PicoFeed The Chronicle of Philanthropy https://philanthropy.com/ 2017-01-21T18:37:21-05:00 The Chronicle of Philanthropy Audio: How Colorado State Fundraisers Make Phone-athons Work https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/audio/audio-how-colorado-state-fund/6180/ 2017-01-18T10:45:00-05:00 Listen to a mock fundraising call, and see guidelines and survey questions, for tips on how Colorado State University has boosted graduates’ giving by phone. By Timothy Sandoval ACLU’s Tough Talk on Trump Leads to Huge Fundraising Success https://www.philanthropy.com/article/ACLU-s-Tough-Talk-on-Trump/238874 2017-01-12T09:30:00-05:00 Time will tell if the American Civil Liberties Union’s aggressive stance will continue to resonate with donors. By Timothy Sandoval Network for Good Reports Post-Holiday Giving Slump https://www.philanthropy.com/interactives/online-giving-dashboard 2017-01-11T00:00:00-05:00 Online donations to the giving platform dropped from a high of more than $13 million on December 31 to a low of less than $266,000 on January 7. By Ben Myers, Eden Stiffman, and Ariana Giorgi A Survival Guide for Nonprofits as Big Changes Loom for Fundraising https://www.philanthropy.com/article/A-Survival-Guide-for/238784 2017-01-04T07:59:59-05:00 Young donors with unknown motivations are replacing aging stalwarts, making fundraising less predictable with each passing day. Here’s what charities need to know to avoid being left behind. By Nicole Wallace Donor Recognition Doesn’t Need to Be Prominent to Work, Study Says https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Donor-Recognition-Doesn-t/238783 2017-01-04T07:59:54-05:00 New research suggests that a link to an online list of donors may be as effective in spurring gifts as listing boldface names in expensive, glossy printed materials. By Alex Daniels Challenging Sacred Cows and Killing Jargon: Our Most Popular Articles of 2016 https://www.philanthropy.com/specialreport/challenging-sacred-cows-and-ki/124 2016-12-29T08:00:00-05:00 In a year full of changes and big questions for nonprofits, Chronicle readers looked for unconventional wisdom and evidence of ideas that work. New Postal Rates Will Raise Costs for Charities https://www.philanthropy.com/article/New-Postal-Rates-Will-Raise/238753 2016-12-27T11:10:00-05:00 The changes, which take effect January 22, also include designating standard mail as "marketing mail," prompting worries that more solicitations will go straight into the trash can. By Timothy Sandoval Experts Predict Strong Finish to Fundraising Season https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Experts-Predict-Strong-Finish/238661 2016-12-13T10:13:00-05:00 A booming stock market and strong economy — along with potential changes in the tax code and possible spending cuts under President-elect Trump — spur fundraisers to urge donors to give now. By Timothy Sandoval Opinion: Checkout Charity Can Backfire for Nonprofits and Retailers https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Opinion-Checkout-Charity-Can/238591 2016-12-07T09:48:00-05:00 New research indicates people don’t like being asked to donate as they pay for purchases. There are better ways to nudge shoppers to give. By Casey Newmeyer After #GivingTuesday, Network for Good Announces #RetentionWednesday https://www.philanthropy.com/article/After-GivingTuesday-Network/238573 2016-12-06T10:07:00-05:00 The online-gift processor plans to help charities follow up with giving-day donors and will collect and share data about nonprofits’ fundraising performance. By Timothy Sandoval Nonprofits Brace for Big Changes Under Trump Administration https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofits-Brace-for-Big/238506 2016-11-29T07:59:59-05:00 A Republican-controlled White House and Congress means sweeping efforts to overhaul tax laws, redirect spending, and roll back programs important to many charities. By Megan O’Neil, Timothy Sandoval, Alex Daniels, Rebecca Koenig, and Drew Lindsay Why Fundraisers Should Take the Long View https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Why-Fundraisers-Should-Take/238427 2016-11-16T10:05:00-05:00 Being patient and keeping all donors informed can result in big rewards.  By Maria Di Mento Nonprofits See Unprecedented Support Following Trump’s Win https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofits-See-Unprecedented/238416 2016-11-15T10:17:00-05:00 The American Civil Liberties Union has received more than $7 million since the election, and 128,000 people have contributed to Planned Parenthood in the past several days. By Timothy Sandoval The Gates Foundation: Now Accepting Donations https://www.philanthropy.com/article/The-Gates-Foundation-Now/238402 2016-11-14T12:00:00-05:00 Gates Philanthropy Partners gives donors a chance to consult with foundation staff and give to nonprofits chosen from among those the grant maker supports. By Alex Daniels Liberal-Leaning Groups Flood Supporters With Urgent Post-Election Messages https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Liberal-Leaning-Groups-Flood/238367 2016-11-10T12:13:00-05:00 Organizations are working to buck up supporters deeply anxious about a Donald Trump presidency, with many urging backers to donate or take action to challenge the new administration on immigration, climate, and other issues. By Timothy Sandoval Salvation Army’s Online Red Kettle Drive Lets Donors Earmark Gifts https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Salvation-Army-s-Online-Red/238344 2016-11-09T08:00:00-05:00 The new holiday campaign uses social-media tools to let people raise money from friends and direct donations to specific chapters or needs. By Eden Stiffman U. of Oregon Taps Its Scholars to Be Fundraisers https://www.philanthropy.com/article/U-of-Oregon-Taps-Its-Scholars/238183 2016-10-27T08:00:00-04:00 With state spending on higher education down, the institution is asking academic leaders to help cultivate big donors. By Drew Lindsay Video: Making Measurement Work for Fundraising https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/video/video-making-measurement-work/6103/ 2016-10-13T10:23:00-04:00 Richard Shaw, chief development officer at Youth Villages, talks about how, and