Donor-Advised Funds: Insight from the Experts

Connection Cafe

Donor-advised funds are a hot topic. According to a study released this fall by the National Philanthropic Trust , the assets held in these charitable funds increased almost 24% last year to a whopping $70.7 Further, contributions coming out of these same funds grew by 27%.

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Donor Spotlight: Lavelle Fund for the Blind

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

One foundation that has been a committed supporter of our work is the Lavelle Fund for the Blind. The Lavelle Fund exemplifies the tremendous social return that bold philanthropy can create. The Lavelle Fund also supports programs benefiting the developing world.

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How World Wildlife Fund Used Segmentation to Activate Social Influencers for Their Cause

Connection Cafe

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) used segmentation to identify the right supporters to join them in urging the U.S. Urging House leadership to support the Green Climate Fund. The Green Climate Fund emails asking supporters to retweet received a combined 2,000+ retweets.

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Donor-Advised Funds: Philanthropy’s Hot-Button Issue

Connection Cafe

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) have become one of the hottest tools in philanthropy over the last few years. While the funds have been around for decades, the 1990s ushered in an increasing interest in DAFs as financial planning and planned giving tools.

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5 Bits Of Advice For A Crowd-Funding Campaign

TechImpact

Crowd-funding websites allow individuals and organizations to create a page on their website and promote donations for a cause, product, or service. Crowd-funding websites are not for your seasonal fundraisers or annual appeals.

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Changing The Way We Look At Tech, Nonprofits And Foundations Come Together To Solve Funding Gap

TechImpact

A lot of times, though, organizations can get stuff in an old way of thinking and consider technology funding as a costly expense, not as a promising investment. Blog Fundraising Leadership Tech budgeting funding funding gap technology

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5 Best Practices for Negotiating Funding for a Thriving Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

In the nonprofit world, the beneficiaries of nonprofit services usually provide little, if any, of the revenue to fund the services they receive. 5 Best Practices for Nonprofit Funding: 1. Your mission needs funding to be sustainable and successful.

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Milestone Crowdfunding Acquisition: NonProfitEasy Buys Fundly - Forbes

AFP Blog

Milestone Crowdfunding Acquisition: NonProfitEasy Buys Fundly - Forbes : "n what could be a sign of the maturing of the crowdfunding industry, NonProfitEasy has acquired Fundly, the crowdfunding site widely used by nonprofits, and simultaneously rebranded the entire business Fundly." 'via

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Program Sustainability is Not Just About Funding

NonProfit Hub

In fact, the promoters of program sustainability read like many best practices for operating a non-profit: diversified funding, program champions, evaluation and performance measurement, and collaborative partners. We now know that program sustainability is not just about funding.

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Performance Based Funding Institute to Improve Higher Education

VisionLink

Douglas Zimmerman and Lois Ann Porter traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to organize the Performance-Based Funding Institute VisionLink produced for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. You can see more photos on the VisionLink Facebook Performance-Based Funding Album.

Join the Crowd(funding): Strategies for Successful Non-Profit Campaigns

Byte Technology

Indeed, if done correctly, such a campaign can see full funding for a particular effort or event. No crowdfunding effort has ever been fully funded using a ‘set it and forget it’ strategy,” writes Garecht.

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Sandy Hook School Support Fund Link

VisionLink

The United Way of Western Connecticut has established a support fund for the families and the community of Newtown. To donate go here. Children: Charlotte Bacon, 6 Daniel Barden, 7 Olivia Engel, 6 Josephine Gay, 7 Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6 Dylan Hockley, 6 Madeleine F. Hsu, 6 Catherine V.

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Funding Innovation for Skoll Social Entrepreneurs

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

But not just any money -- we talk about the most difficult money to raise: the unrestricted funding that is the lifeblood for a social entrepreneur. That way, there's more of a connection with the innovations being powered by the Fund, both the successful ones and the unsuccessful ones.

