Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
- 7.0 Earthquake Hits Haiti
- Are Text Donations Safe?
- Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti Foundation
- The Obama Budget and Charitable Tax Deductions
- Non-Profit CEO Pay and Government Funding
- Help the Victims of the Deadly Cyclone in Myanmar
- Crisis Giving: Cyclone, Earthquake, Tornados and Fires
- Beware of Scam Charities Popping Up
- Help Victims of the Pakistani Flood
- Tips, Tips And More Tips For Funding Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
- Expand and Improve our Products
- Broaden Donor Utilization
- Increase and Diversify our Funding
- Become a 4-Star Charity
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Ken Berger discusses how charities are doing in the recession on Fox Business News.
Here are the charitable giving trends that Ken discussed on the show:
- Individual charitable giving remains strong and is anticipated to be at the same level as last year (that is roughly $230 billion!). This is the bright spot in an otherwise difficult environment for charities. Americans remain recession resistant in their charitable giving!
- Corporate and foundation giving declined last year and is anticipated to remain lower than in prior years due to lower revenues and investment income as well as a very conservative view on cash flow given uncertainty.
- Government funding of nonprofits is shrinking as state governments are forced to cut back. This is especially challenging for safety net charities that rely heavily on government contracts and grants. When the stimulus money runs out, this situation could get even worse.
- Challenges continue for museum and arts organizations as people are focusing more on immediate needs of their local communities.
- Religious organizations are also beginning to see some signs of cutbacks in giving but overall continue to get the largest share of individual donations.
- International organizations in Haiti are hoping to see an influx of support to address that countries long term challenges, but do not expect to see anything like the initial outpouring of support. However, they are hopeful that people who gave this past January will give once again during the holiday season.
- Charities that offer donors a specific opportunity to help people like DonorsChoose (funding a specific need in a classroom in a school) or Kiva (providing a micro-loan to help a poor person start a business) continue to grow in popularity.
- Charities that consistently measure the impact of their work – such as Nurse-Family Partnership – continue to grow in popularity as donors look for evidence of results and not just anecdotes (stories) and good marketing.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
In lieu of a Jan. 1 update we have done a 12/22 update. We’ve posted new ratings for 306 charities including:
- Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
- Center for National Policy
- Hale House
- Safe Kids Worldwide
- The Wild Foundation
And we’ve added 16 more charities to our site including:
- Coalition to Support America's Heroes
- The Presidential Prayer Team
- ShelterBox USA
- The Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation
And we now reviewed the accountability & transparency practices for more than 2000 charities.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Did you know?
- You must keep a bank record or written communication from a charity including the charity's name, along with the date and amount of your contribution, in order to deduct a cash contribution.
- Donations to the nation's 400 biggest charities dropped 11% in 2009. This decline was nearly four times as great as the next biggest annual decrease of 2.8% in 2001, when charities also struggled to raise money from recession-battered donors. Sadly, these large charities say that they don't expect to fair much better in 2010.
- According to the Census Bureau, 43.6 million people lived in poverty in 2009 which was up from 39.8 million in 2008.
- Charity Navigator users gave 360% more through our site in January 2010, when the earthquake hit Haiti, than January 2009.
- A recent survey of charitable organizations in 10 countries around the world revealed that demand for services is rising faster than donations.
- One in eight people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water. Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people annually that all forms of violence (including war).
Visit our site for more holiday inspired factoids. Then share them with your family over the holidays to impress them with your philanthropic knowledge!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
You get a tax-deduction and the recipient (relative, friend, client or coworker) has the opportunity to support his/her favorite charity. Together you make a difference and feel good this holiday season.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Last week, our partner, Network for Good, released a study about online giving. The research took a look at $381 million in online giving through Network for Good, including $3.6 million gifts to 66,470 different nonprofits from 2003-2009.
Here are some of the major points from this new, important research:
- Online giving spikes during the month of December and large-scale disasters. During disasters, donors are more likely to consider new giving options, while in December, they’re more likely to give based on relationships with the charities.
- A third of all online giving occurs in December, and 22% of annual giving happens in the last two days of the year.
- Online giving (by dollars) on December 31 is concentrated between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in each time zone.
- Online giving happens largely between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, with a noticeable drop in giving during the noon (lunch) hour.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
On January 12 from 8:00 am -11:30 am at the Woodbridge Hilton (Iselin, NJ) guest speaker, Alex Plinio (from Rutgers University) will speak on “The Critical Role of Ethics for Nonprofit Leaders.” During the symposium, onprofit professionals will learn new approaches to Leadership, Fundraising and Services.
To RSVP, contact Sally Glick at 973-994-9494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Simply copy and paste the code from our site into yours to post this:
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
"I think it's important that charities protect their brand, but on the other hand, I don't think the donors' intent in giving their money was to fund a turf war. It's very important that Komen treads carefully and is very transparent about how they're spending money on these legal battles."
What do you think? Have you donated to Komen or another breast cancer charity? Are you disappointed to hear that Komen has used some of its resources to fund these legal battles? Or do you think charities should aggressively protect their brands?
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Take our short survey now.
Monday, December 6, 2010
- SickKids Foundation (the group that caused the controversy that lead to this Bill being introduced)
- Imagine Canada (a Canadian charity umbrella group that is against both the cap and salary disclosure)
- Canadian Bar Association
- Association of Fundraising Professionals
- Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
- Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
- Teach for America
- Civil War Preservation Trust
- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
- Dayton Ballet
And we've added 2 new charities to our site: