Grantsmanship News and Articles

Apr. 14, 2009
The Quiet Crisis: The Impact of the Economic Downturn on the Nonprofit Sector
Civic Enterprises and the Democratic Leadership Council have issued a new study of economy-related challenges facing the nonprofit sector.

Apr. 14, 2009
Grant Seeking in Tough Economic Times
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy's Live Discussion series, read a transcript a recent session about the best ways to seek foundation grants as the competition grows more fierce.

Mar. 31, 2009
First-Time Online Givers Often One-Time Online Givers, Study Finds
According to a new study based on the experiences of twenty-four nonprofit groups, people who go online to donate to charity for the first time often do not return to make additional gifts, the New York Times reports.

Mar. 31, 2009
Foundation Giving Grew Modestly in 2008, Likely to Decline in 2009, Report Finds
In the midst of a deepening recession, U.S. foundation giving grew a modest 2.8 percent, to an estimated $45.6 billion, in 2008, but is expected to decrease in 2009, a new report from the Foundation Center finds.

Mar. 31, 2009
Philanthropic Benchmark Report Draws Ire From Foundations
Criticism has intensified in recent days over a National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy report that suggests foundations should devote half their grants to minorities, the poor, and other disadvantaged groups, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Mar. 30, 2009
Nonprofit Online Engagement Grew in 2008, Report Finds
Despite a faltering economy, nonprofits continued to see positive growth in their online engagement activities in 2008, a new report from CRM software provider Convio finds.

Mar. 27, 2009
Nonprofits Strained to Breaking Point by Recession, Survey Finds
America's nonprofits, including the safety-net or "lifeline" organizations that many depend on for food, shelter, and other basic services, are being strained to the breaking point by the recession, a new survey from the Nonprofit Finance Fund finds.

Mar. 17, 2009
Researchers Examine Foundation Expectations for Giving in 2009
The New York City-based Foundation Center has released a new research advisory that examines how foundations expect their 2009 giving to be affected by the economic downturn.

Mar. 17, 2009
Economic Downturn a Significant Concern Among Corporate Giving Officers, Report Finds
Issues related to the economic downturn are a significant concern among corporate giving officers, a new report from the Conference Board finds.

Mar. 17, 2009
52% of Donors Plan No Decrease in Giving in 2009
Written by: Caroline Preston
Their investment portfolios may be slumping and their jobs less secure, but a majority of Americans who give to charity still plan to donate as much this year as they have in the past, according to a new survey.

Mar. 04, 2009
Wealthiest Donors Gave 9% of Their Income in 2007, Study Finds
Written by: Caroline Preston
Amid the debates over President Obama’s proposal to reduce tax breaks for affluent donors, a study released today shows that half of wealthy Americans say their charitable giving would be unaffected by the elimination of federal tax provisions designed, in part, to spur philanthropy.

Mar. 02, 2009
Charitable-Giving Plan Divides Nonprofit Groups and Worries Donors
Written by: Holly Hall
As President Obama seeks to reduce the value of the charitable deduction for wealthy Americans, fund raisers and other nonprofit experts are divided over whether his idea would cause any substantial change in charitable giving.

Mar. 02, 2009
Billions in Nonprofit Projects on Hold Due to Credit Crisis, Report Finds
Like governments and private businesses nationwide, nonprofits around the country have had to put hundreds of "shovel-ready" infrastructure projects on hold because of the credit crunch, a new report from the Johns Hopkins University Nonprofit Listening Post Project finds.

Mar. 02, 2009
Contributions to Colleges, Universities Increased 6.2 Percent in 2008, Survey Finds
While charitable contributions to colleges and universities in the United States increased by 6.2 percent in 2008, reaching $31.6 billion — compared to an average increase over the past decade of 5.7 percent — overall giving to the majority of institutions actually decreased, a new report from the Council for Aid to Education finds.

Mar. 02, 2009
Gifts of $1 Million or More From Individuals Down in Second Half of 2008, Report Finds
Charitable gifts by individuals of at least $1 million fell 33 percent in the last six months of 2008, compared to the same period in 2007, a new report from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University finds.

Mar. 02, 2009
Obama Proposal to Limit Deductions on Charity Stirs Debate
Wealthy donors and the nonprofits they support have raised concern over the Obama administration's proposal, included in the president's recently announced budget, to limit the value of deductions for charitable gifts, the New York Times reports.

Feb. 17, 2009
The New Volunteer Workforce
Nonprofits rely heavily on volunteers, but most CEOs do a poor job of managing them. As a result, more than one-third of those who volunteer one year do not donate their time the next year — at any nonprofit.

Feb. 17, 2009
Foundation Funding Grew for Most Major Fields in 2007, Report Finds
Foundation support for eight of the ten major subject areas grew in 2007, despite the first signs of an economic downturn in the latter half of the year, a new report from the Foundation Center finds.

Feb. 17, 2009
Kennedy Center Launches Initiative to Help Struggling Arts Groups
The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., has announced a new initiative designed to help nonprofit arts organizations that are struggling to stay afloat during the current recession, the Washington Post reports.

Feb. 03, 2009
Americans for the Arts Funding Response and Readiness Kit
In response to funding cuts faced by arts nonprofits around the country, Americans for the Arts has provided an Arts Funding Response and Readiness Kit...

Feb. 03, 2009
Foundations, Corporations Have Committed More Than $100 Million to Address Economic Crisis
A growing number of grantmakers have made exceptional commitments to address the causes and impact of the current economic downturn, says Steven Lawrence, senior director of research at the Foundation Center.

Feb. 03, 2009
Many Foundation Have Lost a Third of Their Assets, Survey Finds
The steep drop in equity markets in 2008 has triggered an erosion of foundation wealth, with many foundations reporting losses of nearly a third in the value of their assets, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports.

Feb. 03, 2009
Nonprofits Hope for a Piece of Economic Stimulus Package
As Congress digs in to negotiate President Obama's $825 billion economic stimulus package, advocates for groups on the front lines of the economic crisis hope that the nonprofit sector gets a piece of the stimulus pie, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

Feb. 03, 2009
With Assets Declining, Foundations Look to Congress for Help
In a rare, direct push for legislative help, U.S. foundations have been lobbying for a piece of President-elect Obama's $1 trillion economic stimulus package to help ease the pain of billions of dollars in recession-related investment losses, Roll Call reports.

Feb. 03, 2009
Companies Cutting Back on Matching Gift Programs
A growing number of companies that have been hit hard by the recession are cutting back on their charitable matching gifts and volunteer programs, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Feb. 03, 2009
Piper Trust Stays the Course in Economic Downturn
Despite the challenging economic conditions, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust is budgeting to pay out $25 million in grants in the coming fiscal year beginning April 1, 2009. This initial budget represents less than a 3 percent decrease from the 2008-2009 fiscal year grants budget.

Jan. 20, 2009
Weathering the Storm: Ensuring Your Organization’s Continued Success through Tough Economic Times
The current global economic crisis is having a significant impact on the nonprofit sector. While mission-driven organizations have seen an increase in demand for their services and predict that the demand will continue to increase, they are also extremely concerned about the philanthropic environment and worry about how they will be able to support an increase in services with an expected decrease in charitable contributions.

Jan. 20, 2009
Do More with Less in Tough Economic Times
With economic gloom and doom leading to flat corporate giving and grantmaking, it’s critical for nonprofit groups to maintain visibility and, in fact, take extra efforts to remind their stakeholders, customers, and prospects of their missions and staying power.

Jan. 07, 2009
Arts Groups Feel Money Pinch as Donations Slide
Written by: Jahna Berry - The Arizona Republic
It's a plot twist worthy of the stage: The Herberger is welcoming throngs of theatergoers, but it may go into the red for the first time in six years. Like many arts non-profits, the Herberger Theater Center can't survive on ticket sales alone. It depends on charitable gifts, which have dried up during the current recession.

Jan. 06, 2009
IRS Releases Final Version of New Informational Tax Return
Written by: Eric Kelderman
The Internal Revenue Service has released the final Form 990 and related schedules, more than 18 months after the first draft of the revised federal financial-disclosures forms were submitted for public comment.

Jan. 06, 2009
Recession Hits Arts Groups Especially Hard
Written by: Sue Hoye
Despite generally strong attendance at many nonprofit museums and theaters in recent months, many arts charities around the country are laying off workers or adopting hiring freezes and cutting other expenses in response to a falloff in donations from companies, individuals, and governments. And most are bracing for much tougher times ahead.

Dec. 23, 2008
Year-End Giving Update: Mixed Results at Charities Prompt Growing Money Worries
Written by: Holly Hall
Like many social-service charities, the Salvation Army in Syracuse, N.Y., has seen contributions rise this year, as donors open their wallets to help growing numbers of poor families weather the recession. By last week, the charity had raised nearly $860,000, 20 percent more than it collected by mid-December of the same period in 2007.

Dec. 23, 2008
Nonprofit Coalition Proposes Revolving-Loan Fund for Charities
Written by: Suzanne Perry
Independent Sector, a coalition of charities and foundations, said today it is working on a proposal for a government revolving-loan fund to help cash-strapped nonprofit groups respond to growing caseloads as the economic crisis takes its toll.

Dec. 23, 2008
Ford Foundation to Increase Grantmaking in 2009, 2010
The Ford Foundation has announced that it will honor all outstanding commitments to its grantees and will increase, in 2009 and 2010, the percentage of its endowment that is paid out in grants.

Dec. 23, 2008
Gap Persists Between Nonprofit Needs and Grantmaker Practices, Survey Finds
Most foundations are not making the changes that they and their grantees say are essential to supporting nonprofit success, a new survey of staffed foundations commissioned by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations finds.

