Friday, February 27, 2015

Crowdfunding Government Is a Bad Idea | Mark Rosenman

Crowdfunding Government Is a Bad Idea | Mark Rosenman: "Governments -- at the local, state and the federal levels ­-- are increasingly competing with charities for voluntary donations. Beyond their on-going appeals to philanthropic foundations, the rivalry has grown to include crowdfunding and other individual-donor focused campaigns. That's a problem not just for nonprofits, but for all of us who depend on government to address common problems and shared needs."



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Havana Dreams: Nonprofits and the Realities of Reinstating Diplomatic Relations with Cuba - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Havana Dreams: Nonprofits and the Realities of Reinstating Diplomatic Relations with Cuba - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "Leenson addressed a gathering of foundations and nonprofits to talk about conditions in Cuba and what might be expected as the dynamic that awaits business investors, particularly those committed to social and environmental responsibility. With the participation of the Christopher Reynolds Foundation, Leenson started the Socially Responsible Enterprise and Local Development in Cuba Project with a mission “to understand and assist Cuba’s efforts to preserve the social achievements of the Revolution while creating a prosperous and sustainable economy.”"



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Microsoft employee donation campaign hits another record | The Seattle Times

Microsoft employee donation campaign hits another record | The Seattle Times: "Microsoft offers to match donations of up to $15,000 per employee each year. Included in that total is the reimbursement Microsoft offers employees who donate their time. The company pays nonprofits $17 for each hour Microsoft employees spend volunteering their time. That figure will rise to $25 an hour for 2015, Microsoft said on Thursday."



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Blended Value » The Metrics Myth | The Pursuit of Integrated Economic, Social & Environmal Value

Blended Value » The Metrics Myth | The Pursuit of Integrated Economic, Social & Environmal Value: "Some years later, as founding director of the nation’s second venture philanthropy fund, I led the team that in 2000[1] introduced what I believe was the first formalized methodology to track SROI—Social Return on Investment. Prior to that, I remember hearing foundation and social investors alike state, “We invest for Social Returns!” Yet when queried as to how, exactly, they tracked such returns they would laugh, saying, “Oh, no! It’s a metaphor—we don’t actually track social returns!”

I never did understand this."



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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New Charity Guidelines Deal With Online Fraud, Overhead, and Executive Pay - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

New Charity Guidelines Deal With Online Fraud, Overhead, and Executive Pay - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "n a continued effort to self-regulate, Independent Sector, a membership organization of nonprofits, today released a set of 33 principles for charities to follow when their members meet in the boardroom, solicit donors, manage their operations, and report their finances.

“Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations” is an update on a similar set of guidelines the group compiled in 2007."



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$5 million gift from Hebron Brick CEO is largest ever for MSUM, will fund business school scholarships | INFORUM

$5 million gift from Hebron Brick CEO is largest ever for MSUM, will fund business school scholarships | INFORUM: "$5 million gift from Hebron Brick CEO is largest ever for MSUM, will fund business school scholarships"



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Hilarious video launches fundraising campaign for Baltimore Rock Opera Society - Baltimore Sun

Hilarious video launches fundraising campaign for Baltimore Rock Opera Society - Baltimore Sun: "Only the Baltimore Rock Opera Society would launch a fundraising campaign with a video featuring an assortment of muppets, armor-clad warriors and the alcohol-fueled death of a golden egg-laying chicken."



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Crowdfunded donations for Elijah’s family prompt new questions | Toronto Star

Crowdfunded donations for Elijah’s family prompt new questions | Toronto Star: "Toronto rallied. Canadians rallied. People everywhere did what they could — they gave. Their “flash philanthropy” now prompts uncomfortable questions: What will happen to all this money? What should happen to it?
Justin Kozuch, who set up the fundraiser on Tilt, told the Star in an email that he “would love to see a scholarship or a grant be established in Elijah’s name, or a donation to a community organization,” but will leave it to the family to decide."



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Legacy Charity Walks and Runs Are Stumbling, New Report Says - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Legacy Charity Walks and Runs Are Stumbling, New Report Says - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "Several major charity walks and runs extended a yearslong revenue slump in 2014 as newer, sometimes offbeat fundraising events grew in popularity, according to a report released today."



