Category Archives: Fundraising

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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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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UnKoch My Campus

Students at almost 30 colleges are holding protests, demanding: “UnKoch My Campus!” They want more transparency from their colleges about the academic influence they feel billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have “bought” with their sizable donations to the schools. … 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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First Ice-Bucket Challenge Money Allocated

Who knew getting people to pour cold water over their heads could be so profitable? It may be hard to believe, but the ALS Association took in $115 million over the summer thanks to the ice-bucket challenge clogging your Facebook … Continue reading

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Emailing Canadians? Read this First

Does your organization send fundraising emails to Canadians? Before you hit send, make sure that the correspondence is compliant with Canada’s new Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), which went into effect on July 1, 2014. CASL doesn’t apply to all emails. If … 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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Prostate Cancer Foundation Rejects Donations Linked to Hacked Photos

The Prostate Cancer Foundation, which funds prostate cancer research globally, recently returned donations totaling $8,000. The donations were raised in connection with a post that was set up on Reddit to disseminate and view hacked nude celebrity photos. Viewers were … Continue reading

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Nonprofits Use Gambling to Help People Save Money

Most people would rather buy a lottery ticket than put money in a savings account. But Doorways to Dream, a nonprofit organization that aims to create savings innovations for lower-income individuals, is helping people essentially do both with its Save … Continue reading

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Does the Ice Bucket Challenge Leave You Cold?

It is likely that videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on their heads has filled up your Facebook and other social media newsfeeds in the past few months. And not just anyone. Participants include Bill Gates, LeBron James, … Continue reading

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