Friday, June 26, 2015

Nonprofit Crowdfunds Homes For People In Need, Gives Donors Updates On Families They've Helped

Nonprofit Crowdfunds Homes For People In Need, Gives Donors Updates On Families They've Helped: "For donors who want to know exactly how their money’s being spent, there’s a new transparent nonprofit that allows its supporters to rest easy.

New Story, an Atlanta-based group, identifies families in need, shares their struggles via moving video stories and then solicits donations from supporters. But what distinguishes this initiative from other similar-sounding ones is that every dollar goes right to the profiled family and donors are kept abreast of the developments every step of the way."



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The Power Of Non-Cash Gifts - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

The Power Of Non-Cash Gifts - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "Survey after survey shows that donors rarely cite tax advantages as their most important reason for giving. That is good. It means your donors give because they care about your mission.

It is still in the best interests of your donor to maximize the tax benefit of their gifts whenever possible. Likewise, it is in the best interests of the nonprofit and donors for staff to help donors develop strategies to do so."



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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Jordan Spieth fulfills promise, plays charity round in Dallas days after winning U.S. Open | Dallas Morning News

Jordan Spieth fulfills promise, plays charity round in Dallas days after winning U.S. Open | Dallas Morning News: "On Wednesday, however, Spieth was at Dallas National, where he is a member, playing in a round of golf and fulfilling a commitment he made at a Jordan Spieth Family Foundation charity function last October."



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Millennials And The Power Of Influence

Millennials And The Power Of Influence: "While many acknowledge they don’t really “get” this generation – our years of work at the Case Foundation, researching, engaging and convening this generation, has placed me squarely (and proudly) in the role of Millennial optimist and enthusiast.

Yes, it is true that all young people – including those from generations past – tend to be idealistic.  "



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Columbia is First American University to Divest from Prisons | Nonprofit Quarterly

Columbia is First American University to Divest from Prisons | Nonprofit Quarterly: "Columbia is First American University to Divest from Prisons"



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Donation Dos and Don'ts | Amy L. Freeman

Donation Dos and Don'ts | Amy L. Freeman: "I think that giving would be more effective if we nonprofits were clearer about not just what we need, but also what we don't need. Well-meaning donors tend to err on the side of excess: "Well, maybe they can use it." The nonprofit, not wanting to offend, tends to simply accept what people bring to them. If we nonprofits urged a bit more triage on the donor end, I suspect that, rather than being offended, donors would be happy to eliminate that "maybe." Staff would have less work sorting items, and clients would get only items they will use.

So here are my everyone-wins donation dos and don'ts:"



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Arts philanthropy booming, cultural giving rises 9.2%, new study says - LA Times

Arts philanthropy booming, cultural giving rises 9.2%, new study says - LA Times: "Overall, however, arts and culture commanded a modest share of the philanthropic pie. Estimated gifts to arts and culture totaled $17.2 billion, according to the report compiled by Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Although that was a record high, it represented only 4.8% of the $358.4-billion total."



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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The AFP Blog: Giving USA 2015: Record Giving and Growth, But Still Stuck at Two Percent GDP

The AFP Blog: Giving USA 2015: Record Giving and Growth, But Still Stuck at Two Percent GDP: "Giving USA 2015: Record Giving and Growth, But Still Stuck at Two Percent GDP
You’ve probably seen some of the major Giving USA 2015 numbers already: growth of over five percent (adjusted for inflation) and a record level of giving at $358.4 billion. Amazing figures, and the data aligns with what we saw with the Nonprofit Research Collaborative’s (NRC) 2014 Year-End Fundraising Survey: strong growth in fundraising across the board with fundraising success levels at what we saw before the recession."



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Colleges Are on a Building Spree as Endowment Gains Pick Up - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Colleges Are on a Building Spree as Endowment Gains Pick Up - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Major universities are embarking on multibillion-dollar expansions on the back on back of positive financial trends and sharpening competition for top faculty and students, according to The Wall Street Journal. The article cites Cornell University's $2-billion Cornell Tech project, which broke ground last week on Roosevelt Island in New York City, and Columbia University's $6-billion second campus in upper Manhattan."



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How to Forecast Fundraising Revenue

How to Forecast Fundraising Revenue:



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How your donors literally think about legacy - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

How your donors literally think about legacy - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "How your donors literally think about legacy
by The NonProfit Times - June 23, 2015
Medical technology can track what your donors think about legacy giving. A conversation about planned giving makes prospects look back on their lives, think about their legacy and it’s all trackable.

According to Bill Tedesco, CEO and managing partner of DonorSearch in Marriottsville, Md., speaking during last fall’s National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC) conference in Chicago, it’s all about the science of giving."



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Book Review: Plugging the leaky bucket of donors | Third Sector

Book Review: Plugging the leaky bucket of donors | Third Sector: "hat premise is underpinned by a 2013 study of nearly 2,500 organisations by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in the US, which found that only 65 per cent of them retained new recruits long enough to receive a second donation. For every 100 donors acquired, the study found, 107 were lost through attrition."



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MIT officer killed by marathon bombers honored by hometown - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

MIT officer killed by marathon bombers honored by hometown - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston: "WILMINGTON, Mass. (AP) - A playground named in honor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer killed by the Boston Marathon bombers is being built in his hometown.

Wilmington selectmen unanimously approved construction of a playground in honor of Sean Collier on Monday."



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Keep your news releases clear « Philanthropy North Carolina

Keep your news releases clear « Philanthropy North Carolina: "Your news releases should be easy to understand, short and to the point, focusing on the actual news your nonprofit is announcing.

Instead, news releases from many nonprofits are confusing, vague, long-winded and roundabout, focusing on the nonprofit and its leaders, not the news."



