Children/Youth

Understanding Families: How Can Charities Engage With Parents and Their Children?
March 14, 2016 at 9:49 am

We’ve been running research with children and young people for years at nfpSynergy, but in the last few months we launched "Families Insight," expanding this research to include parents. This allows us to examine how exactly families interact and engage with charities. Our findings have revealed some interesting dynamics within the family unit, underscoring why…

Girl Scouts Raise Record Funds After Archbishop Urges Parishes to Cut Ties
March 8, 2016 at 9:11 am

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri raised a record amount from its “Dessert First” event, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The organization raised more than $350,000 from roughly 500 guests. On top of that, it has received a higher number of requests from out-of-state residents to purchase cookies. So why the sudden uptick in funds? It might have something to do with St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson's letter, asking parishes in the area to seek alternatives to Girl Scouts...

Anti-Gay Group Accidentally Raises Thousands for LGBT Charity Event
February 19, 2016 at 9:40 am

When anti-gay group STOP SAFE Schools Coalition caught wind that youth organization Minus18 was selling tickets to a dance for LGBT teenagers, the group directed its Facebook followers to buy up all the tickets so no one could attend. But there was a catch. Minus18 wasn't selling tickets to the event. It was crowdfunding it. Oops!...

Michael Jordan Gives Millions in Unexpected Grants to 23 Chicago Nonprofits After Settlement
January 5, 2016 at 10:10 am

Twenty-three Chicago nonprofits answered the phone this week to learn they were lucky recipients of basketball legend Michael Jordan’s winning lawsuit. Jordan wore jersey No. 23 during most of his career with the Chicago Bulls. Jordan’s court case began in 2009 when the now-defunct regional supermarket chain Dominick’s used Jordan’s name in an unauthorized advertisement.…

A Modern-Day Santa: The Salvation Army's Angel Tree
December 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

Along with the familiar red kettles, the Angel Tree program has become one of The Salvation Army’s highest profile Christmas efforts. In my position at The Salvation Army’s Divisional Headquarters in Indianapolis, I was able to witness this miraculous program firsthand when it came to central Indiana for the first time this fall....

Nevada Wal-Mart Stores Pull Toys for Tots Donation Boxes
December 2, 2015 at 10:29 am

The Marine Corps League, organizing the annual "Toys for Tots" toy drive for families in need in the Reno/Sparks area, said local Wal-Mart stores have removed donation boxes from area locations. The group said it had donation boxes set up at area Wal-Mart locations, but has now learned that Wal-Mart has removed those boxes. A…

Boy Scouts in Utah Struggle With Fundraising Following Ruling on Gay Leaders
November 16, 2015 at 10:31 am

Utah branches of the Boy Scouts of America said they're feeling a financial impact following a ruling by the national office to allow openly gay scout leaders. The biggest scout branch in the country, Utah National Parks Council, is based in Orem and serves 90,000 scouts in a region that covers the entire state south of…

The Secret Behind Every Fundraising Success Story
October 28, 2015 at 9:42 am

As a fundraiser, I’ve been to my fair share of fundraising parties, often hosted by a board member, donor or volunteer. While these events can be a fantastic way to connect and meet new potential major donors, I typically find them to be awkward, stiff and sometimes a little too heavy on the wine. Recently,…

Former Subway Pitchman Jared Fogle's Victims Get $1 Million
October 26, 2015 at 10:23 am

Jared Fogle, the former Subway pitchman who used his foundation to access child victims, in August pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and sex with minors. Now, as part of his plea agreement, Fogle has begun issuing restitution. According to The Associated Press, Fogle has already paid a total of $1 million to 10 victims...

Texas Nonprofit Leader Accused of Asking Teen for Explicit Photo
October 20, 2015 at 10:09 am

The chairman of a nonprofit mentoring program for at-risk boys, which has had contracts with two area school districts, has been accused of asking a teenage boy to send him an explicit photo. Paul Dean Jamison Jr., who founded Developing Boys To Men (DBTM) in 2009, was arrested Friday morning. Bail was set at $10,000.…