Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Charity or Reparations? Native American Farmers Say Nonprofits Not Right Place for Unspent Settlement Money | Nonprofit Quarterly

Charity or Reparations? Native American Farmers Say Nonprofits Not Right Place for Unspent Settlement Money | Nonprofit Quarterly: "“The ends of justice demand that this money should be distributed to the class members instead of providing a historic and unwarranted payout for charitable organizations,” Keepseagle said in her motion.

Marshall Matz, a lawyer representing Keepseagle and other Native Americans who want the money given directly to the ranchers, adds that a charity as intermediary is unnecessary. “I don't know why you would need a foundation—to create a foundation—to do unspecified good things when you can give the money to the people who can prove they were damaged,” Matz said."



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Staging a Comeback: How the Nonprofit Arts Sector Has Evolved since the Great Recession | Nonprofit Quarterly

Staging a Comeback: How the Nonprofit Arts Sector Has Evolved since the Great Recession | Nonprofit Quarterly: "There is ample evidence to demonstrate that nonprofit arts and culture organizations in the United States are rebounding from the Great Recession—albeit more slowly than other parts of the nonprofit sector. The 2014 National Arts Index compiled by Americans for the Arts notes that while the overall economic recovery began in 2009, it did not positively affect the arts until 2012.1 "



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Strengthen Fundraising Before the Next Recession | npENGAGE

Strengthen Fundraising Before the Next Recession | npENGAGE: "In order to survive the economic ups and downs, a fundraising program must be balanced. 
A fundraising program that survives the economic ups and downs and continues to deliver long-term is one that is on balance. It isn’t built on one strong program only. It isn’t even built on one strong program and a bunch of little ones. Instead, it is a like a stool with several thick, strong legs. If one leg is chopped off by an economic downturn, other legs are strong enough to keep the fundraising stool balanced. There may be a loss of income, but enough other income sources are contributing in ways that are significant that the nonprofit can carry on.
Forget rivalry between online fundraising and offline fundraising—we have to do both. The same is true with major donor fundraising and lower level donor cultivation; small dollar donors are the pool for future middle and major level gifts, and it’s risky to let that pool run dry."



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Conservative Billionaire Richard Scaife Tops List of 50 Biggest Donors - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Conservative Billionaire Richard Scaife Tops List of 50 Biggest Donors - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Bequests Put Conservative Billionaire Richard Scaife Atop List of America’s 50 Biggest Donors"



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Monday, February 08, 2016

Super Bowl 50 Raises Record $12M for Charity - NonProfit PRO

Super Bowl 50 Raises Record $12M for Charity - NonProfit PRO: "Philanthropy is the name of the game. OK, well, technically “Super Bowl” is the actual name of the game, but philanthropy is definitely in there somewhere. Especially for Super Bowl 50 and the San Francisco Bay Area.
While the game was sloppy and the commercials underwhelming, there was something noteworthy to come out of it all. (And we don’t mean Beyoncé’s tour announcement.) This year’s host committee raised $12 million for local nonprofits, more than any other host committee has in years past."



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Champaign-area farmers direct $22,500 in donations - AgriNews

Champaign-area farmers direct $22,500 in donations - AgriNews: "GIFFORD, Ill. — Nine farmers have directed $22,500 to area nonprofit organizations through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

The winning farmers and organizations participated Jan. 28 in a presentation at the Midwest Ag Expo. Each farmer directed a $2,500 Grow Communities donation to a nonprofit organization of their choice."



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Friday, February 05, 2016

"Treat Every Donor Like A Major Donor" Is Terrible Advice

"Treat Every Donor Like A Major Donor" Is Terrible Advice: "An interesting phrase occasionally pops up in presentations, blog posts and even marketing slogans. You’ve probably seen a variation of it:

“Treat every donor like a major donor.”

Most of the time, it comes from a good place. It’s well-meaning.

It’s also awful, terrible, bad advice.

Well-meaning! But terrible.

What they’re trying to say"



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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Study Finds Links in How Catholics and Muslims View Giving - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Study Finds Links in How Catholics and Muslims View Giving - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "New research suggests that having a positive affect on their faith communities is a bigger driver of giving by Catholic and Islamic congregants than peer pressure or fear of sanction if they abstain, two political scientists write in The Washington Post. In an entry in the Post's political-science blog, Monkey Cage, Ramazan Kılınç of the University of Nebraska and Carolyn Warner of Arizona State University summarize the findings of their interviews with members of Muslim and Catholic organizations in Dublin, Istanbul, Milan, and Paris."



