July 11, 2014

Fundraising

Moneyball Philanthropy – Is the Work of the Nonprofit Sector Like Baseball?

MoneyballShould charitable contributions be tied to a metric system similar to the one often used to build baseball teams?  Are we moving from strategic philanthropy to “Moneyball Philanthropy”?

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Fundraising Costs Queried Down Under

appcoA fundraising company is being investigated by a state government regulatory agency in Australia.

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Pittsburgh Suburb Tries to Restrict Door-to-Door Solicitors

SolicitorsA lot of people don’t like people who solicit door-to-door, whether they are commercial solicitors or representatives of nonprofits. But to restrict nonprofit, charitable, or religious solicitors, as the Pittsburgh suburb of Baldwin is trying to do through a local ordinance, runs counter to a bigger law—the free speech guarantees of the First Amendment of the Constitution.

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Big Capital Campaigns – Do They Crowd Out Other Fundraising?

CrowdWhat, if any effect, do mega-sized capital campaigns in cities like Cleveland have on the local giving economy?

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UK Fundraising Study: Complaints Largely Come from Annoying Techniques

NOWant money? The strategy might be to leave people alone.

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City Bans Charity Carwashes Due to Polluted Runoff

CarwashArlington, Virginia tells the Boy Scouts that fundraising carwashes violate local storm water regulations.

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Asking for a Gift Personally

PhoneThe secret in asking someone for a contribution, even a friend, is remembering that it’s a conversation, not a presentation.

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Mental Difficulties, Funders and the Roots of Enterprise

I have been so horrified by what looks like a recent, further dismantling of mental health service availability that I made a commitment not to let Brown’s idea die along with the one attempt. Just putting it out there! 

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Houston Symphony Crowdsources a Concert Program for Cash

MusicAs the Houston Symphony wraps up its hundredth season, it has offered its supporters the opportunity to attend—and help determine the program for—a Donor Appreciation Concert in August.

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Challenge Grants: A Mechanism for Double and Lasting Value

MoneySometimes it is worth acknowledging the tried-and-true mechanisms that work well in spreading philanthropy and gaining impact in its application. The humble challenge grant is one of our favorites!

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Kiwanis Faces Utah State Fine for Fundraising Without a License

KiwanisAn obscure state regulation prevents a local nonprofit from holding its version of a bake sale. The state legislature took notice and began to look at alternate approaches.

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Back from the Brink: San Diego Opera Board Unanimously Rescinds Vote to Close

SDOFollowing two months of public turmoil, followed by an extraordinary show of support from San Diegans and the broader cultural community, San Diego Opera has raised about $4 million, enough to move forward with plans for its 2015 fiftieth anniversary season.

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One Teen’s Legacy: £3.6 Million for Cancer Charity

Free HugsWhen UK teen Stephen Sutton learned his cancer was incurable, he posted a 46-item “bucket list” to Facebook. One outstanding item turned into a social media fundraising campaign that raised over 3.6 million pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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2014 M+R/NTEN Benchmark Study: Trend Findings for Fundraising and Advocacy

DonateSome very interesting online response trends are reflected in the latest M+R/NTEN Benchmark Study. If you do online fundraising or advocacy, this is a must-read.

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The Making of a Prospect

BuddingGood prospects can be hard to find. If you know what to look for, it helps.

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Chili’s Cancels Fundraising Event for Questionable Nonprofit

ChilisWhat happens when trying to do a good thing backfires so badly it causes embarrassment?

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Sudden Eviction of RI Arts Group Spurs Emergency Fundraising Campaign

HereEven if you have been fairly stable thus far as a small nonprofit, it is worth having emergency plans, which should, first and foremost, include plenty of committed friends.

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Are We Talking the Same Language?

GearsVocabulary is important; it’s how we convey meaning. But if two parties don’t share an understanding of what their words mean, they aren’t communicating. Simone Joyaux offers some basic definitions and distinctions among fundraising words.

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In Case You Wondered Whether the United Way Was Increasingly Competing with You…

United WayFor some years, NPQ has warned community groups that the decline in the United Way’s workplace solicitation model may lead them toward increasingly more direct competition for the attention of large donors and local corporations. The United Way of Marion County, Florida, is a case in point.

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A Step to Take to Prevent Harm from a Big Grant

StepsThis story not only addresses the danger that can be posed by a large grant that’s not fully vetted, but it also puts forward a process used by NeighborWorks America to prevent that harm.

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Museums in Cold Milwaukee See Revenues Slip and Fall

MilwaukeeField-wide comparative information is sometimes like gold; for instance, it can help indicate where problems in performance might lie.

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Oakland Group Shutters Operations Without Notice

ClosedRecently, NPQ has noted many stories of organizations suddenly giving up with little or no notice. In this case, the 25-year-old Women’s Initiative for Self Employment closed on April 7, 2014, immediately after unveiling a new website touting its return on investment.

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Healbe’s Indiegogo Campaign Should Serve as Red Flag for Crowdfunders

HealbeThe fabulous investigative reporting by James Robinson for Pando Daily makes a persuasive case that the $1 million Indiegogo campaign by Healbe is some mix of a disaster for consumers, who might be buying something that doesn’t work and probably cannot possibly work, and for Indiegogo, which may have hosted a pretty obviously fraudulent crowdfunding campaign. There are big lessons here for donors and investors looking to crowdfunding for trustworthy nonprofit or social enterprise ventures.

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What Might One Massive Capital Campaign Do to Local Fundraising?

RockOn its website, the Knight Cancer Challenge writes, “Dr. Brian Druker (of the Oregon Health and Science University) proved it was possible to kill cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed,” but can a challenge grant to OHSU of unprecedented size be given without harming the network of organizations in the area?

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Making It Tougher on Fraudulent Nonprofit Telemarketing

TeleA nonprofit center in Florida is actively lobbying on behalf of legislation that would regulate nonprofit telemarketing fundraising.

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Studying the Role and Finances of Fundraising Galas among Jewish Organizations

DiningThe Forward has been running a remarkable investigative series on Jewish philanthropy, and this week they are focused on the sometimes elaborate and expensive fundraising parties run by some Jewish charities.

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Experiment: Why Asking Just the Wealthy for Money is More than a Little Silly

MoneyA new study by researchers at the University of Southampton reinforces why nonprofits should not target only the wealthy or well off with their fundraising appeals. It also exhibits that our minds work in odd ways.

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Combined Federal Campaign Pledges Dramatically Plummet by 19% in 2013

CFCNPQ warned that we might see a precipitous drop in pledges to the 2013 Combined Federal Campaign, but that drop is even more dramatic than we imagined, and it is definitely not an anomaly.

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Delaware Museum Expects “Shunning” as it Prepares to Sell Art

Deleware pieceThe Delaware Art Museum is risking the wrath of its peers in selling off some of its art work to pay back debt and replenish endowment.

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The Check’s in the Mail? A Charity Sponsor Makes Himself Scarce after Event

QsIt’s great when local business supports charity by sponsoring a public event, but what happens when the money never comes through?

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