Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Big is not beautiful, says IDS - Jobs - Times Online

Big is not beautiful, says IDS - Jobs - Times Online: "Big is not beautiful, says IDS
The former Conservative Party leader is taking the fight to Labour over voluntary sector politics, and large charities are in the firing line, he tells John Plummer
WHILE Labour has worked hard to woo the voluntary sector, the Conservatives have barely been able to stifle their yawns, bothering to release a sector manifesto only one week before the last general election.

So Iain Duncan Smith’s withering attack on large charities at a Third Sector magazine awards event this month took everybody by surprise.

Big charities, the former Tory leader said, were dull, over-bureaucratic and had been tenderly led by the nose to accept government contracts that had turned them into clones of their Whitehall paymasters"

'Stop Spam Today!' Campaign to Aid More Than 100,000 Nonprofits :: PNNOnline ::

'Stop Spam Today!' Campaign to Aid More Than 100,000 Nonprofits :: PNNOnline ::: "'Stop Spam Today!' Campaign to Aid More Than 100,000 Nonprofits
Posted by: laurakujawski on Wednesday, November 23, 2005
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TechSoup and Mailshell announced the third annual 'Stop Spam Today!' Campaign, a nationwide effort to help nonprofits and public libraries fight spam by providing free information, resources, and tools. The campaign culminates on Dec. 14 and 15 with a 48-hour giveaway in which nonprofits and libraries can visit to order free copies of Mailshell's Anti-Spam Desktop software.

More than 100,000 copies of free anti-spam software were distributed during last year's 'Stop Spam Today!' event, an increase of 33 percent over the 2003 campaign, and TechSoup expects even greater participation this year.

" - Charity watchdogs 12/05 - Charity watchdogs 12/05: "
December 2005 send to a friend printable version
How to make your donations really count
Home in on charities that don't waste--or steal--your money
You're inspired to help out, but where should you send your donations? That's been a question weighing heavily on a lot of people's minds, especially after last year's Asian tsunami disaster, the summer's Gulf Coast hurricanes, and the earthquake in Pakistan. During many crises, scam charities quickly pop up to prey on people's big hearts and open pockets.

Warnings about bogus charities have added to the importance of finding which nonprofit organizations deserve your support. Sure, the American Red Cross is for real, but is it more efficient at delivering aid than, say, Catholic Charities? Even if you take the time to check with state and federal agencies to make sure a charity is registered and qualifies for a tax exemption, that's no guarantee the group is feeding needy children or saving the manatee. "

New Philanthropy Capital

New Philanthropy Capital: "You are here: Home > Research > Charity Recommendations
Charity Recommendations

As part of NPC's research process, our analysts recommend charities in each area

* We select around ten charities which we highlight as having high impact and potential
* The charities chosen are selected as a range of approaches to tackle the problem rather than a league table
* For each charity, we develop a two page report that sets out the specific issues the charity tackles, their main approaches and activities to do so, their impact and an outline of the impact that further private donations might have.
* The intention is to provide donors with examples of particularly effective practice, where funding can make a real difference."

TCS: Tech Central Station - The Altruism Boom

TCS: Tech Central Station - The Altruism Boom: "Just as trade between countries is the best recipe for friendship between them, so exchange between enfranchised and empowered individuals is the best recipe for cooperation. We must encourage social and material exchange between equals for that is the raw material of trust, and trust is the foundation of virtue.'
-Matt Ridley, The Origins of Virtue

What if you could take the dynamism and prosperity of the market and inject it into social services, environmental protection, and the welfare state? What would a market for altruism be like? Enter: social entrepreneurship (what I like to call 'charity on steroids').

Many of us are tired of trying to use political channels to bring about social change. We're dissatisfied with the way government handles such projects, we're fed up with the bureaucracy, and we resent having our money taxed from us every paycheck to be managed by those who only claim to know better."

Work Off Those Cheetos!

Work Off Those Cheetos!: "Work Off Those Cheetos!
Snack-Food Makers Promote Exercise, Healthful Diets for Kids

By Caroline E. Mayer
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 23, 2005; D01

Four-year-old Ylan Isaac earnestly dumps mulch into a big plastic funnel, then pours it out. He dumps and pours, dumps and pours, making it clear that this is his favorite spot in the new playground at his preschool. With good reason, he says: 'You get to play with dirt.'

