Friday, April 29, 2005

The Chronicle, 4/28/2005: Pennsylvania's Highest Court Allows Multibillion-Dollar Art Collection to Move

The Chronicle, 4/28/2005: Pennsylvania's Highest Court Allows Multibillion-Dollar Art Collection to Move: "
April 28, 2005

Pennsylvania's Highest Court Allows Multibillion-Dollar Art Collection to Move
By Debra E. Blum
Pennsylvania's highest court on Wednesday issued a ruling that appears to end more than two
years of legal wrangling over the fate of the Barnes Foundation, an art-appreciation school and multibillion-dollar art collection in Merion, Pa.
The state's Supreme Court unanimously rejected an art student's appeal of the institution's plan to move its painting, sculptures and other works to a new location. The court said that the student, Jay Raymond, had no legal right to pursue the case."

Charities Aid Foundation - News centre-New Forum launched to drive up giving

Charities Aid Foundation - News centre: "New Forum launched to drive up giving
CAF has set up a high level Giving Forum to explore new ways of driving up charitable giving both in the UK and internationally.
Chaired by Lord Richard Best, the Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Forum will consist of chief executives from a range of national charities, trusts and foundations and intermediary bodies supporting the sector, as well as senior officials from the Government, business and the Charity Commission. "

Oregon Charities Allowed to Hold Poker Fundraisers

Oregon Charities Allowed to Hold Poker Fundraisers: "Oregon Charities Allowed to Hold Poker Fundraisers
28 April 2005

SALEM, Oregon � As reported by the Oregonian: 'Not getting enough Texas Hold 'Em action in tribal casinos, cardrooms, the Internet or your pal's weekly poker game? Well, now you can turn to charity.
'The Oregon Legislature gave its final OK Wednesday to legislation allowing charities to stage Texas Hold 'Em events as fundraisers. The betting is they'll become big moneymakers for service clubs, school foundations and other charities looking to entice donors. " Forum launched to drive up giving "Nonprofits rolling with the funding punches
By Sarah Arnquist
FAIRFIELD - Solano County nonprofits have weathered declining donations, government cuts and increasing service demands - but challenges loom on the horizon for all, according to a survey.
The United Way of the Bay Area's Nonprofit Pulse Survey revealed that 46 percent of Bay Area nonprofits in 2004 experienced an overall increase in total revenues and 22 percent remained steady. More than 70 percent of leaders who responded are optimistic for the future.
Local nonprofits found creative and collaborative ways to address funding cuts and increasing requests for services, said Anne Wilson, United Way of the Bay Area chief executive officer."

San Mateo Daily Journal-Nonprofits battle money woes

San Mateo Daily Journal: "Nonprofits battle money woes
By Dana Yates Daily Journal Staff
The majority of San Mateo County nonprofits are holding their own after two years of declining donations and increased demand for services, according to a report released this week by the United Way of the Bay Area.
Responses from the 98 San Mateo County nonprofit agencies that completed this year�s survey mirror findings for the Bay Area�s nine other counties.
Nearly half � 48 percent � of San Mateo County charities reported an increase in total revenue in 2004, while 17 percent said revenue remained steady last year. On the staffing front, 64 percent of San Mateo nonprofits said they were able to maintain or increase staff last year."

Institute of Fundraising-Institute calls on Mobile Phone Operators to Reduce Charges on SMS Text Donations to Charity

Institute of Fundraising: "Institute calls on Mobile Phone Operators to Reduce Charges on SMS Text Donations to Charity

The Institute of Fundraising ('Institute') is calling on mobile phone operators to reduce charges on charities SMS text campaigns.
Mr Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, says:
'Donating money to charity is a very different scenario to a commercial transaction and most people would be deeply upset to learn that mobile phone companies are charging so much for charitable donations.
'Text giving is an important way for charities to attract new and often younger donors to their cause, but these costs lie well beyond a reasonable service charge. The Institute of Fundraising is calling on mobile phone companies to treat charitable donations as a special case. We will be seeking some long-term discounted charging structure that reflects the needs of their customers and the charities they are supporting.'
The Institute has contacted the four major UK mobile phone operators in order to progress the development of a discounted charging structure for charities. Updates on this progress will be published at "

ThirdSector-Too many fundraisers are forgetting to thank donors

ThirdSector: "

April 27 2005
Fundraising News: All it takes is one little word to donors,fundraisers told
Too many fundraisers are forgetting to thank donors for their donations, delegates to the Raising Funds from the Rich conference were told last week.

