Friday, April 01, 2005

Pillowfighting Club to attempt world record - The Daily Illini - News

Pillowfighting Club to attempt world record - The Daily Illini - News: "Pillow fighting is traditionally reserved for slumber parties, where masses of young girls or boys gather to partake in what has been depicted as typical sleepover behavior. The U of I Pillowfighting Club wants to take the slumber party out of pillow fights and bring the fights outdoors while simultaneously attempting to break a world record.

The soccer field on the corner of Florida and Lincoln avenues in Urbana will play host to the Pillowfighting Club's attempt to be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world's largest pillow fight."

The Chronicle, 3/31/2005: New Membership Group Will Set Standards for Islamic Charities

The Chronicle, 3/31/2005: New Membership Group Will Set Standards for Islamic Charities: "New Membership Group Will Set Standards for Islamic Charities
By Ian Wilhelm
To help promote charitable giving by Muslim Americans and other donors, a group of nonprofit organizations are forming a membership association that will set financial and governance standards for Islamic charities.
During a conference in Chicago last week, a group of about 20 Muslim international aid groups, advocacy organizations, and other charities announced their plans to establish the National Council of American Muslim Nonprofits. The meeting was organized by the Islamic Society of North America, in Plainfield, Ind., and the Muslim Public Affairs Council, in Los Angeles. " | Society | Victim fashions | Society | Victim fashions
Victim fashions

Charities 'in fashion' risk becoming victims of their own vanity, writes Joshua Blackburn

Wednesday March 30, 2005
The Guardian

We can thank Lance Armstrong - cycling demi-god and originator of the charity wristband - for making charity the hot look for 2005. Bracelets with the slogan "livestrong" have turned a worthy cause into an aspirational lifestyle concept that Nike would be proud to own, making Armstrong's cancer survivors' charity the essential accessory for footballers and fashionistas alike.
The freeloaders, however, have not been far behind. A mail order jewellery company in America now offers the concerned but confused a "silicone wristband combination pack" for $27 (£15): pink for breast cancer, yellow to support the troops, red for Aids or heart disease and a white tsunami support band. / News / Nation / Higher-education foundations facing new scrutiny / News / Nation / Higher-education foundations facing new scrutiny: "Higher-education foundations facing new scrutiny
Legal cases altering groups' private status
By Jeff Kass, Globe Correspondent | April 1, 2005
DENVER -- University foundations across the country have become wealthier, more sophisticated, and responsible for a larger chunk of funding for higher education. But in recent months, court rulings and government scrutiny have chipped away at their private status and opened their books to greater scrutiny."

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Curtailing Big Checks (

Curtailing Big Checks ( "Curtailing Big Checks
Thursday, March 31, 2005; Page A18
ONE OF THE most striking -- some would say ominous -- developments of the 2004 campaign was the growth of so-called 527 groups operating outside the usual campaign contribution limits. With political parties barred by the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law from taking huge 'soft-money' checks from corporations, labor unions and wealthy individuals, some of this largess migrated to outside groups, many newly formed by party operatives to try to fill the soft-money void. According to a study by the Campaign Finance Institute, such groups (named after the tax code provision that governs their operations) raised $405 million in 2004, up dramatically from the $151 million they collected in 2002.
The rise of these groups -- and the likelihood that they will play an even more influential role in future elections -- represents a cause for concern that some of the previous abuses of the soft money system will replicate themselves. That hasn't happened yet; corporate contributions to 527s, for example, actually declined from $32 million in 2002 to $26 million last year. But as 527s become a more entrenched part of the political system, the risk grows that contributions will be spurred by the hope of buying influence among politicians who will take note -- or so some donors "

Charity brings billion-dollar smile- The Times of India

Charity brings billion-dollar smile- The Times of India: " decade ago, when the country's economy and markets were on a high, India's religious and charitable institutions had the enviable experience of being recipients of generous private donations from foreigners.