Playing is exactly what PepsiCo Inc. had in mind when it decided to fund the playground at the CentroNia preschool in Columbia Heights, the first of 13 that the beverage and snack-food company will build around the country as part of its campaign to promote exercise. Like other big food companies, PepsiCo is trying to put the spotlight on fitness and nutrition to 'balance' the calories consumed while eating many of the foods it sells." | People | People: "Winfrey honored for philanthropy

Oprah Winfrey has received the Founders Award for her international broadcast career and philanthropic initiatives from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton presented the award to Winfrey, host of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show,' during Monday night's International Emmy Awards gala.

'Her accomplishments as a television pioneer, actress, film producer, editorial director and philanthropist have established her as one of the most respected and admired public figures today,' the Academy said of the talk-show host in a statement on its Web site."

The St. Louis American: Local News-Mecca of black philanthropy

The St. Louis American: Local News: "Mecca of black philanthropy

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 6:08 PM CST

STL’s Charmaine Chapman Society leads nation in giving

By Meliqueica Meadows

Of the St. Louis American

In a banner fundraising year for the United Way of Greater St. Louis - led by David L. Steward, who helped the local United Way to surpass its 2005 fundraising goal of $65 million by $501,220 - the Charmaine Chapman Society raised nearly $2 million of the impressive total. The local African-American leadership giving initiative outpaced all its sister organizations, even those in cities like New York.

At a celebration held Friday at the Anheuser-Busch Corporate Theater, Charmaine Chapman Society members lauded chairs Minga and Johnny Furr Jr. for their leadership in reaching and beating the $1.3 million fundraising goal."

Leaving a legacy, large and small (Page 1 of 4)

Leaving a legacy, large and small (Page 1 of 4): "Leaving a legacy, large and small
By Jay MacDonald •

Want to establish an endowment chair at your dear alma mater? Donate your art collection to a museum? Underwrite a hospital wing or research facility?

If you're in the position to make a multimillion dollar gift to charitable causes and would like to leave a legacy of philanthropy to inspire your heirs, a private foundation gives you maximum flexibility over how the money is invested and where it ultimately goes.

But if your philanthropy isn't in the seven-figure range and you would still like to leave your mark, and perhaps your family name, on a worthy cause, you may find a donor-advised fund, or DAF; a supporting organization, or SO; or the new upstart donor-managed investment , or DMI, fund much easier to set up and more tax-efficient."

TODAYonline-Study to help others

TODAYonline: "Her trip was made possible as Mendaki clinched the Non-profit Organisation award in this year's National Volunteerism and Philanthropy Awards. She will be the first non-profit CEO from Singapore to participate in this programme."

Where does that charity gumball money go?

Where does that charity gumball money go?: "Where does that charity gumball money go?
Nov 22, 2005, 08:43 PM
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You see them in a lot of stores, gumball machines raising money for charity. But when you put that quarter in, where does it go?

You probably don't read the fine print on the stickers on those vending machines. But what's essentially a disclaimer is what watchdog groups call a shield for the unethical to turn your charity into chump change.

'They'll come in and ask you if it would be ok for them to put it in here because it goes towards missing children,' explains Seth Munro of Tint Devils."

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

It's Time to Donate a Little More

It's Time to Donate a Little More: "It's Time to Donate a Little More
Charities depend heavily on end-of-year giving, and even after all the disasters in 2005, Americans can probably still afford to open their wallets

With the holiday season bearing down, many charities are on tenterhooks about end-of-year donations. Every year the nonprofit sector asks itself the same question: 'Will giving be up or down this year?' After all, the yearend is when charities have an opportunity to balance the budget. Some people donate as a way to give thanks and help the needy; others are motivated by the tax deductions." | Voluntary sector | Should I ... give money to a chugger? | Voluntary sector | Should I ... give money to a chugger?: "Should I ... give money to a chugger?

Leo Hickman's guide to a good life

Tuesday November 22, 2005
The Guardian

Those who take the art of chugger dodging seriously will always prepare themselves before entering the theatre of war. Maintaining a brisk and purposeful walking pace? Check. In possession of emergency diversionary tools, such as a mobile phone? Check. Determination to not make eye contact with the enemy? Double check."

