Financial Services

Making Green Work: Nonprofit Finance Program Enables Capital Improvements and Lower Operating Expenses
April 3, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Reducing the fundraising burden against operational expenses or minimizing the scale required of a capital campaign for physical improvements is possible. A new financial tool, recently deployed by both Volunteers of America Chesapeake and The Simon Foundation, demonstrates a capital conservation technique that can be utilized by countless nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S...

How to Make Donating Easy For Your Nonprofit Donors
March 1, 2018 at 12:09 pm

If you work for a U.S. charity, you might have noticed a positive change in affairs. Yep, donations have gone up in recent years. According to Giving USA’s most current report on philanthropy, annual charitable donations reached a new high of $390 billion in 2016, with individual giving increasing 4 percent across the board. That’s good news for everyone...

How to Connect With Funders on 3 Levels
January 23, 2018 at 12:15 pm

You’re in a team meeting when lightning strikes: Your team just hatched the most incredible idea! It has the potential to answer all your problems, fix community issues and revolutionize your organization. It is so tempting to go out and try to raise money for it immediately. After all, who wouldn’t want to fund the next great idea?...

Fidelity Charitable Raises $22M in Bitcoin in 2017
December 18, 2017 at 11:16 am

Bitcoin investors and users have now donated $22 million worth of the cryptocurrency to a charitable trust run by mutual fund giant Fidelity Investments so far in 2017. According to new figures released by the company, Fidelity Charitable saw donations worth $11 million through November, a figure that has doubled since the start of the month, CNBC reports. Matt…

Secure Donations of Appreciated Stock
December 12, 2017 at 10:59 am

The stock market is up. Asking for gifts of appreciated stock should be part of your year-end giving approach. Start by letting your donors know that giving appreciated stock they’ve held for more than a year is better than giving cash. If they donate stock that has increased in value since it was first purchased over a year ago—and if they itemize deductions—they can take a charitable deduction for the stock's fair market value on the day they give it to your organization...

Report: Donor-Advised Fund Grants Exceed $15B for the First Time Ever
November 21, 2017 at 12:02 pm

For the past 7 years, the National Philanthropic Trust has been closely following donor-advised fund trends by conducting in-depth research reports. While donor-advised funds have been around for over a decade, its popularity has been rapidly increasing over the past few years...