Thursday, December 19, 2013

Canada Post says stamp hike won’t hit charities as hard as they fear | canada.com

Canada Post says stamp hike won’t hit charities as hard as they fear | canada.com: A 2012 Ipsos Reid survey of Canadians about charities on behalf of AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada found letter mail is the preferred approach for being asked for charitable donations (45 per cent), while receiving an email is the preferred method for about one in six (17 per cent).

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

3rd Annual Fundraising Growth Analysis | Reinier Spruit |

3rd Annual Fundraising Growth Analysis | Reinier Spruit |: It’s that time of the year again. Rankings are everywhere. Today we’re looking at a growth ranking of the 224 largest Dutch fundraising non-profits. The data (2007-2012) are provided with the courtesy of the Central Bureau of Fundraising, who will publish their annual report this week.

Fundraising Fever: Legacy income in The Netherlands 2003-2012

Fundraising Fever: Legacy income in The Netherlands 2003-2012

Friday, December 06, 2013

More corporate support heading Down Under | Fundraising & Philanthropy Australasia Magazine

More corporate support heading Down Under | Fundraising & Philanthropy Australasia Magazine: New research has revealed American companies plan to up their overseas corporate giving and 70% are donating to the Asia-Pacific region, Liz Henderson discovers.

Of the large American companies that give overseas, 86% plan to either maintain or increase their giving in the next financial year and 70% have a funding focus in Asia and the Pacific region.

These findings were revealed in Giving Beyond Borders: A Study of Global Giving by US Corporations, a report from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy which looked at the corporate philanthropy of the top 100 companies on the 2012 Fortune 500 list.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

UK has most regular donors in developed world, finds CAF

UK has most regular donors in developed world, finds CAF: A greater proportion of Britons donate to charity in an average month than nationals of any other developed country in the world, according to a global survey of generosity released by the Charities Aid Foundation.

More than three-quarters of Brits told the CAF World Giving Index survey that they give to charity in an average month, the highest proportion in the developed world.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Charitable Giving Experienced Modest Growth in October | Blackbaud News

Charitable Giving Experienced Modest Growth in October | Blackbaud News: harleston, S.C. (December 2, 2013) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB) today updated The Blackbaud Index with charitable giving trends through October 2013 and announced the launch of a new faith-based specialty index that tracks fundraising revenue for congregations and other faith-based organizations.

Based on data from 3,828 charities that raised more than $12 billion in the prior 12 months, The Blackbaud Index reported that overall charitable giving grew 2.3 percent for the three months ending October 2013, as compared to the same period in 2012.

Among 3,097 charities that raised nearly $1.7 billion online in the prior 12 months, online giving grew 9.9 percent in the same three-month period, as compared to the same period in 2012.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Artist-Endowed Foundations: Two New Publications from The Aspen Institute | Planned Giving Design Center

Artist-Endowed Foundations: Two New Publications from The Aspen Institute | Planned Giving Design Center: The Aspen Institute has announced the release of two brand new free online publications as a follow-up of its 2010 study for artists interested in creating a private foundation and we have them for you right here!

National Study of Artist–Endowed Foundations
A study of the emerging artist-endowed foundation field in the US

Friday, November 22, 2013

Average salary of charity chief executives rose by 3.2 per cent this year, says Acevo | Third Sector

Average salary of charity chief executives rose by 3.2 per cent this year, says Acevo | Third Sector: Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, says the figures show that charity leaders have taken a 'restrained approach', with the average at �60,000

The average annual pay of charity chief executives rose by 3.2 per cent to �60,000 in 2013, according to Acevo’s latest pay survey.

Figures from the charity chief executives body show that the average salary has returned to the same level as in 2011 after a fall of 3.1 per cent to �58,139 in 2012.

$9-Billion in Gifts at Risk if Deduction Is Reduced, Study Forecasts - Government - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

$9-Billion in Gifts at Risk if Deduction Is Reduced, Study Forecasts - Government - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: As nonprofits begin a new round of lobbying against President Obama’s longstanding efforts to limit the value of the charitable deduction, the American Enterprise Institute estimates that such a move would prompt donors to withhold more than $9-billion in gifts a year—a higher amount than previous studies have found.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Emerging models of participatory philanthropy: FRIDA - the young feminist fund - Eldis

Emerging models of participatory philanthropy: FRIDA - the young feminist fund - Eldis: This article explains the innovative process being implemented in the foundation of a new fund for young feminist organisations around the world, FRIDA, which aims to cultivate and support a global community of young feminists. Born from a collective call by feminists at the 2008 AWID Forum, the fund seeks to close the significant gap in funding available for feminist organisations, particularly those led by young feminists. FRIDA also aims to work toward a future where women and girls are free from violence and poverty; emphasising that for such a vision to succeed effectively, efforts must include young women.

Russia’s rich start learning the joy of giving | Russia & India Report

Russia’s rich start learning the joy of giving | Russia & India Report: Coutts Bank has for the first time included a section on Russia in its annual global survey on philanthropy, and it makes for interesting reading.

In 2011-2013, Russians made 98 donations worth a total of more than half a billion dollars, according to the British bank’s Million Dollar Donors Report, which tracks donations of $1 million or more by individuals or foundations. Corporate philanthropy isn’t included in the survey.

UK venture philanthropy market doubles to �166m

UK venture philanthropy market doubles to �166m: The value of venture philanthropy grants, loans and investments in the UK has more than doubled in two years, to reach a total value of �166m, according to new research.

Research and fundraising consultancy Factary revealed in its report that there is now twice as many players in the local venture philanthropy market as there were two years ago, when it last produced a survey of venture philanthropy in the UK. Total income is also up 171 per cent at �274.4m. New entrants had a total income of �92.9m in 2012 so make up a large percentage of this figure.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New Report: Philanthropy Needs to 'Smash Silos' to Help Address Social and Economic Crises - Press Release - Digital Journal

New Report: Philanthropy Needs to 'Smash Silos' to Help Address Social and Economic Crises - Press Release - Digital Journal: Philanthropic support for work that brings diverse groups working on seemingly disparate issues together creates a unique space for deliberation, negotiation, overcoming social and political differences and collaboration on mutually shared interests is imperative to solving long-standing social and economic problems, says a new report by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP; www.ncrp.org).

In "Smashing Silos in Philanthropy: Multi-Issue Advocacy and Organizing for Real Results (www.ncrp.org/paib/smashing-silos-in-philanthropy/multi-issue-advocacy-organizing)," the D.C.-based philanthropy research and advocacy group urges foundations that want to see breakthroughs on issues including poverty alleviation, protecting our environment, improving our education system and other complex issues to fund cross-issue grassroots organizations as part of their overall grantmaking strategy. These organizations organize and mobilize multiple constituents and citizens to cultivate the power, leadership and relationships necessary to move the needle toward lasting solutions.

Responsible investing evolves, raises questions � Philanthropy North Carolina

Responsible investing evolves, raises questions � Philanthropy North Carolina: The market for socially responsible investing is changing, and institutional investors should pay attention to its growing influence and visibility, a new study says.

A recent report estimated that at the end of 2012, the responsible investing market had $3.74 million in assets under management, or 11.2 percent of the $33.3 trillion in total assets under management in the U.S., says the study by Commonfund Institute.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Higher education accounts for one in four �1m-plus gifts

Higher education accounts for one in four �1m-plus gifts: Higher education institutions are increasingly popular among high-end donors, now accounting for a quarter of all donations worth more than �1m, as a report finds major philanthropy regaining its pre-financial crash strength.

Universities and other higher education institutions in 2012 received �570m from generous individuals, foundations and corporations – equivalent to 42 per cent of the total value of all �1m-plus gifts.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Small Survey of Foundations on “Hot Button Issues” Shows Little Hysteria - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Small Survey of Foundations on “Hot Button Issues” Shows Little Hysteria - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: The findings from a recent survey of private foundation donors has revealed some interesting, though perhaps unsurprising findings about how “small” private foundations think about both grantmaking and investments. The survey was done in October by Foundation Source, using a base of more than 1000 foundations that it serves. There were 198 respondents to the survey and the majority of those have private foundations with less than $50 million in assets. As the press release states, “Foundations of this size account for 98% of the approximately 86,000 private foundations in the U.S.”

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Young Men Most Likely to Give Charitable Gift

Young Men Most Likely to Give Charitable Gift: Young Men
The World Vision survey, which is conducted annually as part of the World Vision Gift Catalog campaign, revealed that 56 percent of men ages 18-34 have given a charitable gift, versus 36 percent of older men (ages 35 and above) and 37 percent of their female counterparts in the same age group.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Giving through charity websites grows � Philanthropy North Carolina

Giving through charity websites grows � Philanthropy North Carolina: Donors, including a growing number age 60 and older, increasingly prefer to give through a charity’s website, often motivated by requests through direct mail and social media, a new study says.

As a results, “it is vital for charitable organizations to ensure they have created an easy and effective online giving experience for donors,” says the study by Dunham Company.

From 2010 to 2013, roughly one in two donors gave through charity websites, says the study, The Growing Importance of Charity Websites to Philanthropy.

