Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Service Coalitions Propose 'Nonprofit Stimulus Package' - Philanthropy.com

Service Coalitions Propose 'Nonprofit Stimulus Package' - Philanthropy.com: "December 31, 2008
Service Coalitions Propose 'Nonprofit Stimulus Package'

Several coalitions of groups promoting community and national service are urging President-elect Obama and Congress to include a “nonprofit stimulus package” as part of the economic-recovery plan they are drafting."

Law Blog - WSJ.com : Madoff Scandal Threatens Country's Criminal Justice Organizations

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Law Blog - WSJ.com : Madoff Scandal Threatens Country's Criminal Justice Organizations: "allying the losers in the Madoff scandal has become somewhat of a parlor game. On the legal front, we’ve seen the New York Law School emerge as an alleged victim. But the criminal justice system is reeling, as well."

Glamour Still Rules, but With Fewer Debutantes - NYTimes.com

Glamour Still Rules, but With Fewer Debutantes - NYTimes.com: "Some parents recognized the disconnect between the opulence inside the hotel’s gilded doors and the mood beyond them; others took comfort in the fact that the event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity, mainly the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club, a hotel in Manhattan for military members and their families."

Telemarketers Take Hefty Share of Charity Dollars, Study Finds - NYTimes.com

Telemarketers Take Hefty Share of Charity Dollars, Study Finds - NYTimes.com: "On average, just 39 cents of every dollar raised by commercial telemarketing companies for charities in New York State actually go to charity, the state attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, concluded in a report issued on Tuesday. The balance, he found, is used to pay fees and expenses associated with professional fund-raising."

Comparing Jewish losses to non-Jewish losses in the Madoff scheme | The Fundermentalist | JTA - Jewish & Israel News

Comparing Jewish losses to non-Jewish losses in the Madoff scheme | The Fundermentalist | JTA - Jewish & Israel News: "Comparing Jewish losses to non-Jewish losses in the Madoff scheme

By Jacob Berkman · December 30, 2008

Sometimes its good to put things into perspective.

The Jewish nonprofit world certainly lost money in the Madoff scheme, but we were not the only losers, and perhaps not even the biggest.

Bloomberg News put together a list of grants given out in 2007 by 10 foundations that lost significant assets in the Madoff scandal, nine of which are Jewish."

Charities Wiped Out By Madoff Mess, CBS Evening News: $50 Billion Ponzi Scheme Especially Damaging To Charities - CBS News

Charities Wiped Out By Madoff Mess, CBS Evening News: $50 Billion Ponzi Scheme Especially Damaging To Charities - CBS News: "(CBS) Because of Bernie Madoff, Deborah Coltin is out of a job and a 401k retirement account, reports CBS News correspondent Jeff Glor. But for her, even more devastating is the impact on others.

'It is extremely tough for me to believe it and for the community to believe it,' Coltin said. 'We've been in a state of disbelief.'"

Fund set up to replenish nonprofits | Jacksonville.com

Fund set up to replenish nonprofits | Jacksonville.com: "Local philanthropies, led by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, announced Tuesday they have raised $1.3 million behind the scenes this month to launch the Community Safety Net Fund. It will allow nonprofit agencies to replenish their resources and provide emergency assistance to residents in need."

Anger replaces shock as Madoff scam puts spotlight | U.S. | Jewish Journal

Anger replaces shock as Madoff scam puts spotlight | U.S. | Jewish Journal: "Anger has begun to supplant shock as those who contribute to prominent Jewish charities or work on their behalf gasp for comprehension of the unprecedented percussion that the Bernard L. Madoff investment fraud is having on their favorite causes."

KTUU.com | Alaska's news and information source | Nonprofits angle for pieces of a nearly $20 million pie

KTUU.com | Alaska's news and information source | Nonprofits angle for pieces of a nearly $20 million pie: "ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Local nonprofit groups are hoping to get a share of nearly $20 million, part of a federal plan to help states recover from foreclosure problems."

Martha's Vineyard Times : For Island nonprofits, challenges mean redoubling their heroic efforts

Martha's Vineyard Times : For Island nonprofits, challenges mean redoubling their heroic efforts: "To say that the past year presented unique challenges for the Vineyard’s more than 100 nonprofit organizations is certainly an understatement. It was a year of reasonably good results for most Island charities, and very good results for several, with a sudden international financial meltdown dominating the final months and, most probably, many months ahead."

Local charitable giving down this year | GJFreePress.com

Local charitable giving down this year | GJFreePress.com: "GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Charitable giving to local chapters of the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross was down this year, said representatives of those nonprofits.

Giving to the trademark red kettles for the Salvation Army was down $9,862, or about 5.5 percent, this year. Last year, bell ringers collected $179,593.62, and this year the amount was $169,731.54, said Cora Gress, Christmas assistant."

Even as resources dwindle, more are calling for nonprofits' help | lansingstatejournal.com | Lansing State Journal

Even as resources dwindle, more are calling for nonprofits' help | lansingstatejournal.com | Lansing State Journal: "ob layoffs and the collapse of the housing market have kicked up waves of people who now must lean on nonprofits that are themselves pinched by the economy.

Maintaining morale among volunteers and paid staffers can be difficult, and while Castillo hasn't had anyone quit yet, he said he can see the pressure getting to workers in the future."

Economic downturn continues to affect families in Tulare County | visaliatimesdelta.com | Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register

Economic downturn continues to affect families in Tulare County | visaliatimesdelta.com | Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register: "Local charitable organizations have seen an influx of families seeking help. Visalia Salvation Army representatives reported serving more than 700 families, a record, for this month's holiday distribution of toys, food and clothing.

'We are seeing more men in line [for assistance], where before it was mostly women,' Capt. Ezekiel Guevara said. 'Many said they were laid off, and that was a sad thing for me to see.'"

IRS Releases Final Form 990 and Instructions - 30 Dec 2008

IRS Releases Final Form 990 and Instructions - 30 Dec 2008: "The Internal Revenue Service announced on December 24 that it has released the final versions of the 2008 Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return, schedules and instructions effective for 2008 tax year.

The new form consists of an 11-page, 11-part core form that is required to be completed by all organizations that file the Form 990, and Schedules to be completed by those organizations that satisfy the applicable requirements for each Schedule."

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cultural Trail seeks donations online | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star

Cultural Trail seeks donations online | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star: "In an appeal to public donors, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail is launching a portal to allow people to give money online.

The push to raise funds online for the trail, an eight-mile bike and pedestrian path connecting the city's Downtown districts and Fountain Square, was inspired partly by a season of political campaigning that proved the Internet a powerful fundraising tool, said Gail Payne, the trail's public outreach and fundraising manager."

Loose Change: Giving to charity on a tight budget | Business | Star-Telegram.com

Loose Change: Giving to charity on a tight budget | Business | Star-Telegram.com: "This year’s tight budgets may make it hard for you to spread your generosity among charities, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still give to your favorite cause. You just have to give strategically to ensure that your hard-earned dollars help as much as possible. Here’s how to donate without busting your budget."

Childhood inspires Crystal Lake Salvation Army major's 'toy store' -- chicagotribune.com

Childhood inspires Crystal Lake Salvation Army major's 'toy store' -- chicagotribune.com: "Now a corps commanding officer in Crystal Lake, Maj. Price and his volunteers this holiday season organized the Army's first toy store for needy families. An empty fabric store, located in a strip mall in Crystal Lake, was filled with hundreds of donated new toys, such as Polly Pockets, Barbie dolls, Little Pony figures and Hot Wheels. There were racks of winter coats and pants, and boxes of T-shirts, sweat shirts and household items."

SunJournal.com - Dempsey plans charity bike trek

SunJournal.com - Dempsey plans charity bike trek: "LEWISTON - Patrick Dempsey hopes to draw thousands of people onto bicycles with an annual 100-mile trek though Androscoggin and Cumberland counties, beginning and ending here in Lewiston."

Generosity in Canada and the United States: The 2008 Generosity Index

Generosity in Canada and the United States: The 2008 Generosity Index: "Generosity in Canada and the United States: The 2008 Generosity Index
Date Published: December 8, 2008"

In difficult times, give freely to assist others | ajc.com

In difficult times, give freely to assist others | ajc.com: "“Do not separate yourself from the community.”

Written 2,000 years ago by Rabbi Hillel, these words ring true in today’s difficult times.

When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, thousands of Atlantans stepped forward to open our homes and our wallets to help.

After the tsunami of 2006, the entire world responded, sending money, food and supplies to the victims of perhaps the world’s most massive natural disaster.

Today, Americans of all walks of life and income levels are facing a major economic disaster. As both unemployment and home foreclosure rates soar, more of our neighbors than ever are turning to local charities for help."

NWAnews.com :: Northwest Arkansas' News Source

NWAnews.com :: Northwest Arkansas' News Source: "That business includes making last-minute donations to various nonprofit organizations - not just for the sake of holiday charity, but because of the possibility of a tax deduction. No matter what the reason, nonprofit organizations appreciate end-of-the-year donations."

Monday, December 29, 2008

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management: "New Nonprofit Investment Rules About To Hit

Nonprofit organizations with donor-restricted endowment funds and board-designated endowment funds are facing changes in financial statement reporting and disclosure requirements in the immediate future. Now is the time to ensure that your organization will be ready for these changes.

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) this past August issued FASB Staff Position (FSP) No. FAS 117-1, “Endowments of Not-for-Profit Organizations: Net Asset Classifications of Funds Subject to an Enacted Version of the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA), and Enhanced Disclosures for All Endowment Funds.” The FSP’s objective is two-fold:"

Top 25 Foundations: Charity funders feeling pinched

Top 25 Foundations: Charity funders feeling pinched: "Minnesota foundation executives are sweating the hits to their endowments caused by the 40 percent decline in the value of the U.S. stock market this year.

