Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Burger King Rises Above McWhopper Rejection With A Bigger Peace Day Burger Team | Co.Create | creativity + culture + commerce

Burger King Rises Above McWhopper Rejection With A Bigger Peace Day Burger Team | Co.Create | creativity + culture + commerce:



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Stakeholder Group Delivers Cash to Sweet Briar—And More Than Was Pledged! | Nonprofit Quarterly

Stakeholder Group Delivers Cash to Sweet Briar—And More Than Was Pledged! | Nonprofit Quarterly: "As part of that agreement, Saving Sweet Briar, which had been fundraising for just such an occasion, was to put $12 million toward this year’s operation, with another $16 million to be taken from the endowment. The payments were to be made in three installments, with the last of $3.5 million scheduled for today—and yesterday, SSB announced that not only would the money be wired to the college’s account at noon, but Mary Pope Hutson, chair of the Major Donor Task Force, says that the payment will be more than what was agreed upon."



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Profile donors to spur new giving « Philanthropy North Carolina

Profile donors to spur new giving « Philanthropy North Carolina: "A charity’s best prospect for a new gift can be a current donor, who also can serve as a great example for prospective donors.

So writing profiles of current donors can serve the twin goals of helping to cultivate them and other current donors for future gifts while also courting prospective donors.

Still, many charities that publish profiles of their donors waste the opportunity."



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UC Berkeley and Saudi Donor Start New Online 'Philanthropy University' - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

UC Berkeley and Saudi Donor Start New Online 'Philanthropy University' - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Amr Al-Dabbagh, a prominent Saudi businessman who runs his family’s Al-Dabbagh Group, a conglomerate of 62 companies, is providing money to support a new online educational program for nonprofit executives, called Philanthropy University, the University of California at Berkeley is announcing today."



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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Nonprofit Offices Starting To Look A Lot Like For-Profits | Bisnow

Nonprofit Offices Starting To Look A Lot Like For-Profits | Bisnow: "But less square footage isn't a negative trend. The report, which included charitable organizations and trade associations nationwide, says fewer nonprofits are cutting costs and about half report 1% to 5% growth this year. They're hiring more staff as they create new programs or relaunch ones put on hold during the recession. Nearly half of them said they've expanded their office space over the past three years. We recently reported about how the American Psychiatric Association chose its new space at The Wharf in DC (above)."



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Mormon Church Stays With Boy Scouts Despite End to Gay Ban - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Mormon Church Stays With Boy Scouts Despite End to Gay Ban - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Wednesday that it will maintain its affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America, averting what could have been a major blow to the youth organization, the Associated Press and The New York Times report. Mormon leaders had raised the prospect of severing the church's longstanding links to scouting last month after the national nonprofit lifted a ban on openly gay adults serving as troop leaders."



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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

How to Shutter a Nonprofit: One Example and Some Tips | Nonprofit Quarterly

How to Shutter a Nonprofit: One Example and Some Tips | Nonprofit Quarterly: "The storyline of this particular closing will not be unfamiliar to many of our readers. The founder was ready to step down and the co-founder did not want to be the executive director. After a search, a new ED was hired, but was not a good match for the organization and left. After considering options like continuing the search or coming up with creative solutions to continue in some other form, the board decided to pursue an orderly closing process because its members did not believe that a nonprofit, or at least this nonprofit, should continue indefinitely."



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Opinion: Requiring Colleges to Spend More From Their Endowments Would Be Bad for All Nonprofits - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Opinion: Requiring Colleges to Spend More From Their Endowments Would Be Bad for All Nonprofits - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: " effect, Professor Fleischer’s proposal is a recipe for shrinking the size of endowments altogether in the not-so-long term. He might rather like that idea, in fact, given the extent to which he criticizes investment funds and their managers, who, he implies, receive ill-gotten and outsize gains for their work. But populist envy is not a substitute for prudent financial stewardship, and relative stability and incremental gains in endowment assets simply can’t be assumed to be inevitable."



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Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? Here’s What Happened to the Money | Money.com

Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? Here’s What Happened to the Money | Money.com: "One year ago, icy water inundated the Internet in what may have been the online equivalent of the largest chain letter ever—the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In endless autoplaying Facebook videos, people hoisted buckets filled with ice water, announced their philanthropic intentions, and upended the buckets over their heads. Breathless, they would nominate a few friends, demanding that they do the same upon penalty of a charitable donation to ALS."



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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Survey: Education Fundraising Up 5% For 2015The NonProfit Times

Survey: Education Fundraising Up 5% For 2015The NonProfit Times: "Fundraisers at schools, colleges and universities in the United States estimate that donations to their institutions grew 5.1 percent during the academic year that ended June 30, according to survey results released this month by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Conducted twice a year, the CASE Fundraising Index (CFI) survey asks educational fundraising professionals to estimate the level of charitable giving to their institutions for the 12-month period just ended and to predict the level for the 12 months ahead. In addition to fundraising estimates for colleges and universities, the CFI includes estimates for pre-collegiate independent (private) schools."



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Foundation Figures in Fight Over Helen Gurley Brown's Legacy - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Foundation Figures in Fight Over Helen Gurley Brown's Legacy - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "The New York Times explores connections between Helen Gurley Brown's foundation and controversies over control of the late Cosmopolitan publisher's legacy and her valuable Manhattan apartment.

