Ex-manager admits bilking Philly nonprofit for troubled children of $600K

Northern Children’s Services | February 28, 2017

A former manager at a Northwest Philadelphia mental-health treatment facility has admitted that she embezzled more than $600,000 in public funds meant to help children suffering from trauma and behavioral disorders.

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In the for-profit world, CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management. In the charity sector, the preferred term for the same technology is Constituent Relationship Management. The reason for the difference in name is simple: in this space, the technology has a broader remit. Charity CRM systems are used for everything from managing fundraising campaigns and driving and measuring donor engagement, to marshalling volunteers and measuring the impact of your programs.


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NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT

Survey of US Nonprofits: The Pandemic and an Increased Focus on Racial Equity Are Changing the Sector

Nonprofit Finance Fund | June 09, 2022

The results of the 2022 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey, released, offer new insights into the well-being of a sector buffeted by the COVID-19 pandemic, deeply impacted by racial injustice, and central to advancing the aspirations of our communities. The survey of 1,168 nonprofits was conducted earlier this year by Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) in partnership with Ambit 360 Consulting and EVITARUS. Here is what we learned about the impact of COVID-19 and how the experiences of nonprofits led by people of color compared with those of white-led organizations. As a result of the pandemic, 88% of respondents developed new or different ways of working that led to positive outcomes; 51% of those think these could be permanent changes. As the pandemic took hold, nonprofit leaders pivoted to respond to changing needs – providing home deliveries instead of communal meals, training administrators to provide direct client care, opening childcare for frontline workers, and more. Nonprofits led by people of color saw the sharpest increase in demand, and the survey spotlights the need for more equitable access to resources as communities continue to rely on neighborhood nonprofits." Jen Talansky, vice president of marketing and communications at NFF Demand is rising: 71% of respondents reported that demand rose during the last two years; 86% expect it to continue to rise in 2022, but just 53% think they will be able to meet that demand. While most nonprofits saw an increase in demand for services over the past two years, nonprofits led by Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) saw the most marked increase, with 64% reporting a significant (10%+) increase in demand, compared to 47% of white-led organizations. Adapting to demand has had a direct impact on nonprofit employees. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, 57% of BIPOC-led organizations and 45% of white-led organizations report that employees have carried out duties outside of their job description all or most of the time. "Because of systemic racism, funders need to take purposeful action to advance equity and invest in BIPOC-led nonprofits," said Shakari Byerly, Partner and Principal Researcher at EVITARUS. "We ask a lot from nonprofits, and too often, workers carry the burden when governments and foundations don't pay organizations fairly for the essential services they provide." 70% of respondents overall saw their funding rise during the pandemic from 2019 levels; 71% of all respondents received one or more Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. BIPOC-led orgs were less likely to receive federal funding in 2021 – excluding PPP, 32% of BIPOC-led orgs received federal funding compared with 46% of white-led orgs. BIPOC-led orgs were also less likely to receive corporate donations (58% of BIPOC-led orgs vs 71% for white-led orgs) or to have revenue from investment income (16% of BIPOC-led vs 33% for white-led orgs). "Our organization and the people in our communities benefited greatly from COVID-related support and funding," said Claudia Ramirez, Executive Director of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County. "Now, emergency funding has decreased significantly, while we are seeing increased demand for critical services like housing assistance, food, and medical and dental care." Flexible funds help: 57% of nonprofits report that since March 2020, foundation funders have been more flexible with how they use funds. "It is unclear if the improvements in financial health reported at this moment represent a short-term exception due to PPP loans and other emergency funding, or an inflection point for a sector plagued by systemic funding hurdles and persistent inequities," said Larry McGill, Founder and Principal of Ambit 360 consulting. "Having seen trust-based funding work during the pandemic, it's clear that part of the answer is not just increased funding but also loosening funding restrictions so nonprofits can decide for themselves how to spend money in their own communities." Lived experience matters: 57% of BIPOC organizational leaders have lived experience that is representative of the communities their organization serves, as compared to 18% of white leaders. "The survey findings are another clear demonstration of why NFF is doubling down on our commitment to community-centered, BIPOC-led organizations," said Trella Walker, NFF's Interim CEO and President. "It is not enough to sit with declarations of change, it is time to follow the lead of communities of color and support the changes they need." Since 2010, Bank of America has supported NFF's State of the Nonprofit Sector surveys. "Nonprofit organizations continue to be on the frontlines in helping our communities get back on their feet," said Andrew Plepler, global head of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) at Bank of America. "The results in the 2022 survey speak to how they've had to recalibrate their efforts and the vital role that public, private, nonprofit partnerships must play if we want to see long-term, sustainable improvement." In the coming months, NFF will offer additional analyses of survey data, including in late July a comparison between the 311 nonprofits who completed NFF's State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey both in 2018 and 2022 to more fully examine the impact of COVID-19 on organizational health. About Nonprofit Finance Fund Nonprofit Finance Fund is a nonprofit lender, consultant, and advocate. For more than 40 years, we've worked to strengthen nonprofit organizations and improve the way money flows to social good. We believe that alongside others we must build a more equitable and just social sector, and are committed to helping community-centered organizations led by and serving people of color access the money and resources they need to realize their communities' aspirations.

