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5 Positive Impacts Of Being Direct With Your Donors

April 10, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Have you ever heard the phrase “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander?” For centuries, we’ve known that what makes those we care about happy generally has positive effects for us as well. The business world is no different, with Deloitte LLP finding that customer-centric organizations are 60 percent more profitable than their peers.

Data Protection Rule In EU Getting Closer

April 10, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect on May 25. The new regulations, which center around data privacy and transparency, can be intimidating for organization leaders to read and interpret, especially given what’s at stake — penalties of 4 percent of worldwide turnover or €20 million, whichever is higher, in some scenarios.

You’re Not a “Grant Writer”

April 10, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

“The terms grantwriter and grantwriting are ubiquitous,” according to Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “But they’re not right.”

Foundations Step In To Assess Facebook Damage

April 9, 2018       Andy Segedin      

Facebook has been under fire in recent months as reports continue to surface concerning how the social-media platform was used to spread disinformation and influence recent elections, including the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. A consortium of American foundations announced on Monday that they will support research directed at assessing the damage, understanding Facebook’s role in elections, and helping carve a path forward.

Donor-Advised Funds Grantors Prefer Education Over Religion

April 9, 2018       Andy Segedin      

Account holders of donor-advised funds (DAFs) aren’t like your typical check-in-the-mail donor. They tend to be wealthier, savvier in terms of taking advantage of the tax implications of their gifts, and — according to new research — prioritize their gifts differently than the general donating public.

Giving Growth At Over 5-Year Low

April 3, 2018       Andy Segedin      

Year-over-year growth in giving is slow out of the gate in 2018. The three months ending in February 2018 have shown just a 1.7-percent increase in giving as compared with the same three-month span ending in February 2017. The figure represents a 0.1-point increase compared to the 1.6-percent growth recorded in the three months leading up through January 2018, according to the Blackbaud Index, which tracks year-to-year fluctuations in overall and online giving.

Human Rights Funding Up 50% In A Decade

April 2, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Funding for human rights increased by almost 50 percent during the first half of this decade, according to a new study. The Foundation Center and Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN) began mapping human rights grant-making in 2010 through the research hub, Advancing Human Rights.

Leadership Stability, Organizational Flexibility Fundamental To The 2018 Top Nonprofits To Work For

March 30, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Significant change, like, say, a new chief executive officer, can have an impact on an organization’s culture, as well as other aspects of a nonprofit. Stability in the C-suite is usually helpful while consistent turnover at the top is not likely to enjoin success.

Cryptocurrency Converts To $29 Million For DonorsChoose.org

March 28, 2018       Mark Hrywna      

As founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org, Charles Best rarely finds himself pitching donors. But in January he shot off an email to executives at Ripple, a fast-growing cryptocurrency.

Fidelity Charitable Hits Early $1-Billion Grant Mark

March 28, 2018       Andy Segedin      

Fidelity Charitable needed less than two and a half months to reach the $1-billion grantmaking mark this year. The Boston, Mass-based independent charity hit the $1-billion figure with grants from donor-advised fund (DAF) accounts on March 13, according to Nabil Ashour, a Fidelity Charitable spokesperson.