Wednesday, April 23, 2014

High Museum’s Photo Department Transformed By $4M in Gifts | In the Air: Art News & Gossip | ARTINFO.com

High Museum’s Photo Department Transformed By $4M in Gifts | In the Air: Art News & Gossip | ARTINFO.com: Not long after SFMOMA revealed that it would be launching a new photo center in 2016, another museum has also shown a serious commitment to its photography department. Atlanta’s High Museum of Art announced this morning that it has received four major gifts, totaling $4 million, that will each contribute significantly to the expansion of its photography department and collection.

Bringing in donations requires personnel | Healthcare Finance News

Bringing in donations requires personnel | Healthcare Finance News: Hospitals are dependent on donations to help offset huge operating expenses. And in this turbulent time of rising costs and shrinking reimbursements, they need all the financial kindness they can get. That’s why investing in philanthropy personnel is important.

When the 2008 recession hit, many hospitals downsized their fundraising staffs, including their biggest money chasers, and lost ground maintaining donation levels, said William C. McGinley, president and CEO of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.

Many organizations are now playing catch-up as a result, McGinley said

IRA Rollover Provision Included in Senate’s EXPIRE Act - Press - AFP

IRA Rollover Provision Included in Senate’s EXPIRE Act - Press - AFP
IRA Rollover Provision Included in Senate’s EXPIRE Act

The IRA Charitable Rollover provision, which allows donors age 70� and older to exclude from their taxable income any IRA funds up to $100,000 that have been withdrawn and transferred to a charity when filing a tax return, is one step closer to being reinstated back into law.

Read AFP's Written Comments House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing on the Benefits of Permanent Tax Policy for America’s Job Creators (April 21, 2014)

Donor service critical for community foundations � Philanthropy North Carolina

Donor service critical for community foundations � Philanthropy North Carolina: Donor satisfaction is vital for community foundations,” says the report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy.

“Donors who are more satisfied with their community foundations are more likely to indicate that they plan to continue giving and more likely to recommendation the foundation to others,” the report says. “The consequences of donors not being satisfied with their community foundation are simple — donors will walk away and won’t help bring new donors to the foundation.”

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massnonprofit.org ::: April 22, 2014 — More than 130 Massachusetts nonprofits fielded runners in Monday’s 118th running of the Boston Marathon, supported by thousands of volunteers and donors, to raise millions of dollars for causes focused on health and wellness, youth, education, homelessness, disability, and civic life.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Privacy Worries Shutter Gates-Funded Education-Data Nonprofit – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Privacy Worries Shutter Gates-Funded Education-Data Nonprofit – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: A foundation-funded nonprofit software company that collected and stored information about public-school students announced Monday that it was closing over parental concerns about privacy, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times report.

Center for the Future of Museums: Khan Academy & Cultural Understanding

Center for the Future of Museums: Khan Academy & Cultural Understanding: Smarthistory at Khan Academy is used by museum visitors, independent learners, professors, teachers and their students. There are nearly 600 short-form art history videos created from conversations recorded on-site (in urban spaces, archeological sites, museums, churches and mosques), as well as hundreds of essays on art and art history. We’ve begun to partner with museums to bring their formidable expertise to a global audience (often by simply repurposing pre-existing content). And we are working with over 100 art historians with deep knowledge of content stretching from Ancient Egypt to contemporary art in sub-Saharan Africa.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Nonprofits and Communication Segmenting

[INFOGRAPHIC] Nonprofits and Communication Segmenting: t’s no secret that effective donor communications is the secret to higher donor retention rates – but what makes for effective donor communications?

Segmenting your emails, newsletters and acknowledgement letters are a great way to customize and individualize your messaging to donors. But are most nonprofits doing this?

We recently conducted a survey with our friends over at Nonprofit Marketing Guide to see how nonprofits are (if at all) segmenting their online and offline communications. You can view the results in the infographic below

Pension Fund for Artists Capitalized by Pooled Artwork - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Pension Fund for Artists Capitalized by Pooled Artwork - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: Artists, like the rest of us, have to plan for retirement, and the Artist Pension Trust is an unusual nonprofit retirement mechanism for artists. Established in 2004, the APT involves some 2,000 artists from around the world who have put a portion of their work into one of nine investment funds. Participating artists have to contribute 20 pieces of art over 20 years; in return, they’ll receive annual distributions from the funds (basically pools of contributed art) based on how much of the art sells and for what price.

As explained on the APT website:

Controversial CFC Regs Approved by OPM; Both Parties Protest - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Controversial CFC Regs Approved by OPM; Both Parties Protest - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: After the reports on this year’s campaign, with donations plummeting a record 19 percent, it was only a matter of time before Congress got involved to question exactly what might be going on with the Office of Personnel Management’s oversight of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and with OPM’s proposed regulations to make things better.

