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A ‘Grass Roots’ Campaign to Take Down Amazon Is Funded by Amazon’s Biggest Rivals - WSJ
Sept. 20, 2019 | WSJ | By James V. Grimaldi.

Walmart, Oracle and mall owner Simon Property Group are secret funders behind a nonprofit that has been highly critical of the e-commerce giant

About 18 months ago a new nonprofit group called Free and Fair Markets Initiative launched a national campaign criticizing the business practices of one powerful company: Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -1.50%

Free and Fair Markets accused Amazon of stifling competition and innovation, inhibiting consumer choice, gorging on government subsidies, endangering its warehouse workers and exposing consumer data to privacy breaches. It claimed to have grass-roots support from average citizens across the U.S, citing a labor union, a Boston management professor and a California businessman.

What the group did not say is that it received backing from some of Amazon’s chief corporate rivals. They include shopping mall owner Simon Property Group Inc., SPG 0.27% retailer Walmart Inc. WMT -0.11% and software giant Oracle Corp. ORCL 0.19% , according to people involved with and briefed on the project. Simon Property is fighting to keep shoppers who now prefer to buy what they need on Amazon; Walmart is competing with Amazon over retail sales; and Oracle is battling Amazon over a $10 billion Pentagon cloud-computing contract.

The grass-roots support cited by the group was also not what it appeared to be. The labor union says it was listed as a member of the group without permission and says a document purporting to show that it gave permission has a forged signature. The Boston professor says the group, with his permission, ghost-wrote an op-ed for him about Amazon but that he didn’t know he would be named as a member. The California businessman was dead for months before his name was removed from the group’s website this year.

Free and Fair Markets, or FFMI, declined to reveal its funders or disclose if it has directors or a chief executive.

“The bottom line is that FFMI is focusing on the substantive issues and putting a spotlight on the way companies like Amazon undermine the public good—something that media outlets, activists, and politicians in both parties are also doing with increasing frequency,” it said in a statement in response to questions from The Wall Street Journal. “If Amazon can not take the heat then it should stay out of the kitchen.”

The creation of a group aimed solely at Amazon is an indication of the degree to which competing companies have coalesced to counter the growing and accumulated power of Amazon and how far competitors are increasingly willing to go to counter-strike. Lobbyists that exaggerate the extent of their grass-roots support—a practice known as “AstroTurf lobbying”—are common in Washington, but it is rare for a nonprofit group to be created for the sole purpose of going after a single firm.

Amazon is facing additional opaque opposition as well, with websites and articles popping up portraying the software giant as the Evil Empire. The website Monopolyamazon.com, which does not disclose who is behind it and registered its web address anonymously, includes a handful of articles calling on the Defense Department to reject Amazon’s bid for a $10 billion cloud-computing contract. For months last year, an anti-Amazon dossier circulated in Washington alleging conflicts of interest in the Pentagon procurement process and a chart from the document later reached President Trump before he asked for a review of the Amazon bid.

Free and Fair Markets is run by a strategic communications firm, Marathon Strategies, that works for large corporations, including Amazon rivals. Marathon founder Phil Singer is a veteran political operative who has worked as a top aide to prominent Democrats, including Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and on Hillary Clinton ’s 2008 presidential campaign.

In a statement, Mr. Singer defended the group. “FFMI is not obligated to disclose its donors and it does not,” Mr. Singer said.

Marathon initially asked for a fee of $250,000 per company to fund the anti-Amazon group, according to a person at one of the companies approached. Among those invited to fund the group but declined were a trade association that includes members who compete with Amazon, and International Business Machines Corp. , according to people familiar with the contacts. IBM, which declined to comment, previously was a client of Marathon.

In a statement, Amazon said, “The Free & Fair Markets Initiative appears to be little more than a well-oiled front group run by a high-priced public affairs firm and funded by self-interested parties with the sole objective of spreading misinformation about Amazon.”

Simon Property, the world’s largest mall landlord, declined to comment. Simon does not have any brick-and-mortar Amazon stores in its roughly 200 malls, outlets and open-air centers in the U.S., whereas its peers with smaller portfolios count multiple Amazon stores in theirs. The Indianapolis-based landlord recently launched its own online shopping platform, Shoppremiumoutlets.com.

Walmart funds the organization indirectly by paying an intermediary that pays for Free and Fair Markets, according to sources familiar with the arrangement. Walmart is a client of Marathon.

Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove said, “We are not financial supporters of the FFMI but we share concerns about issues they have raised.” Mr. Hargrove declined to comment further.

The group’s aim is to sully Amazon’s image on competition, data-security and workplace issues, while creating a sense of grass-roots support for increased government regulatory and antitrust enforcement, according to people familiar with the campaign.

Free and Fair Markets has lobbied the government for legislation and investigations of Amazon, sent dozens of letters and reports to Congress and staff, according to congressional staffers, published scores of op-eds in local and online media and tweeted hundreds of social media posts blasting Amazon.

Over the past year, many of the actions advocated by the group have gained traction. Amazon has come under increasing antitrust scrutiny from the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, states attorneys general and the European Union. In New York, Amazon backed out of plans to open a second headquarters in Long Island City after facing political opposition. Free and Fair Markets campaigned against government subsidies to support the site and tweeted more than 300 times on the topic.

Oracle provided financial support as part of an all-out strategy to stop Amazon from getting a $10 billion mega-contract to handle cloud computing for the Defense Department. The Pentagon eliminated Oracle as a bidder in the first round. Kenneth Glueck, who runs Oracle’s office in Washington, confirmed that the computer technology firm has contributed to the effort.

A goal of the organization was achieved in July when President Trump said he wanted to conduct a review of the contract. In August, the secretary of defense said he was investigating conflict-of-interest allegations surrounding the $10 billion contract known as Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI. At the urging of President Trump, the bid award has been put on hold during the review.

Mr. Trump, a frequent critic of Amazon, cited complaints about the project from several of Amazon’s competitors, which in addition to Oracle included IBM and Microsoft Corp. , saying he had heard the contract “wasn’t competitively bid.” The contract has not been awarded and Microsoft remains one of the two remaining bidders.

Though Free and Fair Markets has contacted members of Congress and the administration, it has not registered as a lobbying organization. Such groups are required to file with Congress if more than 20% of their work involves lobbying. Marathon said it complies with lobby disclosure rules.

None of the articles notes that Mr. Engel’s group is funded by rivals of Amazon.

A spokeswoman for The Hill said the publication was unaware of the funding sources and failure to disclose such payments violates a standard written agreement all op-ed writers are required to sign.

Sandy Shea, managing editor of opinion for the Inquirer’s parent company, the Philadelphia Media Network, said, “We aren’t equipped to investigate the makeup or structure of a nonprofit that submits a piece.”

Bill Zeiser, RealClearPolicy editor, said RealClearMedia publishes “commentary on politics and public policy from a wide array of sources. These submissions are assessed on their editorial merits.”

Representatives of the Post-Gazette and Chronicle did not respond to emails.

In an interview earlier this year, Mr. Engel said the motive of the group was not to promote the views of Amazon’s rivals. He said Amazon has been the only target because its business tactics run counter to the group’s goal of free and fair markets. “The one organization that feels it stands above that is Amazon,” Mr. Engel said.

Marathon did not make Mr. Engel available for comment a second time after the Journal determined that rivals were funding the group.

Mr. Engel and his group have been quoted in publications, including once each in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. None said who funded the group.

One article about Free and Fair Markets was commissioned by Marathon.

Last October, an Iowa writer and consultant, Jeff Patch, published an article on RealClearPolicy.com, a news website known for political coverage, about a report by Free and Fair Markets critical of Amazon’s record of hiring and firing women. “Many [women] were fired after Amazon concocted pretexts for their terminations,” Mr. Patch wrote.

Mr. Patch, who has worked as a journalist and a staffer for a Republican congressman and conservative think tanks, did not disclose in his article at the time that he was a paid contractor for Marathon.

Bank statements and invoices reviewed by the Journal show that Mr. Patch billed Marathon, and was paid thousands of dollars… [more]
Amazon  clandestine  contra-Amazon  countermeasures  counternarratives  dark_side  e-commerce  grass-roots  lobbying  lobbyists  nonprofit  Oracle  Simon_Properties  sophisticated  Wal-Mart 
26 days ago by jerryking
Opinion | The Surprising Path That Some Kids Take to the Ivy League
Aug. 24, 2019 | The New York Times | By Frank Bruni.

Overcoming life’s basic truth: Talent is universal, but opportunity is not.
career_paths  Colleges_&_Universities  Frank_Bruni  Ivy_League  nonprofit  philanthropy  resilience  strivers  unevenly_distributed  Zimbabwe 
7 weeks ago by jerryking
Constitutional reform pressure group formed; members free to get into active politics
July 5, 2017 | Demerara Waves | Denis Chabrol.
Jainaraine Singh, Marcel Gaskin, Renatta Chuck-a-Sang and Terrence Campbell.