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massnonprofit news ::Context Lets Nonprofits Make Their Case

massnonprofit news ::: "Most stakeholders like to read your stories, but they want to see your numbers, and even if they don’t say it, they also need to understand the context, which an effective case for support provides.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mailers Play The Match Game To Boost Response - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

Mailers Play The Match Game To Boost Response - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "Mailers Play The Match Game To Boost Response
By Richard H. Levey - February 20, 2015
What’s in a name? A 22-percent increase in donations, based on a direct mail test, is the answer.

TechnoServe offers capitalism-based poverty-reduction assistance to people in developing countries. When its leadership wanted to increase its unrestricted funds, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offered an asset at least as valuable as cash: The right to use the foundation’s name in a donor-match mailer."



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UT System, UT-Austin break philanthropy records | The Daily Texan

UT System, UT-Austin break philanthropy records | The Daily Texan: "The UT System broke its philanthropy record this year, according to a report released at a Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 11.
According to the report, overall giving topped $1.73 billion among all UT System institutions in fiscal year 2014, up from $1.23 billion in fiscal year 2013."



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A surprising tweak to increase donor retention | FundraisingCoach.com

A surprising tweak to increase donor retention | FundraisingCoach.com: " The webinar was presented by the legendary fundraiser Ken Burnett. He was talking about how effective stories can be in the answering the donor's question, "Did my gift make a difference?"

Then he dropped a bombshell: Ken said that when a donor makes a gift, the need to know "Did my gift make a difference?" is almost instantaneous! When it comes to answering that question, 2 weeks is too slow. It is almost like donors get "buyers remorse," that feeling of let-down we experience after making a big purchase. Apparently donors seem to get that after making a gift."



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Keep your proposals consistent - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

Keep your proposals consistent - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "Keep your proposals consistent
by The NonProfit Times - February 20, 2015
Inconsistencies in a grant proposal are evidence of a faulty planning process, rushed writing, or carelessness. “Inconsistencies can cause the reviewer to wonder if you know what you’re doing,” said Holly Thompson, contributing editor of The Grantsmanship Center, in Los Angeles, Calif. Pay particular attention to the following elements; they’re where problems are most likely to occur."



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Friday, February 20, 2015

The Baker’s Dilemma and the inequity of restricted funding | Nonprofit With Balls

The Baker’s Dilemma and the inequity of restricted funding | Nonprofit With Balls: "Today, I want to talk about unrestricted funding. A couple of weeks ago, Paul Shoemaker published this piece speaking against what he calls “Quite Damaging Dollars” (QDD), funds that come with burdensome restrictions and are not just unhelpful, but actually detrimental to nonprofits’ work."



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What Should We Make of "Pay What You Want"?: Associations Now

What Should We Make of "Pay What You Want"?: Associations Now: "The no-price price tag blends a purchase with a donation, turning the conventional transaction on its head. Could “pay what you want” work for association membership dues?"



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Leveraging Legacy Organizations | Stanford Social Innovation Review

Leveraging Legacy Organizations | Stanford Social Innovation Review: "These realities have led us to conclude that the nonprofit sector needs new solutions, but we don’t always need them housed in new organizations. Rather than continuing to start thousands of new organizations each year and then trying to scale them up—which results in greater competition for already scarce resources—maybe we should broaden our set of approaches for scaling social impact."



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Academia must support the voluntary sector to embrace change | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian

Academia must support the voluntary sector to embrace change | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian: "The voluntary sector has traditionally been very poorly served by academia. While other industries are supported by an array of universities who produce graduates with robust knowledge and qualifications that aid their career progression, the voluntary sector has been overlooked."



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50-59 year olds are early tech adopters too? | RAZ Mobile

50-59 year olds are early tech adopters too? | RAZ Mobile: "It makes me want to ask “Well, if older folks don’t use the internet then where are all the typewriters?”

I observe older Americans (I guess the correct term would be “Boomers”) head down, finger extended, tapping and sliding around on their smartphones just as much as I see Gen X, Y or Z so the notion that Boomers somehow lag is a faulty notion to me.

