News & Articles

Volunteer Time Value Pegged At $193 Billion

April 20, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The value of a volunteer hour was estimated to be $24.14 in 2016, up 2.5 percent from $23.56 the previous year. More than 63 million Americans volunteered about 8 billion hours, which would equate to about $193 billion based on that hourly value.

Paulsen Stepping Down At EIF, Focuses On SU2C, Education

April 20, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Lisa Paulsen, president and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), has stepped down from her post after 27 years leading the Los Angeles-based organization. Paulsen will remain with the foundation, her focus shifting toward creating new fundraising and revenue-generating initiatives for foundation projects such as Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), which she co-founded, and foundation efforts in the education arena.

UK Donations Steady Since Brexit Vote

April 20, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Uncertainty has shrouded UK charities following the June 24, 2016 vote to exit the European Union. Early indications, however, indicate that the Brexit referendum has done little to affect giving – with Brits donating £9.7 billion in 2016, up slightly from £9.6 billion in 2015. The sum, when factoring in the margin for error, shows little or no change in giving. The figure lags behind 2010’s high-water mark of £11.6 billion, according to Charities Aid Foundation’s (CAF) report – CAF UK Giving 2017 – but is in-line with figures from recent years that have kept within the £10 billion range.

Osberg Stepping Down At Skoll Foundation

April 19, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Sally Osberg will step down as president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation after 16 years, only hold those posts in the foundation’s history. She will remain in the role until a new president is in place.

Feeding America, Walmart Target 100 Million Meals

April 17, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Walmart has launched a nationwide initiative to fight hunger and support local Feeding America food banks through instore, online, and social participation through May 15. “Fight Hunger: Spark Change,” was kicked off with a $1.5 million donation by the retail giant with the goal of donating $3 million to Feeding America.
Discover credit card and five food suppliers, Campbell Soup Company, General Mills, Kellogg Company, The Kraft Heinz Company, and PepsiCo, will also be part of the initiative, which has a goal of securing 100 million meals on behalf of Feeding America food banks.

Travel Writer Gifts Apartment Complex To YWCA

April 17, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The YWCA of Seattle | King | Snohomish received a donation from travel writer and host Rick Steves sooner than originally expected.

Advocacy Groups Challenge Ethics Laws

April 17, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Two advocacy organizations for nonprofits have challenged provisions of an ethics law approved last year in New York State that they contend is unconstitutional and harmful to nonprofits.

Feed The Children Sued By Former CEO

April 13, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Feed The Children (FTC) is under fire again, this time by the short-lived CEO who leveled accusations about the board’s oversight in a lawsuit filed this week. Former Congressman J.C. Watts directed his concerns to the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Public Protection Office in October weeks before a joint announcement that he would no longer be chief executive.

Millennials Feel Good Vibrations With Ministry Donations

April 12, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Millennial donors associate more positive emotions with giving to ministries than non-Millennials. Millennials are also more motivated by internal desires to give as opposed to external requests and do more research before giving than older donors.

Grantmaking Up In Pacific Northwest

April 12, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Grantmaking in the Pacific Northwest jumped by more than 40 percent between 2012 and 2014, with health and education accounting for the largest portion of funding.