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United Way of Greater Milwaukee (UWGM) and United Way in Waukesha County (UWWC), plan to merger to become United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County. While the official date of the merger is Feb. 1, “We are beginning integration immediately,” said Lori Holly, director of marketing and communications at UWGM.
SOS Children’s Villages-USA is now in the music business – sort of. The Washington, D.C.-based charity dedicated to supporting orphaned and abandoned children received a $13-million gift from the Trust of Harry and Carol Goodman, part of which came in the form of partial stock ownership in three subsidiaries of a music company.
Five leading nonprofit advocacy organizations yesterday took the opportunity of the #GivingTuesday international day of fundraising to send a letter to President Barack Obama and Congressional leadership urging them to enact charitable provisions found in the America Gives More Act (H.R. 4719).
Donations during yesterday’s third annual #GivingTuesday were up by more than 45 percent compared to last year, likely surpassing $50 million, according to preliminary estimates.
Charitable giving to religious-related organizations increased 6.9 percent between 2012 and 2013. That closely mirrors the 6.4 percent increase between 2011 and 2012. That’s according to the Winchester, Va.-based Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability’s (ECFA) 2014 State of Giving Report.
It’s been challenging times for the stocks of vendors that serve the nonprofit industry. While major stock markets were up modestly, an index of nine nonprofit sector stocks was down about 4.5 percent from the close of 2013 through the first three quarters of 2014.
When a small nonprofit has big aspirations, its leaders must take creative steps to differentiate the group from its competition. In the case of Hunger Free Colorado, a five-year-old organization dedicated to ending hunger in Colorado, this meant investing in an extensive research program geared toward quantifying the Centennial State’s nutrition issues.
Jessica Pliska started The Opportunity Network (OppNet) in her living room in 2003. The organization then bounced around a few office spaces. A grant from the Edwin Gould Foundation in New York City led to an ongoing relationship, which in turn secured OppNet resources and free rent in the Thoreau Center for Sustainability in New York City, where the organization has been headquartered since 2011.
Leaders at national nonprofits are unifying in an attempt to make permanent three charitable provisions in the tax code during the lame duck Congress before a new session begins in January.