Friday, November 01, 2013

The Blackbaud Index: Overall Charitable Giving Grew 4.3% in September, Online Giving Was Up 9.9% - Press Release - Digital Journal

The Blackbaud Index: Overall Charitable Giving Grew 4.3% in September, Online Giving Was Up 9.9% - Press Release - Digital Journal: The Blackbaud Index today reported that overall charitable giving increased 4.3% and online giving increased 9.9% for the three months ending September 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012. As reported in the Charitable Giving Report, overall giving grew approximately 2% for the full year 2012 and online giving grew by about 11% in 2012 compared to 2011.

New Kids on the Clock; Joe Saxton on the rise in youth volunteering and its impact on society | nfpSynergy

New Kids on the Clock; Joe Saxton on the rise in youth volunteering and its impact on society | nfpSynergy: Our recent research showed that volunteering among young people (16-24) has doubled over the last decade. In 2003, around 14% of young people had volunteered in the last 3 months and by 2013 this figured has reached 32% in our polling. Indeed, as recently as 2010 our data showed that only 16% were giving their time and after that we saw an almost continuous rise.

So what is causing this rise and what does it mean for young people and society

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Use of Wills and Trusts Down Sharply. Cause for Alarm? | Michael Rosen Says...

Use of Wills and Trusts Down Sharply. Cause for Alarm? | Michael Rosen Says...: Use of Wills and Trusts Down Sharply. Cause for Alarm?

The percentage of older Americans with a will or trust has plummeted in just a dozen years. If people do not have a will, they cannot include a charitable bequest commitment in it. So, should the latest findings from Texas Tech researcher Russell James, JD, PhD set off alarm bells for planned gift fundraisers?

The State of Grantseeking Fall 2013 Report

The State of Grantseeking Fall 2013 Report: he State of Grantseeking Report Fall 2013

The seventh semi-annual survey, conducted by PhilanTech and GrantStation, provides a snapshot of the current state of grantseeking. The 1,108 respondents represent a wide range of nonprofits, varying in size, geographic location and mission focus.

Over 80% of respondent organizations received grant awards in the first six months of 2013. More organizations received larger grants than in the same period in 2012, but the median grant size decreased by 8%.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Direct Debit is the most valuable type of donation over a year, says Bacs | UK Fundraising

Direct Debit is the most valuable type of donation over a year, says Bacs | UK Fundraising: he average amount given to charity over a year by Direct Debit is worth substantially more than the average amounts given by the other top six most popular methods in the UK.

The figures are based on research by Bacs Payment Schemes Ltd, the organisation behind Direct Debit in the UK. Its Bacs' Family Finance Tracker looked at the charitable giving habits of 902 adults aged 16 or over in Great Britain. It found that 64% (582 adults) had made one or more charity donation during the past 12 months.

Friday, October 18, 2013

A question of support; what can individual charities do to increase public trust? | nfpSynergy

A question of support; what can individual charities do to increase public trust? | nfpSynergy: According to results from our Charity Awareness Monitor, trust in the sector has been growing strongly since a dip in early 2011 (which we suspect may have been something to do with the language used around “The Big Society”). 66% of people now trust charities “a great deal” or “quite a lot”, up from just 53% in January 2011 and near the record high of 70% in January 2010.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

What Should Make A Hospital CEO's Paycheck Bigger? | KERA News

What Should Make A Hospital CEO's Paycheck Bigger? | KERA News: CEOs of technology-happy nonprofit hospitals earned $136,000 more, on average, than those with little advanced machinery, according to the study published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. CEOs at places with high patient satisfaction scores earned $52,000 more, on average, than those with poor reviews.

Friday, October 11, 2013

IU Study Explores Global Corporate Giving - Newsroom - Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick

News Release

IU Study Explores Global Corporate Giving - Newsroom - Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick: oday, Global Impact released the results of a research report, "Giving Beyond Borders: A Study of Global Giving by U.S. Corporations," at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center's (BCLC) annual corporate social responsibility conference. Global Impact President and CEO Scott Jackson is set to speak at the BCLC event this afternoon and will share details of the study's findings with attendees. The study, commissioned by Global Impact and researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, explores the scope and depth of international giving by U.S. corporations.

SPECIAL REPORT: U.S. Trust Study Reveals Disconnects in Philanthropic Conversations Between HNW Individuals and Professional Advisors | Planned Giving Design Center

SPECIAL REPORT: U.S. Trust Study Reveals Disconnects in Philanthropic Conversations Between HNW Individuals and Professional Advisors | Planned Giving Design Center: This is a must-read for advisors currently working with or wanting to work with HNW families, couples or individuals. Advisors are missing the boat according to the new study just released by The Philanthropic Initiative and commissioned by U.S. Trust. Learn when clients want you to start the philanthropic conversation, what they want to discuss, and what percentage of HNW individuals indicate they would be more likely to choose an advisor who is knowledgeable about charitable giving!

Monday, October 07, 2013

The Stelter Company :: Research/White Papers

The Stelter Company :: Research/White Papers: Metrics That Matter: The Links Between Advisors, Donors and Nonprofits
Stelter's 2013 Insight Report examines the behaviors, attitudes and characteristics of professional advisors who interact with individuals and nonprofits on the topics of estate planning and planned giving. Our goal was to uncover intelligence to help guide nonprofits in their interactions with advisors and to position their organizations for greater fundraising success. Key insights include:

Advisors' attitudes surrounding ethics in introducing planned giving;
Who advisors trust for technical information on planned gifts;
Characteristics of advisors deemed "high producers";
Opportunities for greater synergy between advisors and nonprofits.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Charities failing to engage using digital platforms, reveals survey | Charity Digital News

Charities failing to engage using digital platforms, reveals survey | Charity Digital News: A recent survey from Connect Assist, which quizzed 240 senior charity professionals, found that only one in five think they are effectively engaging with their supporters using digital platforms. The survey found that less than 20% of charities use text messaging, live-chat, and online channels to reach potential donors.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The Stelter Company :: Research/White Papers

The Stelter Company :: Research/White Papers: Metrics That Matter: The Links Between Advisors, Donors and Nonprofits
Stelter's 2013 Insight Report examines the behaviors, attitudes and characteristics of professional advisors who interact with individuals and nonprofits on the topics of estate planning and planned giving. Our goal was to uncover intelligence to help guide nonprofits in their interactions with advisors and to position their organizations for greater fundraising success. Key insights include:

Advisors' attitudes surrounding ethics in introducing planned giving;
Who advisors trust for technical information on planned gifts;
Characteristics of advisors deemed "high producers";
Opportunities for greater synergy between advisors and nonprofits.

The AFP Blog: Benchmark Your Results as Fundraising Slowly Improves

The AFP Blog: Benchmark Your Results as Fundraising Slowly Improves: n our 24/7, news-and-opinion-driven world, data is ultimately what we need. Data about how our organization is faring—and how others are faring in comparison—is key to making informed decisions—about what fundraising methods to use, which donors to focus on and how to spend our precious resources.

That’s why if we have access to data and benchmarking tools, we need to use them. Enter the Fundraising Effectiveness Project

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Demographics of Users of Social Media, Summarized - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

The Demographics of Users of Social Media, Summarized - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: Business Insider released a report that breaks down some of the biggest social media giants’ audiences based on their demographics. This information could be very helpful for nonprofits in discovering where the majority of demographics your organization may be serving reside in the social media world.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Foundation Endowments Grew 12% in 2012 - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Foundation Endowments Grew 12% in 2012 - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: Foundation Endowments Grew 12% in 2012

By Doug Donovan

Endowments at private foundations grew by 12 percent in 2012, a significant improvement after they lost a little under 1 percent in 2011, according to a study of 140 funds released today.

But that’s still less than the S&P 500 gain, which was 16 percent last year. Many foundations continue to seek to regain the nearly 26 percent loss in value they sustained during the 2008 financial crisis.

Most Generous Cities

Most Generous Cities: The U.S. is a generous country – the World Giving Index ranks the United States as the fifth most generous in the world. We wanted to see which places in the U.S. were the most generous by looking at the following factors.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Disaster relief funding in the spotlight

Disaster relief funding in the spotlight: A Griffith University researcher wants to investigate whether government disaster relief funding has made a south Brisbane suburb better prepared for major flooding.

Rocklea was one of the worst-hit Brisbane suburbs during the 2010-11 floods, with the Brisbane Market inundated and an estimated 900 properties affected.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

massnonprofit.org ::

massnonprofit.org ::: September 12, 2013 — Nearly half of nonprofit leaders believe that foundations are unaware of the challenges they face and a greater share want more help from foundations in meeting demand for their programs and services, according to a new report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy in Cambridge.

