Controversy erupted today over ESPN’s decision to give away an hour of primetime programming to announce which NBA team LeBron James will join. The sports network will donate proceeds from advertising sponsorships of the announcement show to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a charity long supported by James. “Many in the media world are… Read more »
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In much of his writing, Paul G. Schervish, professor of sociology and director of the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College, offers a psycho-social perspective on giving and how people carry out their lives. In a recent article he wrote, “One of the most unexpected findings is the satisfaction and pleasure that donors… Read more »
While at the AFP International Conference in Baltimore last week, we met the founders of EdBoard, a new online forum where nonprofit professionals can easily and efficiently obtain, request, post, or share information. Check it out.
This week we’re taking a break from our weekly fundraising tip to look at the reason we started posting these tips to begin with: the economic recovery. Several major economists believe the recession has ended, and the Federal Reserve chair recently said it was over in last quarter of 2009. But earlier this week, the… Read more »
Create a challenge gift: That’s number eight in our series of tips on how to remain a philanthropic priority in the economic recovery. Challenge gifts can come from individual donors, foundations, businesses, or even your collective board. It doesn’t have to be huge, although those can work well too. When the Virginia Living Museum was offered $6… Read more »
Here’s our third weekly fundraising tip to help you remain a philanthropic priority during the economic recovery: Board members must be clear about their role. To be sure they are, you need to talk to them about that role. For most nonprofits, fundraising tops the list of a board member’s duties, but that doesn’t mean… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Just a quick note about some articles you might find helpful at these links: New York Times’ special section on giving The Wall Street Journal article, “What’s Wrong With Charitable Giving — and How to Fix It” Philanthropy Journal’s “‘Tis the Season to Engage Donors” by our own Keith Curtis.