This fiscal could well mirror the trend of 1995-96. At a time when the economy is on a relatively high growth trajectory, munificence reminiscent of the inflows of a decade ago appears to be well underway. Inflows in the form of private donations from foreigners to religious and charitable institutions in India, which had topped the $1-billion mark in 1995-96, could well reach those levels again. "

Yahoo! News - Charities Attract Newcomers to Running

Yahoo! News - Charities Attract Newcomers to Running: "By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK - Distance running is becoming more mainstream, and charity events are a big reason, experts say. More than $560 million was raised for charities in 2003, an 8 percent increase over the previous year, according to USA Track and Field. Figures for 2004 have not been released, but if the trend continues, even more money will be raised. "

Charitable foundation goes green - 03/31/05

Charitable foundation goes green - 03/31/05: "Charitable foundation goes green
Kresge headquarters' historic preservation in Troy uses strategies that are sustainable.
By Jennifer Chambers / The Detroit News

'It's what drew me out of retirement,' says project manager Ron Gagnon of the groundbreaking project.
TROY -- It's where 19th Century charm meets innovative 'green' building technology.
A revamped headquarters at The Kresge Foundation is promising to be a one-of-a-kind groundbreaking redevelopment project in Oakland County and southeast Michigan with its ambitious mix of sustainable strategies and historic preservation.
The current headquarters sits on a three-acre farm on Big Beaver Road and consists of a split-face stone farmhouse, red wood barn, stone sheds and two towering white wind mills.
Since last April, the foundation has been building a 17,000-square-foot addition utilizing green building techn"

WBAL Radio - News-Charitable Giving Up Except Among Boomers

WBAL Radio - News: "Charitable Giving Up Except Among Boomers
Thursday, March 31, 2005
WBAL Radio
A new survey finds Marylanders are more generous with their cash.
The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers survey finds Marylanders donated 2.9% of their income in 2002, that's up from 2.7% in 2000, the last year surveyed.
It's the sixth highest donation rate of all 50 states. " � Everyday Long Island Hero �:
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"Named Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer of the Year in 2004 by the Long Island chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, she is also the recipient of the 2004 New York State Senate Achievers' Award from Senator Charles Fuschillo, Jr. and the Volvo for Life Award. Telesca earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Economics from SUNY Empire State College and is pursuing graduate studies at Golden Gate University. A native Long Islander, she lived in Massapequa most of her life."

Globes [online] - A fine example

Globes [online] - A fine example: "Stop carping - business philanthropy is just what we need.

Shmuel Zysman 31 Mar 05 14:55

Something has happened in Israel. Leading businesspeople are making generous donations to the community. Their number include Nochi Dankner, Avi Fischer, Zvi Livnat, Meir Shamir, and Sammy Ofer.
As someone who has been involved in community activities at various levels for over 20 years, it is hard for me to understand some of the media, which hastened to disparage these businessmen, instead of praising them.
Anyone who raises money for the community knows how hard it is. Regrettably, Israel lacks a culture of philanthropy. Yes, there is ad-hoc organization, and yes, there is a small and closed circle of donors, but that is still a long way from a deeply ingrained culture of philanthropy. "

The Chronicle, 3/31/2005: How Underlings Can Influence a Nonprofit Supervisor's Job Performance

The Chronicle, 3/31/2005: How Underlings Can Influence a Nonprofit Supervisor's Job Performance: "How Underlings Can Influence a Nonprofit Supervisor's Job Performance
By Rebecca Gardyn
Only eight months after taking a job overseeing a small Atlanta charity's after-school programs,
Ian North was already burning out.
The intense workload was weighing him down, but even more frustrating was having a supervisor who seemed unsupportive of his efforts.
'Sometimes he would give me a task and just leave me alone to figure out how to get it done,' Mr. North says. 'He would come by and ask 'how's it going?' but then proceed to check his cell-phone messages five times during the course of our conversation. I didn't feel like I had the support I needed. I almost quit.'"

