Tales of faux donors scamming charities

Robert Weiner

He has an MBA from [major university] and a law degree from [another major university]. Tale #3: A decade or so ago, when I worked at a certain cathedral in [another state], I was sent an envelope full of grocery coupons and pornography from a man whose accompanying hand-written letter (yes… all caps) claimed him to be the grandson of Michelangelo (long life spans in that family).

Pepsi Charity Contest: Learning From Mistakes and Level Playing Fields

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The New York Times published an article called " Pepsi Trips Over Its Own Submission Rules " which describes what happened: The tiny charity currently atop the rankings in one category of the contest accidentally got a little help from Pepsi itself. And now we have a real-life example with the Pepsi Refresh Contest making a mistake by not following its own rules, but moving swiftly to acknowledge it, fix it, and move on. From my son's kindergarten class.


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More about that Homeless Avatar in Second Life

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Remember the homeless avatar in Second Life that got a lot of attention a few weeks back? Rik Riel and Nedra Weinreich also wrote it up and I suspect it probably inspired a few Second Life Doubter's Club posts. As I've said elsewhere on this blog about Second Life, it isn't yet the best medium for fundraising, but to get attention for a cause and connect with people - there's some opportunity. How many people in second life visited you?

Personal Fundraising in Second Life: Yonder Doesburg Raises Money for Make A Wish

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Make A Wish Donation Box in Second Life On the Web, you can become a messenger for your cause by adding a charity badge or fundraising widget to your blog or web site. In Second Life, you can build a 3-D display and donation box where avatars can contribute Linden dollars. He shared a lot about what works with fundraising in Second Life. But, avatars who raising money in Second Life for their causes are also spreading the word to others.

Tribute to My Mentor

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Gerry patiently explained that he would volunteer his time on a pro bono basis to incorporate and get IRS approval for my new company to make reading machines for the blind, one that was set up as a nonprofit charity. Gerry quickly did the legal research and came back to explain that my idea, which seemed like it should be illegal, was 100% permitted under an obscure provision of the copyright law! He had graduated from Georgetown Law School just a couple of years after my dad.

Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership: 70 New Year's.

Eric Jacobson

Okay, so youve found your New Years resolution for your personal life. But, have you identified your New Years resolution for your workplace life? Sites Worth Checking Out Mentoring Group MicroMentor Online Degrees My Blog List Linked 2 Leadership Future Leaders: Leading Our Most Precious 1 day ago My Passion To Walk/Run For Charities In 2010 My Walk/Run Page On Movement Challenge Kansas City Leadership Examiner Loading

Announcing… 31 New Favorite Nonprofits for 2013!

Nonprofit Tech for Good

National Marine Life Center :: @ MarineLifeCtr. The National Marine Life Center forcus on rehabilitating stranded sea turtles, seals, dolphins, porpoises & whales while advancing scientific knowledge and education in marine wildlife health & conservation. charity: water :: @ CharityWater. charity: water is a non-profit bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Southern Poverty Law Center :: @ SPLCenter.

Why I’m Scared of the SOPA bill

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We’re against piracy, and have made commitments to authors and publishers to encourage compliance with copyright law. We frequently get emails or letters from authors, agents or publishers who don’t know much about people with disabilities or about Section 121 of the copyright law, calling us pirates and asking us to cease and desist from making their books available on the Internet. No more donations to our charity.

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Making the Most Difficult Ask—Legacy Giving

NonProfit Hub

You’ve worked hard to build a solid relationship with each of your donors, but sometimes life happens and active donors become in memoriam donors. According to Guidestar, almost 70 percent of Americans give to charity during their lifetime , but fewer than 10 percent create legacy gifts. Know the Law. Understanding how the inheritance laws work in your state can make a big difference when talking to potential legacy donors. But I have a great life insurance policy.

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Biker Philanthropy: TechSoup Revs Up Donated Computer Programs for Kids

Tech Soup Blog

Despite their legendary "bad guy" reputations, bikers also have a lesser-known, but rich tradition of philanthropy, including nationwide events like Rolling Thunder's annual Ride for Freedom for veterans and POW/MIA awareness, Kyle Petty's Charity Ride Across America , as well as local organizations like the charity, BIKERSCAP , in Florida. In due course, he got a bunch of his biker friends involved and started the charity. " Not Your Ordinary Charity.