Dec. 09, 2008
Managing in Tough Times: Seven Steps
Tough times force hard choices. And these are rapidly becoming the toughest times most of us have ever seen. Even for nonprofit leaders who are accustomed to "making much of little," the repercussions of the unfolding economic downturn are likely to pose unprecedented challenges. It's hard to imagine that many (if any) of us in the sector will escape unscathed.

Dec. 09, 2008
International Giving by Foundations Reached $5.4 Billion in 2007, Report Finds
Estimated U.S. foundation giving for international purposes reached a record $5.4 billion in 2007, while giving in 2008 is expected to top that amount, a new report from the Foundation Center and the Council on Foundations finds.

Dec. 09, 2008
Philanthropic Collaborative Launched to Meet Growing Needs of U.S. Communities
A group of leaders from the nonprofit and public sectors have announced the creation of the Philanthropic Collaborative (TPC), which will work to educate federal and state policy makers about the benefits of philanthropic dollars and ensure that such funding is not restricted by new federal economic policies.

Dec. 09, 2008
New Generation of Philanthropists Beginning to Emerge
Even as foundations and corporations struggling to adjust to the financial crisis and slowing economy scale back their giving, a new generation of energetic and creative donors is emerging, Barron's reports.

Nov. 25, 2008
Foundation Giving Priorities Remain Consistent During Economic Slowdowns, Researcher Says
Despite concerns among nonprofits that the economic downturn may cause foundation funding priorities to shift, grantmaking priorities are remarkably consistent over the long term, according to Steven Lawrence, senior director of research at the Foundation Center.

Nov. 25, 2008
Charities' needs are 'greater than ever'
Written by: Connie Cone Sexton
Charities need donations now more than ever before. A chance to help begins today with the kickoff of The Arizona Republic and 12 News Season for Sharing campaign. For the past 15 years, the program has raised nearly $38 million to help education, the elderly, victims of domestic violence, and children and families. The Gannett Foundation will match 50 cents to every dollar raised until donations reach $800,000.

Nov. 25, 2008
Loss of Connection Leading Reason Wealthy Donors Stop Giving, Study Finds
Nearly 60 percent of wealthy households who stop giving to a charitable organization attribute the change in their philanthropic behavior to no longer feeling connected to the organization, a new study from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and Bank of America finds.

Nov. 24, 2008
Companies Expected to Tie Giving More Closely to Business Goals
Written by: Marty Van Der Werf
Corporate grant makers are going to increasingly focus their giving on programs closely related to their businesses, said several experts at a conference here on corporate citizenship.

Nov. 24, 2008
Nonprofit Leaders Speculate About Sector's Place in Obama Administration
The idea that nonprofits should have a seat at the table during public policy discussions was a theme that echoed through the sector immediately following the election.

Nov. 24, 2008
Donor-Advised Funds Help Donors Maintain Giving in Tough Economy
Donor-advised funds are providing a way for some individual donors to maintain their contribution level even as the slowing economy and volatile markets cause many donors to reduce their giving, Bloomberg.com reports.

Nov. 24, 2008
Kresge Foundation President Urges Foundations to Help Revitalize American Cities
Private philanthropy must work at the heart, rather than at the margins, of the complex economic, social, political, and environmental problems plaguing American cities in order to contribute meaningfully to their revitalization and success, Kresge Foundation president Rip Rapson said at last week's CEOs for Cities national meeting.

Nov. 24, 2008
Advice for Family Foundations Looking to Avoid Succession Pitfalls
Although every family foundation is unique, sooner or later they all face succession issues that can lead to problems for family members and others involved, the New York Times reports.

Nov. 11, 2008
GuideStar's 7th Annual Nonprofit Economic Survey
GuideStar's seventh annual nonprofit economic survey was conducted on-line October 6-20, 2008. Some 2,927 individuals representing at least 2,730 charitable organizations participated.

Nov. 11, 2008
Tax-Exempt Organizations Look to Congress for Incentives for Giving
The current financial crisis could hamstring think tanks, interest groups, and other nonprofits in the nation's capital just when their ideas will be needed most by a new administration and Congress, CQ Weekly reports.

Nov. 11, 2008
Charity needed even more in difficult times
As the year winds down, charitable giving traditionally picks up — some are moved by the spirit of the holiday season and others are reminded that the end of the tax year is drawing near. Whatever the motivation, organizations that do good work in our community benefit from the generosity. But the economic crisis is creating a difficult situation: Nonprofit agencies are receiving more requests for help, many coming from people who've never been in a position to need assistance before.

Oct. 29, 2008
Economic Crisis Affecting Nonprofits Large and Small
While the potential impact of the economic slowdown and turmoil in the markets is only now becoming apparent to foundations and other funders, many charities report they are already feeling the pinch.

Oct. 28, 2008
As Money Disappears: What Nonprofits Can Do
Written by: Chris Narducci
“We’re in a deep hole and it looks like it’s not going to get better for a long time.” The grim forecast of Michael Clark, executive director of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, echoes the alarm of many a news headline over the last few weeks, predicting lean times in the wake of the financial meltdown. But to some experienced hands, the rickety condition of the financial services system – and slimmer municipal budgets – don't have to mean a death sentence for nonprofit organizations.

Oct. 28, 2008
Greater Phoenix Forward
Greater Phoenix Forward, a new report by Arizona State University’s College of Public Programs and the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, aims to help fill that gap. It offers community and policy leaders and human services practitioners the latest data and new perspectives for understanding the Valley’s human services infrastructure and a “big picture” of future needs.

Oct. 27, 2008
70% of Americans Plan to Give During the Holidays, Survey Finds
Written by: Cassie J. Moore
Despite the bad economy, almost seven out of 10 adults plan to donate the same amount online as they did in the 2007 holiday season, according to a study released today.

Oct. 27, 2008
Low-Income, Working Families Face Growing Struggles, Report Finds
As families from all walks of life confront growing economic uncertainty, the financial struggles of low-income working families have gone from bad to worse, a new report from the Working Poor Families Project finds.

Oct. 27, 2008
Despite Downturn, There's Hope for Charitable Giving, Researchers Say
Despite turmoil in the financial markets and a slowing economy, charitable giving levels may not be affected as much or for as long as some fear, say researchers at Boston College's Center on Wealth and Philanthropy.

Oct. 27, 2008
Foundation Giving Remains Flat to Positive During Recessions, Researcher Says
While predictions of a long and deep recession have led to renewed concerns about the health of the nonprofit sector and of foundations that help support them, the behavior of institutions in previous economic downturns provides some perspective on how organizations may weather current challenges, according to Steven Lawrence, senior director of research at the Foundation Center.

Oct. 27, 2008
Charities Urge Next President to Expand Giving Incentives
Written by: Ben Gose
As charities grapple with the economic crisis, their executives would like to see the next president take steps to promote giving and to strengthen the nonprofit work force, according to a report released today.

Oct. 14, 2008
2008 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report Now Available
The eighth annual edition of the GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report was released September 25, 2008. Derived from information on more than 84,421 individual positions at more than 58,400 tax-exempt organizations for fiscal year 2006, it remains the most comprehensive nonprofit compensation analysis available and the only one based entirely on IRS data.

Oct. 14, 2008
High-Net-Worth Families Cutting Back on Giving, Study Finds
A new report from private wealth-research firm Prince & Associates suggests that the sputtering economy and financial meltdown on Wall Street are beginning to pinch the affluent, who are responding by cutting back on their charitable giving, Forbes reports.

Oct. 14, 2008
Council on Foundations, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers Form Alliance
The Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers have announced a strategic alliance designed to better serve the nation’s foundations and other philanthropic donors.

Oct. 14, 2008
Grant Makers Urged to Respond to Financial Crisis
An association of the country’s largest grant makers is urging its 2,000 members and other foundations to support charities that are struggling due to the down economy and assist cities where the financial crisis has sapped philanthropic resources.

Sep. 30, 2008
Arts Groups Fret About Financial Woes of Corporate Donors
With Wall Street in turmoil and many large companies facing mergers, bankruptcy, or other hurdles, those in the arts community are increasingly nervous about how mounting economic woes will affect corporate donations, the Washington Post reports.

Sep. 30, 2008
Effect of Economic Slowdowns on Giving Less Than Expected, Report Finds
While recessions and economic slowdowns have affected charitable giving in the past, their impact has not been as deeply felt as conventional wisdom might suggest, a new report from the Giving USA Foundation finds.

Sep. 26, 2008
How Bad Is It?
Written by: Holly Hall
The cataclysm in the nation's financial industry poses an uncharted set of challenges for nonprofit organizations. The downturn could potentially affect not just private giving, but money charities get from government sources — and it is hitting at a time of year when many charities get the bulk of their donations.

Sep. 26, 2008
Endowment Managers Consider How to Handle Downturn
Written by: Ben Gose
Some investment committees at charities and foundations plan to hold special meetings to assess their endowments' exposure to the most toxic stocks in the Wall Street crisis.

Sep. 16, 2008
New Website Recommends Charities to Donors
Written by: Holly Hall
A new Web site enables individual donors to get a customized list of charities that match their interests. Created by the Berkeley Center for New Media at the University of California, the Donation Dashboard site works by using software similar to what Amazon.com and other commercial sites use to recommend books, movies, and other products to customers, based on their previous purchases.

Sep. 16, 2008
Older Americans Seek New Volunteer Incentives, Report Finds
Written by: Cassie J. Moore
Seventy-three percent of adults between the ages of 44 and 79 volunteered for an organization in the past year, but significant barriers remain to tapping the full potential of these “experienced Americans,” according to a report commissioned by the AARP.