Some are flexing grant-making guidelines and otherwise scrambling to make good on 2009 commitments to hard-hit charities that are experiencing unprecedented demand amid a recession that reaches from the heart of the city to the shores of Lake Minnetonka."

Lexington News - Kentucky News | Lexington Herald-Leader

Lexington News - Kentucky News | Lexington Herald-Leader: "When a certain type of fund-raiser is successful, it's only natural that others will imitate it. For example, the 1990s saw an explosion of fund-raiser walkathons, bicycle rides and running events.

But such events typically have a life cycle of waxing and waning, said Michael Nilsen, spokesman for the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Arlington, Va.

'At some point, they might reach the oversaturation stage,' Nilsen said."

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

DeCrescenzo: Where are the bailouts for nonprofits?

DeCrescenzo: Where are the bailouts for nonprofits?: "COMMENTARY
DeCrescenzo: Where are the bailouts for nonprofits?
Teresa DeCrescenzo, SPECIAL TO LOS ANGELES TIMES
Thursday, December 04, 2008

I am a social worker, not an economist, and what I know is this: The stock market is in free fall, financial organizations are being bailed out and the Detroit automakers might yet get financial help from Washington, D.C. But what about those of us in the nonprofit world? Where's our bailout?"

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Jet Li Reveals Philanthropic Vision

Jet Li Reveals Philanthropic Vision: "Action star Jet Li has revealed his ideas about philanthropy to INSEAD Knowledge, a business research website.

“In 1997 I started thinking about the meaning of life,“ he told INSEAD during the recent Global Social Innovators Forum in Singapore, where he received the SIP Distinguished Fellow Award. “Why do we live? What do people hope to gain from living? Regardless of whether you’re Chinese, European or Asian … I think every living thing desires happiness. People feel anxious and insecure because they lack happiness.”

The star founded the One Foundation to help victims of natural disasters after almost drowning on the Maldives during the 2004 Asian tsunami."

News-Talk 1110 WBT | News Story: Charlotte Charity Bombarded With Requests For Help

News-Talk 1110 WBT | News Story: Charlotte Charity Bombarded With Requests For Help: "Charlotte Charity Bombarded With Requests For Help
Charlotte, 12.23.2008
WBT NEWS

Plenty of long lines this week at Crisis Assistance Ministry in Charlotte.

'We had 30 people in line at 8 o'clock yesterday who faced eviction. The sheriff was coming by 5 to padlock their homes,' said Doug Hartjes with the charity. 'We intervened, paid the past-due rent, and made sure they had a roof over their head through the holidays.'"

Seacoastonline.com: Nonprofits must band together, too

Seacoastonline.com: Nonprofits must band together, too: "These are tough times, and they are particularly tough for nonprofits.

Complicating the matter is the fact that many nonprofits, created initially to serve particular segments of our society, turn into bureaucracies. As with almost all bureaucracies, the primary goal then becomes to keep themselves in business.

When grant money and donations get tight, nonprofits involved in serving the same populations often spend entirely too much time and energy trying to prove they are the best at what they do in an effort to secure whatever funding is available."

Monday, December 22, 2008

Let's keep giving in their time of need | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star

Let's keep giving in their time of need | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star: "Bill Stanczykiewicz, president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, says nonprofit organizations around the state have been forced to freeze salaries and consider layoffs as donations dry up. Although hard economic times can serve to squeeze out inefficiency and overlap in the nonprofit sector, many worthwhile organizations are likely to disappear in the year ahead. Nationally, some analysts forecast that up to one-third of nonprofit agencies will cease operations as a result of the recession."

Charities' dilemma: More need while fewer give

Charities' dilemma: More need while fewer give: "With Christmas just days away, charities that donate gifts and food for needy families are struggling to keep pace with a record demand for holiday assistance."

Donations up despite hard times | montgomeryadvertiser.com | Montgomery Advertiser

Donations up despite hard times | montgomeryadvertiser.com | Montgomery Advertiser: "Camilla Prince of Volunteer Information Center in Montgomery has seen families who are probably in need of charity themselves come in to make donations.

'It's been the most amazing year I've experienced in my entire life,' Prince said.

After 23 years with VIC, Price said she's seen enough to know this year trumps them all."

telegraphjournal.com - The Giving Season Takes on Greater Meaning in 2008 - Breaking News, New Brunswick, Canada

telegraphjournal.com - The Giving Season Takes on Greater Meaning in 2008 - Breaking News, New Brunswick, Canada: "It's been three years this month since I began my volunteer writing career with Community Profile. At the time, I wondered how long it might be before I ran out of community charities about which to write. I don't see the end in sight. We know first hand, because so many charitable causes come to the attention of our community foundation, and we are able to help, thanks to our generous donors. The goal of Community Profile is to reflect on the generosity of those around us and the good works of unsung heroes who lend a hand with the literally hundreds of local charitable causes that deserve our support. Many don't have the resources to 'toot their own horn' so I try to do it for them. We have so much for which to be thankful and lots to learn from the good works of others. It can be a formidable challenge to decide which causes to support at this festive and giving time of year but I will highlight a few I have been privileged to visit in the last week or so."

Corporate philanthropic partners still needed - Fort Worth Business Press

Corporate philanthropic partners still needed - Fort Worth Business Press: "Corporate America has long supported American philanthropy. Touchstone dates range from 1936, when corporations contributed $30 million (before taxes) to charitable organizations; through World War II ($266 million in 1945); through the recession of the 1970s ($1.25 billion in 1974); and eight up to last year’s $15.69 billion (5.1 percent of total giving in the United States).

Now it’s crunch time in the business world for philanthropy"

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Rain doesn't stop charitable giving | zanesvilletimesrecorder.com | Zanesville Times Recorder

Rain doesn't stop charitable giving | zanesvilletimesrecorder.com | Zanesville Times Recorder: "Inside, dozens of volunteers wearing The Salvation Army's red signature aprons were finding their stations and getting organized and ready for the masses of people who would soon flood through the building."

Harrisburg-area charity lifts kids' spirits - Evening Sun

Harrisburg-area charity lifts kids' spirits - Evening Sun: "Harrisburg-area charity lifts kids' spirits
By DANIEL VICTOR The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News
Article Launched: 12/20/2008 12:05:53 PM EST

DAUPHIN, Pa.—When she was in first grade, Claire Brobson worked to make life a little cheerier for kids who needed help.

As part of a school project, she filled goodie bags with art and writing supplies for Caitlin's Smiles, a charity that delivers presents to children with life-threatening illnesses in hospitals.

Less than a year later, after learning she herself had leukemia, she got some smiles from the same program.

Both times made her feel great, she said."

Bernard Madoff: One of world's biggest charity foundations forced to shut - Telegraph

Bernard Madoff: One of world's biggest charity foundations forced to shut - Telegraph: "Barbara Picower, who along with her husband, Jeffry, established the Picower Foundation to fund pioneering medical research, said in an email to beneficiaries that its grant-making would cease 'effective immediately'.

It also said the American organisation would 'close its doors in the coming months' because its money was managed by Mr Madoff."

Friday, December 19, 2008

PBJ poll: Charities need the money - Portland Business Journal:

PBJ poll: Charities need the money - Portland Business Journal:: "majority of the responders to last week’s Business Pulse question are not cutting back on their charitable giving this year.

With the economy in recession, we asked if you would cut back on charitable giving this holiday season. Thirty-five percent said no, charities need the money now more than ever; 13 percent said they are giving more; 9 percent said they were not sure yet; and 42 percent said yes, they simply cannot afford to give as much."

Madoff Scandal Rips Apart Close World of Jewish Philanthropy - Forward.com"

Madoff Scandal Rips Apart Close World of Jewish Philanthropy - Forward.com": "Madoff’s sterling reputation, his affable personality and his apparent financial acumen allowed him to move easily through the clubby Jewish philanthropic circles of New York and Palm Beach, Fla. Madoff served on prominent boards, such as that of Yeshiva University; fellow board members, and even other money managers, sought after him to invest their money."

Madoff: The Pain Runs Deep - BusinessWeek

Madoff: The Pain Runs Deep - BusinessWeek: "Philanthropies Crippled

At stake are not only comfortable retirements for the wealthy but also college tuitions, jobs, and plans for retirement someday. MarketWatch columnist Robert Powell writes that when the Madoff story broke, he felt sorry for an acquaintance who had lost his investment. Then he found out that the foundation his wife worked for had invested its money—and its employee retirement accounts—with Madoff as well. The foundation is closing, and Powell's wife is out of both a job and her 401(k)."

The Giving Map (washingtonpost.com)

The Giving Map (washingtonpost.com): "The Giving Map

In this holiday season of particular economic hardship, charitable giving is critical to many in our region. The Giving Map is designed to make it fast and easy to connect you with a nonprofit organization that helps others and fits your areas of interest, whether that's hunger and homelessness or arts and education. The D.C. region is home to many with considerable resources, and others with few. We hope those who can afford to help others will find this tool useful."

More Choose Gift That Truly Keeps Giving - washingtonpost.com

More Choose Gift That Truly Keeps Giving - washingtonpost.com: "This year, largely due to the economy and people's own money concerns, consumers are looking for ways to be thrifty and generous all at once,' said Lucy Bernholz, president of Blueprint Research and Design, a philanthropy advisory firm that publishes a blog on the business of giving. That two-for-one desire has led to what she calls 'good gifting,' of which the cards are just one example."

Economic chill slows donations to Houston's charities | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

Economic chill slows donations to Houston's charities | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle: "With Christmas fast approaching, the chill wind of economic hard times is blowing through Houston's charitable organizations, where seasonal donations of toys and cash are significantly below last year's levels."

