Tag: Giving and Funding

How Come This Foundation’s Grantees Love its Reporting Process So Much?

    Most charities hate the reporting which funders make them do. Notionally a learning process, it’s often just compliance, box-ticking and a dead-weight cost. But not so apparently for the Inter-American Foundation, an independent US government agency which grant-funds citizen-led community development across Latin America and the Caribbean. IAF seems to be a positive outlier: […]

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GlobalGiving’s Big Bet

  We all want our donations to have the most impact possible. But how do we choose which nonprofits to support? And how does an organization like GlobalGiving that works with thousands of organizations in 165+ countries, measure, compare, incentivize, and reward effective nonprofits?   Well, at GlobalGiving, we’ve made a Big Bet about how […]

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Using Data to Drive Donations

  Online crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly popular way for nonprofits to reach new donors and enhance fundraising efforts. This exciting format brings with it new opportunities, but also questions about how best to take advantage to raise awareness and important funds for their cause.   Since 2002, the nonprofit GlobalGiving—a global crowdfunding community for nonprofits—has helped […]

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A Data-Led, Common Sense Approach to Online Fundraising

  Stanford computer scientists Jure Leskovec and Tim Althoff have analysed 14-years worth of online donations to help organisations systematise behaviours that can greatly boost the cash value of donations. Their analysis of anonymous data reveals insights into ways to increase donor retention, from the kinds of requests that perform well, to the timings of […]

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Are Proxy Buyers Stunting the Growth of the Nonprofit Economy?

  The market engine behind our nonprofit service economy is the act of funders and donors “proxy buying” a service or program on behalf of a population. Analogous to “in loco parentis,” where a school plays the role of the parent while children are in their care, in the nonprofit sector, we have “in loco […]

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Giving to Disaster Relief and Recovery

  When disaster strikes, people want to help. Unfortunately, it’s not always clear which nonprofits can respond most effectively, or even if some organizations asking for donations are legitimate. Here are five tips to help you give wisely.   Be pro-active, not re-active.   It’s not necessary or wise to respond to every call or […]

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Bloomberg Gives $42 Million to Help Cities do More with Data

  Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charitable arm of former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, is making a major investment in the development of data for cities, according to Jim Tankersley of the Washington Post. Their goal is to invest $42 million to create the What Works Cities Initiative, “aimed at helping 100 mid-size cities […]

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Here Comes GenZ

  Many nonprofit fundraisers know about and have specific strategies to reach, cultivate, and solicit baby boom donors, Gen X donors, and Gen Y donors. But get ready to reach out to Gen Z donors, sometimes called “PhilanthroTeens” or “PhilanthroKids.”   These potential donors are teens (and pre-teens) with a passion for social change and who […]

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The ALS Ice Bucket Donor Retention Challenge

  Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the Social Innovation Summit, a twice-annual event that represents a global convening of thought leaders in technology, investment, philanthropy, international development, and business. I’ve been going every year since 2009 to cover the event on my blog. Out of all the amazing speakers and discussions, I was lucky enough […]

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#GivingTuesday: The Origins

Asha Curran, one of #GivingTuesday’s chief architects asks, “How best to gestate a movement like this and take it to scale, creatively, and responsibly?”

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