Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Individuals, Organizations and Corporations Respond With Immense Generosity to Ice Bucket Challenge - The ALS Association

Individuals, Organizations and Corporations Respond With Immense Generosity to Ice Bucket Challenge - The ALS Association: Individuals, Organizations and Corporations Respond
With Immense Generosity to Ice Bucket Challenge

Washington, D.C. (August 29, 2014) — Donations as a result of the Ice Bucket Challenge have exceeded all expectations and The ALS Association is tremendously grateful for all of the gifts by individuals, corporations and foundations.

Through Friday, August 29, The Association has received over $100 million, with donations ranging from under one dollar to $200,00

Black giving aims to bridge philanthropy gap � Philanthropy North Carolina

Black giving aims to bridge philanthropy gap � Philanthropy North Carolina: n Charlotte, Johnson C. Smith University is developing an exhibition on black philanthropy that will tour college campuses starting next January in an effort to engage younger generations earlier in giving.

In Raleigh, the Wake County Public School System has studied the high rate at which black males are suspended from school.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Big Data, Crowdfunding and the Fundraising Technology Craze : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success

Big Data, Crowdfunding and the Fundraising Technology Craze : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success: Technology is the backbone of practically everything in today’s information-rich society, and fundraising is no different. Whether it’s using “Big Data” to enhance fundraising appeals and messaging online, offline, mobile and everything in between, or utilizing new technologies like crowdfunding to host a campaign, the technology craze continues to prevail and evolve.

Society Diary: the rubble bucket challenge and the Boob Aid Squeeze-a-thon

Society Diary: the rubble bucket challenge and the Boob Aid Squeeze-a-thon

Grand Champion Ham fetches $2 million, breaks record at auction - Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: News

Grand Champion Ham fetches $2 million, breaks record at auction - Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: News: Nearly 1,600 people gathered for KFB's 51st annual Country Ham Breakfast & Auction in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center, and were witnesses to this monumental feat of charitable giving. Local, state and national elected officials spoke prior to the auction about current agricultural and political conditions in Kentucky and across the nation, but the event hit a fever pitch as the audience watched bidders duel in seven-figure amounts for the Grand Champion Ham.

7520 Rate for September Stable at 2.2% | Planned Giving Design Center

7520 Rate for September Stable at 2.2% | Planned Giving Design Center: For purposes of determining the present value of an annuity, an interest for life or a term of years, or a remainder or a reversionary interest, the applicable federal rate under section 7520 for September 2014 is 2.2%; Stable with the last three month's rates.

The Income Control Unitrust | Planned Giving Design Center

The Income Control Unitrust | Planned Giving Design Center: David Wheeler Newman explores the NIMCRUT and its extraordinary possibilities. His case study makes a compelling statement that Charitable Remainder Trusts are alive and well and will continue to be.

Personalized Philanthropy and the Four Donors - Part 2 of 6 | Planned Giving Design Center

Personalized Philanthropy and the Four Donors - Part 2 of 6 | Planned Giving Design Center: ringing Change to the World Through Personalized Philanthropy
Connecting your values to actions

Key points:

Why focus on the most important Core Needs of the Institutions you care about?
How can you overcome fundraising mechanics and connect your true vision to the world?
Can just three killer apps of personalized gift design really change the way we do philanthropy?
What is the vast power of spending rate and why should we radically rethink endowment?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

10 tips for charity impact measurement | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional

10 tips for charity impact measurement | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional: mpact measurement often strikes fear into charities – large or small. It is something that organisations are increasingly expected to do, yet it can be difficult to know where to begin.

To shed some light on this, we went to the real experts – our Twitter followers – and asked them to share their top tips.

Here is a selection of our favourites, but we’d like to hear yours too - feel free to post them in the comments section, below.

Chart: Gifts From Ice-Bucket Challenge Top $94-Million - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Chart: Gifts From Ice-Bucket Challenge Top $94-Million - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: Chart: Gifts From Ice-Bucket Challenge Top $94-Million

Silicon Valley Nonprofit Helps Donors Help Nonprofits - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Silicon Valley Nonprofit Helps Donors Help Nonprofits - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: When they write a check to a nonprofit organization, donors are said to wonder whether another group out there is more effective in the work they do, and if this organization really has the capacity to do what they say. Tipping Point, a nonprofit organization in Silicon Valley, has developed a model that connects donors to effective nonprofit organizations and helps nonprofits fund their capacity-building needs.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Three-Day March Aims to Alter Public Perception of Nonprofits

massnonprofit news ::: The Charity Defense Council (CDC) said it will hold what it hopes will be “the largest demonstration of the charitable sector, by the charitable sector, and for the charitable sector in the sector’s history.”

