Friday, April 17, 2015

Calif. Nonprofit Association Urges Charity Navigator to Make 2 Big Changes - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Calif. Nonprofit Association Urges Charity Navigator to Make 2 Big Changes - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "The California Association of Nonprofits, taking advantage of a change of leadership at Charity Navigator, has sent a letter urging the prominent watchdog to make two changes to the way it evaluates charity finances and to spread the message that charities can suffer if they don’t spend enough on overhead costs.

It also asked the group to select a new head who has e"



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Who Will Succeed Your CEO? | DATIS Blog

Who Will Succeed Your CEO? | DATIS Blog: "Who Will Succeed Your CEO?

There is a major issue facing the nonprofit industry; and it is the question of who will succeed your CEO? After the end of the Vietnam War, baby boomers moved into the workforce and many eventually became CEOs of existing nonprofits or started their own. Fast-forward to today when birth rates are half of what they were in the boomer era, and you find that many nonprofits are starting to feel the pinch for a successor of their CEO."



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Ethics panel Co-hosted by AFP’s Ethics Resources Committee and the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Governance | AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Blog - Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter

Ethics panel Co-hosted by AFP’s Ethics Resources Committee and the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Governance | AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Blog - Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter: "n light of the fact that ethics is a prevalent topic in both the charitable and corporate and governmental worlds, the session is the first of a series that the Ethics Resources Committee is organizing as a strategy to provide a forum for leaders in the charitable sector to discuss current ethical issues in an open, supportive format that directly involves the donors and volunteers with whom development professionals work. Some of the key highlights from the discussion are shared below."



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Thursday, April 16, 2015

$52 Million Push to Help Arts Institutions Find New Audiences - NYTimes.com

$52 Million Push to Help Arts Institutions Find New Audiences - NYTimes.com: "Opera Theater of Saint Louis will experiment with reaching younger and more diverse audiences with a variety of programs, including one that will send singers into houses of worship to perform, to work with choirs and to connect with people who do not normally go to the opera."



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Millennials Give The Least, Want Money Used Wisely - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

Millennials Give The Least, Want Money Used Wisely - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "You might want to put down the phone, or delay that mailing by a month or two. Nonprofits are 10 times more likely than donors to think the organization is not communicating enough with donors. For its first donor engagement study, Austin, Texas-based fundraising and software firm Abila surveyed more than 1,200 donors across four generational cohorts, as well as managers at 206 nonprofits with revenues ranging from $1 million to $49 million."



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The Economics of Charity Telemarketing - HBR

The Economics of Charity Telemarketing - HBR: "Nobody seems to like charity telemarketers. I have heard this statement so many times I can only assume it comes pre-recorded in the human frontal cortex at birth: “Charity telemarketers pocket 95% of every dollar you give. I just hang up on them.”

I’m here neither to praise or condemn charity telemarketers, but to shed some light on the economics of their work. The conventional wisdom is a dangerous and costly misperception. Here’s why:"



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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Livestrong’s next chapter: Life after Lance | www.statesman.com

Livestrong’s next chapter: Life after Lance | www.statesman.com: "Now, with a new chief executive and a renewed sense of mission, Livestrong is eager to move past the controversy that has bogged it down for almost three years and refocus the public’s attention on the good the nonprofit says it has done for millions of people affected by cancer around the world.

But how can an organization so inextricably tied to its founder move past a controversy spawned by him?"

Some related historical stories


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Even More Spring Cleaning Ideas for Membership Pros: Associations Now

Even More Spring Cleaning Ideas for Membership Pros: Associations Now: "As we all know, spring is a time for renewal, so the ideas gathered below from experts in the association industry can offer you some inspiration for dusting the cobwebs off your existing membership practices and polishing them up."



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New International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising an Eye-Opening Experience - Resource Center - AFP

New International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising an Eye-Opening Experience - Resource Center - AFP: "n the past 10 years, there has been a tremendous growth of research into fundraising and several centres of excellence have been established, including Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the school at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. The newest program that reaches well beyond this scope is IADF – or International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising."