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BBBSA Hits The Road Again - This Time To Tampa - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

BBBSA Hits The Road Again - This Time To Tampa - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "It’s not often an established national nonprofit moves its headquarters. It’s even more unusual when it happens twice within only a few years. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) left its Philadelphia, Pa., headquarters in 2013 for Irving, Texas, moving into a complex owned by one of its largest affiliates and which also housed BBBS International. BBBSA’s headquarters hit the road for Tampa just two years later."



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Internet sensation Kai inspires owner in marathon charity effort - BT

Internet sensation Kai inspires owner in marathon charity effort - BT: "A dog who became a global celebrity when he was abandoned at a railway station with a suitcase full of his belongings has inspired his new owner to run a marathon in aid of charity.

Kai was left at Ayr station in January last year, prompting offers from dog lovers around the world to take him in.

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Learn more about 'The CNN Quiz Show' charities - CNN.com

Learn more about 'The CNN Quiz Show' charities - CNN.com: "The contestants for "The CNN Quiz Show: Race for the White House" might be competing against each other, but they all agree on who the real winner should be: charity."



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Richmond-area charities assessing impact of Zika virus on mission work in Latin America - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Health

Richmond-area charities assessing impact of Zika virus on mission work in Latin America - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Health: "our volunteers with Midwives for Haiti who were scheduled to go to the Caribbean country this year have canceled their plans, and more cancellations may be coming, said Nadene Brunk, co-founder of the Henrico County-based nonprofit."



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Super Bowl 50 Hosts Reinvent Philanthropic Vision For NFL - Forbes

Super Bowl 50 Hosts Reinvent Philanthropic Vision For NFL - Forbes: "The 50 Fund kicked off its giving 50 weeks before the Super Bowl, awarding $500,ooo grants to five “Game Changers” out of an applicant pool of 147, including First Place for Youth and other organizations which aim to close the opportunity gap for youth in low-income communities. Lurie has high praise for the 50 Fund board — chaired by Kamba Tshionyi of JP Morgan — as well as the advisory group which helped winnow the vast field of potential grantees.

Once a week for the 50 weeks leading up to the game, the 50 Fund has awarded a $10,000 grant to a community-based “Playmaker” organization. And recently, thanks to well-received fundraising efforts, the 50 Fund was able to extend its Game Changer initiative and award nine additional $200,000 grants focusing on community-building and the environment. To date, the 50 Fund has given out dozens of awards across 12 Northern California counties."



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Orchestras Conduct Virtual Reality Experiments | Nonprofit Quarterly

Orchestras Conduct Virtual Reality Experiments | Nonprofit Quarterly: "In what’s been described by the Guardian as a “digital takeover,” visitors to the UK’s Royal Festival’s Hall’s public spaces in September 2016 will be able to experience a virtual reality trip to the middle of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

The Telegraph reports that, “Rather than seeing it on a computer screen, like previous initiatives elsewhere, users will have their own individual headsets to allow them to move their head to look around each scene as they would in real life.”"



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Wounded Warrior Hires PR Firm to “Manage” the Crisis They’ve Created—What Can We Expect? | Nonprofit Quarterly

Wounded Warrior Hires PR Firm to “Manage” the Crisis They’ve Created—What Can We Expect? | Nonprofit Quarterly:



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Could Giving Circles Rebuild Philanthropy from the Bottom Up? | Nonprofit Quarterly

Could Giving Circles Rebuild Philanthropy from the Bottom Up? | Nonprofit Quarterly:



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Charitable Giving Up Nearly 2% in 2015

Charitable Giving Up Nearly 2% in 2015: "Blackbaud just released its latest Charitable Giving Report, which provides largest analysis of real fundraising data from more than 5,300 nonprofit organizations in the United States. The report represents more than $18.2 billion in total fundraising data and $2.2 billion in online fundraising from 2015."



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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Managing Defiance on a Nonprofit Board: A University Case | Nonprofit Quarterly

Managing Defiance on a Nonprofit Board: A University Case | Nonprofit Quarterly: "How should a university board respond to a board member who publically criticizes its decisions and chooses to disregard the board’s preferences for how it communicates with its constituencies?"



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Survey: Measuring Member Engagement Critical to Success: Associations Now

Survey: Measuring Member Engagement Critical to Success: Associations Now: "The “2016 Global Benchmark Reports on Membership Performance and Fundraising Performance” survey shows that engagement is one of respondents’ top goals. This focus, according to ASI’s Global Director of Marketing Edward Wendling, is causing more associations to adopt engagement-measurement techniques, responsive web design, and mobile self-service, as well as increased integration between company databases and websites."