Sep. 16, 2008
Do This, Don't Do That: How to Get Your Proposal Funded
Written by: Martin Teitel
Excerpt from "Thank You for Submitting Your Proposal": A Foundation Director Reveals What Happens Next

Sep. 15, 2008
New Study Sheds Light on What Wealthy Donors Care About; Many Say They Will Support Operating Costs
Written by: Holly Hall
In deciding which charities to support, many wealthy donors do not judge nonprofit organizations by how much they spend on overhead costs — despite the popularity of that measure among watchdog groups and others, a new study found.

Sep. 11, 2008
Economic Slowdown Likely to Put a Damper on Giving, Survey Finds
Against the backdrop of a slowing economy, 29 percent of individuals expect to cut back on their charitable giving this fall, with fully a quarter (26 percent) of those individuals saying they are done giving for the year, a new survey from the Grizzard Communications Group finds.

Sep. 11, 2008
Charities Increasingly Benefiting From Online Donations
In addition to being a banner year for charities, 2007 saw more people making gifts online, a trend that has some organizations rethinking how they should reach out to potential donors, the Lakeland Ledger reports.

Sep. 02, 2008
Money Without Strings: The Debate Over Operating Support
Read a transcript of recent online discussion sponsored by The Chronicle of Philanthropy on the debate over whether foundations should help pay charities’ operating costs — and suggestions on the ways nonprofit groups can persuade donors to make such payments.

Sep. 02, 2008
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Progress Report
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Progress Report 2007-2008 is now available in print and as an online presentation that allows visitors to more easily access and respond to the report's content.

Sep. 02, 2008
IRS Releases Instructions for New Charity Tax Form
The Internal Revenue Service released on Tuesday final instructions for the redesigned Form 990, completing the first major overhaul in a generation of the informational return that most charities must file with the federal government.

Aug. 19, 2008
Some Nonprofits Push for Increased Federal Involvement
Written by: Philip Rucker - Washington Post Staff Writer
In the world of philanthropy, where independence from government has long been sacred, a revolution is underway. Social entrepreneurs are clamoring for a realignment of the way the federal government and nonprofit groups work together to maximize the impact of American generosity.

Aug. 19, 2008
Fundraising Basics: The Old and New
Written by: Frank Barry, Kintera Inc.
With new and emerging technologies surfacing in the fundraising realm, fundraisers today have a plethora of choices. Strategies and plans have become more complex and require the use of a variety of tactics. How is a nonprofit to determine which tactics to use and decipher which ones will net the best response?

Aug. 15, 2008
Nonprofits Face Constraints on Public Policy Involvement, Report Finds
Although U.S. nonprofits are widely involved in efforts to influence public policies that affect them and the people they serve, they are often constrained by tight budgets, limited staff resources, and confusing legal restrictions, a new report from the Johns Hopkins University Nonprofit Listening Post Project finds.

Aug. 15, 2008
NonProfit Times Announces Sector's Top 50 for 2008
The NonProfit Times, a leading business publication covering the nonprofit sector, has released its eleventh annual Power and Influence Top 50 list. The individuals on the list were selected for their impact on the charitable sector and for the innovative plans they are putting in place to advance the work of their organizations.

Aug. 15, 2008
Charities Ask Congress to Raise Mileage Deduction
More than a hundred charitable groups have signed a letter that asks Congress to raise the current tax deduction for use of a personal car while performing volunteer services, the New York Times reports.

Jul. 30, 2008
Center on Philanthropy Index Shows Nonprofit Fundraisers Are Less Optimistic
Nonprofits are somewhat less optimistic about the current and future fundraising climate than they were six months and a year ago, the latest edition of the Philanthropic Giving Index (PGI) from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University finds.

Jul. 30, 2008
GlobalGiving Launches 'Green' Site
GlobalGiving, an online platform that connects donors to projects in the developing world, has introduced a new Web site listing twenty-five projects that generate minimal greenhouse gas emissions and work to have a positive impact on climate change, the New York Times reports.

Jul. 22, 2008
Nonprofits See Decline in Donors, Gifts During First Quarter, Study Finds
Giving to nonprofits slowed during the first quarter of 2008, due largely to a decline in donors, a new study from Target Analytics finds.

Jul. 22, 2008
Book Review - THE ULTIMATE GRANTS TOOLKIT
Written by: Reviewed by: Sandy Lovett, MSAS
The Ultimate Grants Toolkit is just that – a wonderful collection of various tips and tools designed for grant writers and their organizations. Although most of the information is somewhat basic for experienced grant writers, Maryn Boess does a wonderful job of interjecting higher level material for those more experienced. Keeping her information direct and to the point, Maryn enjoys herself as she interjects tidbits of fun along the way.

Jul. 08, 2008
Raising Planned Gifts by Mail
Written by: Larry Stelter
Despite the lack of confidence we sometimes feel about direct mail's efficacy, the fact remains—it works. Maybe one day this will change—perhaps the Internet will come into its own as a fundraising medium. But for now, raising planned gifts by mail is a solid and revenue-producing strategy. ...

Jul. 08, 2008
No-Ask Fundraising: Six High-Impact Jobs for Board Members
Written by: Gail Perry
How do we harness our board members' passion for the cause and channel it into productive fundraising activities? Here are practical, easy ways your board members can open the door, connect their friends to your organization, expand your organization's social networks, and help you find new friends and donors—without having to solicit.

Jul. 08, 2008
Most Corporations Not Maximizing Their Philanthropy, Report Finds
Although the majority of CEOs believe corporate philanthropy is an effective way to meet evolving expectations for their companies' social behavior, only a small percentage of companies are truly efficient in their philanthropy, a new report from the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy finds.

Jul. 08, 2008
Collaborative Approaches Work to Maintain, Extend Arts Education, Study Finds
Amid cutbacks in funding for arts education, public and private organizations in six urban regions have joined together to expand access to arts learning for children in and outside of public school, a new report from the RAND Corporation finds.

Jul. 07, 2008
Kresge Foundation Announces New Health, Environment Programs
The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced the launch of new programs in the areas of health and the environment. The new programs are part of the foundation's multiyear plan, announced a year ago, to expand its grantmaking to better address society's pressing issues.

Jun. 24, 2008
Giving's Tough Climate - Economic Woes Put Damper on Some Donations in 2007
Written by: Holly Hall
The sluggish economy is showing its effects on charitable donations, which rose just 1 percent last year after inflation, according to Giving USA, the annual tally of American philanthropy to be released this week.

Jun. 24, 2008
Annie E. Casey Foundation Releases 2008 KIDS COUNT Data Book
National trends in child well-being taken together have improved slightly since 2000, with five indicators showing at least modest improvement, even as more children are living in relative poverty in the United States than in any other economically advanced nation, a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds.

Jun. 23, 2008
How to Prove to a Foundation That a Grant Produced Results
Written by: Elizabeth Schwinn
When charities ask foundations to renew their grants, they can’t show only that a program was instituted as promised or that it served a certain number of people, says John A. LaRocca, vice president of the Rensselaerville Institute, a think tank for charities and foundations.

Jun. 23, 2008
Corporate Philanthropy Increased in 2007, Survey Finds
Despite turmoil in the credit markets and growing economic uncertainty, corporate philanthropy increased in 2007 and is expected to stay at those levels in 2008, a new survey from the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy finds.

Jun. 10, 2008
Four Steps to Take Board Members from Fear of Fundraising to Enthusiasm
Written by: Gail Perry
If you want to get your board members fully active in fundraising, you need to approach them from a new perspective. You have to change their mind-set about fundraising and redefine it from an entirely new point of view.

May. 27, 2008
United Way to Target Health, Education and Income
The United Way of America has announced that it will direct most of its giving toward a ten-year effort to halve the high school dropout rate and number of working families struggling financially while increasing by a third the number of youths and adults considered healthy, the Washington Post reports.

May. 27, 2008
Community Foundation Giving Jumps 14 Percent, Study Finds
Estimated giving by the nation's 717 community foundations rose 14 percent in 2007, to an estimated $4.1 billion, a new report from the New York City-based Foundation Center finds.

May. 20, 2008
Building Leaderful Organizations: Succession Planning for Nonprofits
Released as part of an Annie E. Casey Foundation series on executive transitions, Building Leaderful Organizations: Succession Planning for Nonprofits provides tools for emergency succession planning, guidance for executive directors about when and how to leave an organization, and a list of recommendations for boards working to maintain an organization's stability through a period of transition.

May. 16, 2008
Many Nonprofit CEOs Dissatisfied With Board Performance, Report Finds
A significant number of CEOs at midsize nonprofits are dissatisfied with the performance of their boards, particularly in regard to fundraising and the way boards monitor their own performance, a new report from the Urban Institute finds.

May. 16, 2008
Younger Donors as Generous as Other Generations, Report Finds
Donors across all generations tend to give roughly the same amount to philanthropic causes when controlling for other factors such as income, education, and frequency of attendance at religious services, a new report from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University finds.

May. 07, 2008
Foundation Giving Posts Double-Digit Growth in 2007, Report Finds
The country's more than 72,000 grantmaking foundations increased their giving to $42.9 billion in 2007, a new report from the Foundation Center finds. The estimated 10 percent gain follows a 7.1 percent increase in 2006.

May. 07, 2008
Bank of America, Countrywide Announce $35 Million Package to Aid Distressed Homeowners, Communities
Bank of America and Countrywide Financial Corporation have announced a $35 million program designed to help homeowners and communities (including Arizona) hard hit by the ongoing mortgage foreclosure crisis.

