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Education Dept Approves Conversion of For-Profit Colleges to Nonprofits
September 19, 2017 at 11:15 am

The Education Department will reportedly allow two for-profit colleges to convert to nonprofit colleges. The sales of the schools—Kaplan University and the Art Institutes—were approved by the Education Department, according to emails obtained by BuzzFeed News. Kaplan is being bought by Purdue University in a deal brought about by former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), who now serves…

Meals on Wheels Kicks Off New Fundraising Campaign
September 19, 2017 at 11:12 am

Nathalie Graham will turn off the lights in the Community Center of Abingdon before ending its Meals on Wheels program. “I would rather turn off the electricity here than stop giving out meals,” said Graham, the center’s executive director. “This [Meals on Wheels] is not something that would be nice to do, it’s something that…

Disaster Reliefs: Communicate to Your Supporters About Potential Scams
September 19, 2017 at 11:09 am

The onset of sudden disasters, such as Harvey, always results in an outpour of support from people all over the world—people who want to know where they can donate, how they can volunteer and what they can send to help the individuals and families who have been affected recover from such tragedy...

4 Reminders to Prevent Donors From Getting Compassion Fatigue
September 19, 2017 at 10:57 am

Given the recent string of catastrophic events, amplified by nonstop media coverage, you certainly can’t fault people for beginning to feel compassion fatigue. After making personal or workplace donations to charities helping out in Texas, the Caribbean, Florida and elsewhere, it’s understandable that donors might begin to feel worn out...

Purge of Doctors Without Borders Was a Permit Issue, Pakistan Says
September 15, 2017 at 12:43 pm

The Interior Ministry confirmed on Thursday that it had ordered Doctors Without Borders to leave Pakistan’s impoverished Kurram tribal region, saying the medical charity’s permit to work there expired two years ago. Pakistan’s explanation for the order came a day after Doctors Without Borders, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, said the government had refused…

Texas Churches Suing FEMA for Equal Access to Nonprofit Relief Funds
September 15, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Churches, synagogues and mosques became literal shelters in the storm, as Harvey and Irma ravaged East Texas, Florida and the Caribbean. Faithful volunteers clocked tens of thousands of hours to help victims. Some churches even served as staging areas and distribution centers for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). But what happens when the places of…

Giving for Disaster Relief
September 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm

Because I work for a disaster relief agency that also provides a variety of other important daily services, I am always interested in studying why certain donors only give for disaster relief. On a small sample, I noticed that more than 4,000 of our donors gave for the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in 2005, but did not give in subsequent years...

JJ Watt Raised $33M for Harvey Relief (But Where Will it Go?)
September 14, 2017 at 10:21 am

If you're one of thousands of Harvey-ravaged Houstonians who could use a handout from Houston Texan J.J. Watt's hurricane relief fund, you're going to have to wait a little longer. While the J.J. Watt Foundation raised a mindblowing $33 million in two weeks, a foundation spokesperson said there's currently no long-term plan in place for…

Obama Foundation Sets Summit to Promote Civic Engagement
September 14, 2017 at 10:17 am

Starting next month, the Obama Foundation will begin a series of one-day training sessions and also will host a summit aimed at promoting civic engagement among students and young adults, officials said Wednesday. In a video, former President Barack Obama said the programming, along with the creation of a fellowship program and the incorporation of…

Opinion: Criticism of Red Cross Is Unrealistic, Counterproductive
September 13, 2017 at 11:40 am

In the past three weeks, we’ve felt the fury of two record-breaking hurricanes and a magnitude 8.1 earthquake. The consecutive disasters devastated large parts of Texas, Mexico, the Caribbean and the Florida Keys. Photo and video tell the story far better than words...

An Army of Hollywood Stars Teamed Up for a Huge Hurricane Harvey, Irma Relief Fundraiser
September 13, 2017 at 11:15 am

A cadre of Hollywood celebrities gave passionate speeches, moving performances and hit the phones on Tuesday at a live televised telethon to raise funds for the survivors and victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Celebrities including George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Hanks, Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato came together at…

White House Lists 12 Recipients of Trump's $1M Harvey Donation
September 8, 2017 at 9:33 am

The White House on Wednesday listed 12 charities that will receive personal donations from President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, who pledged last week to donate $1 million for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The largest contributions will go to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, which are each set to receive $300,000 according…

Trump Cancels Fall Fundraising in Texas After Harvey
September 6, 2017 at 1:08 pm

President Trump and his re-election campaign have decided to cancel fundraisers scheduled this fall in Texas as the state recovers from Hurricane Harvey. Trump was originally scheduled to hold a fundraising event in Dallas the end of September, while Vice President Mike Pence was slotted to attend fundraisers in San Antonio and Houston the beginning…

Facebook Will Match Harvey Relief Donations Up to $1M
September 5, 2017 at 11:26 am

As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to inundate the Texas Gulf Coast, Facebook users have one more reason to donate to relief efforts. Facebook announced Tuesday that it would match the Harvey disaster relief funds raised by its users up to $1 million. To contribute match-eligible funds to Harvey recovery efforts on the platform, Facebook users…

Hofstra, Northwell Health Name Med School in Honor of Donald, Barbara Zucker
September 5, 2017 at 11:23 am

Hofstra University and Northwell Health announced the naming of the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in recognition of the couple’s long-time support. Their recent gifts, totaling $61 million, will support the next generation of health care professionals in medicine, research and nursing, and includes: $50 million to create a permanent endowment…

Can Transactional Donors Become Monthly Donors?
September 5, 2017 at 11:07 am

First of all, let me add my thoughts and prayers to those who lost their home and everything else after Hurricane Harvey. And I know we’re not out of the woods yet, with other storms coming near. Fortunately, there are many wonderful experienced organizations on the ground to help the victims. And, of course, fundraising activities have ramped up. People are literally walking in the door with donations...

Dells Launch $100M Rebuild Texas Campaign in Response to Harvey
September 1, 2017 at 11:26 am

Michael and Susan Dell announced Friday that their foundation is launching a Rebuild Texas Fund with a goal of raising $100 million for the long-term recovery of communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. Appearing on “Good Morning America” along with Gov. Greg Abbott, the Dells announced an immediate gift of $18 million, with a goal of…

Nonprofit Owner Given Jail for Spending Grant Money Meant for Summer Jobs
September 1, 2017 at 11:23 am

The former owner of a small nonprofit on Chicago's West Side was sentenced to 21 days in jail Thursday for spending thousands of dollars in state grant money on herself instead of giving summer training jobs to teenagers. In handing down the sentence, U.S. District Judge Elaine Bucklo told Franshuan Myles that the damage done…

Nonprofit Uses Times Square Ads to Jumpstart North Korea Human Rights Campaign
August 31, 2017 at 12:30 pm

A human rights nonprofit has purchased billboard space in New York City’s Times Square as part of a campaign to refocus discussion on North Korea. In July, the Washington-based Committee for Human Rights in North Korea purchased time on an electronic billboard in Times Square to feature three ads—one about the estimated 120,000 North Koreans…