Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Charity gets personal amid economic hardship recently featured an article about how their readers are responding amid the current economic hardship, especially with acts of generosity. The article sites some recent statistics on giving, and how people are coming up with creative ways of giving in ways other than financial contributions. Are other nonprofits seeing different types of contributions to your organization? How are people supporting your organization? Are you looking a different ways of securing support for your nonprofit? Share your ideas here.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Share Your Ideas for Change in America and MySpace have joined together to launch the Ideas for Change in America project to find the most exciting new policy ideas for the Obama Administration. Do you or your nonprofit colleagues have an idea to create social change in America? Visit the site and submit your idea online. The top 10 ideas will be presented to the Obama Administration on Inauguration Day.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Center for Nonprofit Advancement Economic Survey

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement surveyed its member nonprofits throughout greater Washington to assess the impact of current economic conditions on the region’s nonprofit sector. Read more about the survey results here.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Charitable Giving Blog

Charitable Giving is part of Business Exchange and offers updated news, blogs, and resources about Charitable Giving. Find user-submitted articles and comments on Charitable Giving from like-minded professionals. Overall, this resource offers a great collection of news and info that would be of value to any executive director. Visit this resource.

Chronicle of Philanthropy Podcast Series

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has launched a monthly free audio series called Social Good. Offered by Allison Fine, a communications expert and former nonprofit leader, these podcasts offer lessons on how charities and foundations can use social-media tools to spread their messages and raise money.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Giving in the News

The Washington Post and New York Times recently offered special sections about philanthropy and nonprofits. Read more about it here:

Nonprofit Article Roundup

The Minnesota Council on Foundations blog offers this roundup of stories about nonprofits and philanthropy.

Small Grants Lift Charities in Lean Times
Christian Science Monitor: With money tight, more Americans draw from donor-advised funds built in past years.

Foundation Assets May Have Dropped 30%
Chronicle of Philanthropy: And that loss has come as the organizations these foundations support are facing a huge upswing in demand, said Steve Gunderson, president of the Council on Foundations.

Foundations Tear Up the Rule Book
Financial Times: The market collapse is prompting institutional investors to rethink the way they build their portfolios.

Big Players Scale Back Charitable Donations
Wall Street Journal: The pipeline from corporate America to the nation’s charities is starting to dry up, as losses in the stock market mount and the U.S. recession deepens. With many large organizations depending on corporate largesse, their futures are suddenly uncertain.

Colleges Are Not Going Hungry, But Are In Need
New York Times: In a more normal year, the alumni fund-raising plea that turns up in the mail right about now seems perfectly in tune as the day for thanks gives way to a month of giving. But this year is different. It’s about competing demands, the rising need to pay for basic human services in our communities versus the emotional pull from the educational institutions that helped shape us.

Charities Can’t Keep Up with Deepening Poverty
Los Angeles Times: Charities across the country are facing stress this year as their busiest season approaches. Aid organizations are hobbled by dwindling resources and soaring demands for food, clothing, money and other necessities.

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

Bill Clinton to Reveal the Names of Donors
Washington Post: The former president has agreed to make public 200,000 donors to his presidential library and foundation as part of an agreement with President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team designed to allow his wife — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton — to be named secretary of state.

Foundations Urged to Consider Environmental Issues in Investing Decisions
Chronicle of Philanthropy: Foundations need to think about environmental concerns as they invest their endowment assets — not just because it’s the right thing to do, but to protect the longterm health of their portfolios, said former vice president Al Gore.

Mileage Deduction for Volunteers Won’t Change in 2009
Chronicle of Philanthropy: People who drive their own vehicles as part of their volunteer work for charities will not be getting any extra tax incentives for their efforts in 2009.