MSN Money - 5 lessons the rich can teach you

MSN Money - 5 lessons the rich can teach you: "The rich are indeed different
At least, so say various surveys of the affluent. Among the most notable differences:

They give away more. Charitable giving dropped sharply among the wealthy after the 2000-2001 bear market, according to Spectrem Group. Still, households with $500,000 or more in investible assets gave away 6% of their incomes last year, and those with net worth of $5 million, excluding primary residences, contributed 6.1% of their incomes. "

Philanthropy Journal-"Ethics, Part 1

Philanthropy Journal-Your online source for news about nonprofits, social issues, and policy change - newsarticle: "Ethics, Part 1

Nonprofits wrestle with ethics.

By Todd Cohen

A donor last year wanted to give more than $25 million to New York University to endow the directorship of a new center, but the school turned down the gift because the donor wanted to pick the director.

'There's no state or federal law that applies, but there is an ethical question,' says Naomi Levine, a special adviser to NYU President John Sexton. 'A university puts certain responsibilities in the hands of their faculty. It doesn't matter how much you give.'"

Event brewed to order - Parry Sound North Star

Event brewed to order - Parry Sound North Star: "PARRY SOUND - Alymer, Quebec native Elodie Button found it odd when she arrived here two months ago with the Canada World Youth (CWY) exchange program and found herself with no fundraising work to do.

“I do a lot of work in Ottawa for a lot of causes. I came here and it was just kind of weird for me not to be doing something,” said Ms Button.

However, with the help of several of the participants of CYW, Ms Button has organized a fundraising event to aid Doctors Without Borders.

“They go and set up hospitals in refugee camps and they provide short-term assistance in crisis situations. They’re active in pretty much any situation like that in the world; they’re the first ones there,” she said."

A financial instrument for good is not always a good fit |

A financial instrument for good is not always a good fit | "A financial instrument for good is not always a good fit
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor
If the idea of getting paid for making a charitable contribution sounds too good to be true, a growing number of nonprofit organizations across the country have two words for you: gift annuity."

Charitable disconnect? -

Charitable disconnect? - "re the assets of philanthropic organizations growing at the expense of the poor and low-income people they are often meant to serve? That may depend on where you live. In Maryland, and particularly in Baltimore, philanthropy is more targeted to the neediest residents than in the nation as a whole. That's good, but the need continues to grow.

A report released last week by the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG) shows that, like many corporations, foundations and other philanthropic organizations have been rebounding from the economic downturn that followed Sept. 11, 2001. Looking at the latest available data for the state, ABAG counted 1,350 foundations in Maryland in 2003 (down slightly from 2002), with total assets of $10.4 billion, a 15 percent increase. Yet total giving by these foundations in 2003 was $640 million, only a 3 percent increase from 2002. Similarly, assets of Baltimore area foundations rose 15 percent in 2003, while giving rose 2 percent."

Isle aloha stretched thin - The Honolulu Advertiser

Isle aloha stretched thin - The Honolulu Advertiser: "Isle aloha stretched thin

By James Gonser
Advertiser Urban Honolulu Writer

Giving to local nonprofit groups is down from last year, and officials are worried that services to local needy families might be cut back.

The reduced donations are being attributed to the unprecedented relief efforts in the wake of natural disasters including Hurricane Katrina, which are siphoning off food and money that normally would go to local groups.

Officials from Aloha United Way, the Salvation Army, the Hawai'i Foodbank and the Institute for Human Services say donations are down from 2 percent to as much as 40 percent, making it harder for nonprofit organizations to pay for programs and payrolls."

Xinhua - English-99% of firms never donate to charity

Xinhua - English: "
Charity groups urged to maintain high credibility

BEIJING, Nov. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- No more than 100,000 Chinese companies, a merely one percent of the country's total ten million registered firms, have had a history of making donation to charity, said Chen Xinnian with the National Development and Reform Commission.

But the rest 99 percent enterprises that never engage in charity work feel unfair to be called 'parsimonious'. They complain of the current tax law under which corporations' donations are exempted from income tax if the amount is within 3 percent. The ratio is 30 percent for individuals.

'It's not we don't have goodwill, but charitable work does not deserve corresponding result under present tax law,' said Wang Jianlin, chairman of the board of Dalian Wanda Group, a famous company in northeast China's Liaoning province. 'The more you donate, the more tax you have to pay.'"

