Friday, June 05, 2009

Public-Private-NGO Conservation Alliance Invests $100 Million in Mexico

Public-Private-NGO Conservation Alliance Invests $100 Million in Mexico: "QUINTANA ROO, Mexico, June 4, 2009 – To establish Mexico as a global model for conservation, a new alliance today announced an initial investment of US$100 million for the promotion of sustainable development and protection of biodiversity in six priority regions."

A Global Look at Charitable Giving

A Global Look at Charitable Giving: "Global Look at Charitable Giving

Thursday, 04 June 2009 12:20

Also, the facts relating to time volunteered to charities across the world are also quite interesting. Only Canadians give more of their personal time to help charities. In the United States only 20 percent of us volunteer to help not-for-profit organizations. Some 25 percent of Canadians volunteer their time to help. And they donate over five hours per month with U.S. residents only giving some 2.2 hours each month."

Editorial: Support nonprofits, but look for efficiencies | StarNewsOnline.com | Star-News | Wilmington, NC

Editorial: Support nonprofits, but look for efficiencies | StarNewsOnline.com | Star-News | Wilmington, NC: "The news for charitable nonprofits – and the people who depend on their services – couldn’t be much worse. A sagging economy is putting more people out of work, some of whom may eventually need what these nonprofits can provide."

BCNG Portals Page (R)

BCNG Portals Page (R): "Economic slump outpaces demand for Goodwill services

Jun 04 2009

Citing the challenging economy, Tacoma Goodwill CEO Terry A. Hayes today announced an urgent need for donations, especially of gently used clothes and household items.

'Donations have slowed as a result of these tough times,' Hayes said. 'Even one box of donated goods helps support Goodwill’s job training and placement services, which are seeing record public need.'"

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Voice of Dance - Ten Strategies for Arts Groups to Outlast the Recession

Voice of Dance - Ten Strategies for Arts Groups to Outlast the Recession: "The arts, like every other nonprofit sub-sector, are being challenged by significant contribution losses from government, corporations, foundations, and private donors. Box office and gallery admissions are also eroding as discretionary dollars evaporate. Almost everyone agrees funding problems will become more acute in the upcoming three to five years. Adaptability is replacing growth as a barometer of success."

The bare truth: charity foolish to reject donation :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Mary Mitchell

The bare truth: charity foolish to reject donation :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Mary Mitchell

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When the going gets tough, Coloradans keep giving - The Denver Post

When the going gets tough, Coloradans keep giving - The Denver Post: "Don't let the downward-pointing arrows on the financial-page graphics fool you: Retail sales, the housing market and the Dow Jones continue to circle the drain, but charitable giving shows definite signs of life.

At least in Colorado. Here are some recent examples of gifts from individuals and groups alike:"

ESCONDIDO: Leaders discuss nonprofits' roles, survival in recession : North County Times - Californian 06-03-2009

ESCONDIDO: Leaders discuss nonprofits' roles, survival in recession : North County Times - Californian 06-03-2009: "ESCONDIDO ---- Some 100 Escondido leaders exchanged ideas at a Wednesday morning forum for keeping local nonprofit groups open and serving the community during the current recession.

With nearly 400 charities registered as 501(c)(3) organizations in the city, everyone from Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler to a panel of seven nonprofit experts weighed in on strategies to weather the economic storm and improve how charitable groups that serve Escondido's residents."

Opinion: In a bad economy, arts are still important - San Jose Mercury News

Opinion: In a bad economy, arts are still important - San Jose Mercury News: "ReprintPrint Email Font Resize
Opinion: In a bad economy, arts are still important

By Marcela Davison Aviles and Tom McEnery

Special to the Mercury News
Posted: 06/03/2009 08:00:00 PM PDT
Updated: 06/03/2009 08:18:19 PM PDT

Michelle Obama said recently that our nation's creative spirit is critical to its ideals and identity, and the arts need to be nurtured even during difficult economic times. 'The arts are not just a nice thing to have,' she said, but 'they define who we are as a people.'"

The Journal Record - Article

The Journal Record - Article: "ENID – In 2006, the Community Development Support Association of Enid completed a study to assess the needs for services and improved collaboration among area nonprofit agencies."