May. 02, 2008
Corporate Foundation Giving Reaches an Estimated $4.4 Billion, Report Finds
Giving by corporate foundations increased 6.6 percent in 2007 to an estimated $4.4 billion, a new summary report from the Foundation Center finds. Looking ahead, 54 percent of the corporate foundations surveyed expect their giving to increase in 2008.

May. 02, 2008
Foundations, Nonprofits Struggle With Grant Application, Reporting Process, Study Finds
Facing an "effectiveness paradox," foundations have begun to recognize that some of the measures they've adopted to ensure strategic and accountable grantmaking are backfiring, resulting in a system that drains both foundations and nonprofits of time and energy, a new report from Project Streamline, an initiative of the Grants Managers Network, finds.

May. 02, 2008
Foundations Step Up Giving to Help Those Harmed by Bad Economy, Study Finds
Written by: Suzanne Perry
Almost one-third of foundations say they have stepped up their giving this year to help families, provide human services, or support economic development — and 37 percent said they planned to increase such grant making next year, according to a study released today by the Council on Foundations.

May. 02, 2008
The Fired-Up Board: Preparing Your Board Members for Fundraising
Written by: Gail Perry
Just think, how much could your organization raise if you had all your board members engaged in fundraising? If we want to fire up our board members for fundraising, we first need to fire them up about our organization and the good work we are doing in the world. As we know, a board that is not engaged and excited about the work at hand is not going to put itself out for fundraising.

May. 02, 2008
IRS Updates, May 2008: Intermediate Sanctions, Instructions for Filing the New Form 990, and More
Written by: Patrick Ferraro
If your organization is still struggling to understand fully the definition and implications of excess benefit transactions, take note. The IRS has issued its final regulations on intermediate sanctions, the penalty imposed on nonprofits that are deemed to have overcompensated CEOs, board members, and other "disqualified" individuals specified in the regulations. Rather than enacting substantive changes to the proposed regulations set forth in 2005, the final document attempts to clarify complex issues with specific examples and to serve as a guide for potentially troubled organizations.

Apr. 27, 2008
IRS to Step Up Efforts to Ensure Charities Are Efficient and Effective
Written by: Grant Williams
The Internal Revenue Service is stepping up efforts to ensure that the nation’s charities are not hoarding or wasting money, a top official of the agency said.

Apr. 15, 2008
Giving by U.S. Family Foundations Increased 21 Percent, Report Finds
America's family foundations awarded $17 billion in grants in 2006, a 21 percent increase from the previous year, a new report from the Foundation Center finds.

Apr. 15, 2008
IRS Releases Instructions for Charity Tax Form
Written by: Sam Kean and Peter Panepento
The Internal Revenue Service has posted the draft instructions for the new Form 990, the primary tax document that charities file each year with the government.

Apr. 15, 2008
Direct-Marketing Appeals Produced Sluggish Results Last Year, Study Finds
Written by: Elizabeth Schwinn
The signs of an economic downturn continue as a new study shows that donations made in response to direct-marketing appeals are growing at a considerably slower rate than in past years, according to a new study of many of the nation’s biggest charities.

Apr. 14, 2008
A Year of Slower Growth
Written by: Sam Kean
Assets and giving at the nation's wealthiest foundations increased in 2007, a new Chronicle survey finds, but the outlook for 2008 and beyond is considerably gloomier, as the slumping stock market causes the endownments of many grant makers to shrink.

Apr. 04, 2008
What to Do After Your're Funded
Written by: Martin Teitel
After you've been told the fabulous news of your winning a sizable grant award, and the champagne in your Dixie cups has gone flat, I (the head of a foundation myself) recommend you do three things...

Apr. 04, 2008
The Myths and Realities of Board Members and Fundraising
Written by: Gail Perry
Where is our dream trustee who can solicit gifts with passion and energy? Unfortunately few board members fit this ideal. One of the biggest myths perpetuated in fundraising is that most board members are willing and able to raise money.

Apr. 01, 2008
Ethical Standards Erode at Nonprofit Groups, Study Finds
Written by: Peter Panepento
Nonprofit organizations have long held a reputation for having significantly higher ethical standards than businesses and government. But a report released today by the Ethics Resource Center, in Washington, shows that gap is closing quickly — as standards at charities are declining at what the study’s authors say is a disturbing rate.

Apr. 01, 2008
Nonprofit Jobseekers See Obstacles in Building Long-Term Careers, Survey Finds
Many nonprofit jobseekers are eager to build long-term careers in the social sector but believe that nonprofit employers are not doing enough to address the obstacles they face, a new report from Commongood Careers finds.

Mar. 24, 2008
Foundations Ponder How Best to Measure Impact
With a record number of individual donations of $100 million or more made in the past few years, philanthropy is undeniably a growing industry. But many new philanthropists are increasingly concerned about whether their bequests will have a notable impact, the New York Times Magazine reports.

Mar. 24, 2008
Google Offers New Site for Nonprofit Groups
Written by: Sam Kean
The Internet search company Google has opened a new portal for nonprofit groups that explains how to adopt various Google features and software for charitable work.

Mar. 17, 2008
Some Charities Adopt Capitalism's Virtues
A new breed of social entrepreneurs is administering doses of bottom-line thinking to traditional philanthropy in order to make charity more effective, the New York Times reports.

Mar. 17, 2008
Five Fundraising Mistakes We Make with Our Boards
Written by: Gail Perry
Too often nonprofit board members shy away from fundraising. When the subject comes up, many trustees suddenly become invisible or silent. Yet it is our responsibility to set up board members in active, satisfying roles that can support the fundraising process. But we frequently make mistakes that hurt, rather than help, our cause.

Mar. 17, 2008
Deadly Offenses
Written by: Jerold Panas
With some organizations, if you want to kill an idea, get the board to discuss it. They don't know what they want—and won't be happy until they get it. I've been a consultant to philanthropy for 40 years. In that time, I've attended hundreds and hundreds of board meetings—perhaps a thousand. Time and time again, I've heard the same seven deadly statements that can kill an idea...

Mar. 17, 2008
Follow the Events Path to Major Gifts
Written by: David Lawson
Events are a common fundraising tactic among nonprofits. Dinners, galas, runs, walks, and auctions are all variations of the ever-promising, always-delivering event fundraiser. Events encourage constituents to act in favor of the organization and provide a means for nonprofits to cultivate the relationship. But events have much more to offer. They can be a mechanism to discover major gift donors.

Mar. 17, 2008
IRS Updates
Written by: Patrick Ferraro and Suzanne E. Coffman
If your organization is required to file a Form 990-N, you can now find it on-line at the Web site of the Urban Institute, the IRS's partner for this project. Organizations with gross receipts of $25,000 or less (except for churches and their auxiliaries and organizations included in a group return) are generally required to file the Form 990-N, which is also known as the e-Postcard.

Mar. 17, 2008
What Makes People Give?
Two economists explore why people donate to charity in a special report on money and philanthropy in The New York Times Sunday magazine. The authors look at how effective matching gifts and challenge grants are.

Mar. 17, 2008
Wal-Mart Overhauls Charity Spending
Wal-Mart, one of the biggest corporate donors in the United States, is overhauling how it donates money to ensure that its philanthropic efforts are more closely linked to its brand positioning, the Financial Times reports.

Mar. 17, 2008
Kresge Foundation Shares Results of 'Grantee Perception Survey'
The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced the results of a Grantee Perception Report (22 pages, PDF), which was prepared for the foundation by the Center for Effective Philanthropy in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Mar. 17, 2008
Chevron Announces Employee Giving, Volunteering Program
Chevron Corporation in San Ramon, California, has announced a new employee giving and volunteer program that will provide up to $20 million annually to U.S. nonprofit organizations.

Mar. 04, 2008
Foundations Increased Giving by 14.6% in 2006, New Study Finds
Written by: Caroline Preston
The nation’s largest foundations increased their giving to $19.1-billion in 2006, rising 16.4 percent over the previous year, according to a report released today by the Foundation Center, in New York.

Mar. 04, 2008
Potential Charity Leaders See Top Job as Unappealing, New Survey Reveals
Written by: Jennifer C. Berkshire
The charity world is expected to require tens of thousands of new leaders within the next decade, as the baby-boomer generation of senior managers begins to retire. Now a new survey of nearly 6,000 potential nonprofit leaders shows just how difficult recruiting those executives is going to be.

Mar. 04, 2008
Non-profits fear shrinking donations
Written by: Eugene Scott
Local non-profit organizations expect individual giving to decrease more than 5 percent this year due to strains on the economy. Corporate giving is expected to shrink as well. Some charitable groups say they've already experienced a hit in donations from corporations and individuals.

Mar. 03, 2008
New Report Projects U.S. Population Growth Over Next Half Century
If current trends continue, the population of the United States will rise to 438 million in 2050, from 296 million in 2005, with 82 percent of the increase due to immigrants and their U.S.-born descendants, a new report from the Pew Research Center finds.

Mar. 03, 2008
Association of Fundraising Professionals Urges Expansion of IRA Rollover Provision
The Association of Fundraising Professionals in Alexandria, Virginia, has announced that it is working with Congress and the White House to expand the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Rollover provision, which expired at the end of 2007.

Mar. 03, 2008
Businesses See Opportunity in CSR, Study Finds
Many companies believe that including social responsibility as a core principle of their business strategy makes them more competitive, gives them access to new business opportunities, and helps them attract and retain the best talent, a new study by the IBM Institute for Business Value finds.

