Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Charities need to be honest about running costs | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian

Charities need to be honest about running costs | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian: "The reality is that any organisation, including a commercial company, needs to spend money on running its operations. This means that a charity really does need a head office to control the organisation, as well as ensuring compliance with laws and regulations. Even volunteers cost money: they need to be trained, coordinated and supported, and that all requires resources. The myth that charities can operate with zero overheads is utterly misleading and creates the illusion in the public’s mind – and it damages the rest of the charity "



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Giving Workers Paid Time Off to Volunteer Will Help Your Company Succeed

"Research into the newly released 50 Best Workplaces for Giving Back—a list produced by our organization Great Place to Work and published by Fortune—reveals that employee empowerment is key to getting a full “return” on community involvement. By letting employees guide charitable efforts, the winning companies create high levels of commitment and pride among their teams."



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In Chicago: Impact Investing for the People, Not Just the Privileged - Inside Philanthropy - Inside Philanthropy

In Chicago: Impact Investing for the People, Not Just the Privileged - Inside Philanthropy - Inside Philanthropy: "Who said that big legacy foundations can't do cool stuff?

While conventional wisdom holds that it's do-gooders from the tech world who are disrupting yesterday's philanthropic models, making traditional grantmaking look quaint, you'll also find some legacy foundations operating on the new frontiers of philanthropy. Indeed, some of these funders were exploring different ways to deploy capital to improve society long before the recent social investing craze got underway. "



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Time Runs Out on $5M Fundraising Goal for Colorado Ute Museum | Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly

Time Runs Out on $5M Fundraising Goal for Colorado Ute Museum | Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly: "Showing off a new tribal-funded, beautifully appointed place to call home, the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum’s relaunch in 2011 was not only off to a great start, the nonprofit was the belle of the ball in the West. The facility, which housed rich historical permanent exhibits on the history of the Ute people, including oral narratives, important flora and fauna, and scholarly archives, was declared by True West Magazine in 2012 as the “top history museum of the year.” It looked like the Colorado sky was the limit.

Sadly, the promising start devolved into missed fundraising goals, loss of support, and nonprofit staff having their paychecks held while refusing to reveal dwindling program numbers to tribal funders. The Durango Herald reports:"



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Nonprofit Sues Bankrupt Corporate Donor to Obtain Pledged Donation | Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly

Nonprofit Sues Bankrupt Corporate Donor to Obtain Pledged Donation | Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly: "Erica Mackie, GRID Alternatives’ CEO, says that the SunEdison Foundation made a two-year pledge totaling $5 million in February 2015 of cash and in-kind solar module donations, that GRID Alternatives has only received around $3 million, and SunEdison did not meet its two most recent donation deadlines.

“GRID is filing this claim to request that the remainder of the commitment is fulfilled, so that we can continue to serve our communities with these important initiatives,” says Mackie, who is nonetheless also quick to express gratitude to the company:"



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The State Of Impact Investing: Is It A Houseboat Or Is It Brunch? - Forbes

The State Of Impact Investing: Is It A Houseboat Or Is It Brunch? - Forbes: "ince first getting engaged in the impact investing movement several years ago, I’ve participated in hundreds of dialogues ranging from one-on-one conversations, to college and business school classes, to large, institutional and conference gatherings in the thousands. From these experiences, two moments stand out in my mind with clarity, and both gave me pause. The first, at a conference of high net worth and philanthropically-minded individuals, I heard a humorous but cynical comment from a celebrated venture capitalist—it went something like this: “Impact investing is like a houseboat; it’s not a good house and it’s not a good boat.” Ouch… Do we ever have our work cut out for us if we are going to broaden this tent, I thought."



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Three questions to ask someone to get a great story

Three questions to ask someone to get a great story:



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Tension Between Boston’s Charity Runners and Qualifiers Disappears by Race Day | Runner's World

Tension Between Boston’s Charity Runners and Qualifiers Disappears by Race Day | Runner's World: "
Lisa Miele, 45, of Lincroft, New Jersey, will run her second Boston Marathon on Monday to raise money for One Mission, an organization that helps children with cancer. While almost everyone she has encountered has been positive about her decision to run for charity in Boston, one former coworker took issue with it."



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Achieving Diversity in the Nonprofit Workplace: A Step-by-Step Guide | Third Sector New England

Achieving Diversity in the Nonprofit Workplace: A Step-by-Step Guide | Third Sector New England: "A Step-by-Step Guide to Diversity and Inclusion

“Achieving diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace is implicit in the values ascribed to fulfilling the mission of your nonprofit.”"


