Friday, October 21, 2005

Four Steps to Organized Giving - Organization

Four Steps to Organized Giving - Organization: "Four Steps to Organized Giving

Donating to charities is a great way to make a positive impact in the lives of others and to practice generosity. Often, though, a gift to one group results in a flood of solicitations from others, which can mean a mailbox full of appeals and a parade of phone calls asking for money.

The solution isn't to stop giving altogether, but rather to take a planned and organized approach to philanthropy. These four steps will get you started on the right path.
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Blackbaud Acquires Gift Aid Solution for UK Nonprofits :: PNNOnline ::

Blackbaud Acquires Gift Aid Solution for UK Nonprofits :: PNNOnline ::: "Blackbaud Acquires Gift Aid Solution for UK Nonprofits
Posted by: laurakujawski on Friday, October 21, 2005
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Blackbaud, a leading provider of software and related services designed specifically for nonprofit organizations, announced that it has acquired ScanStore Limited, a document management and image retrieval company based in Staplehurst, Kent, UK. ScanStore offers a solution that helps UK nonprofits manage the complicated indexing, storage, and retrieval of donor declarations that are required to make Gift Aid claims to Inland Revenue that are associated with charitable contributions.

Measuring Non-Profit Performance -- Self-Review & Charity Monitors - 21 Oct 2005

Measuring Non-Profit Performance -- Self-Review & Charity Monitors - 21 Oct 2005: "Measuring Non-Profit Performance -- Self-Review & Charity Monitors

AccountingWEB.com - October 21, 2005 - Member charities of the United Way of the Coastal Empire (Georgia) are receiving visits from volunteer internal inspectors during their fall campaigns, savannahnow.com reports. Denise Oberlin, an inspector, accompanied Patti Lyons on a food delivery for Senior Citizen’s Inc. and was told that three out of four of the people served by the Agency were below the poverty level. Lyons also told Ms. Oberlin that there were additional needy seniors in the area that the Agency couldn’t serve because they didn’t have enough money."

Thursday, October 20, 2005

The Lexington News-Gazette

The Lexington News-Gazette: "Foundation To Support County Schools

by Kit Huffman
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 1:12 PM CDT





Community members will soon have the opportunity to support a range of new offerings at Rockbridge County schools.

Having a vision of excellence for every student, a group of private citizens has joined together to form the Rockbridge County Public Schools Foundation Inc. The mission of the foundation is to raise private funds to enhance and enrich educational opportunities in the county schools. These funds would be over and above the school system’s regular operating budget."

Reuters AlertNet - Small charities let down by poor organisation

Reuters AlertNet - Small charities let down by poor organisation: "A study of small international charities has suggested that organisational shortcomings undermine much of their work in disasters and development, while financial weaknesses and loose regulation increase the risk of abuse.

Overseas development organisation Allavida surveyed a selection of the thousands of small British charities operating in developing countries and Eastern Europe, from Ghana and India to Romania and the Balkans, and conducted direct interviews with"

statesman.com | Philanthropy: Spare time, fun hobbies

statesman.com | Philanthropy: Spare time, fun hobbies: "Nonprofit folks spend free moments with unusual hobbies.


Andrea Ball

Sunday, October 16, 2005

All work and no play would make for some cranky nonprofit folks.

After all, most charity employees labor long hours for little pay.

Many balance shoestring budgets that call for constant fundraising. And many deal with work that involves high-stress, emotionally draining issues such as child abuse, drug addiction and homelessness.

If anybody needs a hobby, it's these guys."

Northwest Indiana News: nwitimes.com

Northwest Indiana News: nwitimes.com: "RS mileage rate increase comes at good time
Workers say it still may not be enough to cover gas costs

BY TIFFANY MILLER
Medill News Service

This story ran on nwitimes.com on Thursday, October 20, 2005 12:10 AM CDT

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CHICAGO | Many workers required to use their cars are getting higher mileage reimbursements from their employers -- but that increase may not be enough to cover the rising cost of gasoline."