Reform, Inform, Sustain Educate (RISE) Guyana, a newly-formed non-profit organisation, on Wednesday announced that it would be embarking on a countrywide push for reforming Guyana’s constitution over the next two years, and said its members are free to engage in active politics with any party of their choice.
constitutions  Guyana  nonprofit  BHS  alumni  RISE 
july 2017 by jerryking
Retired Wells Fargo Exec to Help Ex-Convicts - Barron's
By ED FINN
August 1, 2015

As Ludeman sees it, life in Ferguson and many other impoverished U.S. cities has been made far worse by the inability of ex-convicts to adjust to life outside prison. Of the people released from prison, an astounding 77% end up getting arrested again within five years. ...Ludeman was quick to educate himself on the social and economic costs of America’s burgeoning state and federal prison population, which now numbers 1.6 million, up from 300,000 in 1980. One reason the U.S. economy has been slow to recover in recent years is that so many Americans have prison records and therefore find it nearly impossible to get jobs. This is largely due to laws passed since 1980 requiring mandatory sentences, particularly for drug-related offenses. By one estimate, 7.7 million people in the U.S. have served time in prison.

Before thinking about Project Cope, says Ludeman, “I did not realize the devastating impact to individuals, families, and communities, who are literally annihilated by mass incarceration.”

Without question, the harsher sentencing laws of the past three decades have taken a proportionately greater toll on African-Americans. While African-Americans make up 13% of the overall U.S. population, they account for 38% of prison inmates. Studies have shown that when a white person and an African-American with similar criminal histories are charged with the same type of crime, the chances of the African-American going to prison are far higher than for the white defendant. One study indicated that young African-American males have a one-in-three chance of going to prison at some point in their lives, versus one-in-six for Hispanics and one-in-17 for whites
Second_Acts  nonprofit  CEOs  leadership  serving_others  justice_system  penal_institutions  prisons  incarceration  racial_disparities  African-Americans 
august 2015 by jerryking
Endeavor Makes a Wager On Latin American Firms - WSJ.com
April 15, 2003 | WSJ | By Mike Allen Staff Reporter of The Wall Street Journal Updated .
Endeavor  nonprofit  Latin_America  entrepreneurship  start_ups 
december 2013 by jerryking
How an endangered Walrus was saved - The Globe and Mail
Sep. 07 2013 | The Globe and Mail | SIMON HOUPT.

The Walrus is no longer just a magazine published 10 times a year; it is a multiplatform brand that finds expression in a tablet edition, a blog, podcasts, e-books, a series of short non-fiction films, speaking events and sometimes even a cruise through the Northwest Passage.

Each feeds the other, sometimes in spirit and promotional force (a podcast may offer a reporter’s reminiscences of grappling with a particular interview subject), and sometimes even financially: The events business, which will present about 30 live events this year, is now one of the primary sources of revenue.

(While other publications, such as The New Yorker, produce live events, those are usually brand-building exercises rather than major sources of revenue.)

The Walrus Foundation, the education-oriented charitable non-profit that publishes the magazine, procures corporate sponsorship, such as the one from RBC for an evening dedicated to conversation about philanthropy.
brands  conferences  content  conversations  endangered  events  Ideacity  magazines  multiplatforms  nonprofit  Simon_Houpt  sponsorships  TED  Walrus 
september 2013 by jerryking
Beyond strategic control: Applying the Balanced Scorecard to a Religious Organization
2001 | Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing |John C Keyt.

Kaplan and Norton (1992) have provided a framework to link control to an organization 's vision - the balanced scorecard. This approach provides measures in four areas: 1. customer, 2. internal business, 3. innovation and learning, and 4. financial. This article provides a starting point in adapting this method to a church by looking at four measurement perspectives: 1. members/attenders, 2. internal ministry processes, 3. ministering, and 4. innovation and learning. An example is then developed using a church's mission and vision statement.
balanced_scorecard  churches  religion  frameworks  nonprofit  best_practices 
january 2013 by jerryking
To transform education, Donorschoose hires a data scientist - Fortune Tech
By Jessi Hempel, writer December 21, 2012