Mar. 03, 2008
Winners Announced in Contest Designed to Spur Online Giving
Written by: Anne Howard
An Oklahoma charity that aids orphaned Chinese children, a small animal-rescue group in New Jersey, and an organization that fights epilepsy are among the top winners of a pair of online fund-raising contests designed to demonstrate the power of large numbers of small donations.

Mar. 03, 2008
Number of Americans Who Volunteered Rose 10% in 2007, Survey Finds
Written by: Caroline Preston
A growing number of Americans say they are volunteering, according to a study by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Seventy-four percent of the 1,000 adults surveyed said they participated in some form of volunteer service in 2007, a 10-percent increase over the previous year.

Feb. 18, 2008
Many Americans Say Charity Overhead Costs Are Too High, Study Finds
Written by: Elizabeth Schwinn
Sixty-two percent of the public thinks that charities spend too much money on overhead costs such as fund raising and administration, according to a new study, a belief that could make it harder for charities to raise money.

Feb. 18, 2008
Charities Face Postal Increases In May
Written by: Holly Hall
The U.S. Postal Service has proposed new postage rates for nonprofit organizations and other mailers to take effect on May 12. Under the proposal, postage for nonprofit standard mail, mostly letter-size pieces, will increase by an average of 0.7 percent, and nonprofit periodical mail will go up by an average of 2.7 percent.

Feb. 18, 2008
Fire, Aim, Ready: Why Most Foundation-Funded Capacity Building Efforts Miss the Mark
Written by: Mary Genis
To what extent has the plethora of capacity-building programs, trainings, and initiatives in recent years increased the capacity of the nonprofit sector to serve more people in a way that promotes social change? Has the professionalization of the sector broadened or deepened society's safety net? And have foundation-funded capacity-building efforts groomed the next generation of leaders or equipped the sector sufficiently to prepare for the future?

Feb. 13, 2008
Foundation Spending Patterns Driven by Multiple Factors, Report Finds
Foundation type, size, staffing patterns, and operating activities are the key factors that consistently drive foundation expense and compensation patterns, a new report from the Urban Institute, the Foundation Center, and GuideStar finds. Moreover, even under changing or volatile economic conditions, the administrative expense and compensation patterns of U.S. foundations are consistent and predictable.

Feb. 11, 2008
Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix
Written by: Daniel J. Wakin
Not for Robert J. Ulrich, the chairman and chief executive of Target Corporation, the purveyor of cheap chic. Mr. Ulrich is donating millions of dollars to establish the decidedly unglamorous Musical Instrument Museum, which he says will be the country’s only free-standing museum devoted to instruments of world cultures.

Feb. 11, 2008
Bracing for Tough Times - Many Charities Feel Vulnerable as Economy Slips
Written by: Holly Hall and Sam Kean
The faltering economy is starting to affect a growing number of charities and the people they serve. In recent weeks, nonprofit organizations have heard from donors who are putting off big gifts, and some groups that rely mostly on small donations have also seed a falloff.

Feb. 11, 2008
Corporate Philanthropy Continues to Rise, Survey Finds
Total corporate contributions in the United States and abroad amounted to $10.2 billion in 2006, up from $9.8 billion in 2005, a new report from the New York City-based Conference Board finds.

Feb. 11, 2008
Congress Continues to Scrutinize Nonprofit Boards
In response to irregularities at a handful of charities, Congress has focused its attention over the past few years on the accountability of the nonprofit board as a governing body and of each member in his or her individual capacity, according to the Chicago-based accounting firm Grant Thornton.

Feb. 11, 2008
Charities Vow to Fight Proposed cuts in Federal Budge
Written by: Brennen Jensen and Suzanne Perry
Charities and advocacy groups have expressed alarm at President Bush’s proposals to curtail spending on social services, the arts, and health care as part of the $3.1-trillion budget for fiscal year 2009 he proposed this week.

Feb. 11, 2008
Building Donor Affinity While Incorporating Financial Data into Fundraising Campaigns
Written by: Howard Horowitz
Every once in a while the finance team and the development and marketing departments will get together, mostly for budgeting purposes. But the finance department and the numbers it maintains can make a dramatic difference in the success of the development team's campaigns. Financial information can be used for more than setting and maintaining the budget.

Feb. 05, 2008
President Bush Includes Charitable-Giving Incentives in Budget Proposal
Written by: Sam Kean
In his administration’s newly released 2009 budget, President Bush proposed making permanent a number of temporary incentives for charitable giving. He also proposed eliminating the two-tier structure of taxes that private foundations must pay on their investment income, replacing it with a flat rate of 1 percent instead.

Feb. 02, 2008
Independent Sector Urges Senate Finance Committee to Include Nonprofits in Stimulus Package
In a statement submitted last week to the Senate Finance Committee, Diana Aviv, president and CEO of Independent Sector, commended the committee for its efforts to address concerns about the slowing economy and urged it to consider the full range of interests, including those of the charitable community and the people it serves, as it works to develop an economic stimulus package.

Feb. 02, 2008
Washington Mutual Reduces Charitable Giving Program
Washington Mutual has announced that it will reduce its charitable giving program this year because of a significant downturn in its business due to slumping housing and credit markets, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reports.

Feb. 02, 2008
Philanthropic Foundations Named 2007 Arizonan of the Year
A new player is emerging on the state scene. Acting as catalyst, leader, resource, visionary. The Arizonan of the Year for 2007 is not a person but a group with a growing impact: philanthropic foundations.

Jan. 28, 2008
Direct-Mail Executive Proposes Voluntary Fund-Raising Disclosure System
Written by: Suzanne Perry
Following Congressional criticism of the fund-raising practices of some veterans charities, an executive at a prominent direct-mail company that became embroiled in the controversy has proposed a new system for providing information to donors.

Jan. 28, 2008
IRS to Release Some 990 Instructions Early
Written by: Sam Kean
The Internal Revenue Service will release the new informational tax return, known as Form 990 tax, on a staggered schedule, the agency announced last week at a meeting of tax lawyers.

Jan. 28, 2008
A Taxing Matter
Written by: Peter Panepento and Grant Williams
Nonprofit organizations make billions of dollars in income from activities unrelated to their core missions, but roughly half of the groups raising such funds pay little or nothing in federal taxes on the income.

Jan. 24, 2008
Television Companies Donate 17 Seconds an Hour to Public-Service Ads
Written by: Nicole Lewis - Chronicle of Philanthropy
Broadcast and cable networks donate 17 seconds an hour, on average, to airing free public-service advertisements, according to a new study sponsored by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, in Menlo Park, Calif. The donated time represents one half of 1 percent of all television programming.

Jan. 21, 2008
Lawmakers Propose New Fund-Raising Disclosure Requirements at Hearing
Written by: Elizabeth Schwinn
Members of a key House committee today suggested that all charities should be required by law to tell donors how much of their contribution would be spent on programs related to the group’s mission.

Jan. 08, 2008
Can Foundations Take the Long View Again?
Written by: Denise Caruso
AS business leaders like Ted Turner, Bill Gates and George Soros have moved vast swaths of their private wealth into the philanthropic sector, market expertise has migrated there, too. As a result, foundation directors, trustees and advisers from corporate America have taken a stance that the return on charitable dollars should be tangible and measurable, and should drive capital flow in much the same way that earnings figures do in commerce. But a small and increasingly vocal group of foundation leaders is challenging the benefits of this approach.

Jan. 07, 2008
Principles from the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector: Yet Another List of "Shoulds"?
Written by: Linda Lampkin, ERI Economic Research Institute
With increased enforcement by the IRS and state charity regulators, renewed Congressional interest in investigating just what it means to be a charity, and continuing media stories highlighting some nonprofit abuses, the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector (convened by Independent Sector) published Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations in October to help guide charities in these sometimes difficult times.

Jan. 07, 2008
On-line Monthly Giving—A Review of Nonprofit Programs
Written by: Marie Ewald and Karen Matheson, M+R Strategic Services
Monthly giving (also known as a recurring donors or sustainers program) has come a long way from the early days of child sponsorship. Now a centerpiece of many direct-marketing programs, monthly giving provides a reliable, low-cost stream of revenue that sustains ongoing programs.

Jan. 04, 2008
Biggest Gifts and Pledges Announced by Individuals in 2007
William Barron Hilton, the hotel mogul, made the biggest single charitable gift of 2007 by pledging $1.2-billion to his family’s foundation, a Chronicle of Philanthropy tally finds. Ranking No. 2 on the list was Jon M. Huntsman Sr., who donated $700-million to his foundation.

Dec. 31, 2007
Largest Philanthropic Gifts Go to Colleges and Universities, Study Finds
Higher education, health, and cultural organizations receive the majority of the largest gifts that individuals, foundations, and corporations contribute to charitable and tax-exempt causes, a new study from the San Francisco-based Institute for Jewish & Community Research finds.

Dec. 31, 2007
Senate to Consider Embedded Giving Programs
The practice of building a charitable gift into everyday purchases, sometimes called embedded giving, has attracted the interest of Congress, the New York Times reports.

Dec. 31, 2007
Nonprofit Leaders and Experts Offer Their Predictions for 2008
The new year promises to be a pivotal one in the world of philanthropy. A hotly contested presidential election, a turbulent economy, heightened concerns about charities among government leaders, rapidly evolving technology, and shifting demographics are all expected to shape the way nonprofit groups and foundations operate in 2008 and beyond.

Dec. 31, 2007
IRS Gives Small Groups Grace Period for Filing New Form 990
Written by: Peter Panepento
The Internal Revenue Service today delivered an unexpected holiday gift to small nonprofit organizations that have worried about how they would be able to adjust to filing the revised Form 990 — the main tax form for nonprofit groups.