Charities Predict Stagnant or Declining End-of-Year Fundraising :: PNNOnline ::

Charities Predict Stagnant or Declining End-of-Year Fundraising :: PNNOnline ::: "The GuideStar annual survey reveals nonprofits held their own in the first three quarters of 2005 but fear the “Katrina effect” for giving season.

Nearly 80 percent of charitable organizations anticipate that the year’s natural disasters will cause end-of-year contributions to remain at or decrease from 2004 levels, a new survey by GuideStar, the public charity that connects people with nonprofit information, reveals.

Representatives of more than 3,900 organizations participated in GuideStar’s fourth annual nonprofit economic survey in October. Asked how they thought giving to disaster relief would affect contributions to their nonprofits for the rest of 2005, 41 percent said they believed contributions would stay about the same as last year, 38 percent reported that they expected contributions to drop, 4 percent anticipated an increase, and 17 percent stated they didn’t know.


Xinhua - English-Policy incentives urged for charitable activities

Xinhua - English: "Policy incentives urged for charitable activities 2005-11-22 09:15:20

China is considering a range of rules and regulations, including a charity law, to encourage and regulate charitable activities in the country where charity is still not very popular.

This was revealed yesterday at the China Charity Conference.

'It aims to co-ordinate relations between governments, charity organizations and foundations, companies and individuals in this field,' a source at the conference said." - The ultimate feast - Nov 22, 2005 - The ultimate feast - Nov 22, 2005: "HONG KONG (CNN) -- The world's most expensive meal.

Not an idle boast but the reality behind a stunning five-course dinner, using more than a kilogram of the world's most expensive foodstuff, that was held in Hong Kong's Toscana restaurant.

Sixty guests representing the cream of wealthy Hong Kong society had paid thousands of euros per head at the fundraiser in aid of the Mother's Choiceexternal link charity, supporting young disadvantaged mothers.

I was the truly lucky one who garnered the ultimate meal ticket through a very, very generous friend." Charity is lagging close to home Charity is lagging close to home: "Charity is lagging close to home
Donations for LI's poor are not flowing as they did for disaster victims; let's count our blessings - and share

The Rev. Thomas W. Goodhue is executive director of the Long Island Council of Churches.

November 22, 2005

Americans responded generously to victims of the tsunami in Asia last December, recent earthquakes in India and Pakistan, and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.

Sadly, though, many of us are giving less to Long Island charities that help the poor closer to home."

Giving in Good Times and Bad

Giving in Good Times and Bad: "Giving in Good Times and Bad
The head of Huntsman says it's easy to be generous when the economy is flush -- but even more important to do so when it's not

Until his family business went public this year, Jon Huntsman sat at the top of the world's largest privately held chemical company, Huntsman Corp. (HUN ) Nearing bankruptcy just a few years ago, Huntsman staged a remarkable comeback. Now it's paying off pledges and thanking supporters with new gifts." | Editorial | /2005/11/22/ | Editorial | /2005/11/22/: "Study unfairly gives Hawaii a low generosity rating
While a Hawaii shelter for the homeless faces difficulty, the state has received a poor ranking in generosity to charities.

A DECLINE in contributions to one of Honolulu's primary providers to the homeless coincides with the release of a study depicting Hawaii as one of the nation's most miserly states. Fortunately, the study is badly flawed, and residents can be expected to respond again with another display of benevolence."

Monday, November 21, 2005

Two receive Women’s Philanthropy Council ‘Champion’ awards (Nov 21, 2005)

Two receive Women’s Philanthropy Council ‘Champion’ awards (Nov 21, 2005): "Two receive Women’s Philanthropy Council ‘Champion’ awards

November 21, 2005

by Chris DuPre

An assistant dean in the School of Education and the coordinator of new faculty services in the office of the Secretary of the Faculty are the recipients of the inaugural Women's Philanthropy Council (WPC) Champion Awards at UW-Madison." Singapore-Public's trust in charity sector remains high: "Public's trust in charity sector remains high: Dr Balakrishnan
By Wong Siew Ying, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : Singaporeans' trust in charities and their willingness to help the less fortunate remain high says Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, in response to a question raised in Parliament.

