Friday, December 19, 2014

Were These The Extenders That We Were Waiting For? | Planned Giving Design Center

Were These The Extenders That We Were Waiting For? | Planned Giving Design Center

NBC4's 2014 12 Days of Giving | NBC4 Washington

NBC4's 2014 12 Days of Giving | NBC4 Washington: "News4 is proud to present its 2014 12 Days of Giving campaign, recognizing 12 charitable teens and kids who have dedicated their time to giving back.
Day 9, Dec. 19: Mari's Miracle Christmas Bags
Thirteen-year-old Marisol Ramirez has spent most of her life in the hospital. After surviving a multiple organ transplant and lymphoma, she's doing well -- and thinking of others."



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12 Days Of Charitable Giving 2014: Goodwill Industries

Interesting series from FORBES



12 Days Of Charitable Giving 2014: Goodwill Industries: "There are, as of this writing, 12 days until the end of the taxable year. That means that you have 12 days to squeeze in most of your remaining tax deductions for 2014 (there are a few exceptions like those for IRA contributions). One of the easiest ways to get a deduction, assuming you itemize, is to make a charitable donation.

With that in mind, today we kick off the first of my 12 Days of Charitable Giving. Readers have suggested deserving charities over the past few weeks and I’ll be posting one a day for – well, 12 days (I’m clever that way). Today we start with … Goodwill Industries."



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Social-Service Groups Try Creative Holiday-Season Fundraising Tactics - Year-End Fundraising - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Social-Service Groups Try Creative Holiday-Season Fundraising Tactics - Year-End Fundraising - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "Some social-service groups, which generally have fewer resources to spend on fundraising than colleges, hospitals, or museums, are engaging their supporters in creative appeals this holiday season."



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The 2014 Global Infrastructure for Giving report 12/17 by CAFAmerica Radio Network | Business Podcasts

The 2014 Global Infrastructure for Giving report 12/17 by CAFAmerica Radio Network | Business Podcasts: "Join us as we talk with Andrew Watt, FInstF, President and CEO, Association of Fundraising Professionals about the role that the Association of Fundraising Professionals plays in philanthropy in the US as well as key insights from the 2014 Global Infrastructure for Giving report."



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Report: Charitable Giving Nears Pre-Recession Levels - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

Report: Charitable Giving Nears Pre-Recession Levels - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "Charitable giving and donor retention levels increased last year, according to a new report from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), as they continued to inch near pre-recession rates."



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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rethinking Hospital Fundraising

Rethinking Hospital Fundraising: "Taking a "Science and Art" Approach
To ensure extraordinary donor engagement that results in truly transformational philanthropy, organizations should balance the science and the art of fundraising.
The science. The science of fundraising involves aligning with organizational priorities, forming a major gift leadership structure, and establishing a methodical donor engagement process that can be highly customized."



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Americans’ Engagement With Organizations Wanes, Report Says - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Americans’ Engagement With Organizations Wanes, Report Says - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "Americans’ Engagement With Organizations Wanes, Report Says
By Megan O'Neil
A new federal report shows declines in 16 of 20 indicators of civic health, including falling rates of volunteerism and engagement with community organizations and flagging trust in public institutions."



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Causes Favored by U.S. Elites See Good Holiday Tithings: Economy - Bloomberg

Causes Favored by U.S. Elites See Good Holiday Tithings: Economy - Bloomberg: "his is your alma mater calling. Just a friendly reminder not to forget us on your holiday gift list. This year, try to be more like Fred Eshelman.

The pharmaceuticals mogul and 1972 alumnus of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill pledged $100 million to the Tar Heels this month, the largest individual gift in the school’s 225-year history."



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Two-Week Reprieve For Charitable Tax Provisions - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

Two-Week Reprieve For Charitable Tax Provisions - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "Three charitable tax provisions were among the dozens included in a bill that passed the Senate last night that retroactively extended expired tax provisions through the end of this year."



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The CRomnibus Piñata: Unwanted Gifts for the Nonprofit Sector in the Spending Bill - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

The CRomnibus Piñata: Unwanted Gifts for the Nonprofit Sector in the Spending Bill - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

CEO to CEO: Making Sure the Hats Fit: Associations Now

CEO to CEO: Making Sure the Hats Fit: Associations Now: "Share the hats! Executives think we are the only ones who can make a decision, complete a task, represent the association, lead a project, and carry out all the other activities that require a hat. Sometimes that is true: We are the ones who must wear the hats. But in other cases, we need to learn to let go and to prepare and trust someone else to wear the hat."



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IRA Rollover Approved by Congress, Heads to White House For Signing - Press - AFP

IRA Rollover Approved by Congress, Heads to White House For Signing - Press - AFP: "IRA Rollover Approved by Congress, Heads to White House For Signing
The IRA Rollover was approved by Congress as part of a bill a tax extenders package, H.R. 5771, the Taxpayer Increase Prevention Act.

However, the bill only provides for a one-year retroactive extension of the rollover provision, making it in effect until the end of 2014."



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40 Fundraising Blogs You Should Be Reading in 2015

Great to be included in the list below.

39. AFP Blog: Recent News of Note – The Association of Fundraising Professionals Fundraising Resource Center gathers industry news and curates only the finest content from many of the blogs on this list.



40 Fundraising Blogs You Should Be Reading in 2015: "39. AFP Blog: Recent News of Note – The Association of Fundraising Professionals Fundraising Resource Center gathers industry news and curates only the finest content from many of the blogs on this list."



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Questions I'm Most Often Asked about Building a Planned Giving Program

Questions I'm Most Often Asked about Building a Planned Giving Program: "Questions I'm Most Often Asked about Building a Planned Giving Program

December 2014

The reality is that if you're not asking for planned gifts, someone else is.

