AUSTIN, Texas, April 16, 2009 — Charity Dynamics, a provider of comprehensive online solutions for nonprofits, today announced record growth during the first quarter of 2009, increasing revenue by more than 100 percent compared to the same quarter last year. The company's strong first quarter performance builds upon its momentum from 2008, another strong year during which Charity Dynamics saw a 2X increase in revenue.
American Cancer Society
You’ve almost certainly had the meeting. You know, the one about how to survive the crunch, the crisis, the catastrophe — or whatever you want to call it. The meeting where you probably were uncertain about what to do and even about what the impact might be on your organization. Maybe the only thing everyone agreed on was that it’s a difficult situation in fundraising at the moment with few clear answers on how to survive.
FJC, a foundation of philanthropic donor-advised funds and the Myeloma Research Foundation are the latest major donors to the "Cure Myeloma Project", an ongoing research initiative at the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research, (IMBCR), in Los Angeles, CA.
Working to change the real world by hanging out in a virtual one. That’s pretty much how Susan Tenby sums up nonprofits’ use of the 3-D, online, virtual world known as Second Life. Tenby is senior manager of online community development for San Francisco-based nonprofit technology information provider TechSoup.org Tenby, also known as her Second Life avatar Glitteractica Cookie, says SL can be an extremely valuable tool for nonprofits in terms of collaboration and learning. Launched by the San Francisco-based software company Linden Lab, SL is a place where nonprofits can raise awareness and dollars and reach new audiences while having
“[The American Cancer Society] started Relay for Life events in 1985. Today it conducts events in 4,600 communities in the United States and in 23 countries worldwide. … It applied these years of organizational experience to create and operate a successful Second Life initiative, demonstrating that real-life expertise can be effectively applied to virtual world initiatives.” — Ben Rigby, in his book, “Mobilizing Generation 2.0: A Practical Guide to Using Web 2.0 Technologies to Recruit, Organize and Engage Youth”.
Web 2.0 tools and social technologies — blogs, social networks, widgets, videosharing and photosharing sites — all are cost-effective ways to build participation, sharing and collaboration into the core of what organizations do. But they’re different than traditional nonprofit efforts online. They require organizations to go to areas that they can’t control, where potential supporters are gathered. And though they offer the ability for increased engagement, it doesn’t just happen on its own. Here’s a look at how a few nonprofits are using online social technologies in their outreach efforts.
Who do you picture when you think of a sports fan? A big, shirtless guy beating his painted chest with his fists? Sure, sports fans are a passionate bunch. But if your nonprofit strategizes properly, you might get that guy — and his passion — on your side.
Tim Burchill, executive director of The Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership at Winona, Minn.-based St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, says the ethical challenges that nonprofit organizations face in regards to fundraising can be broken down into seven categories. 1. Tainted money. Burchill says this category is a media favorite. While some organizations restrict who they’ll take funds from — e.g., Mothers Against Drunk Driving won’t take money from alcohol companies; American Cancer Society won’t take money from tobacco companies; etc. — many other groups don’t make such distinctions. Burchill says there is no money that is inherently bad, but each organization needs to
For the Legal Information Network for Cancer, a nonprofit organization that offers legal advice and assistance to cancer patients in the Central Virginia region, expanding donor universes has been a daunting task.
African Americans currently make up 13 percent of the population, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. In 1990, the bureau charted the African-American community to grow by 68 percent before 2030. But despite this growing demographic — currently 38.3 million individuals representing a buying power of $631 billion — many majority nonprofit organizations have only recently begun focusing efforts on soliciting support from the black community.