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.
A change in tax code in Puerto Rico resulted in a net $5 million increase in donations and almost 20,000 more residents taking a charitable deduction on their tax forms in 2011 compared to 2010. Those are some results from an analysis of the tax change conducted by the Flamboyan Foundation, with offices in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.
Harvard University has received a gift of $350 million, the largest in the university’s history, from The Morningside Foundation in Newton, Mass. The gift will go to the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), which will be renamed the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in honor of the late patriarch of the Morningside Foundation’s founding family. A formal announcement is coming later today.
Blackbaud is back shopping, this time paying $160 million for MicroEdge, a major player in the foundation, donor advised funds and corporate social responsibility space. Earlier this year, Blackbaud acquired education software maker WhippleHill for $35 million.
Crowdfunding is no Field of Dreams: If you build it, they might not come. “If you build it, you need to push it out and tell everyone about it, and then they will come,” said Stephanie Truax, director of development for the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA).
It might be time to dig out that retainer and tuba from your high school yearbook picture. Charity watchdog Charity Navigator changed in August the way it issues its ratings. While the organization has no plans to move to a letter grade system, the new system is based on 100 points, similar to the school system and is more recognizable to users.
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.