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New and Improved Data Visualization Tool: Maps for Media Funding

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Nonprofit data nerds will love this new resource from Media Impact Funders and Foundation Center called “ Foundation Maps for Media Funding ,” a free, interactive mapping and research tool that shows the full scope of philanthropically funded media projects worldwide since 2009.

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Museum launches social media fund-raising campaign -

AFP Blog

Museum launches social media fund-raising campaign - : The Edwardsville Children’s Museum is trying to raise $100,000 by the end of the year through a social media campaign, #SaveOurMuseum

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How to Raise Funds Through Crowd Funding Platforms | Social Media Today

AFP Blog

How to Raise Funds Through Crowd Funding Platforms | Social Media Today. NPCrowdfunding

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Make Mobile Donations Easy Or Risk Losing Funds

TechImpact

According to a recent post from ThirdSector, about half of the people who attempt to give to a charity or nonprofit on a mobile device never actually get to … Continued The post Make Mobile Donations Easy Or Risk Losing Funds appeared first on Tech Impact.

Investing in Infrastructure: What Holds Foundations Back From Funding Technology?

Idealware

Even so, they admitted that they struggle with how to make funding decisions and whether technology funding aligns with their foundations’ priorities or will satisfy their trustees. One program officer had a bad experience funding a CRM system.

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Who Makes Better Funding Choices: Crowds or Experts?

AFP Blog

Who Makes Better Funding Choices: Crowds or Experts? Crowdfunded projects perform as well as expert-funded ones, study finds, but the ''art'' of raising money from crowds may be slightly different

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Why You Should Stop Relying on Grants to Fund Your Nonprofit

NonProfit Hub

If you’re thinking about starting a nonprofit and the plan is to use grants alone to get it funded—think again. So many first-timers think grants are the way to go as their main funding source. Fund it yourself.

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Why Fund Tech for Nonprofits - Final with links (External).pdf - Box

AFP Blog

Why Fund Tech for Nonprofits - Final with links (External).pdf pdf - Box : 'via Blog this

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Fund Accounting Fundamentals: Bottom Line for Fulfilling Nonprofit Missions

Donor Search

For-profit organizations focus on profitability, whereas nonprofits use fund accounting to focus on accountability. What sets nonprofit organizations apart from for-profit businesses? The answer is simple. Each has its own criteria for financial success.

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What I Learned From Grantmakers About Funding Technology

Idealware

Over the years, I’ve talked to a lot of foundations about funding grantee technology. But our recent three-part course How to Get Your Technology Project Funded: Tips from Grantmakers revealed more than a few interesting takeaways. Most funders don’t fund technology, per se.

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Buy Me! Support the 11NTC Scholarship Fund

Amy Sample Ward

I’m really happy to be part of the 11NTC Scholarship fundraising campaign this year.

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The Idealware Research Fund

Robert Weiner

Our friends at Idealware (a nonprofit technology resource provider) have created a new fund to support their research. Many of Idealware's reports have been funded by foundations and some have had corporate sponsorship (and some are commissioned by TechSoup.org too). As you probably know, neither foundation nor corporate support is a reliable funding source these days.

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Soliciting Funds From the Crowd? Results Will Vary - NYTimes.com

AFP Blog

Soliciting Funds From the Crowd? Individual artists have been soliciting donations from the public for years, using Internet fund-raising platforms like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Razoo to defray the costs of producing their work. Museums, long reliant on corporate sponsorships, gifts and bequests, have been more hesitant to raise funds digitally because the substantial commitment of staff time required for such campaigns does not always produce a big financial win

How Can Nonprofits Make the Most of Overhead Funds?

ASU Lodestar Center

Many funders, including individual donors, are averse to funding these indirect costs, preferring to support direct program expenses: food for hungry people, medical care for the sick, and childcare for working parents. Grantor agencies also eschew funding these necessary expenses.

So Now What? Finding Funding for Your Nonprofit

Tech Soup Blog

The charts in these reports show the frequency of funding by source, such as private foundations, corporate giving programs, and local governments. Now you have a reasonable set of award goals and a good idea of which funding sources to apply to.

