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10% Of Bequests Surprise Charities...

For the United Way of Yavapai County, it was like winning the lottery. The Prescott, Ariz.-based affiliate, located about 100 miles north of Phoenix, received an unexpected $3-million bequest during 2019. “We had no idea until we got a letter from the estate’s attorney,” sometime about late October or early November of 2019,” Executive Director […]

COVID Boosts Private Foundation Giving 45%...

Missions at roughly two of five foundations have shifted since the start of the year because of COVID-19. And, increased need evolved into more giving in 2020 with plans to continue for the rest of the year. As many as 15 percent of foundations are trying new charitable activities in 2020, according to a new […]

Charitable Gift Annuities Making A Rebound...

Activity in charitable gift annuities in 2019 hit the highest level in five years, according to a new report from a national wealth management firm. Nonprofits represented in the 2020 Annual Charitable Gift Report, released by BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s Planned Giving Practice, saw charitable gift annuities increase 21 percent and the average gift amount […]

Scenario Planners Predict Nonprofit Sector Contraction...

Some 10 to 40 percent of nonprofits could consolidate or close their doors during the next 12 to 18 months as the need for nonprofit services dwarfs available capacity and resources, according to authors of a new report. The 25-page report, “An event or an era? Resources for social service decision-making in the context of […]

GivingTuesday Report Highlights Strengths, Opportunities...

Donors in the United States gave an estimated $1.97 billion during GivingTuesday in 2019, according to the 2019 Giving Tuesday Impact Report. Small donations added up: the median gift was $50. Giving Tuesday is a global movement that spurs charitable contributions on the first Tuesday after the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., this year on […]

Study: Nonprofits’ Lack Of Culture Hinders Income Growth...

Fewer than half (48 percent) of fundraisers believe philanthropy is embedded at the core of their nonprofit. And while 95 percent of fundraisers believe fundraising planning is immensely valuable, there are no formal planning documents in place at slightly more than one in four organizations (28 percent). Those are some of the findings from The […]

U.S. Slides Backward In Social Progress Index...

As the world makes slow if uneven progress on social and environmental performance, the United States is falling behind its peer nations, among the few countries to see its Social Progress Index (SPI) score decline during the past decade. The SPI, released by the Washington, D.C.-based Social Progress Imperative, is the most comprehensive measure of […]

Study Provides Snapshot Of Early Pandemic Giving...

Single women were more likely than single men and married/partnered couples to decrease their giving as a result of specific elements of the COVID-19 pandemic during the initial months of the crisis. And, giving was more likely to decrease than increase from members of households as a result of conditions present during the early months […]

Awareness Stories Won 75% Of Nonprofit Coverage...

Media coverage of nonprofits last year continued to be dominated by organizations opposing the administration’s efforts around the environment and civil liberties but much like everything else, the coronavirus pandemic changed everything. The 2020 M+R Mediamarks Study used a comprehensive Muck Rack search to pull media hit data from Jan. 1, 2019 to April 30, […]

Cultural Groups Have Biggest Facebook Audiences...

Despite growth in Facebook audiences for nonprofits in 2019, only about 4 percent of the Facebook fans of a nonprofit’s page reached each organic post. Some 28 percent of the audience reached by a given post was not already following the nonprofit. Nonprofit Facebook audiences grew by about 4 percent overall, according to the 2020 […]