Even though a planned gift is often 200 to 300 times the size of an annual gift, many organizations ignore the potential, preferring strategies to generate immediate funds."



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Monday, December 15, 2014

World Giving Index 2014 | CAF America

World Giving Index 2014 | CAF America: "The 2014 World Giving Index

a publication of Charities Aid Foundation, our partner office in the UK

Click here to download the report.

Gain insight into the nature of giving around the world

The World Giving Index is designed to provide evidence-based insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world. In order to reflect a culturally diverse planet, the report looks at three aspects of giving behavior. The questions that feed the report are"



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Friday, December 12, 2014

WADITWA Disease- "We've Always Done It That Way" | Donor Relations Guru

WADITWA Disease- "We've Always Done It That Way" | Donor Relations Guru: "Let's face it, many of us are solidly stuck in the 1980s when it comes to change management. I've written about my change management theory called shaking the snowglobe before here.

But how do we overcome the obstacle of tradition in our profession and allow for progress? We ourselves must be fearless in the pursuit of evaluating what is currently working, pushing for best in class programs and making a future for ourselves and our donors. Let's face it, most of our donors work in industries that have fully embraced the new millennium and beyond. Yet when they interact with us, they are driven back into the stone age by being respectful to our "traditions". To this I say, there has to be a better way.
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Glasspockets | Transparency Talk

Glasspockets | Transparency Talk: "DECLINING A GRANT: HOW FUNDERS CAN HELP TURN A NEGATIVE INTO A POSITIVE "



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Thursday, December 11, 2014

#GivingTuesday is over, now what? | Business Doing Good

#GivingTuesday is over, now what? | Business Doing Good: "eep breath.  #GivingTuesday is a week behind us – but the glow continues! 

What a wonderful day it was — December 2nd — with people around the world showing how much they cared about giving back.  They gave money, time, their voices, their all.  And I’m proud that the company where I work was a part of that.  How much good was done?  We’ll actually never know because there’s simply no way to quantify all the good.  What we do know is how much was given online that day, processed by Blackbaud, as a proxy for how much giving has increased year over year. "



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The Wall Street Takeover of Charity - ProPublica

The Wall Street Takeover of Charity - ProPublica:



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Five personality traits that make a good charity leader | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian

Five personality traits that make a good charity leader | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian: "Five personality traits that make a good charity leader
As leadership becomes ever more important in the charity sector, psychologist Geraldine Kilbride outlines the things that make a trailblazer
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Prospect Research and Lists: the Do’s and Don’ts

Prospect Research and Lists: the Do’s and Don’ts: "There was a time when Forbes published their annual lists in their magazine and that was it. There was no Internet (no deluge of online lists) and the magazine sold out (repeatedly – and this even helped keep the magazine afloat in its difficult years when sales were weak throughout the year).

Today, we have an abundance of lists – too many of them."



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See just how big a job creator nonprofits are in New Mexico - Albuquerque Business First

See just how big a job creator nonprofits are in New Mexico - Albuquerque Business First: "Nonprofits produce 8.1 percent of private sector employment in New Mexico, more than oil and gas, construction and other major industries, the Albuquerque Journal reported."



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One Fund Boston, charity for Marathon bombing victims, winding down operations - Metro - The Boston Globe

One Fund Boston, charity for Marathon bombing victims, winding down operations - Metro - The Boston Globe: "One Fund winds down operation after giving out $80m"



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How Richard Kinder, the Warren Buffet of Energy, Approaches Philanthropy - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy

How Richard Kinder, the Warren Buffet of Energy, Approaches Philanthropy - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy: "lthough Warren Buffet is considered to be one of the most successful investors of all time, industry experts have drawn some significant parallels between him and the co-founder and CEO of Kinder Morgan.

Richard Kinder has been described as the “Warren Buffet of energy” because of his approach to owning company stock, taking a nominal salary, use of leverage, and philanthropic pursuits. "



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The Next Big Trend in Fundraising | LinkedIn

The Next Big Trend in Fundraising | LinkedIn: "Don’t you get bored with fundraising?” my friend, a fundraising consultant who's been branching out into other lines of work, asked me recently. “I mean, how many times can you write about the same thing?” Then I had this email conversation with another consultant recently, who had just come from a major conference:"



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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Retention is the New Acquisition | npENGAGE

Retention is the New Acquisition | npENGAGE: "Lack of stewardship has a price, and nothing proves that more than the AFP Fundraising Effectiveness Survey. While organizations focus on their development goal and raising money through major gifts, events, direct mail, grants and online, we continue to see a lack of focus on stewardship and retention.
Consider that for every 100 new donors gained, 105 donors were lost through attrition. "



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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Hockey fans toss 25,214 stuffed animals onto the ice for charity

Hockey fans toss 25,214 stuffed animals onto the ice for charity: "When the home team scores, a cuddly mayhem ensues.

The Calgary Hitmen held their 20th annual Teddy Bear Toss on Sunday, which allowed fans to throw 25,214 stuffed animals onto the ice in a heartwarming and entertaining display of charity."



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The Nonprofit Sector Has a Ferguson Problem - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

The Nonprofit Sector Has a Ferguson Problem - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "However, are we alarmed at the nonprofit sector’s own lack of representation? Despite groundbreaking efforts by the Center for Diversity and the Environment, the D5 Coalition, Green 2.0, and New Generation of African American Philanthropists, the glaring disparity in nonprofit leadership bears a striking similarity to Ferguson.

People of color are currently 36 percent of the U.S. population and are expected to grow to 50 percent as early as 2042. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, at least 60 percent of nonprofits serve people of color."



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Ken Burnett - 2020 vision: the future for fundraising

Ken Burnett - 2020 vision: the future for fundraising:



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