Thursday, October 30, 2014

Nonprofits Worth $887.3 Billion To U.S. Economy - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

Nonprofits Worth $887.3 Billion To U.S. Economy - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "The tax-exempt sector in the United States represented 5.4 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) during 2012, contributing $887.3 billion to the economy. And of those tax-exempt entities, 501(c)(3) public charities accounted for slightly more than three-quarters of the sector’s revenue ($1.65 trillion) and expenses ($1.56 trillion) and more than three-fifths of nonprofit assets ($2.99 trillion) during 2012.

Comprised of approximately 1.44 million nonprofits registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2012, the sector has grown approximately 8.6 percent since 2002.

Those are among the statistics in the biannual Nonprofit Sector in Brief report by the Urban Institute’s Center On Nonprofits and Philanthropy. It’s a compilation of statistics from various sources throughout the sector.

According to the authors, total private gi"



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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New Study: Americans Misinformed Before Donating to Charities : Page 1 of 1 : FundRaising Success

New Study: Americans Misinformed Before Donating to Charities : Page 1 of 1 : FundRaising Success: "Press release, Oct. 28, 2014) — New data on how Americans donate to charities pinpoints a lack of donor understanding and the need for simple tools to help donors give wisely. The study reveals that Americans consider finances to be the most important indicator of trust, which is a misguided review of a nonprofit organization according to the BBB Wise Giving Alliance."



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Reality Check: US Charity Upturn Builds, Driven by Wealthy | MNI

Reality Check: US Charity Upturn Builds, Driven by Wealthy | MNI: "Andrew Watt, chief executive of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, which represents about 30,000 U.S. fundraisers.

Watt said overall giving during the first three quarters of 2014 increased by 1.5% to 2% compared with a year earlier, indicating a return to a sustainable level of growth after a double-digit decline during the recession, and annual gains of 8% to 10% in the early 2000s."



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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Foundations, Companies Gave $380 Million for Sandy Relief, Study Finds | News | PND

Foundations, Companies Gave $380 Million for Sandy Relief, Study Finds | News | PND: "Two years after Superstorm Sandy pounded coastal communities from southern New Jersey to Connecticut, nearly six hundred foundations, corporations, and other institutional donors have contributed more than $380 million in cash and in-kind gifts for relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts, a report from Foundation Center finds."



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Year-End Fundraising: The Not-So-Magnificent Obsession - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Year-End Fundraising: The Not-So-Magnificent Obsession - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "That’s the sense of hysteria I get with all this talk of year-end fundraising.

I don’t mean to be contrarian. Wait. Yes, I do. If you know my work at all, I can be quite contrarian.

Here’s my perspective: I’m not much interested in talking about year-end fundraising.

I’m more interested in talking about all-year-long fundraising. Because if you’re focused on year-end fundraising (and not so focused on year-round), you’re in trouble."



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Monday, October 27, 2014

Q&A: Chris Hughes on Tech Entrepreneurs and Philanthropy - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Q&A: Chris Hughes on Tech Entrepreneurs and Philanthropy - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "Chris Hughes is a co-founder of Facebook and the publisher of The New Republic. He is also one of the standard-bearers for a new generation of data-centric, innovative philanthropists. 

Mr. Hughes and I spoke by phone about the evolution of philanthropy and how technology is changing the way wealthy donors give.  The following is an edited and condensed transcript of our conversation."



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Chuck McLeester: Don’t Get Lost in a Maze of Metrics : Target Marketing

Chuck McLeester: Don’t Get Lost in a Maze of Metrics : Target Marketing: "he new frontier in using big data in multichannel marketing is learning what data you need. And that starts with clearly defined marketing objectives.
The proliferation of data has caused many marketers to get caught up in minutiae that are not relevant to their objectives. With all the data that's available, it takes discipline to focus only on the metrics that are relevant. Too often the most important metrics, like cost per acquisition and customer lifetime value, are overlooked while we're looking at things like email bounce rates and time on site. Those are metrics which certainly have their place, but should be viewed in the context of how they can be leveraged to improve lifetime value."



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Smithsonian aims to raise $1.5B to improve museums | WJLA.com

Smithsonian aims to raise $1.5B to improve museums | WJLA.com: "The Smithsonian Institution has embarked on a major campaign to raise $1.5 billion and increase private support for the world's largest museum and research complex to fund programs in history, science, art and culture.
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The Smithsonian's Board of Regents announced the goal this week and revealed more than $1 billion already has been raised in a quiet phase since October 2011. This is the first institution-wide fundraising effort and the largest campaign in history for any cultural institution, Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough said. The campaign will continue through 2017."



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Smithsonian aims to raise $1.5B to improve museums | WJLA.com

Smithsonian aims to raise $1.5B to improve museums | WJLA.com: "The Smithsonian Institution has embarked on a major campaign to raise $1.5 billion and increase private support for the world's largest museum and research complex to fund programs in history, science, art and culture.
Continue reading
The Smithsonian's Board of Regents announced the goal this week and revealed more than $1 billion already has been raised in a quiet phase since October 2011. This is the first institution-wide fundraising effort and the largest campaign in history for any cultural institution, Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough said. The campaign will continue through 2017."



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New funds help athletes score in philanthropy | Crain's Detroit Business

New funds help athletes score in philanthropy | Crain's Detroit Business: "Verlander had made veteran mental health his cause of choice during his career, and in 2013 he committed $1 million to specific initiatives in Detroit and his native Virginia.