Dec. 17, 2007
A Quest for the Best: Fledgling Grant Maker Posts Online Charity Evaluations
Written by: Suzzane Perry
When Holden Karnofsky, 26 started earning good money doing research on hedge funds for an investment company several years ago, he began thinking seriously about giving to charity for the first time in his life...."I wanted to give, and I wanted to give a fair amount, and I wanted to be able to just find the best one" to give to, he says.

Dec. 17, 2007
Kresge Foundation Opens Challenge Grant Program to Community Colleges
The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced that degree-granting community colleges are now eligible to apply to its Challenge Grant Program.

Dec. 17, 2007
Philanthropic Goals Among the Rich Vary Widely, Study Finds
The nation's wealthiest donors approach philanthropy differently from the average donor, and they also vary in practice among themselves, a new study from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University finds.

Dec. 17, 2007
Growing Share of 'Megagifts' Goes to Colleges, Hospitals, and Museums, Study Finds
Written by: Debra Blum
Colleges, hospitals, and museums, long at the top of the list for America’s biggest donors and grant makers, are receiving a growing slice of multimillion-dollar gifts, according to a new by the Institute for Jewish and Community Research, in San Francisco.

Dec. 04, 2007
WHATEVER happened to Anonymous?
Written by: CHARLES ISHERWOOD
I am wondering instead what became of those wealthy philanthropists who used to support arts organizations and other not-for-profit and charitable institutions without requiring that their names be slapped somewhere — anywhere, it sometimes seems — on a building.

Dec. 04, 2007
The Story of the Gold Toes: The Best-Kept Holiday Fundraising Secret
Written by: Katya Andresen
Open your sock drawer and look inside. I am willing to bet that if you're a man, you'll own at least one pair of Gold Toes. Those are the dress socks with the distinctive gold thread at the toe. If you're a woman, you may have a pair of white work-out socks with that gold color on the toes. The odds are in my favor because more than half of all men's socks sold at U.S. department stores are the Gold Toe brand, and the company weaves more than 140 million pairs for men, women, and children every year.

Dec. 04, 2007
Misconceptions about Writing Fundraising Letters
Written by: Stephen Hitchcock
One of the most crippling misconceptions about letter writing is that it's hard and something to labor over. Not so. The secret to writing effective fundraising letters is to write quickly and naturally. To let the words flow from your fingers, to talk a "blue streak" on paper.

Nov. 26, 2007
Many Top Philanthropists Choose to Give Close to Home
Many of the country's top philanthropists support institutions close to home and choose to stay involved with those institutions to make sure their gifts are used effectively, BusinessWeek reports.

Nov. 26, 2007
Charities Looking to Mergers to Trim Costs
With the number of nonprofits increasing rapidly and donors growing tired of solicitations, charities are experimenting with mergers as a way to cut costs, reduce duplication of services, and expand their reach, the New York Times reports.

Nov. 26, 2007
Few Donors Use Online Giving Options, Survey Finds
Although 65 percent of Americans gave to charity in the past year, only one in ten regularly gives online, a new survey from American Express and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University finds.

Nov. 20, 2007
Direct Charitable Activities on the Rise at U.S. Foundations, Study Finds
According to what is believed to be the first study to track the growing role of operating programs -- known as direct charitable activities -- at philanthropic foundations in the United States, 60 percent of independent and family foundations involved in these types of activities increased their levels in the past five years, a new report from the New York City-based Foundation Center finds.

Nov. 20, 2007
Foundations, Charities Urged to Spend More
Proponents of more grantmaking by foundations say the mandatory payout rate of 5 percent that private foundations are subject to has in many cases become the maximum and further argue that to really solve a host of social problems, foundations and other endowed, tax-exempt institutions need to open their coffers wider, the New York Times reports.

Nov. 14, 2007
IRS Official Says Tax Agency May Step Up Efforts to Identify Ineffective Charities
Written by: Ben Gose
The Internal Revenue Service may need to take further steps to better help the public identify inefficient and ineffective nonprofit organizations, Steven T. Miller, the commissioner of the agency’s tax-exempt and government-entities division, told a group of foundation officials and donors here on Saturday.

Nov. 13, 2007
Trustees Don't Do Enough to Help Charities Raise Money, Study Finds
Written by: Elizabeth Schwinn
Board members of nonprofit organizations aren’t doing enough to raise money for their groups, according to a new report that surveyed chief executives and board members from more than 1,100 organizations.

Nov. 06, 2007
The 20 Biggest Fundraising Mistakes, Part II
Written by: David Lansdowne
Last month, JGA posted an article from Guidestar "The 20 Biggest Fundraising Mistakes, Part I." This article outlined mistakes 1-10. This month, Guidestar completes the list with mistakes 11-20.

Nov. 06, 2007
Piper Trust, Flinn Foundation Launch $45 Million Partnership for Personalized Medicine
The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation have pledged a total of $45 million for a global initiative to develop personalized molecular diagnostics to treat disease based on a patient's unique physiological makeup — an approach that could improve health outcomes while reducing medical costs.

Nov. 06, 2007
Corporate Giving Increased Nearly 5 Percent Between 2005 and 2006, Report Finds
While American corporations posted a median percentage increase of 4.8 percent in philanthropic giving between 2005 and 2006, companies were split in whether their giving increased or decreased during that time, a new report from the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy finds.

Oct. 22, 2007
Nonprofit Groups Urged to Follow 33 Fund-Raising and Management Standards
Written by: Marty Michaels
A committee of experts on nonprofit governance and management today issued guidelines designed to help nonprofit groups avoid ethical and legal improprieties. The report, issued by a committee appointed by Independent Sector, sets forth 33 principles that charities and foundations can use as benchmarks to evaluate their policies for insuring they comply with the law and are monitoring their finances closely.

Oct. 22, 2007
New Ethics Code Governs Businesses That Serve Fund Raisers
Written by: Holly Hall
The Association of Fundraising Professionals, which represents more than 29,000 fund raisers, has released new ethical standards to govern the practices of businesses that help nonprofit organizations raise money.

Oct. 22, 2007
Companies Increased Giving by 4.8% in 2006
Written by: Nicole Lewis
Corporations increased their giving by a median of 4.8 percent last year, according to a new study. The median value of company contributions of cash and products last year was nearly $33-million, which means half the companies gave less than that amount and half gave more.

Oct. 18, 2007
Governance Is Key Issue in Regulating Charities, IRS Official Tells State Leaders
Written by: Grant Williams
A top official of the Internal Revenue Service says the tax agency is sticking with its plan to ask charities a series of questions about their management and governance policies and practices on the IRS’s new version of its Form 990 informational tax return, the primary tax document charities file each year.

Oct. 07, 2007
Foundations Talk Strategy, But Few Follow a Clear Plan, Report Says
Written by: Ian Wilhelm
While many foundations say they have a strategy for their giving, a new report suggests only a small number of grant makers actually do.

Oct. 07, 2007
Multi-Channel Fundraising: Tips of the Trade
Written by: David Lawson
Multi-channel fundraising has received a lot of attention lately, but is it really worth all the hype? Yes! With today's ever-expanding communication choices and ever-changing technology, multi-channel fundraising deserves consideration from the nonprofit community.

Oct. 07, 2007
The 20 Biggest Fundraising Mistakes, Part I
Written by: David Lansdowne
Call them what you will—gaffes, blunders, oversights, or errors—mistakes creep into everyone's professional life. But in fundraising—unlike other fields—where thousands if not millions of dollars are often at stake, mistakes can be especially hazardous.

Oct. 04, 2007
IRS Revises Proposed Tax Form in Response to Critics
Written by: Peter Panepento
The Internal Revenue Service is making major changes to its proposal to redesign the primary informational tax form nonprofit groups file each year, the Form 990.

Sep. 24, 2007
Giving by Community Foundations Reached $3.6 Billion in 2006, Report Finds
Giving by the nation's 707 community foundations increased to an estimated $3.6 billion in 2006, a new report from the New York City-based Foundation Center finds.

Sep. 19, 2007
United Ways Raised More Than $4 Billion Last Year
Written by: Sue Hoye
A majority of United Ways raised more money in 2006 than in the previous year, with donations totaling $4.14-billion — a 2.7-percent increase, according to numbers released by United Way of America.

Sep. 12, 2007
Cover Letters: Introducing Your Proposal with Style
Written by: Cheryl Kester
Cover letters, not to be confused with letters of support or letters of inquiry, can play a valuable role in smoothing the way for your grant proposal. If we have just spent days putting together a complex proposal, it can be tempting to throw together a bland cover letter just to get the proposal out the door. Or maybe we omit the letter completely.

Sep. 11, 2007
If You Write It (with Emotion), They Will Give
Written by: Thomas Ahern
People don't give to your organization because they've made a coolly calculated decision to support you. They give because you've moved them somehow, sometimes in ways that don't sound all that "charitable." Flattery and greed are important emotional triggers, for instance. But, then, so are hope and joy.

Sep. 11, 2007
Donors Debate Merits of Charity Tax Breaks
Some donors and researchers have begun to question the wisdom of giving tax breaks for charitable donations, arguing that the causes individuals support are not those that do the most good, reports The New York Times.

Sep. 11, 2007
Asking for Money Is Becoming Part of Most Charity Jobs
Charity staff members who don’t work in the development office are increasingly being asked to solicit donations for their organizations, to give donors hands-on experiences, and to engage them in the group’s work, reports The Boston Globe.

Aug. 27, 2007
A New Generation Reinvents Philanthropy
Written by: Rachel Emma Silverman
Young donors and volunteers, snubbing traditional appeals such as direct mail and phone calls, are satisfying their philanthropic urges on the Internet.

