Tuesday, September 30, 2014

University looks to expand Corcoran donor pool - The GW Hatchet

University looks to expand Corcoran donor pool - The GW Hatchet: "Millionaire philanthropist Wayne Reynolds has never donated to the Corcoran, despite rallying behind the arts institution in court this summer and giving more than $100 million to other arts and education institutions since 2000 through his family foundation.

Reynolds, chairman and chief executive officer of the philanthropy organization Academy of Achievement, is more than a feisty witness who opposed the merger – he’s the type of deep-pocketed arts donor GW hopes to gain from its merger with the Corcoran."



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University of Chicago establishes Civic Leadership Academy for non-profits, government agencies - Education News - Crain's Chicago Business

University of Chicago establishes Civic Leadership Academy for non-profits, government agencies - Education News - Crain's Chicago Business: "A new fellowship program at the University of Chicago will help develop leaders at local nonprofits and government agencies, training them to manage projects efficiently while helping move the Hyde Park institution further beyond the ivory tower.
A $300,000 grant from the Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust will jump-start the initiative, called the Civic Leadership Academy. Collaborating with the U of C are the neighborhood development-oriented Local Initiatives Support Corp. and the Civic Consulting Alliance, a corporate-backed adviser to the public sector. "



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Mozilla: Just 5 percent of computer science kids go into nonprofits. We’re going to change that. - The Washington Post

Mozilla: Just 5 percent of computer science kids go into nonprofits. We’re going to change that. - The Washington Post: "Public interest groups say there aren't nearly enough tech geeks working for nonprofits and in government. New research from Mozilla and its partner, the Ford Foundation, finds that barely 10 percent of computer science students wind up working in those sectors. The vast majority — 70 percent — go to big, wealthy tech companies. While that's great for Google and Facebook, Mozilla believes building good public policy around technology means attracting more technologists directly to public service.

So the maker of the popular Firefox browser is kicking off a fellowship program designed to put young engineers in a position to affect how tech policy, "



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The Non-Profit That's Using Technology to Put Itself Out of Business | WIRED

The Non-Profit That's Using Technology to Put Itself Out of Business | WIRED: "Ferrari is the CEO of Heifer International, a non-profit that donates things like livestock, seeds, farm equipment, and other essentials to farmers in the developing world, helping them become self-sufficient. Heifer, founded in 1944, always has believed in the teach-a-man-to-fish model. But after 70 years of giving people fish and teaching them how to fish, the organization is now connecting farmers with computer technology so they can sell the fish, too. Under a Heifer pilot program in Peru, farmers are using things like Excel, Photoshop, and Facebook to sell goods online and off."



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How Do We Fund Nonprofit Leadership Development? | Social Velocity

How Do We Fund Nonprofit Leadership Development? | Social Velocity: "Something pretty exciting is going on. Perhaps I’m an eternal optimist, or I’m suffering from confirmation bias, but it seems to me that more funders are starting to talk about investing in the capacity of nonprofits, particularly around nonprofit leadership development."



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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Wants to Teach You How to Give - The Chronicle of Philanthropy - Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Wants to Teach You How to Give - The Chronicle of Philanthropy - Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "Her latest effort is a massive online open course that debuts next week and whose main goal is to show that anyone of any income level has the power to bring about social change through smart, strategic giving. She has enlisted the stars of the nonprofit world, like Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, Scott Harrison, founder of Charity: Water, and Premal Shah, the first president of Kiva.

The seven-week MOOC, called Giving 2.0, is part of "



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The AFP Blog-Better Together

The AFP Blog: "Better Together
As a Scot, I closely followed the recent referendum on Scottish independence and was pleased to see that a majority of my native country wanted to stay in the United Kingdom.

For me, it’s a situation that is somewhat analogous to many others, to Texas and the United States, or the relationships within multi-national organisations – like our own AFP: states and provinces that possess their own unique strengths and culture, but at the same time share similar traditions and connections with another country."



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Monday, September 29, 2014

Nonprofit attempts to revive school libraries - The Philadelphia Tribune: News

Nonprofit attempts to revive school libraries - The Philadelphia Tribune: News: "A nonprofit organization seeks volunteers and donations to support reopening libraries in public schools facing strained budgets.
David Brown, executive director of the nonprofit West Philadelphia Alliance for Children, explained his vision and networked with guests who attended an Open House this past week in the nonprofit’s administration offices in the Philadelphia Business Technology Center, 5070 Parkside Ave."



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Innovative Fundraising: Donation-Based Voting Music Competition : FundRaising Success

Innovative Fundraising: Donation-Based Voting Music Competition : FundRaising Success: "Let's be clear, being innovative does not necessarily mean reinventing the wheel. It simply means coming up with a different, intelligent way to fundraise.

