Individual Giving

A Catalyst for Fundraising Retention, Part 1
January 28, 2016 at 10:16 am

On Dec. 14, I mailed checks for $25 to 19 nonprofits. Then, I mailed $25 checks on Dec. 31 to an additional four organizations that I have supported for several years. Despite all the arguments I have heard defending the need to save money by not receipting donors (or at least not donors under a certain threshold, often $50), I simply cannot support that cost-saving measure.

The Huge Impact of Small-Dollar Donors on Presidential Fundraising
September 14, 2015 at 10:59 am

Daniel Moughon, an insurance salesman from Fort Worth, Texas, said he knew long-shot Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was special after listening to one of her early Iowa speeches. He's donated to her 10 times since then. Moughon is not giving millions, though. He's not even giving thousands. In fact, he has added just $273…

Arts Philanthropy Booming, Cultural Giving Rises 9.2 Percent
June 26, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Americans’ donations to arts and culture rose 9.2 percent in 2014, the highest increase in nine categories tracked by Giving USA, an annual report on charitable contributions. Overall, however, arts and culture commanded a modest share of the philanthropic pie. Estimated gifts to arts and culture totaled $17.2 billion, according to the report compiled by…

June 26, 2015 at 12:38 pm

As a master BS'er (behavioral scientist) in private and professional life, I want to know why people do things, so I can use it in executing my evil plans. My beloved henchman, Otis the neuropsychologist, feeds my habit regularly with links sent in emails with cryptic subject lines. This subject line was “awe.” I thought it was about cute puppies. But no, it was a gem. Turns out, if I can get someone to experience awe, they are more likely to be less narcissistic and be more helpful to others. How can we do that?

Marvel Movie Villain's Question Might Solve a Big Problem in Philanthropy
June 18, 2015 at 1:48 pm

Ultron, a misunderstood, hard-nosed robot profiled in the blockbuster movie The Avengers: Age of Ultron, has selflessly dedicated his entire existence to saving the world from humanity. Amidst the flurry of flying robots, arrows, and "hulk smashes," he leads the campaign to take Sokovia. While conquering the city, Ultron takes a bit of downtime to…

Real Life Forrest Gump Runs 1,050 Miles for Charity
June 17, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Ewan Gordon ran a marathon every day for six weeks straight—a whopping total of 1,050 miles—for charity. The Englishman ran the entire length of Great Britain—and grew out his hair and beard to look like Forrest Gump.

Philanthropy Surges to Record $358 Billion
June 16, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Charitable giving rose 5.4 percent last year to a record $358.4 billion, according to estimates released today by "Giving USA," the annual snapshot of American philanthropy. The figures show that donations from individuals, corporations and foundations last year topped the record giving figure achieved in 2007, just before the recession started to affect donation figures.…