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FUNDRAISING

Community Brands Collects 7 TrustRadius Top Rated Awards

Community Brands | May 16, 2022

Community Brands, the leading provider of cloud-based software and payment solutions for associations, nonprofits, and K-12 schools, earned seven 2022 Top Rated Awards from TrustRadius with multiple accolades for both its GiveSmart and MIP Fund Accounting brands. GiveSmart, the leading fundraising management system for nonprofits and schools, earned four Top Rated Awards, receiving acclaim in the Nonprofit Fundraising, Event Management, Virtual Event, and Donor Management categories. The recognition for its Event Management and Virtual Event solutions marked GiveSmart's second consecutive year with Top Awards in the two categories. GiveSmart's Top Rated Award for Donor Management came before the full implementation of SimplyFundraisingCRM, which it acquired in March to further strengthen its powerful platform. These awards are based directly on feedback from their customers. TrustRadius reviewers highlight GiveSmart's ease of use and scalability for larger events, as well as their helpful support staff."  Megan Headley, VP of Research at TrustRadius MIP Fund Accounting, the nation's leading nonprofit cloud-based, SaaS fund accounting software, took a trio of Top Rated Awards for Nonprofit Accounting, Accounts Payable, and Expense Management. After earning the 2022 Most Loved Award earlier this year, MIP repeated its 2021 Top Rated awards in the Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable and Expense Management categories. MIP, currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, continues to build on a history of excellence. In 2021, it garnered three Best of Awards for Feature Set, Support, and Usability attributes. "MIP reviewers on TrustRadius value the custom reporting that improves their organization's flexibility and experience with external audits, along with reliable customer support," added Headley. Since 2016, the TrustRadius Top Rated Awards have become the B2B's industry standard for unbiased recognition of technology products. Based entirely on customer feedback, the awards have never been influenced by analyst opinion or status as a TrustRadius customer. This year's Top Rated Awards program assessed 60,000+ customer reviews and chose software product winners across 501 technology categories. GiveSmart and MIP Fund Accounting by Community Brands are proud to create products that inspire such gracious feedback in our user communities. About Community Brands  Community Brands is the leading provider of cloud-based software and payment solutions to associations, nonprofits, and K-12 schools powering organizations to engage the people they serve through programs and events, raise funds to enable their mission, and manage their financial operations. The Community Brands portfolio provides the industry's most complete set of software solutions for nonprofits and K-12 schools of all sizes with purpose-built award-winning solutions. Community Brands' products are bound by a common purpose to serve the organizations that make communities a better place to live. About GiveSmart  GiveSmart is a mobile bidding, fundraising, event management, and donor management software. Our mission is to help nonprofits, schools, and foundations reach their fundraising goals while creating an engaging, exciting, and easy giving experience for their donors. All. Year. Round. GiveSmart has helped our partners raise over $5.4 billion. About MIP Fund Accounting  MIP Fund Accounting is accounting for your nonprofit's future. Designed to track unlimited funds and manage your financial books with ease, MIP is the nation's leading cloud-based, SaaS fund accounting solution for nonprofits, K-12 schools, healthcare organizations, and government organizations across the country. Our software handles the intricate financial process in a streamlined, user-friendly system. Manage your nonprofit's finances, track every fund, and follow every dollar. About TrustRadius TrustRadius is the most trusted research and review platform for business leaders to find and select the right software for their needs. Decision-makers across industries rely on verified, peer-based guidance and research from TrustRadius. Vendors engage and convert high-intent buyers by telling their unique stories through rich reviews. Over 12 million visitors a year create and engage with high-quality review content and data on Trustradius.com. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, TrustRadius was founded by successful entrepreneurs and is backed by Mayfield Fund, LiveOak Venture Partners, and Next Coast Ventures.

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MB2 Dental Launches Charitable Organization

