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Top charities struggle to recover from downturn
The Chronicle of Philanthropy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many of America's biggest nonprofits have officially left the Great Recession behind, but the slow economic recovery continues to dampen results at even the most sophisticated fundraising organizations. The 400 groups that raise the most from private sources achieved a median 7.5 percent gain last year, the third straight year of median gains for nonprofits in The Chronicle's Philanthropy 400 rankings. But the outlook among the top 400 charities is far less optimistic for 2012, with nonprofits forecasting a median gain of less than 1 percent. More

Related article: Is it stealing from God to split your tithe between the church and other charities? (Christianity Today)

Scammers targeting those with charitable hearts
WHTM-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBrief Some Mechanicsburg, Pa., residents have reported people coming to their door and asking for money for New Hope Ministries. The only problem is New Hope Ministries never solicits donations door-to-door. Executive Director Eric Saunders said people can donate in person or online and will always get an official receipt after they do so. He wants to warn the community about what is going on and hopes it won't ruin the charity's reputation. More

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Attention church suppliers: Call for presentation deadline approaching
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NACBA is again offering the opportunity for exhibitor workshops to be presented during the 57th National Conference from July 11-15 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. In order to be considered for an exhibitor workshop, you must meet the following qualifications by Oct. 31:
  • A person from your company must be a business member of NACBA.
  • You must have submitted a contract and a deposit to be a participant in the 2013 Trade Show by Oct. 31.
  • You must submit a completed Call for Presentation Application form and proposal by Oct. 31.
These workshops will give those exhibitors who are selected an opportunity to present in more detail how their product and/or services will help enhance the administration of the church. For more information and to apply please click here and download the Call for Presentation Packet.

American churches: A failure to thrive?
Associated Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The medical term failure to thrive came to mind recently as the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life reported the number of adult Protestants in the U. S. has fallen to around 48 percent, the first time since polling began that American Protestants have not held a religious majority. More alarming for organized religionists, however, is the dramatic growth of those who indicate no religious affiliation or engagement whatsoever. More

The transparency debate: How much should leaders share?
Lead Change Group    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As leaders grow in levels of responsibility, scope and scale, the issue of transparency becomes more significant. Executives have insights into confidential strategy, complex nuances and serious situations. They also have large teams and a customer base watching every move. What is the right level of transparency? What are the pros and cons of being more closed or open? More

How to make great decisions (most of the time)
Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Everyday life is filled with decisions: what to eat, what to wear, what to buy. It's been suggested by the scientific community that people make around 35,000 decisions every day. Most people manage this daily litany without even thinking about it. But big decisions can consume people. Here are three key tips for increasing your odds of being a great decider. More

Public speaking: How to grab people's attention
CBS MoneyWatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Whether you're addressing your team in a weekly meeting or headlining at a large conference, it's easy to get a belly full of butterflies before public speaking. The last thing you want to see when you look out at your audience? People checking their smartphone, yawning or just staring at you blankly. Here's how to avoid losing them. More

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Can't pay your taxes? 2 options exist for ministers who can't pay
Managing Your Church    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many pastors have been audited by the IRS and assessed several thousands of dollars of taxes and penalties but have no prospect for paying their bill. What can be done if you find yourself in this situation? There are two possibilities: offers in compromise and installment agreements. More


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Blueprint for the perfect Facebook video post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Video can be one of the best ways to harness Facebook to get connected to your church members. While text and image posts are also a great way to connect and share through this social media giant, video has super powers that help people see into your church or into someone's life in a way that words just won't do. More

The top 4 excuses for not doing SEO
Christian Web Trends    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Search engine optimization, or SEO, is an effective marketing strategy for businesses and ministries alike. But there are still many organizations that do not do SEO. Why? Here are the top four excuses and how you can get past the excuses and start moving forward. More

Thriving cowboy churches buck 'fad' status
Church Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Detractors say building churches around country music, cowboy hats and worship in barns and arenas may exclude more people than it attracts. Yet others say the cowboy church has evolved into a Bible-teaching, church-planting movement with missional qualities. But no one doubts cowboy churches have shed their fad status. More - Cloud Ministry Database

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New York church draws immigrants
Newsday    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ruben Cruzate was the longtime head of Latino outreach at a major evangelical church in Smithtown, N.Y., when a parishioner suggested he become a "missionary" — not in another country, but in the immigrant stronghold of Farmingville, N.Y. Six years later, Cruzate's bilingual storefront church, Uno Mas Para Jesus — One More For Jesus — is emerging as a pivotal force in bringing the once strife-ridden hamlet together. More

Pastor plans to run in marathon to raise money for church repairs
The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Keeping Allen Chapel Church in Lancaster, Ohio, up and running can be a struggle say church leaders. "We are always looking for help to keep it running," said Allen Chapel pastor Evan Saunders. "Right now we need windows repaired and replaced and new siding on the church." Since running it falls to Saunders, he has decided to take it to the next step, or at least the next 26.2 miles in the Columbus Marathon. More

Storefront church gets a business side
The Journal Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When the Rev. James Ford opens his new Vine Ministries church in Racine, Wis., it won't be just another storefront church. Ford is bringing his nondenominational congregation of 50 to 60 people, but he will also bring his graphic arts business, Vine Media Group, and open a Christian bookstore. It's the kind of combination the city had in mind when it amended its zoning ordinance in 2010. At ground level in a commercial district, the ordinance now prohibits noncommercial uses that lack any retail component. More

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