ROB WOUTAT: No Brag, Just Fact: We're Generous : Rob Woutat : Kitsap Sun

ROB WOUTAT: No Brag, Just Fact: We're Generous : Rob Woutat : Kitsap Sun: "The Association of Fundraising Professionals found various factors that influence charitable preferences. Young people are more likely to support health and human services. New parents between 25 and 34 are more likely to donate to education. Americans 45 and older more often put religious organizations at the top of their lists, while younger donors put religious charities last. In their charitable giving, men gave stronger preference to educational organizations than women, while woman showed a stronger preference for environmental causes."

In tough times, tough choices for grant makers -- baltimoresun.com

In tough times, tough choices for grant makers -- baltimoresun.com: "Bad economic times hit grant makers hard, too. Foundation assets are shrinking rapidly, with some down by 30 percent or more this year. The corporate world is changing and putting corporate giving programs in double jeopardy: declining profits coupled with loss of local control. Family foundations are seeing their investment returns decrease just when many have made multiple-year commitments to causes they believe in."

Bryant University - About Bryant: Bryant Spotights: 2008 - Honors Bus 101

Bryant University - About Bryant: Bryant Spotights: 2008 - Honors Bus 101: "Honors students create business plan for local nonprofit organization
Proposals establish plans for a computer repair business that will be run by Rhode Island veterans with disabilities.

Students in one of Management Lecturer Dave Greenan’s “Business 101” honors classes took part in a version of Donald Trump’s hit reality show “The Apprentice.” Instead of hearing “You’re Fired,” however, everyone came out a winner – including the local organization the students partnered with and the veterans who will benefit from the program."

Wall Street Journal » Blog Archive » Evaluating the Charity Evaluators

Wall Street Journal » Blog Archive » Evaluating the Charity Evaluators: "Paulette V. Maehara, president and chief executive of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, said people should look beyond ratings. “We encourage donors to get information about the charity from the charity,” Maehara said, “and look at the impact and effectiveness of the organization.”"

NCPG Becomes the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning | Planned Giving Design Center

NCPG Becomes the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning | Planned Giving Design Center: "On January 1, 2009, the National Committee on Planned Giving will become the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning. The new name reflects a broader mission and constituency for an organization that has been serving the charitable planning community since 1988."

Charity Fundraising Efforts Lagging Significantly This Holiday Season

Charity Fundraising Efforts Lagging Significantly This Holiday Season: "AFP's 2008 Holiday Giving Survey found that 53.3 percent of charities responding to the survey are raising less money during the last quarter of 2008 compared to the same period in 2007. Just 22.7 percent are raising more money, and 23.9 percent are raising about the same amount. These figures are in stark contrast to the 2007 survey, when 48.3 percent of organizations were raising more money than the previous year and 26.3 percent were raising less."

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The NonProfit Times - Giving And The Recession

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management: "Giving And The Recession

By Patrick M. Rooney

Is the wolf at the door, or just passing through the neighborhood?

Right now, it’s hard to know precisely what the economy’s effect on nonprofits and charitable giving will be, but current signs are not encouraging, and it’s unlikely the nonprofit sector will escape unscathed.

The U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is estimated to have declined three tenths of one percent during the third quarter of 2008. Many other economic indicators are also down. Endowments have felt a significant impact from the Wall Street meltdown, and some nonprofits are reporting increased demands to meet basic needs."

Charities running low on toys - USATODAY.com

Charities running low on toys - USATODAY.com: "Charities that distribute toys to children during the holidays are struggling with lagging donations even as more families need help putting gifts under the Christmas tree.

'Donations are definitely down more so than they have been in a number of years,' says Bill Grein, vice president of marketing and development for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, which distributed 16.6 million toys, books and other gifts to 7.5 million children last year."

Philanthropy About to Enter New Era in State, Nation - State Journal - statejournal.com

Philanthropy About to Enter New Era in State, Nation - State Journal - statejournal.com: "Philanthropy About to Enter New Era in State, Nation
Posted Thursday, December 18, 2008 ; 06:00 AM

Although Americans in general and West Virginians in particular have historically been generous in their philanthropic giving, even in recessionary times, with discretionary income dropping, there is evidence that the nation's one million charities are facing a challenging holiday season.

Story By Scott Miller

Although Americans in general and West Virginians in particular have historically been generous in their philanthropic giving, even in recessionary times, with discretionary income dropping, there is evidence that the nation's one million charities are facing a challenging holiday season."

The Juggle - WSJ.com : Giving Back Over the Holidays

The Juggle - WSJ.com : Giving Back Over the Holidays: "Our family’s work reminds us that the holidays aren’t just about spending and giving tangible gifts, but also about how we give back. While we write a lot in personal finance stories about managing spending, debt, and investments, the financial equation also includes charitable giving of both money and time. Some families sing at nursing homes. Others serve food to the needy or help stock food pantries. Especially this year, when many people are hurting, the opportunities are plentiful."

Our View: Don't let nonprofits starve - Pasadena Star-News

Our View: Don't let nonprofits starve - Pasadena Star-News: "Talking to executive directors and board members of nonprofit organizations throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier areas, it seems everyone has heard the same dire prediction: 100,000 nonprofit organizations will close their doors over the next two years because of the ongoing financial crisis in the private sector.

That large number has been tossed around at a number of venues, in newsletters, on blogs and most recently at a Washington, D.C. meeting this week dubbed Nonprofit 101."

Silver lining to darkest cloud in arts patronage

Silver lining to darkest cloud in arts patronage: "Like any other business, arts organisations need to have confidence in future sources of revenue to maintain their programs and plan ahead. Many Australian companies have arts sponsorship arrangements that span decades. They are to be commended for their constancy and celebrated as role models for others in the business community."

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Morgan County Herald - One of Ohio's Leading Community Newspapers

Morgan County Herald - One of Ohio's Leading Community Newspapers: "‘Holidays for Humanity’ event brings record $14,147
The fourth annual “Holidays for Humanity” Christmas Tree and Gift Sale held at the Stockport Mill was one for the record book. This year’s sale brought $14,147 for Morgan County Habitat for Humanity (MCHFH), the highest amount in the four-year history of the sale, according to Susan Kaster, one of the coordinators for the event.

In the four years combined, over $49,000 has been donated through this sale."

Twelve Blue Avocado Days of Christmas | Blue Avocado

Twelve Blue Avocado Days of Christmas | Blue Avocado: "Twelve Blue Avocado Days of Christmas
Feature Articles • By Jan Masaoka • December 14, 2008 • forward articleEmail print articlePrint

12 days of christmas score graphicOkay now, boys and girls, sing along!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, our board chair sent to me (click on links or see below for key):"

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Nonprofit Coalition Proposes Revolving-Loan Fund for Charities - Philanthropy.com

From The ChronicleNonprofit Coalition Proposes Revolving-Loan Fund for Charities - Philanthropy.com: "Nonprofit Coalition Proposes Revolving-Loan Fund for Charities

By Suzanne Perry

Washington

Independent Sector, a coalition of charities and foundations, said today it is working on a proposal for a government revolving-loan fund to help cash-strapped nonprofit groups respond to growing caseloads as the economic crisis takes its toll."

Child's Play Charity Drive Tops $1,000,000 | Game | Life from Wired.com

Child's Play Charity Drive Tops $1,000,000 | Game | Life from Wired.com: "The 2008 edition of Child's Play has topped $1,000,000 in funds raised, according to a recent announcement by the charity drive's organizers."

Charities Feeling The Pinch This Holiday, Economic Downturn Has Made It A Tough Time To Be In Business Of Receiving - CBS News

Charities Feeling The Pinch This Holiday, Economic Downturn Has Made It A Tough Time To Be In Business Of Receiving - CBS News: "CBS) Retailers aren't the only ones vying for your holiday dollars, since it's also the season of giving to charity. But as CBS News correspondent Priya David found, the economic downturn has made it a tough time to be in the business of receiving.

Several charities say their donations are down, so while there are more people in need, resources to help them are thinner than in years past."

MinnPost - Survey paints worrisome picture for Minnesota nonprofits

MinnPost - Survey paints worrisome picture for Minnesota nonprofits: "Survey paints worrisome picture for Minnesota nonprofits

According to a survey of 660 Minnesota nonprofits, more than half have had declining revenues this year and one quarter had already cut staff. Nearly half report increasing service demands."

Charitable Swedes defy credit crunch - The Local

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Charitable Swedes defy credit crunch - The Local: "Swedish charities are predicting a record year for fundraising despite the ongoing financial crisis. Private donations have continued to increase despite credit crunch concerns, according to a report in Dagens Nyheter (DN)."

Charities hit hard as Madoff losses mount

Charities hit hard as Madoff losses mount: "Sometimes we have seen this wrongdoing happen, and it cuts into endowment funds. But I have been working here for 10 years and I haven't seen a situation where organizations simply disappeared,' said Michael Nilsen, a senior director at the Association of Fundraising Professionals."

Nonprofit theater audience down - Entertainment News, Legit News, Media - Variety

Nonprofit theater audience down - Entertainment News, Legit News, Media - Variety: "That's the good news/bad news from a report from the National Endowment for the Arts on the growth and finances of U.S. nonprofit theaters since 1990. Titled 'All America's a Stage,' the study chronicles a recent increase in professional nonprofit legit orgs, especially in geographic areas where theaters traditionally haven't thrived.

According to the report, in 2005 there were 1,982 nonprofit theaters with annual budgets of at least $75,000, double the 991 theaters in 1990. Sharpest growth occurred in states with small numbers of theaters such as Nevada, Arkansas and Colorado."

Memphians gave more to charity than national average in '07, study finds : Business News : Memphis Commercial Appeal

Memphians gave more to charity than national average in '07, study finds : Business News : Memphis Commercial Appeal: "That's borne out in the relatively high percentage of charitable contributions that stay in the community, said Virginia Stallworth, executive director of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center and president of the Memphis chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Of the estimated $1.58 billion in charitable giving area residents, foundations and companies did in 2007, about 80 percent went to nonprofits in the region. The 2002 figure was 79 percent."

