Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Giving by Colorado foundations soared after recession - Denver Business Journal

Giving by Colorado foundations soared after recession - Denver Business Journal: Colorado's philanthropic foundations donated $646 million to charitable and community causes in 2011, up 25.4 percent from 2009, Philanthropy Southwest reported.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Eleven characteristics of successful fundraisers revealed at IoF National Convention

Eleven characteristics of successful fundraisers revealed at IoF National Convention: Emotional intelligence and being able to read people and situations are among the top characteristics that make successful fundraisers, according to academic research revealed yesterday.

Beth Breeze, director of the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent, presented early findings from her three-year project, The Formation of Fundraisers: the Role of Personal Skills in Asking for Money, at the Institute of Fundraising’s National Convention.

They included a list of 11 personal characteristics and traits that she has discovered so far in the kind of people who make a career out of asking for money.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Direct debit cancellation rates fell sharply in 2013

Direct debit cancellation rates fell sharply in 2013: Donors are starting to feel more optimistic and are less likely to cancel their charitable contributions, with new figures showing direct debit cancellations in 2013 fell to the lowest annual average rate since before the recession.

The figures, released today by Rapidata, show direct debit cancellations fell from 4.05 per cent in January last year to 2.4 per cent in December. The average cancellation rate for the year, 3.1 per cent, was the lowest seen since 2006. Average annual rates of cancellations peaked at 4.33 per cent in 2008, falling to 3.32 per cent in 2010, before rising to 3.79 per cent in 2011.

Monday, July 07, 2014

7520 Rate for July Stable at 2.2% | Planned Giving Design Center

7520 Rate for July Stable at 2.2% | Planned Giving Design Center: For purposes of determining the present value of an annuity, an interest for life or a term of years, or a remainder or a reversionary interest, the applicable federal rate under section 7520 for July 2014 is 2.2%; Stable with last month's rate.

Opinion: Specific Sense of Connection Motivates Bigger Giving – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Opinion: Specific Sense of Connection Motivates Bigger Giving – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Research on behavioral economics indicates that people who feel a sense of agency and belonging when approached about giving donate in greater amounts, suggesting new ways for cause-driven groups to marshal support, a Yale

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Donor advised fund donors seen as involved, strategic, loyal � Philanthropy North Carolina

Donor advised fund donors seen as involved, strategic, loyal � Philanthropy North Carolina: Over half the donors at Vanguard Charitable use a donor advised fund for most of their giving, nearly three in four are involved with the charities they support, and nearly all recommend grants to the same charity more than once, a new report says.

And over three in five are strategic about their philanthropy when giving with a donor advised fund, says “An Inside Look: 15,330 donors who are giving to charity with a donor-advised fund.”

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Queenslanders backsliding on giving to those in greater need | The Courier-Mail

Queenslanders backsliding on giving to those in greater need | The Courier-Mail: Figures compiled by QUT’s Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) show Australians gave $2.24 billion in tax-deductible gifts 2011-12 – $30 million more than previous years.



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Survey: U.S. Millionaires Lag in Seeing Charity as Important – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Survey: U.S. Millionaires Lag in Seeing Charity as Important – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: A global poll of high-net-worth individuals found that wealthy Americans consider it less important than do their peers in many countries to use their time and resources to make a positive impact in the world, writes The New Republic.

Volunteerism up at United Way, down in U.S. � Philanthropy North Carolina

Volunteerism up at United Way, down in U.S. � Philanthropy North Carolina: The rate of volunteerism has grown at local United Ways in the U.S. but dropped in the U.S. overall, a new report from United Way Worldwide says.

Most volunteers are not volunteering for work likely to make the most impact in addressing priority community needs, says Volunteering: The Force Multiplier for Community Change.