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  • UK Youth Charities To Merge

    By Andy Segedin — November 24, 2015

    Two of the United Kingdom’s leading youth-support organizations intend to merge. YouthNet, a London-based organization providing informational and emotional support for local young adults, and Get Connected, a London-based youth helpline, combined to assist 1.7 million young people in the United Kingdom in 2014.

  • Earned Income Jumps For Nonprofits

    By Mark Hrywna — November 24, 2015

    Revenue increased 7 percent and attendance was up 3 percent for cultural groups in nearly a dozen metropolitan areas from 2009 to 2012, despite a decline in most sources of contributed support, including individual giving.

  • Postal Rates To Stay The Same, Might Even Drop

    By Andy Segedin — November 19, 2015

    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

    By Mark Hrywna — November 18, 2015

    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

    By NPT Staff — November 17, 2015

    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

    By Mark Hrywna — November 16, 2015

    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

    By Andy Segedin — November 10, 2015

    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

    By The NonProfit Times — November 10, 2015

    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

    By Barbara Nastasi — November 9, 2015

    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

    By Andy Segedin — November 5, 2015

    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.


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