Debt-Relief Firms To Pay $6 Million In FTC Settlement (

Debt-Relief Firms To Pay $6 Million In FTC Settlement ( "Debt-Relief Firms To Pay $6 Million In FTC Settlement
Agency Cites Lies About Fees, Services
By Caroline E. Mayer
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 31, 2005; Page E06
The Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday that three consumer debt-service companies have settled charges that they cheated financially strapped customers out of more than $100 million.
The agency said National Consumer Council Inc., of California, Debt Management Foundation Services, of Florida, and Better Budget Financial Services, of Massachusetts, agreed to pay more than $6 million in consumer refunds for falsely promising easy debt relief that left many consumers deeper in debt and sometimes forced them to file for bankruptcy protection. "

The power of endowment

The power of endowment: "In the past decade, USC has shed the reputation of 'just a football school' and has become one of the nation's top private universities.

Following suit is the university's endowment, which has exploded from nearly $500 million to more than $2 billion over the same 10-year span."

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Berkshire Eagle Online - Headlines-Nonprofits among major job providers

Berkshire Eagle Online - Headlines: "Nonprofits among major job providers
By Bill Carey
Berkshire Eagle Staff
Three Berkshire County towns rank among the top 10 municipalities in the state with the highest percentage of residents employed by nonprofit organizations, according to a new study.
Data from the 2000 census indicates that Williamstown, Stockbridge and West Stockbridge have high concentrations of residents employed by nonprofits, while several other Berkshire County towns rank "

Chicago Tribune | Groups' goal: Get women to give back

Chicago Tribune | Groups' goal: Get women to give back: "Groups' goal: Get women to give back

By Colleen DeBaise
Dow Jones Newswires
Published March 30, 2005

NEW YORK -- The women's philanthropy movement, slowly percolating for years, might gain steam with an aggressive new initiative.

Two groups, the Women's Funding Network and the Association of Women's Business Centers, plan to launch a multiyear campaign called 'Moving the Needle' to raise $100 million from women donors. The goal of the effort, to begin by early next year, is to cultivate female philanthropists and support causes that help women business owners and entrepreneurs"

Giving New Hampshire on New Hampshire Public Radio

Giving New Hampshire on New Hampshire Public Radio: "Giving New Hampshire
NHPR Series Highlights Community Nonprofits as Spur to Giving
New Hampshire Public Radio has been airing a series of nonprofit public service announcements in partnership with Giving New Hampshire (GNH), an initiative of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation which seeks to permanently raise the level of giving in our state. NHPR has joined with Giving New Hampshire in this exciting effort to help increase the visibility of nonprofits across the state and to inspire people to give generously to area charitable organizations. During the week of March 28 through April 3, 2005 we are once again featuring a broad array of brief, first-hand stories as examples of how nonprofits improve lives and enhance communities"

United Way Offers More Activist Role (

United Way Offers More Activist Role ( "United Way Offers More Activist Role
In Effort to Expand Fundraising, National Group Urges Affiliates to Pick Issues to Target
By Jacqueline L. Salmon
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 30, 2005; Page A05
The United Way of America, seeking to stem recent declines in donations, will announce a plan today to encourage its affiliates to shift from their traditional role as fundraisers and adopt a more activist approach to regional problems.
Under the new system, the United Way's 1,400 local organizations would be encouraged to move away from the 'culture of the thermometer' -- the image traditionally used to illustrate progress in a fundraising campaign -- and join community leaders in identifying societal ills and then use the money raised in United Way campaigns to address them. " | 03/30/2005 | Cut 55,000 pages of tax rules and watch the economy soar | 03/30/2005 | Cut 55,000 pages of tax rules and watch the economy soar:
snip snip"Critics argue that ending the income tax, with its deductibility of charitable contributions, would depress giving. Linder says: Piffle. In 1980, when the top personal income-tax rate was 70 percent, a huge incentive for giving, individual charitable contributions were $40.7 billion. In 1986, the top rate was reduced to 28 percent, and by 1988 charitable giving was $86.7 billion. The lesson, says Linder, is that we give more money when we have more money."

