Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Why Red Nose Day Was No Ice Bucket Challenge : FundRaising Success

Why Red Nose Day Was No Ice Bucket Challenge : FundRaising Success: ""The telethon has been replaced by the individualized community experience," said Matt Waghorn, director of communications planning at Huge.
After much publicity rollout, the Red Nose Day fundraiser was a three-hour event on NBC that aimed to raise money for several poverty-focused charities through singing, dancing and pre-recorded comedic skits. The event is the first U.S. installment of a nearly 30-year-old British tradition..."



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Giving Is Hard: Organizations Make Is Harder - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

Giving Is Hard: Organizations Make Is Harder - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "After a year-end marathon week of donating to dozens of my favorite charities online this past December, I concluded some nonprofits make it exceedingly difficult for me to give them my money.

Every year I vow to spread my donations over 12 months so I don’t go crazy as the end of the tax year approaches. But most years I only get a few donations made before Christmas, setting me up for an annual sprint before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Which Companies Match Gifts Most?

Which Companies Match Gifts Most?: "According to Double the Donation, a firm that advises nonprofits and companies regarding matching gifts programs, about 65 percent of Fortune 500 companies (and many others) match employee donations. But some companies are far more active at contributing matching gifts than most, and that’s because their employee participation rates in matching programs are higher."



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After Debate, Montana Regents OK Naming Law School for Donor - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

After Debate, Montana Regents OK Naming Law School for Donor - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "The Montana Board of Regents voted Friday to rename the University of Montana law school in recognition of a $10-million gift, turning back one member's protest over a lack of public participation in the naming-rights process, the Missoulian reports. The gift will be used in part to create a program in consumer law and protection at what is now the Alexander Blewett III School of Law."



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A Practical (and Possibly Provocative) Approach to Leadership Transitions - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

A Practical (and Possibly Provocative) Approach to Leadership Transitions - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "Leadership transitions in the nonprofit sector occur regularly*. For small and mid-sized nonprofit organizations, the average term for an executive director or CEO is about six years. With sufficient time and preparation, these transitions can be positive events that make an organization"



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Where’s A Tuba When You Really Need One? - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

Where’s A Tuba When You Really Need One? - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "kay, maybe symphony orchestra directors don’t talk like scheming street vendors. They have the same problem a lot of organizations do — fixed costs.  When Wagner wrote his symphonies he was thinking about the soaring beauty of violins and the mellow tone of a cello, not how he could cut corners. A symphonic orchestra with 123 musicians creates a substantial payroll. And, cutting it to 50 makes it a chamber orchestra. How do you cope?

If all other costs besides fixed costs are in line there is only one answer — boost revenue. "



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4 financial issues that inform strategy - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

4 financial issues that inform strategy - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "4 financial issues that inform strategy
by The NonProfit Times - May 21, 2015
The bottom line is money. Finance has to be at the top of the agenda when developing organizational strategies.

During a session called “Elevating the Financial Voice in Strategy Development,” during an American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) conference in Washington, D.C., four key factors were discussed."



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Friday, May 22, 2015

Minnesota man gives $1M each to South Dakota park, nonprofit - Times Union

Minnesota man gives $1M each to South Dakota park, nonprofit - Times Union: "aulson said grew fond of South Dakota's Black Hills region while vacationing there years ago, and he has a son who now lives there. He travels there a couple of times a year.

In 2013, the South Dakota chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals gave him its Outstanding Philanthropist Award

"I don't need a lot of toys anymore," Paulson said. "I've got all I need. I enjoy helping people."

His $1 million donation to Youth and Family Services will help that organization build a new campus, Development Director Connie Olson said."



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Tampa Charity Sues City Over Panhandling Restrictions - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Tampa Charity Sues City Over Panhandling Restrictions - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "A group serving the homeless in Tampa, Fla., has gone to court to block city laws that limit panhandling, saying the measures are unconstitutional and could put the charity out of business, the Tampa Bay Times reports."