Aug. 20, 2007
Rural Nonprofits Must Overcome Significant Hurdles to Attract Funding
Grantmakers' perceptions of rural life, geographical isolation, and capacity-building needs greatly reduce the ability of rural nonprofits to secure funding, a new report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy finds.

Aug. 20, 2007
Most Individual Giving Misses the Poor, Study Finds
According to a new report from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, most charitable giving by individuals does not directly benefit the poor, the Hackensack (New Jersey) Record reports.

Aug. 07, 2007
Foundations More Willing to Acknowledge Failures, Share Lessons Learned
A few years ago, it would have been astonishing for a foundation to publicize an initiative that had failed, whereas today many of the nation's largest funders readily disclose and analyze their failures, the New York Times reports.

Aug. 07, 2007
Funders Recommend Streamlining Grant Process, Survey Finds
An overwhelming majority of grantmakers want to streamline the grant application and reporting processes for nonprofits, a new survey by Harvard University's Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations and the New York City-based Nonprofit Finance Fund finds.

Aug. 07, 2007
Annie E. Casey Foundation Releases 2007 KIDS COUNT Data Book
National trends in child well-being taken together have improved slightly since 2000, with six of ten indicators showing at least slight improvement, a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds.

Jul. 31, 2007
Nonprofit Officials Offer Warnings, Share Advice About Next Generation of Leaders
Written by: Caroline Preston
Charities will lose young people to other professions unless they start doing a better job of preparing early- and mid-career employees for leadership positions, said participants at Nonprofit 2020: Issues and Answers from the Next Generation.

Jul. 31, 2007
IRS Announces New Filing Requirement for Small Tax-Exempt Organizations
The Internal Revenue Service has announced that, beginning next year, small tax-exempt organizations that were not previously required to file returns may be required to file an annual electronic notice, Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard. Organizations that do not file the notice risk the loss of their tax-exempt status.

Jul. 31, 2007
Community Foundation for Southern Arizona Makes $60,000 Grant to United Way
The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, a $113 million grant making organization and a leading voice for innovative solutions in southern Arizona, today announced a $60,000 grant to United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona for their work in Early Education/Literacy.

Jul. 17, 2007
Google Offers Free Software to Nonprofit Groups
Written by: Nicole Wallace
Google has announced that it is making the educational version of its Google Apps product available free to nonprofit organizations in the United States. The collection of communication and collaboration tools includes e-mail and calendar programs, Internet-based telephone and text-messaging services, and word-processing, spreadsheet, and Web-publishing applications. Google charges businesses $50 a year for the tools and services.

Jul. 17, 2007
Direct Mail Provides Mixed Returns for Charities
Written by: Holly Hall
Charities that raise money from direct mail and other mass appeals say they are garnering more dollars from such solicitations than they did in the past, but many organizations face a harder time recruiting such donors and persuading them to give again, a new survey has found.

Jul. 17, 2007
Bank Mergers Result In Increased Giving, Study Finds
Although many in the nonprofit community have worried that bank mergers would result in significant decreases in charitable giving, a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy finds the opposite is true.

Jul. 17, 2007
Avondale to Give $110,000 in Grants to Non-profits
Written by: David Madrid
The Avondale City Council has approved the distribution of $110,000 in grants to non-profit agaencies through its Contributions Assistance Fund.

Jul. 17, 2007
Pulliam Trust Awards $2.7 Million to 22 Charities
Written by: Russ Wiles
Twenty-two charities operating in Arizona will split more than $2.7 million in grants from a trust established by a former newspaper executive. The donations from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust primarily go to organizations that help people in need. Some gifts, however, go to animal-welfare groups and charities that enrich the community.

Jul. 17, 2007
Southern Arizona Chapter of AFP Announces Tucson's Philanthropists of the Year
The Southern Arizona Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is proud to announce this year’s local National Philanthropy Day honorees—two individuals and two organizations whose exemplary generosity and leadership are worthy of our attention.

Jul. 03, 2007
U.S. Foundations Report Higher Average Annual Return in 2006
Independent and community foundations in the United States reported an average annual return of 13.7 percent in fiscal year 2006, according to the Commonfund Benchmarks Study 2007 Foundations Report, a new report from the Commonfund Institute.

Jul. 03, 2007
Foundations Use Real-Time Feedback to Refine, Change Grantmaking
In their evaluation efforts, foundations increasingly are moving beyond traditional third-party outcome studies toward more real-time, performance-centered approaches that provide actionable insights while grant-funded projects are still under way, a new report from FSG Social Impact Advisors finds.

Jul. 03, 2007
Postal Service Rejects Plan to Give Mailers a Temporary Break
Written by: Holly Hall
The Postal Service’s Board of Governors rejected a plan that would give nonprofit groups and other mailers a temporary discount for “flats,” mail pieces that are larger than letters.

Jul. 03, 2007
Donations by Americans Reached $295 Billion in 2006
Written by: Holly Hall
Donations totaled $295-billion last year — an increase of 1 percent after inflation, according to Giving USA, the yearbook of American philanthropy released this week. That marked the third straight year that donations grew following the economic slump from 2001 through 2003, when contributions stagnated or declined.

Jun. 14, 2007
IRS Unveils New Nonprofit Tax Form
Written by: Grant Williams
The Internal Revenue Service on Thursday released a new version of its Form 990 informational tax return, the primary tax document that charities file each year with the government. The version released is a draft that charities, lawmakers, and other people will get to debate over the next few months. Charities with $25,000 or more in annual revenue are now required to file the form.

Jun. 06, 2007
Senate Finance Committee Calls for Greater Transparency from Nonprofits
Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Charles Grassley (R-IA), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, have issued a letter to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson urging the department to update Forms 990 and 990-PF, the tax documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service by private foundations and many tax-exempt organizations.

Jun. 05, 2007
One-Third of Charities Expect to Come Under Severe Financial Stress This Year
Written by: Peter Panepento
Steep cost increases and waning government support are squeezing nonprofit groups to the point that about one third of all organizations are expecting severe financial stress during the next year, according to a report released today by the Johns Hopkins University's Center for Civil Society Studies.

Jun. 05, 2007
Corporate Philanthropy Up in 2006, Despite Decrease in Disaster-Relief Funding
Corporate giving remained strong in 2006, increasing 4.7 percent on average for top companies, even without a major natural disaster to fuel additional giving, new research by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy suggests.

Jun. 05, 2007
Lessons For-Profits Can Teach Nonprofits about Getting Funded: Business Plan (Part 2)
Written by: Carl Richardson
Detailed and well-conceived financial statements quickly indicate the chance for success of a new project or program. Developing a schedule of start-up expenses, capital equipment needed, and a month-to-month forecast of income and expenses will show the true cost of the project while balance sheets, summary budgets, and statements of cashflow will help forecast continued operations. In the written word, however, for-profit businesses also offer lessons in fundraising.

Jun. 05, 2007
Lessons For-Profits Can Teach Nonprofits about Getting Funded: Business Plan (Part 1)
Written by: Carl Richardson
Business plans are perhaps the best known and least understood tools of operating any kind of organization. Everyone knows for-profit businesses use them – you can’t get a business loan without a business plan. Grantwriters and nonprofit managers, however, use these plans nearly every day and often don’t understand what they really do. (Many seasoned professionals reading this article just went, “Oh. Not again.”) For-profits make use of business plans to greater effect than nonprofits. In fact, the real lessons to be learned from for-profits is how to use your business plan to plan and fund your venture.

May. 25, 2007
What is most important in getting a grant funded?
Written by: Cassandra O'Neill, MA
Ask 10 people that work for non profit agencies and they'll probably say write a good grant. If you ask 10 funders they will probably say the same thing.

May. 22, 2007
Melinda Gates, Former Virginia Governor Urge Foundations to Embrace Challenges, Collaborate
Speaking at the fifty-eighth annual Council on Foundations conference in Seattle, Melinda Gates of the Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and former Virginia governor Mark Warner urged grantmakers to work with governments, businesses, and other foundations to help solve the world's problems, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports.

May. 22, 2007
Governance Issues Revisited by Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona, is again attempting to change its bylaws to curb the power of a group of the famous architect's followers known as the Taliesin Fellowship, the Arizona Republic reports.

May. 22, 2007
Lilly Company to Post Grants Information Online
In a move designed to enhance transparency in its grantmaking, Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Company has announced that it has begun to post all educational grants and other monetary contributions made through the Lilly Foundation to U.S. organizations on its Web site.

May. 22, 2007
Corporate Foundations Gave a Record $4.2 Billion in 2006, Report Finds
Charitable giving by corporate foundations rose to an estimated $4.2 billion in 2006, and a majority of the foundations surveyed project continued growth in 2007, a new summary report issued by the New York City-based Foundation Center finds.

May. 22, 2007
Most Foundations Fund Nonprofits' Overhead Costs, Study Finds
Foundations are more likely to support nonprofits' overhead costs than is commonly believed, a new study of foundations and educational and human services nonprofits by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University finds.

May. 22, 2007
Northern Arizona U. Receives $25-Million for Business School
Northern Arizona University’s business school, in Flagstaff, has received $25-million from William A. Franke, managing partner of Indigo Partners and former chief executive officer of America West Airlines and several other local companies, reports the university.

May. 08, 2007
William T. Grant Foundation Announces Newest Class of William T. Grant Scholars
Five Promising Early Career Researchers Will Receive Five Years of Support to Pursue Their Work on Youth Development including one from Arizona State University.

May. 08, 2007
Kellog Foundation Awards $4.5 Million to Foster Healthy Communities
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, has announced $4.5 million in grants to nine community groups across the country working to encourage active living and healthy eating locally, including one in Sells, Arizona.

