Monday, September 15, 2014

Ignite Community Innovation Challenge

Ignite Community Innovation Challenge

The Challenge

  • Submitters are asked to provide a two paragraph summary of their innovative idea and how it will create impact.
  • Two finalist organizations will make a 15 minute pitch to a community panel to sell their innovative idea.
  • Based on the pitches presented, the community panel will name a
    winner and runner-up of the Ignite Community Innovation Challenge.
  • Submissions should be clear and innovative, create a current
    disruption in practices, create a stronger focus on mission for the
    organization, have a viable chance of success and provide approaches
    that could be applicable to other organizations resulting in industry
    best practices
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Co-Creation, Tension, and the Horizon: An Interview with Darren Walker of the Ford Foundation - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Co-Creation, Tension, and the Horizon: An Interview with Darren Walker of the Ford Foundation - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Ruth McCambridge (RM): Darren, you issued a letter to grantees
on the one-year anniversary of your appointment as Ford Foundation
president. In it, you talked about holding the tension of contradiction
in your job at Ford, which is an interesting framework for managing an
institution like the Ford Foundation. Do you consciously think about the
contradictions in your work day to day?

A Board Member's Guide to Nonprofit Overhead | Blue Avocado

A Board Member's Guide to Nonprofit Overhead | Blue Avocado

Calculating overhead rates and managing overhead expense are
important staff roles. Board members are not required to know how do
staff accounting work, but we do need to bring an informed perspective
to our oversight:


 

Board Building for a Challenging World | Exceptional Boards

Board Building for a Challenging World | Exceptional Boards  

The Center Against Domestic Violence
has experienced some governance challenges, which its board chair, John L. Miscione, and its chief executive officer, Judith Kahan, recentlydiscussed with Amish Mehta. He shares some of the highlights here.
Amish: Let’s step back in terms of where you’ve been, from a board perspective. What have been the challenges, and what have been your needs to enhance the board?

Museum of Art concludes $50 million campaign « Philanthropy North Carolina

Museum of Art concludes $50 million campaign « Philanthropy North Carolina

Based on a pilot program in a handful of counties, nearly 300seventh-graders at 46 middle schools in 24 counties throughout the state now are learning about history, English language arts, science and math by studying digitized versions of art from the North Carolina Museum of Art, with the help of a curriculum and training the Museum developed with and for teachers.

Lack of Aid Coordination Hurts Ebola Fight as Virus Spreads – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Lack of Aid Coordination Hurts Ebola Fight as Virus Spreads – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Aid charities, governments in the region, and global health officialswere largely caught off guard in the early months of the outbreak, whichhas claimed more than 2,300 lives, and are now playing catch-up as a
rapidly rising caseload outstrips available resources, the Postwrites. “Where we are today is probably where we should have been inMay,” said Ken Isaacs, a former U.S. Agency for International Development official now with Christian relief group Samaritan’s Purse.

Livestrong Gifts Fell by a Third After Armstrong Admission – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Livestrong Gifts Fell by a Third After Armstrong Admission – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy



Donations to the Livestrong Foundation dropped by 34 percent in 2013, a year that started with charity founder Lance Armstrongconfessing that he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout hisstoried cycling career, Bloomberg reports. The cancer organization took in $15-million last year, down from $22.7-million in 2012, according to tax filings.

Friday, September 12, 2014

BBC News - Ice bucket challenge: 'One in six Britons took part'

BBC News - Ice bucket challenge: 'One in six Britons took part'

One in six Britons have
taken part in the ice bucket challenge to raise money for charity,
research commissioned by the Charities Aid Foundation suggests. The charity told BBC Breakfast that one in 10 people donated as a result of the campaign - each giving an average of almost £5. ComRes polled 2,058 British adults online from 5 to 7 September.

Cantor Fitzgerald Holds 10th Annual Charity Day - NY1

Cantor Fitzgerald Holds 10th Annual Charity Day - NY1

Cantor Fitzgerald held its 10th annual Charity Day Thursday.  Mayor Bill de Blasio was one of several big names to attend the event, whichcommemorates the company's 658 employees and 64 Euro Brokers employees
who were killed on September 11, 2001.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thieves Steal 100 Onions That 5th Graders Grew For Charity

Thieves Steal 100 Onions That 5th Graders Grew For Charity

It was supposed to be a lesson in growing your own food, healthyeating and helping the less fortunate. Instead, a group of Mainefifth-graders got a lesson in the harsh realities of life.Whenstudents at the Albert S. Hall School in Waterville went out last week to harvest the yellow onions planted last spring, they found that all
100 had been stolen.



Ginnie Graham: Remember, the NFL is a tax-exempt nonprofit - Tulsa World: Blogs

Ginnie Graham: Remember, the NFL is a tax-exempt nonprofit - Tulsa World: Blogs



The NFL has done quite a bit lately to warrant shock and outrage.A fact getting scant attention is that this entity, which brings in about $9.5 billion annually, does not pay federal taxes.

Diversity is the New Black | Exceptional Boards

Diversity is the New Black | Exceptional Boards  



State Profiles | Independent Sector

State Profiles | Independent Sector


State Profiles: The Economic Value and Impact of the Nonprofit SectorThese profiles highlight the economic importance, diversity, andcommunity impact of the nonprofit sector in each of the 50 states. (For a
national profile, go to the policy download page.)

We Remember: Organizers Expect 40 Million to Join 9/11 Day of Service: Associations Now

We Remember: Organizers Expect 40 Million to Join 9/11 Day of Service: Associations Now

In the five years since it became a federally recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance, 9/11 Day has experienced tremendous growth. MyGoodDeed, the nonprofit group behind the event, is out to set a record this year with a new social media campaign.

