Friday, June 12, 2009

Wired Campus: New Blackboard Executive Starts Blog, Promising New Culture of Openness - Chronicle.com

Wired Campus: New Blackboard Executive Starts Blog, Promising New Culture of Openness - Chronicle.com: "New Blackboard Executive Starts Blog, Promising New Culture of Openness

The new head of Blackboard Inc.‘s course-management-software division, Ray Henderson, started a blog this week, and he’s already facing tough questions fro"

Transforming the Louvre in Uncertain Times - NYTimes.com

Transforming the Louvre in Uncertain Times - NYTimes.com: "PARIS — Over the past six years, the Louvre museum has undergone a transformation that has fundamentally changed the way it operates. This allowed it to score successes ranging from important acquisitions to the most spectacular rise in attendance anywhere in the world, to major archaeological discoveries."

Northern California donors still dig deep for charity - Sacramento Living - Sacramento Food and Wine, Home, Health | Sacramento Bee

Northern California donors still dig deep for charity - Sacramento Living - Sacramento Food and Wine, Home, Health | Sacramento Bee: "Northern California nonprofit groups also are feeling the effects of the economic downturn, but perhaps less severely than elsewhere in the country, said the chief of the region's United Way chapter."

Cassidy: Microlending taking off in U.S., too - San Jose Mercury News

Cassidy: Microlending taking off in U.S., too - San Jose Mercury News: "urns out microfinance is big in the United States, though not as big as Weaver and many others would like it to be. Opportunity Fund says there are at least 20 million U.S. microbusinesses, which generally means businesses employing fewer than five that borrowed less than $35,000 — often much less — to start up."

Tagline Repository: Stamats Higher Education Marketing

Tagline Repository: Stamats Higher Education Marketing: "TAGLINE REPOSITORY

Welcome to the Stamats Tagline Repository. We created this repository as a service to our clients and friends who have tags and want to lay claim to them, are looking for tags and want to see if one they are interested in is already chosen, or are simply fascinated by our fascination with taglines"

Charities’ A-list events still a draw - The Business Journal of Milwaukee:

Charities’ A-list events still a draw - The Business Journal of Milwaukee:: "Whether it’s a gala to support the Milwaukee Ballet or the Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee’s nonprofit community is still drawing crowds to A-list charity events."

Former Texas Gov. Bill Clements giving $100 million to UT Southwestern Medical Center | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Dallas Business News

Former Texas Gov. Bill Clements giving $100 million to UT Southwestern Medical Center | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Dallas Business News: "Former Texas Gov. Bill Clements is giving $100 million to UT Southwestern Medical Center, the largest single gift in the institution's history and perhaps the biggest one-time financial pledge to any civic body in Dallas history, UT Southwestern officials will announce Friday.

The donation comes with no restrictions on its use, a rarity for a gift of such size, medical center officials say."

Muslim charities, mosques get lessons on fundraising -- chicagotribune.com

Muslim charities, mosques get lessons on fundraising -- chicagotribune.com: "The Internal Revenue Service, the MacArthur Foundation and a group of lawyers called Muslim Advocates were on hand late last month to instruct the Chicago-area leaders in proper ways to report the collection of foreign funds, keep bookkeeping transparent and otherwise reassure U.S. officials that the money they raise never will end up in the hands of terrorists."

How nonprofits are faring in the Bay Area's race for stimulus funds

How nonprofits are faring in the Bay Area's race for stimulus funds: "When the Bay Area Council Economic Institute (BACEI) put out their call for stimulus project proposals, there was no promise of funds, only the possibility of a stamp of approval from the well-respected public policy think tank. The BACEI's 'Economic Recovery Workplan' was merely 'designed to advise and assist the allocation of federal stimulus fund"

The Jewish Standard-Major changes ahead at major Jewish charity

The Jewish Standard: "“We want to be an organization that is nimble, responsive, fast, not what people perceive as a federation,” said Alan Scharfstein, president of UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey. His words conjured up contrasting images: a sleek racehorse versus an unwieldy, slow-moving mammoth.

And we all know what happened to the mammoths."

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Philanthropist Promises to Give Unlimited Amount in Fund-Raising Challenge - Philanthropy.com

Philanthropist Promises to Give Unlimited Amount in Fund-Raising Challenge - Philanthropy.com: "June 10, 2009
Philanthropist Promises to Give Unlimited Amount in Fund-Raising Challenge

Robert W. Wilson, a retired investor and philanthropist who has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to environmental charities, has created what appears to be an unprecedented fund-raising challenge."