More than 750 fundraisers from across the country attended the conference, organised by fundraising consultants Action Planning in association with chief executives body Acevo. "

Thursday, April 28, 2005

St. Paul Pioneer Press | 04/28/2005 | Packers tickets or a jail stay? It's her call

St. Paul Pioneer Press 04/28/2005 Packers tickets or a jail stay? It's her call: "Packers tickets or a jail stay? It's her call

Judge tells felon to donate family's prized possessions to charity � or do 90 days.

Pioneer Press

It may be the ultimate dilemma for Green Bay Packers fans � freedom or football.
Winnebago County Circuit Judge Scott Woldt gave a 59-year-old Appleton woman convicted of felony theft the option of spending 90 days in jail or donating her family's prized Packer tickets to the Make-a-Wish Foundation for one year."

The Ball State Daily News - Generational changes in volunteering show loss of community

The Ball State Daily News - Generational changes in volunteering show loss of community: "Generational changes in volunteering show loss of community

Teresa Auch | Chief Reporter
April 28, 2005

Three days a week, Ashley Schildtknecht arrives at campus by 6:30 a.m. By 6 p.m., she has attended classes at Ball State University and worked in Anderson. Instead of resting when she gets home, she cooks dinner for her husband and herself and spends the rest of the evening doing homework.
She says she wants to have time to volunteer at her church, Cornerstone Community Church in Alexandria, or take part in campus organizations. But school, work and family leave her no time.
Every week, Schildtknecht's grandfather spends six hours working on projects for the Knights of Columbus. When he's not volunteering for the Knights, he spends his time at church; it's second nature for a man who grew up in a time when civic organizations were one of the few opportunities to take part in the community and a sign of class standing."

Philanthrocide - Newsweek Society - are worried about the repeal of the death tax

Philanthrocide - Newsweek Society -
Charities are worried about the repeal of the death tax. But we should give because we want to give, not for fiscal advantage.WEB-EXCLUSIVE COMMENTARY
By Marc Gellman
Updated: 1:57 p.m. ET April 27, 2005April 27 - Cars run on gasoline, windmills run on … well, wind. And charities run on the goodness of the human heart and the tax laws.

Half of what foundations and charities and churches and synagogues need to operate is about to be cut off. Few of the people who lead the communities

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Local Charity Hurt by New Law

Local Charity Hurt by New Law: "It's been about 5 months since the rules changed for writing off car donations on your taxes. You may recall the 'American jobs creation act,' that saysyou can no longer deduct the bluebook value of a vehicle. I nstead, you have to wait until the vehicle is auctioned off to find out how much you can deduct on your taxes.
Now, 1 local charity saysthat's effecting their bottom line, just as they'd predicted. P eople are still donating pretty decent looking cars to the VOA, but while the cars are nice and shiny, the outlook for the VOA is not." | Society Guardian | Off diary: Oxfam vet in charity TV show | Society Guardian | Off diary: Oxfam vet in charity TV show: "Chic role for Oxfam veteran

Trailblazing employee takes centre stage in charity TV show

Mary O'Hara
Wednesday April 27, 2005
The Guardian

As manager of the UK's first charity shop, Joe Mitty earned himself the unusual nickname of 'the salesman on the side of the angels'. Now, 56 years after he took up the post and two decades after retirement, he is to star in a new Community Channel series, Charity Chic.
The programme, commissioned to coincide with the Year of the Volunteer, features the 85-year-old Mitty as one of a number of guests who are involved with charity shops in some way.
But of all those who appear on the magazine-style show, it is Mitty who stands out. As the first paid employee in a charity shop � at Oxfam on Broad Street, Oxford � he was the sector's trailblazer and played a key role in the expansion of charity shops in high streets up and down the country."

