May 28, 2015

Fundraising

Full, Accurate & Anticipatory Disclosure Would Help Put Clinton Foundation Media Stories to Bed

Hillary-Clinton-redMany of the stories about the Clinton Foundation that have entranced critics of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign could have been nipped in the bud had the foundation anticipated the questions it probably should have.

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92-Year-Old Found Dead Was “Exhausted” by Charity Requests

PoppyOlive Cooke was receiving more than 180 charitable donation requests a month. Did pressure from overzealous fundraisers lead to her doom?

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UT-Austin Admissions Scandal Shows System in Need of Fundamental Board Governance Changes

 

ut-austin-edificeWhat UT-Austin has done to frustrate the efforts of a trustee to uncover information about its admissions scandals contains lessons for nonprofits about transparency, accountability, and the roles of board members.

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The Citizens United Campaign for the White House: Bernie Sanders vs. Everyone Else

Bernie SandersNonprofits have long had a stake in reducing the influence of big money on electoral campaigns. In the 2016 presidential election, only candidate Bernie Sanders is willing to make the Supreme Court Citizens United decision into a campaign issue.

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GoFundMe Changes Terms to Quell Crime-Related Crowdfunding

CrowdfundingCrowdfunding sites used to hold themselves at a remove from the campaigns they hosted. Now they find themselves taking greater responsibility for their users’ fundraising ends.

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Is Wounded Warrior Project a “Neighborhood Bully” Among Veterans’ Groups?

WWApparently WWP wants to own the military term “wounded warriors,” and it appears willing to spend its donors’ and beneficiaries’ money to secure that ownership.

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Fundraising Isn’t about Money…Neither is Giving: Part 2

GivingThis is the second in a multi-part column by Simone Joyaux about linking autobiography to notions of philanthropy. Make sure you read the first part first.

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Student Thank-a-thon Connects Donors to Recipients of their Generosity

Thank youPutting the final recipients of generosity in touch with donors—that is the heart of this thank-a-thon at the University of Minnesota.

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Fundraising Isn’t about Money…Neither Is Giving: Part 1

 

GrafittiAs Dale Carnegie said, “You’ll have more fun and success when you stop trying to get what you want and start helping other people get what they want.”

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In 2015 M+R Benchmarks Study, Online and Monthly Giving Are Up

Fundraising StudyThis year’s M+R Benchmark Study surveyed 84 nonprofit organizations on their fundraising metrics through social media, email marketing, and online revenue.

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Study: Men Engage in “Competitive Helping Displays” When Donating in Response to Attractive Women

AttractionThe next time you hear someone waxing on about how the “new donor” is so darn rational, think about this study.

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Hail to the Houndstooth: The Distinctive Charitable Fundraising Arm of the University of Alabama

HoundstoothThe unusual situation of the Crimson Tide Foundation isn’t just that it purchased the home of University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban and ferries him and potential ’Bama players around during recruiting trips in a foundation-owned airplane, but that the 501(c)(3) foundation doesn’t feel the need, legally or otherwise, to file a Form 990 with the IRS.

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The Hunger Game: Beasty Wins Facebook’s Social Good App of the Year

NewsA social good video game app that capitalizes on convenience and fun spotlights the movement to digitize charity.

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A Museum’s Unpaid Pledges Raise Questions on Capital Campaign Preparedness

Royal MuseumThe Royal Ontario Museum has produced a great cautionary tale about the need for clear policies relative to pledges made during capital campaigns.

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Building a Culture of Philanthropy in Your Organization

HallwayResearch shows that an organization’s culture dramatically affects its effectiveness. Culture is pervasive, affecting all areas of the organization, including fund development.

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Public Accountability in the Balance when Gov’t Agencies Create Nonprofit Wings

CurtainA new and growing trend among public agencies is to create affiliated 501(c)(3) arms for fundraising and other purposes, but they could create issues of transparency and accountability.

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The Nonprofit Ethicist: Divided Board Loyalties and Fundraising Quandaries

EthicistFrom confusions around duty of loyalty to the advisability (or not) of regifting gifts in kind, there is no complicated situation that the Nonprofit Ethicist cannot untangle. 

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A “Shark Tank” Competition for Nonprofits Emerges in Boston

SharksIn Boston, venture capitalist Todd Dagres says he is organizing a Shark Tank-style competition for early-stage nonprofits and he’s inviting contestants.

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Truth or Charity? The Lure of Poverty Porn for Nonprofits

Poverty There is indeed a choice between the “easy” way of fundraising that resonates to false beliefs, and the respectful and social change oriented way of fundraising.

 

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“Email’s Not as Awesome as It Used to Be”: Highlights from M+R Benchmark Study

Benchmark StudyThis year at NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, M+R shared some interesting trends in metrics from their upcoming Benchmark Study. Although email list growth is still increasing, growth is much slower than in previous years.

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Fundraisers: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Feedback

Fundraisers often complain about board members. It’s fine to vent frustrations, but the solution to your problems will often be found in your own mirror. Simone Joyaux advises a little self-audit.

 

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Social Giving IRL (In Real Life) for Nonprofits

Birds on a wireSocial giving uses the power of networks to amplify donations. Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and the rest can encourage new donations. But what about location-based networks? Can donations go up using ad-hoc networks of people in the real world?

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Challenging Dimensions of State Legislative Lobbying: The Montana Yoga Pants Controversy

Yoga pantsSome legislators are up to the challenge of addressing complex issues. Others spend their power fighting “tight-fitting” clothes.

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Harvard Pounds Yale in Fundraising Game: Why Care?

Harvard vs. YaleFor the first time since 2005, Yale did not rank in the top 10 for annual fundraising among colleges and universities nationwide.

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Personal Face-to-Face Solicitation, Part 2

BubblesPersonal face-to-face solicitation is the best way to raise the most money from the leading donor source—individuals. Part 2 of a series.

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Personal Face-to-Face Solicitation, Part 1

Face to FacePersonal face-to-face solicitation is a natural evolution in good fundraising, yet the concept of meeting up and asking for a gift is new for so many nonprofits.

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Boston Marathon’s One Fund Declares Work Done and Closes up Shop

One BostonThe One Fund should be noted for its lack of major turmoil in distributing the money raised for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing.

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Conan’s Fake Infomercial Turned into Philanthropy

Nick OffermanWhen Conan O’Brien brought Nick Offerman on for a comedy skit, the resulting video became so popular that the premise is being realized for charity.

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Nonprofit Behind Wilson’s Defense Says No to Early Release of Finances

NewsThe charity that raised more than $400K for the legal defense of Officer Darren Wilson says no to requests for early release of its financial information.

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Is Lance Armstrong a Boon or Bane for Cancer Fundraising? A Bird’s-Eye View

Lance ArmstrongAccording to this event producer, if Lance Armstrong has no place in the philanthropic community, it’s the cancer survivors who’ll suffer.

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