Monday, July 28, 2014

BNY Mellon Awards Operating Support Grants to Boston-area Nonprofits - WSJ.com

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BNY Mellon Awards Operating Support Grants to Boston-area Nonprofits - WSJ.com: Through the generosity of The Eugene F. Fay Trust, BNY Mellon has awarded operating support grants to 10 Boston-area nonprofits, providing them with critical funding for capacity-building activities. The Eugene F. Fay Trust Mini-Grants Program provides organizations with $5,000 grants for technical assistance and non-programmatic support aimed at strengthening the overall organization or a particular program.

Record-Setting $650M Donation Paves Way for Psychiatric Research at Broad | News | The Harvard Crimson

Record-Setting $650M Donation Paves Way for Psychiatric Research at Broad | News | The Harvard Crimson: Philanthropist Ted Stanley has pledged to give a record-breaking $650 million to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to fund psychiatric disorders research, the institute’s Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research announced on Tuesday.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Advancing Human Rights | GrantCraft

Advancing Human Rights | GrantCraft: Advancing Human Rights: Knowledge Tools for Funders was borne out of these questions. The initiative is an ongoing effort to track the evolving state of global human rights funding and to create a set of dynamic, interactive data and research tools to help human rights funders and advocates increase their effectiveness. This work is led by the International Human Rights Funders Group and Foundation Center, in collaboration with Ariadne – European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights and the International Network of Women’s Funds.

The Dartmouth - Greek councils add incentives for philanthropy

The Dartmouth - Greek councils add incentives for philanthropy: The Inter-Fraternity Council, Coed Council and Panhellenic Council will incentivize members’ involvement with philanthropy, summer IFC executive board member for service Peter Gips ’16 said. Several of the new programs will be introduced this fall and spring, he said.

The IFC aims to make service an integral part of the Greek system and a component of Greek life potential members consider during the rush process, Gips said. Planned changes include standardizing the roles of service chairs across different houses, creating an annual Greek service competition and running a “million minutes” campaign, which would challenge the College’s Greek system to complete one million minutes of community service over the course of a year.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Video-Game Giant Puts Veterans Groups Under the Microscope Before Giving - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Video-Game Giant Puts Veterans Groups Under the Microscope Before Giving - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: ut the results of early funding efforts were a mixed bag, so the endowment has turned to an unusually intensive screening process before making grants, one it hopes will spur transparency among charities and more scrutiny from donors.

Philanthropy Must Step Up Action to Help Children Crossing the Border - Opinion - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Philanthropy Must Step Up Action to Help Children Crossing the Border - Opinion - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: Young people often show up at the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles because they and their parents face horrific choices.

For instance, a 14-year-old client appeared after his father was murdered by gangs in Honduras. His mother was so traumatized from witnessing the murder that she is confined to a psychiatric hospital. Then the thugs tried to force the youngster to join their criminal enterprise and beat him up.

Letter To A CEO: The Surprising View In The Mirror

Letter To A CEO: The Surprising View In The Mirror: I sincerely applaud your decision to commit a greater part of yourself to a favorite charity. And by extension, committing your company, as well. But in your zeal to rush forward, you’re only glimpsing the reflection from one side of the mirror. Turn it around and what do you see?

Your employees.

Often just as passionate and dedicated as you are, eager to lend deeper purpose to their jobs and more meaning to their lives. Hungry for the opportunity to give back at work, alongside their fellow colleagues and you. Yes, you. Many of them want to know you better, and what better way than through improving the world together? They’d relish the chance to get involved in philanthropic work at work, participating in giving campaigns, pitching in at volunteering events, competing with each other at crowdfunding events for the grand prize.

Higher education responds to nonprofit leadership needs

Higher education responds to nonprofit leadership needs: As nonprofits demand more sophistication from their executives, that’s giving rise to another sector: educating nonprofit leaders.

This fall, Grand Valley State University is set to introduce its master of philanthropy and nonprofit leadership program. The program is a response to the need for more nonprofit leaders in the field, which currently employs 10 percent of Kent County’s workforce, according to GVSU.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Melodrama at the Met — The American Magazine

Melodrama at the Met — The American Magazine: But something else is happening at the same time: the very philanthropy that has traditionally funded and enabled artistic innovation and expression is now being attacked, and also shifting from arts funding to medical research. Eric Gibson of the Wall Street Journal reports that more than half the members of New York’s City Council signed a letter to Wal-Mart demanding it stop donating to New York charities. He also reports business leaders such as Bill Gates increasingly criticize donors who chose to fund art over hospitals. The presumption seems to be that such art is an elitist luxury; frivolous and inherently purposeless.