Charity proves vital link - The Washington Times: Metropolitan - April 24, 2005

Charity proves vital link - The Washington Times: Metropolitan - April 24, 2005: "Charity proves vital link

By Heather Greenfield

Art Bushkin says he doesn't 'know much about saving children, saving the whales or saving the environment.'
But for all he knows, those using his network are doing just that.
'Stargazer is an online service for social good, [but] we don't define what the social good is,' Mr. Bushkin said of the Fairfax-based charity he began about six years ago.
He anticipated such activities as teachers across the world sharing lesson plans. "

Nonprofit Federation Member Alert: Personalization Rule Update

Nonprofit Federation Member Alert: Personalization Rule Update: "Nonprofit Federation Member Alert: Personalization Rule Update
April 25, 2005 -- The US Postal Service's new 'clarification' of the rule governing the use of personal information in Nonprofit Standard mail goes into effect June 1, 2005. Updating members in an e-mail on Friday, DMA Nonprofit Federation (DMANF) Executive Director Senny Boone said, The DMANF and others had another meeting on April 22 with USPS officials in Washington to discuss resolving the outstanding issues such as segmentation, use of Congressional district information, use of soft asks in acknowledgments, and other key matters for our members.

'I am sorry to report that we are not getting resolution. In fact, we are highly concerned that there is a lack of clarity regarding items that have already been discussed previously in New York, leaving us with a great deal of uncertainty and risk.'

She added that DMANF and other groups are taking additional steps to raise the issues one more time at the top levels at the USPS.

'If we cannot get resolution, we will be asking you to contact your members of Congress as soon as possible.'

Philanthropy, with a Google-style twist - Apr. 27, 2005

Philanthropy, with a Google-style twist - Apr. 27, 2005: "Philanthropy, with a Google twist

Firm's founders might challenge convention and employ a capitalist approach to charitable donations.
April 27, 2005: 7:43 AM EDT
Free Phones with New T-Mobile Service

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Google may put a spin on charity by backing for-profit and non-profit 'social' entrepreneurs, according to a report Wednesday.
In a switch from conventional philanthropy, where money is donated to non-profit charities, the Google Foundation is considering investments in for-profit firms that also pursue creditable causes, according to USA Today.
'We want to do something that is innovative,' Sheryl Sandberg, vice president of global online sales and operations, told the newspaper. "

The Globe and Mail: Private foundations dole out the money

The Globe and Mail: Private foundations dole out the money: "Canadians are using charitable foundations more than ever to funnel record amounts of money to non-profit groups.
Gifts to community foundations reached a record $210-million last year, and more Canadians are setting up their own private foundations to make donations"

Linton Daily Citizen - News-Report finds women are leaders in new form of giving

Linton Daily Citizen - News: "Report finds women are leaders in new form of giving
By Kerry Conway, Executive Director, Greene County Foundation
Women-led, grassroots philanthropy groups are changing the way many Americans give to charity. Known as giving circles, small groups of friends, neighbors, families or acquaintances are proving that the very wealthy are not the only ones who can make a real difference in their own communities.
A new report by New Ventures in Philanthropy reveals that giving circles have become an important and growing force in philanthropy, investing more than $44 million in communities nationwide since 2000.
The report also finds that women are often the driving force behind this new type of philanthropy."

Tuesday, April 26, 2005 / Business / Mentoring organization for minorities appoints CEO / Business / Mentoring organization for minorities appoints CEO: "Mentoring organization for minorities appoints CEO
Partnership leader aims to grow group nationally
By Diane E. Lewis, Globe Staff | April 26, 2005
The Partnership, a mentoring organization that helps minority professionals at Massachusetts firms advance, announced yesterday the appointment of Beverly Edgehill as president and chief executive, effective June 1.
Edgehill, 49, of Natick, is a vice president at Fidelity Investments, where she trains executives in the company's information technology division.
She said yesterday that she plans to expand the organization's focus to include minority professionals at community organizations and nonprofits as well as other groups where minorities are underrepresented. In addition, Edgehill said, she would like to transform the nonprofit into a national entity, with leadership and training programs in other major cities."