The march, from Kittery, Maine, to Salem, Mass., aims to net $1 million to fund the CDC’s first-year operating budget and is expected to draw charity leaders, executives, and workers from across the nation.

Triangle United Way shifting role to catalyst � Philanthropy North Carolina

Triangle United Way shifting role to catalyst � Philanthropy North Carolina: Sponsored by United Way of the Greater Triangle, the competition is part of a larger effort by United Way to transform its role and impact.

Traditionally seen as an umbrella group that raises money each fall, mainly in workplace campaigns, to support partner agencies providing health and human services, United Way now is focusing on raising awareness about urgent problems related to poverty, and engaging community resources to address their symptoms and causes.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Before You Hit Send: Your End of Year Fundraising Appeal Checklist | npENGAGE

Before You Hit Send: Your End of Year Fundraising Appeal Checklist | npENGAGE: With the season of giving just around the corner, it’s crucial that your organization is prepared to capitalize on the generosity of your donors and potential donors. A well-crafted fundraising appeal is the integral piece to your year-end ask. With this in mind, Lindsey Salmony has outlined the strategy and steps to crafting an ask that brings in more money to your organization. [And if you want to really step-up your game, take a look at the new eBook about writing and designing fundraising appeals that work!]

U.S. Diplomats and Soldiers Warned Off ‘Ice-Bucket Challenge’ – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

U.S. Diplomats and Soldiers Warned Off ‘Ice-Bucket Challenge’ – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: The State and Defense departments and the House of Representatives have barred diplomats, the armed forces, and lawmakers, respectively, from participating in the “ice-bucket challenge” to raise money to combat the neural disease ALS, The Washington Post writes, citing reporting by the Associated Press, Military Times, and Politico.

Philanthropy in a Time of Polarization | Grantmakers in the Arts

Philanthropy in a Time of Polarization | Grantmakers in the Arts: nstitutional philanthropy, by law and by tradition, has had an indirect and often awkward connection to the policy process. For the most part, foundations don’t lobby directly for legislation, and they are prohibited from engaging in the kind of political activity — such as campaign spending — that gives other players leverage in policy making. Instead, leaders in philanthropy have pursued a vision of social change that rests on a set of long-held assumptions: that strong ideas and persuasive research, coupled with broad public support and validation by elites, will motivate elected officials; that policy proposals designed to reflect the ideological preferences of both major parties, or the poll-tested preferences of centrist voters, can provide a basis for insider bargaining; and that policy entrepreneurs who operate both inside and outside legislative bodies can act as advocates, sources of ideas and information, and mediators.

Let’s go global…there’s gold in them hills - 101fundraising

Let’s go global…there’s gold in them hills - 101fundraising: Whilst there is undoubtedly enormous opportunity to organisations to expand their fundraising internationally and certainly most of our clients have done so with great success over the last decade or so, in most cases non-profits would be far better if they focused their fundraising efforts in their home market. Those of you that know me as an obsessive on the theme and practice of globalising fundraising and as someone that has spent the last 30 years working in fundraising in over 50 countries, this may appear to heretical.

It’s going to take a lot more ice buckets to fill the NIH funding gap - The Washington Post

It’s going to take a lot more ice buckets to fill the NIH funding gap - The Washington Post: In the weeks since Facebook has been filled with ice bucket challenge videos, there's been a robust public debate over what it means that people are suddenly donating to ALS research at record rates. But this latest viral sensation is also highlighting how much philanthropy is having to step in to make up for the declining public investment in research to cure some terrible diseases.

Vexed in the city: Benioff says it's time to listen to the dissenters (Q&A) - CNET

Vexed in the city: Benioff says it's time to listen to the dissenters (Q&A) - CNET: As tech reshapes San Francisco, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff argues for a broader civic dialogue and says philanthropy offers a way to unite a city riven by increasing social discord.

Ice Bucket Challenge Goes Awry, Firefighters Hurt - ABC News

Ice Bucket Challenge Goes Awry, Firefighters Hurt - ABC News: A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who were taking part in an "ice bucket challenge."

Three new studies explore celebrity engagement with charities | UK Fundraising

Three new studies explore celebrity engagement with charities | UK Fundraising: Three recent academic studies have explored charities’ use of celebrities to promote their causes.