Hoosiers give more than most Americans | IndyStar.com

Hoosiers give more than most Americans | IndyStar.com: "charitable donations
Hoosiers give more than most Americans
Study: More than 79% of households donate to charity
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By John Strauss
john.strauss@indystar.com
Indiana households, foundations and companies gave $4.86 billion in 2003, according to a new study, earning Hoosiers high marks for generosity.
More than 79 percent of households gave to charity, compared with 67 percent nationally."

Googling for Charity

Googling for Charity: "Googling for Charity
The search titan's Sheryl Sandberg says the newly unveiled program of corporate philanthropy will fund 'what's best for the world'
When Google (GOOG) founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin took the company public more than a year ago, they promised in a letter to shareholders to use 1% of the company's equity and profits for philanthropy. The hope: giving by Google would eventually 'eclipse Google itself in terms of overall world impact,' the executives wrote."

Foolanthropy Wants You: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Foolanthropy Wants You: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance: "Foolanthropy Wants You
Wednesday October 19, 3:58 pm ET
By Carrie Crockett (TMF Bittybumble)

If you're like me, you've probably gotten out your checkbook and given money to the relief effort for victims of the recent hurricanes that devastated the Gulf Coast. Perhaps you did the same when the killer tsunami struck the nations circling the Indian Ocean. Maybe you gave to a very large international organization like the Red Cross and you feel you've done your charitable duty for the year."

Charitable acts pay in tax deductions - Business - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

Charitable acts pay in tax deductions - Business - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper: "Charitable acts pay in tax deductions

October 19, 2005

Are you an active volunteer for charitable organizations? The reward for helping out takes the form of deductions for out-of-pocket expenses incurred while you do volunteer work.
Write off only what you spend to cover unreimbursed expenses -- for instance, the cost of telephone calls, stamps and stationery, as well as other materials that you supply, say, to prepare posters or other forms of advertising for fundraising campaigns. "

Temerarious behavior - PittsburghLIVE.com

Temerarious behavior - PittsburghLIVE.com: "Temerarious behavior


Thursday, October 20, 2005

The Pittsburgh Public Service Fund is composed of 83 nonprofits. It was created to help bail out the virtually bankrupt city. It's offering a $12.1 million gift over three years. And there are few strings attached. Whether it's a case of throwing good money after bad is a debate for another day."

Nonprofits Get Federal Anti-Terror Funding

Nonprofits Get Federal Anti-Terror Funding: "Nonprofits Get Federal Anti-Terror Funding
Church-State Issues Divide Jewish Leaders

By Caryle Murphy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, October 20, 2005; Page B01

Thirty-one nonprofit organizations in the Washington area, including 14 synagogues and eight hospitals, have received federal grants ranging from $26,000 to $100,000 to fortify their facilities under an anti-terrorism program that has divided Jewish leaders and drawn criticism from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The grants are part of a $25 million nationwide program that Congress approved last year and recently renewed for fiscal 2006 to protect nonprofit groups deemed highly vulnerable to a terrorist attack."

There's a caring side to India, Inc. too- The Economic Times

There's a caring side to India, Inc. too- The Economic Times: "There's a caring side to India, Inc. tooAdd to Clippings
VIVEK SINHA

TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2005 12:16:59 AM]
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NEW DELHI: Philanthropy touched a new high in India Inc last year. Call it the tsunami effect or blame it on the national general elections if you may, public limited companies shelled out Rs 400 crore cumulatively as donations during FY05. The list of big-time donors includes names like Reliance Industries, IOC, HPCL, Infosys and Hindalco. "

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

DenverPost.com - BUSINESS=-Charitable giving on the rise

DenverPost.com - BUSINESS: "Charitable giving on the rise
By Will Shanley
Denver Post Staff Writer


2005 Giving & Volunteering Study
The Denver Foundation

A whopping 96 percent of metro Denver residents made charitable donations in the last year, up from 90 percent five years ago, according to a study released today.

The report, titled the 2005 Giving and Volunteering Study, found that 74 percent of Denver residents volunteered time, up from 59 percent in 2000."

PND News - State Associations Urging Members to Adopt Governance Guidelines

PND News - State Associations Urging Members to Adopt Governance Guidelines: "State Associations Urging Members to Adopt Governance Guidelines

According to a new report by Standard & Poor's, Under Legislative Scrutiny: The U.S. Nonprofit Sector Embraces Corporate-Style Oversight, organizations have responded to efforts to improve their governance, but are looking for models to emerge from within the nonprofit sector."

