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Marilyn Dickey

Senior Editor, Copy
The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Marilyn Dickey is senior editor for copy at the Chronicle of Philanthropy. She previously worked for the Washingtonian magazine and Washingtonpost.com and has written or edited for the Discovery Channel, Jossey-Bass Publishers, the National Institutes of Health, Self magazine, and many others.

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Stories by this Author

  • Major Gifts

    New Johns Hopkins Center to End Blindness the Result of a Donor’s Personal Mission

    The Sanford and Susan Greenberg Center to End Blindness is halfway to its $100 million goal to fund promising researchers in their 20s and 30s.
  • Donor Enlists Top Scientists and Philanthropists to End Blindness

    A mix of people have helped shape Sanford Greenberg’s campaign in different ways —David Rockefeller, Jonas Salk, Nobel laureates. even Art Garfunkel and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  • News

    The Wolverine Way

    $2.5-billion campaign by U. of Michigan nears its goal, thanks to the tenacious efforts of its leaders Five years ago, the University of Michigan faced some potentially devastating problems at the start of its campaign to raise $2.5-billion: The president, Lee C. Bollinger, suddenly decided to…
  • News

    Interim Leaders Bring Skills but No Personal Agendas to Their Tasks

    Two years ago, a nonprofit group asked Pat Nichols to take over as its interim executive director. Contributions to the organization had been dropping for more than a decade. ALSO SEE:ARTICLE: More Than a Temporary Fix Employee turnover in its financial department was rapid, so the organization…
  • News

    More Than a Temporary Fix

    Interim executive directors can help solve problems and revitalize a charity, nonprofit experts say Losing two executive directors within a year was a crushing blow to the board of Paul’s Place, a homeless shelter and community center in Owings Mills, Md. “We’d lost a really loved executive…
  • News

    Opening the Door to More

    Charities are tapping the talents of disabled helpers to diversify the face of their volunteer work forceWhen Nancie Ozimkowski was attending a conference on disability issues in Hawaii back in March, she was ALSO SEE:Article: Tips for Managing Volunteers With Disabilities invited to join some…
  • News

    Resources and Tips for Conducting Online Surveys

    TOOLS AND TRAINING Choosing a site to do a Web survey can be a matter of trial and error. Fortunately, though, most sites make that process easy by allowing free trials — usually either ALSO SEE:Article: Online Surveys Help Charities Save Time and Money by offering access for a fixed period at no…
  • Opinion

    Online Surveys Help Charities Save Time and Money

    TOOLS AND TRAINING By Marilyn Dickey For members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, getting the results of the group’s survey of fund raisers’ ALSO SEE:Article: Resources and Tips for Conducting Online Surveys salaries and benefits is one of the most valued perks of membership in the…
  • News

    Young Multimillionaires Are Stingier Than Older Ones, Study Finds

    Older wealthy people give a far bigger share of their assets to charity than their younger counterparts, according to a study by NewTithing Group, a San Francisco nonprofit organization that ALSO SEE: Giving As A Percentage of Income: How Older and Younger People Differ Twenty-Nine Percent of…
  • News

    Founder of Storytelling Center Plots New Opportunities for His Charity

    Johnson City, Tenn. It’s 7:30 a.m. and Jimmy Neil Smith is sitting in a booth at an IHOP restaurant here. Dressed in a casual suit topped by a bolo tie, he is meeting two longtime friends, businessmen who teach a course together in entrepreneurship at East Tennessee State University. The three are…