Thursday, April 17, 2014

U.K. Charity Says Food-Bank Use Way Up, but Government Disputes Claim – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

U.K. Charity Says Food-Bank Use Way Up, but Government Disputes Claim – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Britain’s biggest food-bank operator said the number of people using its facilities rose more than 2� times in the past year and blamed the increase on the government’s austerity program, Bloomberg reports.

Using Crowdfunding to Attract Support of All Kinds - Social Good - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Using Crowdfunding to Attract Support of All Kinds - Social Good - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: In this episode of Social Good, the founders of two crowdfunding sites outline what makes a successful campaign to raise money from the public. They also explain how any charity can adapt the basic approaches of such drives to seek volunteers and advocates for public policy as well as donations from businesses.

The Guests:

Erin Barnes, co-founder and executive director of Ioby (short for "In Our Backyard), a platform to raise money for neighborhood-revitalization projects.

United Way May Urge Congress to Reverse Federal Charity-Drive Rules - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

United Way May Urge Congress to Reverse Federal Charity-Drive Rules - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: United Way Worldwide may ask Congress to overturn new rules announced this month to modernize the government’s annual charity drive, saying the changes will hasten the continuing decline in donations from federal workers.

Charity Commission appoints Paula Sussex as its next chief executive | Third Sector

Charity Commission appoints Paula Sussex as its next chief executive | Third Sector: The Charity Commission has appointed Paula Sussex, a qualified barrister and a senior vice-president of the consulting and outsourcing firm CGI UK, as its next chief executive.

Sussex will take up her new position on 30 June and succeeds Sam Younger, who will leave the commission in the summer after four years in the role.

Sussex will be paid an annual salary of �125,000 plus pension contributions. This is at the upper end of the advertised salary range, but is about �5,000 a year less than Younger.

How to Find Your Dream Nonprofit Job

How to Find Your Dream Nonprofit Job: Nonprofit jobs are gaining in popularity. The nonprofit world is attracting more people, including new grads, career changers, and newly retired baby boomers who are considering capstone careers serving causes they believe in.

If you are among those considering a nonprofit job, here are a few tips to help you in your job search.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Luzerne Foundation surprises nonprofits with grants - News - Citizens' Voice

Luzerne Foundation surprises nonprofits with grants - News - Citizens' Voice: "They were very surprised, as we hoped they would be," Charles Barber, president and CEO of the Luzerne Foundation, said. "We just wanted to show our thanks."

WVIA was the first grant recipient of the foundation's "20/20 Giveaway," a revamp of its annual grant program that celebrates the Luzerne Foundation's 20th anniversary.

The AFP Blog-Be the Cause

The AFP Blog: One of the big events in San Antonio was the launch of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy’s BE the CAUSE campaign (formerly Every Member). Everyone who gave to the foundation at the AFP Hub, which was a fountain of activity, got their photo taken with a message about why they gave. You can see mine here.

A Chicago Heir's Approach to Venture�Philanthropy - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy

A Chicago Heir's Approach to Venture�Philanthropy - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy: o many of its disciples, though, venture philanthropy simply means taking a rigorous approach to giving away money so you're more likely to have an impact. Business investors have been refining their methodologies for decades. So why not borrow from that world?

That's how Liam Krehbiel sees things. He's an heir to the Molex electronic interconnector fortune, who, after a stint at Bain and Company, decided to apply venture investing principles to the philanthropy sector, rather than pursuing the family business. Like many new philanthropists, Krehbiel combines funding with management support to give Chicago-area nonprofits a fighting chance. “Think about what successful venture-capital firms do,” Krehbiel told Michigan Avenue Magazine. “They look for high-potential, early-stage companies and provide the financial and intellectual capital to help them grow. We do the same thing.”

New funding tool could spur nonprofit innovation | Crain's New York Business

New funding tool could spur nonprofit innovation | Crain's New York Business: Mr. Rivera's therapy was paid for by an unusual funding mechanism known as a social-impact bond—an innovation that's becoming more prevalent in New York social-service and philanthropic circles. Announced by the city in 2012, Rikers' therapy program, aimed at reducing juvenile recidivism, was the nation's first social-bond initiative.

AFP Expands to Reach More Communities - Member News - Member - AFP

AFP Expands to Reach More Communities - Member News - Member - AFP: At the recent AFP board meeting held in conjunction with the 2014 AFP International Conference on Fundraising, we were delighted to announce the chartering of two new AFP chapters: the AFP Bermuda Chapter and the AFP BC, Okanagan Chapter. The new additions bring us to 235 chapters worldwide, extending our reach beyond 30,000 members and countless nonprofit organizations.