Nonprofits line up for free school buildings - Muskegon News - The Muskegon Chronicle Online - Michigan Newspaper - MLive.com

Nonprofits line up for free school buildings - Muskegon News - The Muskegon Chronicle Online - Michigan Newspaper - MLive.com: "There's no shortage of organizations interested in taking Muskegon Public Schools up on its offer for a free school building."

Monday, December 15, 2008

Holiday-Giving Update: Social-Services Groups See a Surge, But Most Groups Face Big Slowdown in Donations - Philanthropy.com

From the Chronicle of Philanthropy

Holiday-Giving Update: Social-Services Groups See a Surge, But Most Groups Face Big Slowdown in Donations - Philanthropy.com: "Holiday-Giving Update: Social-Services Groups See a Surge, But Most Groups Face Big Slowdown in Donations

By Holly Hall and Paula Wasley

Fund raisers nationwide have been hoping donations would increase this month, but the outlook is grim for many charities now entering the final weeks of the year when giving normally increases sharply."

The Jonas Brothers Enjoy Giving Back

The Jonas Brothers Enjoy Giving Back: "The family based trio has always believed in the concept of philanthropy and have done their part to give back to their fans and strangers. The band is active with the Make-A-Wish program, among other charitable organizations."

Holiday charity can help bring a workplace together | delmarvanow.com | The Daily Times

Holiday charity can help bring a workplace together | delmarvanow.com | The Daily Times: "It's the season for giving and, unless you have had a particularly abysmal year, charitable giving can be a productive way to bring your team together. Even if your company has to cut back on its philanthropy, a commitment to community support can be good for everyone involved. It feels good to do good."

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Charities Suffering This Holiday Season | WWAY NewsChannel 3 | Wilmington NC News

Charities Suffering This Holiday Season | WWAY NewsChannel 3 | Wilmington NC News: "Tis the season for charitable donations. But the salvation army and area churches say it's been the slowest season in more than a decade. Shiloh Baptist Pastor D.K. Ferguson says, 'We've seen some downturn in the gifts that are being given, and those who are giving.'

Major Butch Mallard of the Salvation Army says, 'Our monetary donations are down, and I think that has to do with the economy, but we have more people coming to us for assistance.' The struggling economy means more people have fallen on hard times, forcing them to pinch pennies."

Giving frugally: Charitable giving in lean times | NevadaAppeal.com

Giving frugally: Charitable giving in lean times | NevadaAppeal.com: "EW YORK — The holiday season is looking lean this year, and your wallet may be thinner than your generosity.
Even if you can’t afford to write a check, remember there are plenty of ways to help out a good cause. Donating property such as art or volunteering professional services are just a few options to consider. In fact, more people are realizing their job skills may be of great use to nonprofit groups.
“You’re seeing this culture where volunteerism is spreading,” said Mark Schickman, chair of the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service for the American Bar Association."

AFP's 46th International Conference Will Focus on Fundraising in Challenging Times - MarketWatch

AFP's 46th International Conference Will Focus on Fundraising in Challenging Times - MarketWatch: "PRESS RELEASE
AFP's 46th International Conference Will Focus on Fundraising in Challenging Times

Last update: 12:16 p.m. EST Dec. 12, 2008
ARLINGTON, Va., Dec 12, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Largest Gathering of Fundraising Professionals in the World to Feature Michael Douglas, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Christopher Gardner
The Association of Fundraising Professionals' 46th International Conference on Fundraising, March 29 - April 2, 2008, in New Orleans will feature more than 4,000 fundraisers from around the world coming together to discuss ways to inspire donors and volunteers in economically challenging times."

Little raised over phone goes to charity | DesMoinesRegister.com | The Des Moines Register

Little raised over phone goes to charity | DesMoinesRegister.com | The Des Moines Register: "Michael Nilsen, a spokesman for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, a trade organization representing nearly 30,000 professional fundraisers, said a median return to charities of 24 percent is low, even in hard times.

'You would like to see that reversed,' Nilsen said, adding that hard-and-fast guidelines are difficult. 'Some companies are going to have some legitimate reasons for those low percentages, and some aren't.'"

Friday, December 12, 2008

Philanthropy Front and Center-San Francisco: Update on International Grantmaking Trends

Philanthropy Front and Center-San Francisco: Update on International Grantmaking Trends: "Update on International Grantmaking Trends

Estimated U.S. foundation giving for international purposes reached a record $5.4 billion in 2007, and 2008 giving is likely to top that record, according to International Grantmaking IV: An Update on U.S. Foundation Trends. This new report, prepared by the Foundation Center in cooperation with the Council on Foundations, suggests that the prospects for international giving in the near term are also less pessimistic than current market conditions might suggest. View the report highlights [PDF], or borrow the report from our lending library."

Economy squeezes Dallas-area nonprofits | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Breaking News for Dallas-Fort Worth | Dallas Morning News

Economy squeezes Dallas-area nonprofits | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Breaking News for Dallas-Fort Worth | Dallas Morning News: "Already, there are fewer classes on diabetes prevention, checks for emergency rent assistance and runners at the biggest cancer race in Dallas. In Mesquite, there are 286 applicants hungry to get their high school equivalency diploma, but there's no money.

These are the front-line challenges for nonprofit agencies working to provide services to the most vulnerable as the recession deepens and worry spreads."

Corporate giving has recession-proof season - Quincy, MA - The Patriot Ledger

Corporate giving has recession-proof season - Quincy, MA - The Patriot Ledger: "For last year’s holidays, City Lights Electrical Co. threw a big party at Gillette Stadium that cost $15,000. This year, the electrical contracting business spent the same, but the “party” was under an outdoor tent. Some 110 people, including employees, packed goods for the troops in Iraq and toys for their kids back home."

Thursday, December 11, 2008

‘Non-profit making must mean just that’ - Times Online

‘Non-profit making must mean just that’ - Times Online: "Today, the nonprofit sector, as it is known in the US, is thriving. More than one million charities represent a huge proportion of the economy and almost one in ten people works for a charity. Many organisations – notably hospitals – that in this country would be state run are charities in the US.

But exactly what is meant by “nonprofit making” is the subject of concern for Mark Rosenman, a public service professor at the Union Institute & University, a distance-learning institution, and an expert on the US voluntary sector."

'Tis the season for charitable giving | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

'Tis the season for charitable giving | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: "Editorials
121008 EDITORIALS 1 Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
WITHOUT THE generosity of those willing to open their checkbooks - and their hearts - Christmas would be bleak for the less fortunate among us. And it would be an especially difficult time for children.
'Tis the season for charitable giving
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Story last updated at 12/10/2008 - 8:47 pm

WITHOUT THE generosity of those willing to open their checkbooks - and their hearts - Christmas would be bleak for the less fortunate among us. And it would be an especially difficult time for children.

We encourage you to donate whatever you realistically can afford to help support worthy charities and make the holidays brighter for those in need."

OhMyGov! poll results: Federal employees scaling back charitable giving - General News

OhMyGov! poll results: Federal employees scaling back charitable giving - General News: "harities rely on the generosity of over five million federal employees and military members during the annual charity drive, which runs from September 1 through December 15. These pledges support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world. In past three years, a total of $812 million was pledged to charities, the breakdown of which is shown below.

2007 - $273 million

2006 - $271 million

2005 - $268.5 million"

'Tis the season for charitable giving | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

'Tis the season for charitable giving | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: "Editorials
121008 EDITORIALS 1 Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
WITHOUT THE generosity of those willing to open their checkbooks - and their hearts - Christmas would be bleak for the less fortunate among us. And it would be an especially difficult time for children.
'Tis the season for charitable giving
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Story last updated at 12/10/2008 - 8:47 pm

WITHOUT THE generosity of those willing to open their checkbooks - and their hearts - Christmas would be bleak for the less fortunate among us. And it would be an especially difficult time for children.

We encourage you to donate whatever you realistically can afford to help support worthy charities and make the holidays brighter for those in need."

Today in Investor's Business Daily stock analysis and business news

Today in Investor's Business Daily stock analysis and business news: "We do know some things, however. We know, for example, that high-income individuals, those who probably have lost the most in the stock-market meltdown and stand to lose even more if Washington increases taxes on 'the rich,' are the very people who typically give the most to charity.

The Generous Rich

A 2006 Bank of America survey found that high-net-worth individuals with incomes exceeding $200,000 per year or assets in excess of $1 million are responsible for nearly two-thirds of all charitable giving."

Princeton and Robertson Family Settle Titanic Donor-Intent Lawsuit - Chronicle.com

Princeton and Robertson Family Settle Titanic Donor-Intent Lawsuit - Chronicle.com: "Princeton and Robertson Family Settle Titanic Donor-Intent Lawsuit

Princeton University and the heirs of a major donor to the institution have settled their bitter dispute over an endowment that supports the university’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs."

The Next Wave of Philanthropy and Wealth Management | Planned Giving Design Center

The Next Wave of Philanthropy and Wealth Management | Planned Giving Design Center: "The retirement of the Baby Boomers is shifting their priorities from accumulation to spending and charitable giving. But many wealth managers remain stubbornly focused on helping clients retain their wealth. In this article, Burlingame, California based wealth manager Sean Stannard-Stockton discusses how the trend of “Giving while living,” is placing the philanthropic advisory role squarely onto the shoulders of wealth managers who may or may not be up to the task."

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Princeton University - Understanding the Robertson v. Princeton settlement

Princeton University - Understanding the Robertson v. Princeton settlement: "Presented here is a brief glossary of terms and case history to aid in understanding the Dec. 9, 2008, settlement agreement for the lawsuit that the Robertson family filed against Princeton University in 2002."

Church Chat: ADRA President says charitable giving stable despite tough economy

Church Chat: ADRA President says charitable giving stable despite tough economy: "With United States unemployment rates rocketing toward 7 percent and more than half a million jobs lost in November alone, charitable giving to organizations such as the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) could plummet this holiday season."