Nature Conservancy News Room - The Nature Conservancy Welcomes New Chief Philanthropy Officer

Nature Conservancy News Room - The Nature Conservancy Welcomes New Chief Philanthropy Officer: "The Nature Conservancy Welcomes New Chief Philanthropy Officer
Former Director of Principal and Major Gifts Rebecca Girvin-Argon Brings 25 Years of Fundraising Experience to the Executive Team

ARLINGTON, VA - June 3, 2009 - Today, The Nature Conservancy announced that veteran Conservancy fundraiser Rebecca Girvin-Argon has joined the organization’s executive team as Chief Philanthropy Officer, effective immediately."

Dartmouth Joins Harvard, Princeton in Tapping Credit Markets - Bloomberg.com

Dartmouth Joins Harvard, Princeton in Tapping Credit Markets - Bloomberg.com: "Dartmouth, located in Hanover, New Hampshire, joins Ivy League institutions including Princeton University and Harvard University in selling bonds to raise funds after investment losses cut into their endowments, said Rich Lee, managing director of fixed income at Wall Street Access, a broker-dealer firm in New York."

Gates stumps for charity while Ballmer threatens Obama | Money & Company | Los Angeles Times

Gates stumps for charity while Ballmer threatens Obama | Money & Company | Los Angeles Times: "Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates today renewed his appeal to the world's billionaires to give up their fortunes to charitable causes."

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Community Foundation celebrates 25 years with 25 grants for nonprofits | detnews.com | The Detroit News

Community Foundation celebrates 25 years with 25 grants for nonprofits | detnews.com | The Detroit News: "Detroit -- The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is celebrating its 25th anniversary by awarding $25,000 grants to 25 nonprofits that have worked closely with the foundation and embody the foundation's mission to improve the area, its leaders say."

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management: "Patrick Rooney Appointed To Run Center On Philanthropy

As reported exclusively yesterday (6/02/09) on the Twitter feed of The NonProfit Times, Patrick M. Rooney, Ph.D., is the new executive director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University in Indianapolis. He has been interim executive director since this past September when Eugene R. Tempel left the position to become president of the Indiana University Foundation."

Sherborn teams help Relay for Life set records - Sherborn, MA - Wicked Local Sherborn

Sherborn teams help Relay for Life set records - Sherborn, MA - Wicked Local Sherborn: "Natick - What if they gave a Relay and the weather didn’t come?


In this case, a record-setting weekend.

Natick High’s Memorial Field was packed with teams taking part in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. More than 80 teams from Natick, Framingham and Sherborn collected about $190,000 by Relay’s end early Sunday morning. More money is expected through online donations as well as additional fundraisers, and that should push the total past the $200,000 mark by the donation deadline of Aug. 31."

What Can Charity Leaders Learn From Their 20-Something Employees? - Philanthropy.com

What Can Charity Leaders Learn From Their 20-Something Employees? - Philanthropy.com: "What Can Charity Leaders Learn From Their 20-Something Employees?

Robert Egger, founder of the nonprofit DC Central Kitchen, sat down earlier this week for an hour-and-a-half conversation with 15 of his employees who haven’t yet turned 30."

InKind donations Guide to Mexico

Thanks to Roselena Sandoval, Manager, Mexico and Caribbean Services of AFP for suggesting this Resource.

Introduction: "For years, people have been making in-kind donations of goods to Mexico. Unfortunately, a lack of understanding of the legal process has led to problems getting the donations to the appropriate recipients. Recognizing the lack of understanding that most donors have about in-kind donations, this Guide has been developed to help those who want to give items to Mexico while also being in compliance with Mexican law. The Mexican tax authority, the Servicio de Administraci√≥n Tributaria, or SAT, has established a relatively simple process for giving goods to Mexico through in-kind donations to a specific class of Mexican non-governmental organizations (NGOs) known as Authorized Donees (“Donatarias Autorizadas”).1"

Local nonprofit groups to lose millions

Local nonprofit groups to lose millions: "NCR Corp. has deep ties to the local nonprofit community as a major donor with roots in the formation of both the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area and Culture Works.

