July 9, 2009, The Oregonian — If your passion is to ensure impoverished, homebound grandmothers eat at least one hot meal a day, you might seek help from a food bank, a health clinic or a senior center.
San Diego, July 6, 2009 — The number of Americans interested in volunteer vacations continues to climb, according to a new University of California San Diego Extension survey, but there are dramatic differences between the generations.
WASHINGTON, July 2, 2009 — BoardSource, the nation's leading resource on nonprofit governance, has collaborated with Independent Sector to produce a new tool to help nonprofits, foundations, and corporate philanthropy programs examine and improve their governance practices. The Principles Workbook: Steering Your Board toward Good Governance and Ethical Practice is designed to help the nonprofit community meet its commitment to upholding the highest standards of accountability -- and do so in a cost-effective way.
June 29, 2009, USA TODAY — The free tickets may already be snapped up for Virgin Mobile's FreeFest, but that doesn't mean you can't still get in free.
MIAMI, June 16, 2009 — Big Brothers Big Sisters this week will recognize its Big Brother of the Year and Big Sister of the Year at its 2009 National Conference, sponsored by Comcast Corporation. The "Bigs of the Year" are long-term mentors whose volunteer service exemplifies how Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's largest donor-based volunteer mentoring network, improves the odds for more than 255,000 of America's most vulnerable children.
MIAMI, June 16, 2009 — A study conducted by Harris Interactive(R) on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters finds adults mentored as children through Big Brothers Big Sisters are more likely than peers with similar backgrounds but who were not involved in the program to have a four-year college degree and incomes of $75,000 or more. They also report strong relationships with their spouses, children and friends.
The last decade was characterized as a time of plenty in the charitable arena: plenty of good causes, plenty of organizations, plenty of government support, plenty of corporate and foundation money, and plenty of individual giving. Well, guess what? The party’s over. Unquestionably we are in the midst of a worrisome rebalancing and readjustment of charitable dollars. To succeed in this and the impending economic climate, nonprofits must renew their commitment to the basic fundamentals of fundraising. It starts with the board of directors.