May. 08, 2007
Charities Struggle With Postal-Rate Increases
Starting May 14, first-class postage for single-piece, 1-ounce letters will go from 39 to 41 cents; for postcards the rate will jump from 24 to 26 cents. Although nonprofits get special rates, it's anticipated they will experience on average a 6.7 percent hike. The increase comes just 16 months after the last one and is the third in five years.

Apr. 24, 2007
Giving Circles and Fundraising in the New Philanthropy Environment
Written by: Angela Eikenberry
A new study funded in part by the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy finds that giving circles — groups of individuals who pool their money for charitable causes — have much to offer, but that the relationships between giving circles and charities often fail to live up to their full potential.

Apr. 10, 2007
Foundation Giving Continued Double-Digit Growth in 2006
Giving by the nation's 71,000 grantmaking foundations rose to an estimated $40.7 billion in 2006, an 11.7 percent increase from 2005, a new report by the New York City-based Foundation Center finds.

Apr. 10, 2007
New Hewlett Foundation Report Examines "Hard Lessons" of Neighborhood Improvement Initiative
A new report released by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California, examines what went wrong with the 1996 Neighborhood Improvement Initiative, an acknowledged disappointment that was intended to improve the lives of residents in three disadvantaged neighborhoods in the Bay Area: East Palo Alto, the Mayfair area of San Jose, and West Oakland.

Apr. 10, 2007
Site Promotes Direct Giving Over Groups
Ken and Kristie Sigler have sold cookbooks and football tickets to raise $16,000 for an adoption. For the final $8,700, they are appealing directly to strangers -- through a new online clearinghouse that bypasses traditional charities.

Apr. 10, 2007
Independent Sector Announces New Estimate for Value of Volunteer Time
Independent Sector announces that the 2006 estimate for the value of a volunteer hour has reached $18.77 per hour. Such an estimate can be used to help organizations quantify the enormous value volunteers provide. The 2006 estimate increased from $18.04 per hour in 2005.

Apr. 10, 2007
Editorial Response: Value of Volunteer Time
Written by: Maryn Boess
There is no such thing! There is absolutely no way a single dollar amount can reflect "the value of volunteer time" for any purpose whatsoever. The value of volunteer time is what the marketplace pays a person performing the same type of work in the same type of environment and community. No exceptions!

Apr. 10, 2007
Arizona Community Foundation Announces New Board Chair
Written by: Megan Brownell - Arizona Communication Foundation
Richard Silverman, general manager of Salt River Project, one of the nation’s largest public water and electric utilities, has been elected chairman of the board of the Arizona Community Foundation. Silverman succeeds Jerry Bisgrove, chairman and CEO of Stardust Companies, as chair of one of Arizona’s largest philanthropies. Silverman has served on the ACF board for nine years, the past two of them as vice chair.

Mar. 31, 2007
Wallace Foundation of Arizona Closing
Written by: Laura Atwell, Executive Director - Wallace Foundation of Arizona
From literacy to domestic violence to homeless shelters, The Wallace Foundation of Arizona has been funding Arizona agencies since 1977. During that time, more than 300 agencies have received in excess of $7.3 million. In November of 2007, The Foundation will cease funding.

Mar. 27, 2007
NCRP REPORT CALLS FOR INCREASED GENERAL SUPPORT GRANTMAKING BY FOUNDATIONS
While the philanthropic sector controls close to a trillion dollars in assets, many nonprofits struggle to raise core operating support to maintain their most basic operations, a new report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy in Washington, D.C., finds.

Mar. 24, 2007
Weak Economy Not Yet Hurting Charities, Survey Finds
Despite a slowing economy and fears of recession, major charities say their fundraising has not fallen off, the New York Times reports.

Mar. 08, 2007
Buffet Wants Charities to Spend Fast
Written by: Josh Funk
In his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, Warren Buffett said he has stipulated in his will that the proceeds from all Berkshire shares he owns at death must be used for philanthropic purposes within ten years of the final settlement of his estate, BusinessWeek reports.

Mar. 07, 2007
Fundraising's Four Magic Questions: Answer These and the Gift Is Yours
Written by: Jerold Panas
If I must say so myself, I thought I'd made quite a good presentation. Perhaps short of dazzling—but not bad at all. I had listened carefully, probed when necessary, searched for areas of interest, and maintained intent eye contact. We had come to that charged moment—frightening and awesome, when the air crackles with hope and expectation. The time had come ... I was about to ask Dick for his gift. ...

Feb. 23, 2007
Piper Trust Invests Over $4.2 Million With 15 Local Nonprofits
The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust announced today grants totaling more than $4.2 million to 15 Maricopa County nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving lives and strengthening the community. The grants, awarded across the Trust’s investment priorities, focus on Arts and Culture; Children; Healthcare and Medical Research; Older Adults and Religious Organizations. With these grants, the Trust’s year-to-date grants in the community total over $17,000,000.

Feb. 23, 2007
Making Their Privilege Pay - Wealthy Young Adults Turn to Philanthropy
Written by: Kimberly Palmer
The next few decades will see baby boomers leaving their wealth to their children and grandchildren, thus creating a potentially significant source of charitable giving. Boston College researchers estimate that bequests may total $41-trillion through 2052. Rather than spending most of the money on themselves, young heirs are opting to start their own philanthropic organizations.

Feb. 23, 2007
Arts Organizations Adjust to Decline in Funding
Written by: ROBIN POGREBIN
Corporate giving to the arts has significantly decreased, leaving arts organizations pressed to find new sources of funds, reports The New York Times.

Feb. 13, 2007
If You Didn't Get the Gift, Here's Why
Written by: Jerold Panas
If you didn't get the gift—and in some instances you won't—there are usually ten "horrid reasons." There may be more, but these are the primary ones.

Feb. 13, 2007
Kresge's 4th Quarter Grants Introduce New Dimensions of Grantmaking
The Kresge Foundation in Troy, Michigan, has announced fourth-quarter grants totaling more than $39 million as well as a new emphasis in its approach to grantmaking.

Jan. 30, 2007
When Corporations Restructure, Grants to Nonprofits Dwindle
Written by: Philanthropy News Digest
When companies merge, get new management, or restructure, they often redirect or cut their charitable giving, which can affect both large and small nonprofits that had benefited from their philanthropy, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Jan. 30, 2007
Sales Go Up $6 for Every $1 Companies Add to Giving Budgets
Written by: Ian Wilhelm - The Chronicle of Philanthropy
For every new dollar a retail company, bank, or popular-goods manufacturer allocates to its charitable-giving budget, it can expect sales to grow on average by $6, according to a study by several university researchers who attempted to quantify the economic benefit of corporate giving.

Jan. 11, 2007
Catholic Charities’ Immigration Services Awarded $45,000 Grant
Catholic Charities’ Chief Executive Officer Paul Martodam is pleased to announce that the non-profit’s Immigration Services was awarded a $45,000 grant by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, whose mission is to provide equal access to legal services and representation, specifically to the underserved. This is the seventh consecutive year that Catholic Charities has received an award from the Foundation. “We received an additional $10,000 this year because the demand for services continues to rise,” he said. “In fact, our immigration program recently expanded from Phoenix to the East Valley in order to meet the growing demand. This grant money will help us to continue to serve some of our community’s most vulnerable residents.”

Jan. 11, 2007
Charities Make Case for Funding Administrative Costs
Written by: Rachel Emma Silverman and Sally Beatty, The Wall Street Journal
(WSJ-12/27/06) After years of listening to donors insist that the funds they donate should be devoted exclusively to programs, a growing number of nonprofits are trying to convince donors that spending money on overhead isn't necessarily a bad thing, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Jan. 09, 2007
Arizona Community Foundation Names New COO
Deborah Whitehurst, a 13-year veteran of the Arizona Community Foundation, has been named chief operating officer of the Phoenix-based organization and its 12 statewide affiliates. Whitehurst has served as executive vice president for external affairs since 1993, managing programs for planned giving and asset acquisition, affiliate development, donor relations, programs and marketing. "Deborah has been an indispensable part of ACF for many years, providing practical experience, diverse and deep knowledge of foundation business, keen judgment and thoughtful leadership to every aspect of our work," said Robert L. King, ACF president and CEO.

Jan. 09, 2007
Arizona's Latino-led Nonprofits Get a Boost
Ten of Arizona's Latino-led Nonprofits awarded more than $600,000. Ten nonprofit organizations have received new grant funds from a collaborative of funders whose mission is to build strong Latino communities. The Arizona Hispanic Funders' Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities is $31 Million coordinated effort of more than 158 local, national and transnational funders and corporations. The Funders' Collaborative targets nonprofit organizations that have annual operating budgets of less than $2 million and serve a primarily Latino constituency. Its focus is on developing the infrastructure of the Latino nonprofit sector and cultivating the next generation of Latino philanthropic leaders.

Jan. 02, 2007
Charity for Charities
Written by: Arthur C. Brooks
Charities that seek and accept government grants might be doing themselves long-term harm, argues Syracuse University professor, Arthur C. Brooks in an opinion article in The Wall Street Journal. Government money for charities, Brooks, is cyclical and can disappear when the economy falters or other issues take political priority. Unlike government spending, private donations are more stable across time, he argues.

Jan. 02, 2007
83% of Americans Donated to Charity in the Past Year, Poll Finds
Written by: Suzanne Perry
Eighty-three percent of American adults say they have contributed to a charity during the past 12 months, although their average donations fell to $1,220 from $1,352 in 2005, a new poll has found, reports The Chronicle of Philanthropy.