Charles Best, a former Bronx history teacher, started Donorschoose to help donors and teachers connect directly online. Now Best plans to use a dozen years' worth of data to advocate for those educators. After all, teachers often turn to Donorschoose to request help getting the tools and supplies they need most. In the grand -- and often political -- struggle to identify what schools need, Best believes Donorschoose can help policy makers who control government spending listen to teachers. ...The idea for harnessing this data began when Donorschoose held a hacking contest in 2011. Among the most intriguing explorations of the data was a project done by Lisa Zhang, a Canadian undergraduate who used Donorschoose data to look at, among other things, the influence of a teacher's gender on the types of projects that were submitted and got funded....
education  data_driven  data_scientists  data  nonprofit  philanthropy  teachers  reform 
january 2013 by jerryking
A Road to the Rich
February 1998 | Financial Planning | Russ Alan Prince & Karen Maru File,
Gary Rathbun, president of Private Wealth Consultants in Toledo, Ohio, is profiled. One of Rathbun‘s most successful marketing strategies has been to work through intermediaries. Rathbun has created a niche for his investment advisory business by effectively positioning Private Wealth Consultants as a financial advisory firm with expertise in assisting wealthy individuals make charitable gifts. Private Wealth Consultants engages in 4 steps to creating relationships with nonprofits: 1. Demonstrate an ability to work with wealth donors. 2. Demonstrate expertise with charitable giving techniques. 3. Describe how to promote planned giving strategies to prospective donors. 4. Explain how the financial planner will profit from the arrangement.
financial_advisors  wealth_management  high_net_worth  charities  nonprofit  niches  investment_advice 
august 2012 by jerryking
Oh, those lazy young people
Aug. 24 2012 | The Globe and Mail | Todd Hirsch.

The first thing a young person should do is get an education. Not coincidentally, postsecondary education has been a huge issue burning a hole in Quebec politics this summer. But rising tuition fees or not, there is no single factor more effective in boosting creativity and productivity than an educated work force.

Travelling or living abroad is also important. The human mind needs to see different patterns and systems in order to tap its full creative potential, and seeing how people and economies work in other parts of the world is enormously helpful for this.

Finally, working in the community offers tremendous benefits. By getting involved in an arts group, a not-for-profit charity, a neighbourhood sports league – it almost doesn’t matter what as long as the interests of others are at the forefront – self-awareness and empathy are enhanced. And from this flows innovation and creativity.

Economic productivity isn’t about working longer hours, nor is it about finding a warm body to fill a dead-end job. It’s about tapping human potential. It’s about spawning new industries – ones that perhaps need some risk-taker champions along the way. And it’s about inspiring a new generation of young Canadians to say “this is our economy.”
productivity  youth  creative_renewal  travel  creativity  Millennials  Todd_Hirsch  self-awareness  empathy  innovation  education  new_businesses  perspectives  volunteering  arts  nonprofit  human_potential  young_people 
august 2012 by jerryking
Delivering on the Promise of Nonprofits
December 2008 | HBR | Jeffrey L. Bradach (jeff.bradach@bridgespan.org) is the managing partner and a cofounder of the Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit
that provides strategy consulting and executive search services to nonprofits and philanthropy organizations. Thomas J. Tierney
(thomas.tierney@bridgespan.org) is the chairman and a cofounder of Bridgespan and a former worldwide managing director of
Bain & Company. Nan Stone (nan.stone@bridgespan.org) is a knowledge partner at Bridgespan and a former editor of Harvard
Business Review.

Idea in Brief
• U.S. nonprofits face mounting pressure to demonstrate the effectiveness of their programs—but the sector’s orientation toward mission
statements rather than market forces actually undermines their ability to focus on results.
• To push back and develop pragmatic plans for making a difference, nonprofit leaders should rigorously answer several interdependent
questions, suggested by the authors as a framework for change: Which results will we hold ourselves accountable for? How will we
achieve them? What will results really cost, and how can we fund them? How do we build the organization we need to deliver results?
• Successful organizations are willing to make hard trade-offs based on objective information to increase their impact.
HBR  nonprofit  effectiveness  performance  LBMA 
august 2012 by jerryking
Goldman Sachs to Help Fund NYC Program to Cut Jail Recidivism
Aug 2, 2012 | Bloomberg | By Henry Goldman.

New York City will try to reduce the recidivism of young male convicts housed on Rikers Island with a four-year program run by nonprofits and financed by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS)

The bank will invest $9.6 million through a so-called social-impact bond, meaning it will profit only if the plan achieves its goals. New York officials said the program is the first of its kind in the U.S.