The corporation’s departure from the Dayton area will have an enormous impact on human service agencies and arts organizations, nonprofit leaders said Tuesday, June 2."

VOA News - Kenya to Host International Conference on the Future of Microfinance in Africa

VOA News - Kenya to Host International Conference on the Future of Microfinance in Africa: "Kenya to Host International Conference on the Future of Microfinance in Africa
By Howard Lesser
Washington, DC
02 June 2009


On Thursday, Kenya will host a one-day conference on microfinance in Africa. The gathering of local, regional, and international leaders hopes to benefit from the leadership role Kenya has played in fostering a favorable climate for grassroots entrepreneurs to create opportunities for starting up businesses that promote economic development and help alleviate poverty."

United Way chair upbeat on turnaround, ’09 campaign - Charlotte Business Journal:

United Way chair upbeat on turnaround, ’09 campaign - Charlotte Business Journal:: "The scandal is over. And United Way of Central Carolinas Inc. has emerged wiser, leaner and more effective, Carlos Evans says.

Indeed, Evans, a veteran banking executive who chairs the United Way board, is upbeat about the organization’s success in rebuilding itself since the controversy that led to the ouster of then-chief executive Gloria Pace King."

The Associated Press: Church's cash handout part of `faith stimulus'

The Associated Press: Church's cash handout part of `faith stimulus': "No ordinary handout, the $50,000 gesture was billed as a 'faith stimulus.' Church members were told to spend it helping others, a novel approach to religious outreach during tough economic times."

Schools may rely more on nonprofits - Redlands Daily Facts

Schools may rely more on nonprofits - Redlands Daily Facts: "REDLANDS - With the possibility of future cuts to the Redlands Unified School District budget, schools may look more to nonprofit organizations that supplement school programs for support.

'(Nonprofits are) very important, because we are able to help them fill the gaps,' said Lynn Whitmer, president Redlands Educational Partnership Foundation. 'We work hard to bring the visual and performing arts, and sciences, to our schools. These are the things they (may not) have if REP wasn't paying for them."

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Inside Philanthropy: Fundraisers should get more respect

Inside Philanthropy: Fundraisers should get more respect: "Fundraisers should get more respect

By Todd Cohen

Fundraising professionals play instrumental roles at nonprofit organizations but get less pay and support than they need and deserve.

Two new studies suggest nonprofits may not be investing enough in their fundraising staff, particularly in women."

SalisburyPost.com - Area - 11-year-old hiking to Washington will stop in Charlotte Wednesday

SalisburyPost.com - Area - 11-year-old hiking to Washington will stop in Charlotte Wednesday: "CHARLOTTE — An 11-year-old Florida boy walking to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about homelessness will make a stop in Charlotte on Wednesday.

Zach Bonner, recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award and other national and local honors, will be joined by local homeless service providers and NeXus Urban Serve at the Salvation Army Center of Hope, 534 Pratt St."

The Future of Direct Mail: Dueling Opinions - Philanthropy.com

From the Chronicle

The Future of Direct Mail: Dueling Opinions - Philanthropy.com: "The Future of Direct Mail: Dueling Opinions

Predictions that direct-mail returns will drop by up to 40 percent over the next five years have prompted a spirited debate on Frogloop, a blog about nonprofit online marketing.

Allyson Kapin, a nonprofit marketing consultant, interviewed a handful of charities, including one environmental group that has eliminated its direct mail entirely, to test theories that direct mail is about to disappear"

Karen Heller: Alarming decline in philanthropy | Philly | 06/02/2009

Karen Heller: Alarming decline in philanthropy | Philly | 06/02/2009: "n a country where General Motors declares bankruptcy, Americans are learning to deal with less of everything.

Our region has less, too, including a dwindling pool of generous benefactors and civic leaders."

Editorial - Communities, Innovation and Washington - NYTimes.com

Editorial - Communities, Innovation and Washington - NYTimes.com: "Central to the initiative is the creation of a Social Innovation Fund housed at the Corporation for National and Community Service. Congress has authorized the fund, and President Obama’s 2010 budget allots $50 million for it to start. The plan recognizes a hard reality of the nonprofit world: It is a lot easier to secure foundation grants and other short-term financing to develop a model program than it is to come up with the capital to expand successful programs and their potential for systemic change."