Lincoln County News

Lincoln County News: "Ninety-six thousand dollars and counting. Despite the weather, spirits were high at the rain-or-shine Damariscotta Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Sunday, and the incredible fundraising tally could reach $100,000, reports the shell-shocked Carol Wise, founder of the local American Cancer Society event and committee chair."

The Dartmouth Online-Student-organized group plans aid to quake victims

The Dartmouth Online: "Student-organized group plans aid to quake victims
By Elliot Mattingly
Published on Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Dartmouth's Asia Relief organization held its first informational meeting Tuesday night in the Collis Center. The group, formed last Thursday to respond to the devastating earthquake that recently hit Pakistan, presented a compelling case for students to become involved in the relief efforts"

StarExponent.com - The Culpeper Star Exponent | Our View - A surprising lack of support

StarExponent.com - The Culpeper Star Exponent | Our View - A surprising lack of support: "Our View - A surprising lack of support

Our View - A surprising lack of support
Culpeper Star-Exponent
Wednesday, October 19, 2005

A surprising lack of support

The Culpeper Boys and Girls Club has closed its doors for good following an appeal for funds that, according to the agency, netted not one cent. It’s shocking that absolutely no donations were received after the club’s last-minute plea for help in this newspaper a few weeks ago."

Millions to Volunteer on Make A Difference Day, Oct. 22

Millions to Volunteer on Make A Difference Day, Oct. 22: "Millions to Volunteer on Make A Difference Day, Oct. 22
The Nation's Largest Single Day of Service

MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 3 million Americans are expected to volunteer for Make A Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 22. It is America's largest day of community service. To date, more than 16 million people have volunteered on this annual 'day of doing good,' having a positive impact on 100 million people in thousands of communities across the country.

Make a Difference Day is sponsored by USA WEEKEND Magazine in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation. Actor and philanthropist Paul Newman is supporting Make A Difference Day for the 12th year. Newman will help select 10 volunteers to receive National Awards, sharing a total of $100,000 with their charities."

National Parks Seeking Corporate Sponsorship

National Parks Seeking Corporate Sponsorship: "ational Parks Seeking Corporate Sponsorship
by Brendan Coyne (bio)

Oct 18 - Suffering under a budget crunch, America’s national parks are turning to corporate sponsors to cover millions of dollars in expenses. The move to allow companies to brand portions of the nation’s most pristine wilds is a marked change from the National Park Service’s current passive acceptance of corporate largess."

Newsday.com: Charity official gets prison time despite helping authorities

Newsday.com: Charity official gets prison time despite helping authorities: "Charity official gets prison time despite helping authorities


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By WILLIAM KATES
Associated Press Writer

October 18, 2005, 3:20 PM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A Jordanian man was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in federal prison for his role as the executive director of an unregistered charity that sent money to Iraq in violation of U.S. sanctions.

Federal sentencing guidelines called for Ayman Jarwan to receive up to nearly four years in prison, but U.S. District Judge Norman Mordue imposed a less severe sentence because Jarwan cooperated with federal authorities investigating Dr. Rafil Dhafir, the founder of the Help The Needy charity. "

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Recipients of 2005 Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize Announced :: PNNOnline ::

Recipients of 2005 Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize Announced :: PNNOnline ::: "Independent Sector will present its 2005 Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize to Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart for their book, Sacred and Secular: Religion and Politics Worldwide.


The Hodgkinson Prize was established by Independent Sector in 1995 to recognize outstanding published research that advances the understanding of philanthropy, voluntary action, nonprofits, and civil society in the United States and around the world.


This year, two works will share honorable mention. Richard Chait, Bill Ryan, and Barbara Taylor will be recognized for their book, Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards, and Steven Dubb and Gar Alperovitz of The Democracy Collaborative will be recognized for their book, Building Wealth: The New Asset-Based Approach to Solving Social and Economic Problems.

