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Charitable contributions to colleges and universities in the United States grew by 9.4 percent during 2006, reaching $28 billion. Endowments, buildings, and equipment were the top targets for donors. As usual, gifts to fund operating expenses lagged with donors.
However, while the total dollar amount given by alumni increased, the percentage of alumni making gifts declined.
Furry awards shows, hand-me-down couture, a desperate housewife,and… port-o-potties? If this past year was any indication, nonprofits eschewed the same-old, instead running with the unexpected for their 2006 holiday fundraising campaigns.
When you think titans of the financial world, where cigars are lighted with $100 bills, you think New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and other major metropolitan cities.
I settled into a chair in front of my computer on the morning of December 8, dusted off my credit card, cracked my knuckles, and proceeded on a journey that has taken me through 66 charities, three time zones, and what seemed like a million unanswered questions.
A member of the U.S. House of Representatives has signed-on to head a permanent bipartisan caucus on philanthropy while two senators have introduced legislation to allow IRAs to be used for charity as the nonprofit sector again becomes a focus of some members of Congress. Companion legislation was also introduced in the House.
The Council on Foundations is spearheading a movement with the U.S. House of Representatives to form the first-ever Congressional caucus dedicated to the nonprofit sector. Although no official statement has been made about the scope of the caucus, some in the sector are already concerned that the focus might be too narrow.
There’s no such things as innocently granting money these days, especially since the September 11 terror attacks. The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently issued revised Anti-Terrorist Financing Guidelines designed to help domestic exempt organizations avoid having their resources diverted for terrorist purposes. These guidelines are an updated final version of those released in 2002 and include public comments.
Despite the more than five years and change that sit between September 11, 2001 and today, everybody in the sector remains concerned to a degree about terrorism, whether it’s organizations funding terror acts under the guise of a charity, rising insurance and transportation costs, or simply completing the mission of the organization in conflict areas.
Responding to the increased violence and political unrest in the many nations where they work, Save the Children and other international charities continued their ramped up security measures into 2007, at a mounting cost of time and money.
Unhappy with the recent changes to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), and the response from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), some charity leaders are taking their plight to Congress.
The United Way of Dane County has seen a steady increase in fundraising revenue during the past several years, but you won’t hear much talk of that by United Way officials. What you will hear is how after nearly a decade of commitment to systems change, Dane County eliminated the racial achievement gap for 3rd grade reading, an issue that pervaded Madison, Wisc., and the surrounding communities for decades.
The United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg in Virginia pushed through a similar strategy for systems change nearly five years ago. The branch now boasts an increase in the number of area children who pass the kindergarten readiness test, an enhanced rate of literacy among local 3rd-graders, and a measurable improvement in the system of care in place to support Richmond’s elderly.
Racial and ethnic diversity in senior management is a significant challenge for the nonprofit sector. Research confirms that there is less diversity at the leadership level than in entry-level positions.
During a recent McCormick Tribune Foundation Philanthropy Summit entitled "Passing the Torch," convened by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, nonprofit leaders from across the nation discussed the future of leadership in the sector, including questions of leadership diversity and possible steps to address these concerns.
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