Thursday, October 23, 2014

Should the Pareto Principle Apply to Fundraising? | GuideStar Blog

Should the Pareto Principle Apply to Fundraising? | GuideStar Blog: "This principle – that 80% of effects will come from 20% of the causes – seems to apply perfectly to the dilemma faced by most small-to-medium-sized nonprofits in regards to fundraising."



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Larry C Johnson-Getting It Right the First Time Fundraising Branding : FundRaising Success

Larry C Johnson-Getting It Right the First Time Fundraising Branding : FundRaising Success: "My response to her was, well-meaning as her intentions are, she was making a common mistake made by organizations when they make a mission or cultural shift. She wanted to start with the most obvious, most immediate place to make a change — the name.
When making an organizational shift, we almost always want to start with a process, a thing that is easy to see and, hopefully, immediate in its impact. The place to begin, however, is with understanding the principles that are involved and operating in the situation."



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Fidelity Shortlists 9 Charities Fighting Ebola

Fidelity Shortlists 9 Charities Fighting Ebola: "By the end of September Fidelity Charitable donors had made 271 grants totaling $875,000 towards the fight against Ebola. By the third week of October, the total of grants to fight ebola nearly doubled to over 500 and the total dollars climbed to $3.8 million."



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Taking Annual Reports Digital – Redesigning Good - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Taking Annual Reports Digital – Redesigning Good - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Digital annual reports have many advantages over print versions: They can be cheaper to produce, and they allow charities to use video, interactive features, and dynamic data visualization. Using digital technology, charities can track how many people actually open the reports and what pages are most popular.

And with advances in content-management systems, like WordPress, employees with little or no web-development knowledge can dramatically change the look and feel of digital reports, so you don’t need a design or development staff to do it."



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Donations for Ebola Relief Are Slow to Gain Speed - NYTimes.com

Donations for Ebola Relief Are Slow to Gain Speed - NYTimes.com: "Compared to the rush to donate after major disasters of the last decade or so, charitable giving to address the Ebola tragedy is almost nonexistent, and the relief agencies that typically seek donations after a catastrophe are mostly silent. “Have you had any email solicitations?” asked Patrick M. Rooney, associate dean at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “If there had been an earthquake or tsunami, my question would be who had solicited you and how many times"



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Crazy or Genius? Giving Away Half Your Work

Crazy or Genius? Giving Away Half Your Work: "This innovative model was put on the map by Matthew Manos, founder and managing partner of verynice, a global design and innovation consultancy which has baked into its core business mission a massive amount of skills-based giving back (50%, to be precise).  It’s a concept that wasn’t an afterthought, but the central component of verynice’s existence from day one."



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The Crimson White :: :: Philanthropy Fundamentals: Greek members contribute to charities

The Crimson White :: :: Philanthropy Fundamentals: Greek members contribute to charities: "University of Alabama sororities have raised over $460,000 for various national and local charities in the past year, said Hannah McBrayer, president of UA Panhellenic Association."



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New Orleans teen honored as outstanding youth in philanthropy | NOLA.com

New Orleans teen honored as outstanding youth in philanthropy | NOLA.com: "Princeton Carter, a student at Newman High School in New Orleans, has been named the 2014 Bob Carter Companies Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Carter, 16, will receive the award at the National Philanthropy Day Honors: A Celebration of People and Impact event on Nov. 15 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C."



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You Can Get There From Here – With Multiple Ways to Give | PhilanthroFiles

You Can Get There From Here – With Multiple Ways to Give | PhilanthroFiles: "There are multiple giving tools available 

Fortunately, there are numerous vehicles available to help you reach your charitable destination as easily, effectively, and efficiently as possible. Until quite recently, foundations and charitable trusts were the most widely employed vehicles for individuals or families with several million or more charitable dollars to dedicate. For more and more today, however, donor-advised funds (DAFs) are being added to the mix."



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Savvy Use of Social Media Helps Propel Rapid Growth for Giving Tuesday - Online Fundraising - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Savvy Use of Social Media Helps Propel Rapid Growth for Giving Tuesday - Online Fundraising - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "Her 10-mile urban trek will mimic the one that millions of women and children make daily to provide water for their families—and will provide a feet-on-the ground promotion for Giving Tuesday, a philanthropic effort added to the post-Thanksgiving shopping season of Black Friday and Cyber Monday."



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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Markets For Good :: Forcing Nonprofits To Lie About Data

Markets For Good :: Forcing Nonprofits To Lie About Data: "Forcing Nonprofits To Lie About Data
Laura Quinn raises a common problem faced by nonprofits - paying for the cost of data. But what is the result of these ever growing costs in the search for better data?"



