August 31, 2011

What Does It Take to Get People to Participate in Capacity Building? Lessons Learned from Community Organizing – Part II

RE: Philanthropy

By Susan Misra
8/30/11

So what principles and practices did we implement? We started with realistic expectations regarding attrition. According to the “rule of halves,” at every choice point along the way a group of participants will drop in half. Thus, to achieve our participation goals, we targeted a much larger group than we expected to sign up. Our actual results showed this principle at work: We went from 74 invitees to 48 applicants to 35 selected grantees to 21 participants. (Technically we had 27 participants, but 21 stayed highly active throughout the course of the initiative.)
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Charity Starts at Home: But We’re Pinching Pennies at Home

Palm Beach Post

By Emily Roach
8/30/11

Nonprofits are struggling just like every other business in this economy. Just like people aren’t spending at their favorite store, they are not giving to their local charity as much as in the past.
However, nonprofits often need “matching” dollars for grants, so every time they lose a buck, they really lose two or three. The good news is that nonprofits appear to be stabilizing. Nearly 28 percent, as opposed to 20 percent last year, told the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties that they were financially secure without concern if the economy continued to worsen.
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Major Retailers Show that Disaster Management is an Integral Part of CSR

Triple Pundit

By Akhila Vijayaraghavan
8/29/11

Disaster management is rapidly becoming a very important area of CSR. Although some natural disasters strike very suddenly and the only response that can be done is post-tragedy, others require a degree of forethought. Sometimes CSR responses may be as simple as ensuring that services go on as normal, so as not to create further inconveniences. According to research by University College in London, CSR activities in disaster and environmental management broadly falls under five categories.
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Big Giver: Community Foundation Network

Third Sector

By Sophie Hudson
8/30/11

As chair of the Community Foundation Network, which leads a movement of localised philanthropy by guiding community foundations in the UK, Matthew Bowcock has begun to make headway with this ambition. One of the foundations’ activities is to act as a link between donors and local need.
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New Organizations Pose Challenges for Nonprofit Consultants

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Penelope Cagney
8/29/11

A growing number of organizations combine business and nonprofit structures that offer them the best of both nonprofit and for-profit worlds. They can retain profits but are also able to raise money from both shareholders and foundations. As these organizations grow, they present new challenges and new opportunities for consultants.
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