Archive for the ‘nonprofits and volunteerism’ Category

Networking for Philanthropy: Increasing Volunteer Behavior via Social Networking Sites

April 11, 2014 Comments off

Networking for Philanthropy: Increasing Volunteer Behavior via Social Networking Sites
Source: Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking

Social networking sites (SNSs) provide a unique social venue to engage the young generation in philanthropy through their networking capabilities. An integrated model that incorporates social capital into the Theory of Reasoned Action is developed to explain volunteer behavior through social networks. As expected, volunteer behavior was predicted by volunteer intention, which was influenced by attitudes and subjective norms. In addition, social capital, an outcome of the extensive use of SNSs, was as an important driver of users’ attitude and subjective norms toward volunteering via SNSs.

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USPS OIG — Controls over Nonprofit Mailing Authorization Management — Management Advisory Report

March 28, 2014 Comments off

Controls over Nonprofit Mailing Authorization Management — Management Advisory Report (PDF)
Source: U.S Postal Service, Office of Inspector General

The Postal Service consistently applied its policies and procedures when approving and denying nonprofit mailer applications in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Pricing and Classification Service Center staff reviewed applications and supporting documents to ensure each applicant provided sufficient evidence that it met one of the categories to qualify it for Nonprofit rate eligibility.

We reviewed 170 approved and 198 denied nonprofit mail applications from FYs 2010 through 2013 and found applications were approved when they met all of the Postal Service criteria, such as documenting proof of nonprofit status. Applications were denied when they failed to meet one or more of the criteria, such as the requirement to respond to requests for additional information. The Pricing and Classification Service Center used the same evaluation process to approve and deny applications.

Unique Surveys Show Cash Incentives Prevalent Across Publicly-Traded, Privately-Held and Nonprofit Sectors

March 20, 2014 Comments off

Unique Surveys Show Cash Incentives Prevalent Across Publicly-Traded, Privately-Held and Nonprofit Sectors
Source: WorldatWork, Deloitte, Vivient Consulting

Research released today by WorldatWork, in conjunction with both Deloitte Consulting and Vivient Consulting, shows that a vast majority of organizations use and rely on incentive-based pay practices to compete for top talent, as well as to motivate and reward employees.

For the first time, short and long-term incentive pay practices can be compared directly across the three sectors of publicly-traded firms, privately-held companies and nonprofit/government organizations. Deloitte and Vivient used several identical questions in the three versions of the surveys. This unique research fills a gap that exists in the marketplace for incentive-pay data, especially for non-publicly traded companies.

Garbage: Disrupting the World’s Oldest Industry

March 18, 2014 Comments off

Garbage: Disrupting the World’s Oldest Industry
Source: Knowledge@Wharton

Nature wastes nothing. Human beings are less frugal. We have been generating garbage for thousands of years, and are only now starting to confront the reality that our waste streams are poisoning the planet. Governments have begun to regulate how we dispose of what we no longer want; large corporations are working to find sustainable solutions that are also profitable; and smaller “green” companies and non-profits are aiming for zero-waste-to-landfill, which may be as close as we can come to the example set by nature. This special report, sponsored by the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) and Rubicon Global, looks at where we have been, where we are going and how we are getting there.

Physicians as Fundraisers: Medical Philanthropy and the Doctor-Patient Relationship

March 17, 2014 Comments off

Physicians as Fundraisers: Medical Philanthropy and the Doctor-Patient Relationship
Source: PLoS Medicine


+ American medical institutions commonly have “grateful patient” programs that solicit donations from wealthy individuals who receive care. Physicians are often encouraged to assist in these programs.

+ Development efforts have intensified in recent years, and the increasing reliance on physician fundraisers risks blurring the lines between clinical care and fundraising. New changes to the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule continue that trend by allowing development officials to access certain types of clinical information without patient consent.

+ The practice of physicians fundraising from their own patients raises three main concerns: (1) undue pressure on patients to contribute, (2) possible expectations of preferential treatment from donors, and (3) concerns about patient confidentiality and trust.

+ We propose that institutions voluntarily adopt development policies that mitigate these risks. Specifically, we recommend that patient consent be secured before development staff access patient information or physicians refer patients to the development office. We also recommend that physicians not directly solicit donations from their own patients.

The concerns discussed here in the context of American grateful patient programs are relevant to similar patient fundraising efforts in other nations.