MB2 Dental | July 15, 2022

The dental partnership organization, MB2 Dental, has launched its own charitable Foundation – The MB2 Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to provide financial assistance to its 5,000 plus employees in the event they experience unforeseen, life-altering hardships such as natural disasters, extended illnesses, injuries, and more. Team members may nominate themselves or others for consideration for a monetary donation. The work of the Foundation will also include providing donations to local charities and organizations at the request of MB2 Dental's doctor partners and employees. The Foundation thrives through the generosity of its team members. Funding for the Foundation will come from MB2 Dental's doctor partners and team members through optional paycheck deductions and other fundraising events. "The number one priority of any family is to take care of each other; this is our dental family, With affiliated practices in over 35 states, supporting our doctor partners and their teams in any way possible is a top priority. The individuals who make up our MB2 family have always been ready to jump into action and help one another without hesitation. The Foundation allows us to streamline this." -Dr. Chris Steven Villanueva CEO and Founder, MB2 Dental. MB2 Dental's previous charitable initiatives include annual doctor-led mission trips and donating to local organizations such as the North Texas Food Bank, The Genesis Women's Shelter, and Salvation Army. MB2 Dental also annually conducts The Elves Initiative, a cause led by Dr. Villanueva encouraging MB2 Dental home office employees to nominate coworkers, family, friends, and neighbors for financial assistance around the holidays. The success and growth of the Elves Initiative served as inspiration for the MB2 Family Foundation. About MB2 Dental- Dallas, Texas-based MB2 Dental is a first-of-its-kind Dental Partnership Organization (DPO) founded and led by dentist and entrepreneur CEO Dr. Chris Steven Villanueva, with a mission to empower dentists to preserve their profession. Since its founding in 2007, MB2 has partnered with hundreds of dentists to help them stay in the driver's seat as they maximize their talents, connect as part of a community and build exceptional wealth. MB2 currently partners with dentists and specialists in more than 35 states.

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FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

126th Boston Marathon Raises $35.6 Million For Area Non-Profits

John Hancock | June 08, 2022

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced that $35.6 million was raised for more than 200 non-profit organizations through this year's 126th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18. The B.A.A. Official Charity Program and the John Hancock Non-Profit Program have combined to raise more than $460 million since the charity program's inception at the 1989 Boston Marathon. The $35.6 million raised this year includes donations raised through the B.A.A.'s Official Charity Program, the John Hancock Non-Profit Program, and from other qualified and invitational runners. A total of 2,566 participants ran as fundraising athletes at the 126th Boston Marathon. Further details can be found on the Boston Marathon's fundraising page through GivenGain. "The non-profit community across Greater Boston is resilient, and, as a non-profit itself, the B.A.A. takes great pride in being a catalyst for more than 200 charitable organizations to raise critical funds in support of their missions," said Nicole Juri, the B.A.A.'s Director of Development. "The return to our full field size and traditional Patriots' Day date enabled our non-profit partners to raise even greater funds for a variety of meaningful causes." It is outstanding to see the funds raised by this year's Boston Marathon participants, all in support of non-profit organizations that are a driving force for our community and carry personal meaning for so many. We are committed to making lives better by empowering sustained health and well-being, and we are grateful to help bring that mission to life through the John Hancock Non-Profit Program. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this year's race so inspiring and impactful." Marianne Harrison, president and CEO of John Hancock Earlier this year, the B.A.A. and John Hancock held the first-ever Boston Marathon Giving Day, which resulted in more than $1.1 million in donations over a 24-hour period to the 200 non-profit programs affiliated with the 126th Boston Marathon. Boston Marathon Giving Day was the second largest single day of donations to non-profits connected to the race, behind 2018 #GivingTuesday. The B.A.A. annually provides non-profits associated with the B.A.A. Official Charity Program and John Hancock's Non-Profit Program with invitational entries into the Boston Marathon. Each non-profit organization directly manages its own application process, athlete selection, and fundraising minimums, deadlines, and requirements. The 126th Boston Marathon marked the first Patriots' Day race since 2019 and featured a 98.4% finish rate, with 24,918 athletes from 111 different countries and all 50 states earning their unicorn medals. The B.A.A. will notify non-profit organizations who have been selected to participate in the 127th Boston Marathon as part of the B.A.A. Official Charity Program in Summer 2022. More information can be found on the B.A.A. Official Charity Program and the John Hancock Non-Profit Program. The next B.A.A. event is the B.A.A. 10K presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital on Sunday, June 26. Athletes can register online and compete with Boston Marathon champions and Olympians. Media interested in covering the 2022 B.A.A. 10K may apply for credentials here. About the Boston Athletic Association Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A. manages the Boston Marathon, and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round programming. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock. The 127th Boston Marathon is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 17, 2023. About John Hancock and Manulife John Hancock is a unit of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading international financial services provider that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better by providing financial advice, insurance, and wealth and asset management solutions. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as MFC on the TSX, NYSE, and PSE, and under 945 on the SEHK. Manulife can be found at manulife.com. One of the largest life insurers in the United States, John Hancock supports more than ten million Americans with a broad range of financial products, including life insurance and annuities. John Hancock also supports US investors by bringing leading investment capabilities and retirement planning and administration expertise to individuals and institutions.

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In the for-profit world, CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management. In the charity sector, the preferred term for the same technology is Constituent Relationship Management. The reason for the difference in name is simple: in this space, the technology has a broader remit. Charity CRM systems are used for everything from managing fundraising campaigns and driving and measuring donor engagement, to marshalling volunteers and measuring the impact of your programs.

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