Rather than the traditional (and expensive) method of creating a foundation, he opted for an increasingly common choice for major giving: a donor-advised fund, something that charity industry watchers say is a leading best practice. "



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Technology Evolves Fundraising, But Charleston Principles Remain Unchanged - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

Technology Evolves Fundraising, But Charleston Principles Remain Unchanged - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "magine that the attorney general in California declares that the ad constitutes a targeted solicitation, and notes that the charity mentioned in the ad has not registered with the state. The attorney general cites the charity for being in violation of The Charleston Principles, a set of guidelines issued in 2001 by the National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO), which 39 states and the District of Columbia rely on, to varying degrees, when governing online charitable solicitations.

Millions of consumers recently lined-up for the latest iPhone that will be out of date within six months, yet the Charleston Principles, which target technology, have not been updated since being drafted in 1999 and issued in 2001."



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OPINION: Charitable giving as a route to ‘immortality’ | Critical Fundraising

OPINION: Charitable giving as a route to ‘immortality’ | Critical Fundraising: "As fundraisers, money is at the very heart of what we do. Rogare’s manager Ian MacQuillin summed up the situation very well at a talk for the Institute of Fundraising earlier this year: however much we like to tell ourselves that what we do is about building relationships, growing awareness or changing opinions, unless those actions lead to more money for our causes, they are essentially a waste of a fundraiser’s time."



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Women are more philanthropic than men

Women are more philanthropic than men: "In recent years, studies have dispelled myths about women and charitable giving. Debra Mesch, the director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, says misconceptions—like that women don’t give big donations and that women have to ask a man, such as their husbands, before they can give money—still abound. But WPI has found that in almost every income bracket, women give more than men."



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Friday, October 24, 2014

Corporate philantrophy taking a new path

Corporate philantrophy taking a new path: "This is pure philanthropy," he said, describing why his company is providing its building and funds to the Philadelphia Outward Bound School for its fund-raiser.

By the time the event ends Friday, 130 people will have rappelled down the side of One Logan Square to raise between $200,000 and $250,000 for the group, which organizes outdoor expeditions to teach team-building, leadership, and courage to young people, many from the region's poorest neighborhoods.

But experts say corporate philanthropy is usually about more than just philanthropy.

"There has to be credibility and"



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Cycling Officials Say Armstrong Can’t Ride in Charity Event – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Cycling Officials Say Armstrong Can’t Ride in Charity Event – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Cycling’s American governing body said Thursday that Lance Armstrong’s lifetime ban from the sport for serial doping prevents him from participating as planned in a charity bike ride in South Carolina this weekend, Velo News and Bloomberg report. USA Cycling said the Gran Fondo Hincapie is an “authorized activity” under its rules and thus out of bounds for Mr. Armstrong."



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Cycling Officials Say Armstrong Can’t Ride in Charity Event – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Cycling Officials Say Armstrong Can’t Ride in Charity Event – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Cycling’s American governing body said Thursday that Lance Armstrong’s lifetime ban from the sport for serial doping prevents him from participating as planned in a charity bike ride in South Carolina this weekend, Velo News and Bloomberg report. USA Cycling said the Gran Fondo Hincapie is an “authorized activity” under its rules and thus out of bounds for Mr. Armstrong."



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Tax Snafu Could Cost Richmond, Va., Theater Group $1.75-Million – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Tax Snafu Could Cost Richmond, Va., Theater Group $1.75-Million – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "A Richmond, Va., performing-arts organization is asking the city for a $1.75-million infusion to pay an unexpected tax bill arising from its use of a dedicated for-profit entity on renovation projects, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Richmond Performing Arts Center said it anticipates getting the bills next year on the city-owned Altria Theater and Richmond CenterStage.

The center, which operates the two venues, created a business called RPAC Inc. to take advantage of historic tax credits for work on the two buildings but apparently failed to take into account a state law requiring companies to pay real estate taxes on leasehold interests in publicly owned properties that would otherwise be tax-exempt."



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Volunteers no longer happy to 'do what they are told', says report

Volunteers no longer happy to 'do what they are told', says report: "Volunteers now expect more from their experience and charities must do more to recruit and retain them, according to a report published today by nfpSynergy.
Volunteers are no longer happy to ‘do what they are told’ and most take on volunteer placements to develop new and existing skills, the New Alchemy report says. "



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Charity leaders do not appreciate fundraising, Sweden's Maria Ros Jernberg tells conference | Third Sector

Charity leaders do not appreciate fundraising, Sweden's Maria Ros Jernberg tells conference | Third Sector: ""The leadership is never appreciative and does not listen to the internal fundraising competence," said Jernberg. "We see a pattern that there is something fundamentally wrong with the internal culture of many organisations."

Jernberg referred to a study of compensation and benefits carried out this year by the US-based Association of Fundraising Professionals, which found that 40 per cent of fundraising staff had left their jobs because there were conflicting opinions about how they should raise money."



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Impact investing won't replace philanthropy but will push firms towards CSR: Rockefeller Foundation Chief - Page2 - The Economic Times

Impact investing won't replace philanthropy but will push firms towards CSR: Rockefeller Foundation Chief - Page2 - The Economic Times: "Through our Impact Investing initiative, the Foundation focused on areas in need of grant support in order to grow impact investing as a field and help it achieve scale. We have devoted nearly $50 million in grants to build industry infrastructure, such as networks, policies, and metrics."



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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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