“In this new model, private investors fund the intervention through a nonprofit contractor and the government pays the contractor only if the program meets its goals,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office said in a news release.

For Goldman Sachs to earn a profit, the program will need to reduce recidivism by at least 10 percent. City payments to MDRC, a nonprofit social-policy group created by the Ford Foundation that will monitor and run the program, also will be based on its degree of success. The Vera Institute of Justice will independently assess the program’s effectiveness, the mayor’s office said.
Goldman_Sachs  New_York_City  recidivism  incarceration  nonprofit  bonds  Michael_Bloomberg  social_finance  social_impact 
august 2012 by jerryking
Operationalizing the marketing concept in the nonprofit sector
2002 | Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing | by Adrian Sargeant, Susan Foreman | Mei-Na Liao
marketing  nonprofit  charities 
august 2012 by jerryking
An entrepreneurial perspective on the marketing of charities
2001 | Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing | Michael H. Morris. Pierre R. Berthon. Leyland F. Pitt. Marie E. Murgolo-Poore. Wendy F. Ramshaw.
marketing  charities  nonprofit  cause_marketing 
august 2012 by jerryking
Jake Porway, Data Scientist Information, Facts, News, Photos -- National Geographic
Data scientist Jake Porway (Ph.D.) is a matchmaker. He sees social change organizations working to make the world a better place, collecting mountains of data, but lacking skills and resources to use that information to advance their mission. He sees data scientists with amazing skills and cutting-edge tools, eager to use their talent to accomplish something meaningful, yet cut off from channels that allow them to do so. He sees governments ready to make data open and available, but disconnected from people who need it. For Porway, it's a match waiting to happen and the reason he founded DataKind (formerly Data Without Borders). It connects nonprofits, NGOs and other data-rich social change organizations with data scientists willing to donate time and knowledge to solve social, environmental and community problems. Ultimately, he wants to build a globally connected network of dedicated experts who can be deployed at a moment's notice to tackle any big data science task worldwide
data_scientists  DataKind  data  match-making  haystacks  PhDs  open_data  nonprofit  NGOs  volunteering 
july 2012 by jerryking
Boosting Emerging-Market Entrepreneurs
May 23, 2007 | Bloomberg BusinessWeek | by Jeffrey Gangemi.
A non-profit is offering small, high-growth companies know-how, connections, and encouragement to think big. Revenues are growing
thinking_big  Endeavor  emerging_markets  entrepreneur  nonprofit  high-growth 
june 2012 by jerryking
www.accfinancial.ca | Agriculture is our business, too
ACC Farmers’ Financial (ACC) is a not-for-profit farm organization founded in 1992 by a coalition of farm organizations and is now comprised of 19 producer associations and marketing boards. Since that time, we have provided in excess of three billion dollars in operating funds to Canadian producers.

http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/don-ledrew/29/a20/216

Referred by Bob Seguin
farming  agriculture  agribusiness  nonprofit 
may 2012 by jerryking
George Morris Centre
Provoking informed dialogues and fostering excellence.
Founded in 1990, the George Morris Centre is a Canada-wide, not-for-profit charitable organization. As an independent think tank, the Centre provides industry decision makers with critical information and analysis on issues affecting the Canadian agri-products sector. The Centre's products and services assist public and private sector clients who are adjusting to change, and those leading the change
Ontario  value_chains  agribusiness  nonprofit  Guelph 
may 2012 by jerryking
The Manager - The Globe and Mail
Postscript

Charlotte Beers, former CEO of Ogilvy & Mather, provides a blueprint for women who are seeking leadership positions in I’d Rather Be in Charge (Vanguard Press, 242 pages, $29.00).

If you serve on the board of a not-for-profit organization, you might find some guidance from the third edition of The Nonprofit Board Answer Book (Jossey Bass, 363 pages, $51.95), put together by BoardSource, which works to provide excellence in such boards.

Illinois-based consultant Matt Anderson has built his business through referrals; he shares his advice in Fearless Referrals (McGraw-Hill, 232 pages, $21.95).
books  Harvey_Schachter  blueprints  Charlotte_Beers  Ogilvy_&_Mather  nonprofit  boards_&_directors_&_governance  referrals 
march 2012 by jerryking
Building better conservatives to build a better democracy
Sep 14, 2005 |The Globe and Mail. pg. A.21| Preston Manning.