Colonial Country Club Charities gives $250,000 to 81 charity groups | Fort Worth | Star-Telegram.com

Colonial Country Club Charities gives $250,000 to 81 charity groups | Fort Worth | Star-Telegram.com: "The golf club handed out a quarter-million dollars over breakfast Tuesday morning to 81 charities that work with young people, closing out a year in which the Colonial Country Club Charities raised $6.6 million.

That total represents a 57 percent increase over last year’s $4.2 million and a 140 percent increase over 2006, pushing the club and its Crowne Plaza Invitational into the top five PGA Tour events in charity giving."

reportonbusiness.com: SPIRIT OF PHILANTHROPY IS THRIVING

reportonbusiness.com: SPIRIT OF PHILANTHROPY IS THRIVING: "he survey of 93 of Canada's largest companies found that 97 per cent made financial donations to charities and non-profit groups, with a median value of $340,000. Half of the donor companies exceeded the standard of giving

1 per cent of pre-tax profits, as recommended by Imagine's 'Caring Company' program."

National slowdown in giving not the case locally | TimesDaily.com | The Times Daily | Florence, AL

National slowdown in giving not the case locally | TimesDaily.com | The Times Daily | Florence, AL: "The explanation as to why charitable contributions remain high in northwest Alabama may have to do with the difference in human motivation in the southern region of the country, said Alex Takeuchi, an associate professor of sociology at the University of North Alabama.

He said in the current economy, the mind-set of people to help others is slightly different than when the economy is good."

Bill Clinton Discloses Donors Behind Global Initiative Meeting in Asia | 44 | washingtonpost.com

Bill Clinton Discloses Donors Behind Global Initiative Meeting in Asia | 44 | washingtonpost.com: "Bill Clinton Discloses Donors Behind Global Initiative Meeting in Asia

By Philip Rucker
Former president Bill Clinton, who agreed to make his charitable activities more transparent in an accord with President-elect Barack Obama that paved the way for his wife to become Obama's secretary of state, today disclosed the sponsors of last week's Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Hong Kong."

ABC's for Exempt Organizations

ABC's for Exempt Organizations: "ABC's for Exempt Organizations


IRS Exempt Organizations offers the following resources to help the manager of a new exempt organization navigate tax issues. These materials are not comprehensive; for further assistance, consult a tax adviser."

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Nonprofits can survive the storm if they plan properly - The Advocate

Nonprofits can survive the storm if they plan properly - The Advocate: "Nonprofits can survive the storm if they plan properly
By Dannel Malloy
and Len Miller
Posted: 12/09/2008 12:19:40 PM EST

We are in the midst of an economic crisis that will last for some time. This economic slowdown will more than likely have a serious negative impact on the nonprofit sector that will be worse than the impact following the 9/11 tragedy. Not long after 9/11, we called together some members of the community, and McKinsey & Co. prepared a report and made recommendations to the nonprofit community. In addition, the Collaborative Alliance was formed to help and encourage nonprofit organizations to work more closely together."

Calling the next generation of philanthropists -

Calling the next generation of philanthropists -: "Millennials, whom businesses are looking to attract as their next generation of human capital, also are the next source of philanthropy. Not-for-profits will need to know how to work with the needs and personalities and expectations of that new generation of givers.

'Our younger donors want transparency,' said roundtable leader and panelist Kathy Crosby, CEO of Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids."

Monday, December 08, 2008

Farmer leaves $2 million to church - Wonderful World- msnbc.com

Farmer leaves $2 million to church - Wonderful World- msnbc.com: "BLAIRSVILLE, Pa. - It's like a gift from God.

A tiny church in western Pennsylvania inherited more than $2 million from a farmer who lived in a mobile home."

Trying to Spread the Giving Spirit - Philanthropy.com

Trying to Spread the Giving Spirit - Philanthropy.com: "Holiday fund-raising season began a lot earlier than usual at many charities across the country.

Seeking ways to offset the effects of the deepening recession, nonprofit groups are working harder and trying new tactics to stimulate giving in the final weeks of the year — a crucial time for organizations that depend on the holiday spirit, and the lure of tax breaks, to build their coffers."

Trying to Spread the Giving Spirit - Philanthropy.com

Trying to Spread the Giving Spirit - Philanthropy.com: "Holiday fund-raising season began a lot earlier than usual at many charities across the country.

Seeking ways to offset the effects of the deepening recession, nonprofit groups are working harder and trying new tactics to stimulate giving in the final weeks of the year — a crucial time for organizations that depend on the holiday spirit, and the lure of tax breaks, to build their coffers."

The Drumbeat of Bad News in the Nonprofit and Philanthropy Sector and A Couple of Glimmers of Hope | BlogHer

The Drumbeat of Bad News in the Nonprofit and Philanthropy Sector and A Couple of Glimmers of Hope | BlogHer: "In the nonprofit and philanthropy world, like the economy in general, the outlook for 2009 is rather bleak. A group of nonprofit and philanthropy have offered their views on the impact of the economy on the nonprofit sector and it isn't rosy. Lucy Bernholz says:"

LancasterOnline.com:Local Business:Charitable giving - now more than ever

LancasterOnline.com:Local Business:Charitable giving - now more than ever: "By Patti S. Spencer, Correspondent

'The measure of your life will not be in what you accumulate, but in what you give away.'
— Wayne Dyer

There are many losers in the sagging economy, but charities are at the top of the list.

Charities need more support when times are tough, not less. It's a vicious cycle. The shaky economy increases the need for charitable services, but donations are down.

Grant-making foundations are finding the value of their endowments down with the equity markets — their grants for 2009 are likely to be lower.

Most charitable giving is done in the final quarter of the calendar year. Folks size up their financial situation and make donations to secure the charitable deduction for their tax returns before year-end."

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Clinton charity forum concludes Asia meeting with $185 mln commitments_English_Xinhua

Clinton charity forum concludes Asia meeting with $185 mln commitments_English_Xinhua: "HONG KONG, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- The first ever Asia meeting of charity forum Clinton Global Initiative concluded on Wednesday in Hong Kong, with 87 members making about 70 commitments to action valued at about 185 million U.S. dollars.

'When fully funded and implemented, (they) will have a positive impact on more than 10 million lives,' the U.S. former president told some 200 participants, which included current or former heads of state, CEOs and leaders of non-governmental organizations."

AIDS charity run loses way-Pune-Cities-The Times of India

AIDS charity run loses way-Pune-Cities-The Times of India: "UNE: On Sunday, the city woke up to clear skies and the 23rd Pune International Marathon
. More than 10,000 runners from all walks of life took
to the streets. The 4.5 km Aids charity run, however, turned out to be a nightmare for most runners, as a majority of them ran almost double the distance till way beyond the finishing point."

'Giving' Season Falls Short - WSJ.com

'Giving' Season Falls Short - WSJ.com: "NEW YORK -- The last few months of the year are usually known as the giving season. But as the markets tank this year, Americans are doing something they rarely do: keeping their wallets closed.

One senior executive believes the U.S. this year is on pace to give less money to charity than in the previous year for only the second time in the past 40 years."

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Charity - Islip and Brookhaven Laws Seek to Counter Clothing-Bin Fraud - NYTimes.com

Charity - Islip and Brookhaven Laws Seek to Counter Clothing-Bin Fraud - NYTimes.com: "DONORS may think that all of those unwanted garments they drop off in roadside collection bins are going to charities. But local and county officials say an increasing number of for-profit companies, some claiming to be charities, are collecting donated clothes to sell. That has prompted new laws in the Towns of Islip and Brookhaven and proposed legislation in Suffolk County to ensure that donated clothing goes to legitimate charities or that donors know where it is going."

Smaller events could replace Hawaii fundraising galas - Pacific Business News (Honolulu):

Smaller events could replace Hawaii fundraising galas - Pacific Business News (Honolulu):: "“This is a time when nonprofits are looking to individuals, people who have been loyal donors over the years,” said Travis Gray, incoming president for the Aloha chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and director of central operations and services for the University of Hawaii Foundation."

Friday, December 05, 2008

Penn State Live - Students team up with Athletics for Philanthropy Phriday

Penn State Live - Students team up with Athletics for Philanthropy Phriday: "Students team up with Athletics for Philanthropy Phriday
Tuesday, December 2, 2008

University Park, Pa. — Penn State’s Student Philanthropy Council (SPC) will provide an informative and interactive opportunity for students to learn about philanthropy and Penn State athletics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Friday (Dec. 5) on the first floor of the HUB-Robeson Center."

New philanthropists more global | ajc.com

New philanthropists more global | ajc.com: "New philanthropists more global
Children more involved than parents were

By Christopher Quinn

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The wealthiest generation ever is moving toward retirement and turning to its children to keep its money working.

The combination of parental money and youthful idealism is creating a new group of philanthropists who are more hands-on and globally aware than their parents."

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Tell us something we don't know 120408 - The McDuffie Mirror

Tell us something we don't know 120408 - The McDuffie Mirror: "A formal study released this week told us something we already knew: Georgians are some of the most generous folks in America.

How generous?

Georgia's total charitable giving by individuals, foundations and corporations in 2007 is estimated to be nearly $6.7 billion, according to the joint study by Georgia State University and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University."

State sees 'dramatic decreases' in charitable giving - The Denver Post

State sees 'dramatic decreases' in charitable giving - The Denver Post: "Colorado saw 'dramatic decreases' in charitable giving by individuals between 2005 and 2006, according to a report released today by the Colorado Nonprofit Association.

'The news that giving is decreasing creates a 'perfect storm' for charities struggling to meet rising demands for services with limited resources,' according to a statement released by Sharon Knight, chief executive officer of the association and Tom Downey, board chair."

