Friday, January 30, 2015

Are you a good or rubbish donor communicator? | Fundraising & Philanthropy Australasia Magazine

Are you a good or rubbish donor communicator? | Fundraising & Philanthropy Australasia Magazine: "om Ahern suggests six questions fundraisers should ask themselves to audit the star power - or mediocrity - of their donor communications."



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White Marsh-based nonprofit delivers free pet food to elderly and homeless - Baltimore Sun

White Marsh-based nonprofit delivers free pet food to elderly and homeless - Baltimore Sun: "nn Molnar doesn't want anyone — especially the elderly and homeless — to give up his or her pet because they cannot afford pet food. Their dog or cat is often a link to their humanity, she said.

That's why the White Marsh resident started the nonprofit Thankful Paws Inc., which delivers free pet food to those who need it."



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Princeton University - 'Social Psychology' course helps students tackle questions from nonprofits

Princeton University - 'Social Psychology' course helps students tackle questions from nonprofits: "n a collaboration facilitated by the University's Community-Based Learning Initiative, the undergraduates combined concepts from the course about the way people think about, feel and behave in social situations with their own research to offer the nonprofit groups a wide range of ideas and insights. 

"In class, we cover topics such as persuasion, social influence and social norms," said Nicole Shelton, a professor of psychology who leads the class. "These are principles in social psychology that people can use to intervene in social situations and social problems. The students have the principles and the knowledge to address the community partners' questions." "



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BBC News - Sir Winston Churchill 'selfies' offered in charity bid

BBC News - Sir Winston Churchill 'selfies' offered in charity bid:



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Gala fundraiser for Wilkes-Barre-based agency replaces state Attorney General Kathleen Kane as guest speaker - Times Leader - timesleader.com

Gala fundraiser for Wilkes-Barre-based agency replaces state Attorney General Kathleen Kane as guest speaker - Times Leader - timesleader.com: "But state Attorney General Kathleen Kane will not, as previously planned, be the guest speaker at the Luzerne County Child Advocacy Center’s first ever Gala.


“We have a different speaker, an actual victim of child abuse,” Center Executive Director Shannon Peduto said of the decision to replace Kane, who has been increasingly embroiled in controversy about her job performance. “With everything going on, we felt it was more appropriate to have someone speak who actually endured abuse as a child.”"



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Princeton nonprofit sells stuffed marathon service dogs - Business - The Boston Globe

Princeton nonprofit sells stuffed marathon service dogs - Business - The Boston Globe: "Think museum gift shops or online stores selling coffee mugs and note cards. Now NEADS, a Princeton, Mass., nonprofit that trains service dogs, wants to bolster its fledgling retail operation — and, if history repeats itself, the item it’s selling won’t stay in stock for long.


Beginning today, NEADS is offering a stuffed animal version of Rescue, a black lab named by the Worcester Fire Department in honor of firefighter Jon Davies, who rode on a truck called Rescue 1 and died in a 2011 building collapse."



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Ebola Outbreak a New Case Study for Global Disaster Fundraising - Year-End Fundraising - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Ebola Outbreak a New Case Study for Global Disaster Fundraising - Year-End Fundraising - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "he world has turned a corner on the epidemic: The World Health Organization said Thursday there have been fewer than 100 new cases in a week in the three most affected countries. But the fight isn’t over. And among the 8,810 people killed by the disease were nearly 500 health-care workers.

Many organizations working on the front lines included special messages about their response efforts in their year-end appeals."



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Man v dog: which charity campaign would you donate to? | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian

Man v dog: which charity campaign would you donate to? | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian: "The details: It is a online advertising campaign for Harrison’s Fund – a small charity that is raising money to fund research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The online version consists of two adverts – one of a child and one of a dog, both with the text “Would you give £5 to save Harrison from a slow, painful death?” Both images, which featured on MSN.co.uk earlier this month, link to Harrison’s Fund’s website, explaining what the cause is and the purpose of the campaign. The charity will track which image generates more click-through and will release the data soon. "



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Court Orders IRS to Release Computer-Readable Charity Tax Forms - Tax Watch - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Court Orders IRS to Release Computer-Readable Charity Tax Forms - Tax Watch - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "Court Orders IRS to Release Computer-Readable Charity Tax Forms
By Suzanne Perry
A federal judge today handed open-records activist Carl Malamud a victory in his battle to get the Internal Revenue Service to release Form 990 tax returns in a format that can be read by computers, thus making information about nonprofit operations far more accessible."



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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Warren Buffett's sister gives Northwestern a $101M gift - Chicago Tribune

Warren Buffett's sister gives Northwestern a $101M gift - Chicago Tribune: "Northwestern University announced Wednesday the largest donation in its history — more than $100 million to boost the field of global studies and fund scholarships for international students."



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'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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