Malaysian National News Agency :: BERNAMA -Citigroup, Resource Alliance Launch Asia Pasific NGO Awards

Malaysian National News Agency :: BERNAMA: "Citigroup, Resource Alliance Launch Asia Pasific NGO Awards
KUALA LUMPUR, April 26 (Bernama) -- Citigroup and Resource Alliance have launched the 2005 Asia Pacific NGO Awards to recognise the best non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and non-profit organisations.

Citibank Bhd director Allen Tan said that the awards highlight good practice and standards for resource mobilisation by NGOs in eight participating countries in the region and pay tribute to notable NGOs that have demonstrated exemplary community efforts.

This is the second year Citigroup and Resource Alliance are organising the regional competition, which sees eight countries participating namely Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand, he told reporters at the launch, here Tuesday."

Will U.S. Catholics keep giving? - Pope Benedict XVI -

Will U.S. Catholics keep giving? - Pope Benedict XVI - "Will U.S. Catholics keep giving?
Demographics, sex abuse scandal squeeze church budgets

By Steve Johnson
Updated: 9:47 a.m. ET April 25, 2005While the 80 million American Catholics make up only 6 percent of their church's membership worldwide, their financial contributions � as much as a third of the Vatican's annual fund-raising for the pontiff's charities � has long given them a special place at the Vatican. "

APP.COM - Candidate may face $7G fine for soliciting Web donations

APP.COM - Candidate may face $7G fine for soliciting Web donations: "TINTON FALLS � Michael Skudera, one of six contenders for two Borough Council seats up in next month's election, faces up to $7,500 in fines for illegally soliciting donations for a nonprofit organization that is not registered with the state.

Skudera, 27, who is making his first bid for a four-year council term in the May 10 election, is head of Citizens for a Better Tinton Falls, which operates a Web site that solicits donations from the public."

Philanthropy has a long way to go, baby

Philanthropy has a long way to go, baby: "Philanthropy has a long way to go, baby
Women are becoming the richer gender. Men have nothing to fear. It's happening in the United States. It's happening the world over. But the transition of more wealth landing in the laps of the gentler gender isn't changing things the way some women had hoped.
The Times of London reports, 'Women will be the richer sex by the year 2025, owning 60 percent of the United Kingdom's personal wealth, compared with 48 percent today.'
Wealth leapt over the gender divide on this side of 'the puddle' during the last millennium. I interviewed a New York University professor in 1999 who had analyzed U.S. Treasury figures showing U.S. women controlled just more than 50 percent of the wealth in this country. The trend was in women's favor to continue increasing their share." donor lists lack details "College donor lists lack details
State university foundations open records, but numbers vague, information missing.
April 26, 2005
Gerald and Karen Kolschowsky of Oak Brook, Ill., the late Richard and Herta Beatty of Des Moines, and the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust were top donors to Iowa's universities last year, all giving between $5 million and $10 million.

But a complete picture of who gave what to Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa continues to be difficult to piece together.

Foundations at Iowa's three state universities recently released lists of their top 25 donors for 2004 in response to a request by The Des Moines Register.
The release followed a Feb. 4 Iowa Supreme Court ruling stating that the ISU Foundation performs 'a government function, and therefore its records are subject to disclosure.'"

Women organize to 'give back'

Women organize to 'give back': "Women organize to 'give back'

By TUX TURKEL, Portland Press Herald Writer
Copyright � 2005 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc. E-mail this story to a friend
Women organize to 'give back'

By TUX TURKEL, Portland Press Herald Writer

Copyright © 2005 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc.
E-mail this story to a friend

Ann Marie Almeida Susan Lakari and Jennifer Rockwell own and operate Material Objects at 500 Congress St. in Portland. Lakari has been part of an effort to raise money to help other women entrepreneurs. For Lakari and Rockwell, giving back goes beyond money. They also have trained a high school dropout and given her a job in their store.

Portland's Longfellow Square wasn't a great place to do business in 1979, when Susan Lakari and a business partner started a consignment shop in a rented storefront. Today, though, Material Objects is a profitable clothing store that owns its building on Congress Street.

So when Lakari was attending a Maine Women's Fund annual fund-raising event two years ago, and heard a challenge for successful women to help improve the lives of women and girls, she answered the appeal. Lakari and three other businesswomen helped organize a campaign that has since raised $50,000.

