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.
The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) has asked the federal and state authorities to investigate the Otto Bremer Foundation after its three trustees installed themselves as co-CEOs.
Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), based in Torrance, Calif., banks on the need for instant gratification. “Individuals want to make a tangible impact. It’s innate,” said LiNK Vice President Justin Wheeler. “They want to see immediate and direct impact.” That’s why LiNK directs 100 percent of public donations to refugee rescues.
The Google Grants program can be a proving ground for paid search campaigns. Project Hope wanted to maximize its Google Grant efficiency, so the organization launched a four-phase Google Grant campaign culminating in a paid campaign to put into practice what they’d learned with the free Google Grants program.
Mid-level donors might live in a strange place in your development department. They’re not serviced with the same automation that your direct mail file is handled. They also most likely don’t warrant the personal touch of the major giving department.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the America Gives More Act of 2014, a package of bills to extend a number of giving incentives for charities. “This legislation is a big win for those who are served by the nonprofit community, which in one form or another, is much of the country,” Joanne Florino, senior vice president for public policy for The Philanthropy Roundtable, said via a statement.
The U.S. House of Representatives is likely to debate this week a legislative package concerning IRA distributions to charity, food donations, deduction filing, conservation easement and foundation excise taxes. H.R. 4719, “America Gives More Act of 2014,” was reported out of the House Committee on Ways and Means.
Some 80 percent of Food for the Poor’s lapsed donors stopped giving because they felt distanced from the organization. “Every time we had a meeting, we said the donor is king, but we weren’t acting like the donor was king,” said Angel Aloma, executive director of the Coconut Creek, Fla.-based organization. During the next three years, Aloma said his organization internalized what it meant to make the donor king, starting at the top.
Like many American symphonies, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has seen some of its audience go up in smoke. “Here in Denver, the classical music audience has been flat or slightly declining for a long time,” said CEO Jerome Kern. “That impacts contributions. It’s not simply that they’re not attending concerts, they’re not contributing to support.”