Forbes Top Charities

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017

The annual list from the big list maker—United Way is on top again, despite a continued decline in its fortunes:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/williampbarrett/2017/12/13/the-largest-u-s-charities-for-2017/#2509dfe258e1

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Most Donors Prefer to Give Online

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017

Four times as much as any other avenue — and half are inspired to give by social media or fundraising events, says this study: http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/news-articles/donors-go-online-also-volunteer-study-shows/

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A DAF Primer

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017

Ever wonder what exactly are Donor Advised Funds, how they work and what people think of them, both good and bad?...

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Recognizing Great Work

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017

Nice profile of an important local foundation here in LA (the Weingart Foundation), and the importance of funding capacity building for community-based nonprofits—from a respected national think tank: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/882467/8ea29efef4/1776828671/07d9a849a9/

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Don’t Let This Happen to You!

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017

Nonprofits in Australia that hold back on critically important advocacy—which means criticizing the establishment on behalf of their causes—because they are afraid of losing support; it’s the opposite, and robust advocacy can bolster both your cause and your fundraising: ...

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Check out the Nonprofit Times

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017

Current and recent issues; some helpful stuff there:  http://lsc-pagepro.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=458852#{%22issue_id%22:%22458852%22,%22view%22:%22contentsBrowser%22}

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Some Board Leadership Tips

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017

Good governance is at the root of all nonprofit success, and bad governance is a case of the fish stinking from the head—a couple of good resources here for board leaders and CEO’s: http://www2.smartbrief.com/servlet/encodeServlet?issueid=257519B2-551A-4C1E-A95D-DE19354ED689&sid=ded030a2-e41e-4daa-a5c5-3a342f669868...

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The Latest Analysis of the Tax Bill

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017

From the perspective of the leadership of local grant makers here in Los Angeles—Southern California Grantmakers:  http://go.socalgrantmakers.org/webmail/270662/58701082/caf1d224dc824eeb9b079af375d78fa947f84041ce5202b48068224fab5ccdf1

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Please, Spare Me!

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017

Who’s worse when it comes to over-employing trendy buzz words—academics or nonprofit leaders? Close call. I wish people would stop inventing new words to describe things that have been around since the year of the flood!...

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Crowdfunding

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017

Crowdfunding is a mixed bag for charities—it connects in a viral way with people and can make a real difference to those on the ropes; on the other hand, it is not a good fundraising tool for broader, more long-term systemic approaches to society’s needs.  The classic change vs. charity conundrum: ...

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A New Philanthropic Approach

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017

Participatory grant making and foundations that do a better job than most connecting to their grantees and their communities—two good links: https://nonprofitchronicles.com/2017/12/12/participatory-grantmaking-power-to-the-people/...

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