Staff writer Patrick Sullivan came to The NonProfit Times in February 2012, having previously been a freelance writer. He graduated summa cum laude from Kean University in 2009, and is proud to be covering the nonprofit sector.
When Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines in November 2013, donors wanted the funds they pledged to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF (U.S. Fund) to be spent on life-saving initiatives as quickly as possible. Instead of waiting days or even weeks for large pledges to be released, the U.S. Fund used its Bridge Fund to quickly get $250,000 into the region.
Americans who read the Bible give more than Americans who don’t — roughly $500 more per year, on average. Bible readers donated a median $600 to nonprofits during 2013, compared to a median of $100 for non-Bible-readers. The more someone is engaged with the Bible, the more they give, with those reporting the highest level of engagement donating a median $1,500, versus $30 for non-readers.
The New York Department of Health’s regulations on use of funds and executive salary caps, including nonprofits, were struck down this week, with the judge saying Gov. Andrew Cuomo exceeded his authority when he enacted the executive order that launched the regulations.
Nonprofits that used volunteer services last year got a little more bang for their buck. The value of a volunteer hour stood at $22.55 during 2013, according to a report from Independent Sector in Washington, D.C. That’s 41 cents, or 1.9 percent more than 2012.
The U.S. Supreme Court today lifted the cap on individuals’ donations to political candidates, parties and political action committees in a two-year election cycle. The 5-4 decision along ideological lines in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Committee removes the aggregate cap of $123,200.
Russell James, III, Ph.D., is not advocating gathering your donors into a room where the air is filled with the hormone oxytocin. He’s just saying that an experiment involving dosing donors with a nasal spray of oxytocin led them to give more. It’s up to you whether you want to tamper with the ventilation system at your next special event.
The workplace giving program for federal employees reported a 19-percent decline last year, the fourth straight year that it has dropped. The 2013 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) totaled $209.1 million, down almost $50 million from $258.3 million the previous year, according to figures recently released by the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which oversees the program.
The 2013 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the workplace giving program for federal employees, dropped 19 percent or almost $50 million from 2012. Giving to the 2013 CFC totaled $209 million, compared to $258.3 million for 2012. The federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which oversees the campaign, released figures for nearly all of the local zones.
Steve Wozniak, self-admitted ubergeek, loves equations so much he even developed a formula for happiness: H=S-F. Happiness equals the number of smiles minus the number of frowns in your life. His secret to success? Doing what he loves and doing what he’s best at.