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.
Fewer Americans are volunteering, and those who do give of them time are volunteering less. A report from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) shows a decline of 2 million in the number of volunteers in 2013 compared to 2012. The rate of volunteers fell from 26.5 percent of the U.S. population over the age of 16 to 25.4 percent.
A jury in Connecticut has ordered the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), based in Irving, Texas, to pay $7 million to a victim of sexual abuse. The plaintiff, known as John Doe in court documents, was abused several times by an assistant scoutmaster during the mid-1970s.
Upland Software in Austin, Texas has acquired Mobile Commons, a digital strategy and product purveyor in Brooklyn, N.Y. “This acquisition brings a powerful form of digital engagement to our Enterprise customers. It is another great example of the type of strategic acquisitions that we are actively pursuing, and that our recent IPO enables us to accelerate,” said Upland Chair and CEO Jack McDonald via a statement.
Colorado Gives Day set another record for the state’s nonprofits. Participants raised $26.2 million, a 27.8 percent increase from 2013’s giving day total of $20.5 million. The number of donors increased to 107,862 from 88,571 in 2013.
There’s a reason there’s no such thing as death insurance. It’s called life insurance. When faced with the prospect of their own mortality, most people’s first reaction is avoidance. Fundraisers talking to planned giving prospects face the same thing, since the event being planned for is the prospect’s death.
United Way of Greater Milwaukee (UWGM) and United Way in Waukesha County (UWWC), plan to merger to become United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County. While the official date of the merger is Feb. 1, “We are beginning integration immediately,” said Lori Holly, director of marketing and communications at UWGM.
Charitable giving to religious-related organizations increased 6.9 percent between 2012 and 2013. That closely mirrors the 6.4 percent increase between 2011 and 2012. That’s according to the Winchester, Va.-based Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability’s (ECFA) 2014 State of Giving Report.
It’s been challenging times for the stocks of vendors that serve the nonprofit industry. While major stock markets were up modestly, an index of nine nonprofit sector stocks was down about 4.5 percent from the close of 2013 through the first three quarters of 2014.
Jessica Pliska started The Opportunity Network (OppNet) in her living room in 2003. The organization then bounced around a few office spaces. A grant from the Edwin Gould Foundation in New York City led to an ongoing relationship, which in turn secured OppNet resources and free rent in the Thoreau Center for Sustainability in New York City, where the organization has been headquartered since 2011.
Foundations paid out an estimated record $54.7 billion in 2013, an increase of $2.7 billion compared to 2012’s record $52 billion. That’s according to a report, “Key Facts on U.S. Foundations,” released by the Foundation Center in New York City. “Giving by the nation’s foundations has surpassed previous record levels,” said report author Steven Lawrence, director of research at Foundation Center, via a statement.