A Bull Market in Social Entrepreneurs - BusinessWeek

A Bull Market in Social Entrepreneurs - BusinessWeek: "Of course, philanthropic startups are hardly new to Stanford. Four years ago, Stanford students created Kiva.org, which links lenders in the rich world with microbusinesses in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Yet Kiva's co-founder, Matt Flannery, who was a judge in this spring's Social E-Challenge, says that something new is afoot. 'People want to find something that feeds their soul,' he says. 'That trend has hit a fever pitch.'"

Ford Foundation Offers Buyouts to One-Third of Employees - Philanthropy.com

Ford Foundation Offers Buyouts to One-Third of Employees - Philanthropy.com: "Ford Foundation Offers Buyouts to One-Third of Employees

By Ian Wilhelm

The Ford Foundation is offering buyouts to one-third of its 550 employees to reduce expenses and avoid cutting its grant making."

Guidance on Fundraising by Registered Charities

Guidance on Fundraising by Registered Charities: "Guidance
Fundraising by Registered Charities

Reference number
CPS – 028

Effective date
June 11, 2009"

McDonald's charity: Salvation Army's Kroc Center needs to raise more money -- chicagotribune.com

You can see a history of stories on the topic of Kroc's donations by using this category label NPKroc ( Just a reminder that some of the historical links may no longer be live)


McDonald's charity: Salvation Army's Kroc Center needs to raise more money -- chicagotribune.com: "Due to fundraising troubles hampering non-profits across the country, the Salvation Army has revamped plans to break ground on a Far South Side community center named after the family who founded McDonald's Corp.

The initial site preparation for the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in West Pullman is scheduled to begin this fall, a year after its proposed date."

Economy could test Abilene's giving nature : Local News : Abilene Reporter-News

Economy could test Abilene's giving nature : Local News : Abilene Reporter-News: "Abilene nonprofits and others concerned with charitable giving in the community said donations were largely on pace in 2008.

But some said 2009 might prove to be the true test economically."

United Way Flash Mob Raises Awareness Of Drop In Charity Donations Amid Recession - wbztv.com

United Way Flash Mob Raises Awareness Of Drop In Charity Donations Amid Recession - wbztv.com: "But the so-called flash mob outside South Station at 5:05 p.m. wasn't a prank or political statement. The stunt was organized by the local United Way to draw attention to the hard times local charities are going through.

There's a huge need for everything from clothing donations to food donations. The latest figures show meeting those needs is becoming ever more difficult."

Parsing Giving USA's Numbers: a Calamity or a Relief? - Philanthropy.com

More on Giving USA's Numbers

Parsing Giving USA's Numbers: a Calamity or a Relief? - Philanthropy.com: "Parsing Giving USA's Numbers: a Calamity or a Relief?

Writing on the Tactical Philanthropy blog, Sean Stannard-Stockton says there are two “factually accurate headlines” that could have run with the release of Giving USA’s annual study on donations."

Slumping Economy Puts Crimp in Oklahoma State, Texas A&M Plans -- NCAA Football FanHouse

Slumping Economy Puts Crimp in Oklahoma State, Texas A&M Plans -- NCAA Football FanHouse: "Both Oklahoma State and Texas A&M are feeling the crunch, according to a couple stories this week."

Kiva Brings Microlending Home To U.S. Entrepreneurs In Need

Kiva Brings Microlending Home To U.S. Entrepreneurs In Need: "The financial crisis has made a lasting impact on small businesses around the world and here at home in the United States. With the credit crunch creating a virtual standstill of lending, small businesses in the U.S. are facing an uphill battle to find funds, especially if their financial history isn’t stellar. Kiva.org, one of the web’s most interesting innovators in the micro-lending space, is hoping to come to the aid of U.S. entrepreneurs and small businesses by launching a pilot expansion that would allow individuals anywhere to make small loans to low-income U.S. entrepreneurs through Kiva’s platform."

Ron Mirenda: Change and Charity: How You Can Ensure They Both Survive

Ron Mirenda: Change and Charity: How You Can Ensure They Both Survive: "Contrary to some short-sighted, misguided beliefs, charity is not dead, but merely licking its wounds. Yet, people continue to trumpet its imminent demise. It reminds me of Mark Twain's famous quote, 'the report of my death was an exaggeration.' Our country would not be the great nation it is today if not for the charitable sector."

Cause Marketing Creates Welcome Debate

From Joanne's Nonprofit Blog
Cause Marketing Creates Welcome Debate: "Cause Marketing Creates Welcome Debate
Wednesday June 10, 2009

I've loved the debate this week about cause-related marketing created by an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review by Professor Angela Eikenberry, assistant professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha."

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Taking Risks in Museums and Nonprofits | BlogHer

Taking Risks in Museums and Nonprofits | BlogHer: "Think back to a time when you took a risk that succeeded. Now reflect on a time when you tried something and it bombed. What did you or others do differently in the first instance and the second? How did you recover from your failure in the second instance, and what would you do differently if you had another chance?"

Paulette's Point of View: Community

Paulette's Point of View: Community: "Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Community
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the value of professional associations and how to communicate that value to members and non-members alike."

WKZO NEWS: The 'Ying-Yang' of Charitable Giving in Kalamazoo

WKZO NEWS: The 'Ying-Yang' of Charitable Giving in Kalamazoo: "KALAMAZOO - The Greater Kalamazoo United Way has delivered some less-than-great news to the 60 programs that depend on the organization's annual funding.

Donations were down by $1 million this year, and after extensive work by citizen allocation committees, most of the groups are getting less money, some more than others. The average cut was 16.7%.

'Overall, the volunteers really struggled with trying to make sure the needs of the community were met,' according to GKUW spokesman Chris Riker."

Charity swims on Long Island -- Newsday.com

Charity swims on Long Island -- Newsday.com: "Long Island teems with charity walks, runs, bike rides and golf events in the summer, but some organizations look beyond our shores to offer new challenges in raising funds. Long Island is home to more than a half-dozen swimming events that challenge participants to test their stamina in distances from a mile to as far as 15 miles. Venues range from pools to Long Island Sound itself."

D&C introduces philanthropy feature | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle

D&C introduces philanthropy feature | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle: "We’d like to draw your attention to a new philanthropy feature called the Do Good Channel, which connects our readers to opportunities at nonprofits in the Rochester area — and across the nation.

The feature appears on the lower right side of the home page today, and on the Young Professionals Web section."

Adventures in Philanthropy: To Merge, or Not to Merge?-Minyanville

Adventures in Philanthropy: To Merge, or Not to Merge?-Minyanville

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Jewish Teen Funders Network and B’nai Tzedek youth philanthropy to merge | The Fundermentalist | JTA - Jewish & Israel News

Jewish Teen Funders Network and B’nai Tzedek youth philanthropy to merge | The Fundermentalist | JTA - Jewish & Israel News: "The two largest Jewish teen philanthropy groups are merging.

The Jewish Teen Funders Network, run by the Jewish Funders Network, and the B’nai Tzedek teen philanthropy group, which was run by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, are joining forces, according to a press release from the organizations."

Charitable Giving Declines, a New Report Finds - NYTimes.com

Charitable Giving Declines, a New Report Finds - NYTimes.com: "Charitable giving fell last year by the largest percentage in five decades, according to a new study by the Giving USA Foundation."

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Salaries Rise at Charities in New York - Philanthropy.com

Salaries Rise at Charities in New York - Philanthropy.com: "A study of nonprofit pay in three New York counties has found that the number of nonprofit wage earners being paid at least $100,000 more than doubled from 2003 to 2007, reports the Times Herald-Record, in Middletown, N.Y."

Can charitable agencies be saved? It's a matter of faith | CharlotteObserver.com

Can charitable agencies be saved? It's a matter of faith | CharlotteObserver.com: "As United Way gets ready to make deep cuts to scores of charities, Charlotte houses of worship have begun asking whether – and how – the faith community can fill the gap, to make sure the growing number of hurting people get served."

Foundations Should Fund Risk and Growth - Dan Pallotta - HarvardBusiness.org

From Harvard Business Blog

Foundations Should Fund Risk and Growth - Dan Pallotta - HarvardBusiness.org: "But we expect charities to bat 1,000 — if one attempts a $5 million fundraising event that doesnʼt produce a 65% profit to the cause in the first twelve months, people want a crucifixion. So charities are petrified to initiate large-scale revenue-generating ideas that carry risk. And they routinely leave incremental revenue on the table because theyʼre uncertain if it can be raised at 35% cost or less. This is but one of the donating publicʼs restraints that leave nonprofits unable to scale up to anything near the size of the problems they are chartered to confront.

