U.K. charities could do much more to help people who take part in fundraising events for them, according to a Blackbaud survey of more than 1,000 event fundraisers. The research found that around three quarters of the event participants receive no advice on how best to fundraise; in addition, 58 percent of them say their fundraising efforts were “not properly acknowledged” by the charity they were fundraising for.
(Press release, Feb. 24, 2015) — Anthony Carbajal — the creator of a poignant Ice Bucket Challenge video that has raised $3.8 million for the ALS Therapy Development Institute — has been named the 2015 recipient of the Cash, Sweat & Tears Award.
(Press release, Feb. 3, 2015) — Leveraging findings from The Blackbaud Index, Blackbaud Inc. released its Charitable Giving Report, providing the nonprofit sector with the latest data on overall and online charitable giving in 2014, as well insight from industry experts and case studies. The report includes overall giving data from nearly 5,000 nonprofit organizations representing $16.2 billion in total fundraising and online giving data from nearly 4,000 nonprofits representing $2 billion in online fundraising from 2014.
A new report exploring Giving Tuesday published by the Giving USA Foundation and researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy finds that an estimated total of $45.7 million was raised through five major donation-processing platforms, including $10.8 million offline donations, on #GivingTuesday.
A senior executive is exiting nonprofit fundraising software maker Blackbaud Inc. Joe Moye notified the technology company on Jan. 7 that he is stepping down as president of the enterprise customer business unit effective Jan. 30 for “personal reasons.” Blackbaud disclosed his resignation in a filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Moye will remain an employee of the company until March 15 in a transitional capacity.
(Press release, Jan. 5, 2015) — The Blackbaud Index reported that overall charitable giving to nonprofits increased 0.1 percent and online giving increased 4.4 percent for the three months ending November 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013.
Online giving in December rose nearly 13 percent compared with the same month a year earlier, according to a sample of more than 10,000 groups that use the online-donation processor Network for Good. The total for December — $44.1 million — was boosted by particularly strong giving at the very end of the month. Network for Good, an online-giving platform, said it processed $9.9 million in charitable donations on Dec. 31, more than double the amount given on Dec. 30, the next-most lucrative day that month.
(Press release, Dec. 10, 2014) — MicroEdge®, the leading provider of solutions to the giving community worldwide, recently acquired by Blackbaud Inc., announced the release of GIFTS Online® 5.2, a significant update to the leading cloud-based grants management system. With this update, grantmaking organizations gain capacity for more collaborative grantee relationships, an enhanced ability to track and report on their giving, the introduction of new tools for managing scholarships and more.
Charles Huang partnered with two college friends to develop Charitweet, a start-up that simplifies the donation process to just one tweet. Most donations are typically made on charity websites. Then people share separately on social media. This process is a broken experience, Huang said.
With Charitweet, donors write a tweet with any combination of the charity's handle, Charitweet's handle and the donation amount. Without leaving Twitter, someone can donate money, spread awareness about the cause and share efforts with friends, who can retweet a message to also donate.