News & Articles

CFC in DC Raises $1 Million More Than Last Year

March 9, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Bucking a trend of declining campaigns in recent years, the annual workplace giving program for federal employees in the Washington, D.C. area eclipsed its $47 million goal and surpassed last year’s total by almost $1 million.

Plaintiff In Unrelated Case Wants Harvard Donor Records

March 8, 2017       Andy Segedin      

A federal judge has given Harvard University until March 20 to turn over the financial information of a top donor and alum, Charles Spackman. It is unclear as of yet whether the university will comply.

American Fundraisers Lag Behind In Texting

March 8, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Text messaging donors and supporters is a far more prevalent practice by nonprofits in Asia (31 percent) and Africa (39 percent) compared with their counterparts on other continents. More than half of those organizations surveyed in Africa (54 percent) accept text donations and 38 percent among those in Asia, according to a new survey.

Operation(s): 5 Things That Are Making Regulators Buzz

March 7, 2017       Tracy L. Boak and Karen I. Wu      

Changes in the way nonprofits operate alter the face of many discussions but a number of the underlying legal issues and compliance considerations seem to be perpetual. Internal operational issues are of great interest to regulators. Among them are five hot-button areas — everything from fundraising to finances to online activity.

Red Cross Selling Building For $315.5 Million

March 6, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

The American Red Cross has begun the process of selling its building on E Street in Washington, D.C., transferring staff to other facilities.

Report: Senior Services Lag Population Need

March 3, 2017       Andy Segedin      

The population of Americans older than age 65 is expected to reach 98.2 million by 2060, about double the U.S. Census Bureau estimate for 2015. Aging services organizations (ASOs) have plenty of catching up to do in the meantime as such organizations currently lag in both number and resources.

Large Event Campaigns Continue To Struggle

March 2, 2017       Andy Segedin      

The nation’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns continue to take their lumps. The Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Thirty, a ranking of the 30 largest peer-to-peer fundraising programs in the U.S., had revenues decrease for the fourth consecutive year, according to the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum, compilers of the list.

PayPal Sued For Redistributing Donations

March 1, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

A class action lawsuit against PayPal and PayPal Giving Fund claims that the digital and mobile payment portal misrepresents its charitable giving platform, requiring charities to create accounts to access donations and ultimately redistributing funds elsewhere in some cases.

Donors Demand Financial Accountability Before Trust

February 28, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Nonprofit managers have worked in recent years toward meeting donors’ growing demands for transparency and accountability as to how gifts are spent. Organizational leaders who are breathing sighs of relief after enabling donors to verify that gifts are being used as designated are in for some disappointment, however.

Online Hyper-Targeting Big Dollar Donors

February 28, 2017       George Weiner      

Familiarity is a powerful factor in the human decision-making, something that top brands such as Coca-Cola have known for many years. If you have a base level of familiarity with a product, you are significantly more likely to choose it.
This idea is not a new one and has been proven across multiple studies with movies and restaurants showing preferences toward what is familiar.