Tag: philanthropy

More Than 200 Philanthropists Have Now Joined the Giving Pledge, Committing to Give at Least Half Their Wealth to Charitable Causes

Giving Pledge announced that 19 philanthropists have joined the Giving Pledge since the previous year, bringing the total number of Giving Pledge signatories to 204 from 23 countries. Now in its ninth year, the Giving Pledge continues to expand internationally with the addition of philanthropists from China, Norway, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, as well as the United States. Founded by… Read more »

30% of U.S. Households Made Disaster-related Donations in 2017 and 2018

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), Candid and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy announced the release of the first comprehensive study on household donations to disasters, the U.S. Household Disaster Giving in 2017 and 2018 Report. This study reveals new data on U.S. households’ disaster giving and answers many of the questions most often asked about patterns, preferences and practices of individual… Read more »

Millennial Entrepreneurs Twice as Generous with Their Money and Time Than Gen X, Baby Boomer Entrepreneurs

Millennial entrepreneurs show higher levels of charitable giving and volunteerism than entrepreneurs of earlier generations, one of many differences uncovered in a new Fidelity Charitable® survey focusing on three generations of business owners. The data shows that younger entrepreneurs have different approaches to business—and to philanthropy—than those who came before.

Entrepreneurs Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Announces Winners of the Impact Awards

Mayor Steve Adler kicked off the Entrepreneurs Foundation’s (EF) 20th year celebration, saying “the Entrepreneurs Foundation has long been at the forefront of engaging technology entrepreneurs and their companies in Austin. We are a better city because of EF and their member organizations’ commitment to building high performing cultures enriched by civic and philanthropic contributions.” During its 20 years, the Entrepreneurs Foundation has raised… Read more »

Charles Schwab’s Charitable Efforts in Connection with Golf Tournament Aim to Benefit Dallas-Fort Worth Area Youth, Military

In its first year as title sponsor, Charles Schwab is introducing a number of additions to the charitable programs associated with the 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge. Today, the company announced that the enhancements to the storied golf tournament will continue off the course, as well. The tournament’s long history of helping those in need throughout the state and Dallas-Fort Worth community also will receive… Read more »

I was a 1st-time donor…. and I loved their THANK YOU note! (Which means {you guessed it!} I might become a 2nd-time donor…)

Dear Tom, [the letter began] You care about kids! I know you do. You know why? Because your gift of $250 just came across my desk. It’s been a tough legislative session for our kids in the public school system, but you are a bright spot! Your generosity will help us continue the fight for our students. Tom, I know you live out of… Read more »

Many Returning Donors Return to Make Second Gift Within Three Months

Return online peer-to-peer fundraisers raise more than twice as much as one-time fundraisers, a report from Classy, online fundraising software provider finds. Based on 2017 and 2018 data from the Classy Fundraising Suite — including nearly a million donations, twenty thousand fundraising campaigns, and almost four thousand organizations — the report, The State of Modern Philanthropy 2019 (58 pages, PDF), explored the behaviors of… Read more »

3 Questions to Ask Before Saying Yes to a New Opportunity

As part of the martyr complex from which so many of them suffer, nonprofit leaders often think that it’s best to push themselves and their organizations harder, faster, farther. Nonprofit leaders are continually faced with new opportunities – new client populations to serve, new demands for program expansion from funders, new partnership opportunities.And while pursuing new opportunities is a critical part of becoming (and staying) a relevant, impactful social change organization, not every opportunity is the right one for you as a leader, for your staff and board, or for your mission.

Central Texas Companies Increased Charitable Giving Last Year: Rodman Report

An annual survey of Central Texascompanies found most have charitable giving budgets, and a large percentage increased their donations of funds and employee volunteer hours last year. The 2019 Rodman Report details those and other results from the Survey of Corporate Giving, compiling anonymous responses from local businesses of all sizes and industries. Conducted by Austin-based philanthropic advisors Rodman & Associates, the study marked… Read more »

Wells Fargo Donated $13.4 Million to Support Texas Nonprofits in 2018

Wells Fargo announced the company donated more than $13 million through 875 grants to local nonprofits, schools and community organizations in 2018 to help the communities and people of Texas. Wells Fargo’s philanthropic contributions build on a long history of collaboration with local nonprofits and community leaders to make a positive impact by addressing urgent community issues such as affordable housing, education, small business… Read more »

Why Don’t We Make Big Bets On Nonprofits?

One of the Giving Pledge philanthropists and co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, recently died. But at his death he was worth more than he was when he signed the Giving Pledge, a pledge that 186 of the wealthiest philanthropists have made to give away half of their net worth before they die.

This inspired Alana Semuels, writing in the Atlantic, to ask whether the Giving Pledge is realistic. When Allen signed the Pledge in 2010 he was worth $13.5 billion, when he died he was worth $20 billion. So despite the fact that he made many large donations to nonprofits during that time, he dramatically failed to meet his pledge.

2018 U.S. Trust Study Finds High Net Worth Donors’ Average Giving Amounts Increased Since 2015

New Study Contains Revealing Data on Giving by High Net Worth Women, Millennials and Other Groups

The 2018 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy, published today in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, finds that wealthy Americans continue to be generous with their time and money, increasing the amount they gave on average to charitable causes and organizations in 2017, including giving in the wake of natural disasters. The biennial study shows that 90 percent of high net worth (HNW) households gave to charity last year, and 48 percent volunteered time to nonprofit organizations and causes.

The Board vs. Staff Game Replacing Divide and Conquer with Let’s Make Millions Together

It started with a threat, from a board member in the midst of a board meeting.   “If she doesn’t produce in a year, she’s out of here.”   Thirty seconds. Sixty seconds.   Silence hung in the room like fog at dawn.   I was beginning my third job with a nonprofit. The first two positions were highly-sought-after spots with low-pay and high-perks. … Read more »

Could This Be Modern Philanthropy’s Day of Reckoning?

Something pretty interesting is happening in the world of philanthropy. Anand Giridharadas, journalist and former Aspen Institute fellow, has just written a  pretty major indictment of modern philanthropy in his new book, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. Giridharadas takes big philanthropists to task for reinforcing the social problems they claim to be solving. He’s creating lots (and lots and lots) of buzz, and adding… Read more »

North Texas Giving Day brings in a mind-boggling $48 million for charities

The 18-hour online fundraiser generated a mind-boggling $48 million for area charities, according to organizer Communities Foundation of Texas. That’s a 20 percent leap over last year’s remarkable $39 million. Read more at https://www.dallasnews.com/business/philanthropy/2018/09/21/north-texas-giving-day-brings-mind-boggling-47-million-charities Article Author: Holly Haber – Dallas News

Registration is open until August 15 for the nation’s largest community giving day that turns 10 in September, highlighted by 10 days of giving and volunteering, new technology, and more counties and nonprofit counties

Turning 10 is a big deal, especially for the nation’s biggest community day of giving, which this year will occur September 20. Communities Foundation of Texas will mark North Texas Giving Day’s milestone year with a slew of newness and improvements, ranging from a new platform that enables personalized crowdfunding, an ambassador program to spread the word and increase participation, four new qualifying counties… Read more »