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Building Bikes for Children

I am presenting today at the International Corporate Citizenship Conference hosted by the Boston College Carroll School of Management’s Center for Corporate Citizenship. Yesterday Intel sponsored an opportunity to build bikes which will be donated to a nonprofit that will give them to poor children. Great idea. Check out the pictures from the event below:

It’s About the Journey

Bob Ottenhoff

What is the Nonprofit “Value Proposition”?

The following is a cross-post from the Johns Hopkins University blog, written by Hillary Belzer, a project coordinator for the Johns Hopkins Listening Post Project. The Listening Post Project identifies key trends and challenges facing the U.S. nonprofit sector and the innovative strategies nonprofits have adopted in response. You can find the original post here.

The Glacial Pace of the Nonprofit Sector

Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup

The 3 big preferences for donor research

In this time of donor fatigue, what can you, as a nonprofit, do to garner more donations? Check out our new infographic about Money for Good II research conducted by Hope Consulting below.

Is the influence of the “One Percent” good for the world of philanthropy?

Raymond Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America

Gather Stories to Show Donors Your Impact


A story is a great way to give potential donors personalized insight into what your nonprofit does and the change you're making in the world. And the most compelling stories can be told by people who know you best—your clients, volunteers, and partners—as well as your existing donors.

Shaping the Debate: What Makes Nonprofits Special?

Nonprofits are under attack. Tax exemption is on the line. Tax deductibility is under threat. How can nonprofits defend themselves?

Nonprofit stockholders?

Charles and David Koch, courtesy of

Follow-up to 10 Common Mistakes Nonprofits Make in Social Media Webinar

Below is a follow-up by Lindsay J.K. Nichols, GuideStar’s PR & Social Media Marketing Manager, to a handful of questions submitted by participants during the March 8, 2012, webinar, “10 Common Mistakes Nonprofits Make in Social Media.” To view Heather Mansfield’s presentation, please click here.

Are 501(c)(4) nonprofits created merely to hide from public inspection?

The Associated Press reported on Thursday that many within the tea party, as well as other conservative groups, are claiming that the Internal Revenue Service is taking too long to award them tax-exempt status.

IRS Reports on 2011 Activities and Its Plans for 2012


The latest report on the activities and plans for the Exempt Organizations (EO) section of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division of the IRS provides some insight into what's ahead for nonprofits—good to know if your organization is in a group targeted for scrutiny. EO director Lois Lerner outlines accomplishments in fiscal year (FY) 2011 and previews plans for FY 2012 in the 12-page report. It is worth reading to get an understanding of EO's priorities, but below are some highlights.

Three Fundraising Habits of Supremely Successful Boards

Excerpted from The Fundraising Habits of Supremely Successful Boards, rev. ed.

Five Qualities That Make You a Good Expert Source

Reprinted from