This is evident in the public's support to recent fund raising events, like the Singapore Cancer Society's Charity Show, which garnered over 180,000 calls and S$3.2 million in donation, out-doing last year's efforts. "

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza - Business Window of opportunity for charitable donations almost over

North Lake Tahoe Bonanza - Business: "Window of opportunity for charitable donations almost over
Jeff Quinn
special to the bonanza
November 11, 2005

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Well, we guess you can call it a form of 'simplification,' anyway. The Revenooers have announced that starting in 2006, individuals will only have to file one form to secure an automatic extension of a full six months - rather than the old procedure which required two forms to get the filing date extended all the way to Oct. 15. Same will go for partnerships and trusts. The biggest surprise of all, however, is the fact that Uncle Sam for once has actually taken note of the fact that individuals can't file until their 'pass through' entity (partnership, in most cases) does first-and to make both returns due on the very same date doesn't make a whole lot of sense. So, they're 'requesting comments' on whether pass-throughs should be given a shorter extension period. It's about time they came to their senses on this one."

''Growing Philanthropy In A Shrinking World''; The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Massachusetts Chapter Annual Conference

''Growing Philanthropy In A Shrinking World''; The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Massachusetts Chapter Annual Conference: "Growing Philanthropy In A Shrinking World''; The Association of Fundraising Professionals, Massachusetts Chapter Annual Conference

AFP Annual Conference

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 21, 2005--The Massachusetts Chapter of Fundraising Professionals will hold its Annual Conference on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at the Copley Marriott Hotel beginning at 7:30 AM. Entitled Growing Philanthropy In A Shrinking World, the Conference will boast more than 60 sessions and workshops that will take a look at trends and issues facing the world of giving.

The Conference plenary keynote speaker will be Raymond Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America, a international relief and development agency, one of 12 Oxfam confederations, which collectively work in 120 countries. Offenheiser's remarks will highlight global philanthropy in the wake of the disasters of 2005, including the Tsunami, hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and Pakistani earthquake relief challenges."

Xinhua - English-Charity groups urged to maintain high credibility

Xinhua - English: " BEIJING, Nov. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- 'They do not have the habit, the confidence and the energy', Chen Sitang concluded the three factors to the reluctance of Chinese people in giving charity donation to organizations which are mainly non-government ones.

Chen, the vice president of a well-known charity organization, China Office of World Vision of Hong Kong, made the comments on the Nongovernmental Organization Seminar (NGO Seminar) of China Charity Conference held here Monday.

'The average personal donation of US is more than 7,300 times higher than China's,' Xu Yongguang, vice chairman of China Charity Federation, cited a research on the NGO Seminar.

The average personal donation made by Chinese people in 2002 isonly 0.92 yuan (0.113 dollar). And the total personal donation accounted for 0.01 percent of China Gross Domestic Product (GDP). While in the United States, the average individual donation in 2003 reached 828.7 dollars, said Xu." / Business life - Philanthropists adopt a more discerning style / Business life - Philanthropists adopt a more discerning style: "Philanthropists adopt a more discerning style
By John Murray Brown
Published: November 20 2005 17:23 | Last updated: November 20 2005 17:23

Wealthy Irish philanthropistsMany Irish people have been far too busy making money in the past few years to consider going to business school to be taught how to make money.

But there are signs that more are starting to acknowledge the value of a business school education. Last month there were two important developments. Trinity College, Dublin, announced it was linking up with the Irish Management Institute to create a new graduate school, which it said would be ranked in the top 25 in the world within the decade. Meanwhile, Dublin City University formally opened its Tony Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship, named after the founder of Ryanair, the low-cost airline."

Private charities fighting wealth gap

Private charities fighting wealth gap: "Private charities fighting wealth gap
2005-11-21 Beijing Time
CHINA'S 280,000 nongovernmental charity organizations are playing an important role in improving the balance between the rich and poor, the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs said.

The ministry issued a program aimed at developing the country's private charity activities in the next five years, during a national charity conference held in Beijing yesterday.