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Kansas City Star | 10/18/2005 | ‘Sharing Power’ tries to build board diversity

Kansas City Star | 10/18/2005 | ‘Sharing Power’ tries to build board diversity: "Sharing Power’ tries to build board diversity

DIANE STAFFORD

Forty years ago, Project Equality was founded during the civil rights movement by a consortium of churches that wanted to nudge businesses toward equal employment and purchasing opportunities.

Today, one of Project Equality’s programs that continue to gain strength in the Kansas City area is “Sharing Power,” a project that aims to diversify nonprofit boards, government boards and commissions, and corporate boards."

Arts groups see stress driving senior staff vacancies

Arts groups see stress driving senior staff vacancies: "Arts groups see stress driving senior staff vacancies

By By Jan Sjostrom, Daily News Arts Editor

Sunday, October 16, 2005

The Palm Beach County cultural community will begin the season with a lot of empty desks. Eight organizations have vacancies in senior positions. Two more hired replacements within the past two months.

Top jobs at some arts groups, such as the Armory Art Center, which has gone through three directors in the last five years, have become revolving doors. The reasons staff leave are as varied as the groups themselves. But turnover in the arts community is not unusual these days, experts say.

Stresses on senior staff have multiplied. 'Running a nonprofit arts organization has become more and more difficult, because the expectations have grown exponentially, to the point where you're almost expected to walk on water,' said Rena Blades, president and chief executive officer of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. 'You're supposed to have the cultural vision, raise the money, manage the staff adeptly, interact well with the board, be in the political arena and be a good speaker.'"

Canadian donors should think like investors, says TD Economics: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Canadian donors should think like investors, says TD Economics: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance: "Press Release Source: TD Bank Financial Group; TD Bank

Canadian donors should think like investors, says TD Economics
Tuesday October 18, 9:00 am ET

- Charitable sector under intense pressure; skilled staff and long-term funding top challenges - Charities desperately require additional contributions, increased philanthropy - Canadians may be experiencing 'donor fatigue' due to growing number of appeals - Philanthropists can be more effective if they approach charitable giving like investing
TORONTO, Oct. 18 /CNW/ - Despite evidence that Canadian charities are under intense pressure to find stable, long-term funding, Canadians may be experiencing 'donor fatigue'. What is needed is a new perspective on charitable giving that borrows from many of the principles of sound investment, says TD economists in a new report entitled 'An Investor Approach to Charitable Giving'. The report is available on the TD Economics website at www.td.com/economics."

WebCPA | New Tool for Private Foundations Available from IRS

WebCPA | Tools and Resources for the Electronic Accountant: "New Tool for Private Foundations Available from IRS

Washington (Oct. 18, 2005) - The Internal Revenue Service launched a new Web-based information tool that will help private foundations comply with federal tax rules and requirements that occur throughout the lifecycle of their organization.

The Life Cycle of a Private Foundation section of www.IRS.gov provides a snapshot of five stages, including starting the organization, applying for tax-exempt status, filing requirements, maintaining compliance and terminating the organization. The new tool is similar to the Life Cycle of a Public Charity that has proved popular since being introduced in 2004."

Nonprofits fire back - PittsburghLIVE.com

Nonprofits fire back - PittsburghLIVE.com: "Nonprofits fire back after city snipes at fund donations

By Bill Zlatos
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Local nonprofits don't have to contribute a cent to help Pittsburgh cope with its financial problems, and their leaders don't appreciate city officials grumbling that $4.5 million the organizations raised isn't enough.

'When we see a headline that we failed to reach a goal that we didn't set, it's frustrating,' said G. Reynolds Clark, vice chairman of the Pittsburgh Public Service Fund, which was established by 83 nonprofits to help the city with its financial problems."

