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Volunteer Hours Now Worth $167 Billion Annually...

It seems that Millennials get blamed for everything lately: killing the retail store, declining homeownership rates, spending on avocado toast instead of saving for retirement. But Millennials might be responsible for finally reviving the volunteer rate in the United States, which had been declining for years. The number of Americans who volunteered in 2018 jumped […]

#GivingTuesday Tally Tops $380 Million...

#GivingTuesday continued double-digit growth with preliminary estimates topping $380 million for yesterday’s event and overall giving eclipsing $1 billion since it started in 2012. The $380 million preliminary estimate, released late Wednesday, includes only online donations in the United States and is some $80 million more, about 27 percent, than last year’s $300 million. Among […]

#GivingTuesday On Its Way To Record...

Early returns for #GivingTuesday show continued growth for the seventh annual day of giving and that the day already is on its way to another record fundraising total. Five platforms that processed donations yesterday have reported a combined $336 million raised (last year’s preliminary figures in parentheses): Facebook, $125 million ($45 million); PayPal, $98 million […]

Facebook and PayPal Matches Quickly Hit Limit...

Facebook and PayPal announced weeks ago that they would partner to match up to $7 million in donations via Facebook on #GivingTuesday. Just as last year’s $2 million in matching gifts, the limit was reached shortly after kicking off. Facebook announced at 9:05 a.m. Eastern that the match limit had been reached. A spokesman later […]

Expectations Are High For #GivingTuesday...

The seventh annual #GivingTuesday kicked off last night in Asia but got under way in earnest this morning as East Coast charities inundate email inboxes everywhere. The global day of giving falls on the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Initial estimates pegged about $274 million donated to charities last year, another record for […]

Judge Allows Suit Versus Trump Foundation To Move Forward...

The New York Attorney General’s lawsuit against the Trump Foundation can move forward, a N.Y. State Supreme Court judge has ruled. However, Justice Saliann Scarpulla said President Donald Trump would be dropped from the case if a state appeals court, deciding an unrelated case, rules that a sitting president can’t be sued in state court. […]

Cycling Fundraisers Set New Marks...

As cycling events continue to be a bright spot amid an evolution of traditional fundraising events, Pelotonia announced another record fundraising year, generating $27.4 million to benefit cancer research. This year’s tally is $1.2 million more than the $26.2 million raised in 2016, up about 4.5 percent, bringing the 10-year total since its founding in […]

Bloomberg Makes Record $1.8 Billion Gift To Johns Hopkins...

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., has received a $1.8 billion gift from Michael Bloomberg, the media mogul, philanthropist and potential president candidate in 2020. It is the largest known donation ever made to an educational institution in the United States. The money will be devoted exclusively to financial aid, allowing it to permanently offer […]

Postal Rate Hikes Approved...

Postal rates are on track to increase next year after the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) this week granted its approval. New rates are scheduled to take effect Jan. 27, 2019. The First-Class Forever Stamp will increase by 10 percent, from 50 cents to 55 cents. A Metered Letter will increase 6.4 percent, from 47 cents […]

IS Recognizes Leadership, Innovation...

LOS ANGELES — Independent Sector (IS) announced winners of the 2018 American Express NGen Leadership Award and the Innovate for Good Challenge last night during an awards ceremony at its Upswell conference here. Presented annually since 2010, the American Express NGen Leadership Award recognizes one emerging changemaker 40 or younger who has demonstrated transformative social […]