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How to hire for cultural fit at your nonprofit organization

How to hire for cultural fit at your nonprofit organization: "The process of hiring and onboarding new employees is an important and costly one for any organization, and finding someone who is a great fit for your organization is always the goal. Increasingly, nonprofit (and for-profit) organizations are including questions about “cultural fit” in their hiring process."



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Get FIT and Improve Your Fundraising: The FEP’s Fundraising Fitness Test - Resource Center - AFP

Get FIT and Improve Your Fundraising: The FEP’s Fundraising Fitness Test - Resource Center - AFP: "One of the most important issues in fundraising right now is donor retention, and I believe that both the Fundraising Effectiveness Project and the Growth in Giving Initiative (GiGi) contain great secrets and insights into this issue and how to improve the philanthropic sector for your organization.

How do you start? Let’s begin with the newest Fundraising Fitness Test that you can take at the Fundraising Effectiveness Project website (afpnet.org/fep).  By using this resource, you can compare your nonprofit organization’s performance to one of the most important benchmarks that you can have—yourself! "



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

9 ways to jumpstart your program - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

9 ways to jumpstart your program - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "Planned giving, as important as it is, can feel like an inert piece of machinery – very large machinery – when it needs to be restarted. Getting the thing moving looks like an impossible task. It does not need to be that way, however.

Matt J. Beem, president and CEO of Hartsook Companies, offers nine tips for jumpstarting a planned giving program."



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Aroma, Touch and Words All Boosted Giving - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

Aroma, Touch and Words All Boosted Giving - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "James, a professor of personal financial planning and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, presented some of the latest findings on the science of giving during the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2014 International Conference on Fundraising in San Antonio, Texas earlier this year.

“Charitable giving is rewarding, activating the reward centers in the brain like when people receive gifts,” said James."



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Mark Zuckerberg's Philanthropy Keeps Getting More Interesting. What Drives His Giving?  - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy

Mark Zuckerberg's Philanthropy Keeps Getting More Interesting. What Drives His Giving?  - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy: "The emerging philanthropy of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan is one of the most interesting stories we're following right now. Why? Because of the scale of resources in play, for starters. After big jumps in the value of Facebook's stock, Zuckerberg is now worth around $34 billion. And after two big gifts of such stock to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, he and Chan now command a donor-advised fund that likely has assets over $2 billion."



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Who Is That Donor? AFP-GPC Suggests The Faces Of Philanthropy Are Changing - BWWGeeksWorld

Who Is That Donor? AFP-GPC Suggests The Faces Of Philanthropy Are Changing - BWWGeeksWorld: "The release of the survey, Faces of Philanthropy: Who Are They Really? Coincides with AFP-GPC's 29 th Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Gala Luncheon. What has not changed is philanthropists' intention to have a positive impact on society. Ten individuals, foundations, and volunteers who have done so will be recognized for their philanthropic contributions at the November 14 event, which will be held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel."



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Editorial: Shed light on charity races - Times Union

Editorial: Shed light on charity races - Times Union: "hat charity running has seen phenomenal growth since the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society launched Team in Training in 1988 is a credit to people's charitable souls and the rising popularity of the sport. According to an article in Runner's World, runners raised $1.2 billion for nonprofits in 2012, more than twice the amount from a decade ago.

But where does the money go? That it is not easy to discern how much an individual run organizer gives to charity is testament that government and nonprofits haven't kept up with the niche industry's growth."



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State Fair brings in record-breaking $41 million

State Fair brings in record-breaking $41 million: "The State Fair of Texas Youth Scholarship Program also saw a $280,000 increase in donations this year. The program, established in 1992, raised over $622,000 in its 23rd year.

Canned food donations totaled 242,001 lbs. of food for the North Texas Food Bank through weekly promotions and the canned food drive on Ag Awareness Day."



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Monday, October 20, 2014

Pro Bono Week: A Time For Skills to Shine

Pro Bono Week: A Time For Skills to Shine: "As companies are looking to engage employees in how their business gives back, they’re tapping into the skills and resources that are the core of the company.   Businesses have been paying a lot of attention lately to crafting employee engagement programs that reflect what employees care about and that can be seen as an employee benefit.  As a part of these programs, skills-based volunteering has become a central initiative for many companies, one which delivers high impact to employee and nonprofit alike."



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Nonprofit group eyes Native American lands | CapeCodOnline.com

Nonprofit group eyes Native American lands | CapeCodOnline.com: "MASHPEE – Members of the Wampanoag nation and other Massachusetts Native Americans are launching a new effort to protect open space in ancestral homelands.