DonorsChooseNC raised more than $65,000 with recent benefit celebration - Brought to you by CarolinaNewswire.com. - Stay on top of the day's business

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DonorsChooseNC raised more than $65,000 with recent benefit celebration - Brought to you by CarolinaNewswire.com. - Stay on top of the day's business & technology news.: "DonorsChooseNC raised more than $65,000 with recent benefit celebration
10-18-2005

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DonorsChoose.org was announced today as the winner of the Amazon.com Nonprofit Innovation Award. In addition to $790,000 that the organization raised on Amazon.com’s web site, DonorsChoose.org will receive a matching grant from Amazon.com, for a total of $1.58 million. More than $450,000 of the total donations raised during the Amazon.com challenge has been allocated to help provide resources for students and classrooms directly affected by Hurricane Katrina. "

The French do it in associations - Yahoo! News

The French do it in associations - Yahoo! News: "PARIS (AFP) - The French are reputed to be fractious lot, prone toward finding differences rather than common ground, but when it comes to associations they can't wait to join in, according to recently released figures.
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There are fully one million grassroots, non-profit associations in France, on average one for every 60 people in the country.

Nearly seven percent of all French people have, over the last decade, participated in the creation of an association, according to a study conducted by the Center for research on philanthropy (CERPHI)"

Fidelity teams up again with Sir Paul - The Boston Globe

Fidelity teams up again with Sir Paul - The Boston Globe: "Fidelity teams up again with Sir Paul
Ads for school music charity signal evolution in firm's strategy

By Chris Reidy, Globe Staff | October 18, 2005

The second phase of the partnership between Fidelity Investments and Sir Paul McCartney is scheduled to kick in today, when the two launch a new public charity, the Music Lives Foundation, to raise money to support school music programs.

Nearly seven weeks after unveiling its partnership with the former Beatle, Fidelity will begin running TV spots promoting the charity. For a Boston firm that's long taken a quiet approach toward philanthropy, it's the first time Fidelity will use a TV ad to highlight its philanthropic efforts."

Monday, October 17, 2005

Excite Money & Investing-"S&P Report Shows U.S. Nonprofits Are Embracing Corporate-Style Compliance Measures

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Excite Money & Investing: "S&P Report Shows U.S. Nonprofits Are Embracing Corporate-Style Compliance Measures

Monday October 17, 10:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK, Oct 17, 2005 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Three years after passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, corporate governance remains a hot topic in the U.S. nonprofit sector.

Although these organizations, by virtue of their tax-exempt status, were not directly affected by Sarbanes-Oxley, the nonprofit sector has come under legislative scrutiny during the past few years, particularly in 2004 and 2005, and much of the focus is related to corporate governance, according to a report released today by Standard & Poor's titled, 'Under Legislative Scrutiny, The U.S. Nonprofit Sector Embraces Corporate-Style Oversight.'"

The big business of bingo

The big business of bingo: "The big business of bingo
Hundreds are drawn to the game hall of the Knights of Columbus each week for fun and cash.
BY KIM O'BRIEN ROOT
928-6473
October 17, 2005
NEWPORT NEWS -- In a vast, smoke-filled room, hundreds of pairs of eyes barely move from the numbered grids laid out on a dozen long tables.

At each seat, various tokens - elephant figurines, horseshoes, photographs - serve as good luck charms for those carefully listening to the man calling out combinations of letters and numbers with the smooth cadence of a radio announcer.
"

Technology - Warren Buffett and Bill Gates: The $91 Billion Conversation - FORTUNE - Page

Technology - Warren Buffett and Bill Gates: The $91 Billion Conversation - FORTUNE - Page: "BILLIONAIRE BUDDIES
The $91 Billion Conversation
Warren Buffett and Bill Gates answer questions, first for 2,000 Nebraska students, then for FORTUNE. The billionaire buddies on the economy, philanthropy, and investment strategy—an exclusive report.
By Daniel Roth

It's the Friday before the University of Nebraska's Big 12 Conference opener in football-mad Lincoln, but the Cornhuskers game isn't the only hot ticket in town. On a beautiful late September afternoon, some 2,000 students are lined up outside the school's Lied Center auditorium, an hour before the doors open. Andrew Schoemacher, a lanky 19-year-old chemical-engineering sophomore, doesn't even have a ticket but hopes he can scrounge one to get inside. How could he miss seeing this show? After all, he says, 'It's Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.'

