Monday, July 26, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
On the flip side, the story includes an interview with the American Heart Association. They point out that without donations they couldn’t provide any of their charitable programs and services. So, they have to communicate with current and potential donors if they want to continue their work. But they also say that they do comply with anyone’s wish to stop receiving solicitations. You just need to let them know and they'll delete you from their database.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Charity Navigator’s president & CEO, Ken Berger, is a member of the Alliance for Effective Social Investing. This organization’s mission is to drive more funds to high performing nonprofit organizations by helping donors adopt sound social investing practices. The group is reviewing its membership policy and is looking for some help from those who might want to join. If that is of interest to you, then please read the following message from the Alliance:
The Alliance for Effective Social Investment is collecting feedback from current members and other stakeholders in effective social investment to better define the Alliance’s strategic priorities and membership policy. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts and help shape the way ahead for the Alliance for Effective Social Investment.
All you need to do is follow this link that will take you right to the survey. Please take 10-15 minutes to fill in the survey until Friday, July 23. The findings will be discussed at the upcoming Alliance meeting end of July and acted on by current members.
Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate your interest and support. Feel free to invite others to participate in the survey as well and contact us should you have any questions or suggestions.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
We’ve all opened our mailbox to find a charity appeal stuffed with address labels, trinkets and even money. Most donors find this incredibly frustrating. We want our contributions spent on the charity’s mission, not on expensive mailings. In USA Today, our president & CEO, Ken Berger, said it this way "whether its money, junk or knick, knack, paddy whack, we don't want it. We want to see charities using every nickel, penny and dime we send them." But Melissa Brown, associate director of research at the Center on Philanthropy, points out that charities “wouldn't do it if it didn't work."
What do you think about these mailings? Have you received a mailing with money? Did it motivate you to support the charity or to refrain from sending the charity another donation? Take our poll and let us know.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
More recently, the foundation has made an even bolder move. It plans to spend its entire endowment and close shop by 2020. Why this dramatic course of action? Because Mr. Feeney and the foundation believe in Giving While Living – the concept that major problems can be solved sooner and more easily if we make investments in solutions now.
But the foundation doesn’t want to stop there. They hope to inspire others to embrace this philosophy. To assist with that effort, they’ve published a report, Turning Passion Into Action: Giving While Living, that discusses the impact of giving in this way as well as tips for donors who are interested in putting this concept into practice. It even includes a slide show of several donors who embrace this philosophy.
What do you think? Is “Giving While Living” a good idea for the sector? Do you practice this concept?
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
If you visit our site to check out those charities, then you’ll notice a red ‘donor advisory’ alert. If you click on it, then you’ll find information about the NY AG’s investigation. While this additional information does not impact the charity’s rating, we think it is important enough that donors should take it into account when considering supporting one of these charities.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
You can lean more about this significant change to our rating system by checking the following:
Our July update includes new evaluations for 676 charities, including those for Homes for Our Troops (4 stars), The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (3 stars), Grassroot Soccer (2 stars), Kids Wish Network (1 star), and Coalition Against Breast Cancer (zero stars). We have also added 9 new charities, including: Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (4 Stars), The National Center for Family Homelessness (3 stars) and Heart for Africa (2 stars).
Please also check out the new Top 10 lists.
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