The findings, published in Nonprofit Challenges: What Foundations Can Do, were based on a survey of 121 national nonprofit leaders, who oversee staffs with a median of 11 full-time equivalent employees, have annual expenses of $1.2 million, and derive 20% of their funding from foundations.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Alleviating Global Poverty Is a Top Concern of Wealthy Donors, Says Study - Donors - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Alleviating Global Poverty Is a Top Concern of Wealthy Donors, Says Study - Donors - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: Alleviating Global Poverty Is a Top Concern of Wealthy Donors, Says Study

By Maria Di Mento

The world’s wealthiest philanthropists say the main goal of their giving is to alleviate global poverty, and the best way to do that, they say, is through greater collaboration between charities and other organizations, according to a study released today.

Gen X a Rising Force in Canadian Philanthropy; Boomers and Civics Most Generous - Investors.com

Gen X a Rising Force in Canadian Philanthropy; Boomers and Civics Most Generous - Investors.com: Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB)andhjctoday released findings from their 2013 Next Generation of Canadian Giving study that uncovers the preferred giving and communication channels of four generations of Canadian donors: Generation Y (18-32); Generation X (33-48); Baby Boomers (49-67); and Civics (68 ).

Philanthropic Giving to Nonprofit Hospitals and Health Care Systems Held Steady in Fiscal 2012, AHP Reports - MarketWatch

Philanthropic Giving to Nonprofit Hospitals and Health Care Systems Held Steady in Fiscal 2012, AHP Reports - MarketWatch: Nonprofit hospitals and health care systems in the U.S. raised more than $8.9 billion through philanthropy last year, as their development programs successfully maintained giving levels despite a sluggish economy. The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy's (AHP) annual Report on Giving survey, now in its 29th year, showed no decline in total giving in fiscal 2012 compared to 2011 and an increase of more than 7 percent over fundraising revenue in FY 2010.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Next generation of donors spend weeks or months choosing causes – research

Next generation of donors spend weeks or months choosing causes – research: Young wealthy donors spend weeks or months choosing organisations to support, according to a new report into the attitudes of the next generation of philanthropists.

Wealthy donors under 30 are also much more likely than older donors to monitor closely the social changes achieved by their donations, according to the report by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF),

CEO Salaries Rose 2% in 2011, Says Study - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

CEO Salaries Rose 2% in 2011, Says Study - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: Pay for nonprofit chief executives continued to inch upward in 2011, after years of holding steady during the downturn, according to a new study of pay at 95,000 organizations.

The median increase for all chief executives was 2 percent in 2011, compared with 1.6 percent in 2010. But that uptick, which barely kept pace with inflation, still represents a more sluggish pace of growth than the typical 4- to 6-percent increases nonprofit leaders typically received before the recession hit in 2008.

Friday, September 13, 2013

how to teach children about charity - OrlandoSentinel.com

how to teach children about charity - OrlandoSentinel.com: A study released Thursday by the United Nations Foundation and the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University challenges some popular perceptions about charitable giving by our nation's youth. Specifically, the kids are much more charitable than you might have supposed.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Grant Makers Are Blind to Charity Needs, Say 48% of Nonprofits - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Grant Makers Are Blind to Charity Needs, Say 48% of Nonprofits - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: Nearly half of nonprofit leaders say their foundation supporters are blind to the biggest challenges charities face and could do more to help them meet rising demand for services, train leaders, and deploy new technology, according to a poll released this week.

In a survey of 121 nonprofit leaders, the Center for Effective Philanthropy says it found that only 52 percent “believe their foundation funders are aware of the various challenges their organizations face.”

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Survey shows Czechs are generous charitable donors | Prague Monitor

Survey shows Czechs are generous charitable donors | Prague Monitor: Czechs are quite generous donors and in 2012 every Czech gave 583 crowns on average to charity, but they prefer giving money for concrete purposes and knowing all details, the daily Pravo writes Tuesday.

However, a poll conducted by the SOS Children's Villages NGO shows that only 7 percent of donors contribute regularly.

Young, Gifted &…a Charity Trustee? Results from a survey about youth & trusteeship | one swallow makes a summer

Young, Gifted &…a Charity Trustee? Results from a survey about youth & trusteeship | one swallow makes a summer: Conducted on a voluntary basis on behalf of Young Charity Trustees (YCT) between July 15th and 23rd this year by myself, Nicholas Fryer, for a Charityworks graduate programme assignment, this blog post showcases the survey’s results.

Young people are a rare sight on charity boards in England and Wales, with 16-24s accounting for just 0.5% of trustees, according to the Charity Commission report A Breath of Fresh Air (2010), posing serious questions about diversity and representativeness. What is more, a Governance Hub and OPM 2006 survey of English trustees and charities suggested that almost half of charities had difficulty filling trustee roles.[1]

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

BlackbaudNews.com: Your Source for Blackbaud News

BlackbaudNews.com: Your Source for Blackbaud News: The Blackbaud Index: Overall Charitable Giving Grew 1.8% in July, Online Giving Was Up 14.5%
Posted on September 3, 2013 by Melanie Mathos

The Blackbaud Index today reported that overall charitable giving increased 1.8% and online giving increased 14.5% for the three months ending July 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012. As reported in the Charitable Giving Report, overall giving grew approximately 2% for the full year 2012 and online giving grew by about 11% in 2012 compared to 2011.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Louisiana nonprofit compensation report tracks salary trends statewide | WWNO

Louisiana nonprofit compensation report tracks salary trends statewide | WWNO: A new report from the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) compiled salary and benefit ranges for more than 100 nonprofit jobs in the state. LANO produced the 115-page report with statistical analysis from Columbia Books. LANO vice president Matt Mullenix said the purpose is to provide the state’s nonprofit boards, employees and donors with the most up-to-date compensation data to inform budgeting and staffing.

Groundbreaking Study Finds American Jews Among Most Generous to Both Secular and Jewish causes - Press Release - Digital Journal

Groundbreaking Study Finds American Jews Among Most Generous to Both Secular and Jewish causes - Press Release - Digital Journal: Jumpstart released Connected to Give: Key Findings today, the first in a series of reports detailing the giving habits and motivations of American Jews across all ages, economic groups and geographies. Findings are based on a survey of nearly 3,000 American Jewish households plus 2,000 households from other religious groups, as well as qualitative data from focus groups and ethnographic research.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Australia on top of World Giving Index | Money | Banking and Money Investment News | | Herald Sun

Australia on top of World Giving Index | Money | Banking and Money Investment News | | Herald Sun: DONATIONS to charities have risen 11 per cent since January 2010, despite the cost of living being the greatest cause of consumer anxiety.

Australia was ranked at the top of the 2012 World Giving Index ahead of Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.

Robert De Iure, senior economist with the National Australia Bank, is not surprised.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Over-65s will give more this year than other age groups, Foresters research finds | Third Sector

Over-65s will give more this year than other age groups, Foresters research finds | Third Sector: People aged over 65 will give 72 per cent more to charities than the average amount donated this year by all age groups, according to research commissioned by the financial services group Foresters.

More than 1,100 people across the UK responded to an online survey carried out by the Wriglesworth Consultancy in June and July.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Charity more gratuitous when doled out via friends | Business Standard

Charity more gratuitous when doled out via friends | Business Standard: People are much happier when they make a donation to someone they know or in a way that builds social connection, according to a study.

Lara Aknin of Simon Fraser University, in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, and colleagues at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and Harvard Business School, Massachusetts, USA, examined when the emotional benefits of giving to charity become manifest.

Nonprofits Offered Guidance on Ways to Engage Constituents

massnonprofit.org ::: From Input to Ownership: How Nonprofits Can Engage with the People They Serve to Carry Out Their Mission, issued by The Bridgespan Group, a Boston-based nonprofit advisor to nonprofits, noted that “for many social sector organizations, particularly those not founded and led by the people the organization is trying to benefit, constituent engagement is a challenge.”

Boomers at top in charitable giving � Philanthropy North Carolina

Boomers at top in charitable giving � Philanthropy North Carolina: Seventy-two percent of Boomers, or 51 million donors ages 49 to 67 in 2013, give to charity, supporting 4.5 charities on average and making an annual gift that averages $1,212, says the study, Next Generation of American Giving.

The study, commissioned by Blackbaud and based on an online survey of 1,014 U.S. donors conducted by Edge Research, also found that while most Americans give, overall giving remains flat.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Donors Who Give by Text Want to Give More, Study Finds - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Donors Who Give by Text Want to Give More, Study Finds - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: Donors who give via text message would like to make larger gifts using their mobile phones, according to a new survey of more than 20,000 text-message donors.

Eighty-five percent of the donors said they would be willing to give $25 to $50

Monday, July 22, 2013

UAE’s well-off prefer to give more to charity | GulfNews.com

UAE’s well-off prefer to give more to charity | GulfNews.com: The Visa Affluent Study 2013, which surveyed nearly 5,000 affluent individuals in various countries, showed that the UAE’s well-off consumers want to spend more on charitable donations in the future than family or luxury weekend holiday, dinner at a fine restaurant and evenings out. In other markets, spending on family holidays is a priority for most consumers.

Muslims 'Give Most To Charity', Ahead Of Christians, Jews And Atheists, Poll Finds

Muslims 'Give Most To Charity', Ahead Of Christians, Jews And Atheists, Poll Finds: Muslims give more to charity than other religious groups, new research suggests.

