News & Articles
Donor-advised funds, IRA distributions and charitable gift annuities might be buzz terms in the nonprofit community, but word has yet to spread to key players in the discussion: donors. Just 36 percent of donors report being aware of donor-advised funds, while 37 percent know of IRA charitable distributions and 51 percent are familiar with charitable gift annuities.
Alaskans have donated portions of their Permanent Fund Dividends (PFD) to the tune of $3,192,725 thus far in 2016 through the Pick. Click. Give program. Though the deadline to apply for PFDs was March 31, state residents who have applied for PFDs can still donate by using the program through Aug. 31.
Tax-exempt applications to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) dropped more than 13 percent last year after spiking in 2014 but some 94 percent of applications were approved for the second year in a row.
Legislation introduced in the Senate today would expand the IRA charitable rollover to include distributions to donor-advised funds (DAF) and create a 1-percent private foundation excise tax. The measure also contains a non-binding sense of the Senate that states charitable giving should be a goal of comprehensive tax reform.
Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Conn. has received the largest gift in its 120-year history, $50 million. The gift represents half of a $100 million charitable trust given from the estates of long-time Stamford resident Kingsley Gillespie and his son, Kenyon Gillespie. The Rotary Club of Stamford and The First Presbyterian Church of Stamford are among the trust’s other beneficiaries, each receiving 10 percent.
Fundraising is all about donors. That seems obvious. And yet, for the longest time executives at charities and the fundraising profession
didn’t have basic information about some of the most obvious and fundamental aspects of fundraising.
The NonProfit Times NCAA bracket challenge is back with an expanded field of nonprofit executives jockeying for the crown of wisest charity hoopster this year. We invited last year’s top finishers to return for 2016 as well as the NPT staff – despite their dead-last finish in 2015 – and a few new faces.
Leaders at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) are continuing the fight against HIV by taking a long look at housing, social justice and co-occurring conditions among patients. The priorities are part of a new three-year strategic plan and eye toward AFC’s future that call for evaluating the needs of older adults and long-term survivors of the virus.
If Americans don’t have much in the way of retirement savings, how much disposable income could they possibly have for future giving to charity? A number of recent surveys spell out a potentially grim outlook for the average American when it comes to savings and retirement:
You have a job description, but on any given day, you're probably doing dozens of things outside the scope of that description. Combine that with the challenge of a fast-paced environment and the shifting priorities of funders, colleagues, and board members and it’s easy to fall short of doing your best. By being mindful of your limitations and capacity—and saying “no” when your plate is full—you can actually do more for your cause. In the sixth installment of the Raise and Engage podcast Danielle Johnson and Robin Anderson discuss the power of saying “no” at work.
In the most recent episode of Raise + Engage, Danielle is back with Brian Reich from little m media to discuss how nonprofit professionals can stay motivated and energized in their day-to-day roles. Brian shares his experience working with nonprofits and the lessons and tips he's learn from and shared with them over the years, including tips for avoiding a professional rut, creating forward momentum in your career and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you're considering making a career move or want to ensure you're on the right path, you won't want to miss this inspo-packed episode!
Episode 4: Apps and Hacks to Stay (Mostly) Sane, is all about tips, tricks and tools for sanity. Blackbaud’s own interactive product marketer, Julia Lenz, joins host Danielle Johnson to share some high tech. (and no tech.) productivity tips to help nonprofit professionals stay sane in the crazy world of philanthropy. Tune in to hear:
- Tips for how to spend the first 30 minutes of your day
- The benefits of 15 minute meetings
- Why notebooks are still relevant to a successful organization
- Ideas for better managing your inbox
- Why you should take lunch outside the box
- ...and much more!
Episode 3: Tech. Connection: Solutions, Strategy, and Staff In episode 3 of the Raise + Engage podcast, Danielle Johnson is joined by Chris Geady and William DaSilva, two IT experts in the nonprofit space, to talk technology integration for NPOs: when you need it, when you don’t, and how to do it successfully. Tune in to hear:
- When to say NO to integration
- How to set your strategic plan before even looking at technologies
- Ways to get your entire team on board
- The importance of identifying a project lead
- The RFP process - how it should and should not go
According to Danielle Johnson, straight-shooting host of the Raise + Engage podcast series, if your staff members aren’t the number one advocates for your cause on social media, you’re failing. In the most recent episode, Danielle is joined by Blackbaud’s own social media guru Madeline Turner to discuss overcoming social struggles and creating a social ambassador program at your organization. This entertaining and insightful duo dishes on the importance of making your social media presence human, making the case for a formal social program to leadership, how University of Michigan turned a one time social media campaign into a long term social program, and how Madeline's mom unknowingly became a social ambassador on #GivingTuesday.
In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!
Current Print Edition
October 31, 2016
Vol 30 No. 12