UK Gross Domestic Expenditure on Research and Development, 2012

March 15, 2014 Comments off

UK Gross Domestic Expenditure on Research and Development, 2012
Source: Office for National Statistics

Key Points

  • In 2012, the UK’s gross domestic expenditure on research and development (GERD), in current prices, decreased by 2% to £27.0 billion compared with 2011. Adjusted for inflation, in constant prices, research and development (R&D) expenditure decreased by 3%.
  • In constant prices, R&D expenditure has increased by 56% from the 1985 estimate of £17.3 billion. Expenditure peaked in 2011 at £27.9 billion.
  • The business sector performed 63% of UK R&D expenditure in 2012. Expenditure by this sector decreased by 2%, in current prices, to £17.1 billion in 2012, compared with 2011.
  • Total R&D expenditure in the UK in 2012 represented 1.72% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a decrease from 1.77% in 2011.
  • International comparisons show that UK R&D expenditure in 2012 was below the EU-28 provisional estimate of 2.06% of GDP.

Volunteering in the United States 2013

February 25, 2014 Comments off

Volunteering in the United States 2013
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The volunteer rate declined by 1.1 percentage points to 25.4 percent for the year ending in September 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. About 62.6 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2012 and September 2013. The volunteer rate in 2013 was the lowest it has been since the supplement was first administered in 2002.

100 Data Innovations

January 27, 2014 Comments off

100 Data Innovations
Source: Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Businesses, government agencies, and non-profits in countries around the world are transforming virtually every facet of the economy and society through innovative uses of data. These changes, brought about by new technologies and techniques for collecting, storing, analyzing, disseminating, and visualizing data, are improving the quality of life for billions of individuals around the world, opening up new economic opportunities, and creating more efficient and effective governments. This list provides a sampling, in no particular order, of some of the most interesting and important contributions data-driven innovations have made in the past year.

Volunteer Fire Service Fact Sheet (2014)

January 13, 2014 Comments off

Volunteer Fire Service Fact Sheet (PDF)
Source: National Volunteer Fire Council

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. Organized in 1976, the NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer fire and emergency services in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, training, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Each state firefighter’s association elects a representative to the NVFC Board of Directors.

This Fact Sheet was produced in order to provide an overall picture of today’s volunteer fire and emergency services.

Addressing Deep and Persistent Poverty: A Framework for Philanthropic Planning and Investment

January 9, 2014 Comments off

Addressing Deep and Persistent Poverty: A Framework for Philanthropic Planning and Investment
Source: Urban Institute

The JPB Foundation engaged the Urban Institute to provide background on the problem of deep and persistent poverty in the United States. This paper summarizes the history of US antipoverty policies, synthesizes existing knowledge about poverty and deep poverty, and presents a framework for understanding the complex and multi-faceted landscape of antipoverty efforts today. It also draws on interviews with over 30 experts, philanthropists, and thought leaders in the field to review and distill the most current thinking about promising strategies for tackling deep and persistent poverty. Drawing on these facts and insights, we present a series of questions and choices that any foundation wishing to invest in this area would be well-advised to consider.

Institutionalizing delay: foundation funding and the creation of U.S. climate change counter-movement organizations

December 26, 2013 Comments off

Institutionalizing delay: foundation funding and the creation of U.S. climate change counter-movement organizations (PDF)
Source: Climatic Change

This paper conducts an analysis of the financial resource mobilization of the organizations that make up the climate change counter-movement (CCCM) in the United States. Utilizing IRS data, total annual income is compiled for a sample of CCCM organizations (including advocacy organizations, think tanks, and trade associations). These data are coupled with IRS data on philanthropic foundation funding of these CCCM organizations contained in the Foundation Center’s data base. This results in a data sample that contains financial information for the time period 2003 to 2010 on the annual income of 91 CCCM organizations funded by 140 different foundations. An examination of these data shows that these 91 CCCM organizations have an annual income of just over $900 million, with an annual average of $64 million in identifiable foundation support. The overwhelming majority of the philanthropic support comes from conservative foundations. Additionally, there is evidence of a trend toward concealing the sources of CCCM funding through the use of donor directed philanthropies.

Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants: Findings from the 2013 National Survey

December 11, 2013 Comments off

Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants: Findings from the 2013 National Survey
Source: Urban Institute

This report discusses the results of the 2013 National Survey of Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants. Expanding on the 2010 study of human service nonprofits, we examine most types of nonprofits with expenses of $100,000 or more. This report documents the size and scope of government financing, administration of contracts and grants, and nonprofit perceptions of problems and improvements in these processes and reports on the financial status of nonprofits in 2012. The study also examines how human service nonprofits have managed since the recession ended and how their relationships with government agencies have changed since 2009.

