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Monday, October 18, 2021

National Estate Planning Awareness Week — The tax-savvy way to give


How do legacy gifts and stocks make the most impact?

There are many ways to support charities you care most about. And here at FreeWill, we are dedicated to providing resources to increase the impact you can make.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Charity Fraud Awareness Week: Do your research and exercise caution

From October 18 - 22, Charity Navigator, along with others in the philanthropic, nonprofit, and finance communities, will observe Charity Fraud Awareness Week. This annual event, now in its 6th year, brings together regulators, nonprofits, and donors in raising awareness of fraud within the charitable space, and encourages the sharing of information and resources that will help eliminate or drastically reduce the number of occurrences of fraud and its victims. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Intentional Giving Strategies: Make a Plan for Your Holiday Giving

The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University reported on the findings of the Giving USA Annual Report on Philanthropy, which showed that individuals, bequests, foundations and corporations gave an estimated $471.44 billion to U.S. charities. Giving by individuals increased by 2.2% in 2020, making up an estimated total of $324.10 billion.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Encompass By the Numbers: What the Ratings Reveal

Authored by Moustafa Elshaabiny, Senior Software Engineer, and Stephen Rockwell, Chief Ratings Technology Officer at Charity Navigator, who leads the team of charity analysts, program specialists, and development engineers that launched the new Encompass rating methodology and criteria.

The Encompass Rating System reached an important milestone last month, transitioning out of beta and into its own as an evaluation system of nonprofit organizations. Over the last 18 months developing Encompass, the Charity Navigator team heard from thousands of donors who made it clear that they want to make a difference with their contributions. Encompass helps donors assess the impact and community benefits that an organization provides, and the likelihood that the organization will sustain impact into the future. Encompass will evolve and mature over time via three release cycles each year. Our plan is to share a “by the numbers” post after each release, so that interested parties can see how the number of ratings within the overall system and each beacon are scaling. We may also explore other points of interest in the aggregate.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Shining a Light on Domestic Violence: Nonprofits Providing Access to Safety and Support


“1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness, post-traumatic stress disorder, use of victim services, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, etc.”

- As reported by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Monday, October 4, 2021

4 Key Performance Indicators to Monitor This Giving Season

The last quarter of the year is the most important time for nonprofit fundraising, as the holiday spirit inspires generosity and supporters submit their final tax-deductible donations for the year. Is your nonprofit prepared to make the most of this charitable bonanza?

To gain the greatest insight from this year’s giving season, fundraising experts recommend taking a data-driven approach by monitoring key performance indicators (KPIs), also known as fundraising metrics.