It's time for business to step up and give (Las Vegas)

Las Vegas Business Press: "It's time for business to step up and give


The lack of local philanthropy is one of Las Vegas' ugliest truisms, one of the ways we remind ourselves what we haven't done during the fabulous run-up of the past two decades. We've all become accustomed to trotting out this shortcoming every time anyone points to our lack of civic virtues. There's more truth in it than we care to admit: philanthropy in Las Vegas remains underdeveloped.

Despite the fabulous profits we generate and the impressive personal wealth in the valley, we lack the civic monuments of other cities -- the named buildings, the wings of museums, the spectacular parks that the wealthy elsewhere have endowed for their home communities. Even when we have grandiose philanthropy, as in the case of Sheldon Adelson's $25 million gift toward a Jewish high school, it is usually narrow in focus and targeted to a noticeably self-interested end."

RTE Business - Call for philanthropy to be professionalised

RTE Business - Call for philanthropy to be professionalised

Delegates at a conference in Dublin, organised by the Ireland Funds, were told today that the Philanthropy Sector was entering a golden age worldwide and that Ireland had the potential to be a global example.

Delegates at the conference, from both the NGO and corporate sectors, were given practical guidelines on fundraising along with case studies from national and international contributors.

Kingsley Aikins, President and CEO of the Worldwide Ireland funds, said that the Irish Philanthropy Market is still in its infancy and should be professionalised.

Monday, April 25, 2005

VSF Renewed Mandate March 2005

VSF Renewed Mandate March 2005: "Report to the Sector from the March 21, 2005 meeting of the VSF
As the Voluntary Sector Initiative moves to conclusion in March 2006, the Voluntary Sector Forum, which gave oversight to the sector's involvement in the VSI, has evolved to ensure the gains in knowledge, capacity and collaboration secured under the VSI continue to benefit the sector across Canada. Its new structure will ensure continued capacity building in the sector and policy dialogue with the federal government. The Voluntary Sector Forum has developed a renewed mandate and membership to move forward in a collaborative way on sector-wide issues and concerns.
Purpose of the re-structured Voluntary Sector Forum
To provide national leadership and coordination in the voluntary sector, on horizontal, cross-sectoral issues.
To build on the foundation of the VSI and secure its legacy;
To meet the sector's obligations under the Accord and Codes of Good Practice;
To work within the sector through pan-Canadian, provincial and territorial networks and sub-sectors, to strengthen the sector's capacity to work effectively as a sector, and with governments at all levels;
To identify new and emerging issues relevant to the voluntary sector as a whole. " | Voluntary sector | How charity can be a ball | Voluntary sector | How charity can be a ball: "How charity can be a ball

Corporate Social Responsibility may sound a bit boring but the reality can provide a link with the community and bring the feelgood factor to your workplace. Kate Lovell reports

Monday April 25, 2005
The Guardian

Going elbow deep in soggy, worm-filled soil probably isn't a task you'd expect to be set by your ever-loving employer. Nor, perhaps, is singing on stage with local schoolchildren or mentoring young people from underprivileged areas. Nonetheless, companies are getting employees to volunteer for activities such as these. Why? Because it's part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) plan and it has an increasingly good business case going for it. "

Consejo 'Wowed' by Blog That Reports Nonprofit Hospital Abuses :: PNNOnline :: the nonprofit news and information resource

Consejo 'Wowed' by Blog That Reports Nonprofit Hospital Abuses :: PNNOnline :: the nonprofit news and information resource: "Consejo 'Wowed' by Blog That Reports Nonprofit Hospital Abuses
Posted by: shannonleskin on Friday, April 22, 2005

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Consejo de Latinos Unidos, a national nonprofit organization that educates and assists Latinos and the uninsured, today applauded the efforts of one of the 'most creative, informative, and educational internet blogs that documents and reports the scandalous, irresponsible, and egregious corporate behavior' of price gouging nonprofit hospitals."

George Michael sells car on eBay - Web User News

George Michael sells car on eBay - Web User News: "Michael sells car on eBay
April 25, 2005
Marc Ambasna-Jones

Pop star George Michael has put a car up for sale on eBay to try and raise cash for his favourite charities.

