Monthly Archives: August 2010
|August 24, 2010||Posted by M. P. under News, Philanthropy||
The Brookings Institution’s Anda Adams, Justin Van Fleet and Rebeca Winthrop provide a thoughtful analysis on the heralded “Giving Pledge” or “Billionaire’s Pledge” that encourages the very wealthy to commit a sizable amount of their wealth to philanthropy efforts. Is it really a win-win situation for charitable organizations or will certain causes benefit more than others?
|August 23, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Budget, Management, Philanthropy||
The latest report from Guidestar, “The Effect of the Economy on the Nonprofit Sector,” has created quite a bit of discussion amongst and even calls to action from nonprofit leaders. This is no surprise as some of the data from the June 2010 survey comparing the first half of 2010 with the same time period in 2009 are daunting…
Contributions to the organization:
- 30 percent report an increase in total contributions to their organization
- 28 percent report no change
- 40 percent report a decrease in contributions
Programs and Services:
- 63 percent report an increased need for their services
- 29 percent report no change
- 6 percent report a decrease
For additional data on methods taken to reduce budgets, changes to grant making policies and use of volunteers please read the entire report available for download at the Guidestar website.
Bob Ottenhoff, President and CEO of Guidestar writes at his blog that these results, coupled with recent economic indicators confirm that the “new normal” is here to stay.
|August 19, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Management, Research||
The rise is due to women, specifically those between the ages of 45 to 54 years, married persons and people employed full-time. That last group caught me by surprise, but apparently low unemployment rates are linked to higher rates of volunteerism. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, when the unemployment decreases one percentage point, the volunteering rate increases by 1.2 points. The full report, Volunteering in America:2010, is available for download.
A quick look at the volunteer profile for Pittsburgh:
- Pittsburgh’s 2009 volunteer rate was nearly 28 percent, (above the national average of 26.8).
- The average amount of volunteer hours per resident was 37.2 – also over the national average of 34.2 hours.
- The top activity for Pittsburgh-area volunteers was fundraising (31.5 percent).
A recent article in the New York Times explored the beneficial outcomes of volunteering on the volunteers themselves. Research on community service indicates that overall, participation in civic projects (voluntary or mandatory) are beneficial, and if the activity is supplemented with discussions around the context of the service, the impact could be even greater.