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SIB chief reviews Twitter use after Social Action Fund investigation

AFP Blog

SIB chief reviews Twitter use after Social Action Fund investigation : Jonathan Jenkins, chief executive of the Social Investment Business, has agreed to review his use of social media in order to minimise perceptions that he has social relationships with people from charities that receive statutory funds on his recommendation

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Recording: How to Get Your Tech Projects Funded

Idealware

The post Recording: How to Get Your Tech Projects Funded appeared first on Idealware. Uncategorized Executives

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How Technology Increased Non Profit Funding in 2011 (Infographic)

VisionLink

Here is a wonderful infographic we discovered on how both email marketing and social media were able to increase Non Profit Fundraising in 2011! There are some extremely interesting statistics here.

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Apple to Donate Proceeds from 27 Apps to World Wildlife Fund | Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly

AFP Blog

Apple to Donate Proceeds from 27 Apps to World Wildlife Fund | Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly : "Apple said on Thursday, April 14th, that it would donate its proceeds from 27 apps and games, including some of its most popular downloads, until April 24th to the WWF.

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Nonprofit Crowd Funding Success Formula: Robust Planning, Networks, and Blessings

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

After publishing this post about Save the Children’s Crowd Funding Campaign – where I mentioned the Dalai Lama Foundation’s successful campaign , I noticed this tweet in my stream from Brian Rusch the former deputy director for the DLF : Woohoo!

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Federal Funding for Non-profit Jobs

VisionLink

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Emergency Contingency Fund (ECF), states can provide millions in additional support for jobs. These funds can be used for private, public, and non-profit organizations. This program varies state by state, as states have some control on the use of these funds. The state can provide up to $200 million in additional one-time, non- recurring federal funds for jobs for Florida''s neediest citizens.

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10 Best Practices for Planning Successful Crowd Funding or Giving Day Campaigns | Beth’s Blog

AFP Blog

10 Best Practices for Planning Successful Crowd Funding or Giving Day Campaigns | Beth’s Blog : "Giving Day Campaigns and Crowd Funding Campaigns Are Than Dollars Raised When nonprofits marry tried-and-true fundraising techniques with social media and online networks, they are able to tap into the power of crowd funding." ''via Blog this''.

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Crowd-funding campaigns gaining popularity with Canadians | News | National Post

AFP Blog

Crowd-funding campaigns gaining popularity with Canadians | News | National Post : TORONTO — A burlesque troupe, a film about female Palestinian race car drivers and a bullied American bus monitor — as diverse as those topics are, they all share a common Canadian thread. All three projects sparked crowd-funding campaigns, an Internet-based trend thrust into the spotlight recently by a Toronto man’s wildly successful fundraising effort for a Rochester, N.Y.,

Is Social Media the Fund Development Professional’s Magic Bullet?

NonProfit Hub

And consultants are hotly debating the role of social media in a fund development plan. I don’t have time to get out of the office… I have spent lots of time posting our request for funds on our Facebook page and I have created a new, cool Donate section of our website.”.

7 Step Policy Guide for Nonprofit Operating Reserves

Connection Cafe

This week, let’s walk through seven steps to developing a policy to manage the use and replenishment of reserve funds. 7 Steps for Developing a Policy to Manage Operating Reserves: Inception – Make the case for the need for an operating reserve fund to the board.

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Get Your Nonprofit Grant Funded By Asking These 5 Questions

John Haydon

Every nonprofit grant proposal is both a funding opportunity and a chance to share your vision and connect with a new audience. The post Get Your Nonprofit Grant Funded By Asking These 5 Questions appeared first on John Haydon.

5 Online Strategies to Grow Your Nonprofit’s Annual Fund

John Haydon

The annual fund campaign is a cornerstone of most nonprofit fundraising strategies. Annual fund campaigns refer to a set of strategies that nonprofits implement to raise the funds needed to cover their operational expenses.

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