More than three quarters of entering college students feel it’s their duty to help others in need, a sentiment that’s grown steadily in recent years. But how much are they willing to commit? On average, just 26% of all university students typically volunteer—lower than the number among high schoolers. Read more from Fast Company.
Text messaging your supporters and donors can be more personal than an email and more private than a social media post and more casual than a phone call. But it’s not free and list building can take time because SMS marketing is relatively new, according to Ellen Pascale, manager, mobile marketing, at Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Read more from The NonProfit Times.
Professional skill sets can be of enormous benefit to a sector that has limited funds for overhead spending, given funders’ eagerness to keep administrative costs to a minimum. That overhead—the strategic planning, leadership development, technology, finance, and marketing functions—is what enables organizations to thrive and scale effectively. Corporate and professional skills-based volunteering can play an effective and critical role in these precise areas, if done right. Read more from Nonprofit Quarterly.
The nonprofit sector is the third leading employer in the US, providing jobs for nearly 12 million Americans, according to the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies. "This is a sector in which the contribution that it is making to people's lives is better reflected in employment than it is in just in raw dollars," says Lester Salamon, author of the report. Read more from Fast Company.
Two House lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan bill that would allow taxpayers to write off donations whether or not they itemize. Under the bill, the amount of charitable donations would not be capped. "This bipartisan bill not only encourages us to help our fellow neighbors, but it also makes sure than taxpayers can receive their due deduction for charitable giving if they choose not to itemize," said Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, a cosponsor of the bill. Read more from ThinkAdvisor.
Bruce and Martha Karsh pledged $25 million to the UVA School of Law for scholarships, to create the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy, and to endow a professorship to lead the new center. The university’s Board of Visitors is giving an additional $18.9 million in the Karshes’ name for those three efforts. Read more from The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School has allowed the Federalist Society to influence hiring, program development, and student funding and admissions, GMU law school alumni say. The activist campaign UnKoch My Campus released more than 700 pages of emails and other documents on April 30 that suggest strong ties between the Fairfax-based public university’s law school and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, a nonprofit that promotes conservative and libertarian principles. Read more from The Fairfax County Times.
Point-of-sale fundraising, such as the option to give to charity while checking out at the grocery store, is effective more than 71% of the time, according to the Better Business Bureau. The report found the tactic raised $441 million for charity in 2016, led by eBay, which raised $56 million for 34,000 nonprofits.Read/see more from WALA-TV (Mobile).
Ninety-three percent of nonprofit employees say they're engaged at work and 77% are "somewhat" or "highly satisfied" with their current role, according to nonprofit Work for Good. The report also found that 85% of workers who came from for-profit positions plan to stay in the nonprofit sector. Read more from HR Dive.
The use of donor-advised funds remains a relatively small, but growing, part of philanthropy. Their popularity has mushroomed in recent years, catapulting Fidelity Charitable to the top of the Philanthropy 400, the Chronicle’s annual ranking of charities that receive the most in private dollars. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about receiving donations from the accounts. Read more from The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
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