Important Considerations for Nonprofits When Applying for IRC 501(c)(3) Status: Part 1

Tech Soup Blog

Another page, “Life Cycle of a Public Charity,” is also very useful. Know the Law. The first step in understanding tax laws applicable to nonprofit tax-exemption is to carefully read the Internal Revenue Code section (IRC§) 501(c)(3) and, although they may not be necessary, the Treasury Regulations. Find the section here: Cornell University Law School. Learning the law will keep you busy for a little while.

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How Does Limited Liability Affect a Nonprofit

ASU Lodestar Center

Only Two Things In Life Are Certain: Death & Taxes (Well, Maybe Not). In particular, “nonprofit” is a term associated with state law, while “tax-exempt” is a term associated with federal tax law. Many nonprofits can qualify as charitable organizations if they are willing to abide by the restrictions, as outlined below, imposed upon charities. While LLC laws vary from state to state, an LLC generally: Doesn’t need to file an annual report. posted by.

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Overcoming the Government-Nonprofit Dependency

ASU Lodestar Center

Changes in Government Regulations & Laws – While some governmental changes can be beneficial to Social Service nonprofit organizations, such as the Edward M Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009 , others can have a negative impact, such as the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). According to a letter to donors written jointly by the CEO’s of Charity Navigator, GuideStar and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance , “in fact, many charities should spend more on overhead.

Can You Use Your Own Photos on Your Website? Maybe Not

Tech Soup Blog

Images bring life and interest to anything. law that covers this is called the right of publicity. Whether you need permission to post photos you take for your library or charity depends on how they will be used and if the people in the pictures can be identified. The following rules of thumb are abstracted from Bryan Carson's Laws for Using Photos You Take at Your Library.

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News by the Spoonful: TechSoup's 2015 Tech Predictions

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup's senior online community manager, Lewis Haidt, predicts that charities will use more sophisticated group social media tools like Thunderclap that amplify messaging. Data theft, cyberattacks, and government surveillance are a growing fact of digital life, and it looks like 2015 will only be more of the same. Charity Crowdfunding Will Get Crazier. How to be successful on either a personal or charity crowdfunding campaign?

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Empowering Young Children through Philanthropy

Beth Kanter

One of them was Vincent Law who is doing interesting work with teaching young children about giving and philanthropy. Empower Young Children through Philanthropy – guest blog post by Vincent Law, CEO and Founder at PhilanthroKids Academy. So in 2006 I founded a charity called Child Psychoecology Foundation (CPF). These fundamental values help children develop their philanthropic characters in life.

Why I’m Scared of the SOPA Bill by Jim Fruchterman

Beth Kanter

We’re against piracy, and have made commitments to authors and publishers to encourage compliance with copyright law. Bookshare is legal in the United States because our copyright law includes an exception that allows nonprofit organizations like Benetech to make accessible versions of books for people with print disabilities without requesting permission or paying a royalty. No more donations to our charity. Flickr Photo by DonkeyHotey.

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What Should I Do About Junk Hardware Donations?

Tech Soup Blog

Of course charities rely on donations of all sorts as their bread and butter, so it’s useful, I think, to have a tactful strategy for turning down donations that you can’t use by telling donors where to take their IT discards. The good news is that electronics recycling is increasingly no-cost as more states are enacting recycling laws that require computer makers to cover the costs of end-of-life recycling. is now covered by a state e-waste recycling law.

A Hearty Congratulations to TechSoup Members Winning Google Impact Challenge Awards

Tech Soup Blog

The finalists are an impressive roster of charities from diverse fields doing great work in nonprofit technology. MedShare is a national charity that collects surplus medical supplies and equipment and distributes it to healthcare facilities in the developing world. New Door Ventures is a San Francisco faith-based job skill-building employment organization that helps at-risk youth prepare for work and life.

The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


The 33rd Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute features leading nationally recognized experts from private foundations, public charities, law, finance and government to discuss the latest tax, legislative and governance issues affecting nonprofit organizations. The Northeast Wisconsin’s nonprofit community is integral to our day-to-day quality of life and long-term success.

Why Kansas City Has a Shot at Bridging the Digital Divide

Tech Soup Blog

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project reports that the main reason they don’t go online is because they don’t think the Internet is relevant to them. Founding donors to the fund include Google Fiber , the Illig Family Foundation, Sprint , Global Prairie , Polsinelli Law , and J.E. I had the opportunity to participate in the launch of the new Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund.

