Posted , by Nancy Chapman. Topic: Careers in Philanthropy.

This fall, the nation’s first bachelor’s degree program in philanthropic studies will be offered at Indiana University. “Philanthropy and the nonprofit sector are becoming increasingly complex,” said Patrick M. Rooney, executive director of the IU Center on Philanthropy and our Giving Institute colleague. “Those who plan to work in this field need more sophisticated education… Read more »

Posted , by The Curtis Group. Topic: Uncategorized.

Every Tuesday, we’ll post a Fundraising Tip of the Week that will help you remain a philanthropic priority during the economic recovery. Here’s the first one. Now more than ever, your case must articulate needs and successes clearly and concisely. “Give to our annual fund” or “Support our operating budget” do not make for a… Read more »

Posted , by Wendy McGrady. Topic: Donor Communication.

At the Hampton Roads Institute for Nonprofit Leadership Conference last Friday, I went to a good workshop by our Giving Institute colleague Jay Love of eTapestry. It was called “The Internet Unveiled: The Newest Tools & Website Trends for Relationship Building,” with the key words being “relationship building.” Jay’s message was to make sure your online… Read more »

Posted , by Keith Curtis. Topic: Nonprofit Management.

An article published yesterday in The Wall Street Journal, “Once-Robust Charity Sector Hit With Mergers, Closings, “ confirms what we’ve been addressing in our trainings and presentations for the past year and a half. It’s unfortunate to see nonprofits that are helping folks shut down, but as the article explains, the reality is there are… Read more »

Posted , by Nancy Chapman. Topic: Uncategorized.

Despite the cold weather, the community came out in force today to celebrate the groundbreaking of Oasis Social Ministry’s new building. City and business leaders joined in the celebration, including Portsmouth Mayor James Holley, who spoke at the event. The building is coming to life as the result of Oasis’ successful capital campaign, which has… Read more »

Posted , by Wendy McGrady. Topic: Fundraising, Funds and Funders.

A Jan. 14 article in Business Week discussed the decline in corporate philanthropy during the economic downturn. It also pointed out that companies are giving more strategically, often contributing to causes that will raise their visibility. This is another good reason to diversify your funding sources. As Keith noted in our last blog post, corporate… Read more »

Posted , by Keith Curtis. Topic: Nonprofit Management.

No doubt you’ve heard about the huge role that social media and mobile giving has played in raising money for victims of the Haiti earthquake. By a week after the disaster, more than $220 million had been contributed to major U.S. relief groups, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Of that, $22 million was raised… Read more »

Posted , by The Curtis Group. Topic: Uncategorized.

Some $2,000 worth of tools were stolen Wednesday from our client Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads. The Norfolk-based organization is asking for donations of replacement tools from local businesses that may have extras on hand. For a list of what was stolen, click here. If you can help, call the Habitat office at… Read more »

Posted , by Nancy Chapman. Topic: Donors.

Last week we announced a new blog feature that will showcase the ways a few volunteers have made a huge difference in their community. Here’s our first story. In 1995, Dr. Jim Shaw and his wife, Cooka, chose to answer a persistent call they were feeling to provide health care for the uninsured. First, they… Read more »

Posted , by Keith Curtis. Topic: Year-End Giving.

A Jan. 11 USA Today article excerpted from The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that last-minute gifts boosted some charities’ holiday fundraising. A third of the nearly 400 nonprofit groups that responded to a poll in mid-December said donations since November were higher than they had been at the same time in 2008. Of 181 charities… Read more »