Holiday train crucial to food shelf budget |  South Washington County Bulletin  | Cottage Grove, Minnesota

Holiday train crucial to food shelf budget |  South Washington County Bulletin  | Cottage Grove, Minnesota: "And a big part — the biggest, in fact — is the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, making its annual stop in Cottage Grove for the sixth time next week. Last year the event raised roughly $38,000 for Friends in Need. That’s around one-sixth of the food shelf’s annual budget and its largest single fundraising event held each year."

GCIP in New Mexico

GCIP in New Mexico: "Grantmaking for Community Impact Project (GCIP)
Increasing philanthropic resources for advocacy, organizing and civic engagement

In New Mexico

NCRP selected New Mexico as the first site for our Grantmaking for Community Impact Project (GCIP). In the newly-released report Strengthening Democracy, Increasing Opportunities: Impacts of Advocacy, Organizing and Civic Engagement in New Mexico, NCRP documented how local and state organizations leveraged foundation resources to secure billions of dollars in benefits for New Mexicans."

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Foundations Create Community Stability Through Shared Nonprofit Workspaces | News Room | Tides Shared Spaces

From Tides Shared Spaces

Foundations Create Community Stability Through Shared Nonprofit Workspaces | News Room | Tides Shared Spaces: "SAN FRANCISCO, CA; DECEMBER 3, 2008; The NonprofitCenters Network and Tides Shared Spaces released the first in a series of guidebooks today on the economic, environmental and community benefits of shared workspace and services. Planting a Seed: Foundations Build Communities with Shared Nonprofit Workspace illuminates the benefits and challenges foundations experience in creating mission-focused office facilities for themselves and other nonprofit organizations. The free guidebook showcases foundations that have succeeded and provides concrete examples of the resulting benefits to the nonprofits, communities, and the foundations themselves."

'Tis the season ... for giving | csmonitor.com

'Tis the season ... for giving | csmonitor.com: "Americans are cheerful givers. They donate more money per person than anywhere else in the world. Most households keep on giving even during rough stretches – though some give less and some stop altogether. In these tough times, charities are counting on that giving spirit.

Many of them won't know exactly how they fared in this recession year until they tally up receipts in January, including the generosity inspired by the holidays. Typically, total charitable giving – from foundations, corporations, and households – declines by an annual average of only 1 percent in recession years, according to the Giving USA Foundation."

NWAnews.com :: An unusual donation : Urn was left at Helping Hands

NWAnews.com :: Northwest Arkansas' News Source: "We are just hoping someone would come in and say, ' Hey, we have made a mistake, ''Crawford said. 'This is somebody's loved one, and we just hope that this was done unintentionally.'

The urn is adorned with an oriental theme - hand-painted cherry blossoms, vases, mockingbirds and cherry trees.

If no one claims the urn, Crawford will have to secure a court order to bury the ashes and find a cemetery willing to donate a plot for the ashes."

Charitable Giving: Generous Gen-Xers at SmartMoney.com

Charitable Giving: Generous Gen-Xers at SmartMoney.com: "Charitable Giving: Generous Gen-Xers

Barrons

THE STORY IN PHILANTHROPY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON is becoming all too familiar. Individuals, foundations and corporations are all scaling back their giving, often leaving nonprofit beneficiaries in the lurch. Just last week, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest philanthropic concern, said it would slow its donations next year because of the hobbled economy and turbulent financial markets.

Behind the headlines, however, a surprisingly encouraging trend is taking hold: A new generation of donors is moving into place -- an energetic and highly creative crowd that eventually could reshape philanthropy."

The Associated Press: Clinton urges Asians to give more

The Associated Press: Clinton urges Asians to give more: "Clinton urges Asians to give more

By MIN LEE – 1 hour ago

HONG KONG (AP) — Asia is less likely to be hit hard by the global economic downturn because governments in the region took action to correct their financial systems in response to the crippling 1997-98 crisis, former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday at a meeting to promote his charitable foundation."

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Girl turns $20 into $500 for flood recovery | GazetteOnline.com - Cedar Rapids, Iowa City

We also have a Blog on Youth in Philanthropy
Girl turns $20 into $500 for flood recovery | GazetteOnline.com - Cedar Rapids, Iowa City: "CEDAR RAPIDS - Six-year-old Jacqueline Juett used a rather direct approach as she turned $20 into a donation of more than $500 for flood recovery.

'Gimme 20 bucks,' the blonde-haired girl from Mount Vernon would say.

Her tactic worked, and on Monday she gave a check for $516.46 to the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation."

Private Philanthropy in the Public Sphere | eJewish Philanthropy: The Jewish Philanthropy Blog

From ejP blog

Private Philanthropy in the Public Sphere | eJewish Philanthropy: The Jewish Philanthropy Blog: "Some interesting facts and figures…

Donor advised funds at Federation community foundations (the level of formal affiliation varies):

assets: $3.4b.

annual growth: 12.8%

Supporting organizations at Federation community foundations:

assets: $4.2b

annual growth 13.8%"

Two Charity Heads Among Leaders Advising Obama on Innovation - Philanthropy.com

Two Charity Heads Among Leaders Advising Obama on Innovation - Philanthropy.com: "Two Charity Heads Among Leaders Advising Obama on Innovation

Two charity leaders have been appointed to a group of more than 30 people that has been asked to help the incoming Obama administration devise an “innovation agenda.”

They are: Cheryl Dorsey, president of Echoing Green, in New York, which provides fellowships to entrepreneurial nonprofit leaders; and Paul Schmitz, president of Public Allies, in Milwaukee, which trains young people for nonprofit and public-service careers."

Monday, December 01, 2008

AFP > Resource Center | Fundraising news > Preparing for a Fundraising Job Interivew

AFP > Resource Center | Fundraising news > Preparing for a Fundraising Job Interivew: "Preparing for a Fundraising Job Interivew

(Nov. 24, 2008) In her book, Careers in Development, Lilya Wagner, Ed.D., CFRE, recommends that fundraisers learn as much as they can about the organization’s interests and needs prior to the interview. She lists the following questions that can be asked or researched beforehand to paint a more vivid picture of how the organization operates."

Hard times reduce giving : DeSoto : Memphis Commercial Appeal

Hard times reduce giving : DeSoto : Memphis Commercial Appeal: "Hard times reduce giving
Donations dip as pleas for assistance increase

By Emily Wagster Pettus
Associated Press
Saturday, November 29, 2008

JACKSON -- The tight national economy is squeezing some charities in Mississippi, a state that has long struggled with low-wage jobs and generations of families living in poverty.

From the northeastern hill country to the Gulf Coast, leaders of several religious and community-service groups say donations are down even as requests for help are up."

Davis County Clipper -Nonprofits: more needed, losing staff

Davis County Clipper - News, Classifieds, Events and Businesses in Davis County, Utah: "KAYSVILLE — Even as the need for nonprofit organizations continues to grow, the number of experienced leaders is dropping.

That’s because directors and CEOs often come from the baby boomer generation. And, like the rest of society, those people are starting to retire.

“”There are 77 million baby boomers who make up half of the workforce,” said Ann O’Brien, director of professional education for the University of Utah. “There are only 38 million Generation Xers.”"

New Hampshire Magazine >Wrap Up the Year With Gifts From the Heart

New Hampshire Magazine > The essential guide to living in the Granite State: "he Granite State is famously (even proudly) parsimonious. Granted, frugality can be a virtue, but when it comes to charitable giving, New Hampshire’s annual donations rank at the bottom of the national charts. With hard economic times in the news, retailers are braced for a lackluster sales year, but couldn’t those same hard times be the impetus we need to get Granite Staters to open their hearts and their wallets to some very good causes?"

Evening News 24 - Go Elephants! Cheque handed over

Evening News 24 - Go Elephants! Cheque handed over: "The 53 life-sized baby elephant models, which added a splash of colour to the city's streets over the summer, as part of the popular public art project were sold at auction at The Forum in September, raising £203,000."

Next-gen philanthropy emerges, even in Tampa

Next-gen philanthropy emerges, even in Tampa: "December 01, 2008
Next-gen philanthropy emerges, even in Tampa

Wake up and good morning. Despite the shock delivered to fortunes by the declining stock market and economy, philanthropy is showing signs of resilience.... in the next generation. So suggests today's cover story in Barron's magazine. As the story begins:"

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Filling the need :: PostStar.com

Filling the need :: PostStar.com: "National projections point to a minimal increase in fundraising this year because of worsened economic conditions, said Michael Nilsen, spokesman for the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

During uncertain economic times, there's a fairly dramatic change in need, with many more people looking for help, Nilsen said.

'Unfortunately, what also happens, this economic decline and recession, people are hesitant to give,' Nilsen said.

It's a 'one-two whammy,' he said."

Friday, November 28, 2008

Philanthropy Day Honors Generosity - washingtonpost.com

Philanthropy Day Honors Generosity - washingtonpost.com: "Just imagine what we could do if we modeled ourselves on our awardees,' said Nancy Withbroe, president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Washington chapter, which organized lunch for 500 to mark its seventh annual National Capital Philanthropy Day."

Business Edge News Magazine - businessedge.ca - Ontario Edition - Corporate charity to be tested by slowdown

Business Edge News Magazine - businessedge.ca - Ontario Edition - Corporate charity to be tested by slowdown: "Steve Baker, president of the board of directors of the Edmonton chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), agrees it may be well into 2009 before any new trend is noticed. 'By that, I mean whether or not there are going to be some companies that make a dramatic change,' he adds."

Fundraising pros in demand - Denver Business Journal:

Fundraising pros in demand - Denver Business Journal:: "“If people coming from the for-profit world are looking for something meaningful in their lives, the development profession can meet those needs,” said Aleah Horstman, president of the Colorado chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

“It’s one of the most amazing, rewarding professions,” said Horstman, a veteran fundraiser who’s about to move from Planned Parenthood to Thornton-based Arapahoe House, a substance-abuse and behavioral-health services program. “You meet some great people and work for phenomenal organizations that do great work.”"