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Top tips: how charities can attract graduates into the sector | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian

Top tips: how charities can attract graduates into the sector | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian: "The graduate market is at its strongest since the start of the recession and research has shown that millenials are less interested in financial security when it comes to their careers and more concerned with solving social ills.

While this all sounds great for the charity sector, how should charities demonstrate the value of a career in the sector and compete for the most talented graduates?"



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Key Findings - Leading With Intent

Key Findings - Leading With Intent: "Key Findings
While there is lots of good news to share, the bottom line is that nonprofit leaders give nonprofit boards a “B minus” grade in overall performance. Leading with Intent explores why that is, and — more importantly — what we can do to improve that grade."



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Week in Review: 3 Valuable Paradigm-Shifting Ideas for Nonprofits - The Digital Drip

Week in Review: 3 Valuable Paradigm-Shifting Ideas for Nonprofits - The Digital Drip: "Week in Review: 3 Valuable Paradigm-Shifting Ideas for Nonprofits"



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SXSW Interactive Preview: Crowdfunding—from Rights to Responsibilities - Kimbia

SXSW Interactive Preview: Crowdfunding—from Rights to Responsibilities - Kimbia: "his year, David and Miriam are turning the table and focusing on the provider-side. Using the same input-solicitation method, their SXSW core conversation will kick off the development of the crowdfunders’ (i.e. those who provide crowdfunding functionality—whether on the vendor or organization home-grown platform side) responsibilities and guidelines. As governments around the world, and the SEC here in the United States look into regulating crowdfunding platforms for commercial projects and personal endeavors, the din for regulation and some basic set of expectations and responsibilities for platform providers is growing louder."



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The Daily Pennsylvanian :: Penn's fundraising secrets revealed

The Daily Pennsylvanian :: Penn's fundraising secrets revealed: "Penn’s fundraising efforts are among the best of U.S. universities, according to the results of a Council for Aid to Education survey released this January. With a record $484 million raised in 2014, Penn ranked eighth nationally in fundraising, behind schools including Harvard University, University of Southern California and the University of Texas at Austin.

Annual contributions to the University have grown by 109 percent since fiscal year 2010 when the University raised $231.5 million. Penn is positioned to raise even more money this coming year, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer Stephen Golding said."



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Red Cross Demands Corrections to Our ‘Misleading’ Coverage. Here’s Our Response - ProPublica

Red Cross Demands Corrections to Our ‘Misleading’ Coverage. Here’s Our Response - ProPublica: "The American Red Cross recently sent ProPublica and NPR a request for corrections to our series of stories about the charity's failures in responding to Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy, misleading donors about how money is spent, and other issues. We stand by our reporting and have found no instances of errors. We have responded in detail below, noting where the Red Cross' assertions are misleading or incorrect."



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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Quitting the Culture Club - Why blaming a lack of culture of philanthropy is just plain lazy

Quitting the Culture Club - Why blaming a lack of culture of philanthropy is just plain lazy: " have a problem with the term “Culture of Philanthropy.” It’s gotten to the point where I’ve actively discouraged the members of my team from using it.

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard or seen the statement, “We need to build a culture of philanthropy,” we wouldn’t need to build a culture of philanthropy...b"



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WATCH: It's Not the Ice Bucket Challenge, but This 'Nickelback' Charity Fundraiser Is Going Viral

WATCH: It's Not the Ice Bucket Challenge, but This 'Nickelback' Charity Fundraiser Is Going Viral: "When Relevant's Jesse Carey wants to give back, he doesn't do it halfway. 

His charity project—listening to Nickelback, for a week straight—is making international headlines.  

The project, "the ultimate test of human endurance," is two-fold, Carey says in the podcast. "



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SoCal arts groups courting a new donor source: Chinese Americans - LA Times

SoCal arts groups courting a new donor source: Chinese Americans - LA Times: "The events aren't exactly coincidental. The L.A. Phil and the Wallis, as with other arts organizations in Southern California, are actively courting the support and donations of Chinese Americans."



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