Category Archives: Donations

Are Nonprofits “Follow the Money” Obsessed?

Have the leaders of nonprofits been overly incentivized to “follow the money,” resulting in a troubling shift in the composition of boards? The answer is yes according to a recent article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The trend may … Continue reading

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Biggest Donations of 2014 Announced

While the two biggest charitable donations in 2014 came from men over 80, the top 10 biggest donors reinforced young technology wealth as an important player in philanthropy. The list includes large donations from Nicholas Woodman, the founders of GoPro … Continue reading

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Proposed SUN Act Requires Increased Nonprofit Transparency

Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) recently introduced the Sunlight for Unaccountable Nonprofits Act (The SUN Act), which would require that already public information about nonprofits (specifically, that included on their annual information returns) be made available to the public at no … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

Maybe a better question is, What is a name worth? If you’re the family of Avery Fisher and New York’s Lincoln Center, a name is worth at least $15 million … and perhaps $100 million or more. For years, Lincoln … Continue reading

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IRS Top Tips for Year-End Charitable Donations

As individuals and businesses get ready to make their year-end charitable donations, the IRS provides its top tips about giving: 1. If you are making a charitable contribution of clothing and household items (e.g., furniture, furnishings, electronics), they must generally … Continue reading

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GuideStar Looks Toward Second Revolution

After 20 years in business, GuideStar wants a facelift. The nonprofit information database (which you probably know as the place to find an organization’s Form 990) wants to execute a new strategic plan that it calls Guidestar 2020. GuideStar calls … Continue reading

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Red Cross Responds to Mismanagement Reports

We told you earlier this week about a joint investigation by NPR and ProPublica into the mismanagement of the American Red Cross’ responses to Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy in 2012. In an interview with PBS NewsHour, Suzy DeFrancis, Chief Public … Continue reading

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Media Declares Botched Red Cross Responses

After two major hurricanes hit the east coast in 2012, many responded in a typical fashion – by donating to the American Red Cross. Indeed, the Red Cross received hundreds of millions of dollars in donations to assist with the … Continue reading

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Donations to Ebola Fight Trickling In

Have you donated to efforts working to halt the Ebola epidemic? If not, you’re not alone. The Washington Postreports that charitable giving to such efforts has been far less than that for other major disasters. For example, almost all of … Continue reading

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Twitter Experiments with “Buy” Button

Would you donate money through a “buy” button on Twitter? The social-media platform recently announced that it is starting to test the waters. The aim is to create a Twitter-based “convenient and easy, hopefully even fun” shopping experience. Seven nonprofits … Continue reading

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