wild Apricot Blog provide useful information and articles regarding goings-on, trends and changes within the sector.

Contemplating Life’s Rhythms


From the President's Office, September 2009

Dear Friend:

Your RFP Process: The Groundwork for a Successful Relationship

For nonprofit executives, requesting proposals for professional services can be a bit like writing and monitoring an on-line dating profile. If you don't capture your organization's needs and values with succinctness and specificity, you may find yourself facing a choice between the wrong suitors. And when it comes to audit and tax needs, taking yourself out of the dating pool is not an option—you must ultimately choose one fish in the sea. When embarking on the RFP process, leaders should strive to get off on the right foot and carefully position their organizations to find the best fit. Below are several tips to help you do so.

Top Cancer-Fighting Nonprofits

Last July, GreatNonprofits, in partnership with GuideStar and Planet Cancer, invited the public to submit reviews and rate nonprofits serving the cancer community. More than 46,000 people submitted 1,864 reviews for more than 120 nonprofits. The reviews can be seen in the organizations' reports on both GreatNonprofits and GuideStar.

Stories of Smart (and Not-So-Smart) Grantseeking in a Tough Economy

Reprinted from Opportunity Knocks

IRS Provides Procedures for Supporting Organizations to Change Public Charity Classification

Reprinted from Exempt Organizations Advisory

Why Don’t Board Members Do What They’re Supposed to Do?

"Why don't board members do what they're supposed to do?" shouted a packed room of nonprofit organization leaders. This quick, loud response came when the training-session participants were asked to share their most pressing problem.

Are There Easy Ways to Reduce Donor Attrition Rates?

Reprinted from Contributions Magazine