New Report Addresses Opportunities for Funders That Collaborate

November 18, 2013 Comments off

New Report Addresses Opportunities for Funders That Collaborate
Source: Foundation Center

A new report released today sheds light on how online tools are changing the way funders collaborate. Harnessing Collaborative Technologies: Helping Funders Work Together Better is the product of research conducted jointly by the Monitor Institute and the Foundation Center. This report helps funders learn about the different phases of collaboration and online tools that can help them advance all types of sharing, coordination, and cooperation.

New Report Shows Growing Role of Philanthropy in Shaping the Media Landscape

November 13, 2013 Comments off

New Report Shows Growing Role of Philanthropy in Shaping the Media Landscape
Source: Foundation Center

Foundation support for media is growing at nearly four times the rate of domestic giving in other areas, with $1.86 billion invested between 2009-2011, according to a report released today. The report, Growth in Foundation Support for Media in the United States, is a collaboration among the Foundation Center, Media Impact Funders, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and provides the most comprehensive view to date of philanthropy’s role in the media funding landscape.

Answering a demand for data in this area, the report provides a chronological view of media-related funding across organization types and areas of focus, providing a benchmark for further progress. The report is part of a larger project that includes an interactive data visualization tool and knowledge center that open up the findings for further analysis.

Foundation Center Launches Open Data Tool “Foundation Stats”; Lets Users Generate Free Custom Data on the Fly

November 5, 2013 Comments off

Foundation Center Launches Open Data Tool “Foundation Stats”; Lets Users Generate Free Custom Data on the Fly
Source: Foundation Center

The Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy, has launched Foundation Stats, an online tool that provides free and open access to a wealth of data on the U.S. foundation community. The intuitive web-based platform can be used by anyone to generate thousands of custom tables and charts on the size, scope, and giving priorities of the nearly 82,000 independent, corporate, community, and grantmaking operating foundations in the U.S. It includes an Application Programming Interface (API) so that web developers can freely extract the data for their own use.

New report gives nonprofit news organizations a benchmark for progress

October 29, 2013 Comments off

New report gives nonprofit news organizations a benchmark for progress
Source: Knight Foundation

A new report offers an in-depth view into the nonprofit news industry, revealing the significant progress that news organizations have made toward sustainability and the challenges they still face. The report, “Finding a Foothold: How Nonprofit News Ventures Seek Sustainability,” provides data and analysis on 18 nonprofit news organizations between 2010 and 2012.

A follow-up to the 2011 Knight study, “Getting Local: How Nonprofit News Ventures Seek Sustainability,” the new report takes a deeper look, expanding the number of nonprofit sites included in the research. It also broadens the focus of the study from just local, to state and national organizations.

The Nonprofit Sector in Brief: Public Charities, Giving, and Volunteering, 2013

October 17, 2013 Comments off

The Nonprofit Sector in Brief: Public Charities, Giving, and Volunteering, 2013
Source: Urban Institute

This brief highlights trends in the number and finances of 501(c)(3) public charities as well as key findings on private charitable contributions and volunteering, two critical resources for the nonprofit sector.

See also: The Impact of the Great Recession on the Number of Charities

Holding the Fort: Nonprofit Employment During a Decade of Turmoil

October 9, 2013 Comments off

Holding the Fort: Nonprofit Employment During a Decade of Turmoil (PDF)
Source: Johns Hopkins University (Center for Civil Studies)

This report presents previously unavailable data on year-to-year changes in employment in private, nonprofit establishments in the United States from January 2000 through June 2010, with a special focus on how nonprofit employment fared during the 2007-2009 recession.

U.S. Foundation Giving Reaches an Estimated $50.9 Billion in 2012

October 3, 2013 Comments off

U.S. Foundation Giving Reaches an Estimated $50.9 Billion in 2012
Source: Foundation Center

Even through a period of unpredictability in the national and global economic and political environment, domestic foundation giving has continued to grow at a moderate pace. According to Key Facts on U.S. Foundations, the Foundation Center’s new annual research study, in 2011 the country’s 81,777 foundations held $622 billion in assets and distributed $49 billion, an amount estimated to have reached $50.9 billion in 2012. The outlook for 2013 is for continued modest growth overall.

2013 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report

September 30, 2013 Comments off

2013 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report
Source: Urban Institute

For the first time in five years, charity respondents to the annual Fundraising Effectiveness Project survey saw positive gains in giving, but still continued to lose donors faster than they gained them. The survey, developed by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Urban Institute, shows that for every $100 a charity gained in 2012 from new donors, the return of previous donors and increased giving from current donors, it lost $96 from lapsed donors and smaller gifts from current donors-for a positive gain of $4. It also shows 105 donors lost for every 100 gained.


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