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Global economic crisis puts Aspire, Annual Giving at risk - The Daily Princetonian

Global economic crisis puts Aspire, Annual Giving at risk - The Daily Princetonian: "Global economic crisis puts Aspire, Annual Giving at risk
By Josh Oppenheimer
Staff Writer
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Published: Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
The University is at risk of missing its Annual Giving (AG) and Aspire capital campaign goals because of the economic downturn, Vice President for Development Brian McDonald ’83 said on Tuesday.

He noted, however, that the University has not yet revised either target, adding that he remains optimistic in spite of challenges."

Gifts of Hope puts turkeys on the table – and you can help - Cambridge, MA - Cambridge Chronicle & Cambridge TAB

Gifts of Hope puts turkeys on the table – and you can help - Cambridge, MA - Cambridge Chronicle & Cambridge TAB: "Last year, this renowned nonprofit agency helped, as it has for almost two decades, more than 1,000 residents of Cambridge and Somerville enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at home. A loyal cadre of volunteers and staff delivered turkey dinners with all the trimmings to families who otherwise would have only bleak memories of a day that is one of our country’s most celebrated holidays."

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Local News | Gates Foundation to slow growth in grants in 2009 | Seattle Times Newspaper

Local News | Gates Foundation to slow growth in grants in 2009 | Seattle Times Newspaper: "Gates Foundation to slow growth in grants in 2009

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to slow the planned growth in its grant making in 2009 in response to the troubled economy.
SEATTLE —

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to slow the planned growth in its grant making in 2009 in response to the troubled economy.

In a letter posted on the foundation's Web site, Chief Executive Officer Jeff Raikes said payouts will grow by about 10 percent in 2009, a smaller growth than previously planned.

The foundation projects it will make about $2.8 billion in grants in 2008, The Seattle Times reports."

Cost-cutting pays off for 2 Indy nonprofits | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star

Cost-cutting pays off for 2 Indy nonprofits | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star: "This first-ever prize encourages collaboration among nonprofits in order to eliminate duplication and create efficiency – a goal more important than ever given current economic challenges.

The two nonprofits decided to co-locate and merge their respective experiential learning programs for youngsters."

Food drives run by student volunteers help nonprofits fill empty bellies - Carly Rothman - Helping Hands on NJ.com

Food drives run by student volunteers help nonprofits fill empty bellies - Carly Rothman - Helping Hands on NJ.com: "The bird brigade started in Montville, where volunteers bundled 60 turkeys into baskets to be distributed to local families who could use a little kindness this year. Next, they traveled to the Morristown area and unloaded almost 700 birds at the Interfaith Food Pantry and Market Street Mission before heading to Paterson and dropping off 500 frozen turkeys at the Father English Community Center."

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Wealth Report - WSJ.com : Why the Rich Give to Charity

The Wealth Report - WSJ.com : Why the Rich Give to Charity: "Why the Rich Give to Charity

Ask a wealthy donor why they give to charity, and they’ll give one of two answers: making the world a better place or giving back to the community.

But there’s another reason the rich give back to charity: It makes them feel better about themselves."

The Truth About Celebrity Giving - Forbes.com

The Truth About Celebrity Giving - Forbes.com: "Not much about the world of celebrity philanthropy surprises Stephanie Sandler anymore. For the past nine years, Sandler, senior vice president at the Giving Back Fund, a philanthropic consulting and management firm in Los Angeles, has helped celebrities set up their own foundations. Along the way, she's had first-hand experience in the not-always-truthful world of celebrity giving."

Your Career: The spirit of giving at work - Careers- msnbc.com

Your Career: The spirit of giving at work - Careers- msnbc.com: "As charities struggle to keep up with demand, there’s a growing desire among workers thankful to still have jobs to help those who may not be as fortunate. Many are turning to their colleagues for help with their charitable efforts.

While it’s a noble idea to bring the spirit of giving to your workplace, employees walk a fine line when initiating such volunteer and fundraising efforts, experts say."

Record Number Of People Seek Food Bank's Help - Cincinnati News Story - WLWT Cincinnati

Record Number Of People Seek Food Bank's Help - Cincinnati News Story - WLWT Cincinnati: "CINCINNATI -- Monday was a record-setting day at the Freestore Foodbank as 7,661 people stood in the rain and cold to receive emergency food boxes. That’s an increase of 19 percent over the first day of last year’s Thanksgiving food distribution.

This year, the Freestore Foodbank is seeing a lot of new faces, many people who’ve never needed assistance before."

Charity Village®NewsWeek: Cover Story

Charity Village®NewsWeek: Cover Story: "Hosting a ‘giving circle’: Finding new donors and new dollars
Louise Chatterton LuchukBy Louise Chatterton Luchuk
November 24, 2008

My $500 donation is important, but when it gets pooled with the $500 donations of several other people, the total impact of our giving grows. When we commit to making this level of donation over a few years, the impact is even greater. Now factor in that we want to know as much as we can about the project we’re investing in and track the difference our philanthropy makes to the cause. Well, the value of that $500 donation just grew exponentially."

IRS Issues Fall 2008 Statistics Of Income Bulletin

IRS Issues Fall 2008 Statistics Of Income Bulletin: "#
Information returns filed by tax-exempt organizations: Nonprofit charitable organizations exempt from income tax filed more than 286,000 information returns for tax year 2005, an increase of 4 percent from tax year 2004. These organizations held more than $2.2 trillion in assets, an increase of 9 percent from the previous tax year. Information returns for tax year 2005 were filed with the IRS in calendar years 2006 and 2007.
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U.S. personal wealth in 2004: In 2004, an estimated 2.7 million adults with gross assets of $1.5 million or more owned nearly $11.1 trillion in assets. With a combined net worth of more than $10.2 trillion, where net worth is defined as gross asset value less debts and mortgages, these top wealth holders made up only about 1.2 percent of the total U.S. adult population, although they held 20.3 percent of the total U.S. net worth in 2004."

IRS Announces 2009 Standard Mileage Rates

IRS Announces 2009 Standard Mileage Rates: "RS Announces 2009 Standard Mileage Rates


IR-2008-131, Nov. 24, 2008

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2009 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2009, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups, or panel trucks) will be:

*
55 cents per mile for business miles driven
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24 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
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14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations"

New Law Encourages Cash Donations for Midwest Disaster Relief

New Law Encourages Cash Donations for Midwest Disaster Relief: "New Law Encourages Cash Donations for Midwest Disaster Relief


IR-2008-133, Nov. 25, 2008

WASHINGTON –– Taxpayers who make qualifying cash contributions for disaster relief efforts in the Midwest could benefit from a recently passed law that suspends the percentage-of-income limits that would normally apply when taxpayers deduct the contributions on their 2008 federal tax returns."

Survey finds Rockland nonprofits have $1 billion economic impact | lohud.com | The Journal News

Survey finds Rockland nonprofits have $1 billion economic impact | lohud.com | The Journal News: "STONY POINT - The economic impact of Rockland not-for-profit agencies that deliver social services, enrich the local arts and cultural landscape, and protect the environment was more than $1 billion in 2006, a new survey finds.

The Rockland County Institute for Non-Profits, which advocates for the agencies, used 2006 data to determine the direct and indirect economic impact of local not-for-profit organizations in the county."

Our view: Good news, America: We keep giving | thetowntalk.com | The Town Talk

Our view: Good news, America: We keep giving | thetowntalk.com | The Town Talk: "Take a moment to pat yourself on the back, for that is truly worth celebrating. It means that even when times get ugly -- and they're pretty ugly right now -- most Americans keep digging deep to help people who have less or perhaps nothing at all. This is uplifting, and fitting to note with the season of giving upon us.

Contributions to American charities have increased during 39 of the past 40 years in today's dollars, a researcher with the center told The Associated Press. The one off-year, back in 1987, was caused by a change in the tax laws, not an economic crisis."

Charity groups to increase aid - The Boston Globe

Charity groups to increase aid - The Boston Globe: "With a triple threat of increased fuel and food costs and the mortgage crisis in full play this winter, four philanthropic foundations are giving a combined $1.1 million to food banks, fuel assistance programs, and other nonprofit organizations, helping to bridge the gap in shrinking donations this holiday season."

Charities keep fingers crossed | press-citizen.com | Iowa City Press Citizen

Charities keep fingers crossed | press-citizen.com | Iowa City Press Citizen: "Tough economic times are causing families to tighten wallets and to think twice before handing out dollars to charities.

It's worrisome news for local nonprofits like the Salvation Army, which are seeing needs increase."

Monday, November 24, 2008

Fannie Mae Walks Its Talk - washingtonpost.com

Fannie Mae Walks Its Talk - washingtonpost.com: "the chill on Saturday. The chief executive of District-based Fannie Mae looked out at tens of thousands of people who had gathered on the National Mall and declared, 'This is a great day, great cause, great crowd.'

He was speaking at Fannie's 'Help the Homeless' walkathon."

What Are Your Favorite Fund-Raising Blogs? - Philanthropy.com

Great to see this blog (AFP Blog: Recent News of Note) mentioned as one of the favorites in this top ten Fundraising Blog list. Thanks to Roger and to Peter.


What Are Your Favorite Fund-Raising Blogs? - Philanthropy.com: "What Are Your Favorite Fund-Raising Blogs?

Roger Carr, the founder of the Web site Everyday Giving, recently created his top 10 list of favorite fund-raising blogs for the site Blogs.com."

Values under siege | Nashville City Paper

Values under siege | Nashville City Paper: "Expecting scarcity

Most of Nashville's foundations operate quietly, but their economic impact is immense. In 2006, the last year for which complete data is available, Middle Tennessee foundations had aggregate assets approaching $3 billion and made more than $200 million in grants, according to the publicly available annual reports they are required to file with the Internal Revenue Service."