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Volunteer News: Value of volunteer time increased in the US: Research

Volunteer News: Value of volunteer time increased in the US: Research: "Value of volunteer time increased in the US: Research

Washington, D.C., 29 Mar 2005--Independent Sector, a coalition of non-profit organizations, announced that the 2004 estimate for the value of a volunteer hour has increased to US$17.55 per hour from US$17.19 in 2003.
In the United States, the Independent Sector estimates that in 2004 the total value of hours volunteered was approximately US$272 billion of contributed service, assuming the total number of volunteer hours held constant since 2000. This is a tool that can be used to help organizations quantify the enormous value volunteers provide. " News - Latest News - Channel Set to Launch Charity Shop Show News - Latest News - Channel Set to Launch Charity Shop Show: "Channel Set to Launch Charity Shop Show

By Dan Webber, Community Newswire

The Community Channel was today gearing up to present a series which will provide viewers with a behind-the-scenes look at the world of charity shops.
�Charity Chic�, a mini-series of four half-hour "

Gifts to Princeton drop sharply - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - March 29, 2005

Gifts to Princeton drop sharply - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - March 29, 2005: "Gifts to Princeton drop sharply

By Joyce Howard Price

Contributions to Princeton University fell by about $100 million -- or 45 percent -- in 2004 while overall giving to U.S. colleges and universities rose 3.4 percent, according to a national survey.
Ann Kaplan, author of the survey by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE), said the $125.1 million in gifts and bequests Princeton received in 2004 was its lowest amount in private donations in eight years. "

Monday, March 28, 2005

Las Vegas Business Press-"Philanthropy takes off in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Business Press: "Philanthropy takes off in Las Vegas



The city of Las Vegas turns 100 this year, and its residents might finally be learning to share. The signs are abundant. Seven years after its formation, an organization with the mission of improving corporate giving in Las Vegas is finally hitting its stride. Not surprisingly, the success of the local Business Community Investment Council coincides with a flurry of record-breaking donations to causes in the Las Vegas Valley.

Gifts like the record $50 million donation from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation a week ago for a performing arts center downtown, and the recent $25 million pledge by gaming executive William S. Boyd to the law school bearing his name, give organizations such as the Business Community Investment Council [BCIC] renewed assurance that the philanthropic tide is turning in Southern Nevada."

The Sun Herald | 03/25/2005 | Southern-fried philanthropy

The Sun Herald | 03/25/2005 | Southern-fried philanthropy: "Southern-fried philanthropy

To the rescue: Bacon Brigade helps nonprofits cook up support



BILOXI - Frankie Duggan's Biloxi Bacon Brigade has been filling the stomachs and hearts of thousands across Mississippi for 20 years.
Duggan and his small army of volunteers regularly hold fish fries for any church or organization that requests their sought-after recipes for food and good times."

The Chronicle, 3/31/2005: Connecting With Generation X

The Chronicle, 3/31/2005: Connecting With Generation X: "Connecting With Generation X
Charities look for new ways to reach out to the under-40 set

By Peter Panepento

Robert Sena's relationship with Project Sunshine began with a simple invitation from a friend. Two years ago, the friend asked Mr. Sena, then a graduate student in New York, whether he wanted to volunteer with the charity by spending time with young patients at a local hospital." - News - Bill Would Bring Poker Games To Churches, Nonprofits - News - Bill Would Bring Poker Games To Churches, Nonprofits: "Bill Would Bring Poker Games To Churches, Nonprofits
Baltimore County Legislative Delegation Proposes Games
POSTED: 4:59 pm EST March 24, 2005
UPDATED: 6:40 pm EST March 24, 2005
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Progressing a long way from bingo, poker night could soon play out at local churches.
Knowing when to fold 'em could mean tens of thousands of dollars for local charities and volunteer fire companies in Baltimore County, WBAL-TV 11 News reporter David Collins reported.
Organizing the card game Texas Hold 'Em would provide a fund-raising option under a bill under consideration at the State House."

