News & Articles

Volunteer Rate Up, Worth $171 Billion

December 12, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

The national volunteer rate reached a five-year high in 2011, with almost one in four adults volunteering through a formal organization. Overall, 64.3 million Americans volunteered, an increase of 1.5 million compared to 2010.

Sandy Donations Lagging Far Behind Smaller Storms

December 10, 2012       Patrick Sullivan      

Donations to Hurricane Sandy relief are trending far behind the terrorist attacks of September 11, the 2005 South Pacific tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. According to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (CoP), giving for Sandy most resembles giving for the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Clock Ticking On United Way Realignment Jobs

December 7, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

Thirty-six employees at United Way Worldwide’s Alexandria, Va. headquarters have until the end of today to accept offers in new positions. Two dozen of their colleagues were left without positions in a restructuring announced Tuesday aimed at expanding growth in other global markets.

Salvation Army Red Kettle Donations Slow Dancing

December 6, 2012       Patrick Sullivan      

Move over, PSY; the tuxedo-clad Korean rapper of “Gangnam Style” fame isn’t the only one with dance moves. Some of The Salvation Army’s (SA) bell ringers are cutting the concrete in an effort to get noticed during this holiday season’s Red Kettle campaign.

Musical Chairs

December 5, 2012       Paul Clolery      

It’s that time of year, holiday music, presents and new jobs. Four high-profile jobs changed hands during the past few days.

United Way Restructuring Its Worldwide Presence

December 3, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

Realignment at United Way Worldwide (UWW) will be announced this week, focusing more resources toward regional offices around the globe to strengthen its worldwide network.

Direct Mail Still King

December 3, 2012       Patrick Sullivan      

Consumers love to comparison shop. That goat’s milk cheese might be one price in the New Artisanal Premium Cheese Catalog but slightly less from Dean & Deluca’s catalog.

Guarding Against Grant Fraud

December 3, 2012       Barbara Floersh      

Given the stiff competition for grant funding and the amount of money at stake, the field of grant proposal writing is unfortunately fertile ground for fraud. When someone blows the whistle and the lawsuit flies, the person who wrote the grant proposal is in the line of fire. And, the organization that submitted the proposal — the applicant organization, is likewise in hot water.

Charities Strike Back After Sandy’s Knockdown Punch

December 3, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

The challenges of any emergency response get more complicated when the responders, too, are impacted. Charities throughout the northeast were knocked out by the storm called Sandy but many found a way to still deliver services.

Get Ready For The Fiscal Cliff

December 3, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

As the so-called “fiscal cliff” looms in January, charities are wary of not only losing direct federal funding for some programs but also fear being overwhelmed to make up the difference in potentially lost services.