Last week, in a very rare demonstration of bipartisan action, especially one involving Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the two—along with Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), and David Reichert (R-WA)—wrote to the Office of Management and Budget, which now has to approve the OPM rules, suggesting that parts of OPM’s proposed regulations could actually make the CFC worse. It might be hard to imagine that the CFC might get worse, or to believe that Issa and Cummings, last seen in a very public

Indexes Are the New Infographics - PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

Indexes Are the New Infographics - PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center: The nonprofit sector seems like the last place you'd find indexes in widespread use. After all, indexes are built on data; well-established ones like the Consumer Price Index take a vast amount of consumer good prices and pack them into a neat little number, which can then be plotted longitudinally to give us a barometer of inflation over time. As nonprofits begin to leverage the troves of data they've been sitting on, however, it is changing the way the rest of us look at data.

Monday, April 21, 2014

5 Examples Of Greeks Stepping Up To Do Good

5 Examples Of Greeks Stepping Up To Do Good: Philanthropy is a key part of Greek life, and recently, a few fraternity and sorority events caught our eye.

Shaving Their Heads For A Reason

Charity mud run attracts 1,600 entries | Derby Telegraph

Charity mud run attracts 1,600 entries | Derby Telegraph: The annual JCB Mud Run, which takes place on a five-mile obstacle-strewn course in the grounds of the company's headquarters at Rocester, raises money for children's charity NSPCC.

This year's event, which will be the third time the run will have been held, takes place on Saturday, July 5.

Obstacles this year include a huge mudslide and a 100ft underground tunnel.

A brisk run for charity | mndaily.com - The Minnesota Daily

A brisk run for charity | mndaily.com - The Minnesota Daily: hivering in huddled groups as the sun set on the Northrop Plaza on Friday, more than 50 half-naked University of Minnesota students prepared to run a mile and a half around campus for charity.

Many of the students on the plaza were attending their first Undie Run, an increasingly pop

Crisis Management 101: Tips to Help You Survive Tough Times | npENGAGE

Crisis Management 101: Tips to Help You Survive Tough Times | npENGAGE: No one likes a crisis. Especially nonprofit leaders like you.
With life already overly busy, increased demand for your services, a constant push to increase funding and more ideas being suggested than you can possibly implement, when do you have time for a crisis? Never.
Alas, that’s the nature of crisis. Things happen when they happen, and usually when you’re least expecting it. So what do you do? Push the worry away and deal with problems if and when they happen? No, instead, you should plan. Here’s a high-level view to get you started.

Embezzlement: It Could Happen to You: Associations Now

Embezzlement: It Could Happen to You: Associations Now: It’s a feeling no association executive wants to know, but many do. A Washington Post analysis revealed in late 2013 that more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations in the United States had reported to the IRS a “significant diversion of funds” since 2008, when the IRS Form 990 first included a question about such losses.

Foundation Center - Press Release - New Report on Foundation Funding to Address Domestic Violence

Foundation Center - Press Release - New Report on Foundation Funding to Address Domestic Violence: New Report on Foundation Funding to Address Domestic Violence

New York, NY — April 21, 2014. Today, the Foundation Center announced the release of a landmark report on foundation support for organizations and programs working to prevent — and address the consequences of — domestic violence in California. Enabled through a grant from Blue Shield of California Foundation, and using data from the Foundation Center’s research database, Foundation Funding to Address Domestic Violence in California is the first-ever examination of philanthropy’s contribution to the field of domestic violence. The report provides a landscape analysis to inform community organizatio

If You Don't Treat Your Interns Right, You are Mean...and Stupid. | LinkedIn

If You Don't Treat Your Interns Right, You are Mean...and Stupid. | LinkedIn: Lots of people and companies think interns are inexperienced, short-term students--so it isn't worth investing in them. This kind of thinking is both mean and stupid. (Yes. I feel pretty strongly about this.)

Charity Works: The ‘art’ of receiving philanthropy - The Washington Post

Charity Works: The ‘art’ of receiving philanthropy - The Washington Post: A grand gesture of goodwill can sometimes leave charities in jeopardy, such as when a donor’s financial gift isn’t enough to do the work requested.

White House Hosts ‘Next Generation’ Young and Rich - NYTimes.com

White House Hosts ‘Next Generation’ Young and Rich - NYTimes.com: On a crisp morning in late March, an elite group of 100 young philanthropists and heirs to billionaire family fortunes filed into a cozy auditorium at the White House.