The Eastern Echo :: Nonprofits make strong business partners

The Eastern Echo :: Nonprofits make strong business partners

There is a better partner for government agencies, however. This is found in what we call the “nonprofit sector:” voluntary organizations focused on specific tasks that help individuals, communities and the society at large.   Nonprofits have much more in common with governmentthan one might suppose.  There are at least ten reasons why nonprofits make better partners for government service delivery than business corporations.

9/11 family members honor loved ones in song and in charity | New York Post

9/11 family members honor loved ones in song and in charity | New York Post

Hundreds of thousands of family members of 9/11 victims will trickle onto the memorial’s plaza Thursday for the 13th anniversary ceremony ofthe devastating terrorist attacks.

Utilizing farmland to create a legacy of giving : Mitchell County Press

Utilizing farmland to create a legacy of giving : Mitchell County Press
Iowa’s farmland holds both our state’s heritage and our history. As you think about the future of your land, what if you could ensure it is kept in production while directing the revenue to the causes and community you care so much about?
Keep Iowa Growing allows you to do just that.

Beyond the bucket challenge: 6 tips to vet a charity - MarketWatch

Beyond the bucket challenge: 6 tips to vet a charity - MarketWatch

As the ALS bucket challenge winds down, we can now return to our regular programming of cat videos and political rants in our Facebook feeds.But let’s take a minute to think about how this viral phenomenon introduced legions of new donors to charitable giving. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

UGA record-breaking fundraising due to larger donor pool - The Red and Black : Uganews

UGA record-breaking fundraising due to larger donor pool - The Red and Black : Uganews

Giving options expanding in federal charity drive - The Washington Post

Giving options expanding in federal charity drive - The Washington Post

Federal civilian and military personnel will be able to direct donations to a wider range of charities through the Combined Federal Campaign now underway.

The AFP Blog: Why

The AFP Blog: Why



The “why” of philanthropy is why AFP put together its National Philanthropy Day® contest this year: Who is Your Philanthropic Idol? We wanted to know who—or what—inspires you to be a volunteer, donor, advocate or helper.


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Charity Navigator Goes To 100-Point Ratings System | The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

Charity Navigator Goes To 100-Point Ratings System | The NonProfit Times

It might be time to dig out that retainer and tuba from your high school yearbook picture. Charity watchdog Charity Navigator changed in Augustthe way it issues its ratings. While the organization has no plans to
move to a letter grade system, the new system is based on 100 points, similar to the school system and is more recognizable to users.

Weinberg Foundation employees give away $340K to their favorite nonprofits - Baltimore Business Journal

Weinberg Foundation employees give away $340K to their favorite nonprofits - Baltimore Business Journal

More Wealthy Investors Weigh Social Aims in Money Decisions – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

More Wealthy Investors Weigh Social Aims in Money Decisions – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

It would never cross my mind to give to my school," Ms. Randall says.
"If I can only give $100, you get to see that go so much farther with a
smaller, more localized cause. If you give $100 to a school you might
get a thank-you note. It almost feels like giving your money to the
mall."
New research commissioned by the Chronicle of Philanthropy shows that the giving patterns of young donors like Ms. Randall may signal a looming financial threat to universities—a

Colleges Are Inventing New Ways to Attract Recent Graduates to Donate - Donor and Prospect Research - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Colleges Are Inventing New Ways to Attract Recent Graduates to Donate - Donor and Prospect Research - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

It would never cross my mind to give to my school," Ms. Randall says.  "If I can only give $100, you get to see that go so much farther with a smaller, more localized cause. If you give $100 to a school you might
get a thank-you note. It almost feels like giving your money to the mall."
New research commissioned by the Chronicle of Philanthropy shows that the giving patterns of young donors like Ms. Randall may signal a looming financial threat to universities—a

How To Attract Talented Millennials To Your Nonprofit

How To Attract Talented Millennials To Your Nonprofit

Recently, nonprofits and social enterprises have really been stepping up their branding game to attract younger demographics. It’s beenworking – according to a 2014 study by Deloitte, 63% of Millennials donate to charities and 43% actively volunteer or are a member of a community organization.

The charitable organizations that are most successful in involving younger generations have a few things in common that others can learn from, namely:

Twitter trials plans to allow users to donate to charity through its site

Twitter trials plans to allow users to donate to charity through its site

IU Philanthropy School Names Tempel Successor - Newsroom - Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick

IU Philanthropy School Names Tempel Successor - Newsroom - Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick

Monday, September 08, 2014

Could The IRS Disallow Ice Bucket Challenge Charitable Contributions?

Could The IRS Disallow Ice Bucket Challenge Charitable Contributions?

OK, rest easy; the IRS isn’t coming after your ALS donation. While theprinciple of donative intent is very real, in recent years, the courtshave tied this principle to a “quid pro quo test,” which states that inorder for a donation to lack donative intent, the donor must anticipatereceiving a financial benefit from the contribution commensurate
with the value the donor transferred to the charity. Because an icebucket dodger has received no financial benefit, but rather merely aphysical one, the contribution is (should be) immune to attack. Plus, Ithink I’ve read somewhere that the IRS is dealing with a bit of a public perception problem these days, so attacking contributions to a horribledisease is probably not in its best interest.

$108 million Ice Bucket Challenge windfall could threaten ALS Association's charity ratings - Washington Business Journal

$108 million Ice Bucket Challenge windfall could threaten ALS Association's charity ratings - Washington Business Journal



ALS Association CEO Barbara Newhouse
has sent letters to three major charity ratings organizations asking
them not to penalize the Washington nonprofit for what is a $108
million-and-counting windfall from the viral Ice Bucket Challenge.