News & Articles

Study: Mobile Devices Facilitate Impulse Giving

January 7, 2013       Zach Halper      

Americans are increasingly using their smartphones for monetary contributions. A new study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project revealed that those who use this method of giving tend to make the decision to donate without much, if any, research.

N.Y.’s AG Gets, Publishes Sandy Fundraising Info

January 3, 2013       Zach Halper      

The New York attorney general wants nonprofits that fundraised for Superstorm Sandy relief to provide documentation as to what they did the with cash. Some 88 charities had responded as of Dec. 31, and the information was posted on the Bureau’s website. The organizations raised a collective $400 million.

Social Impact Is Investing, Not Fundraising

January 2, 2013       Patrick Sullivan      

Modern philanthropy is about results, not just money. Consider the partnership between Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the nonprofit MDRC. Goldman Sachs will invest $9.6 million in MDRC to create a program to reduce recidivism by at least 10 percent in adolescents released from New York City’s Rikers Island jail.

Done Deal – Donors Living And Dead Take Hit

January 2, 2013       Paul Clolery      

Updated 4:30 p.m.

Over The Cliff, Grabbing A Branch

December 31, 2012       Paul Clolery      

The United States will technically go off the fiscal cliff, triggering automatic tax increases, spending cuts and monetary policy that will impact almost every facet of American finance.

Grants: Guarding Against Application Fraud

December 31, 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 law suit 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.

It’s A Cliff-hanger

December 31, 2012       Paul Clolery      

The lack of an agreement regarding taxes and the federal budget has the nation hours away from fiscal carnage so potentially devastating it will make a Herschell Gordon Lewis splatter film look like “Driving Miss Daisy.”

Young Volunteers

December 31, 2012       Susan Ellis      

The television news show "60 Minutes" aired a feature story this past November on “Children Helping Children.” It centered on Craig Kielburger, who at age 12 took action against child labor and exploitation in Pakistan, eventually recruiting his friends to the cause and founding Free the Children. Some 17 years later it is an international charity with more than 1.7 million youth involved in education and development programs in 45 countries.

General Ramblings: It’s Simple Math

December 31, 2012       Paul Clolery      

As the debate and acrimony in Washington, D.C. continues regarding the absurd notion that the federal charitable deduction plays an important role in the nation’s “fiscal cliff,” voices were raised in New York City. The voices were of hope and charity.

Camp Fire Stokes New Image And Council Revamping

December 31, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

A mission statement doesn’t mean much to a teenager. That’s why Camp Fire USA ditched it. Well, not entirely. They call it a promise instead of a mission statement.