Canadian charity, Part 1: State of the sector � Philanthropy North Carolina

Canadian charity, Part 1: State of the sector � Philanthropy North Carolina: Overall giving in Canada grew 2.7 percent in the three months ending February 2014, compared to the same period a year earlier, while online giving for the period grew 7.2 percent, according to The Blackbaud Index – Canada.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Obamas’ Charitable Giving Dips By Nearly $100,000 in 2013 � CBS DC

Obamas’ Charitable Giving Dips By Nearly $100,000 in 2013 � CBS DC: WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama paid $98,169 in taxes on $481,098 income last year, tax returns the White House released Friday show. They paid an effective federal income tax rate of 20.4 percent and donated significantly less to charity than they did the year before.

Jacksonville's nonprofits get a 'spark,' too - Jacksonville Business Journal

Jacksonville's nonprofits get a 'spark,' too - Jacksonville Business Journal: “This partnership with One Spark builds a bridge between some of the field’s most remarkable innovators and the tools they need to make a difference in the world. These resources -- these bridges -- will help transform today’s aspirations into tomorrow’s solutions.”

In addition, the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida has offered the top 10 nonprofit projects based on crowdfunding votes at One Spark 2014 a free one-year membership, entitling them to the benefits the center provides, including its incubator-like environment, according to Rena Coughlin, CEO of the Jacksonville-based facility.

Is face to face fundraising really worth it?

Is face to face fundraising really worth it?: Is face to face fundraising really worth it?
Before I start I should make two confessions:

1) I am biased - my companies analyse data, help donor retention programs, acquisition, legacies and major donors and regular giving conversions by phone, mail and online, mostly in NZ and Australia. I don't 'do face to face'

2) I am not very good at face to face fundraising. The photo below is of me, as fundraising director at Mind (a mental health charity in the UK) giving it a go in London in the late 90s. I was not very good. The guy I am chatting to was French, and we couldn't get foreigners to sign up. But we had a good chat.

What a Disorderly Executive Transition Looks Like - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

What a Disorderly Executive Transition Looks Like - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: perating on a budget of around $5.3 million, C.W. Williams is a critical local resource, since it is the only federally qualified health center in Mecklenburg County. In 2012, it served approximately 10,467 patients, with 99 percent of those being at or below 200 percent of the poverty level.

I think that all nonprofit boards should be made to go through a training on how to communicate in crises, so that their public has its questions answered. On the other hand, according to this article, the Center has not missed a day of service.—Ruth McCambridge

Seattle Politicians Back Scoutmaster Expelled for Being Gay – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Seattle Politicians Back Scoutmaster Expelled for Being Gay – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Seattle Politicians Back Scoutmaster Expelled for Being Gay

Seattle’s mayor and city council have expressed support for the leader of a local Boy Scouts troop who was dismissed last month after officials with the national youth organization learned he was gay, the Associated Press reports.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Researchers, Nonprofits Assess Community Needs - The Watauga Democrat

Researchers, Nonprofits Assess Community Needs - The Watauga Democrat: The researchers facilitated a discussion April 3 at the Agricultural Conference Center about possible courses of action based on the assessment's findings.


As part of the assessment, the researchers held focus groups and one-on-one interviews with members of the three target groups as well as organizational staff of nonprofit and governmental agencies who work with the three groups. Responses from the methods were analyzed for common and unique themes.

Departing Gates CEO’s next task: making philanthropy effective | Local News | The Seattle Times

Departing Gates CEO’s next task: making philanthropy effective | Local News | The Seattle Times: Raikes will step down from the Gates Foundation on April 30. His successor is University of California, San Francisco Chancellor Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann, a biotech expert and the foundation’s first lead

The Importance Of Recognizing And Embracing The Risks Of Philanthropy

The Importance Of Recognizing And Embracing The Risks Of Philanthropy: Laurie Michaels is an individual philanthropist based in Aspen, CO. In 2012, she founded Open Road Alliance to provide critical funding to help nonprofits overcome unforeseen roadblocks, or to leverage unanticipated opportunities for impact. She has served on the board of the Aspen Community Foundation for twelve years, as board chair for the last four years, overseeing a collective impact initiative in the greater Roaring Fork valley. Until recently, she maintained a psychology practice in Aspen.

I sat down with Laurie this winter to talk about her approach to philanthropy and why she’s pushing for more transparency, speed and flexibility in donor-grantee relationships.

Grant Oliphant to rejoin Heinz Endowments as president - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Grant Oliphant to rejoin Heinz Endowments as president - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: r. Oliphant worked at the endowments for more than a decade in various management positions prior to taking the top job at the Pittsburgh Foundation in 2008.

