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2020: What Really Happened With Donors...

Donor mobility fueled a 5.2% increase in giving, both adding dollars and also moving them around to targeted causes. COVID-19 and social unrest were key factors in the uptick in giving, as expected. Those are among points of the debriefing found in the new report “Giving in Unprecedented Times” from GivingTuesday Data Commons, with more […]

Millennials Value Everyday Social Good Above Cash Donations...

Righteous actions are becoming increasingly important as a form of giving, according to The Future of Philanthropy: The Evolution from Charitable Giving to Charitable Living, a new study of philanthropists from Raleigh-Durham, N.C.-based Fidelity Charitable. Making purchases from socially conscious firms, investing in funds that support equality and environment causes and supporting organizations that promote […]

Research Shows Mission Investing Outperforms Market...

The more money philanthropies have, the more good they can do. This sentiment offers a disturbing dichotomy for philanthropic-focused investments: whether to meet financial goals now by (almost) any means necessary so they can fund good works later. A new report from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, a New York City-based philanthropy that seeks to create […]

7 Nonprofits Take Harris Poll’s Brands of the Year...

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital nailed down the nonprofit Brand of the Year, Most Trusted Brand and Most Loved Brand in the Harris Poll’s 33rd annual EquiTrend Study. The Memphis, Tenn., hospital for critically ill children was one of seven nonprofits receiving recognition during national brand awareness polling. The EquiTrend study measures brands on three […]

Large Nonprofits: Staff Want To Better Trust Managers, But Love The Work, Mission...

Old movie buffs might remember the 1967 film Up The Down Staircase with Sandy Dennis playing a school teacher on her first assignment. Staff at the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) in Jacksonville, Fla., don’t need the reminder. One-way staircases are part of the COVID-19 protocol. Getting staff back in the office or making sure remote […]

Medium-Sized Nonprofits: Cross Pollination Helps Teamwork Bloom, But Pay Falls Short...

On one side of mid-sized Best Nonprofits sits their smaller counterparts, those with 49 or fewer employees. They are small enough to give outsized operational roles to staff but might not have the funds for major initiatives. On the other side is the large Best Nonprofits -- those with 250 or more employees. These behemoths […]

Small Nonprofits: Time Sheets Becoming Endangered As Flexibility Reigns Supreme...

The Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) was pretty decentralized even before the pandemic sent everyone to work in a spare room at home. About 10 of its 49 employees work at the Doylestown, Pa., headquarters, with the rest scattered among seven regional offices. For the third consecutive year, TMF was recognized as one of the Best […]

COVID, DEI, Response To Civil Unrest Set These Best NPOs Apart...

It’s not all puppy dogs and ice cream, even at the Best Nonprofits. The United States Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Section (USTA MAS) rarely has any voluntary turnover among its 21 employees. But like at many nonprofits, the pandemic forced difficult decisions at USTA MAS. The Herndon, Va.-based organization laid off about one-third of its staff […]

Public Confused By The Term ‘Charity’...

“What’s a charity?” A recent survey asked that question and the results were pretty much all over the board, not only across organizations but also about the sector as a whole. The 14-page report by Grey Matter Research and Harmon Research surveyed more than 1,000 American adults to find out what terminology people use for […]

Church Funding Lagged Other Nonprofits In 2020...

More than one-quarter (26%) of all nonprofits reported cash donations at least 10% greater during 2020 than in 2019, according to Remarkable Resilience: The 2021 Financial Outlook for Churches and Ministries, a report from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) in Winchester, Va. Most of that was driven by contributions to non-ecumenical organizations, such […]