Posts tagged philanthropy

Survey Shows Overall Giving During 2010 Holiday Season to Exceed $48 Billion as 74 Percent of US Adults Plan to Give | Convio

Online giving alone is estimated to account for more than $6 billion, an increase of more than 30 percent from the same period in 2009.

Encouraging news for the non-profit sector.

Via problemsolver:

emergentfutures:

What’s Next for Philanthropy: Acting Bigger and Adapting Better in a Networked World
Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,  What’s Next for Philanthropy argues that while the cutting edge of  philanthropic innovation over the last decade has been mostly about  improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and responsiveness of  individual organizations, the next practices of the coming 10 years will  have to build on those efforts to include an additional focus on  coordination and adaption — acting bigger and adapting better.

Via problemsolver:

emergentfutures:

What’s Next for Philanthropy: Acting Bigger and Adapting Better in a Networked World

Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, What’s Next for Philanthropy argues that while the cutting edge of philanthropic innovation over the last decade has been mostly about improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and responsiveness of individual organizations, the next practices of the coming 10 years will have to build on those efforts to include an additional focus on coordination and adaption — acting bigger and adapting better.

Who Gives, Why Do They Give, How Do They Give to Nonprofits?

This news release summarizes findings from Russ Reid’s “Heart of the Donor” study of donor motivation and behavior. Some good statistics here, especially regarding giving in response to the Haiti disaster. Other information, such as, “if the goal of a nonprofit is to effectively target today’s best donors, then they should focus significant and smart attention on the donors giving the most money – seniors and boomers,” reinforces fundamental fund-raising practices.

Russ Reid’s report, unveiled and discussed today at the Direct Marketing Association Nonprofit Federation conference in NYC, can be obtained at http://heartofthedonor.com.

[hat tip to The Chronicle of Philanthropy (@Philanthropy) and Raymund Flandez (@raymundf23)]

40 Wealthy American Families Vow to Give Chunk of Their Fortunes to Charity -- Philanthropy.com

"Forty of America’s richest families have committed to the Giving Pledge, an effort by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett to encourage billionaires to provide at least half their money to charity.”

Related: Post from June with link to Fortune magazine story describing the giving challenge.

Funding should NOT be a popularity contest.

Arts Groups Are All A-Twitter Over [American Express] Grant Money — NYT ArtsBeat blog

*sigh*

Also see: 

  • February post in which I express my concerns, arising from the Chase Community Giving and Pepsi Refresh contests, among others, regarding matters of “popularity” (read: shamelessly seeking votes online for funding) and the dissolution of grantmaker/grantee relationships.
  • Related posts: about Target’s online charitable initiatives and an April NPR story.

[There are times when I truly miss wearing the director of development (fundraising) “hat” on the staff of a non-profit organization. This would not be one of them.]

The $600 billion challenge -- Fortune Magazine

dachesterfrench:

This is so cool.

This Fortune story is the best one I’ve read so far about the Buffett-Gates Giving Pledge challenge.

More about the pledge effort here.

Glad to share Pepsi's Refresh Everything toolkit (click here to view the PDF)

Today’s the first day to submit ideas for potential projects to be considered for Pepsi grant support. For FAQs and additional information about Pepsi’s grant program, visit the Pepsi Refresh Project’s "How It Works" section of refresheverything.com

Another #philanthropy special section: Today, it’s the NYT’s.

@ssstrom's "everyday donor" piece is a highlight.