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 …


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 …


British Officials Fear Terrorists Hijacking Charities

November 13, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Director Duties, Grantmaking, News, Nonprofits

The Charity Commission, a British government watchdog for charities, is formally investigating 86 British aid organizations to determine whether their charitable funds have been hijacked by terrorists in Iraq and Syria to finance military operations. The Commission fears that extremists are smuggling from the aid groups when the groups are distributing donated cash and equipment …


Nonprofits Subject to Email Phishing Attacks

November 12, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in News, Nonprofits, Scams

On October 29, many received an email from Christopher Oechsli, president of Atlantic Philanthropies, saying the New York foundation was planning on randomly giving away $1 million. The email stated that recipients should consider themselves to be “lucky individuals.” Unfortunately for these email recipients, the foundation, which announced plans to stop its operations by 2020, …


Red Cross Responds to Mismanagement Reports

November 6, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Donations, News, Nonprofits

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 Affairs Officer for the Red Cross, responded to that investigation. DeFrancis explained that the investigation …


Media Declares Botched Red Cross Responses

November 3, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Donations, News, Nonprofits

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 storm relief. Did the donations go to waste? According to a joint investigation by ProPublica …