The article details the handling of Ms. Brown's philanthropy and other posthumous affairs by Eve Burton. "



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Opinion: No Gift Should Be a Suicide Pact — So Drop the Perpetuity Idea - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Opinion: No Gift Should Be a Suicide Pact — So Drop the Perpetuity Idea - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "hus, the debate among the students in my classroom: Is everything for sale at a charity? And what about that pesky phrase "in perpetuity," which has a meaning until, apparently, enough money comes along, and then it doesn’t.

Charities, it can be argued, are more than mere legal entities. They have a purpose unaddressed by either government or business and, as a result, occupy an otherwise unfulfilled position in society."



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IoF Convention to move to Barbican after 10 years at London Metropole

IoF Convention to move to Barbican after 10 years at London Metropole

Warning to All Grantseekers: When Markets Tank, HOLD That Request! - PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

Warning to All Grantseekers: When Markets Tank, HOLD That Request! - PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center: "You can't time markets but you can time grant requests. So when newspapers scream: "Massive sell-off on Wall Street as investors fear China slowdown" (New York Post), you should think twice before asking a foundation for money."



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Monday, August 24, 2015

Biogen taps ice bucket cash to build ALS database - FierceBiotechIT

Biogen taps ice bucket cash to build ALS database - FierceBiotechIT: "Biogen ($BIIB) is working with Columbia University Medical Center to build a database of genes and clinical traits from 1,500 people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The project, which is partly funded by cash raised in the Ice Bucket Challenge, is intended to help Biogen understand how genes contribute to different forms of ALS."



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Minnesota Media Chided for Coverage of MN Orchestra Musicians’ Raises | Nonprofit Quarterly

Minnesota Media Chided for Coverage of MN Orchestra Musicians’ Raises | Nonprofit Quarterly:



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Charity Helps Florida Students Get Dressed To Head Back To School | StateImpact Florida

Charity Helps Florida Students Get Dressed To Head Back To School | StateImpact Florida: "There are only two branches in Florida, both in Polk County. One is in Bartow, and the Lakeland branch — founded in 1935 — is celebrating its 80th anniversary. Many of the volunteers have mothers or grandmothers who raised money for Needlework Guild."



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The AFP Blog: Board Engagement Beyond Fundraising

The AFP Blog: Board Engagement Beyond Fundraising: "Board Engagement Beyond Fundraising
We’re fundraisers. Our goal is to inspire people to engage with our charities, typically leading to gifts of money and time.

But that engagement can lead to other important activities as well—such as advocacy and lobbying. We cannot forget the impact that public policy can have on our organizations, and in turn, the impact of grassroots support from our donors and supporters."



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Friday, August 21, 2015

Portland State University tantalized by $100 million gift that vanished | OregonLive.com

Portland State University tantalized by $100 million gift that vanished | OregonLive.com: "ortland State had invited Gov. Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales to a Tuesday morning news conference announcing the unrestricted contribution by a man described as a former student. The gift would have almost doubled the school's endowment and supported students, faculty and research.

But the festive mood on the South Park Blocks soured when the would-be benefactor did not deliver. Two days after the planned announcement, the $100 million windfall still hasn't materialized in the PSU Foundation's bank account."



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Large University Endowments and Investment Fees Under Fire | Nonprofit Quarterly

Large University Endowments and Investment Fees Under Fire | Nonprofit Quarterly:



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Katrina 10 vs. Katrina Truth: Sharply Contrasting Visions of the New Orleans Recovery | Nonprofit Quarterly

Katrina 10 vs. Katrina Truth: Sharply Contrasting Visions of the New Orleans Recovery | Nonprofit Quarterly:



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Report: Boston 2024 Significantly Underestimated Costs of Hosting Olympics | Nonprofit Quarterly

Report: Boston 2024 Significantly Underestimated Costs of Hosting Olympics | Nonprofit Quarterly:



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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Senate Report Cites I.R.S. Mismanagement in Targeting of Tea Party Groups - The New York Times

Senate Report Cites I.R.S. Mismanagement in Targeting of Tea Party Groups - The New York Times: "ASHINGTON — A Senate committee on Wednesday closed a two-year investigation with unanimous agreement that mismanagement at the Internal Revenue Service led it to improperly target conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. But a report by the panel did not suggest that any laws were broken, and Republicans and Democrats were divided over whether White House politics was behind the problems."



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Live From DMA: Direct Mail Hiatus Cost ACS $30 MillionThe NonProfit Times

Live From DMA: Direct Mail Hiatus Cost ACS $30 MillionThe NonProfit Times: "New donors declined by 11 percent and new donor revenue dropped by $11.3 million in the first year that American Cancer Society (ACS) paused its direct mail acquisition program. The hiatus had an impact of $29.5 million over five years."



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School Fundraising a Billion-Dollar Business - NonProfit PRO

School Fundraising a Billion-Dollar Business - NonProfit PRO: "The school year’s opening bell has yet to ring, and already a multitude of children are preparing to sell candy bars, cookie dough and coupon books.
School fundraising season is here, with children and their parents pitching family, friends and cornered co-workers to support everything from cheerleading competitions to new band uniforms."



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