At almost �371 each, Muslims topped the poll of religious groups that give to charity.

When they donated last year, atheists averaged �116, The Times reported (�).

The ICM poll found that Jewish donors gave an average of �270 per person.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Training and staff support badly affected by cuts, says Charity Pulse

Training and staff support badly affected by cuts, says Charity Pulse: Annual survey put together by Birdsong Consulting for Third Sector shows only 45% of staff believe they get sufficient training or development

Training and support for charity staff continues to be adversely affected by spending cuts, according to this year’s Charity Pulse survey.

The annual survey of charity employees, run by Third Sector in partnership with Birdsong Charity Consulting, gathered the opinions of 675 charity staff from 190 organisations.

Monday, July 08, 2013

New Study: CDO Confidential - What CDOs Want You To Know About Retention

New Study: CDO Confidential - What CDOs Want You To Know About Retention: A National Study on Nonprofit Chief Development Officer Retention

Chicago, IL - A newly released study CDO Confidential: What CDOs Want You to Know about Retention reveals that unrealistic expectations set by management have reduced the average Chief Development Officer (CDO) tenure to one to two years. Other factors include a lack of sufficient resources and cooperation among CDOs, CEOs and Boards. Campbell & Company, a national nonprofit consulting and executive search firm, recently completed a nationwide survey to understand the reasons behind this trend. CDO Confidential received responses from more than 400 Chief Development Officers and Chief Executive Officers to gain multiple perspectives. The sample included organizations with a wide range of missions, budgets, staff sizes and geographic areas.

GVSU study finds internal training key to improving performance at nonprofits

GVSU study finds internal training key to improving performance at nonprofits: It comes as no surprise that nonprofits have a continual pressing need for money, but some of the potential solutions to that challenge might be as easy as providing for internal staff training needs and reducing turnover.

So says the 2013 Nonprofits Needs Assessment Report funded by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. The report contains information gleaned from 138 different nonprofits throughout Michigan.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Nonprofit Sector Reacts to ‘Worst Charities’ Exposé

Nonprofit Sector Reacts to ‘Worst Charities’ Exposé: "The nonprofit sector has responded with a mixture of both alarm and calls for action to the investigation that uncovered unsavory practices by the “50 worst” charities in America.

In the meantime, Oregon has become the first state to crack down on charities that fail to spend enough of their donors’ contributions on mission."


The Specter Of Death Makes People Less Charitable - Real Time Economics - WSJ

The Specter Of Death Makes People Less Charitable - Real Time Economics - WSJ: mpending death usually raises the issue of having to give away one’s possessions. But according to a new study, the prospect of passing away may make individuals less charitable.

In a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, economists Jonathan Meer of Texas A&M University and Harvey Rosen of Princeton University used charitable-giving data from an anonymous university to examine end-of-life giving patterns

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Positive Trends in Arts and Culture Funding—At Least on the Surface - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

Positive Trends in Arts and Culture Funding—At Least on the Surface - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: On the heels of the Giving USA finding that arts and culture was America’s fastest-growing philanthropic cause in 2012, Americans for the Arts (AFTA) has reported an uptick in business support for the sector. The latest edition of Giving USA cites an estimated 7.8 percent increase in arts and culture funding to $14.44 billion in 2012, compared with 2011. This exceeds the pre-recession peak of $13.7 billion in 2007 (not adjusting for inflation). AFTA’s BCA National Survey of Business Support for the Arts reports an increase of 18 percent in business giving to the cultural sector from 2009 to 2012, after downward trends in 2006 and 2009.

The BCA Report 2013 is based on a survey of 600 businesses, ranging in size from less than $1 million to more than $50 million. While the recent resurgence in arts funding by businesses was led by the largest companies, more than 80 percent of contributions reported came from small and mid-sized businesses.

Workload forces sector managers to skip holidays

Workload forces sector managers to skip holidays: Managers in the charity sector are forgoing their annual leave because they are afraid they will fall behind with work, according to a survey of 106 sector managers.

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) carried out an online survey of 838 senior staff among its members, including 106 from the voluntary sector, in May this year.

Half of people give up when trying to donate by mobile

Half of people give up when trying to donate by mobile: It takes givers too long to navigate the donation process, delegates heard

More than half of people who try to donate to charity online by using a mobile device never get as far as making the donation, delegates at the convention heard yesterday.

Monday, July 01, 2013

The Blackbaud Index: Overall Charitable Giving Grew 1.1% in May, Online Giving Was Up 15.2% | Blackbaud News

The Blackbaud Index: Overall Charitable Giving Grew 1.1% in May, Online Giving Was Up 15.2% | Blackbaud News: The Blackbaud Index today reported that overall charitable giving increased 1.1% and online giving increased 15.2% for the three months ending May 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012. As reported in the recently released Charitable Giving Report, overall giving grew approximately 2% for the full year 2012 and online giving grew by about 11% in 2012 compared to 2011.

Fundraisers optimistic about major gift income over next two years | UK Fundraising

Fundraisers optimistic about major gift income over next two years | UK Fundraising: Research by Good Values and the Institute of Fundraising suggests that fundraisers are optimistic about the state of major gift income. Indeed 95% of the 88 fundraisers surveyed expected to see an increase in income from this source over the next two years.

The survey covered charities with a major gifts programme and those that we just starting out. Of those actively seeking major gifts, almost one third said that they had raised over �1 million from this source in the last financial year. Their average return on investment was 1:9.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Employees Aren’t Grabbing Access To Retirement Plans | The NonProfit Times

Employees Aren’t Grabbing Access To Retirement Plans | The NonProfit Times: ven as more nonprofits are offering retirement plans to their employees, participation rates remain relatively low. But at the same time, studies show nonprofit employees are worried about their retirement nest egg.

According to three-year trending data from The NonProfit Times and Bluewater Nonprofit Solution’s annual Nonprofit Organizations Salary and Benefits Reports,

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Workplace Giving ‘Engagement’ Report | Pro Bono Australia

Workplace Giving ‘Engagement’ Report | Pro Bono Australia: New research suggests a positive correlation between employees’ participation in workplace giving and their attitude towards their employer.

The report ‘Engagement-Recognising the Value of Workplace Giving’ by the Australian Charities Fund (ACF) and the Centre for Social Impact, uses data from 4100 survey respondents from over 30 companies.

Study: Less time in meetings makes for more committed leaders: IU News Room: Indiana University

Study: Less time in meetings makes for more committed leaders: IU News Room: Indiana University: BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- An article that offers new insight into the leadership of volunteer-driven associations and organizations has earned Indiana University faculty member Matthew Baggetta a prestigious honor

Online Giving Grows as Charities Polish Their Methods

Online Giving Grows as Charities Polish Their Methods: According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, online giving is growing at a blistering pace. Two studies cited by the Chronicle indicate that online donations to 115,000 nonprofits rose by 14 percent to $2.1-billion, just between 2011 and 2012; and that online contributions to the largest 149 charities in the US also grew 14 percent, to $785-million.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Foundation Center - Press Release - Pioneering Research Illuminates Global Human Rights Philanthropy

Foundation Center - Press Release - Pioneering Research Illuminates Global Human Rights Philanthropy: Pioneering Research Illuminates Global Human Rights Philanthropy
New Report Uncovers Grants Totaling More Than $1.2 Billion

New York, NY — June 20, 2013. A partnership between the Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) has produced the first data-driven portrait of how foundations are advancing human rights around the world. According to new research released today by the two organizations, over 12,000 human rights grants supported more than 6,800 organizations worldwide, amounting to $1.2 billion in 2010. Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking confirms that human rights philanthropy is a global phenomenon: the 703 funders included in the analysis represent 29 countries across seven major world regions.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Study Looks at What Drives Volunteer Leaders’ Commitment: Associations Now

Study Looks at What Drives Volunteer Leaders’ Commitment: Associations Now: "What organizational factors make for the most committed leaders? New research suggests that more interdependent teams and less time in meetings make a big difference."


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Nonprofits encouraged to take part in impact study | Nonprofit Strategies | SanLuisObispo.com

Nonprofits encouraged to take part in impact study | Nonprofit Strategies | SanLuisObispo.com: An economic impact study of nonprofits in San Luis Obispo County will get underway later this month to better understand their diverse and sustainable effects locally.

Beacon Economics, a research and consulting firm, has been retained to conduct the study by the Central Coast Economic Forecast.

Conducting such a study is challenging because there is no central data bank of information on nonprofits.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Feedback Matters – Part 2 | Project Streamline Blog

Feedback Matters – Part 2 | Project Streamline Blog: In the first installment of this blog series on feedback, Dr. Streamline looked at Project Streamline’s most recent data, showing that funders rarely seek feedback on their application and reporting practices — especially not in an anonymous candor-promoting way. Now we take up the question of why. Why don’t funders, who care about their grantees’ success and well-being, get data that could improve grantees’ experiences in applying for and reporting on funding, save time and money, and further strengthen trust and openness?