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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Fundraising Statistics That Should Scare All of Us - NonProfit PRO

Fundraising Statistics That Should Scare All of Us - NonProfit PRO: "Never heard of the report? Well, don’t discount it. The Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute established something called the “Fundraising Effectiveness Project” to conduct research on fundraising effectiveness and to help nonprofits increase their fundraising results at a faster pace.
The 2015 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report summarizes data from 8,025 survey respondents, covering year-to-year fundraising results for 2013 to 2014."



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The Museum Sector’s Volunteer Economy | Nonprofit Quarterly

The Museum Sector’s Volunteer Economy | Nonprofit Quarterly:



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Catholic Schools Use Outreach and Subsidies to Stem Enrollment Losses | Nonprofit Quarterly

Catholic Schools Use Outreach and Subsidies to Stem Enrollment Losses | Nonprofit Quarterly: "Omaha’s Catholic schools have a new twist on nonprofit volunteer and stakeholder outreach—engaging parents of current students as “ambassadors” to help recruit new students. The effort is necessary because student enrollment in archdiocese schools is down 13 percent since 1998, dropping from 22,080 to 19,277 in 2015. Five Omaha-area grade schools have closed in the last 10 years. Family tradition still brings in students, but more proactive recruiting is needed to stem these student losses and fill classrooms."



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'Social prescribing' works for both patients and charities involved, report says | Third Sector

'Social prescribing' works for both patients and charities involved, report says | Third Sector: "The service works by allowing GPs to refer patients to voluntary and community sector advisers, who then examine the patient’s non-medical support needs and refer them to appropriate services, which could include physical activities such as tai chi or community gardening projects.

The scheme includes a grant funding pot through which voluntary sector activities are commissioned to meet patients’ needs. "



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Monday, February 01, 2016

10 Donors Join Forces to Make $1 Billion in Grants to Help Youth Charities Grow - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

10 Donors Join Forces to Make $1 Billion in Grants to Help Youth Charities Grow - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and nine other donors have joined forces to create Blue Meridian Partners, a grant-making collaborative, with the goal of awarding $1 billion to expand the reach of high-performing charities that serve low-income children and youths.

"At a time when the urgent needs of children and youth are on the rise, it is deeply frustrating to me how hard it is for even the most successful nonprofit leaders to grow their organizations to meet these needs," Nancy Roob, the foundation’s chief executive, wrote in a letter announcing the new collaboration. "We are woefully underinvesting in what works.""



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Donor cultivation yields $10 million gift for UNC Lineberger « Philanthropy North Carolina

Donor cultivation yields $10 million gift for UNC Lineberger « Philanthropy North Carolina: "CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — In October, the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill announced a $10 million gift commitment — its biggest gift ever — to fund early-stage cancer research.

The form of the gift represents the holy grail of fundraising: It is unrestricted, giving Lineberger’s leaders discretion to apply the dollars to areas of research they believe are most promising."



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Why Funding Overhead Is Not the Real Issue: The Case to Cover Full Costs | Nonprofit Quarterly

Why Funding Overhead Is Not the Real Issue: The Case to Cover Full Costs | Nonprofit Quarterly: "Why Funding Overhead Is Not the Real Issue: The Case to Cover Full Costs"



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Friday, January 15, 2016

Micro Content Is Here to Stay | Upleaf

Micro Content Is Here to Stay | Upleaf: "How This Impacts Your Strategy
Assuming the Apple Watch entrenches itself in the U.S. and abroad, here is what you can expect to happen:"



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Leader at Haas Jr. Fund Stepping Down After Leading Marriage-Equality Fight - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Leader at Haas Jr. Fund Stepping Down After Leading Marriage-Equality Fight - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Ira Hirschfield will step down as president and trustee of the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund at the end of 2016, leaving the grant maker, which was at the forefront of the marriage-equality movement, looking for a new leader for the first time in more than two decades."



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State of the Industry: Highlights from AFP-NYC’s 2016 Annual Meeting - NonProfit PRO

State of the Industry: Highlights from AFP-NYC’s 2016 Annual Meeting - NonProfit PRO: "Keynote speaker Jason Lee, general counsel for Association of Fundraising Professionals, shared some economic insights and updates for 2016. Among them was a reminder that a leading indicator of when the economy is down is how the nonprofit sector is performing. And since nonprofits can’t really help or grow the economy, they can at least, from a legislative position, work with the IRS to help ensure that the government does not create barriers that would restrict a donor’s ability to give. Recently, there were two wins for the sector"



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Beware Of Election Cycle Tax Plans - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

Beware Of Election Cycle Tax Plans - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) cannot grow the economy, but it can work toward preventing governmental barriers to generating income. That was the message of Jason Lee, general counsel of AFP, to those in attendance at Wednesday’s annual meeting of the New York City chapter."



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