That's exactly what the Doing Good Network is doing with its Bands4Good Challenge. Taking a cue from the popularity of singing competition hits like "American Idol" and "The Voice," the Bands4Good Challenge harnesses the population's desire to interact and vote on winners for such competitions"



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More Doctors Volunteering for Duty in Fight Against Ebola – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

More Doctors Volunteering for Duty in Fight Against Ebola – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "More Doctors Volunteering for Duty in Fight Against Ebola
A fear-fueled shortage of doctors and nurses willing to volunteer to battle the Ebola virus in West Africa is easing, reports The New York Times. But experts say it will be a long time yet before field hospitals being built in the region by the U.S. military are sufficiently staffed with trained medical professionals to keep up with the outbreak, which is growing by 600 new cases a week."



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The Essence of Sports Philanthropy - Third Sector Today

The Essence of Sports Philanthropy - Third Sector Today: "There’s been so much attention focused on the negative actions of a few athletes lately, that it seemed a good time to bring focus to those who do good, and illustrate how sports philanthropy can have impact. Additionally, it provides a great lesson to any type or size nonprofit who is interested in finding a way to increase awareness and support."



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[Herald Interview] Philanthropy is about finding shared value: UWW chief

[Herald Interview] Philanthropy is about finding shared value: UWW chief: "Philanthropy is not about society’s “haves” giving their wealth to the “have-nots,” but about inspiring governments and corporations to find value via their contributions, according to the chief of the world’s largest nonprofit organization.

“Philanthropic activities are just like business projects ― one should first find the value, set a detailed goal and take the most cost-effective actions,” Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way Worldwide, told The Korea Herald in an interview. "



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United Way reaching potential donors in a new way | Local News | The Olympian

United Way reaching potential donors in a new way | Local News | The Olympian: "United Way of Thurston County has launched a campaign this month to raise the nonprofit’s profile and mission in the community with help from its partners.

The partners include banks, credit unions and other nonprofits to help spread the word about United Way, United Way of Thurston County Executive Director Paul Knox said."



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Friday, September 26, 2014

Cleaveland: ALS needs more than ice buckets | Times Free Press

Cleaveland: ALS needs more than ice buckets | Times Free Press: "The Ice Bucket Challenge which has swept the nation has raised more than $100 million for ALSA since the campaign was launched. This compares with $2.8 million raised in the same interval last year. In addition to the financial windfall, the challenge has raised awareness of ALS.

How will ALSA utilize a burst of support that is unlikely to be repeated? Hopefully, the organization will publicize how the new money will be used."



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Booz Allen Stirs Spirit of Service through Leadership Development | U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Booz Allen Stirs Spirit of Service through Leadership Development | U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation: "What happens when a company selects 60 of its best performing employees to apply their technical, creative, analytic and other skills to solve some of the biggest challenges of the community’s nonprofits?   Families with seriously ill children can be served by improved programs; a provider of mental health services to veterans can better demonstrate its effectiveness; a charitable board can enhance its fundraising to help children.

For the third year, Booz Allen Hamilton’s Leadership Excellence for Senior Associates program combined leadership development with community support to demonstrate our employees’ Spirit of Service to communities in which they live and work"



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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fire players and coaches walking the runway in the name of charity - Chicago Tribune

Fire players and coaches walking the runway in the name of charity - Chicago Tribune: "The Fire defender was uncomfortable wearing a leather jacket and black boots that he described as “the Harley Davidson look” during last year’s Soccer & Style fashion show. And yet, Segares couldn’t say no when asked to participate in the Chicago Fire Foundation benefit again this year."



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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"Mass. Museums Get $2.6M to Enhance Exhibits, Public Access

massnonprofit news ::: "Mass. Museums Get $2.6M to Enhance Exhibits, Public Access

September 23, 2014 — Sixteen Massachusetts museums, including the Discovery Museums in Acton, the Museum of African American History in Boston, and the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, have received a total of $2,623,038 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to fund a broad range of enhancements to their operations.
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Falmouth Road Race Nets $2.9M for 86 Massachusetts Nonprofits

massnonprofit news ::: "September 23, 2014 — More than 1,600 runners raised a record setting $2,977,779 for 86 Massachusetts nonprofits during the 43rd annual running of the Falmouth Road Race last month, surpassing last year’s total by more than $300,000, race officials announced today."



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What Larry Ellison Teaches About the Nature of Philanthropy: Associations Now

What Larry Ellison Teaches About the Nature of Philanthropy: Associations Now: "The longtime Oracle CEO, who stepped down from the leadership role this week, has often been quiet about his giving. But there are lessons to be learned from the multibillionaire about the inconsistent, sometimes eccentric nature of big-name donors."