Program grads ready to serve on nonprofits' boards - 2005-03-25

Program grads ready to serve on nonprofits' boards - 2005-03-25: "Program grads ready to serve on nonprofits' boards
Ruben Hernandez
The Business Journal
The first class of Business on Board has graduated, and will be matched with the boards of 16 participating nonprofits.

The executive training program was created by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Phoenix to pair businesspeople with the boards of arts and social service organizations" / News / Boston Globe / Opinion / Op-ed / Reinventing Boston's leadership / News / Boston Globe / Opinion / Op-ed / Reinventing Boston's leadership: "Reinventing Boston's leadership
By Ian Bowles | March 28, 2005
THE SPATE of sales of large local companies to out-of-state owners has been the topic of water cooler conversation for months now. Recent acquisitions of prominent Boston-based companies are producing concern about the loss of local identity as well as generating new anxiety about our economic vitality. As the civic spotlight scans for new people and entities to step forward and fill the perceived void in civic leadership, one wonders whether we are asking the right questions."

Chicago Tribune | Boards face a conflict of giving

Chicago Tribune | Boards face a conflict of giving: "Boards face a conflict of giving
Gifts from corporate foundations to entities with ties to directors raise concerns about loss of independence

By Andrew Countryman
Tribune staff reporter
Published March 27, 2005

The nation's largest corporate foundations in recent years have poured money into organizations affiliated with their companies' board members, which governance experts said can compromise director independence.

A Tribune study of the most recent annual reports from the 20 largest U.S. corporate foundations revealed they gave nearly $25 million to non-profit groups for which one or more directors was an employee, trustee or held another leadership position. In some cases, 10 percent or more of all donations went to these organizations." | life : Art popular for charity auctions, but artists take sale price personally | life : Art popular for charity auctions, but artists take sale price personally: "Art popular for charity auctions, but artists take sale price personally
Anchorage Daily News
Published: March 26th, 2005
Last Modified: March 27th, 2005 at 05:13 AM
Dozens of arms shot up when Perry Eaton's mask, 'The Seeker,' hit the auction block during Koahnic Broadcast Corp.'s 10th annual Alaska Native Art Auction this month. Minutes later, all but one had dropped onto crossed knees and white tablecloths. The mask sold for $15,500. "

What to wear - Comment - Times Online-Buyers of charity wristbands should be generous, but beware

What to wear - Comment - Times Online: "What to wear
Buyers of charity wristbands should be generous, but beware

There is one thing luxury goods companies and charitable causes have in common: counterfeiting. In the first raid of its kind, a stash of 6,000 coloured �charity� wristbands � counterfeits from China � was seized last week in Scotland. Such fakes can sell for many times their worth on street corners and on-line, with zero profits to charity. How did a philosophical fashion statement, jewellery no fancier than a rubber band which makes its wearer feel rather than look good, become a target of crime"

WebCPA | "Spitzer Drops Examination of Radio Host's Charity

WebCPA Tools and Resources for the Electronic Accountant: "Spitzer Drops Examination of Radio Host's Charity

New York (March 28, 2005) - The investigative flap over a charity ranch run by combative national radio host Don Imus is over.
According to published reports, an official from the New York State Attorney General's charities office wrote to the gruff radio personality telling him that 'no further inquiries concerning the Ranch are needed at this time,' thus ending the probe launched by AG Eliot Spitzer. " lets donors in Midstate check out charities - Monday, 03/28/05 lets donors in Midstate check out charities - Monday, 03/28/05
Charitable giving truly matters.
And every donor dollar counts.
That's why there's — an innovative Web site that officially launches tomorrow, though it is open for public viewing today.

