News & Articles

Planned Gifts Don’t Go Bump In The Night

June 23, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Somewhere, hiding under beds and in closets, lurk the creatures that haunt planned giving officers: losing current sustainable gifts, complex lingo, and the discomfort of speaking about death.

7 Ideas For Multi-Channel Break-Throughs

June 23, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

You know your donors go online, use social media and read and respond to email. And, you know that your fundraising program (which might have been just direct mail until recently) needs to be “multi-channel.”

Ethical Decisions Are An Interactive Process

June 23, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Intelligent and thoughtful ethical decision-making is important in every aspect of life, but most people don’t know how to address the process by which ethics-based decisions can or should be made.

U.S. Remains Low In Social Progress Index

June 21, 2017       Andy Segedin      

The United States has crept up one spot, to 18th, on the 2017 Social Progress Index. The improvement fails to express, however, the U.S.’s consistent underperformance relative to its gross domestic product (GDP), according to Michael Green, CEO of the Social Progress Imperative (SPI), creator of the index.

Elusive Donors Get More Expensive

June 20, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Giving continued its slow ascent during 2016, with positive gains hamstrung by losses in efficiency and momentum. The recent trends have created the effect of nonprofits shuffling forward, taking a step back for every two steps forward, according to a pair of recent studies.

Designated Gifts Lead To Fundraiser Layoffs

June 20, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Two of the nation’s largest United Way affiliates and the organization responsible for raising three-quarters of the funds to operate New York’s Central Park were among the nonprofits that laid off employees amid cost-cutting efforts in recent months.

Millennials Start Displaying Inclination To Give

June 19, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Millennials are still a ways away from contributing to the nonprofit sector to the same extent as Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. If signifiers of willingness to give such as volunteerism and attendance at religious services are to be believed, however, Millennials are closer to being as active as their elders than dollars indicate. Millennials gave an average of $580 to charity during the past year, according to a study commissioned by Dunham + Company, a consultancy to nonprofits, and conducted by Campbell Rinker.

Philanthropy Bill Introduced, Not Expected To Pass

June 16, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Talk of tax reform, accompanied by the “Jaws” theme, has crept closer and closer to nonprofits for more than a year now. This week, a group of U.S. senators introduced legislation intended to provide a bigger (life) boat.

San Diego Unseats Houston As Top Philanthropy City

June 14, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

San Diego ousted Houston as the most philanthropic city in the United States, according to latest Metro Market Study released by nonprofit charity evaluator Charity Navigator.

GM Foundation Refocusing On STEM

June 13, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

After 30 years as a traditional corporate foundation, the General Motors Foundation is evolving its corporate philanthropy into one more aligned with its business units and employees around the world.