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Montana Regent Questions Naming Law School for Big Donor - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Montana Regent Questions Naming Law School for Big Donor - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "A member of the Montana Board of Regents is protesting plans to rename the University of Montana School of Law after a $10 million donor, saying the public has not been given sufficient input on the plan, the Missoulian and the Associated Press report"



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Local nonprofit leaders react to news of charity fraud case, offer tips for donors | ColaDaily.com

Local nonprofit leaders react to news of charity fraud case, offer tips for donors | ColaDaily.com: "Columbia nonprofit leaders are speaking out about the importance of integrity in the wake of four charities being accused of fraudulently using more than $187 million in donations and are working to ensure the case doesn’t dissuade donors from giving to legitimate causes. The local leaders also emphasized that honest organizations will have nothing to hide, and donors should feel free to ask questions before giving."



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Scouts’ Anti-Gay Volunteer Stand ‘Cannot Be Sustained’ - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

Scouts’ Anti-Gay Volunteer Stand ‘Cannot Be Sustained’ - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "The Boy Scouts of America’s prohibition against gay adult volunteers and employees is unsustainable, according to the organization’s board president. “We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained,” said Robert Gates during the BSA’s National Annual Business Meeting in Atlanta, Ga."



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Breaking up is hard to do: when grants come to an end | Planned Giving Design Center

Breaking up is hard to do: when grants come to an end | Planned Giving Design Center: "Contributing author Bruce DeBoskey provides a clear understanding of why donors donors cease funding various organizations. Charities must be prepared for the inevitable transitions that impact their funding and rise up to meet the challenges they face in retaining their constituency."



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Thursday, May 21, 2015

6 ways to build career skills on your own

6 ways to build career skills on your own: "2. Join a professional organization

Professional organizations are great resources that too often go overlooked. Many provide training and conferences, connect professionals with mentors who can offer advice, and give you a bit of validation in your field to boot. In the PR world, for instance, there's the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) or The PR Council. Fundraisers have The Association of Fundraising Professionals, "



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Samples and Templates for Nonprofit Organizations

Samples and Templates for Nonprofit Organizations: "Samples and Templates for Nonprofit Organizations
Letters, Charts, Mission Statements and More

By Joanne Fritz
Nonprofit Charitable Orgs Expert"



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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

FTC,Law Enforcement Agencies Nab Deceptive Cancer GroupsThe NonProfit Times

FTC,Law Enforcement Agencies Nab Deceptive Cancer GroupsThe NonProfit Times: "A network of what the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) described as “sham charities” raised $187 million over four years but provided little of what they promised millions of donors."



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May Inbound Lunch Bunch Wrap Up: Using Content to Attract

May Inbound Lunch Bunch Wrap Up: Using Content to Attract:



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Nurses and Hospitals Battle over California Charity Care Requirements - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Nurses and Hospitals Battle over California Charity Care Requirements - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "Nonprofit hospitals continue to be a sore thumb in the debate around nonprofit tax exemptions. Critics suggesting that nonprofit hospitals may not show the kind of “nonprofitness” the public expects of 501(c)(3) public charities abound, but the problem is that states and localities—and even the federal government—have struggled to define and pinpoint what those expectations ought to be.

California is the current epicenter of the battle over what nonprofit hospitals should be and do in order to qualify for their tax-exempt status. One group of critics is organized labor, particularly the California Nurses Association, which rallied at the headquarters of the California Hospital Association to demand that nonprofit hospitals do a better job accounting for the charity care they deliver."



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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of California Donor Disclosure Requirements - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of California Donor Disclosure Requirements - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "Without waiting to consult the full court, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy rejected an appeal from the conservative Virginia-based Center for Competitive Politics, which has sought to shield the names of its major donors in California, and refused to reveal their names to California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris."