when, the Washington-area charity uses data in crafting appeals. By Eden Stiffman and Nidhi Singh Election and Stock-Market Jitters Complicate Year-End Fundraising https://www.philanthropy.com/article/ElectionStock-Market/237845 2016-09-21T10:13:00-04:00 Experts urge fundraisers to get an early start making plans with donors to ride out a period of unusually high uncertainty in the final months of 2016. By Heather Joslyn, Timothy Sandoval, and Eden Stiffman Data Shouldn’t Aid Only Donors, Charities Are Told https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Data-Shouldn-t-Aid-Only/237828 2016-09-19T10:19:00-04:00 When charities stop relying just on anecdotal evidence of their success, their performance improves and they attract supporters more easily. By Nicole Wallace Podcast: Going Beyond Shelters to Tackle Homelessness https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/audio/podcast-going-beyond-shelters/6064/ 2016-09-09T11:35:30-04:00 Rosanne Haggerty, CEO of Community Solutions, talks about challenging longstanding assumptions about why people are on the street and how to get them off it. By Denver Frederick How a Family Foundation Shaped an Urgent National Issue https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-a-Family-Foundation-Shaped/237698 2016-09-06T10:37:00-04:00 Through a fellowship program, a family foundation and a communications firm prepared pain experts to raise awareness about ways to better manage chronic pain. By Christina M. Spellman and Carol Schadelbauer Nonprofit Uses Science to Discover Words With Power to Change Minds https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofit-Uses-Science-to/237639 2016-09-06T07:59:52-04:00 The FrameWorks Institute helps charities rethink their messages to simplify complicated ideas, move issues through Congress, and influence public opinion. By Heather Joslyn La. Flood Donations Via Tech Giants Go Only to Red Cross https://www.philanthropy.com/article/La-Flood-Donations-Via-Tech/237677 2016-09-02T10:50:00-04:00 ProPublica reports on major technology and other companies, including Apple, Amazon, and Wells Fargo, whose fundraising on behalf of Louisiana flood victims goes exclusively through the American Red Cross despite criticism in recent years of the charity's disaster response. Zero-Rated Veterans Charity With VA Tie Shutting Down https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Zero-Rated-Veterans-Charity/237662 2016-09-01T10:40:00-04:00 The National Vietnam Veterans Foundation is closing several months after drawing media scrutiny for collecting tens of millions of dollars on behalf of former service members but spending almost all of it on fundraising, CNN reports. 1 in 3 Rich Donors Held Their Philanthropy Back https://www.philanthropy.com/article/1-in-3-Rich-Donors-Held-Their/237624 2016-08-30T11:45:00-04:00 Affluent supporters are seeking more information on results and want to see less spending on overhead, a study of thousands of wealthy donors finds. By Eden Stiffman Study Details Why College Alumni Don’t Give to Alma Maters https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Study-Details-Why-College/237622 2016-08-30T11:19:00-04:00 Among graduates who give, 26 percent said they would donate more if they could earmark their money for specific campus purposes, according to a new survey. By Eden Stiffman Donations for La. Flood Victims Lag Far Behind Katrina Tally https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Donations-for-La-Flood/237537 2016-08-23T11:15:00-04:00 The devastation caused by the latest flooding is the worst since Hurricane Sandy and highlights the need for nonprofits to be better prepared when a crisis hits. By Timothy Sandoval Studies Examine Why People Give Differently Than They Invest https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Studies-Examine-Why-People/237536 2016-08-23T10:45:00-04:00 A quartet of academics specializing in marketing and behavior write in MarketWatch about their research comparing people’s decision making on charitable donations and investments. 1 in 3 Charities Ignores Online Queries From Donors, Study Says https://www.philanthropy.com/article/1-in-3-Charities-Ignores/237427 2016-08-10T11:53:00-04:00 Twenty-seven percent of the organizations surveyed also disabled Facebook Messenger, according to a new report by two fundraising consulting companies. By Heather Joslyn Podcast: Making the Most of a Myriad of Fundraising Tools https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/audio/podcast-making-the-most-of-a/6046/ 2016-08-09T09:32:00-04:00 Digital strategist Peter Panepento shares some surprising findings from his recent survey on how nonprofits are mixing and matching from a growing array of ways to reach donors. By Tony Martignetti Fewer Facebook Friends Is Better for Fundraising, Study Shows https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Fewer-Facebook-Friends-Is/237279 2016-08-02T07:59:54-04:00 People sometimes give more to benefit the fundraiser than the charity, which has surprising implications for how to use social media to do good. By Alex Daniels Nonprofit N.Y. Circus to End Holiday Shows as Giving Slides https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofit-NY-Circus-to-End/237291 2016-07-28T10:20:00-04:00 The Big Apple Circus, which gave away tens of thousands of tickets a year for performances in a tent behind Lincoln Center, is folding its big top after falling well short of an emergency fundraising goal, Bloomberg and The New York Times write. Opinion: Charities, Stop Stereotyping People of Color as Needy https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Opinion-Charities-Stop/236972 2016-07-01T08:00:00-04:00 Too many nonprofits use photos in marketing and other materials that dehumanize minorities as indolent "takers" of services they do not deserve. By Jatrice Martel Gaiter For Muslim Charities and Donors, Peak Giving Season Is Now https://www.philanthropy.com/article/For-Muslim-Charities-and/236936 2016-06-28T09:35:00-04:00 The holy month of Ramadan, which concludes July 5, means a flurry of giving by the  3.3 million American Muslims — a donor market largely untapped by non-Islamic nonprofits. By Rebecca Koenig