Executive Issues

Philanthropy 2009 -- Four Ideas for Tough Times
November 9, 2009

November 8, 2009, The Wall Street Journal — Get out your checkbook. The holidays are coming. That's prime time, of course, for all sorts of gift giving -- from your 10-year-old's iPod to a business client's bottle of Bordeaux. And don't forget the old alma mater... or the children's hospital... or the food bank. It's also the season for charities.

Consider It an Investment
November 9, 2009

November 9, 2009, The Wall Street Journal — With fewer resources to go around, philanthropists are using a host of methods to stretch their charitable dollars.

Finding the Silk Purse
November 9, 2009

November 9, 2009, The Wall Street Journal — Many nonprofit organizations have been in survival mode since the economy went sour and donations began shrinking. But some are doing more than just getting by—they're finding ways to take advantage of the situation.

Research Reveals Growth in Giving Before Recession
November 5, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., November 4, 2009 — The Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) today released its Giving in Minnesota, 2009 Edition research report, the most comprehensive analysis of charitable giving in the state. In examining foundations and corporate giving programs with fiscal years ending between June 1, 2007, and May 31, 2008 - the most recent time period for which complete data are available - MCF analyzed the state's charitable giving for the months leading up to and during the very earliest part of the recession.

Federal Charity Drive Reaches Out to Young Donors
November 4, 2009

November 3, 2009, GovExec — Since he arrived at the Office of Personnel Management in April, Director John Berry has been an active advocate for federal charitable giving. The summer-long Feds Feed Families canned food drive collected more than 1 million pounds of goods for food banks nationwide, and Berry is confident that federal employees of all ages also will deliver for the 2009 Combined Federal Campaign, which kicked off in early September and runs through Dec. 15.

Understanding the New Breed of Digital Donors and How to Maximize Your Fundraising Through Their Networks
November 3, 2009

With the global number of users on Facebook now fast approaching the size of the U.S. population, it’s surely clear that time is up for anyone who still wants to ignore online social networking as a passing fad. However, while nonprofits now generally recognize the need to take it very seriously, most still struggle to understand how they can best fit it into their fundraising programs.

Young Chief Executives Are Finding Few Peers
November 2, 2009

November 1, 2009, The NonProfit Times — When the Children's Aid Society in New York City went looking for a new CEO, they were looking for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit. They found Richard Buery, Jr.

Men and Women Equally Likely to Include Charity in Estate Plans
November 2, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, November 2, 2009 — Gender does not generally predict whether someone who donates to charity is likely to leave a charitable bequest in his or her will, according to a study released today by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

America's Top Charities Face Tough Fund-Raising Year
October 30, 2009

October 29, 2009, The Chronicle of Philanthropy Bruised by the deepest recession in decades, the nation's most-successful fund-raising organizations anticipate that giving will decline this year by a median of 9 percent, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. That would mean that half of the charities in the survey expect an even steeper drop.