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Thanks to strong growth in email-driven donations and monthly recurring gifts, online fundraising revenue climbed 19 percent in 2015 at the 105 nonprofits that participated in the M+R 2016 benchmarks study. 

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Online giving remains a minority portion of fundraising at most nonprofits, but it’s growing rapidly, according to marketing firm M+R.
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See how a handful of nonprofits are testing virtual reality's latest technology to win donations and change hearts and minds. 

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Charities get creative with a technology that can have an immediate and powerful impact on donors, but they also discover pitfalls.
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Find out how to make the most of a nonprofit conference with our interactive Choose Your Own Adventure story.
You’ve made it to the big conference! But with so many options, how do you make it count?
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Fifty-eight percent of nonprofits in the New York and Washington metropolitan areas plan to add staff this year, according to a new survey of organizations in those cities.

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Competition for talent grows more fierce as a healthier economy and boomer departures heat up the job market.
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The Wounded Warrior Project risks suffering irreversible damage unless it moves quickly to address recent national media accusations of mismanagement and lavish spending, nonprofit experts say.
The veterans charity faces a communications crisis even if it has done nothing wrong, and it needs to do more to head off irreparable harm, nonprofit experts say.
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In its early days of raising money for classrooms, DonorsChoose.org helped pay for 11 projects. Today, the organization has raised almost $400 million for nearly 700,000 projects.
Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org, talks about the early days of his organization and how he hopes it can influence education policy.
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Sebastian Junger, founder of RISC, saw the lack of emergency training as a systemic problem in journalism — and he wanted to fix it. 

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Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues, founded by Sebastian Junger after one of his colleagues bled to death in Libya, offers four-day medical sessions for journalists who cover war zones.
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A key barrier to greater openness, according to the study: a shortage of staff time and money devoted to such efforts.

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A shortage of staff time and other resources are cited as barriers to greater openness, according to a new survey of foundation leaders.
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The banking and oil heir left bequests totaling more than $750 million. A little-known theater owner came in second, with $605 million in donations. Read about the trends and some of the most interesting donors.
The banking and oil heir left bequests totaling more than $750 million. A little-known theater owner came in second, with $605 million in donations. Read about the trends and some of the most interesting donors.
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The James Irvine Foundation on Wednesday said it will wind down three grant-making effort so it can work exclusively on helping the working poor gain more economic opportunities and build their advocacy clout.

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The Irvine Foundation will end traditional arts, youths and education, and democracy grants to instead focus on ways to aid the working poor by expanding their economic opportunities and advocacy clout.
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"As a country, we’ll have to agree to the basic premise that we want to encourage charitable giving because it supports the most important work we do in this country."
Pushing to exceed the stagnant 2-percent giving rate as a national goal is more important than devoting all our efforts to tax deductions for donors.
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Foundation and charity leaders are applauding efforts to bypass a gridlocked Congress unwilling or unable to pass comprehensive gun legislation.
Grant makers and charities think the new executive actions will increase momentum on the issue, but some question why more foundations haven’t joined the fight.
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