Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Community Foundation Atlas Now Available -- Most Comprehensive Dataset About Community Foundations Just Published

New York, NY — October 20, 2014. Today at the 2014 Fall Conference for Community Foundations, an international research collaboration unveiled the "Community Foundation Atlas," the most comprehensive directory of the world's community foundation movement that has ever been published. The online platform, available, maps the identities, locations, assets, roles and achievements of place-based philanthropies around the world.
Among the key findings:

The global community foundation movement is gaining momentum. Embracing an inclusive definition of "community philanthropy" field, the Atlas has identified 1,827 place-based foundations in 67 countries. While the movement began 100 years ago, the last three decades have seen explosive growth. In just the past 14 years, the number of known community foundations and community philanthropies nearly doubled, growing from approximately 1,000 in 2000 to more than 1,800 in 2014.

As Wealthy Give Smaller Share of Income to Charity, Middle Class Digs Deeper

By Alex Daniels
Chronicle of Philanthropy

As the recession lifted, poor and middle class Americans dug deeper into their wallets to give to charity, even though they were earning less. At the same time, according to a new Chronicle analysis of tax data, wealthy Americans earned more, but the portion of the income they gave to charity declined.
 The Chronicle study found that Americans give, on average, about 3 percent of their income to charity, a figure that has not budged significantly for decades. However, that figure belies big differences in giving patterns between the rich and the poor.
Using the IRS data, The Chronicle was able to track gifts to charity at the state, county, metropolitan-area, and ZIP code levels. The data were for gifts to charity among taxpayers who itemize deductions on their tax forms. It captured $180-billion that was given to charity in 2012, or about 80 percent of the total amount given to charity as tabulated by "Giving USA."

Monday, October 20, 2014

Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) to meet Oct. 21

The Charleston Association of Grant Professionals will meet Tuesday, October 21 in the auditorium of the Charleston County Public Library from 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.

The speaker will be Amanda Holling, Business Librarian, Charleston County Public Library.  Her topic will be Demonstration of Research Databases with Information for Nonprofit Grant Writers”

Amanda will demonstrate databases such as the DemographicsNow which has lots of easy-to-find demographics & statistics that would be helpful for grant writing,

Other databases demonstrated include the Small Business Reference Center (SBRC) and Business Source Premiere. SBRC has the full text of several of the Nolo Press books including a couple on fundraising and running nonprofits.  Business Source Premiere has a large number of trade journal articles including journals covering the nonprofit sector. 

If time allows, we will also have a “Q&A Session” to address questions on grant writing.
Hope you can be with us tomorrow night and enjoy Mary Jo’s Annual Delicious Halloween Treats!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

US Charitable Aid Lags in West Africa’s Ebola Fight

Voice of America

Despite the U.S. government’s widespread effort to fight Ebola in West Africa, with thousands of troops and hundreds of millions of dollars, the private sector has shown little enthusiasm for charitable giving to the beleaguered region.

A few individuals and organizations have shown largesse. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan recently pledged $25 million of the couple’s Facebook fortune to the CDC Foundation to combat the virus. Earlier, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundationcommitted $50 million to international efforts, and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen’s family foundationdonated at least $20 million.

However, for most Americans, Ebola is "on our news radar, but it doesn’t seem to be on our philanthropic radar," said Patrick Rooney, associate dean of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Since March, the virus ravaging West Africa has killed more than 4,500 and sickened at least twice as many, almost entirely in Guinea, Sierra Leone and especially Liberia. While recent infections in the United States have brought home the disease’s worldwide threat, to date “overall giving in this disaster has been pretty low – particularly by households and corporations,” Rooney said.

He and other experts attribute the tepid response to several factors:  Americans’ limited familiarity with the continent, uncertainty about how best to help, and a perception among some potential donors that the U.S. government already is responding sufficiently on their behalf.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

11 nonprofits showcased at S.C. Federal Credit Union Foundation Fair

From Moultrie News

South Carolina Federal Credit Union Foundation is pleased to host 11 nonprofits to showcase the role of corporate giving and power of employee engagement. The event will be held Thursday, Nov. 16 from 4-8 p.m. at the corporate headquarters, 6265 Rivers Ave.

In conjunction with the 2014 International Credit Union Day and its theme, “Local Service, Global Good,” the evening will offer opportunities for involvement in each of its featured nonprofits.

The 11 nonprofit partners include: American Red Cross – Carolina Lowcountry Chapter, American Red Cross – Columbia Region, Lowcountry Food Bank, Lowcountry Orphan Relief, MUSC Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Trident United Way, United Way of the Midlands, Georgetown County United Way, Water Missions International, Eagle Harbor Ranch and the South Carolina Federal Employee Relief Fund.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nonprofits Must Show How They Serve the Common Good

By Mark Rosenman
In "The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Nonprofit organizations and foundations have to make hard strategic choices about how and where to take action as problems grow worse and resources are stretched even thinner. Essentially, they need to think about their distinctive societal role in considering their options.

organizations seeking ways to do good: social-benefit corporations, for-profits owned by nonprofits, groups offering social-impact bonds and market-financing schemes, and other efforts that have increasingly blurred the lines between nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

Based on findings from years of personal polling from the back seats of taxicabs around the nation, I've found the public thinks that nonprofit organizations are characterized by volunteerism, sacrifice, and donations from rich and poor—all in service to those in dire need. But that’s clearly not true for much of the charitable world. What, for instance, makes a nonprofit day care center different from a for-profit one across the street?

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Wells Fargo donates to 19 nonprofits in 'day of giving'

From The Savannah Morning News

Wells Fargo employees have picked 19 nonprofits across Savannah for $1,000 grants as the bank’s Days of Giving program celebrates its fifth anniversary in Savannah. The program allows employees to honor groups that are helping in their local communities.

“The collective work of these 19 nonprofits makes a huge impact in our communities,” said Olga Lopez, area president for Wells Fargo. “Our community has a variety of needs, and we are honored to support these groups in their efforts to change Savannah for the better — one step at a time.”

The following groups received their checks Wednesday at a community breakfast at Woodville-Tompkins Career High School, 151 Coach Joe Turner St.:

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