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Leading Study In Corporate Societal Engagement Shows Considerable Growth Since 2007 - WSJ.com

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Leading Study In Corporate Societal Engagement Shows Considerable Growth Since 2007 - WSJ.com: While economic recovery is taking its time, companies have not waited to rebound with their giving programs; the majority of companies increased giving since 2007 after adjusting for inflation, despite a slow recovery of corporate profits since the economic downturn. Both cash and non-cash giving increased during this timeframe, with a higher percentage of non-cash contributions in 2012 defining the post-recession giving era. In addition, companies offered more paid-release time and outside-company time volunteer programs to engage employees in their giving programs, and the largest percentage of a typical company's giving budget went to support K-12 and higher education programs. CECP, where Fortune 500 CEOs turn to achieve societal progress and sustainable business performance, released at the CECP Summit the first analysis of 2012 corporate giving data drawn from its Corporate Giving Standard (CGS) survey, conducted in association with The Conference Board.

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massnonprofit.org ::: Program-related investments (PRIs) are tools such as low-interest loans or equity investments that provide opportunities for foundations to go beyond grant making to allocate a greater share of their resources to support and assist nonprofits and achieve the foundation’s philanthropic goals while maintaining or growing its assets. In turn, this allows foundations to recycle their funds and leverage them for greater impact. Private foundations can count PRIs as part of their annual minimum payout.

The report from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy finds, sponsored by Mission Throttle, analyzes key trends in foundations’ use of program-related investing between 2000 and 2010, the latest year for which data are available.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

22 major donors share their giving motives and values | UK Fundraising

22 major donors share their giving motives and values | UK Fundraising: 22 major donors share their giving motives and values
Published on 4 June 2013, by howardlake

The Institute for Philanthropy has published details of the values and beliefs which motivate 22 major donors to give to charity.

The paper, "After The Giving Pledge: Giving Behaviour of 22 Wealthy Donors", was written in the year that the Giving Pledge, founded by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates in 2010, was extended to wealthy donors outside the US. Eight signatories from non-US countries have brought the total number of those who have taken the Pledge to 105.

The donors interviewed by the Institute for Philanthropy come from the UK, the US, Brazil, Canada, Lebanon and Mexico. Their foundations have an average endowment of $79 million and they give away each year an average of $2.1m.

Monday, June 03, 2013

The Blackbaud Index Debuts Fundraising Benchmark Calculator | Blackbaud News

The Blackbaud Index Debuts Fundraising Benchmark Calculator | Blackbaud News: Charleston, S.C. (June 3, 2013) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB) today announced the launch of new features and specialty indices in The Blackbaud Index, a free charitable giving index, to make it easier for nonprofits to benchmark their fundraising results.

The Index now features a fundraising benchmark calculator that will allow users to easily chart their own results against the Index, historical data to provide a fuller view of charitable giving, and new specialty indices focused on healthcare and medical research organizations.

Promotion as important as donation for philanthropy, research finds | Campden FB

Promotion as important as donation for philanthropy, research finds | Campden FB: Wealthy philanthropists who are discreet about their giving could be undermining their charitable efforts, a new study examining cultural trends in philanthropy reveals.

The first Individual Philanthropy Index, conducted by Forbes Insights and French bank BNP Paribas and examining philanthropic giving in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, also found that motivating factors for giving varied across the regions studied.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Closing the gender gap in nonprofits - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Closing the gender gap in nonprofits - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Bayer Center is conducting ongoing research through a foundation-funded project, "74 Percent: Exploring the Lives of Women Leaders in Nonprofit Organizations."

The project takes its name from Bayer Center research that found that while 225,000 or about 74 percent of the 300,000 people employed in nonprofits in the Pittsburgh region are women, men consistently out-earn their female counterparts.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Few funders make loans, equity investments � Philanthropy North Carolina

Few funders make loans, equity investments � Philanthropy North Carolina: Total investment by foundations in program-related investments such as low-interest loans and equity investments grew to $701 million in 2009 from $139 million in 1990, while the average size of those investments grew steadily to more than $1.5 million in 2009 from just over $660,000 in 2000, says the study by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, which cited IRS data.

Yet over the past 20 years, only about 1 percent of U.S. foundations each year made program-related investments, or PRIs, the report, Leveraging the Power of Foundations, which was sponsored by Mission Throttle.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Study quantifies impact of nonprofits in Stonington - The Westerly Sun: News

Study quantifies impact of nonprofits in Stonington - The Westerly Sun: News: STONINGTON — A recent study of the town’s nonprofit agencies shows that these organizations are a valuable resource not only in improving the lives of local residents but also as an economic driver in the community.

Bristol University | News from the University | Centre for Market and Public Organisation

Bristol University | News from the University | Centre for Market and Public Organisation: Charities could benefit from an additional �40 million per year if a new intervention designed to automatically enroll donors to a scheme that increases their donations by three per cent a year is implemented. This is just one of the findings from a new report, published today by the Cabinet Office, which aimed to explore new and innovative ways of increasing charitable giving.

The study, led by Michael Sanders, a member of the Cabinet Office’s Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) and a researcher at the University’s Centre for Market and Public Organisation, was carried out in partnership with the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).

BizTimes: Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin Business News | BizTimes

BizTimes: Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin Business News | BizTimes: The majority of nonprofit organizations in southeastern Wisconsin have recovered from the Great Recession and most expect more donations in 2013 than they received in 2012, according to a new report.

The first BizTimes Nonprofit Survey was conducted by a class of advanced journalism students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (see accompanying story). The survey asked the top executives at organizations listed in the BizTimes Nonprofit Directory to assess their charities' financial health and document their ongoing needs.

Executives from 79 nonprofit organizations responded to the survey.

�4bn could be generated in charitable legacies if solicitors just asked

�4bn could be generated in charitable legacies if solicitors just asked: A potential �4bn of funding could be unlocked for the charity sector if solicitors were to remind those writing a will to consider giving to charity, according to a study conducted by the Cabinet Office’s behavioural insights team.

The study is one of five trials informing a report, released today by the team, to uncover ways the sector could potentially boost its income. It found that encouraging people to consider leaving a gift to charity in their will could double the number of legacy donations. It further found that creating a personal connection, by asking if there were any charities the individual is passionate about, could lead to triple the number of legacy gifts.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Ethical Behavior in the Workplace: Women Less Likely to Compromise: Associations Now

Ethical Behavior in the Workplace: Women Less Likely to Compromise: Associations Now: Study: Women Less Likely to Compromise on Ethics in Business

Reasonable Compensation: A Section 4958 Primer | Planned Giving Design Center

Reasonable Compensation: A Section 4958 Primer | Planned Giving Design Center: Summary

Last month the Internal Revenue Service published its final Colleges and Universities Compliance Project report, which included an examination of executive compensation in connection with the excess benefit transaction rules under IRC section 4958. In this article, PGDC contributing author Dennis Walsh, CPA examines the findings of the report and suggests actions to be taken and questions to be asked by nonprofits when setting executive compensation.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Nonprofits lag on investment policies � Philanthropy North Carolina

Nonprofits lag on investment policies � Philanthropy North Carolina: Among over 150 finance executives at trade associations, public charities and other nonprofits participating in a survey conducted in February for a third-party research firm and analyzed by Raffa Wealth Management, 38 percent lack guidelines that require sufficient levels of diversification and 43 percent neglect to indicate the degree of discretion given to outside advisers.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Leadership and skills review calls for graduate training scheme for the voluntary sector | Third Sector

Leadership and skills review calls for graduate training scheme for the voluntary sector | Third Sector: One recommendation of the working group, led by Dame Mary Marsh, says a programme similar to Teach First should be developed to attract young talent

The voluntary sector should develop a graduate training scheme to create clearer career pathways for young people, a review led by Dame Mary Marsh has concluded.

The review, commissioned by the Cabinet Office, looked at skills and leadership in the voluntary sector and has today published its findings on a new website, www.leadingsocial.org.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Corporate philanthropy: good for the soul — and your bottom line | VentureBeat

Corporate philanthropy: good for the soul — and your bottom line | VentureBeat: A recent study from the Reputation Institute shows that increasing local community engagement is one of the most effective means by which a company can improve its overall reputation and, ultimately, bottom line. For those of us in the field of corporate philanthropy this research comes as no surprise. We see a myriad of examples of how companies do well by doing good. It is high time for people to stop thinking of these values (philanthropy versus profit) as competing or mutually exclusive. In fact, they are often symbiotic.

Volunteer centres' income has fallen 'substantially', NCVO survey finds

Volunteer centres' income has fallen 'substantially', NCVO survey finds: Volunteer centres are struggling to pull in funding, according to NCVO, with 63 per cent of those that responded to an annual survey reporting a fall in income last year.

Forty per cent reported that the drop in income was 25 per cent or more. Just over a quarter saw an increase in funding in 2011/12 compared to the previous year and 11 per cent saw their income stay within 1 per cent of the 2010/11 levels, according to NCVO’s Annual Return for Volunteer Centres.

Monday, May 13, 2013

The AFP Blog: Growth in Salaries: A Good Sign for Future Fundraising

The AFP Blog: Growth in Salaries: A Good Sign for Future Fundraising: So we can take heart in the latest results of AFP’s Compensation and Benefits Survey Report, which looks at salaries from 2012. The average fundraising salary in the U.S. increased by nine percent from 2011, and in Canada the growth was even stronger: 13 percent.