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The Voice of Nonprofit Talent: Diversity in the Workplace › Articles › Knowledge Center › Commongood Careers

The Voice of Nonprofit Talent: Diversity in the Workplace › Articles › Knowledge Center › Commongood Careers: "Across the nonprofit sector, most employers share the belief that racial diversity is a key component of organizational health, performance, and outcomes. Yet, according to today’s nonprofit talent, few organizations are doing enough to attract and retain professionals of color. There is a perceived gap between the intentions and actions of nonprofit organizations when it comes to promoting staff diversity."



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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pre-Award Risk Assessment Under the Super Circular - The NonProfit Times

Pre-Award Risk Assessment Under the Super Circular - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "Federal agencies have always had the authority to evaluate the level of risk a grantee represents before making a grant award. But with the advent of the Super Circular, pre-award risk-assessment requirements are more detailed and explicit.



In keeping with 2 CFR 200.205, federal granting agencies will now routinely evaluate your organization’s past performance, audits, and integrity prior to making an award."



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A History of Modern Philanthropy

A History of Modern Philanthropy: "A History of Modern Philanthropy"



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25 Shakespeare quotations for fundraisers

25 Shakespeare quotations for fundraisers: On today’s 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, UK Fundraising brings you some selected lines from his works that can inspire fundraisers and remind us of how we can achieve even more for our causes.   1. “How far that little candle throws his beams!”   Every little fundraising action counts. All fundraising campaigns, large and small, start with …

Monday, April 25, 2016

Charity To Amp Up Direct Aid Mission In Impoverished East Africa : NPR

Charity To Amp Up Direct Aid Mission In Impoverished East Africa : NPR: "The charity GiveDirectly announced plans to give 6000 people living in extreme poverty a guaranteed income for a decade. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with co-founder Michael Faye about the project."



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​When disaster relief brings anything but relief - CBS News

​When disaster relief brings anything but relief - CBS News: "Many of the well-meaning articles we Americans donate in times of disaster turn out to be of no use to those in need. Sometimes, they even get in the way. That's a message relief organizations very much want us to heed. Our Cover Story is reported now by Scott Simon of NPR:

When Nature grows savage and angry, Americans get generous and kind. That's admirable. It might also be a problem.

"Generally after a disaster, people with loving intentions donate things that cannot be used in a disaster response, and in fact may actually be harmful," said Juanita Rilling, director of the Center for International Disaster Information in Washington, D.C. "And they have no idea that they're doing it.""



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Friday, April 22, 2016

Phil Knight plans to give most of his fortune to charity | OregonLive.com

Phil Knight plans to give most of his fortune to charity | OregonLive.com: "Nike founder Phil Knight is worth an estimated $25 billion, and plans to give most of it away to charity, he told CBS in an interview to be aired Sunday, April 24."



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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Does the Boston Marathon Have a Charity Problem? - NonProfit PRO

Does the Boston Marathon Have a Charity Problem? - NonProfit PRO: "If it were included in Peer to Peer Professional Forum’s “P2P Fundraising 30,” last year’s Boston Marathon would have ranked 17th among all P2P programs in 2015 gross total and second among single events. In other words, the race raises an enormous amount of money.
That should be cause for universal celebration. But not everyone is thrilled with the idea of Boston Marathon as charity run."



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Undergraduates Want Proof That UConn Foundation’s Not Invested in Private Prisons | Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly

Undergraduates Want Proof That UConn Foundation’s Not Invested in Private Prisons | Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly: "NPQ has written before about the movement to end university investments in the private prison industry. Now, the UConn Undergraduate Student Government is asking the UConn Foundation, which manages a $383 million endowment, to submit a statement showing any holdings it might have in private prisons."



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Judge approves $380 million change to landmark 2010 Native American farm suit - The Washington Post

Judge approves $380 million change to landmark 2010 Native American farm suit - The Washington Post:



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Laramie Board Learning Project: One board thing: Clear space in meetings by adopti...

Laramie Board Learning Project: One board thing: Clear space in meetings by adopti...: If I could change just one thing to increase the effectiveness of my nonprofit board, I'd Adopt a consent agenda "But...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Catholic U. Reaps $47 Million in Gifts for Academic Programs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Catholic U. Reaps $47 Million in Gifts for Academic Programs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Catholic U. Reaps $47 Million in Gifts for Academic Programs
Six donors, including the Busch Family Foundation and the Charles Koch Foundation, have pledged a combined $47 million to Catholic University to support its business school and other campus programs, The Washington Post writes."