Record $17.6 Million in Grants Boosted Shubert Giving in 2009 - Bloomberg.com

Record $17.6 Million in Grants Boosted Shubert Giving in 2009 - Bloomberg.com: "For the 30th straight year, the Shubert Foundation increased funding of not-for-profit companies such as New York’s Public Theater, which produced the “Hair” revival. Funding during the fiscal year ending May 31 was $17.59 million, up 4 percent from $16.93 million the previous year.

The bump comes at a time when many nonprofits are losing donations because of the weakened economy. The majority of recipients are theater and dance companies. Shubert also supports community service organizations."

Alum gives school record $6 million to Kean U. - NJ.com

Alum gives school record $6 million to Kean U. - NJ.com: "Maxine Lane learned her frugality during the Great Depression, when she started paying for her own clothes as a 5-year-old in rural Arkansas. Earlier this month, the shrewd shopper pounced on what she calls her 'best bargain' yet: Kean University scholarships, for just $6 million."

Ronnie Lott's charity turns 20 - San Jose Mercury News

Ronnie Lott's charity turns 20 - San Jose Mercury News: "The running joke at a Ronnie Lott tribute dinner Sunday night was that the 49ers Hall of Famer got into charity work because he was trying to impress a girl.

It seems that in 1989, his squeeze, Karen, wanted to meet Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Lott put together a fund-raising event that coaxed the Lakers great to San Jose."

The NonProfit Times - Major Gift Donors Having Second Thoughts

From the Nonprofit Times
The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management: "Major Gift Donors Having Second Thoughts

By Mark Hrywna

With a goal of $120 million, the Bowling Green State University Foundation (BGSUF) completed a six-year comprehensive capital campaign at the end of 2008 having raised $146.5 million. Early this past January, the school started getting calls from donors to cancel pledges because of their economic circumstances."

Monday, June 01, 2009

Indy's News Center - 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis -"10,000 pairs of shoes are being given to Hoosiers in need.

Indy's News Center - 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - Live. Local. First.: "10,000 pairs of shoes are being given to Hoosiers in need.

Nashville, Tennessee-based Soles 4 Souls shoe charity partnered with Wheeler Mission and Finish Line Monday to distribute thousands of new shoes."

DELAWARE: UD students donate unwanted furniture to charity | delmarvanow.com | The Daily Times

DELAWARE: UD students donate unwanted furniture to charity | delmarvanow.com | The Daily Times: "NEWARK, Del. — Organizers of the third annual UDon't Need It campaign are hoping to help local charities, the environment and the city of Newark — and foster a greener student culture at the University of Delaware."

Nonprofits seeking shares of stimulus cash

Nonprofits seeking shares of stimulus cash: "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, better known as the federal economic stimulus package, aims to spark the economy by funding infrastructure and energy programs, education and public safety. But it also contains money for programs that assist low-income people. Now, area organizations are applying for grants they say will help them meet an ever-increasing demand."

'Wiener Roast Happening' raises awareness for nonprofits | fdlreporter.com | Fond du Lac Reporter

'Wiener Roast Happening' raises awareness for nonprofits | fdlreporter.com | Fond du Lac Reporter: "After months of hearing about the local need, Fran and his wife Ivy set out to raise awareness for nonprofits. They created the Wiener Roast Happening, a private gathering for about 40 children and adults from Berry House and the Boys and Girls Club. The event, sponsored by businesses and individuals, will be held on June 20 at Villa Loretto in Mount Calvary."

HeraldNet: UW opens city branch, but only if you're over 50

HeraldNet: UW opens city branch, but only if you're over 50: "That's the point of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Washington, a membership program that just opened a third site in Everett. For several years, the institute has offered short courses and special events at the UW's Seattle campus and in Redmond, at the Trilogy at Redmond Ridge community. More than 600 people are members."