Personalized Philanthropy and the Four Donors - Part 1 of 6 | Planned Giving Design Center

New series of articles from PGDC

Personalized Philanthropy and the Four Donors - Part 1 of 6 | Planned Giving Design Center: We are pleased to introduce this series of six articles as a companion to the book by Steven L Meyers, Personalized Philanthropy: Crash the Fundraising Matrix and Make the Real Shift to Donor-Focused Giving. While that book was written primarily for gift officers and professional advisors, these articles are written for advisors to share with donors – hopefully to begin a new conversation about philanthropy with clients/donors who ardently wish to support their most treasured charities. The articles aim to introduce some of the basic concepts of Personalized Philanthropy, a powerful new and tested model for charitable planning which challenges conventional fundraising practices in bridging current and future giving so that donor impact and recognition may begin immediately and scale up over time.

Generosity Continues with Ice Bucket Donations Reaching $41.8 Million - The ALS Association

Generosity Continues with Ice Bucket Donations Reaching $41.8 Million - The ALS Association: Generosity Continues with Ice Bucket
Donations Reaching $41.8 Million

Washington, D.C. (August 21, 2014) — As of Thursday, August 21, The ALS Association has received $41.8 million in donations compared to $2.1 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 21). These donations have come from existing donors and 739,275 new donors to The Association.

Speaking the Language of Nonprofit Donation Appeals

Speaking the Language of Nonprofit Donation Appeals: Nonprofits can’t indefinitely rely on the same fundraising appeal any more than for-profit businesses can use the same advertisement over and over again. In either case, the language and imagery of the marketing becomes predictable, boring, even invisible. Nonprofit professionals are constantly working on new appeals and marketing campaigns to catch the public’s attention. Development departments must be diligent, clever, and inventive to convince donors to take action.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Four Lessons Brands Can Learn From the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Four Lessons Brands Can Learn From the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: But, there are four characteristics of this trend that put it above the rest. In fact, this ice bucket challenge has four important lessons for brands. So, marketeers, take note:

Library of Online Resources Relating to Foundation Spend-Down | Philanthropy Central

Library of Online Resources Relating to Foundation Spend-Down | Philanthropy Central: Library of Online Resources Relating to Foundation Spend-Down

As part of the Center's ongoing project on spend-down, we are assembling a library of online reports, case studies, and other resources. Included in the library are documents produced by the Center and by other institutions, including foundations. If you are aware of any resources that should be included in the library but are not listed below, please bring them to the attention of Mary Grimm at mary.grimm@duke.edu.

Steps to a Successful Spend Down: Strategic Priorities | GrantCraft

Steps to a Successful Spend Down: Strategic Priorities | GrantCraft: At the Andrea & Charles Bronfman Philanthropies (ACBP), we have continuously researched spend down organizations since the decision was made to sunset ACBP by 2016.

We have been surprised by the limited content available on the process of how foundations spend down, rather than the more broadly discussed topic of why foundations spend down. (We’re glad to see this starting to change, with resources like Duke University’s online spend down research library).

Guest Post: The Language of Crowdfunding, Philanthropy and Impact Investing | Social Velocity

Guest Post: The Language of Crowdfunding, Philanthropy and Impact Investing | Social Velocity: One of those non-work related blogs that I read is Popville, which chronicles activities in Washington, DC neighborhoods. This July and last, two local businesses sought financing through crowdfunding platforms, and reached out to Popville readers for support. Both cited the community focus of their enterprises as reasons to financially support their efforts. What ensued in the comment thread of both posts provides a snapshot into how those outside of the philanthropy and impact investing field understand and discuss crowdfunding, charitable giving, and investing with the intention to generate social and financial returns.

#IceBucketChallenge Wisdom From 'Jackass' Steve-O - The Daily Beast

#IceBucketChallenge Wisdom From 'Jackass' Steve-O - The Daily Beast: But when the end result is tens of millions raised, do the shades of vanity or petty grudges truly matter? Not really, according to Andrew Watt, the president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

“Yes, a celebrity is getting favorable coverage out of it—but in doing that, they’re also pushing considerable revenue in the direction of the ALS foundation,” Watt tells The Daily Beast. “And they’re raising awareness of Lou Gehrig’s disease, which is not something people are particularly familiar with.”

Ebola Crisis Raises Profile of Faith Group Samaritan’s Purse – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Ebola Crisis Raises Profile of Faith Group Samaritan’s Purse – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: he Ebola outbreak in West Africa has brought greater attention to Samaritan’s Purse, the well-funded but relatively low-profile Christian relief charity led by Franklin Graham, the Rev. Billy Graham’s son, writes The Washington Post.