January 26, 2015

Special Reports

Trend Spotter: Using social media

Although nonprofits like that social media helps publicize events and reach out to new audiences, many do not have the time, staff or capacity to effectively use and manage social media. The good news is a number of resources can help nonprofits interested in investing in the use of social media. For the full story, click here.

Making social media make a difference for your nonprofit

Philanthropy Journal's fall training series concludes with the webinar "How to Measure and Leverage Your Nonprofit's Social Media Efforts," presented by Dawn Crawford, principal communicator and co-founder of Raleigh-based BC/DC Ideas (Dec. 18). For the full story, click here.     

PJ adds Planned Giving workshop to series of monthly webinars

Philanthropy Journal adds a Nov. 7 "How to Launch and Sustain a Successful Planned Giving Program" workshop to its series of monthly webinars to help nonprofit practitioners build capacity to better meet the needs of constituents. The daylong workshop will be presented by Jan Doolin, who delivered the popular "Endowment 101" training last February. For complete

PJ launches monthly webinar series to benefit nonprofit practitioners

To better serve our readers and the many nonprofit practitioners who strive to improve their communities, Philanthropy Journal will launch a monthly webinar series on Sept. 17. Topics will include marketing and communications, advocacy and public policy, philanthropy and fundraising, technology and more. For the complete article, click here.

New Editorial Advisory Board and Editorial Calendar

With the goal of better representing philanthropy and nonprofits operating in communities across North Carolina, Philanthropy Journal (PJ) is pleased to announce its new Editorial Advisory Board. For the complete article, click here

President creates task force to expand national service opportunities

President Obama honors President George H.W. Bush for a lifetime of public service and volunteerism and announces creation of a national service task force charged with creating public-private partnerships to expand volunteer opportunities. Click here for the full story.

Paula Deen debacle slows launch of new The Bag Lady Foundation

Collapse of Paula Deen's business empire is slowing the launch of the Southern cooking celebrity's new The Bag Lady Foundation. The charity was announced with an endorsement from the Ethel Kennedy, who is renowned for her eloquent advocacy for social justice causes. Click here for full story.

Global human rights philanthropy topped $1.2 billion in 2010

Data-driven research demonstrates that human rights grantmaking seeks long-term change and has a special focus on supporting the efforts and livelihood of marginalized populations. Click here for the full story.    

Institute for Nonprofits leadership changes

Richard Clerkin to serve as interim director of the Institute for Nonprofits as Mary Tschirhart leaves to accept teaching position at Ohio State University. Eileen Hannan Ferrell, program coordinator for the Institute, will serve as interim operations director. Click here for the full article.

Dining theme central to efforts of international nonprofits to empower women and girls

Dining for Women marks its 10th anniversary of empowering women and girls in developing countries with conference this week. The nonprofit joins chefs, actors and advocates by participating in the fundraiser Share: The Cookbook That Celebrates Our Common Humanity. For the full story, click here.

Online giving seen as a way to engage young, cross-platform technology users

Companies are tailoring online donation resources to fit the giving impulses of mostly young, plugged-in multi-taskers who want their gifts to be part of nonprofit solutions. "The total dollars they are giving is smaller, but they recognize that it's about more than posting a tweet or volunteering," says GiveCorps CEO Jamie McDonald. "They get that giving money is what helps organizations grow." Click here for the full story.

Reader survey launched for feedback to guide website, e-newsletter overhaul

Philanthropy Journal seeks your feedback through an online survey regarding ways we can improve our website and weekly e-newsletter. Submit your comments and give your favorite nonprofit a chance to win free advertising. Click here to access the survey.

Trend Spotter: Learning and leading nonprofit organizations in uncertain times

In the fourth Trend Spotter survey of nonprofit leaders at small organizations across North Carolina, the majority of respondents say they received training in the past two years designed to improve the way they lead their nonprofit organization. Whether it was formal or peer-to-peer learning, the experiences built confidence and capacity that enhanced agency success as well as improved the overall work environment. Click here for the full story.

2012 a Stable Year for Higher Education Annual Funds: Fewer donors gave more, matching pre-recession national trends

Blackbaud study describes higher education fundraising for 2012 as ‘stable,' with few donors making gifts but retained donors giving more. Rates are expected to remain flat until annual giving program develop more effective ways to engage and solicit younger alumni. Click here for full story.

Boney to lead N.C. Network of Grantmakers as Hapgood steps down

Ret Boney is named executive director of N.C. Network of Grantmakers, effective May 13. A former deputy editor of Philanthropy Journal, Boney will succeed Bobbi Hapgood, who will continue her affiliation as a trustee of her family's foundation. For full story, click here.

Blackbaud Ranks Most Generous Online U.S. Cities for 2012; Five N.C. Cities in Top 50

Nine North Carolina cities are included in Blackbaud’s fifth annual ranking of the Most Generous Online U.S. Cities for 2012. Cary, Raleigh and Durham are in the Top 30. For full story, click here.

