“Overhead” can be a dirty word in nonprofit circles. The common belief is that many – if not most – donors don’t want their donations used for anything other than supporting the mission of the organization. So, is it myth or fact? This post shares research from GuideStar, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and Charity Navigator about what is important to donors.
YouthGiving.org connects members of the youth giving movement, elevates the stories of incredible young leaders, and provides a gathering place to propel the movement forward. Sarah Bahn, Foundation Center intern, shares how young people are enhancing the social sector through philanthropy.
Chuck McLean, a founding employee of GuideStar shares issues that have been raised by the new IRS Form 1023-EZ application for tax-exempt status, which allows some organizations with annual receipts of $50,000 or less to apply on-line using a much simpler form and process than that required by Form 1023.
“Strong leadership is critical for effective social sector organizations, yet the sector chronically underinvests in its leaders.”
So began Leveraging Social Sector Leadership, a 2015 report by U.C. Berkeley researchers for Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). The GEO report calls leadership development—for activities such as coaching, mentoring, executive education—the highest form of capacity building for the social sector.
A new overtime rule will go into effect on December 1, 2016. Under it, an increased number of salaried employees must receive overtime pay for work exceeding 40 hours per week. Here are some of the organizations that have created resources to help nonprofit employers determine how the new rule affects them.
Yelp is a mobile app that connects people with great local businesses in more than 30 countries. In 2011 Yelp created the Yelp Foundation with one percent of company equity with the intent to make an impact locally. Here are five ways the Foundation keeps their grantmaking local.
At long last, the IRS has released large amounts of electronically filed Form 990 data in machine-readable format. Approximately 60 percent of the e-filed returns have been made available now on Amazon Web Services, and the IRS intends to provide monthly updates.
Peer-to-peer fundraising, also known as social fundraising or P2P fundraising, is a fundraising tactic that mobilizes your organization’s most loyal supporters to raise money on behalf of your nonprofit. It now accounts for nearly one-third of all online fundraising dollars, and that trend is only set to rise in the future. Learn more about peer-to-peer fundraising and whether it is a potential fundraising strategy for your organization.
The Funding Information Network (FIN) brings Foundation Center’s mission to life on a daily basis in communities across the country (and around the world!). After a recent road trip to visit FIN libraries, FIN manager, Kate Tkacik shares how these libraries are not only helping the social sector, but adding beauty through their impressive architectural design.
Do you know the amount of support your donors are willing to provide your organization? If not, then figure it out to learn which of them might be coaxed into doing more and which of them are comfortable, for the time being, at their existing level of engagement. If you can do that, more of your donors will be happy, you and your colleagues will be happier, and your organization's future will look a lot brighter.