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Wawa Foundation Wants to Donate $50M by 2018 (And They're Almost There)
February 21, 2017 at 1:26 pm

The Wawa Foundation plans on hitting its goal of $50 million in donations by 2018, and it is well on its way. Since 2014, the foundation has donated over $33 million towards three areas: health, hunger and everyday heroes through grants and in-store fundraising. In 2016 alone, the foundation totaled $11.6 million in contributions...

DonorSee: An App Connecting Philanthropists to Those in Need
February 21, 2017 at 1:16 pm

Philanthropy can be a funny business. Let’s say you’re a do-gooder in Malawi, and you hear about a little girl who has been attacked by a crocodile. She is badly hurt, but her family has no money for medical care at a private clinic. What do you do? The traditional philanthropic approach would be, approximately,…

Nonprofit Storytelling Through Video Can Compel Your Audience
February 21, 2017 at 1:06 pm

Because we are such visual creatures, stories through video can be ultra compelling for us. Video is a medium that, when it comes to nonprofit storytelling, is rarely utilized, even though it has its own unique advantages. Especially for narratives that are careful, nuanced and purpose-driven. Obviously, for the video narrative to work, it needs…

Client/Agency Relationships: Carrot or Stick?
February 21, 2017 at 12:59 pm

Most nonprofits work with agencies in the marketing and fundraising arena. But some of those relationships are not “healthy.” Is it about management style? Is this a “carrot versus stick” debate?...

6 Ways Charity Boards Can Make Workload Manageable
February 21, 2017 at 12:38 pm

People on voluntary sector boards have heavy workloads—so what’s the best way to share the burden? Sub-committees may not seem exciting, but if used properly, delegating tasks will help your board to be brilliant. Here are my six top tips on how to get the most from your sub-committees: 1. Let them delve into detail…

4 Lessons Learned From a Stalled Capital Campaign
February 20, 2017 at 11:45 am

A stalled campaign is NOT the time to sit back and wait until the money comes in. Unless you take a bold and clear initiative, your organization is likely to be left with a failed campaign, a big debt and a black eye in your community...

Use of 'Ask' Versus 'Results' Language in Major Gifts
February 20, 2017 at 9:58 am

All of us in major gifts know that there are different stages in the major-gift process. Many brilliant major-gift people have written about it. Words like identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship come to mind as descriptors of some big stages or phases of major gifts...

Charities Collaborate to Create Awards Program Addressing Solutions to Health Issues
February 20, 2017 at 9:24 am

We hear much about American health and health care being in crisis. Health care in the U.S. is increasingly expensive for everyone—consumers and government alike—but it doesn’t make us healthy. Despite that, there are “bright spots” of change where communities are coming together in new ways to solve their most pressing health problems. These collaborations…

NBA Raises $500K for SagerStrong Foundation
February 20, 2017 at 9:11 am

With some long-range shots and a Shaq-aided slam, the SagerStrong Foundation has received a $500,000 donation. Following a tribute to Craig Sager after the three-point contest, TNT broadcaster Ernie Johnson came onto the court with champion Eric Gordon and finalists Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker. Johnson said $10,000 would be donated to the charity for…

MacArthur Foundation Announces 100&Change Semi-Finalists
February 17, 2017 at 10:52 am

The MacArthur Foundation has chosen eight semi-finalists for 100&Change, a competition awarding a $100 million grant to the nonprofit or for-profit organization with the most distinguished, world-changing proposal. Submitted ideas include changing the way we care for orphans, treating blindness in Africa, providing virtual access to specialty medical care for the underprivileged and more...

Indianapolis Club Rewards Perseverance
February 17, 2017 at 10:07 am

Each day we work hard to promote our specific organizations and promote our profession. Without a chance to view other organizational activities, this could lead to tunnel vision and singular focus. If you are fortunate, you will be able to witness concepts in our profession placed in action by other organizations also dedicated to enhancing our profession. I recently took advantage of an invitation to attend a special event, and I am very glad I did...

Kutcher Speaks Out Against Modern Day Slavery
February 17, 2017 at 9:05 am

No one got "Punk'd" Wednesday morning when Ashton Kutcher came to Capitol Hill. The actor testified Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a hearing on progress in combating modern slavery. Kutcher spoke on behalf of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, an organization he co-founded with then-wife Demi Moore in 2009 to build software to…

Planned Parenthood Receives $1M Donation From Wealthy Businesswoman
February 17, 2017 at 8:45 am

Planned Parenthood just got a windfall donation from a powerful woman. Elaine Wynn has donated $1 million to the women's health organization, Fortune has learned. “As a woman, a mother and a grandmother, I’m proud to do what I can to help protect access to reproductive health care,” the billionaire said in an emailed statement. Wynn…

Trump Wants to Repeal the Johnson Amendment: What Nonprofits Need to Know
February 16, 2017 at 11:16 am

If Trump is successful in repealing the Johnson Amendment, the nonprofit sector will face a heavy burden. The beauty is the Johnson Amendment has been protecting nonprofits from politicians for over 60 years by keeping these organizations nonpartisan, but with its removal, the floodgates would open, and political candidates will begin knocking on the doors of nonprofits seeking endorsements for their...

7 Tips for Building a Healthy, Happy Relationship With Your Vendor
February 16, 2017 at 10:45 am

This old dog knows that we fundraisers never work alone; we depend on others to help us accomplish our fundraising goals, so our organization can accomplish its mission-related goals. Treating our vendors fairly and with respect can be a small price to pay for a partner who is ready to pull us out when the floodwaters are rising and our survival seems questionable...

Coca-Cola Has Donated More Than $106M to Over 230 Nonprofits
February 16, 2017 at 8:53 am

The Coca-Cola Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company together donated more than $106 million to more than 230 organizations in 2016. These contributions will directly benefit communities across more than 200 countries and territories, with approximately 97 percent of the grants focused on The Coca-Cola Company’s core sustainability priorities of women, water and community well-being. The…

Gates Foundation: Empowering Women Is Key to Fighting Poverty
February 16, 2017 at 8:30 am

In 2006, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet donated $31 billion in company stock to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As a way of outlining just what the Gates family did with the "single biggest gift anyone ever gave anybody for anything," the couple have penned a lengthy report. The big takeaway is that the most…

Maximize the Ask With Meaningful Eye Contact
February 15, 2017 at 11:38 am

If eye contact can prompt the purchase of cereal, what can meaningful eye contact mean when someone is sharing their passion about an opportunity to transform or save lives?...