'With China's economic, cultural and social conditions improving tremendously over recent years, charity is playing an increasingly vital role,' according to the program. "

Money Plans - The Salvation Army and Cub Foods Unveil World's Largest Red Kettle : News-

Money Plans - The Salvation Army and Cub Foods Unveil World's Largest Red Kettle : News-: "he Salvation Army and Cub Foods Unveil World's Largest Red Kettle
Publish Date : 11/21/2005 7:03:00 AM Source : Staff

The Salvation Army today unveiled the World's Largest Red Kettle at the Stillwater Cub Foods store. Hundreds of people turned out to climb the 10-foot ladder and drop their cash donations into the giant Red Kettle. Cub Foods customers and other community residents took advantage of a 10-to-1 matching program being conducted today only at the Stillwater Cub Foods store. Red Kettle donations at all other Twin Cities Cub Foods stores were matched two-to-one today. The matching program was made possible by a $100,000 anonymous contribution.

'We're thrilled that Cub Foods customers and members of the local community came out in such great numbers to support a great cause,' said Chuck Lynch, vice president of operations for Cub Foods.

'It was great to be able to unveil our brand new Red Kettle - the World's Largest - at Cub Foods because Cub has been very supportive of the Red Kettle campaign over the last several years,' said Major Paul Fleeman, Twin Cities Commander for the Salvation Army.

The World's Largest Kettle will make appearances across the Twin Cities at special events and retail locations during the red kettle campaign, which runs through Dec. 31."

Call for Applications for Membership on the Charities Advisory Committee

Call for Applications for Membership on the Charities Advisory Committee: "Call for Applications for Membership on the Charities Advisory Committee

The Charities Directorate invites you to submit your application for membership on the CRA Charities Advisory Committee.

Established in 2004, the Charities Advisory Committee is a permanent consultative body through which charities and charity experts provide advice, assistance and feedback to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on matters related to the CRA’s responsibility for the regulation of registered charities.

The Charities Advisory Committee is composed of 12 members from the sector that meet three times a year with senior members of the Charities Directorate and representatives from other government departments. The Committee is co-chaired by a representative of the charitable sector and the Director General of the Charities Directorate within the CRA. All of the Committee members are from the charitable sector and serve terms of 3 years."

Charity Village®NewsWeek: Cover Story-The Media Savvy Nonprofit: What it takes to get noticed

Charity Village®NewsWeek: Cover Story: "The Media Savvy Nonprofit: What it takes to get noticed
Elisa BirnbaumNovember 21, 2005
By Elisa Birnbaum

We are living in the information age. It is an era marked by 24-hour news stations, flooded e-mail boxes and satellites that feed our constant and insatiable appetites for more and more bytes of sound, images and data. In this society where people seem more comfortable with Blackberries, cell phones and iPods than with handshakes, the media is not just all-consuming, it is ubiquitous. But if Marshall McLuhan was right and the medium is, indeed, the message, what importance does the media play in how nonprofits deliver their messages? Is it even a relationship worth cultivating? If so, how successful is the sector at garnering the coverage they need and want in order to effect the change or missions they pursue?"

The Chronicle, 11/18/2005: Senate Passes Measure on Charity Tax Breaks, Restrictions on Nonprofit Groups

The Chronicle, 11/18/2005: Senate Passes Measure on Charity Tax Breaks, Restrictions on Nonprofit Groups: "Senate Passes Measure on Charity Tax Breaks, Restrictions on Nonprofit Groups

By Harvy Lipman

The U.S. Senate on Friday passed legislation containing incentives designed to encourage charitable giving while also taking steps to ensure that donors are not inflating their tax write-offs. But the bill would also remove a key incentive for some donors.

Among the key provisions of the measure: People who do not itemize deductions on their tax returns would be allowed to write off a portion of their charitable donations. Individuals could write off the sums above $210 that they donate each year to nonprofit organizations; couples filing jointly could write off the amount that exceeds $420."

Young adults' involvement in nonprofit work rises - - The Times Republican

Young adults' involvement in nonprofit work rises - - The Times Republican: "Young adults' involvement in nonprofit work rises


CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) - Mike Brooks was accepted to law schools across the nation. Stanford was his top choice.

But as he visited those schools, he realized his heart was somewhere else: in two Iowa City nonprofits he helped found The 10,000 Hours Show, which gives 1,000 volunteers a concert ticket for 10 hours of community service; and The James Gang, a community-building organization.

