Posts Categorized: 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 be “distort[ing] organization priorities” and may “dilute charitable values.” According to the author, Garry W. …

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GuideStar Looks Toward Second Revolution

November 18, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Donations, Fundraising, News, Nonprofits

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 it the organization’s second revolution: “nonprofit transparency that drives nonprofit effectiveness.” The new plan includes …

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UnKoch My Campus

November 17, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Fundraising, News, Nonprofits

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. Since 2005, the brothers have donated nearly $50 million to 254 colleges nationwide according to …

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Donations to Ebola Fight Trickling In

October 21, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Donations, Fundraising, News, Nonprofits

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 the funding received by the American Red Cross to date for its Ebola efforts has …

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First Ice-Bucket Challenge Money Allocated

October 10, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Fundraising, News, Nonprofits

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 newsfeed. Deciding what to do with the windfall presented a challenge to the Association as …

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Emailing Canadians? Read this First

October 9, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Fundraising, News, Nonprofits

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 your nonprofit is simply emailing to request a donation then the law doesn’t apply. But …

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