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The Power of Gratitude | Lynne Wester | LinkedIn

The Power of Gratitude | Lynne Wester | LinkedIn: "This past week, we saw gratitude come full circle on a national stage. Jordan Spieth won the Masters on Sunday. And soon after his note of thanks for his high school scholarship became public on social media. In it he mentions his dream of winning the Masters. He also expresses his genuine gratitude to his donors. I am sure they were proud then, and I'm sure they swell with pride now."



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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Gwyneth Paltrow's $29 food stamp budget: Do celebrity challenges work? - CSMonitor.com

Gwyneth Paltrow's $29 food stamp budget: Do celebrity challenges work? - CSMonitor.com: "Gwyneth Paltrow faces a social media backlash for participating in a food bank challenge to live on a $29 grocery budget for a week. Critics accuse her of mocking the experience of hunger. But such celebrity challenges can raise awareness and funds."



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San Antonio Scorpions: the soccer club that give their profits to charity | Football | The Guardian

San Antonio Scorpions: the soccer club that give their profits to charity | Football | The Guardian: "San Antonio Scorpions, the current North American Soccer League (NASL) title holders, are the only professional soccer team in the United States to operate with completely charitable intentions, the club claim. All net profits from the Scorpions, their stadium and a nearby soccer facility go towards funding Morgan’s Wonderland, a park for special needs individuals that is based on the same complex as the stadium."



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Dumfries man set for Arctic rugby charity adventure - Daily Record

Dumfries man set for Arctic rugby charity adventure - Daily Record:



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Viral campaigns like Ice Bucket Challenge hurt other charities | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian

Viral campaigns like Ice Bucket Challenge hurt other charities | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian: "If you are unaware of the impact supporter-led campaigns, such as Ice Bucket Challenge and #NoMakeUpSelfie, had in 2014 then you must have been living under a rock. The unmistakable images were on every Facebook timeline, raised millions upon millions in a matter of weeks and generally bought priceless publicity and awareness for the charities they were associated with.

These campaigns attract huge new audiences, but they are in danger of replacing important day-to-day work.
Good for them. But what impact did they have on the charities who didn’t benefit?"



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4 Nonprofits Receive $1.25 Million Skoll Awards - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

4 Nonprofits Receive $1.25 Million Skoll Awards - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Most people are taught at an early age that it’s wrong to cause a disruption. But the Skoll Foundation celebrates that kind of behavior.

The four recipients of its 2015 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, announced today at the foundation’s annual world forum in Oxford, England, have one habit in common: They all disrupt the status quo."



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6 Takeaways from Pew’s Social Media Survey | PRNewser

6 Takeaways from Pew’s Social Media Survey | PRNewser

San Antonio Bike-Share Threatens to Close Without Major Sponsor – Next City

San Antonio Bike-Share Threatens to Close Without Major Sponsor – Next City: "But modern U.S. bike-sharing has been around for less than a decade and there are plenty of kinks to still work out, especially when it comes to management and operation structure and funding. For San Antonio, Texas’ B-Cycle system, solving the funding question soon could be a matter of survival."



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Ford Sinks Over $1 Billion a Decade Into Overhead. Is That Money Well Spent? - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy

Ford Sinks Over $1 Billion a Decade Into Overhead. Is That Money Well Spent? - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence - Inside Philanthropy: "Now, before saying another word about the Ford Foundation's operating expenses, let's make one thing clear: Ford is not some unique creature of excess. I've been to the Ford cafeteria. It's not like the food is free or they're serving caviar. In fact, Ford's overhead level is fairly typical among big legacy foundations."



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Monday, April 13, 2015

Sigma Chi breaks records, raising $76,300 for Make-A-Wish | Emerald Media

Sigma Chi breaks records, raising $76,300 for Make-A-Wish | Emerald Media: "Sigma Chi fraternity has just broken the record for amount of money raised for a philanthropy by any Oregon Greek organization.

Mo Bardovi, Derby Days chairman, says that the total amount raised was $76,300."



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Annoying Things Donors Do That Nonprofits Wish They Would Stop - WSJ

Annoying Things Donors Do That Nonprofits Wish They Would Stop - WSJ: "Of course, charities are loath to complain directly to any donors, especially big ones. And most donors have no idea when they are crossing the line.