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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Answer The Question, Win Valuable Grants - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

Answer The Question, Win Valuable Grants - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "Winning a grant is a lot like the SATs, you get points for simply getting your name correct. About 60 percent of winning a grant is answering the questions on the application and telling the grantmakers what they want to know.

The other 40 percent is how you answer those questions, said John W. Hicks, president and CEO of consulting firm j.c. geever in New York City. Hicks presented “The 40 Percent Solution” to attendees of Fundraising Day in New York 2015, organized by the New York City chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals."



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Q&A with Historian Olivier Zunz | HistPhil

Q&A with Historian Olivier Zunz | HistPhil: "ditors’ Note: In our introduction to the blog, we said that the site will be structured around certain themes and that we would start off with a discussion on the state of the field. "



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Monday, June 22, 2015

In quest to raise $6 billion, USC runs a massive fundraising machine - LA Times

In quest to raise $6 billion, USC runs a massive fundraising machine - LA Times: "The three-day, three-city Trojan sprint through Texas was underway, one that could help USC raise the $1.8 billion it needs to reach its ambitious $6-billion campaign goal for scholarships, faculty hiring and building by the end of 2018."



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Backers and Critics of Donor-Advised Funds Debate Their Merits - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Backers and Critics of Donor-Advised Funds Debate Their Merits - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "The growing scrutiny of donor-advised funds is baseless, said leaders of community foundations and representatives from national investment firms during an Urban Institute conference this week.

"It’s a disservice to the field to assume there’s a problem," Emmett Carson said, president of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in an interview. "I th"



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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Celebrated Joffrey Ballet Gets its First Endowment | Nonprofit Quarterly

Celebrated Joffrey Ballet Gets its First Endowment | Nonprofit Quarterly:



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TSNE Releases Leadership New England Report | Third Sector New England

TSNE Releases Leadership New England Report | Third Sector New England: "TSNE Releases Leadership New England Report
New report profiles nonprofit leaders in New England, points to challenges with many seasoned leaders planning to leave in the next five years."



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Michael Bloomberg has donated $100 million to turn New York City into a tech hub | Business Insider India

Michael Bloomberg has donated $100 million to turn New York City into a tech hub | Business Insider India: "Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating a whopping $100 million to Cornell Tech, he announced during a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning. 
When the campus opens on Roosevelt Island in 2017, it will provide a permanent home for an entirely new graduate school that city officials hope will position New York City as a major tech center. "



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Ruffalo Noel Levitz Raises One Millionth Dollar for AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - AFP Foundations for Philanthropy - AFP

Ruffalo Noel Levitz Raises One Millionth Dollar for AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - AFP Foundations for Philanthropy - AFP: "The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Foundation for Philanthropy congratulates and thanks Ruffalo Noel Levitz for reaching one million dollars in raised revenue on behalf of the foundation and AFP’s U.S. chapters through its cooperative Annual Fund calling program.

AFP Video: Thank You, Ruffalo Noel Levitz!

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy and Ruffalo Noel Levitz began their partnership seven years ago, with the firm taking primary responsibility for managing the foundation’s calling program. The Annual Fund supports key initiatives in the areas of diversity and inclusion, professional education and leadership development and research."



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Fundraising Day Recap | Nonprofit Bridge

Coverage of NY Fundraising Day.



Fundraising Day Recap | Nonprofit Bridge: "Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending Fundraising Day.  I spent part of the day volunteering to help attendees, but was able to attend several sessions of the Web, Tech and Social Media track. Below are a few highlights:"



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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Real-life Forrest Gump runs 1,050 miles for charity - Movies - Boston.com

Real-life Forrest Gump runs 1,050 miles for charity - Movies - Boston.com:



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8 new beneficiaries of philanthropy - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

8 new beneficiaries of philanthropy - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "8 new beneficiaries of philanthropy
by The NonProfit Times - June 16, 2015
Nonprofit initiatives that either benefit or involve people can find themselves having to adapt as the needs or numbers of participants change over time."



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Employment Agreements: Five Things Every Nonprofit Board Should Know | Exceptional Boards

Employment Agreements: Five Things Every Nonprofit Board Should Know | Exceptional Boards: "EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS: FIVE THINGS EVERY NONPROFIT BOARD SHOULD KNOW"



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Giving hits record-high $358 billion « Philanthropy North Carolina

Giving hits record-high $358 billion « Philanthropy North Carolina: "Charitable giving in the U.S. grew to $358.38 billion in 2014, marking the fifth straight year of growth and exceeding its peak in 2007 before the economy collapsed, a new report says.

Individuals, corporations, foundations and bequests all gave more, says Giving USA 2015, a report from the Giving USA Foundation and researched and written by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University."



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Monday, June 15, 2015

GRATs Could Lose Allure if Interest Rates Move Higher - WSJ

GRATs Could Lose Allure if Interest Rates Move Higher - WSJ: "If the Federal Reserve boosts interest rates this year, as is widely expected, at least one popular estate-planning tool may lose a bit of luster: grantor retained annuity trusts.

In recent years, these vehicles, known as GRATs, have been used commonly by wealthy individuals and families seeking to pass down appreciating assets to heirs without taking a big gift-tax hit and to lower their overall estate-tax burden."



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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Spring gala scene sets records for fundraising - In Other News - Crain's Chicago Business

Spring gala scene sets records for fundraising - In Other News - Crain's Chicago Business: "What's happening in Chicago is happening across the country, said Michael Nilsen, vice president of public affairs at the Arlington, Va.-based Association of Fundraising Professionals, which keeps track of such information.

“The economy is doing better and we're definitely seeing growth in giving. You're seeing more giving from wealthier and middle-class donors, and I think that speaks to the success of some of these high-scale black-tie fundraisers,” he said, pointing to the New York-based Robinhood Foundation, which raised a record-breaking $101 million."



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