Friday, May 10, 2013

First census of women on nonprofit boards gives new insights - Global Business Hub - Boston.com

First census of women on nonprofit boards gives new insights - Global Business Hub - Boston.com: <
By Ellen Keiley

The Boston Club, a premier organization of women executives and professionals promoting the advancement of women to significant and visible leadership roles, has taken notice of the major role nonprofits play in the economy and conducted the first ever Census of Women Directors and Chief Executives of Massachuetts’ Largest Nonprofit Organizations to see how nonprofits stack up. Nonprofits generate $234 billion in revenues and nonprofit jobs represented 16.7% of the total employment in Massachusetts in 2010.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Arts and culture sector has key role in UK economy, finds report

Arts and culture sector has key role in UK economy, finds report: The Arts Council England has today published its first analysis of the value of arts and culture to the national economy, finding that the sector has a turnover of �12.8bn.

The report, which was carried out by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), finds that arts and culture make up 0.4 per cent of GDP – with a turnover of �12.8bn per annum.

The arts and culture industry employed, on average, 110,600 full-time employees in the UK from 2008 to 2011, representing about 0.45 per cent of total employment in the UK. Further, the sector pays nearly five per cent more than the UK median salary of �26,095.

Giving grows 7% in 1st quarter � Philanthropy North Carolina

Giving grows 7% in 1st quarter � Philanthropy North Carolina: Charitable giving totaled $97.26 billion in the first three months of 2013, up 7.1 percent from the same period a year earlier, and is expected to total $383.15 billion for the year, up 3.9 percent from 2012, a new report says.

That would mark a decline in growth from 6.7 percent in 2012, says the Atlas of Giving.

Monday, May 06, 2013

How Local Events Shake Up Corporate Philanthropy — HBS Working Knowledge

How Local Events Shake Up Corporate Philanthropy — HBS Working Knowledge: A recent research paper shows that enormous events like the Olympics lead to a dramatic, albeit relatively short-term increase in otherwise steady charitable-giving patterns among firms that are headquartered in the event's host city. Natural disasters also have a strong effect on firms' giving patterns, according to the study Punctuated Generosity: How Mega-events and Natural Disasters Affect Corporate Philanthropy in US Communities, which was published in the March issue of Administrative Science Quarterly.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Rumors Of Direct Mail’s Death Greatly Exaggerated | The NonProfit Times

Rumors Of Direct Mail’s Death Greatly Exaggerated | The NonProfit Times: Rumors Of Direct Mail’s Death Greatly Exaggerated
By The NonProfit Times - April 29, 2013

With the ever-growing popularity of e-mail and the Internet, it begs the question: Is direct mail dying? Based on information from Direct Marketing Association (DMA), the answer to that question is a resounding “no.”

That was one of the statistics examined in the “DMA 2013 Statistical Fact Book,” an annual publication based on the results of a survey of hundreds of nonprofits and businesses across the United States and covers a variety of direct-mail related topics.

Giving to charities up nearly �1bn but sector barely grows

Giving to charities up nearly �1bn but sector barely grows: Individual giving to charities increased by �945m in 2010/11, but the voluntary sector on the whole barely managed to grow in real terms as inflation ate away at minor improvements.

The NCVO Civil Society Almanac, released today, also shows that while the sector was steady in real terms, charities cut spending for only the second time on record and by the largest margin since 1996. Inflation meant that a �2bn increase in income to �38.3bn was, in real terms, flat; meanwhile charities cut costs by a real terms figure of �800m.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Strategic Communications | Campaigns and Fundraising Specialists

Strategic Communications | Campaigns and Fundraising Specialists: New research shows that charities must be multichannel when targeting younger generations or face a major donation deficit

London (24 April 2013) — UK not-for-profits are facing a generation gap in fundraising, according to a new report launched today by software and services firm Blackbaud and consultancies Xtraordinary Fundraising and Stratcom.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Angie Moore-Survey Results Are In! (The Real Skinny on Nonprofit Data) : FundRaising Success

Angie Moore-Survey Results Are In! (The Real Skinny on Nonprofit Data) : FundRaising Success: Two weeks ago I used my blog and even my colleagues at The AgitatorOpens in a new window blog to get as many nonprofits as possible to take a 10-minute survey. Why? Well, in early April I had a two-part blog on modeling that was the outcome of me asking experts in the industry four questions about modeling and how it can help those in the nonprofit industry be better fundraisers and marketers.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Study examines nonprofits' expenses - News - Citizens' Voice

Study examines nonprofits' expenses - News - Citizens' Voice: HARRISBURG - A new legislative study examining the financial picture for more than 600 nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania appears as state lawmakers are moving a bill to assert their right to define what a public charity is.

“I Could Make So Much More in the Business Sector!” or Not - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

“I Could Make So Much More in the Business Sector!” or Not - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: The charge of the study was to look at a variety of expenditures for each nonprofit and for-profit service provider “for intellectual disability consolidated (Medicaid) waiver and community-based programs, community-based mental health, child welfare, and drug and alcohol services.” Among other things, they were to compare the compensation of executives (including the 20 highest-paid employees) and lobbying expenses. The study overall is quite interesting, and we recommend it to you. (The highlights of the report can be found here.)

Giving List value up, but proportion down

Giving List value up, but proportion down: The Sunday Times Giving List reveals a near record level of giving by the UK’s richest in cash terms, but rising levels of wealth mean that on the whole, the proportion of wealth being given away has dropped.

The value of the Sunday Times Giving List of 100 of the UK’s wealthiest people increased by 21 per cent year-on-year to reach �1.77bn.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Health Causes Appeal to Aussie Donors - Charity Index | Pro Bono Australia

Health Causes Appeal to Aussie Donors - Charity Index | Pro Bono Australia: The overall amount donated to charity by Australians grew by 2.6% in the year to February 2013 with health causes pulling hardest at donors heartstrings, according to the National Australia Bank’s Charitable Giving Index.

Philanthropy Study: Major Gifts Mostly Local - Newsroom - Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick

Philanthropy Study: Major Gifts Mostly Local - Newsroom - Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick: NDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - For donors and charities, there's no place like home when it comes to very large gifts, according to a new study of publicly announced gifts of $1 million or more released today by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Study details two types of nonprofits - News - The Times-Tribune

Study details two types of nonprofits - News - The Times-Tribune: HARRISBURG - Nearly half of the nonprofit organizations getting state aid to provide human services in Pennsylvania keep compensation for top employees below a $100,000 annual threshold, but that's not always the case for nonprofit hospitals, according to a legislative study released Tuesday.

The study by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee highlights some wide disparities for levels of executive compensation and size of assets between community organizations and general acute care hospitals, both of which can be classified as nonprofits under state law.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Christianity Today Gleanings: More Evangelicals Donate Money Than 'Born-Again' Christians

Christianity Today Gleanings: More Evangelicals Donate Money Than 'Born-Again' Christians: According to Barna, its research shows that more than 3 in 4 evangelical Christians (79 percent) contributed money to a charity or church last year. Meanwhile, only 1 percent of all evangelicals reported making no charitable contribution at all—much less than the national average (13 percent reported no giving) and the average for non-Christian faiths (27 percent reported no giving).

Monday, April 15, 2013

Nonprofit Finance Fund | Where Money Meets Mission

Nonprofit Finance Fund | Where Money Meets Mission: In this year’s survey, nearly 6000 respondents from nonprofits across the country shared the details of how they are adapting their organizations and finances to economic conditions. The survey, which was supported for the third year in a row by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, reveals that 2012 was a year in which organizations either made or planned to make significant changes in order to cope with mounting economic stress. As NFF CEO Antony Bugg-Levine put it, “Nonprofits are changing the way they do business because they have to: government funding is not returning to pre-recession levels, philanthropic dollars are limited, and demand for critical services has climbed dramatically. At the same time, 56 percent of nonprofits plan to increase the number of people served. That goal requires systemic change and innovation– both within the sector, and more broadly as a society that values justice, progress and economic opportunity.”

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Bristol University | News from the University | School of Economics, Finance and Management

Bristol University | News from the University | School of Economics, Finance and Management: Professor Adrian Sargeant from Indiana University and Professor Jen Shang from the University of Bristol conducted an analysis of the UK’s most successful fundraising programmes to establish what factors differentiate outstanding fundraising from good fundraising and which elements contribute to an organisation doubling, trebling or even quadrupling its income.

The analysis included a survey to define the organisations and programmes perceived as having achieved great fundraising together with a series of detailed case studies of organisations as diverse as Save The Children, the British Heart Foundation, The Royal British Legion and the British Red Cross.

Funds Raised Increased at 58 Percent of US and Canadian Charities in 2012 - Press - AFP

Funds Raised Increased at 58 Percent of US and Canadian Charities in 2012 - Press - AFP: San Diego, CA) Nearly six in 10 charities surveyed (58 percent) raised more in 2012 than they did in 2011 from contributions, marking the first time since 2006 that significantly more than half showed such positive results. Last year at this time, 53 percent had raised more.