Your Cause Camp 2018 Lineup is Here

NonProfit Hub

Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. Simon offers consultancy to some of the biggest and smallest charities around the world. She and her life partner have bequeathed their entire estate to charity. The moment is finally here!

Nonprofit Technology News for May 2014

Tech Soup Blog

The European Court of Justice has taken a landmark decision to reverse this fact of modern life. " The ruling establishes that a search engine such as Google must be regarded as a "data controller" under the data protection laws in those EU countries where it operates. It’s called the TechBridge Nonprofit Exchange and it is designed to address the problem of grantmakers’ reluctance to fund infrastructure improvements for charities.

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Preparing for Planned Giving Conversations—24 Terms You Need to Know

Connection Cafe

Charitable Bequest: This is a provision in a will, trust, or estate plan that allocates a gift to a designated charity. Contingent Bequest: This is a provision in a will, trust, or estate plan that allocates a gift to a designated charity as an alternative to a higher priority bequest or condition to be met. now allow the use of “ Transfer on Death Deeds ” that provide for the transfer of real estate directly to another person or charity – by-passing the probate process.

Our Much Improved Tech Support In TechSoup's Refurbished Computer Initiative

Tech Soup Blog

EPA's Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator , here are some interesting stats that help to quantify how the TechSoup RCI program – and our participating recipient organizations – have done the Earth some good by extending the life of and reusing RCI equipment: Energy – we've saved enough electricity to power 7,458 households in a year.

Nonprofit Technology News: 2013 Year in Review

Tech Soup Blog

In hardware life extension news, the grand award winner for software in Popular Science's Best of What's New 2013 this year is a server/software technology called Neverware Juicebox. It’s also looking like relatively few charities and also libraries are getting the hang of it. finds that charities aren’t effectively engaging younger donors via mobile friendly channels like social media and mobile optimized websites.

Mentoring Staff New to Nonprofit Work

ASU Lodestar Center

Just as enthusiastic volunteers often need a primer on best practices in soliciting for in-kind items, preparing event experiences, limitations of the tax laws, and rules around tax exempt status and politics, preparing your new staff with an arsenal of tools to use to check on these delicate subjects is important. Whether the staff is asked on a plane, in an elevator or on a panel, he or she should be able to articulate in 30 to 60 seconds what their charity does.

In Search of Hope: The Global Diaries of Mariane Pearl

Have Fun - Do Good

It had to do with the meaning of life and the meaning of the deaths of those I have loved, but first and foremost, it had to do with my son. If you order In Search of Hope on Glamour.com , Glamour will donate 100 percent of the book's proceeds and royalties to charities (listed below) selected by the women who were profiled. "[N]ow I have an answer for my son, who lost his father to blind hatred. Yes, there is hope in the world, and it isn't naive or even idealistic. It is real."--Mariane

Vietnam and Indonesia Join TechSoup Asia’s Growing Family

Tech Soup Blog

They are all part of TechSoup Asia , which serves charities in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand — and now Vietnam and Indonesia. The organization has a particular mission to help charities (particularly those who work to aid women) and to promote gender equality. VietNet-ICT also actively participates in policy discussions to formulate laws and policies relating to information, technology, and communication towards sustainable development and equity.

Got the Winter Blues? Giving May Cheer You Up

Have Fun - Do Good

Maya Angelou In December 2007, the New York Sun article, Why Giving Makes You Happy reported that: "According to the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, a survey of 30,000 American households, people who gave money to charity in 2000 were 43% more likely than non-givers to say they were 'very happy' about their lives. The Effects of Volunteering on the Volunteer , John Wilson and Marc Musik, 62 Law & Contemp. A Candy-Colored Life.

Overhead: Time to Pull Our Heads Out of the Sand?

Connection Cafe

From Dan Pallotta’s widely viewed TED talk, “ The Way We Think about Charity is Dead Wrong ,” to conferences and publications, overhead is hotly debated. The study showed that while nonprofit leadership is concerned about donors’ perceptions of overhead and efficiency in the way organizations use donated funds, the majority are not proactively developing strategies to implement should external forces enact laws or policies that negatively impact overhead.

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Major Donors are Multichannel

Connection Cafe

Some other organizations rely much more heavily on major gifts to support their work - and I'd venture to say that's more true for organizations that could realistically put themselves out of business in 10-20 years by solving the problem - curing the disease, passing the law, etc. So excellent donor management is important throughout the life cycle of the donor - you need a place for all of this information that helps you steward them in the best way possible. Author: Sally Heaven.