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Mass. Nonprofits Raise Millions Pledged via Boston Marathon

massnonprofit news ::: "April 19, 2016 — Massachusetts nonprofits collectively expected to raise millions of dollars through pledges secured by runners representing their organizations, backed by a wide range of fundraising efforts, in yesterday's 120th running of the Boston Marathon that started in Hopkinton and ended 26.2 miles later at the Boston Public Library.

Massachusetts nonprofits were projected to raised more than $16 million, according to the Associated Press."



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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

You Say You Want a Revolution? | Impact Communications, Inc.

You Say You Want a Revolution? | Impact Communications, Inc.: "And, keep in mind, as Simone Joyeaux pointed out: “When you start talking about justice, some people will not like it.”

I personally believe it’s worth it, and that part of what makes fundraising and nonprofit marketing such an exciting area in which to work are the brave people who we get to do it with.

So, as Andrew Watt said, “Let’s develop a sense of collective, shared identity and push beyond our comfort zones to transform lives.”"



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4 Ways Your Employees’ Cell Phones Help Them Volunteer

4 Ways Your Employees’ Cell Phones Help Them Volunteer: "Mobile technology is the ideal tool to facilitate Story Capture, which is why my company, Causecast, is further incorporating mobility into our volunteer and giving platform in 2016. As we see how companies are using the Causecast platform in the field, we’ve recognized the increasing importance of mobile volunteering features for employees.

Why? Here are just a few conclusions we’ve come to about how corporate volunteering is eased through modern mobile features:"



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Monday, April 18, 2016

400 Top Wage Earners Gave an Average of $33 Million Each to Charity, IRS Says - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

400 Top Wage Earners Gave an Average of $33 Million Each to Charity, IRS Says - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "The 400 taxpayers with the highest incomes in 2013 reported giving an average of $32.8 million to charity. That’s the second highest average in two decades of data provided by the IRS, behind only 2012.

Together, that group of taxpayers donated more than $12 billion to charity, or about 6 percent of the charitable-contribution deductions claimed by all taxpayers who filed itemized returns that year. Twenty years ago, the top 400 were only responsible for a little more than 1 percent of all charitable deductions."



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A Make-a-Wish kid from Idaho gave Bryce Harper back his 100th home run ball - The Washington Post

A Make-a-Wish kid from Idaho gave Bryce Harper back his 100th home run ball - The Washington Post:



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Who Knew? Resentment of Charity Runners at Boston Marathon Simmers | Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly

Who Knew? Resentment of Charity Runners at Boston Marathon Simmers | Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly: "Apparently, as the prospect of attaining a qualifying time gets more competitive, some who do not end up qualifying (estimated at 4,562) harbor resentment against those who run for charity. Charity runners must raise at least $5,000 to compete. Those who ran last year for charity raised $28.3 million.

“For many runners, qualifying and participating in the Boston Marathon is the highlight of their running careers,” a Boston Athletic Association spokesperson wrote in an email to Runner’s World. “While it is extraordinarily difficult to inform those who have qualified that there is not enough space for everyone, we also recognize that this is an eagerly-anticipated event for many charitable organizations and nonprofits in our community.”"



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Apple to Donate Proceeds from 27 Apps to World Wildlife Fund | Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly

Apple to Donate Proceeds from 27 Apps to World Wildlife Fund | Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly: "Apple said on Thursday, April 14th, that it would donate its proceeds from 27 apps and games, including some of its most popular downloads, until April 24th to the WWF. Those proceeds include profits from Trivia Crack, the second edition of Angry Birds, Recolor, and two dozen other apps.

Apple hasn’t said how much it hopes to donate through the program, called Apps for Earth. However, Apple typically nets about 30 percent of revenue of its apps’ sales and in-app downloads—which means that WWF could receive a good chunk of change."



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Community colleges aim to spur better health « Philanthropy North Carolina

Community colleges aim to spur better health « Philanthropy North Carolina: "s part of the school’s effort to stimulate healthier living in the rural community, a culinary teaching chef showed the group how a few simple substitutions in ingredients could turn an ordinary loaf into something much healthier and tastier.

“People couldn’t believe all the nutritious goodness that was packed in,” says Trent Mohrbutter, vice president of instruction and chief academic officer at the school.

Sometimes, he says, it takes small steps — especially when shared by a group or community — for individuals to make big changes."



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