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  • IU Board Approves School Of Philanthropy

    By Paul Clolery — June 22, 2012

    The Board of Trustees of Indiana University has approved a plan to establish the nation’s first School of Philanthropy. The degree will carry the same weight as a degree from one of the university’s other schools, such as liberal arts.

  • Why Us: Three Questions About Your Brand

    By The NonProfit Times — June 21, 2012

    A common question donors or potential funders usually ask when approached for money by a nonprofit is “Why should I give to you?” According to two fundraising experts, that question can be answered by asking questions about your brand.

  • Why Enthusiasm Matters In The Job Search

    By The NonProfit Times — June 21, 2012

    Job seekers look for any advantage they can get during the job search. Whether it’s highlighting a unique skill or taking advantage of great contacts, they need all they can help in this job market. What if I told you the best trick you can use is something everybody has?

  • Sales Jump As Cookies Go Mobile

    By The NonProfit Times — June 21, 2012

    Many of the Girl Scout Councils testing mobile payments for cookie sales saw large revenue gains during 2012. More than 30 Girl Scout councils, representing more than 40,000 troops, allowed mobile payment via credit or debit card as an option for sales of Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints and eight other cookie varieties.

  • Executive Director Arrested For Alleged Embezzlement

    By The NonProfit Times — June 20, 2012

    The executive director at a Myrtle Beach, S.C. nonprofit was arrested on charges of embezzlement after a state investigation into whether the organization misused federal funds.

  • Bike Nonprofit To Oppose Potential NYPD Fees

    By The NonProfit Times — June 20, 2012

    The CEO of Bike New York, an organization that runs New York City’s annual TD Boro Bike Tour, is expected to speak out against a proposed $930,000 fee by the New York Police Department (NYPD).

  • Featured Nonprofit Job: President Of The Foundation

    By The NonProfit Times — June 20, 2012

    Have you ever wanted to become the president of a major foundation? The Nonprofit Job Seeker has just the position for you if you have the drive and ambition to qualify for this important role.

  • Tempel Going Back To Center on Philanthropy

    By The NonProfit Times — June 20, 2012

    Eugene R. Tempel is returning to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University as a senior fellow to play a major role in the university’s effort to establish a new School of Philanthropy.

  • Nonprofits, Not Super PACs, Spent More In 2010 Election

    By The NonProfit Times — June 19, 2012

    So-called Super PACs (Political Action Committees) have received a lot of attention in today’s politics. The 2010 Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, opened the door for these groups to splurge on political campaigns. But according to a new study, nonprofit groups actually spent more than Super PACs, at least during the 2010 elections.

  • Giving USA Numbers A Cause For Optimism

    By The NonProfit Times — June 19, 2012

    For more than 50 years Giving USA has given what amounts to an annual state of the nonprofit sector. With the uncertain economy we have been living through, the 2012 report was even more anticipated. It was with great relief, then, that giving numbers were found to be pretty healthy last year.

    The NonProfit Times analyzed the numbers in this year’s report in an exclusive piece online. According to the piece, giving in the U.S. reached an estimated $298.42 billion in 2011, an increase of around 4 percent from 2010 (when giving was estimated at around $290 billion). Individual giving represented the biggest contributions, at 73 percent or $217.79 billion?
    The smallest contributors? Corporations. Corporate giving represented just 5 percent of total giving in the country, or $14.55 billion. This shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise, as a report by the Council on Foundations last month showed that corporate philanthropy had fallen among large companies like Starbucks, Dove, and Cisco.
    Of the different sub-sectors of giving, human services and religious giving came out on top. In fact, religiong retained its spot from last year as the largest recipient of giving, at 32 percent or $95.88 billion. Yet, interestingly enough, that number was actually a decline of 1.7 percent when measured in current dollars.
    “Viewed another way, giving to religion, along with membership in certain mainline Protestant denominations, is declining, while the American population grows, on average, 1.0 percent every year,” said Thomas W. Mesaros, CFRE, Chair, The Giving Institute and president and CEO, The Alford Group.
    Here is the complete breakdown of giving to each sector:
    • Religion, $95.88 billion or 32 percent;
    • Education, $38.87 billion or 13 percent;
    • Human Services, $35.39 billion or 12 percent;
    • Foundations, $25.83 billion or 9 percent;
    • Health, $24.75 billion or 8 percent;
    • International Affairs, $22.68 billion or 8 percent;
    • Public-Benefit Society, $21.37 billion or 7 percent;
    • Arts, Culture and Humanities, $13.12 billion or 4 percent;
    • Environment/animals, $7.81 billion or 3 percent;
    • Individuals, $3.75 billion or 1 percent;
    • Unallocated giving was $8.97 billion or 3 percent.
    Want to read more about the Giving USA numbers for 2012? Head on over to our website for more analysis, and be sure to keep an eye out for our July 1 issue for even more details on this important report.


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