SOI Tax Stats - Individual Income Tax Statistics - ZIP Code Data (SOI)

SOI Tax Stats - Individual Income Tax Statistics - ZIP Code Data (SOI): individual Income Tax ZIP Code Data

ZIP Code data show selected income and tax items classified by State, ZIP Code, and size of adjusted gross income. Data are based on individual income tax returns filed with the IRS and are available for Tax Years 1998, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, and 2012. The data include items, such as:

Number of returns, which approximates the number of households
Number of personal exemptions, which approximates the population
Adjusted gross income
Wages and salaries
Dividends before exclusion
Interest received

Komen Has ‘Moved Past’ Planned Parenthood Flap, Leader Says – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Komen Has ‘Moved Past’ Planned Parenthood Flap, Leader Says – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Judith Salerno, chief executive of Susan G. Komen, says the breast-cancer charity has moved on from the uproar that erupted in early 2012 over its short-lived cancellation of grants to Planned Parenthood, the Associated Press writes.

Is the Death of Corporate Philanthropy Exaggerated? - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Is the Death of Corporate Philanthropy Exaggerated? - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: The end of corporate philanthropy was predicted in a post on the Forbes Leadership Forum. Paul Klein, who heads business and civil sector consulting group Impakt, encourages any corporations who are giving away their hard-earned dollars to charity to stop.

Klein, admittedly, doesn’t go as far as Milton Friedman famously did, saying that the only responsibility of a business was to make a profit, or as Jamie Whyte implied even more stingingly in the Wall Street Journal, “Corporate philanthropy is theft.” However, Klein spares no punches when it comes to charities. He recommends they “can address the loss of 5% of their revenue by reducing costs, improving efficiency.” (Those who argue that charities should spend more on overheads will wince at that uppercut.) The five-percent figure quoted is the corporate contribution to nonprofit income.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Give Millions While You’re Young: a Plea to the Wealthy - Opinion - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Give Millions While You’re Young: a Plea to the Wealthy - Opinion - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: Wealthy people often wait until middle age or even retirement to begin thinking in earnest about giving. Of course, this is sometimes necessary—it often takes time to earn wealth before one can consider investing it in worthy causes. But age should not be the determining factor, and philanthropy, no matter when one starts, will yield successes and failures that offer lessons for one’s future giving. Effective philanthropy is not an easy undertaking, and postponing one’s engagement can mean postponing effective giving.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Why Can't I Mail It? - USPS Regulations on Booklets : Target Marketing

Why Can't I Mail It? - USPS Regulations on Booklets : Target Marketing: s you know from Part One of "Why Can't I Mail It?" with postcards and Part Two with self-mailers, there are many times that a design element causes a mailing to go at a higher rate of postage. This can be frustrating as well as expensive. In order to help you stay away from potential issues, here are some things to keep in mind as you are preparing a direct mail campaign.

Nonprofit finds revenue stream in its lobby | Crain's New York Business

Nonprofit finds revenue stream in its lobby | Crain's New York Business: The 145-year-old charity is leasing out a 745-square-foot shop at its headquarters at 590 Sixth Ave. in Chelsea to Coffeed, a two-year-old Long Island City, Queens-based caf�chain with four locations. Slated to open in October, the store will be the Coffeed's first Manhattan location. The expansion into Manhattan was made possible by New York Foundling agreeing to charge Coffeed about $6,000 a month—about half the going rate for such space in the neighborhood—in exchange for getting a percentage of the store's sales, publicity for the hospital's mission and a promise to interview

Create a speech on a community issue � Philanthropy North Carolina

Create a speech on a community issue � Philanthropy North Carolina: To help raise awareness about the need your nonprofit addresses, develop a speech that your CEO and board chair can deliver at civic events in your community.

Rather than touting your own nonprofit’s work and the difference you make, focus on a community problem, its causes and symptoms, and strategies and part

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Inspired by Webcomic, Elon Musk to Give $1M to Tesla Museum - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Inspired by Webcomic, Elon Musk to Give $1M to Tesla Museum - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: Combining a mutual love of science, innovation, and early twentieth-century inventor Nikola Tesla, technology magnate and billionaire Elon Musk has responded to an appeal from web artist Matthew Inman and agreed to donate a million dollars toward the creation of a museum honoring the early twentieth-century inventor.

Corcoran Gallery to Shed 150 Jobs as Part of Merger Plan – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Corcoran Gallery to Shed 150 Jobs as Part of Merger Plan – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: About a third of the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s 465 employees are slated to lose their posts next month as part of the financially strapped museum’s planned merger with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University, according to Washington Business Journal.

The Top 10 Largest Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Events in the U.S. : FundRaising Success

The Top 10 Largest Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Events in the U.S. : FundRaising Success: Social fundraising provider RallyBoundOpens in a new window recently released this handy infographicOpens in a new window of the "Top 10 Single Largest Nonprofit Fundraising Events," all of which include peer-to-peer fundraising. The list is based on the total fundraising results from 2013 for each event.