Asian American Giving: Just released! Asian American giving circles survey

Asian American Giving: Just released! Asian American giving circles survey: "The paper, Asian American Giving Circles: Building Bridges Between Philanthropy and Our Communities was presented at the 37th Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Conference this November in Philadelphia by Andrew T. Ho, of Council on Foundations.

The research paper shows that these Asian American giving circles enjoyed enthusiastic responses from community organizations"

5 Tips for Raising Funds Through Social Mobilization : FundRaising Success

The AFP Resource Center also has a blog on Nonprofit Technology

5 Tips for Raising Funds Through Social Mobilization : FundRaising Success: "The troubled economic times that our nation now faces are forcing many to curb their level of charitable donations — donations that nonprofits and cause-driven organizations rely on to survive. Typically, nonprofits rely on more traditional methods of growing support — volunteer word-of-mouth, mass mailings or telephone outreach. While effective, these methods are time-consuming and cost-prohibitive."

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Daffodilians seek ideas to keep festival going | TheNewsTribune.com | Tacoma, WA

Daffodilians seek ideas to keep festival going | TheNewsTribune.com | Tacoma, WA: "Daffodilians seek ideas to keep festival going
MELISSA SANTOS; melissa.santos@thenewstribune.com
Published: November 23rd, 2008 12:05 AM
There will not be a 2010 Daffodil Festival without a huge influx of financial support, organizers of the 75-year-old event say. But they worry people aren’t getting that message.

About two dozen community members gathered Saturday at Puyallup City Hall to discuss how best to market the event and keep it relevant.

Should the festival have a MySpace page? A YouTube campaign?"

Bequests, Celebrities, Foundations, and the Economy: a Conference Notebook From National Research Meeting - Philanthropy.com

Bequests, Celebrities, Foundations, and the Economy: a Conference Notebook From National Research Meeting - Philanthropy.com: "Bequests, Celebrities, Foundations, and the Economy: a Conference Notebook From National Research Meeting

By Debra E. Blum

Philadelphia

Too many nonprofit scholars are boosters — ignoring the serious problems that mar the nonprofit world, and the organizations that are involved in activities that harm society, says a prominent philanthropy researcher.

David Horton Smith, founder of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, took the opportunity of the group’s annual meeting here this week to chastise its members for ignoring what he called “the dark side of the nonprofit sector.”"

Friday, November 21, 2008

Indian Philanthropy Flourishes in Boston - Philanthropy.com

Indian Philanthropy Flourishes in Boston - Philanthropy.com: "Indian Philanthropy Flourishes in Boston

A large number of nonprofit groups with connections to India or Indian-related causes have sprung up in the Boston metropolitan area, as Indian professionals seek a way to do good with wealth they have earned, reports The Boston Globe."

WTTE FOX 28 - National News

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WTTE FOX 28 - National News: "SEATTLE (AP) -- Food banks and charities are confident that donations will stay up despite the gloomy economy.

In fact, a national survey released by World Vision indicates that this Christmas could be better than usual for charitable organizations."

Putting Board Members Under a Fund-Raising Contract - Philanthropy.com

Putting Board Members Under a Fund-Raising Contract - Philanthropy.com: "Many, if not most, charities want their boards to be more engaged in fund raising.

To persuade her trustees to take the idea seriously, Alexi Miller, development director of Acterra, an environmental group in Palo Alto, Calif., asked them to sign a contract stating that they agreed to be active fund raisers. Ms. Miller recently discussed her charity’s contract for trustees on a listserv maintained by the Association of Fundraising Professionals."

Each generation gives differently | floridatoday.com | FLORIDA TODAY

Each generation gives differently | floridatoday.com | FLORIDA TODAY: "Mark Brewer, president and chief executive officer of the Orlando-based foundation, which holds almost 400 named charitable funds with assets of more than $50 million, spoke before the Space Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals."

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Charity leaders offer tips for tough economy, holiday season - CNN.com

Charity leaders offer tips for tough economy, holiday season - CNN.com: "(CNN) -- Recession questions, housing bailouts, stock market tumbles, growing job losses -- faced with troubling economic news at seemingly every turn, many Americans' first thoughts may be of their own finances before charitable giving."

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

U of L receives largest donation in its history | courier-journal | The Courier-Journal

U of L receives largest donation in its history | courier-journal | The Courier-Journal: "The University of Louisville has received the largest gift in its history -- a $20 million donation that will be used to further the school's cancer research in a state with the nation's highest cancer death rate."

WBNS 10TV : Gee Takes Off Bow Tie To Help Charity - WBNS-10TV, Central Ohio's News Leader

WBNS 10TV : Gee Takes Off Bow Tie To Help Charity - WBNS-10TV, Central Ohio's News Leader: "President Gordon Gee kicked off the 'Lose the Blue' campaign by taking off a maize-and-blue bow tie and tossing it into a donation box during a press conference on Monday, 10TV News reported.

'I hate to give away a bow tie, but consider yourself lucky that my trademark is a bow tie and not knickers,' Gee said."

Publicity Examiner: Corporate social responsibility: Tips for professional fundraisers

Publicity Examiner: Corporate social responsibility: Tips for professional fundraisers: "In the previous Publicity Examiner post, we learned about the who, what and the why on corporate giving and the reasons corporate social responsibility has become critical for strengthening the corporate image. Generosity by corporations through community relations, foundation support, and non-profit sponsorships will establish and build brand equity through goodwill efforts with meaning."

The Columbus Dispatch : Retire Smart: Need a job? Try a nonprofit

The Columbus Dispatch : Retire Smart: Need a job? Try a nonprofit: "Hey, all you laid-off, middle-aged bankers, accountants, programmers, marketers and other well-trained corporate types out there: Ever thought about working at a nonprofit organization?"

Charities hit hard by economic downturn as demand rises, donations fall | Riverside County | PE.com | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California

Charities hit hard by economic downturn as demand rises, donations fall | Riverside County | PE.com | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California: "Larger and more established charities generally will be more successful in raising money during the economic downturn, because they are more likely to have the reputation, fundraising expertise and long donor list to weather the crisis, said Michael Nilsen, spokesman for the Virginia-based Association of Fundraising Professionals."

Q-C fundraisers cautiously optimistic - Quad Cities Online

Q-C fundraisers cautiously optimistic - Quad Cities Online: "Though the current economy poses a challenge to fundraising professionals, the Quad-Cities often steps up in tough times, a local leader says.

“Right now, we don't have a level of concern,” said Margaret Lewis, president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Quad-Cities chapter (AFP-QC)."

Monday, November 17, 2008

IU Dance Marathon beats record, raising $1.3 million for Riley: IU News Room: Indiana University

PRESS RELEASE
IU Dance Marathon beats record, raising $1.3 million for Riley: IU News Room: Indiana University: "BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Despite a struggling economy, Indiana University students showed their generous spirit at IU's 18th annual dance marathon over the weekend.

The 36-hour event, which began Nov. 14 and ended at 8 a.m. Nov. 15, raised a record $1.37 million for the Ryan White Infectious Disease Center at Riley Hospital for Children, beating last-year's record of just over $1 million."

Nonprofit Groups Press Congress for Continued Giving by Mortgage Giants - Philanthropy.com

Nonprofit Groups Press Congress for Continued Giving by Mortgage Giants - Philanthropy.com: "Nonprofit Groups Press Congress for Continued Giving by Mortgage Giants

Nonprofit organizations in Washington are continuing their efforts to make sure that lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can sustain their levels of charitable giving."

Friday, November 14, 2008

Business Day - News Worth Knowing

Business Day - News Worth Knowing: "There is little doubt that Obama will make use of the new brand of US philanthropy. Private foundations, although also hit by the economic crisis, still have resources that can be leveraged. Africa will get a rhetorical nod in the short term, but it will get its due down the line."

Investment Executive : Demand for advice on charitable giving set to soar, advisors told

Investment Executive : Demand for advice on charitable giving set to soar, advisors told: "Philanthropic giving is beginning to play a growing role in financial planning in Canada, and advisors should be prepared to discuss the topic with their clients, experts told financial advisors at a conference in Oakville, Ont. on Thursday.

In fact, charitable donations are expected to double in the next decade, and more Canadians are discussing their giving practices with their financial advisors, according to Brad Offman, vice-president of strategic philanthropy for Mackenzie Financial Corp.

“It’s very important in the overall context of an advisor’s professional practice,” he said, adding that a vast majority of charitable donors expect financial advisors to have the knowledge and capabilities to facilitate charitable giving."

Paul Brest: Strategic Philanthropy

Paul Brest: Strategic Philanthropy: "This is a post about strategic philanthropy, expanding on Hal Harvey's and my recent book, Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy. The idea of strategic philanthropy may seem so obvious that there's nothing to write about."

keeping a close eye...: Regulation is Good for Philanthropy

keeping a close eye...: Regulation is Good for Philanthropy: "Thursday, November 13, 2008
Regulation is Good for Philanthropy

By Aaron Dorfman

According to an article published on October 23, 2008 in the New York Times, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan “admitted on Thursday that he ‘made a mistake’ in trusting that free markets could regulate themselves without government oversight.”

If there is a silver lining to the current economic crisis, it is the new consensus emerging that government regulation, in proper proportions, is absolutely necessary. The lesson is applicable to all sectors, not just in the country’s financial industry."

Asian American Nonprofits are Struck Hardest - NAM

Asian American Nonprofits are Struck Hardest - NAM: "Asian American Nonprofits are Struck Hardest

Pacific Citizen, News report, Lynda Lin, Assistant Editor, Posted: Nov 13, 2008 Review it on NewsTrust

With less funding coming in, the most vulnerable victims are the communities these vital organizations serve.


Forget the clich├ęs about Wall Street and Main Street. What about Girard Street in Washington, D.C.?"