With that in mind, here are some of the mistakes donors make, at least in the eyes of those on the receiving end of their largess—and how donors can avoid the offending behavior."



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Giants' Eli Manning named one of the top philanthropists under 40 | NJ.com

Giants' Eli Manning named one of the top philanthropists under 40 | NJ.com: "Forget about being named a top 10 quarterback, Manning was recognized as one of the New York Observer's Top 20 Philanthropists Under 40, honoring the people who leverage their fame and fortune to benefit society."



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Nebraska nonprofits can apply for chance to win up to $10,000 at State Fair - Omaha.com: Nebraska

Nebraska nonprofits can apply for chance to win up to $10,000 at State Fair - Omaha.com: Nebraska: "Nonprofit organizations in Nebraska can now apply online to reserve a spot at the 2015 Nebraska State Fair for a chance at winning up to $10,000.
Two winners will be chosen — one from communities with more than 50,000 people and one from communities with fewer than 50,000 people — to receive a donation from the State Fair. While at the fair, organizations can access visitors for solicitation of funds, item collection or program awareness."



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In our opinion: Preserving America's spirit of philanthropy | Deseret News

In our opinion: Preserving America's spirit of philanthropy | Deseret News: "To be clear, that tone is set by people of more modest means. Studies show they tend to give more to charity, as a percentage of their income, than do wealthier people. Salt Lake County provides a ready example of this. Utah often leads the nation in charitable giving, as well as in terms of time donated to help others. A breakdown of giving shows that in Salt Lake County, those earning less than $25,000 a year give on average 11 percent of their salary, while those earning $200,000 or more give 6.14 percent. This is a giving nation, and that trait must be defended and nourished."



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The Engagement Is Off

The Engagement Is Off: "According to a study by the software firm Blackbaud, millennials, born between 1981 and 1997, represent roughly 11 percent of donors in the United States. Seventy-five percent of young people donate (or are open to donating), according to a 2012 study by the Millennial Impact Project. But the vast majority of the gifts they give are less than $100 per organization, and just 15 percent contributed $500 or more."



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Tips for making a move to a non-profit - The Globe and Mail

Tips for making a move to a non-profit - The Globe and Mail: "Two years ago, after 20-plus years in executive roles in the for-profit sector, I accepted a role in the charitable sector as chief executive officer of CanadaHelps, a self-funded social enterprise that operates a leading online donations portal and provides affordable online fundraising technology and training to over 15,000 smaller charities in Canada."



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Friday, April 10, 2015

NEW YORK: J.K. Rowling launches US arm of her Lumos nonprofit | Entertainment News | Idahostatesman.com

NEW YORK: J.K. Rowling launches US arm of her Lumos nonprofit | Entertainment News | Idahostatesman.com: "NEW YORK — "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling is hoping to tap into America's philanthropy and international reach as she launches the U.S. arm of her nonprofit Lumos that works to keep disadvantaged children with their families and out of institutions worldwide."



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DSO’s “Symphony in D”: A Participatory Experiment to Watch - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

DSO’s “Symphony in D”: A Participatory Experiment to Watch - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly:



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Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett pays a visit to charity event at Nebraska Furniture Mart - Dallas Business Journal

Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett pays a visit to charity event at Nebraska Furniture Mart - Dallas Business Journal: "A Wednesday charity event at Nebraska Furniture Mart drew legendary businessman Warren Buffett to North Texas, where he gave a little advice, sang a couple of songs and raised a lot of money for charity."



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One benchmark Chicago can be proud of: Philanthropy - Opinion - Crain's Chicago Business

One benchmark Chicago can be proud of: Philanthropy - Opinion - Crain's Chicago Business: "A study commissioned by the Chicago Community Trust, our region's community foundation, and just released by Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy shows that Chicagoans are, indeed, more philanthropic than the national average. "



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WATCH: John Legend Sings at Dog’s Wedding for Charity | Ecorazzi

WATCH: John Legend Sings at Dog’s Wedding for Charity | Ecorazzi: "John Legend usually plays for sold out arenas but he’s willing to play your wedding or any other special event for the sake of charity."



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