The research was released at the annual conference of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, a partner in the six-member Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC). This is the third annual report by the NRC and includes response

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Adrian Sargeant argues why getting the right data and researchers is key - Institute of Fundraising

Adrian Sargeant argues why getting the right data and researchers is key - Institute of Fundraising: The recent Money for Good / New Philanthropy Capital report, ‘Understanding Donor Motivation and Behaviour’ should be withdrawn. It fails to add in any way to our knowledge of either topic and worse, provides ‘information’ that could be immensely damaging to the very charities they profess to be trying to help.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Live From AFP: Fundraisers Report Improved Results, Hitting Goals | The NonProfit Times

Live From AFP: Fundraisers Report Improved Results, Hitting Goals | The NonProfit Times: A majority of respondents to the annual Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) study reported improved fundraising during 2012 and nearly two-thirds of them met their fundraising goals. Those meeting goal was the largest percentage since 2006.

Some 58 percent of respondents in the United States and Canada reported gains, up from 53 percent in 2011 and 43 percent in 2010. When it came to meeting goal, 63 percent, the highest share since the NRC started surveys, met goal in 2012. This is up from 52 percent in 2010 and 59 percent in 2011.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Financial Security and Careers in the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector | Independent Sector

Financial Security and Careers in the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector | Independent Sector: Financial Security and Careers in the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector
Key findings from a joint study by the TIAA-CREF Institute and Independent Sector

According to the study - Financial Security and Careers in the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector - about 45 percent of all employees in the sector are not confident with their ability to prepare financially for retirement.

Nearly half of population 'gives to charity at least once a month

Nearly half of population 'gives to charity at least once a month: Poll by the microfinance provider Oikocredit says one in ten gives once a week, but 17 per cent do so less than once a year
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One in 10 people say they give to charity once a week and 47 per cent say they give at least once a month, according to a survey by microfinance provider Oikocredit.

But 17 per cent of people say they give to charity less than once a year.

The survey, which examines the importance of transparent investment to donors, is based on a poll of 2,016 people across the UK.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Poorest people give highest proportion of income to charity, says study

Poorest people give highest proportion of income to charity, says study: The percentage of people who donate has fallen in the downturn, but the average amount given has increased slightly, according to analysis by Professor Yaojun Li

The average amount given by donors to charity has increased during the downturn, but the proportion of those giving fell by seven percentage points, according to a new study.

Professor Yaojun Li, from the Institute for Social Change at the University of Manchester, analysed 105,731 replies to the government's annual Citizenship Survey over the 10 years to 2011.

Charity CEOs not coping well with financial climate, says survey

Charity CEOs not coping well with financial climate, says survey: Over half of interim charity managers say future leaders of the charity sector will come from the business or corporate sector, with a third saying current charity chief executives are not coping well with financial pressures.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

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CEOs Key to Aussie Fundraising - Report | Pro Bono Australia

CEOs Key to Aussie Fundraising - Report | Pro Bono Australia: CEOs are the lynchpin of fundraising, and board members are giving and serving in many ways but few have fundraising as a clear expectation in their governance role or receive any training in it, according to new Australian research.

These are some key findings from an exploratory study aiming to build an evidence base about the role Australian Not for Profit CEOs and boards play in supporting fundraising and development by Alexandra Williamson and Dr Wendy Scaife, from the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

Nonprofit investors expect portfolio growth | Philanthropy North Carolina

Nonprofit investors expect portfolio growth | Philanthropy North Carolina: Nonprofit institutional investors and pension funds expect portfolios to grow in 2013 and over the next three years and five years, a new survey says.

Among 217 institutional investors with combined assets of $123 billion who attended the Commonfund Forum and responded to the third annual Commonfund Investor Outlook Survey, investment in emerging markets also is expected to continue to grow.

Investors’ average forecast for the S&P 500 Index is for growth of 7.9 percent, with a median forecast of 8 percent.

Book Review: Why Philanthropy Matters - WSJ.com

Book Review: Why Philanthropy Matters - WSJ.com: In 2011, a research study conducted by Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy revealed that annual charitable gifts from households whose wealth came from their own business or their family's were no different, on average, from the gifts of those who had inherited their wealth. An earlier version of the study, conducted in 2007, before the onset of the recession, found that current-generation business owners and their relatives were giving three times as much as heirs and heiresses did. Far from holding on to every hard-earned cent, in other words, entreprene

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

ASAE Launching Breakthrough Diversity Tool

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ASAE is launching the first Diversity Inclusion (D I) tool for associations, called the Association Inclusion Index, in late April. The index is an online, interactive, multiple choice survey about D I policies, philosophies, and practices that offers associations strategies and solutions (not scores) for inclusive excellence. It will focus on five key D I domains in associations, which are: Mission and Focus, Roles and Leadership Accountability, Resources, Operations, and Communication and Culture.

The Association Inclusion Index will launch on April 22.

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massnonprofit.org ::: March 24, 2013 — Small nonprofits—those with less than $100,000 in annual revenue—can play a critical role to advance the continuing economic recovery if they have the right financial and strategic support, according to a recently released report that offered specific guidance to nonprofits and their funders.

The report,Small Nonprofits Solving Big Problems, from the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), which provides funding and advisory services to nonprofits, observed that mission returns from capacity and system-building investments can be just as large as those from a program grant.

Giving grows at private foundations | Philanthropy North Carolina

Giving grows at private foundations | Philanthropy North Carolina: Giving by foundations with $1 million to $10 million in assets grew 21.5 percent, while giving fell 0.4 percent for foundations with under $1 million in assets, and was down 1.5 percent for those with $10 million to $50 million in assets.

The preliminary findings are based on grantmaking by 732 clients of Foundation Source, which in May plans to release its 2013 Annual Report on Private Foundations.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Nonprofits Taking Steps to Adapt to 'New Normal', Survey Finds | PND | Foundation Center

Nonprofits Taking Steps to Adapt to 'New Normal', Survey Finds | PND | Foundation Center: Nonprofits Taking Steps to Adapt to 'New Normal', Survey Finds

After years of economic stress, many nonprofit organizations are changing the way they do business in order to adapt to new economic realities, a report from the Nonprofit Finance Fund finds.

According to NFF's 2013 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey (15 pages, PDF), 49 percent of the 5,983 nonprofits that responded to the survey said they have added or expanded their programs or services, while 17 percent have reduced or eliminated programs or services; 39 percent have collaborated with another organization to improve or expand services; 39 percent have upgraded technology to improve organizational efficiency; and 36 percent have engaged more closely with their boards.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Big Mac� Fundraising | The Agitator - Fundraising, Direct Marketing and Advocacy Strategies for Nonprofits

Big Mac� Fundraising | The Agitator - Fundraising, Direct Marketing and Advocacy Strategies for Nonprofits: The Big Mac� Philanthropy Index will officially launch On April 8th. Compiled by the London-based international consultancy The Management Centre (=mc) and a 40 member team from a group of global charities, the new Index is designed to measure the relative philanthropy of countries around the world.

Before the arrival of this new sesame-seeded metric, comparative giving around the globe was measured by The World Giving Index published annually by the UK’s Charities Aid Foundation.

7.4% Of World Workforce In Nonprofits | The NonProfit Times

7.4% Of World Workforce In Nonprofits | The NonProfit Times: The nonprofit workforce makes up on average 7.4 percent of the total workforce in some parts of the world — more than 10 percent in at least six countries. And, the sector has outpaced the overall economy in eight countries, including the United States, according to a new report.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

5 Simple Questions to Ask About Nonprofit Research - Opinion - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

5 Simple Questions to Ask About Nonprofit Research - Opinion - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: As Nonprofit 'Research’ Proliferates, It Must Be Viewed With Healthy Skepticism

In the last decade or so, the number of organizations and academic institutions doing what is billed as “research” on philanthropy has proliferated.

That is, by and large, a good thing, and I have been heartened at the Center for Effective Philanthropy by how hungry foundation leaders are for pragmatic information about what it takes to do a better job. But the rise of so many research groups increases the importance of understanding what—in the slew of reports and articles being e-mailed, tweeted, and otherwise distributed—is based on careful data gathering and analysis and what is not.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Study shows nonprofits carry some financial heft | Local News | Colorado Springs Independent

Study shows nonprofits carry some financial heft | Local News | Colorado Springs Independent: They may not seem like money-magnets, but a new study finds that Pikes Peak region nonprofits comprise the seventh-largest industry locally, with $3.1 billion in annual revenues.

Conducted by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and Summit Economics LLC, with help from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs School of Public Affairs, "Nonprofits Matter – An Economic Force for a Vibrant Community" estimates that local nonprofits have a $1.7 billion economic impact, and help taxpayers avoid higher bills in various arenas.

Special Events: Bigger Proves To Be Better | The NonProfit Times

Special Events: Bigger Proves To Be Better | The NonProfit Times

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Small Grant Makers Lead Gains in Foundation Giving, Says Study - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Small Grant Makers Lead Gains in Foundation Giving, Says Study - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: Foundations with assets under $50-million increased their giving by 9 percent last year, according to preliminary findings of a study of 700 small and midsize grant makers released today.

