Friday, August 1, 2008

Charity News Roundup

Here is some charity news from the past week.

  • In an effort to raise money for The Children’s High Level Group charity, J.K. Rowling’s “The Tales of Beedle and Bard” will be published for charity.
  • A study by the Corporation for National and Community Services reveals that the national volunteer rate fell in 2007 for the second year in a row and Miami has been listed with the lowest ranking of the 50 US cities evaluated.
  • Giving circles are informal groups of grass-root philanthropy that collectively award tens of millions of dollars a year to community-based causes, according to the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.
  • A report finds that nearly three-fourths of charities do some kind of advocacy or lobbying, but the vast majority of them spend less than 2 percent of their budgets to such activities. The charities that conducted no advocacy or lobbying activities, 70 percent said staff members did not have enough time.

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