Their name tags read like a catalog of the country’s wealthiest and most influential clans: Rockefeller, Pritzker, Marriott. They were there for a discreet, invitation-only summit hosted by the Obama administration to find common ground between the public sector and the so-called next-generation philanthropists, many of whom stand to inherit billions in private wealth.

Fundraising Pay Passes the $1,000,000 Mark - Ideas & Advice - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Fundraising Pay Passes the $1,000,000 Mark - Ideas & Advice - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: More than two dozen fundraisers at the nation’s nonprofits earn more than $500,000, and at least two make $1-million or more, according to a Chronicle analysis of the latest compensation data available

Thursday, April 17, 2014

U.K. Charity Says Food-Bank Use Way Up, but Government Disputes Claim – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

U.K. Charity Says Food-Bank Use Way Up, but Government Disputes Claim – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Britain’s biggest food-bank operator said the number of people using its facilities rose more than 2� times in the past year and blamed the increase on the government’s austerity program, Bloomberg reports.

Using Crowdfunding to Attract Support of All Kinds - Social Good - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Using Crowdfunding to Attract Support of All Kinds - Social Good - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: In this episode of Social Good, the founders of two crowdfunding sites outline what makes a successful campaign to raise money from the public. They also explain how any charity can adapt the basic approaches of such drives to seek volunteers and advocates for public policy as well as donations from businesses.

The Guests:

Erin Barnes, co-founder and executive director of Ioby (short for "In Our Backyard), a platform to raise money for neighborhood-revitalization projects.

United Way May Urge Congress to Reverse Federal Charity-Drive Rules - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

United Way May Urge Congress to Reverse Federal Charity-Drive Rules - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: United Way Worldwide may ask Congress to overturn new rules announced this month to modernize the government’s annual charity drive, saying the changes will hasten the continuing decline in donations from federal workers.

Charity Commission appoints Paula Sussex as its next chief executive | Third Sector

Charity Commission appoints Paula Sussex as its next chief executive | Third Sector: The Charity Commission has appointed Paula Sussex, a qualified barrister and a senior vice-president of the consulting and outsourcing firm CGI UK, as its next chief executive.

Sussex will take up her new position on 30 June and succeeds Sam Younger, who will leave the commission in the summer after four years in the role.

Sussex will be paid an annual salary of �125,000 plus pension contributions. This is at the upper end of the advertised salary range, but is about �5,000 a year less than Younger.

How to Find Your Dream Nonprofit Job

How to Find Your Dream Nonprofit Job: Nonprofit jobs are gaining in popularity. The nonprofit world is attracting more people, including new grads, career changers, and newly retired baby boomers who are considering capstone careers serving causes they believe in.

If you are among those considering a nonprofit job, here are a few tips to help you in your job search.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Luzerne Foundation surprises nonprofits with grants - News - Citizens' Voice

Luzerne Foundation surprises nonprofits with grants - News - Citizens' Voice: "They were very surprised, as we hoped they would be," Charles Barber, president and CEO of the Luzerne Foundation, said. "We just wanted to show our thanks."

WVIA was the first grant recipient of the foundation's "20/20 Giveaway," a revamp of its annual grant program that celebrates the Luzerne Foundation's 20th anniversary.

The AFP Blog-Be the Cause

The AFP Blog: One of the big events in San Antonio was the launch of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy’s BE the CAUSE campaign (formerly Every Member). Everyone who gave to the foundation at the AFP Hub, which was a fountain of activity, got their photo taken with a message about why they gave. You can see mine here.

A Chicago Heir's Approach to Venture�Philanthropy - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy

A Chicago Heir's Approach to Venture�Philanthropy - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy: o many of its disciples, though, venture philanthropy simply means taking a rigorous approach to giving away money so you're more likely to have an impact. Business investors have been refining their methodologies for decades. So why not borrow from that world?

That's how Liam Krehbiel sees things. He's an heir to the Molex electronic interconnector fortune, who, after a stint at Bain and Company, decided to apply venture investing principles to the philanthropy sector, rather than pursuing the family business. Like many new philanthropists, Krehbiel combines funding with management support to give Chicago-area nonprofits a fighting chance. “Think about what successful venture-capital firms do,” Krehbiel told Michigan Avenue Magazine. “They look for high-potential, early-stage companies and provide the financial and intellectual capital to help them grow. We do the same thing.”

New funding tool could spur nonprofit innovation | Crain's New York Business

New funding tool could spur nonprofit innovation | Crain's New York Business: Mr. Rivera's therapy was paid for by an unusual funding mechanism known as a social-impact bond—an innovation that's becoming more prevalent in New York social-service and philanthropic circles. Announced by the city in 2012, Rikers' therapy program, aimed at reducing juvenile recidivism, was the nation's first social-bond initiative.