News & Articles

United Way Fundraising Up, But Trails Inflation

October 15, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

United Way affiliates raised roughly 1.8 percent more public support last year or $3.927 billion — an increase of $69 million compared to 2010. It’s the second consecutive year public support is up after two years of declines, though it trails the rate of inflation in 2011 (3 percent) and early estimates of U.S. charitable giving last year (4 percent, 0.9 percent inflation-adjusted).

Common Ground Customers Petition For More Time

October 15, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

Elizabeth Davis is disappointed. Hired three years ago as the chief operating officer of The Miracle Foundation, Davis said her organization spent roughly 18 months evaluating products and decided to go with Convio’s Common Ground. “We did the work ourselves, with a lot of volunteers and a lot of hard work because we had to migrate data from eight years from a legacy system,” Davis said.

Fundraisers’ Relationship Helps Derail $3B Campaign

October 15, 2012       Todd Cohen      

Planning for a $3 billion comprehensive campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), an effort that had been expected to begin its quiet phase next summer, likely will be put on hold, for the third time in four years. Fueling the new delay is UNC’s chancellor announcing he would step down at the end of the school year and the school’s vice chancellor for university advancement quitting under pressure.

Nonprofit Postage Hike of 2.5% Awaits PRC Approval

October 12, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

Charities can expect rates for nonprofit standard mail to rise by an average of about 2.5 percent next year.

Majority Of Donors Give Without Online Research

October 10, 2012       Paul Clolery      

Donors who send in a check after receiving a direct mail appeal are less likely to go online to check out the charity than they were four years ago. That’s a reversal of three years earlier when a spike upward was experienced between 2005 and 2008.

Grants: 6 Six Principles For Acquisition Work

October 10, 2012       Barbara Floersh      

Facing vast funding demands, nonprofit boards all too often assign the executive director the quixotic task of slaying every dragon with a grant. The roof is falling in? Get a grant. Can’t afford administrative salaries? Get a grant.

Donation Collection Bin Bill Vetoed

October 9, 2012       Zach Halper      

An initiative spearheaded by Goodwill International that would have stopped nonprofits from placing collection bins on private property in California was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The governor called the bill anti-competitive.

What Can You Get For $1? Registration in Colorado

October 4, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

Nonprofits that solicit contributions in Colorado and file registration statements – as well as professional fundraising consultants and paid solicitors – will see registration fees drop to $1 for at least the next year.

New Boss At United Way Of NYC

October 4, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

United Way of New York City will be led by a female president and CEO for the first time in its history. Sheena Wright, a former United Way board member who for the past decade has been president and CEO of Abyssinian Development Corporation (ADC) in the Harlem section of New York City, will succeed Gordon Campbell in mid-November.

Regulators Seek Universal Registration, Filing Methods

October 2, 2012       Mark Hrywna      

State regulators are aiming to streamline the oft-criticized charity registration process by creating a single website where charity registration can be done and disseminated to appropriate states. And, a watchdog group is changing the way it looks at standards for for-profit fundraisers.