The Native Land Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that, like other land trusts such as the Barnstable Land Trust or the Orleans Conservation Trust, will buy or accept donations of land to save it from development. Unlike others on the Cape, however, this one will be run by Native Americans and will use the land to preserve their culture and traditions."



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Shaking Up the Ranks of America’s Big Charities - Philanthropy 400 - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Shaking Up the Ranks of America’s Big Charities - Philanthropy 400 - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "Shaking Up the Ranks of America’s Big Charities
By Holly Hall
Giving to the nation’s biggest and most popular charities grew by nearly 11 percent last year, fueled largely by affluent donors, who are reordering the top ranks of America’s nonprofits, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual rankings of the 400 charities that collect the most from private sources."



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Friday, October 17, 2014

Editorial: New hospital name reflects a long legacy of charitable support - TwinCities.com

Editorial: New hospital name reflects a long legacy of charitable support - TwinCities.com: "Generous people make a difference every day, all around our region.

We recognize their commitment, in particular this week, with word of a new name in Twin Cities health care: the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

The change recognizes a gift of $25 million from the Minnesota Masonic Charities and a legacy of support -- spanning the last 60 years -- that now exceeds $125 million. The gifts make the Masons its largest donor, according to the university."



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Breaking up the pledge drive: Boston’s WBUR wants to build a new model for public media funding » Nieman Journalism Lab

Breaking up the pledge drive: Boston’s WBUR wants to build a new model for public media funding » Nieman Journalism Lab: "This fall, the station is starting to put together the team for BizLab, a strategy and technology incubator that will focus exclusively on finding new revenue streams to make WBUR more sustainable. The project is funded by a $250,000 grant from Knight Foundation, with matching dollars from the station. Kravetz said he hopes BizLab won’t be a long-term project — that they will find viable ideas and products to ensure future stability for the station. But Kravetz told me they’ll raise additional money to operate BizLab for three to five years. “We are healthy — we are financially sound now, as a lot of big public radio stations are,” said Kravetz. “So"



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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kennedy Center’s new leader wants to showcase contemporary artists - The Washington Post

Kennedy Center’s new leader wants to showcase contemporary artists - The Washington Post: "The Kennedy Center’s president, Deborah Rutter, suggested that changes are coming to the country’s busiest arts center, including raising the profile of living composers and artists, exploring a new format for the center’s free venue and nurturing its affiliate symphony and opera programs."



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Legal challenge over charity donations creates controversy at co - Tucson News Now

Legal challenge over charity donations creates controversy at co - Tucson News Now: "he issue revolves around how some tax dollars are spent. The board voted unanimously on Tuesday to release a county attorney's opinion whether supervisors can give excess money from their office budgets, tax dollars, to nonprofit organizations of their choice.

The attorney's conclusion was supervisors may legally make small monetary awards under certain conditions. Each supervisor gets just under $400,000 a year to manage his or her office."



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A Giving Pledge, Ralph Nader Style - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

A Giving Pledge, Ralph Nader Style - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "Now, lawyer, consumer advocate, and five-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader is trying to organize a sort of giving pledge of his own, this one aimed at the policy arena. The concept: Band together super-wealthy Americans with shared birth years from 1924 to 1944 to make major gifts to civic and democratic institutions."



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Does Organizational Staff Size Affect Grant Activity?

Does Organizational Staff Size Affect Grant Activity?: "fter a recent State of GrantseekingTM webinar, an attendee asked about differences in grant awards and grantseeking styles, based not on annual budget but on organizational size when measured by number of employees. It was a good question because we know that a lack of time and staff is the most frequent impediment to successful grantseeking, regardless of organization size. The following is a synopsis of grant activity as defined by number of employees: all volunteer, 1 to 5 staff members, 6 to 10 staff members, and, as a counterpoint, more than 200 employees. Here is what we've learned. ...

Let's start with some basic, and unsurprising, demographics: to state the obvious, organizational age and budget size increased in conjunction with staff size."



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Fundraising leadership is 'pale, stale and male'

Fundraising leadership is 'pale, stale and male': "Fundraising is facing a leadership crisis and the sector must act now to address deep-rooted cultural problems in charities, delegates at the International Fundraising Congress in the Netherlands heard yesterday."



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Create a communications advisory board « Philanthropy North Carolina

Create a communications advisory board « Philanthropy North Carolina: "Whatever the size of your nonprofit or foundation, consider creating an outside advisory board to advise you on your communications.

Some charities have a standing communications board committee, or make communications part of the responsibility either of a standing committee that has other roles as well, or of the entire board."



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