The smallest grant makers increased their giving the fastest, with foundations worth $1-million to $10-million responsible for most of the increase.

Monday, March 18, 2013

5 Facts About Online Average Gift Size | npENGAGE

5 Facts About Online Average Gift Size | npENGAGE: Here are five facts about online average gift sizes that I hope you’ll love too:

The gift that is giving - Winnipeg Free Press

The gift that is giving - Winnipeg Free Press: Manitobans are more inclined to support registered charities than people of any other Canadian province. This was true in 2011, the most recent year for which the tax returns have been reviewed, and it has been true since the middle of the 1990s.

Mergers and collaborations new trend among area nonprofits - Thehour.com: Norwalk

Mergers and collaborations new trend among area nonprofits - Thehour.com: Norwalk: A report released by the Fairfield County Community Foundation explores the movement and offers recommendations on what makes for a successful nonprofit merger.

"Since 2008, there has definitely been

Friday, March 15, 2013

Two-Thirds of Nonprofits Are Not Hiring or Giving Raises in 2013 - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Two-Thirds of Nonprofits Are Not Hiring or Giving Raises in 2013 - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: Hiring and Pay Are Expected to Remain Flat in East Coast Cities Through 2013

By Maria Di Mento

The sluggish economic recovery continues to keep most nonprofits from giving employees raises or hiring new staff members, according to a study of 6,500 nonprofits in five East Coast metropolitan areas.

Two-thirds of the groups said they planned to maintain current programs without adding staff members or providing pay increases, while one-third said they were conducting restructuring and strategic planning with hopes that they could add programs and jobs in the year ahead.

Charities 'less pessimistic' about the future despite the tough climate, report finds | Third Sector

Charities 'less pessimistic' about the future despite the tough climate, report finds | Third Sector: an Oakley-Smith, a director at PwC, says the latest Managing in a Downturn study shows signs that morale in the sector is improving

Charities are growing less pessimistic about the future despite the tough fundraising environment and a rising demand for services, according to a report published today.

Managing in the 'New Normal' – Adapting to Uncertainty is the sixth in the Managing in a Downturn series produced annually by the Charity Finance Group, the Institute of Fundraising and PwC.

Just Announced at Run Walk Ride: 2012 Top Fundraising Events

Just Announced at Run Walk Ride: 2012 Top Fundraising Events: ive from the Run Walk Ride Fundraising Conference, we present to you the results of the Run Walk Ride Thirty. We’re proud to be the research sponsor for this 2012 report — the only report of its kind in the industry — that ranks the nation’s top fundraising events by revenue.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

60 per cent of the UK give less than �50 a year to charity

60 per cent of the UK give less than �50 a year to charity: A survey of more than 28,500 people in the UK, conducted for New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), has revealed that over 60 per cent give less than �50 a year to charity, but charities could unlock �665m more by communicating better.

A scoping survey was undertaken to identify 3,000 donors to inform NPC’s Money for Good report, published today. It simultaneously found that only 39 per cent of the 28,500 surveyed give �50 or more to charity annually.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Missouri House renews charitable tax credits | ksdk.com

Missouri House renews charitable tax credits | ksdk.com: JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House has passed legislation that would renew tax credits for charitable causes such as food pantries and centers for pregnant woman.

The vote Wednesday by the House puts the legislation just one final step from the governor's desk. The Senate previously passed the bill and must give it another vote.

NEW REPORT: The State of Global Civil Society & Volunteering – Latest findings from the implementation of the UN Nonprofit Handbook � Center for Civil Society Studies

NEW REPORT: The State of Global Civil Society & Volunteering – Latest findings from the implementation of the UN Nonprofit Handbook � Center for Civil Society Studies: Today, we are happy to announce the release of our new report, “The State of Global Civil Society and Volunteering – Latest findings from the implementation of the UN Nonprofit Handbook,” which compares data from the 16 countries that have produced nonprofit satellite accounts. Please see the news release below. You can also see an infographic here, and you can download the full, 16-page report here.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Donors still lack confidence in digital giving, survey finds

Donors still lack confidence in digital giving, survey finds: Polly Gowers of Give as you Live, which polled 8,000 people, says the research will help charities to focus their resources in the right places

Digital giving channels are playing an increasingly important role in inspiring donations, but donors do not feel confident enough to give significant amounts of money through them, according to a survey of online charity supporters.

New Philanthropy Capital report urges charities to share approaches to impact measurement

New Philanthropy Capital report urges charities to share approaches to impact measurement: Blueprint for Shared Measurement, written by Eibhlin Ni Ogain, calls on charities and social enterprises to collaborate more

Charities should adopt shared methods of measuring impact and thus develop a common understanding of how to address social problems, according to a report by New Philanthropy Capital.

The report, Blueprint for Shared Measurement, published today, encourages charities and social enterprises that are working towards similar goals to collaborate and avoid duplication in the way they measure the outcomes of their interventions.

Despite Recession, Philanthropy Strong in Boston Area, Report Finds | PND | Foundation Center

Despite Recession, Philanthropy Strong in Boston Area, Report Finds | PND | Foundation Center: Despite Recession, Philanthropy Strong in Boston Area, Report Finds

While effects of the Great Recession are likely to linger for years, if not decades, households and estates in the Boston area are on track to give anywhere between $600 billion and $1 trillion to charity by 2061, a report funded by the Boston Foundation finds.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Report: Charities See Only 35 Cents For Each Dollar Raised � CBS Detroit

Report: Charities See Only 35 Cents For Each Dollar Raised � CBS Detroit: LANSING (WWJ) - A new report from the State Attorney General’s Office says the middleman that charities use to solicit donations is actually getting more money than the charities themselves.

The state’s first annual Professional Fundraising Charitable Solicitation Report found that charities collect an average of only thirty-five cents for every dollar raised by professional fundraisers soliciting donations in Michigan.

70 per cent of sector staff surveyed find chugging 'appalling and damaging'

70 per cent of sector staff surveyed find chugging 'appalling and damaging': A majority of charity sector staff have told the Directory of Social Change that chugging is “appalling and damaging”.

The Directory Social Change (DSC) anonymously quizzed around 300 charity staff members at all levels on face-to-face fundraising, asking them if it was “brilliant and effective”, “irritating but necessary”, or “ap

Thursday, March 07, 2013

India Philanthropy Report 2013 - Bain Report - Bain & Company - Publications

India Philanthropy Report 2013 - Bain Report - Bain & Company - Publications: A major focus of the India Philanthropy Report 2013 is to delve deeper into how charitable organisations assess the impact of their work, and how they can better communicate that impact to donors. We believe that this theme is relevant to all stakeholders within the philanthropic ecosystem and is critical to both optimising the outcomes of philanthropy and boosting confidence among donors. For giving to grow to its full potential in India, it will be of paramount importance to ensure that donors and recipients have a common language and common goals around results.

European Fundraising Association reports on fundraising trends across 17 countries | UK Fundraising

European Fundraising Association reports on fundraising trends across 17 countries | UK Fundraising: Fundraising in Europe now

Despite the growth of many new forms of fundraising, such as face-to-face, digital and telephone fundraising, the report confirms that the largest single source of voluntary income in Europe remains direct mail.

Younger Donors Propel Church Fundraising Increases - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

Younger Donors Propel Church Fundraising Increases - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: Younger Donors Propel Church Fundraising Increases

By Raymund Flandez

Nearly two-thirds of churches increased donations from 2010 to 2011, a sign that they are beginning to emerge from the financial downturn, according to a new study.

Churches that chalked up the biggest increases were those that relied primarily on donors under age 55, the study found.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The 2012 Charitable Giving Report

Fundraising Well - February 2013: The 2012 Charitable Giving Report
by Steve MacLaughlin

The 2012 Charitable Giving Report includes 24 months of overall giving data from 3,144 nonprofit organizations representing $7.9 billion in total fundraising. The report also includes online giving data from 2,581 nonprofits representing $512 million in online fundraising. It is the largest analysis of overall and online giving trends in the nonprofit sector.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

People give to the charities that show donations make a difference | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional

People give to the charities that show donations make a difference | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional: VSN: Impact and effectiveness hub

People give to the charities that show donations make a difference

Evidence of the difference a charity makes is one of the main things supporters consider, a new survey shows

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Global charitable giving could reach �146bn by 2030, says Charities Aid Foundation report | Third Sector

Global charitable giving could reach �146bn by 2030, says Charities Aid Foundation report | Third Sector: John Low, chief executive of CAF, says governments and the voluntary sector should tap into the potential of the world's emerging economies

Global charitable giving from middle class people could rise to �146bn by 2030 if they donate as much to charity as those in the UK, says new research from the Charities Aid Foundation.

Future World Giving: unlocking the potential of global philanthropy, launched today at the House of Commons, says the increase could be achieved if governments and the voluntary sector are able to tap into the giving potential of the world’s emerging economies.