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A Nonprofit Call to Action: On the Occasion of GuideStar’s 2014 Compensation Study - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

A Nonprofit Call to Action: On the Occasion of GuideStar’s 2014 Compensation Study - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "Another year, another compensation report on the top salaries of people working in nonprofits. GuideStar does an enormous service, of course, in compiling all the statistics for this every year. The data will show where your salaries stand relative to similar organizations of similar size in similar geographies, and such data should definitely be available to nonprofits. It is a starting point. But something is missing—no fault of the report’s authors, but reflective of nonprofits as a sector and the issues we choose to address. 

As in compensation studies of years past, the authors have in their executive summary documented t"



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Monday, September 22, 2014

Crowdfunding for Nonprofits | Stanford Social Innovation Review

Crowdfunding for Nonprofits | Stanford Social Innovation Review: "Used strategically, crowdfunding helps nonprofits build meaningful engagement, inform their work, spread their messages, and expand their donor base to increase their overall funding and impact.
Crowdfunding is still a relatively new concept, and many nonprofits face the same questions when considering it for the first time. Here’s a look at some of the most common questions:"



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Behind the scenes at the UK’s philanthropy clubs | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional

Behind the scenes at the UK’s philanthropy clubs | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional: "’Im here to learn more about “giving clubs”, a US phenomenon which is growing in popularity in the UK. Broadly speaking, people get together to socialise, learn about different charities and donate some money.

The format at The Funding Network events is like Dragon’s Den: four charities have six minutes each to present their pitch. They say how much money they would like and what for. Each pitch is followed by six minutes of questions. At the end of the pitches the charities leave the room and the pledging session begins."



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Friday, September 19, 2014

A Gender Lens For Giving: Women In Philanthropy Urged To Invest More In Women And Girls - Forbes

A Gender Lens For Giving: Women In Philanthropy Urged To Invest More In Women And Girls - Forbes: "A Gender Lens For Giving: Women In Philanthropy Urged To Invest More In Women And Girls"



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7520 Rate for October Stable at 2.2% | Planned Giving Design Center

7520 Rate for October Stable at 2.2% | Planned Giving Design Center: "For purposes of determining the present value of an annuity, an interest for life or a term of years, or a remainder or a reversionary interest, the applicable federal rate under section 7520 for October 2014 is 2.2%; Stable with the last four month's rates."



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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Charity ride Couple to auction off Aardman figures on trip to Africa | Bristol Post

Charity ride Couple to auction off Aardman figures on trip to Africa | Bristol Post: "The pair, who say they are not experienced cyclists, are raising money for Bristol-based charity the Kenyan Orphan Project – and Jake has managed to pull in some very special favours to help their fundraising mission.

Jake is digital creative director for Aardman and his colleagues have decided to get behind his fundraising initiative in a bid to help him and Marti reach their target of £2,400.

The creators of Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep have supplied the couple with some one-off figures and memorabilia, which they are hoping to auction off to collectors around the world."



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What Goes Into a Successful Mentor Relationship?: Associations Now

What Goes Into a Successful Mentor Relationship?: Associations Now: "One mentor/mentee pair share their perspective about the tactics to forge a rewarding mentor relationship.

The mentoring relationship can be somewhat of a mixed bag—sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t."



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Second Mile Seeks Court Permission to Sell Pa. Property – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Second Mile Seeks Court Permission to Sell Pa. Property – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "The Pennsylvania nonprofit founded by the convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky is seeking a court’s OK to sell land once designated for the youth charity’s headquarters, writes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Second Mile filed a petition Tuesday to sell the 60.7-acre parcel in Centre County, Pa., to a private developer for $1.05-million."



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Nonprofits replace humdrum charity 5Ks with rappelling | TribLIVE

Nonprofits replace humdrum charity 5Ks with rappelling | TribLIVE: "Forget the humdrum 5K race for charity. Nonprofits increasingly are capitalizing on thrills, publicity and donations generated by getting several dozen volunteers to rappel down high-rise buildings across North America."



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#GivingTuesday Resources | Salsa

#GivingTuesday Resources | Salsa

Everything You Need To Know About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is the official start to the holiday giving season. Hot on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday (on December 2, this year), #GivingTuesday is a chance for people to give back, by making a donation to their favorite nonprofit organization and then spreading the word of their gift to family and friends.

News Features: Nonprofits Use Technology to Bring Services to People | Flagpole Magazine | Athens, GA News, Music, Arts, Restaurants

News Features: Nonprofits Use Technology to Bring Services to People | Flagpole Magazine | Athens, GA News, Music, Arts, Restaurants

But that’s changing this fall. Community Connection of Northeast Georgia is launching a new database and website that will give callers, donorsand volunteers a place to find the latest information about Athensservices. As callers continue to use the 211 information hotline, Community Connection will record demographics, pinpoint major
intersections and identify hotspots.