Gates and Buffett—friends who just happen to be the two richest men in the world, worth $51 billion and $40 billion, respectively—are coming together for a free-ranging question-and-answer session. They have done this kind of talk before—once. The two met up in Gates' hometown of Seattle in 1998 with students at the University of Washington. Back then both men were on the verge of turbulent times: Microsoft about to face off against the government in its epic antitrust trial, and Buffett weeks away from buying reinsurer General Re, now the thorn in his company Berkshire Hathaway's side, thanks to its involvement with the troubled AIG. Fortune, the only magazine invited to attend their first chat, found the interaction 'something pretty darn close to wisdom' and put the talk on the cover (see The Bill & Warren Show. So when the billionaires decided to meet again, we went along for an inside peek at the event—and more important, some private time with the two men to pose our own questions."

HR Council for the Voluntary/Non-profit Sector

HR Council for the Voluntary/Non-profit Sector: "Welcome to the new HR Council for the Voluntary/Non-profit Sector!

The HR Council is an independent non-profit organization that provides leadership on issues related to paid employment in the voluntary/non-profit sector. It brings sector employers and employees together to work collaboratively on research, strategies and action.

We are the new home of HRVS, a collection of practical tools and information on human resources management for non-profit organizations."

Charity Village�NewsWeek: Cover Story

Charity Village�NewsWeek: Cover Story: "Corporate connections: Why the business world needs nonprofits
October 17, 2005
By Elisa Birnbaum

'It's not only important to make money, it's important to give back to the community.' These words, spoken by Donald Trump, one of the more notable corporate and philanthropic leaders of our time, say a lot about the ever-increasing role that philanthropy plays in the business world today. Wanting to enhance their reputation in the competitive marketplace, as well as attract and retain employees, corporations look to the nonprofit sector to fulfill those needs. Likewise, as government funding continues to decline, there is a growing focus by nonprofits on securing valuable corporate relationships to make up for the shortfall.

Yet, while these symbiotic partnerships are becoming more popular, one must question just how significant they are to the nonprofit sector's bottom line. After all, in 2003, the National Survey on Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations reported that just 3% of the total revenue of charities and nonprofits is attributed to corporations. So, are these relationships simply a symbolic measure of the corporate world's intensified public relations strategies, or are they actually creating profound and long-lasting effects on the not-for-profit sector? The answer, it seems, depends on the organization's strategic vision, the partners they've chosen, the realistic goals they've adopted, and the level of synchronicity that binds them all."

onPhilanthropy - Strengthening Health Care through Philanthropy

onPhilanthropy - Strengthening Health Care through Philanthropy: "The New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising series, sponsored by The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, provides quarterly monographs on fundraising management in the context of the traditions of philanthropy, culture and society. This latest volume is a valuable addition to the library of fundraisers, academics, and the leadership of healthcare institutions seeking to better understand and develop philanthropic support."

Star-Telegram | 10/16/2005 | A new way to do philanthropy

Star-Telegram | 10/16/2005 | A new way to do philanthropy: "A new way to do philanthropy

By J.R. Labbe

Star-Telegram Staff Writer

The line between promotion and coercion is a thin one, as United Way of America CEO Brian Gallagher can attest.

He recognizes the downside for his organization when well-meaning but wrong-headed company officials strong-arm their employees into participating in corporate United Way campaigns.

'One hundred percent participation at any company is not our goal,' Gallagher said last week during a Metroplex trip to meet with officials at the Tarrant County and Dallas United Way chapters. 'The $10 that we might get through coercion could be replaced by $1,000 given with joy if the individual decides willingly.'"

Xinhua - English

Xinhua - English: "China announced the name list of this year's 10 leading philanthropists -- or the second 'Top Ten Stars of Social Welfare', Sunday.

Senior officials Ismail Amat, Zhou Tienong and Peng Peiyun attended the title-awarding ceremony at the Great Hall of the People, in the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing.

The No. 1 of the top ten is called 'Micro-dust', the name for a group of anonymous donors in east China's Shandong Province for the victims of last year's Indian Ocean tsunami from Qingdao City.

The nine others are Cong Fei, a singer suffering from a malignant tumor, Zhang Xinghui, a doctor from Shandong providing free medical service for those patients in need, Wang Jianlin, 'Wanda Goup' chairman from the City of Dalian in northeastern Liaoning province, Yang Shoucheng, a noted philanthropist from Hong Kong, Han Yaqin, a woman entrepreneur from Taiyuan dedicated to public welfare service, Yan Xijun, a Tianjin private businessman contributed to the cause of the disabled people, Yang Benhua, a Taiwan philanthropist coming to the aid of the needy on the mainland, Xu Benyu, who has volunteered to teach in Dashi Hope School in southwestern Guizhou Province, and Lin Ruiban, who cared for the elderly and the disabled and devoted to neighborhood community services."

