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There are inevitably many formal sessions at SXSW Interactive, virtual announcements or product launches, and hallway conversations about new platforms and mobile apps. Many are designed to bring people together to share stories and content, create digital watering holes, and make connections.
After receiving more than 1,500 ideas to improve the design of an Ebola protective suit, USAID unveiled the winning design at a breakout session led by USAID representatives at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas.
The National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) posted a document on its website titled “Internet and Social Media Solicitations: Wise Giving Tips.” True to its title, the document laid out advice on issues relating to fraudulent and deceptive solicitations, charities’ control over the use of their names on fundraising platforms, and transparency in fundraising platform policies.
The procurement rules governing purchases made with grant funds changed when the new Uniform Guidance on grant administration was implemented as an interim final rule in late December 2014. Procedures must become more structured and purchases of more than $3,000 will have to be accompanied by varying levels of documentation as the dollar value of purchases increases.
Hundreds of millions of dollars have been pouring into donor-advised funds (DAF) in recent years. The question for some observers of the charitable world, however, is whether enough has been making its way to the coffers of charities.
Direct mail donors age 35 and older when given $100 to donate among 10 charities categories would most likely give a majority of the money to either a veterans group or to kids in poverty. And, that predisposition was across the political spectrum from conservatives to moderates to liberals.
How much is a hug from Joel McHale, the host of cable-TV show The Soup, worth? To the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Foundation, it was worth several hundred dollars. And, that was from a first-time donor.
A trio of large nonprofits have chosen new leaders. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Human Services Assembly have all announced new executives at the top.
Too many fundraisers want more donors in the door and don’t care about what happens after the first gift. “They enter the dreaded ‘donor death spiral,’” said Rob Reger, senior vice president at the Irving, Texas office of data firm Epsilon. “That occurs with too many one-time or short-term donors who aren’t loyal to the organization.”
A former member of Bill Clinton’s cabinet is expected to become the next chief executive officer of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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