Thursday, January 29, 2015

'Give a Thread' aiming for Guinness world record | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

'Give a Thread' aiming for Guinness world record | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "The clock is ticking. A University of Pittsburgh group is trying to set a Guinness world record by collecting at least 150,000 articles of clothing to donate to those in need."



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Temple to offer international nonprofit training program | News Center

Temple to offer international nonprofit training program | News Center: "Temple University Harrisburg and Temple University Japan are joining forces to offer nonprofit professionals international training and leadership development. The International Nonprofit Training and Leadership Program begins Jan. 30."



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African-Americans, Religious Top List Donors Plan to Give More This Year : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success

African-Americans, Religious Top List Donors Plan to Give More This Year : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success: "(Press release, Jan. 28, 2015) — Even though the percentage of Americans who said their financial situations had improved dropped sharply from last year, a greater percentage of adults said they will give more to charity this year, according to the 2015 Dunham+Company/Wilson Perkins Allen State of Philanthropy Study. African-Americans and regular attenders of religious services topped the list of donors who expected to give more."



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Slice Your Revenue Pie into Smaller Pieces | Forward Together

Slice Your Revenue Pie into Smaller Pieces | Forward Together: "Our Abila experts have researched and crafted Key Association Predictions for 2015 to help you gain a clear understanding of the challenges facing your sector in the coming year, and how you can turn them into real advantages for your organization.

Below is a deep dive into Association Prediction #3 – Alternative Revenue Sources."



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NACUBO: College and University Endowments See Strong Gains in FY14, According to the Annual NACUBO-Commonfund Study



NACUBO: College and University Endowments See Strong Gains in FY14, According to the Annual NACUBO-Commonfund Study

U.S. college and university endowment and affiliated foundations achieved an average return (net of investment fees) of 15.5 percent in FY14, an sharp improvement over the 11.7 percent return realized in FY13, according to the 2014 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments® (NCSE). The 2014 NCSE results are based on survey responses received from 832 U.S. college and university endowments and affiliated foundations, representing $516 billion in endowment assets. The average endowment among these respondents was $620 million

NewSchools' Nonprofit Seed Fund Gives Way to For-Profit Investment Arm - Marketplace K-12 - Education Week

NewSchools' Nonprofit Seed Fund Gives Way to For-Profit Investment Arm - Marketplace K-12 - Education Week: "The NewSchools Venture Fund's nonprofit seed fund, which has channeled millions of dollars from philanthropies into a variety of projects across education, will wind down its operations and a new, for-profit operation will take its place.

The new seed fund will operate as a separate legal entity from the NewSchools Venture Fund, though the two organizations will still have an affiliation—the exact parameters of which have yet to be determined, said Stacey Childress, the chief executive officer of the NSVF, based in Oakland, Calif."



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Don't Start with Names when Identifying Board Candidates

massnonprofit news ::: "The fact is, the worst way to begin a board recruiting process is by tossing out a few names. Unfortunately, too many of the names that get suggested in this kind of exercise are likely to be aspirational (like the founder of Google) or comfortable (like the best friend of the board chair).

Instead, boards that recruit successfully follow a disciplined process to identify individuals who are both able and willing to help the nonprofit achieve its mission. "



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Harvard Beats Stanford, Raising Record $1.16 Billion in a Year - Bloomberg Business

Harvard Beats Stanford, Raising Record $1.16 Billion in a Year - Bloomberg Business: "Harvard’s haul, the largest ever in higher education, represents more than the entire endowments of all but about 70 U.S. colleges. Stanford came in No. 2, with $928 million, its third-biggest total, according to a survey by the New York-based Council for Aid to Education, which tracks university giving."



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- Leading With Intent

- Leading With Intent: "What is Leading with Intent?
Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices is the only survey to gather information from both chief executives and board chairs on their experiences in the nonprofit boardrooms of America. Who serves on nonprofit boards? How are boards structured? What are their policies and practices? What challenges them? Are they providing the leadership needed? The answers to these and many more questions can be found in Leading with Intent. And because BoardSource has been conducting a version of this survey approximately every two years since 1994, Leading with Intent also enables us to answer the question, How are nonprofit boards changing over time?"



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Philanthropy emerging as focus of academic study « Philanthropy North Carolina

Philanthropy emerging as focus of academic study « Philanthropy North Carolina: "Academic scholarship and teaching on philanthropy are thin but emerging, with much of it geared to the business of raising money and giving it away, and with the potential to cause conflicts between its funders and those who study them, a British philanthropy scholar and practitioner says.

In Europe, university-based centers’ courses and training “are not keeping pace with the growth in the scale and prominence of philanthropy in recent years,” Charles Keidan, a philanthropy practice research fellow at the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy at Cass Business School at City University in London, writes in an article in Times Higher Education."



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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Smithsonian Plans First Foreign Foray With London Gallery – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Smithsonian Plans First Foreign Foray With London Gallery – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "The Smithsonian Institution announced plans Tuesday for a 40,000-square-foot exhibition space in London that would be the 168-year-old museum and research complex’s first permanent outpost outside the United States, reports The New York Times. The proposed gallery would be part of a cultural quarter being developed at the East London site of the 2012 Olympics."



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Giving to Colleges Rises Nearly 11% - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Giving to Colleges Rises Nearly 11% - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "Charitable giving to U.S. colleges and universities has reached a historic high for the second straight year, according to a survey released on Wednesday by the Council for Aid to Education.

