It’s almost a time-honored tradition that some charities — and donors — don’t want to talk about. Someone makes a fortune on the misfortune of others and turns to charity to help shine up their public perception.
Is #GivingTuesday advancing the needle on charitable giving or just moving it around during charities’ busiest time of year? That’s the question that remains to be answered after #GivingTuesday last month. But, nonprofit leaders are still pleased with the huge jump in donations and funds raised during the second iteration of what is intended to become a national day of giving.
Online donations for #GivingTuesday through four of the nonprofit sector’s larger payment processors totaled more than $27 million, according to preliminary estimates. Their totals were slightly more than $12 million last year.
Nonprofits around the nation have taken to social media, email and most any avenue available today to push charitable giving during the second annual #GivingTuesday. It has trended in first place on Twitter for most of the day.
The City of Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history this past summer but the Motor City is certainly not the first to file for bankruptcy. Almost two years after filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, Jefferson, County, Ala., is still crawling its way out of bankruptcy and charities in that region were tightening belts well before the 2011 filing.
Roughly half of the 280 local Boy Scout councils in the United States recommend no change in the organization’s membership policy banning openly gay members and Scout leaders. Survey results, however, show less support today from parents for the policy than three years ago, in addition to a majority of major funders that do not support the current policy.
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