HoustonChronicle.com - Shareholders query Google.org

HoustonChronicle.com - Shareholders query Google.org: "Shareholders query Google.org
Unusual setup of philanthropy raises questions
By DAVID A. VISE
Washington Post

Google is launching an unusual corporate philanthropy campaign that will focus on fighting poverty and disease in Africa, addressing energy and environmental issues and assisting nonprofit groups by giving away free online advertising.
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Rather than doing all of that through a traditional corporate foundation, which has certain tax advantages, Google is setting aside the equivalent of 3 million shares of stock, worth more than $900 million, to fund an entity called Google.org. It is separately putting about $90 million into a newly created Google Foundation, officials said."

Building an advantage: Companies see philanthropy as a way to attract, retain high-quality workers - 2005-10-17

Building an advantage: Companies see philanthropy as a way to attract, retain high-quality workers - 2005-10-17: "Building an advantage: Companies see philanthropy as a way to attract, retain high-quality workers
Bob Cole
Staff Writer

Volunteers from GE Insurance Solutions in Kansas City seldom stray far from the nuts and bolts of community service. They have too many projects to work on.
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During its Community Day on June 10, GE had more than 800 employees working on paint-and-patch projects at seven sites throughout greater Kansas City. After Hurricane Katrina, the group partnered on a food drive with Harvesters -- The Community Food Network and helped man a call center for the American Red Cross."

Home Depot skimps on gifts | ajc.com

Home Depot skimps on gifts | ajc.com: "Corporate generosity, Home Depot CEO Bob Nardelli told Business Week magazine this year, is 'just the right thing to do.'

A company's civic work, he said in another interview published by The New York Times, can increase sales and provide a public relations boost. 'But that's not why we do it,' he said. 'It's about showing corporate responsibilty.'
T. Levette Bagwell/AJC
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Civic work is 'about showing corporate responsibility,' Home Depot CEO Bob Nardelli told The New York Times. However, the company's giving, falls short of corporate averages.

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• For every $100 in profits, Home Depot gave less than a nickel to charity.
• Home Depot donated half as much as Coca-Cola last year, despite more than three times the revenue.
• 86 percent of consumers prefer doing business with a company that supports a cause, if price and quality are the same.

And as a recent member of President Bush's Council on Service and Civic Participation, Nardelli went out his way to push other companies to do more."

Troubles at Getty Ripple Through Art World - Yahoo! News

Troubles at Getty Ripple Through Art World - Yahoo! News: "Troubles at Getty Ripple Through Art World

By CHRISTINA ALMEIDA, Associated Press Writer Sat Oct 15,10:55 PM ET

LOS ANGELES - A plot fit for a Hollywood thriller has been unfolding at the venerable J. Paul Getty Museum, a gleaming hilltop refuge that Italian authorities claim houses pilfered art.
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A decade after leading efforts against the illegal trade of artifacts, the museum's recently departed antiquities curator faces trial next month in Rome over allegations that she knowingly received dozens of stolen items.

The internationally renowned Getty finds itself deflecting a barrage of questions about how it amassed its world-class collection of Roman, Greek and Etruscan works. And the art world is left to wonder whether the museum's current dilemma will refocus attention on how art is acquired."

The Resource Alliance (formerly known as The International Fund Raising Group)

The Resource Alliance (formerly known as The International Fund Raising Group): "IS THERE A PROFILE OF THE LATIN AMERICAN FUNDRAISER

by Norma Galafassi

In January this year, AFP and The Resource Alliance jointly organised the first “Hemispheric Congress on Fundraising” in Mexico City that gathered a considerable number of professionals in resources mobilisation within the Latin America region. One of the scheduled workshops was a debate concerning the Institutional environment of fundraising in the region, and specifically what kind of infrastructure was needed in order to build local capacity. "