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Reynolds’ “Wretched Charity Empire” Finally Succumbs to Government Oversight - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Reynolds’ “Wretched Charity Empire” Finally Succumbs to Government Oversight - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly:



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Nine honorees in the Montblanc "Great Characters" initiative

Press Release

ACCESS DEPARTURES: "Montblanc and DEPARTURES are pleased to announce the nine honorees in the Montblanc "Great Characters" initiative. The accomplishments individuals—and their passion for giving back to their communities—is illuminating and inspiring.
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Comments of the Association of Fundraising Professionals on Cancer Charities Charged With Fraud by FTC - Press - AFP

Comments of the Association of Fundraising Professionals on Cancer Charities Charged With Fraud by FTC - Press - AFP: "The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) released this statement in response to the recent action by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against three national charities, Cancer Fund of America, Children's Cancer Fund of America, and Breast Cancer Society:

"These kinds are fraudulent organizations are not charities in any sense of the word, nor do they in any way represent the vast majority of charities that work tirelessly on a wide variety of causes."



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Real Talk About Real Costs for Nonprofits: Stepping Beyond the Overhead Myth - American News ReportAmerican News Report

Real Talk About Real Costs for Nonprofits: Stepping Beyond the Overhead Myth - American News ReportAmerican News Report: "Overhead.  It’s a dirty word in the nonprofit sector.  And, yep, I just said it.

In fact, I said it not just for myself, but also on behalf of my colleagues – Andrew Watt (of AFP International), Jacob Harold (of Guidestar) and David Whitehead (of AARP and the AARP Foundation) – who are joining me as presenters on the topic at the 10th annual Bridge Conference this July 7-9th in Washington D.C."



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Monday, May 18, 2015

Atlanta United Way CEO: ‘Uneven’ Recovery Means Greater Need | WABE 90.1 FM

Atlanta United Way CEO: ‘Uneven’ Recovery Means Greater Need | WABE 90.1 FM: "Milton Little is the nonprofit’s CEO. He took the job in 2007, just before the Great Recession.

Little said during an interview on “A Closer Look” that the recession prompted a greater need that still exists today in some areas.

“It’s been an uneven recovery,” he said."



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The Lessons of Somaly Mam’s Return: Charities Disgraced by their Founders - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

The Lessons of Somaly Mam’s Return: Charities Disgraced by their Founders - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "n January, Devex’s Lean Alfred Santos reported that Mam had created a new charity. The plans for the New Somaly Mam Fund were to have one office in Texas and another in Cambodia—the Texas office focused on fundraising, and the Cambodian office where recovery services would be provided on the ground to human trafficking victims.

Can Mam pull this off? The answer, most probably, is maybe, given the experience of other internationally known charities whose iconic namesakes have faced compelling charges that their stories were not quite true.

Remember Greg Mortenson? The author of Three Cups of Tea was slammed with charges that he fabricated big parts of his stories that led to his two best-selling books."



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Sweet Briar Donor Excoriates Board and President in Commencement Address - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Sweet Briar Donor Excoriates Board and President in Commencement Address - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly:



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Tools to analyze results of looking outside and inside organizations | LinkedIn

Tools to analyze results of looking outside and inside organizations | LinkedIn: "ools to analyze results of looking outside and inside organizations

I thought the following list might be handy to some of you. It's a list of the tools that I've used the most over the years. I use them after I've helped clients to take a wide look outside of their organization and a good look inside.
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Friday, May 15, 2015

Award-winning Detroit Journalism Cooperative to extend focus on city’s bankruptcy and its impact with new $500,000 Knight Foundation investment - Knight Foundation

Award-winning Detroit Journalism Cooperative to extend focus on city’s bankruptcy and its impact with new $500,000 Knight Foundation investment - Knight Foundation: "DETROIT – May 14, 2015 – The Detroit Journalism Cooperative will extend its exploration of Detroit’s financial issues and engage citizens in finding solutions to challenges facing the city with an additional $500,000 in support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for five nonprofit news partners."



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