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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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Markets For Good :: Forcing Nonprofits To Lie About Data

Markets For Good :: Forcing Nonprofits To Lie About Data: "Forcing Nonprofits To Lie About Data
Laura Quinn raises a common problem faced by nonprofits - paying for the cost of data. But what is the result of these ever growing costs in the search for better data?"



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How to hire for cultural fit at your nonprofit organization

How to hire for cultural fit at your nonprofit organization: "The process of hiring and onboarding new employees is an important and costly one for any organization, and finding someone who is a great fit for your organization is always the goal. Increasingly, nonprofit (and for-profit) organizations are including questions about “cultural fit” in their hiring process."



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Get FIT and Improve Your Fundraising: The FEP’s Fundraising Fitness Test - Resource Center - AFP

Get FIT and Improve Your Fundraising: The FEP’s Fundraising Fitness Test - Resource Center - AFP: "One of the most important issues in fundraising right now is donor retention, and I believe that both the Fundraising Effectiveness Project and the Growth in Giving Initiative (GiGi) contain great secrets and insights into this issue and how to improve the philanthropic sector for your organization.

How do you start? Let’s begin with the newest Fundraising Fitness Test that you can take at the Fundraising Effectiveness Project website (afpnet.org/fep).  By using this resource, you can compare your nonprofit organization’s performance to one of the most important benchmarks that you can have—yourself! "



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

9 ways to jumpstart your program - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

9 ways to jumpstart your program - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "Planned giving, as important as it is, can feel like an inert piece of machinery – very large machinery – when it needs to be restarted. Getting the thing moving looks like an impossible task. It does not need to be that way, however.

Matt J. Beem, president and CEO of Hartsook Companies, offers nine tips for jumpstarting a planned giving program."



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Aroma, Touch and Words All Boosted Giving - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

Aroma, Touch and Words All Boosted Giving - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "James, a professor of personal financial planning and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, presented some of the latest findings on the science of giving during the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2014 International Conference on Fundraising in San Antonio, Texas earlier this year.

“Charitable giving is rewarding, activating the reward centers in the brain like when people receive gifts,” said James."



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Mark Zuckerberg's Philanthropy Keeps Getting More Interesting. What Drives His Giving?  - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy

Mark Zuckerberg's Philanthropy Keeps Getting More Interesting. What Drives His Giving?  - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy: "The emerging philanthropy of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan is one of the most interesting stories we're following right now. Why? Because of the scale of resources in play, for starters. After big jumps in the value of Facebook's stock, Zuckerberg is now worth around $34 billion. And after two big gifts of such stock to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, he and Chan now command a donor-advised fund that likely has assets over $2 billion."



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Who Is That Donor? AFP-GPC Suggests The Faces Of Philanthropy Are Changing - BWWGeeksWorld

Who Is That Donor? AFP-GPC Suggests The Faces Of Philanthropy Are Changing - BWWGeeksWorld: "The release of the survey, Faces of Philanthropy: Who Are They Really? Coincides with AFP-GPC's 29 th Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Gala Luncheon. What has not changed is philanthropists' intention to have a positive impact on society. Ten individuals, foundations, and volunteers who have done so will be recognized for their philanthropic contributions at the November 14 event, which will be held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel."



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Editorial: Shed light on charity races - Times Union

Editorial: Shed light on charity races - Times Union: "hat charity running has seen phenomenal growth since the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society launched Team in Training in 1988 is a credit to people's charitable souls and the rising popularity of the sport. According to an article in Runner's World, runners raised $1.2 billion for nonprofits in 2012, more than twice the amount from a decade ago.

But where does the money go? That it is not easy to discern how much an individual run organizer gives to charity is testament that government and nonprofits haven't kept up with the niche industry's growth."



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State Fair brings in record-breaking $41 million

State Fair brings in record-breaking $41 million: "The State Fair of Texas Youth Scholarship Program also saw a $280,000 increase in donations this year. The program, established in 1992, raised over $622,000 in its 23rd year.

Canned food donations totaled 242,001 lbs. of food for the North Texas Food Bank through weekly promotions and the canned food drive on Ag Awareness Day."



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Monday, October 20, 2014

Pro Bono Week: A Time For Skills to Shine

Pro Bono Week: A Time For Skills to Shine: "As companies are looking to engage employees in how their business gives back, they’re tapping into the skills and resources that are the core of the company.   Businesses have been paying a lot of attention lately to crafting employee engagement programs that reflect what employees care about and that can be seen as an employee benefit.  As a part of these programs, skills-based volunteering has become a central initiative for many companies, one which delivers high impact to employee and nonprofit alike."



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Nonprofit group eyes Native American lands | CapeCodOnline.com

Nonprofit group eyes Native American lands | CapeCodOnline.com: "MASHPEE – Members of the Wampanoag nation and other Massachusetts Native Americans are launching a new effort to protect open space in ancestral homelands.

The Native Land Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that, like other land trusts such as the Barnstable Land Trust or the Orleans Conservation Trust, will buy or accept donations of land to save it from development. Unlike others on the Cape, however, this one will be run by Native Americans and will use the land to preserve their culture and traditions."



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Shaking Up the Ranks of America’s Big Charities - Philanthropy 400 - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Shaking Up the Ranks of America’s Big Charities - Philanthropy 400 - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "Shaking Up the Ranks of America’s Big Charities
By Holly Hall
Giving to the nation’s biggest and most popular charities grew by nearly 11 percent last year, fueled largely by affluent donors, who are reordering the top ranks of America’s nonprofits, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual rankings of the 400 charities that collect the most from private sources."



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Friday, October 17, 2014

Editorial: New hospital name reflects a long legacy of charitable support - TwinCities.com

Editorial: New hospital name reflects a long legacy of charitable support - TwinCities.com: "Generous people make a difference every day, all around our region.

We recognize their commitment, in particular this week, with word of a new name in Twin Cities health care: the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

The change recognizes a gift of $25 million from the Minnesota Masonic Charities and a legacy of support -- spanning the last 60 years -- that now exceeds $125 million. The gifts make the Masons its largest donor, according to the university."



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