As running marathons for charity increases in popularity, some worry participants aren't properly prepared -- chicagotribune.com

As running marathons for charity increases in popularity, some worry participants aren't properly prepared -- chicagotribune.com: "As running marathons for charity increases in popularity, some worry participants aren't properly prepared
As marathons attract more fundraisers, some worry amateurs are unready for rigors of grinding out 26.2 miles"

Brookfield's Elm Hill Farm nurtures new mission, collaborating with social services agency - The Boston Globe

Brookfield's Elm Hill Farm nurtures new mission, collaborating with social services agency - The Boston Globe: "Enter Rehabilitative Resources Inc., another nonprofit based in nearby Sturbridge. In January, Rehabilitative Resources took over operation of the Blanchard Means Foundation, which runs the farm. The 34-year-old Rehabilitative Resources, which offers care for people with developmental disabilities, seems like an unlikely administrator for the farm, but the nonprofit has quickly stepped in to rebuild it and has plans to offer horseback riding and a petting zoo."

Charity Converts Office Into Living Space for the Homeless - Philanthropy.com

Charity Converts Office Into Living Space for the Homeless - Philanthropy.com: "Charity Converts Office Into Living Space for the Homeless

A suburban Washington advocacy group is testing a new approach to creating low-cost housing, converting the upper floors of an office building into mixed-use living space for the homele"

IRS Releases Tips for Answering Form 990 Questions on Governance Matters - Philanthropy.com

Some related 990 stories

Via the Chronicle Govt and Politics Watch

IRS Releases Tips for Answering Form 990 Questions on Governance Matters - Philanthropy.com: "RS Releases Tips for Answering Form 990 Questions on Governance Matters

The Internal Revenue Service has released the third in a series of tips to help nonprofit organizations prepare their Form 990 informational tax return, the primary document that groups file each year.

The third batch of tips — which come in the form of frequently asked questions — focuses on information the IRS seeks about organizations’ governance policies and practices in Part VI of the Form 990, which was significantly redesigned for the 2008 tax year."

The Baptist Standard :: The Newsmagazine of Texas Baptists - Baylor engineering students form national nonprofit

The Baptist Standard :: The Newsmagazine of Texas Baptists - Baylor engineering students form national nonprofit: "WACO—A university-based Christian organization that mobilizes engineering students to serve the people of developing countries is expanding to become a national nonprofit organization.

Baylor University’s Engineers with a Mission has expanded to Global Appropriate Technology Ministries. The organization will serve as a nonprofit engineering consulting agency for foreign mission projects around the world."

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management

The NonProfit Times - The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management: "And, a new research report focusing on donors' philanthropic and civic behaviors, knowledge, and attitudes by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, showed that donors say they give more, give more strategically, and are more knowledgeable about nonprofit organizations and problems in their communities when they participate in giving circles."

Record 73.4 Million Pounds Collected in Letter Carriers' National Food Drive

Record 73.4 Million Pounds Collected in Letter Carriers' National Food Drive: "Record 73.4 Million Pounds Collected in Letter Carriers' National Food Drive





Donations Increase Slightly Despite Recession In Nation's Largest Effort to 'Stamp Out Hunger'

WASHINGTON, June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite the difficult economic times throughout the nation, Americans donated a record 73.4 million pounds of non-perishable food in the Letter Carriers National Food Drive to restock community food banks and pantries in the nation's largest one-day effort to combat hunger, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) announced today."

Donors Find Gift Annuities Can Stop Giving - WSJ.com

Donors Find Gift Annuities Can Stop Giving - WSJ.com: "It sounds good on paper: You make a donation to a worthy cause and, in return, receive regular lifetime payments. But so-called charitable gift annuities don't always deliver what they promise -- a risk that could intensify if the recession persists.

For the past several years, Matthew Allen has counted on receiving nearly $12,000 a month through a charitable gift annuity he set up with the National Heritage Foundation. That arrangement was upended in January, when the Falls Church, Va., charity filed for bankruptcy protection."

Dixon gives $1M to help HACC students - Lebanon Daily News

Dixon gives $1M to help HACC students - Lebanon Daily News: "Dixon’s charitable work has earned him numerous awards, including Lebanon Valley College’s Founders Day award and the Philanthropist of the Year award from the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, both of which he received in 2008.

He also received an honorary doctorate of public service from HACC in 2002."