He was the press secretary to U.S. Senator John Heinz until the senator’s death in 1991.

At the endowments, the second-largest foundation in the region with assets of about $1.5 billion, Mr. Oliphant succeeds Robert Vagt, who left in January following a tumultuous management shake-up and controversy about the organization’s commitment to environmental issues..

Cash-strapped charities embrace Highmark walk for health - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Cash-strapped charities embrace Highmark walk for health - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: reality, most of the Ross-based nonprofit’s $3 million in annual revenue comes from program fees for its services that include a senior care residence, an early childhood learning center, and home repairs and home finance counseling for low-income seniors and others in need.

So when the organization last year decided to participate in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community and set a goal to raise $3,000, “that made some people a little nervous,” said Sister Janice Fulmer, executive director.

San Diego Opera Board Reaffirms Decision to Fold – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

San Diego Opera Board Reaffirms Decision to Fold – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: he San Diego Opera’s board voted Friday to proceed with plans to shutter the 49-year-old company, making Sunday’s season-ending performance of Massenet’s Don Quixote almost certainly the opera’s last, report San Diego public broadcaster KPBS and The New York Times.

Optimizing lost alumni research, with a twist | CoolData blog

Optimizing lost alumni research, with a twist | CoolData blog: There are data-driven ways to get the biggest bang for your buck from the mundane activity of finding lost alumni. I’m going to share some ideas on optimizing for impact (which should all sound like basic common sense), and then I’m going to show you a cool data way to boost your success as you search for lost alumni and donors (the “twist”). If lost alumni is not a burning issue for your school, you still might find the cool stuff interesting, so I encourage you to skip down the page.

Chelsea Clinton Makes Her Move | Fast Company | Business Innovation

Chelsea Clinton Makes Her Move | Fast Company | Business Innovation



Chelsea Clinton Makes Her Move

Chelsea Clinton
is the product of two of the most powerful brands in the world. Now
she's finally carving out her own identity--by joining the family
business.


 













Friday, April 11, 2014

Report Questions Tax Breaks for Nonprofit Hospitals With Big Revenues – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Report Questions Tax Breaks for Nonprofit Hospitals With Big Revenues – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Report Questions Tax Breaks for Nonprofit Hospitals With Big Revenues

The finances and spending of large nonprofit hospitals that receive tax breaks while earning hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues and paying seven-figure executive salaries are examined in a special report by investigative journalism site 100Reporters.

Judge Rejects N.Y. Cap on Charity Executives’ Compensation

Judge Rejects N.Y. Cap on Charity Executives’ Compensation – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy:Judge Rejects N.Y. Cap on Charity Executives’ Compensation

A New York State judge ruled against a bid by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration to restrict wages to top executives at nonprofits that receive significant taxpayer funding, the New York Daily New

Wakeup Call to Charities | Planned Giving Design Center

Wakeup Call to Charities | Planned Giving Design Center: Summary

I believe nonprofits who chose to reduce their planned giving and endowment building efforts to chase current dollars made a mistake that may cost them their very survival. Read what The Chronicle of Philanthropy article reported and come to your own conclusion. It's not at all about planned giving, it's about donor loyalty.

Facing Burnout as a Consultant? Read This. | Betsy J. Baker

Facing Burnout as a Consultant? Read This. | Betsy J. Baker: If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re ready to stop the madness of too many client demands, multiple deadlines and endless to-do lists. You’re ready to reclaim your freedom and enjoy life – which is what you thought owning your own business would bring you to begin with, right?

Are you really proud to be a fundraiser? A new manifesto for fundraising | UK Fundraising

Are you really proud to be a fundraiser? A new manifesto for fundraising | UK Fundraising: Last week, I addressed the Institute of Fundraising London Group’s First Thursday meeting on the subject of pride in the profession of fundraising. I explored whether fundraisers ‘really’ felt proud to be a fundraiser – the emphasis being on ‘really’ rather than proud, because I am not sure when fundraisers are being told that they should stand up and be proud of what they do that they actually know what it is they are supposed to be proud of.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Where Will Fred Blackwell Take The San Francisco�Foundation? - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy

Where Will Fred Blackwell Take The San Francisco�Foundation? - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy: Go for the bigger dream, which is what Fred Blackwell did when he quit his new post as Oakland City Administrator after less than one month to become the new CEO of The San Francisco Foundation. Blackwell says that he was torn between the “two dream jobs,” but TSFF won out in the end, which caused quite a ruckus in Oakland.

Fred, you made the right move. Philanthropy, not government, will be the most dynamic agent of change in the 21st century.