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Giving Tuesday? Yes, and…give it some thought.
By Susan Carey Dempsey on November 28, 2012 | No Comment
Giving Tuesday? Yes, and…give it some thought.

I join many other observers of the philanthropic community in applauding the concept of Giving Tuesday, seeking to shine as bright a light on charitable giving as we have become accustomed to seeing – endlessly …

Ring Out the Old
By Elva Lima on January 20, 2012 | No Comment
Ring Out the Old

A couple of weeks ago, Americans across the country rang in the New Year with excitement and hopes for the future. New Year’s Day is a time to make resolutions, think about ways to …

5 Ways to Maximize Your Grant Funding
By Joan Benson on November 15, 2011 | No Comment
5 Ways to Maximize Your Grant Funding

It’s a challenging time for nonprofit organizations. There is more need in every community, but less overall funding to help organizations deliver programs. A majority of nonprofit leaders anticipate greater demand for services, yet many …

Financing Human Services: Philanthropy Finds a New Role
By Raissa Smorol on July 13, 2011 | No Comment
Financing Human Services: Philanthropy Finds a New Role

Following the worst economic downturn in recent history, the human services funding landscape is shifting. For those organizations largely dependent on government support, the situation can be difficult as local municipalities, states and the Federal …

Leadership Nightmares and How to Wake Up From Them
By Lilya Wagner on May 25, 2011 | One Comment
Leadership Nightmares and How to Wake Up From Them

John is chief development officer of a medical school foundation.  The CEO of the foundation and CFO have met and discussed the budget, and he expected to be consulted about the amount of money he …

Making a Difference, One Clunker at a Time
By Susan Carey Dempsey on May 20, 2011 | No Comment
Making a Difference, One Clunker at a Time

Virtually everyone has had the experience of having an old car that has finally outlived its usefulness, and poses the disposal dilemma. Is it worth trying to sell for parts, or pay someone to tow …

New Lead Trust Opportunities Created by Tax Relief Act?
By Jonathan Gudema Esq. on March 28, 2011 | One Comment
New Lead Trust Opportunities Created by Tax Relief Act?

 Among all of the variables created by the Tax Relief Act of 2010, one yet to be addressed in this blog is a much improved environment for Charitable Lead Trusts.
Normally, I cringe at hearing anyone …

Philanthropic Response Evolves As Japanese Crisis Deepens
By Susan Carey Dempsey on March 28, 2011 | No Comment
Philanthropic Response Evolves As Japanese Crisis Deepens

It is a sad truth that the global community has experienced so many devastating humanitarian catastrophes in recent years that it has become well understood that the best way to help immediately is to donate cash …

Nonprofits Invited to Connect to New Funding Resource
By Susan Carey Dempsey on March 8, 2011 | No Comment
Nonprofits Invited to Connect to New Funding Resource

A new channel has recently become available for nonprofits to streamline their search for foundation funding. Developed by the firm  Foundation Source, which provides support services for nearly 1,000 private foundations, the network is known …

Tax Relief and Charities
By Jonathan Gudema Esq. on February 22, 2011 | One Comment
Tax Relief and Charities

As the dust settles over the unexpected, and somewhat shocking, estate and other tax law changes thrust upon us in December 2010, the nonprofit fundraising world now has figure out  what does it all mean …

Forging Past Frustration in Haiti
By Susan Carey Dempsey on January 15, 2011 | No Comment

One word rings like a relentless knell through the reports of progress on the one-year anniversary of Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake: frustration. In the immediate aftermath of the quake, many leaders who had been actively involved …

Pablo Eisenberg: Unintended Consequences of Giving Pledge’s Good Intentions
By Pablo Eisenberg on January 11, 2011 | 7 Comments
Pablo Eisenberg: Unintended Consequences of Giving Pledge’s Good Intentions

Surveys and research have indicated that very wealthy donors, those giving over $1 million a year, donate almost all their money to universities and colleges, hospitals and medical schools, and museums and art institutions. Only a …

Charitable IRA Rollover Extended for 2010 and 2011
By Jonathan Gudema Esq. on December 22, 2010 | One Comment
Charitable IRA Rollover Extended for 2010 and 2011

Among the multitude of items included in the Tax Relief Act, signed into law by President Obama on December 17th, was an extension of the Charitable IRA Rollover provision through the end of 2011.
The tax …

The More We Know About Nonprofits’ Impact…Who Knows?
By Susan Carey Dempsey on November 18, 2010 | 2 Comments
The More We Know About Nonprofits’ Impact…Who Knows?

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At a conference held in New York last week to discuss trends in philanthropy, a panel including Guidestar’s  President and CEO, Bob Ottenhoff, and Dr. Patrick Rooney, Executive Director of the …

Winning the Hearts and Minds of Donors
By Susan Carey Dempsey on November 1, 2010 | 2 Comments
Winning the Hearts and Minds of Donors

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With nonprofits looking at the crucial giving season in the last quarter of a very difficult year, fundraisers are keenly appraising what motivates donors, especially that top of the pyramid group …

Give More, Gain More: Charity Aids Personal and Professional Growth
By Ronn Torossian on October 29, 2010 | One Comment
Give More, Gain More: Charity Aids Personal and Professional Growth

I am often asked if certain charitable initiatives will help companies make more, or be portrayed better and my professional answer is always: Only if you are dedicated to it and really believe in it.

Winning the Hearts and Minds of Donors
By Susan Carey Dempsey on October 28, 2010 | No Comment
Winning the Hearts and Minds of Donors

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With nonprofits looking at the crucial giving season in the last quarter of a very difficult year, fundraisers are keenly appraising what motivates donors, especially that top of the pyramid group …

Turning Fundraising Nightmares Into Dreams
By Benjamin T. Mohler on June 29, 2010 | One Comment
Turning Fundraising Nightmares Into Dreams

Susan wasn’t new to the role of development director. Unfortunately while in this role for the past four years she saw her job expectations increase, the resources did not. When she joined the staff of …

Buffett to Ultra-rich: Meet Me Halfway
By Susan Carey Dempsey on June 18, 2010 | One Comment
Buffett to Ultra-rich: Meet Me Halfway

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This week’s blockbuster $600 billion philanthropic challenge from Warren Buffett has made headlines, but it’s a story that’s been building behind the scenes for several years. As reported in Fortune this week by …

New Blackbaud Charity Index Shows Growth in Giving
By Tom Watson on June 15, 2010 | 2 Comments
New Blackbaud Charity Index Shows Growth in Giving

Will an index replace an estimate? That may be the question with the release of Blackbaud’s new Index of Charitable Giving, hot on the heels of this year’s Giving USA estimate of charitable giving in …

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