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Giving Day Reboot Snares $2.1 Million

Giving Day Reboot Snares $2.1 Million By Mark Hrywna

The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Day of Giving generated $2.1 million during 16 hours on Wednesday, pushing the total to more than $5.1 million raised across two days – about four months apart. About $1.2 million was raised on May 3 when technical problems with service provider Kimbia limited what…   Read More »

Chan/Zuckerberg: $3 Billion To Battle Every Disease

Chan/Zuckerberg: $3 Billion To Battle Every Disease By Mark Hrywna

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced a commitment of at least $3 billion over the next decade for its next major focus area, science. The goal is to advance science research to cure, prevent or manage all disease by the end of the century. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife P…   Read More »

Opinion … Ability To Deliver Services Is At Stake

Opinion … Ability To Deliver Services Is At Stake By Jatrice Martel Gaiter

During this intense campaign season, it is tempting to keep our heads down, do our work and avoid the political process that seems divisive and pugilistic. But nonprofit leaders cannot afford to luxuriate as complacent, naïve supplicants in American politics. Elected officials and appropriation …   Read More »

Trump’s Foundation Investigated By N.Y. Attorney General

Trump’s Foundation Investigated By N.Y. Attorney General By Andy Segedin

The Donald J. Trump Foundation is under investigation by the New York State Office of the Attorney General for, among other things, a 2013 political donation to a Florida group with suspected ties to the attorney general there. Democrats in the House of Representatives have called on the U.S. Dep…   Read More »

Houston Tapped As Hot Charity Market — Again

Houston Tapped As Hot Charity Market — Again By Andy Segedin

Houston, Texas is America’s most charitable city for the second year running, according to Charity Navigator’s annual metro-area rankings. San Diego, Calif., is the only other city returning to the top five, having finished second in 2015 and tied for fourth in 2016. The Glen Rock, N.J.-headq…   Read More »

Independent Report Faults Media, WWP Board For Fiasco

Independent Report Faults Media, WWP Board For Fiasco By Mark Hrywna

No one escapes the wrath of Doug White in his written overview of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) fiasco earlier this year. The organization, its board, major media organizations, former employees and so-called whistle-blowers, former executives, charity evaluators, and even the Department of Defe…   Read More »

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Giving in Puerto Rico Tops Mainland Rates

By NPT Staff — September 15, 2016

Households in Puerto Rico are giving to charity at a greater rate than mainland counterparts despite economic turmoil in the territory. Nearly three-quarters, 74.9 percent, of Puerto Rican households reported making charitable donations in 2014 as compared to the rate of 55.8 percent among mainland households in 2013.
The statistics come from Giving in Puerto Rico, a study conducted in collaboration between Flamboyan Foundation, the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Kinesis Foundation. Information was gathered from 847 geographically representative households in 2015.
Seven out of 10 Puerto Rican households give informally and the majority, 67 percent, stated that they knew little about philanthropy or nonprofits. Just one-third of respondents could name as many as three nonprofit organizations and 75 percent were unaware of changes made to the tax code that provide benefits to charitable giving.
The data contradicts previous findings that the amount given to charity is tied to knowledge about philanthropy. “We see an opportunity in Puerto Rico to increase formal giving, since a large part of donations are informal in nature, such as helping a stranger, a neighbor, a friend or relative,” said Una Osili, Ph.D, director of research at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
Other key findings from the report include:
• The average amount donated per household in 2014 was $285. High net worth households, those with annual income of at least $150,000 or net assets of at least $1 million, donated an average of $1,171;
• The top five reasons cited for giving were giving back to the community, giving spontaneously in response to a specific need, giving because of a belief that the gift can make a difference, giving because of a desire to set an example for future generations and giving when asked to make a donation;
• Basic needs, religion and health were the top three areas to receive donations in 2014. Respondents identified education, healthcare and the economy as the top social-issue priorities; and,
• Over half, 53 percent, of respondents prefer to donate to organizations in Puerto Rico that handle local issues.
“The findings offer the first scientific base for giving in Puerto Rican households,” said Guiomar García Guerra, Ph.D., executive director of Flamboyan. “It confirms what we already know, that we in Puerto Rico are very generous. Giving in Puerto Rico also provides an understanding of giving so we can start thinking about being more effective as philanthropists during this time of great need.”

USPS Giving Mailers A Break

By Mark Hrywna — August 25, 2016

Mailers might be getting more bang for their buck come January as weight caps on standard and first class commercial mail are expected to increase, according to a United State Postal Service (USPS) proposal.

Charity Navigator Hires Fundraising Expert

By Mark Hrywna — August 19, 2016

Just six months ago, Shannon McCracken shared the stage with Charity Navigator CEO Michael Thatcher for a question-and-answer session during the DMA Nonprofit Federation’s annual Washington, D.C., conference. Starting Sept. 6, she’ll be the charity ratings organization’s new chief development officer.

IS Taps New COO In Continuing Reorganization

By Mark Hrywna — August 15, 2016

The reorganization at Independent Sector continues as Victor Reinoso, a former deputy mayor of the District of Columbia, joins the organization as chief operating officer. Reinoso is the first major appointment since Daniel Cardinali took over as president and CEO of the advocacy organization in July.

Charges Filed In Alleged Terror Financing

By NPT Staff — August 5, 2016

A manager working in World Vision’s Gaza, Israel office has been accused of funneling organizational funds to Hamas, an Islamist militant group.

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