Thursday, July 21, 2016

Foundation Center Expands Access to Social Sector Knowledge With New Site

New York, NY — July 21, 2016. The Foundation Center has launched a newly redesigned website that gives people worldwide faster and greater access to the most comprehensive information about philanthropy available. Powered by advanced search technology, the new mines multiple databases and web properties in order to retrieve the most relevant and up-to-date results — a new entry point to Foundation Center's vast stores of knowledge from and about the global social sector.

With an open, modern design, the reconfigured site also reflects Foundation Center's mission to increase transparency in philanthropy and broaden access to the resources and innovative solutions people need to change the world. Whether a visitor is looking for a quick answer or investigating a complex issue, the enhanced site makes it easier to explore Foundation Center’s extensive, curated data and knowledge and discover sources of insight from around the world.

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Facebook now lets users start fundraising pages for nonprofits

Expanding its focus on charitable giving, Facebook is now letting users start standalone Pages where they can raise money for charity. The new feature, launched yesterday, lets ordinary people collect donations for the US-based 501(c)3 nonprofit of their choice, set fundraising goals, and let their friends and followers know why they should give.

"Fundraisers allow nonprofit supporters to set up a dedicated page to share their story, tell others about a nonprofit’s mission, and rally around a fundraising goal," reads the announcement post on the Nonprofits on Facebook page.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) to meet July 19

The Charleston Association of Grant Professionals will meet Tuesday, July 19 from 5:45 - 7:30 pm in the auditorium of the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. in Charleston.

The presenter will be  Catherine Ksenzak, CGMS, Grants Manager, Charleston County Budget Department.

Catherine will share "Grant Budgeting Tips" including steps in developing a grant budget, common budgeting mistakes and how to avoid them, basic categories and components of grant budgets, and much more.

Ms. Ksenzak has been with the County and in her current position since 1995. As Grants Manager, she is responsible for evaluating the post-award financial aspects of the county's 100+ grant projects to ensure complliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies.

Please don't miss this sure-to-be very informative program!

Friday, July 8, 2016

14 Innovative Online Fundraising Ideas For Nonprofits & Charities

By Tina Jepson

Online fundraising is one of the most popular ways for nonprofits to raise money.

According to the M+R Benchmarks study, online giving grew 13% from 2014 to 2015, and monthly online giving increased by 32%. Online fundraising is a technique expected to continue growing well into the future.

Maybe your nonprofit hasn’t yet developed an online fundraising plan. Or, you do fundraise online, but are looking for a new, creative approach. Either way, here’s a list of some innovative online fundraising ideas that you can use to attract donors to your nonprofit.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Direct Mail Solicitation in Five (Easy) Steps

Think back to the last time something in the mailbox made you act. Maybe it was an offer that you just couldn’t pass up. Ask yourself—what caused you to take action? Something had to catch your eye in the first place to get you to read that special offer.

Now it’s time to build a direct mail piece that has the same outcome. But even if you have the best offer, there’s much more that goes into a direct mail piece to make it effective.

Keep in mind that we don’t use the term “easy” lightly around here (hence the parentheticals in our title). You’ll still need to put in the work to reap the rewards of your efforts. However, breaking it into these steps will make it a much easier and smoother process.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Undermining of American Charity


            By Lewis B. Cullman and Ray Madoff
            New York Review of Books

Our backgrounds may be relevant to the criticisms we make here of a major flaw in the financing of charities today. Lewis Cullman is a New York philanthropist who, at the age of ninety-seven, has given away over 90 percent of his wealth to charitable causes. Ray Madoff is a professor of law at Boston College and the director of a think tank on philanthropy at Boston College Law School who has written—as has Lewis Cullman—about the ways by which the tax system grants benefits to donors to private foundations without ensuring that those donations are put to charitable use.1

 We now write because we are alarmed about a major new force that has entered the field of charitable giving. It has so far been hardly noticed by the general public. But now it is threatening to undermine the American system for funding charity. This force is the commercial “donor-advised fund,” the fastest-growing, but still largely unknown, charitable vehicle.2 Donor-advised funds (or DAFs) give donors all of the tax benefits of charitable giving while imposing no obligation that the money be put to active charitable use.
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         Ray Madoff, a Professor at Boston College Law School, is the cofounder and Director of the Boston College Law School Forum on Philanthropy and the Public Good. She is the author of Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead.
 (July 2016)

        Lewis B. Cullman is a retired business owner and philanthropist who serves on many not-for-profit boards. He is the author of Can’t Take It with You: The Art of Making and Giving Money. (July 2016)     

Thursday, June 30, 2016

What to PUT in Your Newsletter

By Kivi Leroux Miller

Puzzling over what makes really good newsletter content, especially in email?
It’s really not that hard.
People like email content that is Personal, Useful or Timely . . . or PUT.

Make your newsletter more Personal by:
Sending from a real person with a functioning reply-to address.
Segmenting your mailing list so you can send people content that’s more relevant to them.
Merging in personal information like a first name or last gift amount.

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