Observer-Reporter-Ronald D. Moore is careful to avoid endorsing a political candidate from the Pulpit

Observer-Reporter: "Ronald D. Moore is careful to avoid endorsing a political candidate from the pulpit at the fast-growing South Hills Bible Chapel.
It's a tight-wire Moore walks because doing so would cost his nonprofit charitable organization its tax-free status. But at the same time, congregations like his that are gaining clout leave no doubt they have a political agenda based on their interpretation of God's will.
'We will encourage people to vote and encourage them to vote for the candidate who's going to represent a biblical view on the right to life, euthanasia, stem cell research, sanctity of marriage,' said Moore, whose church is linked to the evangelical movement that has become a powerhouse in United States politics.
While evangelicals have been around for centuries, their modern counterparts reared their heads in the last presidential election and were credited with swinging the vote in Bush's favor. Political pundits have said conservative Christians put the Republican Party over the top in the November election, in part, because the Democratic Party was perceived as immoral after the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal.
And Bush has delivered the rhetoric evangelicals want to hear in causes that have included federally funded faith-based initiatives and a constitutional amendment banning homosexual marriages. He also interrupted his vacation Monday to sign last-minute legislation in the rush to reinsert a feeding tube in Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman who has been in a vegetative state for 15 years. The move appealed to pro-life advocates but was criticized from the left as a ploy by lawmakers to win the evangelical vote.
Evangelicals actually trace their roots to a reform movement during a great divide in the Roman Catholic Church in the 16th and 17th centuries, according to Robert VandeKappelle, chairman of the religious stu"

Jerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World

Jerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "The next Jewish philanthropists

American Jews and Israelis may debate how to allocate philanthropic dollars and whether Israel today needs the kind of overseas funding that helped to create the state. But there is no debate about the ongoing need for Jewish philanthropy to support education and to help Jews in need domestically and around the world. Where, however, are the Jewish philanthropists of the future going to come from and will the sense of collective responsibility among Diaspora Jews be maintained? "

Sierra Sun - Opinion

Sierra Sun - Opinion
Jiminy Cricket: Leaving something behind
Lisa Dobey
Community Matters
March 26, 2005

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“It wasn’t expensive wood, just the ordinary kind that we take from a woodpile in the winter and put in the stove....”

And from that beginning, Pinocchio, the marionette, was created.
It’s a lot like us. We often start from very simple beginnings. We have adventures. Somewhere along the way we realize we need to care about others. That’s what makes Pinocchio — and us — human.

I did a highly scientific survey the other day. I polled people about what they would do if they won the lottery. Funny thing is, no one hesitated even five seconds before rattling off a list.

onPhilanthropy - Collaborating Multiplies Energy and Dollars

onPhilanthropy - Collaborating Multiplies Energy and Dollars: "Collaborating Multiplies Energy and Dollars
By: Nathan Shaver, 03/24/05
Similar to giving circles, which allow many individuals to leverage their giving capacity and ultimate influence, local donor collaboratives are a way for foundations and organizations to come together, pool resources and have a greater impact.

The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG) is a regional association serving Baltimore City and the surrounding five counties. For the past twenty one years, ABAG has served its members through educational programs and technical assistance, while helping make the most of funders� investments. A cornerstone of ABAG�s efforts has been to encourage organized philanthropy through local collaboration.
Every funder group is set up differently, and each is �based on the way the funders� see their goals. Some groups create shared portfolios of individual grants, some pool funds to make �joint, strategic investments,� while others simply �share information about research trends, programs that are working, and evaluation efforts.� One of the most important points to keep in mind is that �there is no right or wrong way� to collaborate or organize philanthropy.
Some of the trends and lessons of collaboration are shared in a recent report commissioned by The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, �Local Donor Collaboration: Lessons from Baltimore and Beyond� by Alice C. Buhl of Buhl and Associates. Today�s Fundraiser spoke with Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Communications Director for ABAG, about some of the results of their research, and collaboration initiatives in general."

ABC News: Wealthy Cash In on Charity Tax Loophole

ABC News: Wealthy Cash In on Charity Tax Loophole
WASHINGTON, March 24, 2005— On the east fork of Wyoming's Wind River, there lies what officials call a 220-acre tax loophole: Thunderhead Ranch, valued at more than $4 million.

Personal injury lawyer Gerry Spence donated it to a special kind of charity he runs and got a big tax deduction. It's a deduction Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, argues should no longer be allowed because Spence continues to control the ranch and no actual money went to the needy