'The only thing I really wanted to be doing with my time was working on The 10,000 Hours Show,'' said Brooks, 24, of Iowa City, who will live the next 12 months off a $9,500 AmeriCorps stipend while working on 10K. 'I always wanted to do something I loved that had a positive effect on the community.''

More young adults like Brooks are seemingly considering the nonprofit sector as a career. Fueling the trend is a desire to help others, more awareness of nonprofits and a need for professionals to run the organizations." - North Georgia's Newsroom-Disasters heighten Habitat's profile, fuel demand for its homes - North Georgia's Newsroom: "Disasters heighten Habitat's profile, fuel demand for its homes

The Associated Press - AMERICUS, Ga.

The devastating tsunamis and hurricanes of the past year have led to increased visibility for Habitat for Humanity International, and, as a result, the Georgia-based charity has seen a jump in donations and volunteers.

Interest in the organization has increased in recent months as President Bush, other leaders and countless celebrities _ from singer Barbra Streisand to author John Grisham to dozens of professional sports teams _ have thrown their high-profile support behind Habitat's efforts to build low-income housing for those left homeless by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita."

Entertainment News Article | in Need sets new fundraising record

Entertainment News Article | "Children in Need sets new fundraising record
Sat Nov 19, 2005 11:49 AM GMT16

LONDON (Reuters) - The BBC's Children in Need appeal, which unites celebrities and fundraisers across Britain to raise money for children's charities, marked its 26th year with a record 17.2 million pounds pledged on Friday night.", Annapolis - Around Annapolis: Auction volunteers receive state honor, Annapolis - Around Annapolis: Auction volunteers receive state honor: "Around Annapolis: Auction volunteers receive state honor
By MARY P. FELTER, Community News Editor

We should all extend congratulations to the St. Mary's auction volunteers who received the Unsung Hero Award during a philanthropy recognition ceremony in Baltimore on Nov. 8.

Joan Dawson Rush sent me a note that the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Maryland Chapter presented the award during National Philanthropy Day." Chicago news, weather, traffic, video from WBBM-TV: New Hampshire Is Named Most Miserly State Chicago news, weather, traffic, video from WBBM-TV: New Hampshire Is Named Most Miserly State: "New Hampshire Is Named Most Miserly State

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(AP) PORTLAND, Maine New Englanders remain among the most tightfisted in the country when it comes to charitable giving while Bible Belt residents are among the most generous, according to an annual index.

For the fourth year running, New Hampshire was the most miserly state, according to the Catalogue of Philanthropy's Generosity Index. Mississippi remained at the top for generosity."

Charities take to the streets, but at what cost? |

Charities take to the streets, but at what cost? | "Charities take to the streets, but at what cost?
By Jeremiah A. Hall | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor
SAN FRANCISCO – Panhandlers have a new tool: clipboards and binders filled with jarring photos, heart-wrenching statistics, and donation forms.

A nonprofit fundraising trend at play for years in Britain has come to the streets of major US cities. Face-to-face fundraising employs teams of young adults donning official-looking uniforms to solicit donations from individuals. Numerous nonprofits are just beginning to use this method, including CARE USA, Children's International, Amnesty International, and Greenpeace." U.S.- "Hurricane Donations in U.S. Exceed Fundraising After Sept. 11 U.S.: "Hurricane Donations in U.S. Exceed Fundraising After Sept. 11

Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Donations to U.S. hurricane relief efforts have surpassed the amount raised for victims and their families after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the Chronicle of Philanthropy said.

About $2.3 billion has been collected in the 12 weeks since Hurricane Katrina flooded the U.S. Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, killing more than 1,100 people and displacing thousands from their homes, said Evan Goldstein, a spokesman for the newspaper. This tops the record $2.2 billion that charities received after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, according to the Chronicle."

Arizona Daily Wildcat - 400 give time to charity events - Monday, November 21, 2005

Arizona Daily Wildcat - 400 give time to charity events - Monday, November 21, 2005: "400 give time to charity events

By Ariel Serafin
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday, November 21, 2005
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Low faculty turnout tempers enthusiasm

Although nearly 400 students showed up for Saturday's All Campus Philanthropy event, organizers were disappointed with the lack of faculty and staff volunteers.

The University Activities Board's Project Volunteer Committee organized the philanthropy event, which is in its 19th year at the UA."