Itʼs critical that we change this public thinking — get donors to understand that investment in risk is investment in growth and without growth the nonprofit sector, and all those it exists to help, donʼt stand a chance. That change may take a while."

BC event focuses on philanthropy in a recession - Daily Business Update - The Boston Globe

BC event focuses on philanthropy in a recession - Daily Business Update - The Boston Globe: "The center said in a press release that it has teamed up with the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Eaton Vance Investment Council to 'address the growing uncertainties and concerns that characterize this significantly challenging time in the world of philanthropy.'"

Nonprofit galas still reaping big bucks - Boston Business Journal:

Nonprofit galas still reaping big bucks - Boston Business Journal:: "The spring gala season for nonprofits was not a bust. And that’s big news.

Nonprofits are showing recession-defying zeal and, once again, have avoided financial doom. Local organizations have stared down predictions of sharp falloffs in revenue, in some cases surpassing their goals."

Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums, 2009 Edition (Preservation, Library of Congress)

Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums, 2009 Edition (Preservation, Library of Congress): "Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums, 2009 Edition

Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums, 2009 Edition [PDF: 2.3Mb / 125 p.] is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the Foundation Center. This publication lists 1,944 grants of $5,000 or more awarded by 488 foundations, from 2004 through the publication date of this guide. It covers grants to public, academic, research, school, and special libraries, and to archives and museums for activities related to conservation and preservation. This publication includes:"

Jobless Professionals Yearn to Do Good - WSJ.com

Jobless Professionals Yearn to Do Good - WSJ.com: "Now, she's spending her severance pay on a mosquito net and malaria pills for her new job: as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching computer skills to high-school students in Cameroon.

Ms. Kornfeld, 26, applied to the program in August, before the worst part of the financial crisis. Her acceptance arrived a few weeks after she was laid off in January. 'Honestly, getting laid off was a good thing,' she says. 'Merrill Lynch just wasn't a good fit for me and it gave me an opportunity to do something different.'"

Monday, June 08, 2009

Advertising - An Effort to Differentiate Yet Another Day of Volunteering - NYTimes.com

Advertising - An Effort to Differentiate Yet Another Day of Volunteering - NYTimes.com: "THERE was a time when holidays meant a break from working. Not so anymore, as seemingly every day of the year is National Something-or-Other Day. And a handful of nonprofits, with help from the White House, are working to rebrand occasions like Martin Luther King’s Birthday and Sept. 11 as national days of volunteering, to say nothing of César Chávez Day (March 31), Make a Difference Day (the fourth Saturday of October), National Volunteer Week (the third week of April) and Be the Change Day (this year, Oct. 3). Add one more to the calendar: Mandela Day, July 18, when people around the world will be urged to perform 67 minutes of community service to honor the 67 years (and counting) that Nelson Mandela has fought for racial and social equality. The holiday is the brainchild of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and 46664, the advocate group that bears Mr. Mandela’s prisoner number"

Film explores Grand Rapids area's legacy of philanthropic giving - Grand Rapids News - The Latest News, Blogs, Photos & Videos – MLive.com

Film explores Grand Rapids area's legacy of philanthropic giving - Grand Rapids News - The Latest News, Blogs, Photos & Videos – MLive.com: "Peter Cook, Richard DeVos, Ralph Hauenstein and Frederik and Lena Meijer are among the 32 West Michigan benefactors and servants whose stories are documented in 50 hours of original interviews filmed since 2007."

Symphony gets record donations at Summer Pops | WCNC.com | Local News for Charlotte, North Carolina | Top Stories

Symphony gets record donations at Summer Pops | WCNC.com | Local News for Charlotte, North Carolina | Top Stories: "At the symphony's opening concert, buckets went around asking those in attendance to give $5 for every adult there to help keep the music going. They collected $27,834. It’s the largest single-night contribution and is more than three times the average amount received at each Summer Pops concert last year."

Marathon Slots for Charity Fundraisers - Well Blog - NYTimes.com

Marathon Slots for Charity Fundraisers - Well Blog - NYTimes.com: "About 80 charities offer a total of 6,800 marathon slots to runners willing to raise money for their organization. Some of the groups only have 10 or 20 slots that quickly fill up, but among the larger charity partner groups, hundreds of spots remain available. The New York City marathon fundraising goal this year is $21 million. And even if you’re not running in New York this year, most major marathons also offer runners a chance to raise funds for a cause."

