Author Archives: Laura Mandeles

“The Reel Connection: Videos, Jewelry, and Tanning,” “Bakewell Auto Parts & Pet Supplies,” “Harbison Enterprises: Military Surplus and Lingerie,” “Rose Computers & Antiques.” Not exactly your business school idea of “horizontal integration,” these real business combinations are the funnier side of a serious … Continue reading

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Bruce Renfroe operated a NYC subway system (MTA) elevator that carries passengers to and from subway tracks 10 stories below ground – a 40-second ride. As Anne Bergeron and Beth Tuttle recount in their recent book Magnetic: the Art and … Continue reading

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The arts community has believed in and asserted the essential nature of the arts for many years, without making much of a dent in thinking, practice, policy or funding among the corporations, schools and school districts, legislative bodies, funders, and … Continue reading

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Whenever I work with a nonprofit board on major gift fundraising, I intone the First Axiom of Resource Development: Fundraising is not about asking for money; it is about building relationships. I also present Laura’s Corollary: These relationships are built on mutual passions, reflecting (1) … Continue reading

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And of the present, too! My interest in this topic is both personal and professional. I have a “millennial” daughter in her first job out of college, and as I urge her to set aside some of her earnings for … Continue reading

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In a recent blog post, “Shattering the Myth About Diversified Revenue,” the Nonprofit Finance Fund’s Clara Miller proposes that seeking a more diversified funding base is often more of a burden than a boon to non-profit leadership, and leads to … Continue reading

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Anyone trying to sort out the new world of fundraising in the digital age should consider the research and findings of The Next Generation of American Giving:  A study on the multichannel preferences and charitable habits of Generation Y, Generation … Continue reading

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I haven’t found a nonprofit administrator or development professional yet who isn’t concerned about the Obama administration’s ongoing desire to limit the tax deductions for charitable contributions.  I worry along with them that at the upper levels, especially, giving will … Continue reading

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If you want to see who’s who in the world of nonprofits, check out the NonProfit Times’ Power and Influence Top 50. They call the listed individuals “executives who mobilize the masses for good and who manage their resources while … Continue reading

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Our research also looks beyond the cultural sector to other kinds of nonprofits. Recently, I spoke with an education research and evaluation organization and a venture philanthropy investment group. A common theme stood out: the process of gathering information for … Continue reading

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