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NTC Boston: Brian Reich: Online Fundraising Strategy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

that someone could punch in a number on their cell phone and make a donation to a charity. Way of life. Laws/Regulations/Bookkeeping Hire a lawyer as part of your strategy ??? t break the laws ??? Download brian.wmv. "It's the strategy, stupid." " Brian Reich of Mindshare Interactive Campaigns gave an excellent presentation on Internet/Online Strategies. The video clip of Brian repeating our mantra, "Think about the tools last!" " Here???s

America's Giving Challenge: Bloggers Campaign Roundup

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

law of reciprocity). In gratitude for the apple of her eye (her first grandchild) THE SHARING FOUNDATION became her charity of choice. Try fear: If you don't act now, another child's life will be lost forever in horrible poverty. Sharing Foundation Khmer Literacy Program. I launched a bloggers campaign as part of the Sharing Foundation's America Giving Challenge. I want to mention a few recent posts. Everyday Giving Blog.

Top 10 Environmental Nonprofits

Twenti - Digital Marketing For Nonprofits

Woodland Trust is the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity, working to protect woods, plant trees and restore ancient woodlands. Top 10 Environmental Nonprofits. by Olivia Warnes.

NpTech Tag: Roundups from and about Facebook and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

And, looking at the list, it's only US-based charities) He raises a great question that gets beyond the scoreboard, numbers only focus of his approach: "Don't you think that they might have lessons to teach all of us?" Second Life Ruby has an update on the demonstrations occurring in Second Life in support of Burma. If you can't to Naples and you're want to attend the Plone Conference, it is streaming into Second Life this week.

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MPayy discusses transaction costs in the nonprofit sector | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

In other words, only $0.93-0.9525 of each dollar of a donation actually reaches the charity. Network for Good, in fact, doesn’t actually get permission from charities, but rather has an opt-out program if charities do not wish to have Network for Good collect donations for them. According to the FAQ’s on the Network for Good’s website, they send the money on to the charities through electronic funds transfer or a paper check on the 15th of every month.

Do-It-Yourself Online Safety Guide for Women (and Everyone Else)

Tech Soup Blog

Chayn , an international domestic violence charity, recently released a Do-It-Yourself Online Safety Guide. The danger is amplified even more so for people living in oppressive contexts; there the law of the land does not offer protection to people whose social behavior differs from the norm. To avoid other people putting their nose into your private life, regularly erase your call and message histories. Do you know how much information you share online? Who has access to it?

Is Direct Mail Really Headed for the Exit? - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


” Accordingly, 12 states are developing laws to ban or limit “junk mail” despite strenuous efforts by the Direct Marketing Association and others to fight such legislation. Furthermore, as more states propose laws that would ban or restrict “junk mail,” it’s essential for organizations to immediately start building a strong online fundraising program and to work on growing their base of online supporters. But now a days life is very fast.

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Top 10 Environmental Nonprofits


Woodland Trust is the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity, working to protect woods, plant trees and restore ancient woodlands. Top 10 Environmental Nonprofits. by Olivia Warnes.

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Ask Your Customers To Help You Write Your Strategic Plan

Eric Jacobson

He explained that the answers to the questions will provide you valuable insight into : Your current strengths and weaknesses Opportunities to more successfully help your customers Potential challenges from not fully meeting customer expectations Mike Brown is the author of the ebook, “ Taking the NO Out of InNOvation ,&# a guide to breaking through personal challenges to living a more creative and innovation-oriented life.

Find The Ideal Tone For Your Emails

Eric Jacobson

The average worker will spend 10 years of their work life dealing with email. Sites Worth Checking Out Mentoring Group MicroMentor Online Degrees My Blog List Linked 2 Leadership Future Leaders: Leading Our Most Precious 1 day ago My Passion To Walk/Run For Charities In 2010 My Walk/Run Page On Movement Challenge Kansas City Leadership Examiner Loading skip to main | skip to sidebar Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership Welcome!

Definitions Of Key Business Terms

Eric Jacobson

The primary customer is the person whose life is changed through the organizations work. Sites Worth Checking Out Mentoring Group MicroMentor Online Degrees My Blog List Linked 2 Leadership Future Leaders: Leading Our Most Precious 1 day ago My Passion To Walk/Run For Charities In 2010 My Walk/Run Page On Movement Challenge Kansas City Leadership Examiner Loading skip to main | skip to sidebar Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership Welcome!