Colleges raised $37.45-billion in 2014, the highest amount recorded since the survey started in 1957"



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Don’t let constant deadlines derail critical long-term work - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

Don’t let constant deadlines derail critical long-term work - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times:



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7520 Rate for February Down a tick to 2.0% | Planned Giving Design Center

7520 Rate for February Down a tick to 2.0% | Planned Giving Design Center: "7520 Rate for February Down a tick to 2.0%
News story posted in Revenue Rulings by Lee Hoffman on 27 January 2015| comments
audience: National Publication | last updated: 27 January 2015"



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Global Photographers' Fundraiser For Haiti School Sparked By B.C. Couple

Global Photographers' Fundraiser For Haiti School Sparked By B.C. Couple:



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Creating a legacy for the arts « Philanthropy North Carolina

Creating a legacy for the arts « Philanthropy North Carolina: "The Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham is a mecca for culture, a catalyst for community, an engine for growth, and a crossroads for past, present and future. After closing in 1988 for renovations, and reopening in 1994, the historic theater has attracted big-name performing artists, as well as emerging voices, and helped kickstart and fuel downtown’s cultural and economic renaissance.

The vision for saving and restoring the theater has inspired a large and eclectic cast of players performing widely diverse roles."



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Omidyar Network Pairs Grants With Investments To Solve Problems

Omidyar Network Pairs Grants With Investments To Solve Problems: "Omidyar Network, founded by Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, and his wife Pam, is a driving force in the movement toward impact investing, using investments to drive social impact.

Amy Klement, a partner at Omidyar Network or ON, explains the way she thinks about driving change, “Many ultra-high net worth individuals want to use the wealth they’ve acquired to make a social impact. Yet when creating a legacy, the power of markets often gets left out of their philanthropy.”"



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Monday, January 26, 2015

Center celebrates 25 years of nonprofit management training

Center celebrates 25 years of nonprofit management training: "-The Nonprofit Management Certificate Course (NPMCC) at the University of Delaware is celebrating its 25th year of nonprofit professional development.

Since 1990, the Center for Community Research and Service has had made a major contribution to the nonprofit community by supporting its leaders through the 16-week NPMCC course offered during the spring semester. "



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Teamwork of businesses, nonprofits renews Cleveland neighborhood | The Columbus Dispatch

Teamwork of businesses, nonprofits renews Cleveland neighborhood | The Columbus Dispatch: "But a renovation and resale effort that began in 2013 and was led by two for-profit businesses and two nonprofit groups has proved fruitful and could be duplicated elsewhere in the state, including Columbus, according to a report by the Greater Ohio Policy Center. The nonprofit center reviewed the Slavic Village Recovery Project and is releasing a report on its findings today."



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Top Boston-Area Culture Posts Often Come With Big Perks – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Top Boston-Area Culture Posts Often Come With Big Perks – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Top Boston-Area Culture Posts Often Come With Big Perks
Many leaders of major arts and cultural institutions in the Boston region receive housing allowances, mortgage assistance, retention bonuses, reimbursement for their children’s college tuition, and other perks as part of pay packages that range close to $1-million, according to The Boston Globe."



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Friday, January 23, 2015

Ahern Donor Communications, Ink.: Content / 2012 / 12.10: Now entering the fundraising arena: the next big generation of donors. In the US, they will be ages 55-75.

Ahern Donor Communications, Ink.: Content / 2012 / 12.10: Now entering the fundraising arena: the next big generation of donors. In the US, they will be ages 55-75.: "Outside America, there are LOADS of younger donors giving to charity ... in Australia, the UK, Germany; pretty much globally. But not so much in the United States, for one obvious reason. We haven't embraced street fundraising.

It works like this: the donor, acquired in a street encounter with a bonded representative of a charity, agrees to make an automatic gift every month, from her credit card or bank account.

"Street" fundraising - or "face to face" fundraising, as it is known outside the US - has cracked one of the fundraising industry's toughest barriers.

It's acquired the elusive "younger donor."

Street fundraising only attracts the young. Pedestrians in their 40s and above shun it. Street fundraising is peer-to-peer fundraising, practiced on an especially dewy demographic. In fact, the young and attractive professional crews who raise money on the streets are trained to ignore older walkers. (Trust me: we don't mind.)"



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Seven Metrics that Move the Needle for Planned Gifts |

Seven Metrics that Move the Needle for Planned Gifts |: "Especially since the latest recession, gift planners have been challenged to quantify their effectiveness at work that, from a business perspective, often cannot show immediate returns.  Most would agree that planned gift fundraising has a high return over time, but the margin of error is high and the time period is undetermined and extended—a real conundrum for data-driven management.  When Presidents, CFOs and boards of directors set aggressive, short-term goals, there is a strong incentive to hire a major gift officer to raise $250K rather than a planned gift officer to raise $500K."



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5 Tips for Effective Multichannel Campaigns : Target Marketing

5 Tips for Effective Multichannel Campaigns : Target Marketing: "Your audience is in more than one place—you need to be too. multichannel marketing means reaching your audience across more than one channel. A good multichannel campaign could be the key to your marketing success. Customers these days rarely communicate with any brand through one channel alone. These tips will help you craft your multichannel marketing campaign to not only include the latest digital channels, but also direct mail"



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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Chris Pratt, Chris Evans make Super Bowl charity bet - CBS News

Chris Pratt, Chris Evans make Super Bowl charity bet - CBS News: "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Chris Pratt and "Captain America"/"The Avengers" star Chris Evans engaged in a war of words on Twitter this week after their respective football teams made it to the big game.

Evans, a Patriots fan, threw the first punch (er, tweet) on Tuesday, telling Pratt, "Looks like our teams are going into battle. For the next 2 weeks, you are not my friend, you are my enemy.""



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