Recession puts a cork in lavish Napa charity

Recession puts a cork in lavish Napa charity: "The recession has been looming over Wine Country for months. By the time its glitziest evening of the year rolled around, expectations - if not overt displays of wealth - had clearly been reined in. Even so, last-minute displays of generosity surfaced to boost the evening's top lot to more than $1 million."

CTV.ca | Charitable donations in Canada up by $1.1 billion

CTV.ca | Charitable donations in Canada up by $1.1 billion: "Canadians gave $1.1 billion more to charitable and non-profit organizations in 2007 than they did in 2004, Statistics Canada reported Monday."

Professional Fundraising | Personality-led philanthropy for family business

Professional Fundraising | Personality-led philanthropy for family business: "The personality of a charity’s leader is as critical to philanthropic decision-making by family businesses as the organisation’s charitable mission, according to new research."

17,055 yellow rubber ducks float down Naugatuck River for charity The Republican-American

17,055 yellow rubber ducks float down Naugatuck River for charity The Republican-American: "Lynn Ward, director of the Naugatuck Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the event, said 17,055 rubber ducks raced this year — the lowest number of entries in three years."

MinnPost - The 3 types of nonprofits: velociraptors, tickbirds, viruses

MinnPost - The 3 types of nonprofits: velociraptors, tickbirds, viruses: "The nonprofit world divides up into three organizational types: the velociraptor, the tickbird and the virus. (Hey, I'm not making this up. This is according to Jon Pratt, executive director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) and Jodi Sandfort, associate professor at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.)"

Yale's Levin on the Age of Diminishing Endowments - WSJ.com

Yale's Levin on the Age of Diminishing Endowments - WSJ.com: "Then came the Great Recession. What went up so fast for elite universities -- Yale's endowment grew to $23 billion last summer from $3.1 billion in 1993, Mr. Levin's first year -- dropped like a stone. The impact was immediate: Mr. Levin announced a 5% spending cut in December (later adjusted to 7.5%), then froze faculty pay and most large capital projects. By the end of this month he says the endowment will be marked down by a quarter to around $17 billion. Harvard, the only university with a larger endowment, got caught out on arcane fare like interest rate swaps and now projects a 30% decline, to about $24 billion."

Healthy nonprofits get money as grants for poor cut | CharlotteObserver.com

Healthy nonprofits get money as grants for poor cut | CharlotteObserver.com: "The United Way of Central Carolinas will send tens of thousands of dollars to local private schools and other well-heeled nonprofits, even as it slashes grants to agencies serving the poor and disabled."

Asian American Giving: New philanthropy resources (06/07/09)

Asian American Giving: New philanthropy resources (06/07/09): "The philanthropy field is now so popular that new studies are coming out almost every week. Three studies were released in the past several weeks that I think are worthwhile to take a look at. First, corporate foundation giving will decline in 2009 so nonprofits that are working on their 2009 budgets now should take this reduction of revenue stream into consideration. Second, a study of giving circles and how it impacts giving and civic engagement was released. Since giving circles are social vehicles, it was not suprising that those that participate in giving circles have a higher engagement with their communities. However, more research on giving circles and how they impact communities like the Asian American community is still needed. Third, women play a prominent role in philanthropic decisions and not surprisngly - are much more open to receiving advice on their giving. As I come across more philanthropic research that affects our community in the future, I will be sure to share it with you."

Nonprofits focus on long-term investments : Opinion : Ventura County Star

Nonprofits focus on long-term investments : Opinion : Ventura County Star: "Tangible reminders of the volatility in the investment markets are the statements that arrive regularly in our mailboxes. Across the country, trillions in wealth have been wiped out, and sails are being trimmed for less-forgiving times — in business, government and at our own kitchen tables.

Nonprofits are far from immune, and many of their budgets — including ours at the Ventura County Community Foundation — are being cut, and cut deeply"

PAN-ning for philanthropists' gold - Investment News

PAN-ning for philanthropists' gold - Investment News: "Financial advisers across the country are creating networking organizations dubbed philanthropic advisers networks, or PANs, with the mission of helping advisers collaborate locally and also interact with philanthropists."

Local News | Race for the Cure becomes personal campaign against breast cancer | Seattle Times Newspaper

Local News | Race for the Cure becomes personal campaign against breast cancer | Seattle Times Newspaper: "When Adam Westerman's mom was sick with breast cancer, the two of them would sit in the hot tub and he'd ask her the hard questions.