The former Wham singer/songwriter's car, a black Range Rover with the registration JS STUD (it's to do with his father's Stud farm in Cyprus and not with Michael's sexual prowess) has a 'massive stereo fitted...three massive amps under the rear seat and " - Who feels the estate tax pain? Mostly the wealthy - Who feels the estate tax pain? Mostly the wealthy: "Who feels the estate tax pain?
Questions of fairness aside, few people pay inheritance taxes
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau

� Past impact: Less than 1.5 percent of all people who died in 2003 had estates that ended up subject to the inheritance tax.
� Half had to pay: About 37,000 estate tax returns were filed in 2004 and 19,000 had to pay estate taxes.
� Millions: In 2004 more than half of the estates subject to the tax were worth more than $10 million.

Source: Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center based on Internal Revenue Service data
WASHINGTON - When business and conservative groups launched a campaign to repeal the estate tax, they recruited Chester Thigpen to make the case that the levy hurt more than the super rich.
A black tree farmer and descendent of slaves from Mississippi, Thigpen testified before Congress in 1995 that he feared the tax on his farm after his death would be so onerous that he would not be able to pass the land on to his family.
Despite the fact that his son later said his father's plight had been exaggerated and the farm was too small to be subject to the tax, the example of Thigpen, who has since died, became part of a sustained public relations effort by Republicans to make a populist issue out of a tax paid by few Americans, most of whom are wealthy."


The Globe and Mail: CHARITY BEGINS AT THE BALL: "The world of charity fundraisers is a fiercely competitive one. With so many compelling causes, prospective ticket-buyers are choosy about where to put their dollars.
Which is why organizers are under increasing pressure to be original. Toronto's Fashion Cares gala, which raises funds for HIV/AIDS-related causes, creates a new theme to vogue to every year (this year's event, which takes place on June 4, is themed 'Bollywood Cowboy'). It's famous for its boutique, so popular that some pay extra to shop early ("

Telegraph | News | Mobile firms 'take quarter of text charity donations'

Telegraph | News | Mobile firms 'take quarter of text charity donations': "Mobile phone operators are skimming off as much as a quarter of the money donated to charity by text message, according to a report.

The Institute of Fundraising says companies such as Vodafone and O2 should be forced to reduce the amount they take from each donation made using SMS (short message service)."

The Chronicle, 4/28/2005: Growing Assets and Concerns

The Chronicle, 4/28/2005: Growing Assets and Concerns: "Growing Assets and Concerns
Proposed rules could hurt popularity of advised funds
Spurred by a rising stock market, donor-advised funds grew rapidly for the second straight year in 2004,


STATISTICAL DATA: Donor-Advised Funds: Assets, Awards, and Accounts at a Sampling of Big Providers

TABLE: Percentage of Assets Donor-Advised Funds Distributed

according to The Chronicle's sixth annual survey of gift funds. But dark clouds loom over the funds -- one of the fastest-growing segments of philanthropy -- as the stock market has fallen sharply in recent weeks and members of Congress are considering new rules that some nonprofit officials worry could reduce the popularity of the funds.
Assets of donor-advised funds at the 88 organizations that provided figures for both 2003 and 2004 to The Chronicle grew by a median of nearly 15 percent last year, meaning that the value of half of the funds increased more than that and half climbed less or decreased. The organizations that participated in the survey collectively held $13-billion in assets and distributed $2.6-billion to charities. " / Business / Museum donors set record / Business / Museum donors set record: "BUSINESS NOTEBOOK
Museum donors set record
By Kathy McCabe | April 24, 2005
When the Peabody Essex Museum recast itself as a museum of international art and culture, some wondered how donors would respond to the new paradigm for a beloved Salem institution, famous for its collection of maritime art and artifacts.

But there seems little doubt that donors approve of the Peabody Essex, the North Shore's largest museum, which two years ago completed a $125 million expansion in downtown Salem.
Donors gave a record $194 million to the Third Century Campaign, an asset-building fund launched more than a decade ago, to pay for the museum expansion. A new 110,000-square-foot wing doubled the size of the museum, adding new gallery, exhibition, and public meeting space."