A contemporary political philosophy such as democratic conservatism needs a vehicle -- a party -- to participate effectively in the democratic process. To fly successfully over the long haul, it also needs a multitude of think tanks and links with academia to generate ideas and policy analyses; education and training institutions and programs to train everyone from poll captains to potential cabinet ministers; communications vehicles to link itself to its grassroots and voters; national forums and political trade shows to bring conservatives together from across Canada; and links with interest groups capable of waging issue campaigns on subjects of importance to conservatives and voters. And of course it needs institutions and programs to finance all the above....

The Manning Centre intends to facilitate the development of such conservative democratic infrastructure, with guidance from the Toronto roundtable and follow-up advisory panels. As a "do tank" rather than a think tank, we hope to bridge the gap between conservative idea-generation and the practical implementation of those ideas in the real political world.
Preston_Manning  conservatism  institutions  nonprofit  Manning_Centre  training  think_tanks  activism  ProQuest  political_infrastructure  idea_generation  long-haul 
october 2011 by jerryking
Endeavor CEO Linda Rottenberg - WSJ. Magazine - WSJ
* December 2, 2010 ET

The Not-for-Profit Capitalist
By Daniel Gross
nonprofit 
december 2010 by jerryking
A Real Angel Investor
August 1, 2005 | Business 2.0 | By Bridget Finn
microfinance  nonprofit  Kenya  east_Africa  Africa  angels 
december 2010 by jerryking
Using a Board Seat as a Stepping Stone - WSJ.com
NOVEMBER 4, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By JOANN S. LUBLIN.
More boards now seek active executives below the CEO level, especially
those savvy about hot areas such as compensation, global marketing, risk
management and digital media. Non-CEOs account for 26% of new
independent members on the boards of Standard & Poor's 500 concerns,
concludes a Spencer Stuart analysis of their latest proxy statements.
That's up from 18% in 2000. (Both figures include some retirees).