What if the chemotherapy doesn't work?

What if I need advice about how to raise my own kids and you're not around?

He walked the 2008 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure with her while she was bald from chemotherapy and facing a year of chaos and uncertainty."

Obama Makes Promising Statement on Charitable Giving | OMB Watch

Obama Makes Promising Statement on Charitable Giving | OMB Watch: "President Obama made some welcoming comments in regards to charitable giving during his speech at Cairo University. Obama pledged to help American Muslims give to charity. 'Freedom of religion is central to the ability of peoples to live together. We must always examine the ways in which we protect it. For instance, in the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation. That's why I'm committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat.'"

The News and Tribune - JOHNSON: For richer or poorer

The News and Tribune - JOHNSON: For richer or poorer: "Recent studies tell us that poor people are far more generous than the rich, giving a much larger percentage of their incomes to charity than the wealthy. While this may seem counterintuitive to most people, it does not surprise this former cab driver in the least. As a Boston cabbie back in the mid-1970s, I quickly discovered that rich people were terrible tippers. But working people appreciated good service and rewarded it generously."

Giving for Good: Challenging times: Basic human needs guide for donors • Local (www.HometownAnnapolis.com - The Capital)

Giving for Good: Challenging times: Basic human needs guide for donors • Local (www.HometownAnnapolis.com - The Capital): "To inform donors about the scale and scope of need among Central Marylanders, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG) produced the 'Guide for Funding Basic Human Needs in a Challenging Economy,' which focuses on eight areas critical to maintaining self-sufficiency that suffer during an economic downturn. This column will address the ABAG guide, which I think is an excellent road map for all of us involved in philanthropy, at any level."

More firms seek public's help in deciding where to donate - USATODAY.com

More firms seek public's help in deciding where to donate - USATODAY.com: "'Philanthropic decisions are no longer being made in the boardroom to give so and so's brother-in-law a donation,' says Sam Davidson, co-founder of Cool People Care, a company that sends out a daily e-mail blast telling people how and where they can volunteer.

Other companies are turning to their customers or the public to distribute donations."

More wealthy Americans donating through foundations - Business - Bradenton.com

More wealthy Americans donating through foundations - Business - Bradenton.com: "Instead of leaving behind large estates that are taxed heavily before distributed, the wealthy can give through charitable organizations and protect their portfolios from government taxes.

The current estate tax, often known as the death tax, charges all estates worth $3.5 million or more at a 45 percent rate."

Local fund raisers earn 10-star honors

Local fund raisers earn 10-star honors: "Every year, AFP, reportedly the largest association of professional fund raisers in the world, honors chapters for achieving goals that align with key objectives in its long-range strategic plan. Chapters receive the Ten Star Award for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fund-raising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy."

Do-good travel

Do-good travel: "The era of 'voluntourism'

Clarke and Browne make up the spate of do-gooders who are searching for a sense of purpose during their travels. As Brian Mullis of Sustainable Travel International says, we're moving from 'the age of chequebook philanthropy into participatory philanthropy.'"

Docuticker » Blog Archive » Association CEOs Pessimistic About Impact of Economy on Their Organizations New ASAE & The Center Study Shows

Docuticker » Blog Archive » Association CEOs Pessimistic About Impact of Economy on Their Organizations New ASAE & The Center Study Shows: "Association CEOs Pessimistic About Impact of Economy on Their Organizations New ASAE & The Center Study Shows

Association CEOs Pessimistic About Impact of Economy on Their Organizations New ASAE & The Center Study Shows
Source: ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership"

Feeling pinched, donors give less | greatfallstribune.com | Great Falls Tribune

Feeling pinched, donors give less | greatfallstribune.com | Great Falls Tribune: "Some Great Falls businesses have had to cut back substantially on contributions because of the economy."

Asking for donations is new to arts groups - Sacramento Living - Sacramento Food and Wine, Home, Health | Sacramento Bee

Asking for donations is new to arts groups - Sacramento Living - Sacramento Food and Wine, Home, Health | Sacramento Bee: "In Sacramento, where asking individuals for funds is not a deeply entrenched tradition, many of those donors will have to be first-time givers.

Lial Jones, executive director of the Crocker Art Museum, said it has not been common practice for Sacramento arts nonprofits to ask patrons to become donors."