News & Articles

Postal Rates To Stay The Same, Might Even Drop

November 19, 2015       Andy Segedin      

The United States Postal Service’s (USPS) leadership has publicly committed to having no general price increases for letter and flat mail in 2016. An overall price decrease for such mailings is possible for later in the year.

Facebook Testing New Fundraising Tool

November 18, 2015       Mark Hrywna      

Facebook today unveiled a suite of donation tools to be tested among 37 charities that could be available to qualified nonprofits by next year.

Survey: 25% of Fundraisers End Up Fired

November 17, 2015       NPT Staff      

There is instability in fundraising at organizations cross the country. During his workshop “Averting The Current Crisis in Nonprofit Leadership” during the National Catholic Development Conference, Marc A. Pittman, executive director of The Nonprofit Academy in Greenville, S.C., discussed a recent CompassPoint survey of 2,700 development staff and executive directors.

17,000 Georgia Donors Gave $3.6 Million

November 16, 2015       Mark Hrywna      

Georgia Gives Day, the annual day of giving in the Peach State, had another record-breaking year, generating 60 percent more in donations for the second straight year.

Grants Via DAFs Hit Record $12.49 Billion

November 10, 2015       Andy Segedin      

Grants made through donor-advised fund accounts hit an all-time high of $12.49 billion in 2014, a 27-percent increase from 2013’s $9.83 billion. Donor-advised fund accounts, which refer to irrevocable, tax-deductible contributions administered by a charitable sponsor with grants recommended by donors, accounted for 7.6 percent of all individual giving and 5.5 percent of all gifts to charities in 2014.

Child’s Gender, Family Configuration Impact Giving

November 10, 2015       The NonProfit Times      

Fundraisers have traditionally refrained from asking for a donor’s first-born child. The gender of the first-born child might be of some interest, however, as a new study shows that a child’s gender and family configuration impact parents’ charitable-giving tendencies.

Watchdogs’ Bite Will Continue To Injure

November 9, 2015       Barbara Nastasi      

Plan International USA faced a hurdle a few years back. Watchdog website Charity Navigator had given the organization a two-star rating (out of four) and a donor was prepared to stop giving as a result. During her 2015 Risk Summit workshop, “A Different Perspective: Understanding Charity ‘Watchdogs,’” Kitty Holt, Plan International USA’s ethics and compliance officer, shared tips on how to improve ratings and preserve donors, as the organization was ultimately successful in doing.

$2 Million In Facebook Ads Going To Nonprofits

November 5, 2015       Andy Segedin      

Two thousand nonprofits will be awarded up to $1,500 each in Facebook ad-credits in the coming months. ActionSprout of Bellingham, Wash., with the support of Facebook, has committed to distributing $2 million in credits this holiday season.

The Check’s In The Mail

November 3, 2015       The NonProfit Times      

Don’t tell fundraisers direct mail is dead: Member-focused mailings at both WOSU, a Columbus, Ohio public radio station, and The Philadelphia Zoo are being aggressively reconfigured with the goal of boosting donor bases, retention efforts and revenue streams.

Finance Execs Stay Longer, Have ‘Cloudy’ Futures

November 3, 2015       Mark Hrywna      

Finance and accounting folks at nonprofits are actively involved in decision making beyond their departments, playing active roles in decisions across their organizations. And regardless of organization size, a new study found the three strongest trends to be small, lean finance teams, cross-functional expertise for all staff, and being key decision makers for technology, software and services.