Proposed budget offers mixed news for North Carolina nonprofits

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory released his budget proposal for the next two years.  Overall, the 323-page proposal - which includes a 2 percent increase in state spending for next year- offers mixed news for nonprofits. Click here for the full story.

PJ seeks honorees for National Volunteer Week

Philanthropy Journal launches a national contest to recognize outstanding volunteers whose service to nonprofits makes it possible for good works to occur in local communities. Nominations in three categories will be accepted through 5 p.m. Friday, March 29, and honorees will be announced in the April 15 edition to encourage local recognition activities during the observance of National Volunteer Week (April 21-27). Click here for details and to nominate a volunteer.

Measuring your ROI in multichannel fundraising campaigns

Measuring return on investment (ROI) means rigorously tracking all of your campaigns and donors, and being able to assign costs and revenue to the proper effort.  However, to determine how much money to invest across competing channels, it is impossible to make the right decision without doing this legwork. Click here for the full article.

LIVESTRONG CEO to deliver ‘State of the Foundation’ message Thursday

The LIVESTRONG Foundation, founded by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong to support cancer research and provide services to those battling the disease, announced this morning that it will deliver a "major State of the Foundation" speech at 11 a.m. (CST) Thursday. Click here to view the full announcement.

Harrill steps aside to welcome new era of leadership at Communities in Schools North Carolina

Linda Harrill usually views January's National Mentoring Month as an opportunity for Communities

Funds available to help nonprofits leverage technology

If he didn't have a solid business empire backing up his bravado, Mike Mann might seem like a TV huckster pitching a get-rich-quick scheme. Except the founder of Make Change! Trust and other organizations is using his considerable acumen and wealth to help nonprofits address important social issues. Click here to read the full story.

New Announcements: Information on Products and Services

Companies announce new products and services for nonprofits to utilize. Click here for more information.

New Announcements: Information on Products and Services

Companies announce new products and services for nonprofits to utilize. Click here for more information.

New Announcements: Information on Products and Services Drawn from Press Releases

Companies announce new products and services for nonprofits to utilize. Click here for more information.


Nonprofit Governance Index 2012 Suggests Some Positive Trends and Continued Concerns

Nonprofits appear to be bouncing back, according to BoardSource's Nonprofit Governance Index 2012.  Compared to what was happening in 2010, nonprofits are launching more new programs and initiatives.  Fewer

Nonprofit Organizations with Active Fundraising Boards More Likely to Meet Goal

In a research first, the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) finds a direct association between active fundraising by nonprofit board members and the organization meeting its fundraising goals. Click here to read more. 

New Announcements: Products and Services

Companies announce new products and services for nonprofits to utilize. Click here for more information.

Report on Hopes and Challenges of Job Seekers

Idealist.org recently released Voices from the Sector: The Idealist.org Job Seeker Report.  Idealist.org is an online resource to connect people and organizations with jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and programs. Job postings on the Idealist site have steadily increased over the

Foundation and Operating Charity Investments Slightly Down in 2011

Two studies released by the Commonfund indicate that investment returns were slightly negative in FY2011 after rising in FY2010 and FY2009.  It was the first time since FY2008 that foundations and operating charities reported negative returns. Click here for the full report.

Arts and Culture Industry Impact NC Economy

The nonprofit arts and culture industry contributes more than $1.24 billion dollars to the North Carolina economy according to a new report, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences in North Carolina.  The study was conducted by the national organization, Americans for the Arts

International Giving – Global Impact Report

The current philanthropic landscape and underlying market conditions that affect domestic and international giving trends are the focus of a report released by Global Impact, an organization focused on funding the world's most vulnerable people.  The 2012 Environmental Assessment reports that:

Corporate and Foundation Giving

Corporate and Foundation GivingIn this special report, PJ looks at trends in giving by corporations and foundations, and what they are looking for in forming partnerships with nonprofits.

Nonprofit Technology

In this special report, PJ looks at technology challenges facing nonprofits, and steps they can take to use technology more effectively.

Nonprofit Professional Development

Professional Development 2011In this special report, PJ looks at ways nonprofits can make the most of their limited resources to handle their professional development.

Nonprofit Finance and Accounting

Nonprofit Finance and AccountingIn this special report, PJ looks at ways nonprofits are handling their finances and accounting in the face of the troubled economy.

Nonprofit Fundraising

In this special report, PJ looks at ways nonprofits are handling their annual, major-gift, campaign and planned-gift fundraising in the face of the troubled economy.

Nonprofit Consulting

In this special report, PJ looks at ways nonprofit consulting is changing  to better address nonprofits' real-time market needs.

2011 Corporate & Foundation Giving Report



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