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President Barack Obama on January 22 signed into law a provision allowing charitable gifts made for Haiti relief during February and most of January 2010 to be deducted on 2009 federal tax returns. This noble sentiment would work a lot better if deductions were allowed for all giving made to qualified charities by April 15.
Generations X and Y are now using their phones for more than just gossip, games and congregating. According to a national survey of U.S. charitable donors, mobile giving amongst younger generations is gaining momentum in the wake of the Haiti earthquake.
An estimated 6.5 million people used their cell phones to donate in the days following the disaster, according to research by Austin, Texas-based Convio, Edge Research in Arlington, Va., and Sea Change Strategies based in Tacoma Park, Md. The response shows the increased popularity of text-to-give efforts after the Haiti quake could lead to even greater acceptance in future campaigns. The research was based on a national survey conducted one week after the earthquake and during times of intense fundraising efforts for emergency relief.
When catastrophes strike, Americans whip out their well-worn credit cards and checkbooks. They give millions of dollars within days – sometimes hours – of a tragic event. The money flies back out the doors of charities to help in recovery efforts. Yet, tens of millions of those compassionate dollars remain unspent and idling in bank accounts designated for that specific cause which might or might not need it anymore.
Chief financial officers have long been the fall guys (and gals) when it comes to making sure that budgets stay on track. They are often also involved with an organization’s investments. When the perfect storm hits, a recession so that donors don’t give as often and the stock market plummets, CFOs find themselves in the unenviable position of having to work the numbers to save the organization but with results about which few can be thrilled. That’s the position in which Steve Howell, chief financial and administrative officer of The Nature Conservancy in Arlington, Va., Bob Mims, controller and director of investments for Ducks Unlimited in Memphis, Tenn., and Larry Probus, senior vice president and chief financial officer of World Vision in Federal Way, Wash., were placed by their organization.
They aired they challenges during an NPT Executive Session conference call discussion moderated by NPT Editor-in-Chief Paul Clolery.
WealthEngine has secured $5 million in venture capital funding, the first round ever of institutional fundraising for the Bethesda, Md., company. The Series A financing, announced March 1, came from Novak Biddle Venture Partners (NBVP) and QED Investors (QED).
The wealth research services firm for nonprofits and financial services companies was founded in 1992 and has almost 2,000 nonprofit clients. The venture funding will allow WealthEngine to “accelerate product development, enhance its service offering, and expanding marketing and geographic reach,” according to a statement from the firm.
After weeks of public comment, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has released its final Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), lowering the original minimum grant award to $1 million.
The centerpiece of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, the fund will award up to $50 million in the first year. One of the changes that came about as a result of public comment was reducing the grants from a minimum of $5 million to $1 million. Larger grants are expected to go to intermediary organizations with a “track record of supporting sub-grantees with strong evidence and impact and the capacity to support replication and expansion.”
When Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) eventually gets a $1-million donation from comedian Drew Carey, they can blame Drew’s cancer. Not that Drew, but Drew Olanoff.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) is being hailed as a major win for nonprofits on one side, while others fear the interests of large corporations and their money will drown out the voices of others.
When disaster struck in Haiti last month, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) in Baltimore, Md., asked parishioners to turn on their cell phones in church. While chatting on the phone in your pew might not be socially conventional, texting in church has been deemed acceptable at LWR — as long as it’s for charity.
Five months after being nominated by President Barack Obama, Patrick Corvington was confirmed by the Senate to be the next chief executive officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Senate consent was unanimous and Corvington is expected to officially begin later this month after the president signs his confirmation.
Corvington will be the first permanent CEO at the corporation since David Eisner stepped down 16 months ago. Eisner, who was nominated to lead the federal agency by President George W. Bush in 2003, was appointed last fall as president and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
You have a job description, but on any given day, you're probably doing dozens of things outside the scope of that description. Combine that with the challenge of a fast-paced environment and the shifting priorities of funders, colleagues, and board members and it’s easy to fall short of doing your best. By being mindful of your limitations and capacity—and saying “no” when your plate is full—you can actually do more for your cause. In the sixth installment of the Raise and Engage podcast Danielle Johnson and Robin Anderson discuss the power of saying “no” at work.
In the most recent episode of Raise + Engage, Danielle is back with Brian Reich from little m media to discuss how nonprofit professionals can stay motivated and energized in their day-to-day roles. Brian shares his experience working with nonprofits and the lessons and tips he's learn from and shared with them over the years, including tips for avoiding a professional rut, creating forward momentum in your career and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you're considering making a career move or want to ensure you're on the right path, you won't want to miss this inspo-packed episode!
Episode 4: Apps and Hacks to Stay (Mostly) Sane, is all about tips, tricks and tools for sanity. Blackbaud’s own interactive product marketer, Julia Lenz, joins host Danielle Johnson to share some high tech. (and no tech.) productivity tips to help nonprofit professionals stay sane in the crazy world of philanthropy. Tune in to hear:
- Tips for how to spend the first 30 minutes of your day
- The benefits of 15 minute meetings
- Why notebooks are still relevant to a successful organization
- Ideas for better managing your inbox
- Why you should take lunch outside the box
- ...and much more!
Episode 3: Tech. Connection: Solutions, Strategy, and Staff In episode 3 of the Raise + Engage podcast, Danielle Johnson is joined by Chris Geady and William DaSilva, two IT experts in the nonprofit space, to talk technology integration for NPOs: when you need it, when you don’t, and how to do it successfully. Tune in to hear:
- When to say NO to integration
- How to set your strategic plan before even looking at technologies
- Ways to get your entire team on board
- The importance of identifying a project lead
- The RFP process - how it should and should not go
According to Danielle Johnson, straight-shooting host of the Raise + Engage podcast series, if your staff members aren’t the number one advocates for your cause on social media, you’re failing. In the most recent episode, Danielle is joined by Blackbaud’s own social media guru Madeline Turner to discuss overcoming social struggles and creating a social ambassador program at your organization. This entertaining and insightful duo dishes on the importance of making your social media presence human, making the case for a formal social program to leadership, how University of Michigan turned a one time social media campaign into a long term social program, and how Madeline's mom unknowingly became a social ambassador on #GivingTuesday.
In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!