Pursuing a business directorship involves "matching skill sets and
cultural fits,'' observes Denise Morrison, the new chief operating
officer of Campbell Soup Co. She spent years prepping for her first
public-company board assignment – by getting nonprofit experience first.
boards_&_directors_&_governance  cultural_fit  movingonup  executive_management  volunteering  nonprofit  Joann_S._Lublin  COO  Campbell_Soup  digital_savvy 
november 2010 by jerryking
Corner Office - Before Making a Splash, He Says, Leaders Learn to Swim - Question - NYTimes.com
Sept. 11, 2010 | New York Times | This interview with Richard
R. Buery Jr., president & CEO of the Children’s Aid Society, based
in NYC, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant. ..."I think one of
the most important lessons I’ve learned is to avoid the tendency to want
to come in and make big decisions before you really know what you’re
talking about. So take the time to learn and to listen. And if that
means that you’re taking more time to make changes, that’s great because
you’re more likely to make good decisions. "
CEOs  philanthropy  charities  nonprofit  mentoring  leadership  Yale  strategic_patience 
september 2010 by jerryking
Are Charity Fundraisers Spying on You?
May 18, 2010 | SmartMoney Magazine | by Anne Kadet. Donor
research isn’t new, of course. In a bygone era, fund-raising sleuths
spent days at the library and county clerk’s office, scribbling facts on
index cards. More recently, major charities have spent large sums on
donor data to prepare for capital campaigns. But now, for as little as
$3,000 a year, even smaller nonprofits—like the Cape Cod Commercial Hook
Fishermen’s Association—can use databases that estimate everything from
a donor’s net worth to the size of her mortgage. According to nonprofit
marketing-research firm Campbell Rinker, nearly half of all charities
now use these tools to research donors.
privacy  charities  target_marketing  scuttlebutt  hospitals  nonprofit  fundraising  data_mining  high_net_worth  personal_finance  estate_planning 
may 2010 by jerryking
Earning Commissions on 'The Great Commission' - WSJ.com
NOV. 12, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by ROB MOLL. Missionary
activity is in decline because of the recession....so a growing number
of missionaries—many of them working outside traditional missionary
organizations—are taking their business skills and starting for-profit
companies in the mission fields. "The Business as Mission movement began
in the 1990s"..."much of the movement is still informal, led by
individual entrepreneurs. Because many business owners work outside of
traditional mission agencies, it can be hard to quantify their numbers."
So what does success mean for a business mission? "I measure success a
couple of ways," says Mr. Martin. "One is how much profit I have to give
toward ministry. How many pastors buy our flash drive [with digital
libraries] and how many people use our Web resources." While advanced
economies question capitalism, Christians who work in LDCs see how
essential business is to provide jobs, healthcare, build communities and
even minister to souls.
christianity  entrepreneurship  themes  inspiration  start_ups  churches  nonprofit  mission-driven 
february 2010 by jerryking
Luxury and Responsibility
Feb 05, 2009 | Canadian Business Online Blog | by Paul Klein.
Key factors for success for luxury will include: an in-depth
understanding of what matters to customers (this means moving past
conventional quantitative market research and talking to customers
directly), a strategic, programmatic approach to a relevant and
compelling issue (rather than a tactical cause marketing campaign),
association with an issue that is highly relevant to employees and
customers, a long-term commitment (short-term=low authenticity), and
partnerships with non-profits that can add credibility, and a valid
means of measuring program impact/outcomes. Luxury categories that are
ripe for an appropriate injection of responsibility include those are
particularly conspicuous: jewelry, luxury cars, and designer clothing.
luxury  ksfs  social_responsibility  long-term  consumer_research  cause_marketing  nonprofit 
december 2009 by jerryking
Slumdog engineers knocking on multinational doors
Aug. 20, 2009 | The Globe & Mail | by Geoffrey York.
Canadian non-profit group, Engineers Without Borders, launches an
industrial development organization to solicit business from major U.S.
companies, (including Newmont Mining Corp., Coca-Cola, and the cocoa
division of Archer Daniels Midland Co.) for artisan craftsmen. George
Roter, the Toronto-based co-founder of Engineers Without Borders.
nonprofit  engineering  Engineers_Without_Borders  business_development  Africa  Ghana  Geoffrey_York 
august 2009 by jerryking
Foundations Should Fund Risk and Growth
Tuesday June 9, 2009 | HarvardBusiness.org | blog post by Dan Pallotta.
foundations  nonprofit  risks  risk-taking  finance  growth 
june 2009 by jerryking
Jobless Professionals Yearn to Do Good - WSJ.com
JUNE 9, 2009 Wall Street Journal | By KYLE STOCK. Nonprofits See a Flood of Applications With Business and Legal Know-How
nonprofit  Second_Acts  skills  unemployment 
june 2009 by jerryking
Why 'Social Enterprise' Rarely Works - WSJ.com
JUNE 1, 2007 | Wall Street Journal | by BEN CASSELMAN
business  nonprofit  TBL 
may 2009 by jerryking
Law Opens Up 'Encore' Careers - WSJ.com
APRIL 2, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by KELLY GREENE

a pilot project under way in California called Encore Fellows. This
yearlong program is designed to help people who have finished, or are
nearing the end of, their primary careers formally move into the
nonprofit sector.
Second_Acts  economic_downturn  nonprofit  retirement  pilot_programs 
april 2009 by jerryking
Firms Funding Arts Seek a Return - WSJ.com
FEBRUARY 9, 2007 WSJ article by ROBERT J. HUGHES. Businesses
are trying to connect their philanthropy much more directly with their
business goals
(1) many arts fund-raisers are now negotiating with a company's
marketing department, not just its philanthropic arm.
(2) Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.
cultural_institutions  philanthropy  fundraising  nonprofit  strategic  sponsorships 
march 2009 by jerryking
Arts Organizations Turn to Him for Advice - WSJ.com
FEBRUARY 18, 2009, WSJ interview with WILLIAM TRIPLETT. Michael
Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts, announces a free consulting program for any troubled arts
organizations in the U.S. Kaiser authored, "The Art of the
Turnaround: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Arts Organizations,"
marketing  nonprofit  ECONOMY  management_consulting  cultural_institutions  troubleshooting  turnarounds  leadership 
february 2009 by jerryking
Joining a Nonprofit Board Is More Than a Labor of Love
WSJ column by Erin Chambers offering tips to help a newcomer to a non profit board become more effective.
nonprofit  charities  boards_&_directors_&_governance  Erin_Chambers  filetype:pdf  media:document 
january 2009 by jerryking
Giving Till It Works - WSJ.com
Oct. 10, 2008 book review by Richard J. Riordan which looks at
the rise of billionaires who increasingly, are attempting to apply the
lessons of business success--monitoring investments, measuring
results--to their charitable efforts.
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january 2009 by jerryking

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