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Giving more than time: Tech companies lend their skills to nonprofits

By   /  Monday, November 1st, 2010  /  Features, Nonprofits, Technology  /  Comments Off on Giving more than time: Tech companies lend their skills to nonprofits

When businesses think about giving back to their communities, they typically turn to giving cash or volunteering to help build houses or serve up food. But tri-county technology companies are finding they can have a big impact in just a few hours by donating their skills and expertise. In San Luis Obispo, Hathway, a Web Read More →

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Profitable merger for Noza

By   /  Monday, October 18th, 2010  /  Nonprofits, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Profitable merger for Noza

Noza, a Santa Barbara firm offering data to help nonprofit fundraisers, has been acquired by a South Carolina company that’s profiting handsomely from the nonprofit sector. Noza created technology that searches the Web for public information about the money that people and companies have given to charities. Fundraisers at charities and nonprofits can use that Read More →

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Nonprofit seizes opportunity to turn hassle into new facility

By   /  Monday, October 11th, 2010  /  Columns, Nonprofits, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Nonprofit seizes opportunity to turn hassle into new facility

Question: The city wants to extend a road through your property, right through a corner where several key buildings are located. What do you do? (a) Put up a fight. (b) Sell the city the land, and use the proceeds as seed money to build a new facility on your remaining property. Santa Maria-based VTC Read More →

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Hoping for

By   /  Monday, August 2nd, 2010  /  Nonprofits  /  Comments Off on Hoping for

At The Good Cookie, a new Santa Barbara bakery with its products now on the shelves at Whole Foods Market, the employees are clients of the Casa Esperanza Homeless Center. They work nights in the center’s kitchen, where they learn job skills and earn money to get themselves off the streets. The revenues support Casa Read More →

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SLO nonprofit guides way to green

By   /  Monday, August 2nd, 2010  /  Nonprofits  /  Comments Off on SLO nonprofit guides way to green

Green Building Pages, a nonprofit based in San Luis Obispo, was started by architect Marilyn Miller Farmer with a simple goal: to make sustainable building more accessible. When Farmer first started as an architect, she wanted to focus on sustainable design, but she kept running into trouble finding reasonably priced green materials. Her brainchild, Green Read More →

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Keeping the seats full: Arts organizations battle the recession

By   /  Monday, May 3rd, 2010  /  Nonprofits  /  Comments Off on Keeping the seats full: Arts organizations battle the recession

A recession is never a pretty picture, especially for arts and culture nonprofits, which rely heavily on private donations and visitor attendance.   Arts organizations around the country laid off workers last year, adopted hiring freezes or cut other expenses in response to a falloff in private donations and government grants. In California, the Santa Read More →

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Searching for survivors

By   /  Monday, February 1st, 2010  /  Nonprofits  /  Comments Off on Searching for survivors

The massive earthquake that rumbled through Haiti on Jan. 12 left the capital city of Port-au-Prince buried underneath piles and piles of debris, twisted metal, fallen trees and shattered concrete — and underneath that, countless human survivors clinging desperately to the last remnants of life. Often, the first sign of hope survivors hear in the Read More →

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