Balancing Philanthropic Travel and Voluntourism with Family Time | GuideStar Blog

Balancing Philanthropic Travel and Voluntourism with Family Time | GuideStar Blog: he tourism industry represents one of the largest service industries in the world, employing 102 million people around the globe in 2013, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council, and generating $2.1 trillion in economic output in the U.S., claims the U.S. Travel Association.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Red Nose Day will be shown in the US for the first time next year

Red Nose Day will be shown in the US for the first time next year: The British fundraising institution Red Nose Day is being exported to America for a three-hour show in May next year.

The television fundraising event will be shown on the US network NBC, which is working in collaboration with Comic Relief to bring the show to the States for the first time.

Red Nose Day raised �100.2m in 2013 and has been running in the UK for 25 years.

Fundraisers’ salaries down by 18 per cent in the North East

Fundraisers’ salaries down by 18 per cent in the North East: The salaries of fundraisers in the North East have fallen by an average of 18 per cent since 2009, according to a report released last week.

The Voluntary Organisations' Network North East (Vonne) has released a report showing that the salaries of people working in the charity sector in the North East have fallen by an average

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Philanthropic Problem with Hillary Clinton’s Huge Speaking Fees

The Philanthropic Problem with Hillary Clinton’s Huge Speaking Fees

‘Charity’ Donation Bins Proliferating on New York Sidewalks – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

‘Charity’ Donation Bins Proliferating on New York Sidewalks – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: A growing number of private companies are illegally placing putatively charitable used-clothing bins on sidewalks in New York City, mirroring a national trend that is raising concerns among nonprofits that legitimately collect secondhand items, according to The New York Times.

New York City bans such bins on public streets and sidewalks, although they are allowed on private property with the owner’s consent. In the fiscal year that ended June 30, the city tagged more than 2,000 illegally sited bins and confiscated 132, compared to 91 tags and 10 confiscations four years ago.

Wounded Warrior CEO Rips Rating Systems as ‘Ineffective and Misinformed’ - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Wounded Warrior CEO Rips Rating Systems as ‘Ineffective and Misinformed’ - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: Working against the prevailing view that overhead is bad and spending money on fundraising signals inefficiency or fraud, the Wounded Warrior Project made significant investments in its fundraising operation, he said. It has grown revenue by about 65 percent each year since and is on track to bring in more than $300-million this year, he said.

Mr. Nardizzi made the comments Thursday at the Bridge to Integrated Marketing and Fundraising Conference in Maryland.

Surge of Remainder Trusts Seen as Baby Boomers Age - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Surge of Remainder Trusts Seen as Baby Boomers Age - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: The oldest of America’s 72 million baby boomers are turning 68 this year, the average age at which individuals create charitable remainder trusts. That’s likely to produce a surge in such gifts during the next 20 years, predicts Robert Sharpe, a planned-giving expert in Memphis.

Aside from the factor of demographics, more people will be interested in charitable trusts because of recent tax changes that increased the amount of capital-gains taxes they will owe after selling a business or other asset,

The Power of the Crowd | Imagine Canada

The Power of the Crowd | Imagine Canada: Crowdfunding is an increasingly hot topic for fundraisers. Millions of dollars are raised every year through online crowfunding platforms, of which there seems to be an ever increasing list.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Eleven characteristics of successful fundraisers revealed at IoF National Convention

Eleven characteristics of successful fundraisers revealed at IoF National Convention: Emotional intelligence and being able to read people and situations are among the top characteristics that make successful fundraisers, according to academic research revealed yesterday.

Beth Breeze, director of the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent, presented early findings from her three-year project, The Formation of Fundraisers: the Role of Personal Skills in Asking for Money, at the Institute of Fundraising’s National Convention.

They included a list of 11 personal characteristics and traits that she has discovered so far in the kind of people who make a career out of asking for money.

Moore-What Do Oxytocin and Cortisol Have to Do With Fundraising? : FundRaising Success

Moore-What Do Oxytocin and Cortisol Have to Do With Fundraising? : FundRaising Success: Don't let the title of this blog post scare you off. And, watch the whole video to understand the lengths these researchers went through to understand what really happens to someone when that person hears a story and how "Empathy, Neurochemistry, and the Dramatic Arc" truly affect fundraising.

Here's the summary:

Overhead Ratios: How to answer your donors’ questions |

Overhead Ratios: How to answer your donors’ questions |: Well, in this week’s episode, Peter Drury from Splash shares a terrific tip on answering the question about your overhead ratio. And perhaps after you watch the video, you will actually WANT donors to ask you that question.

Peter, by the way, is also the creator of the “Beyond Cash Fundraising Management Dashboard”. This is a terrific resource that helps organizations prioritize and save their time. It makes fundraising a predictable process. If you want to know more about the dashboard, go here: nonprofitbestpractices.com