Nonprofit Currents
Feb. 25, 2015

Blurring the nonprofit and for-profit divide
From Insider Higher Ed
It used to be simple. For decades, providers of higher education were either nonprofit (the vast majority, public or private) or for-profit, sometimes massive, like the University of Phoenix, and more commonly the nearby business or trade school. More recently, gradations appeared. In the 2000s private investors bought and transformed struggling nonprofit institutions to capitalize on their existing accreditation.More

Why should they volunteer?
By William D. Pawlucy
According the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, "Volunteering in the United States — 2013," the volunteer rate from September 2012 to September 2013 was the lowest since the annual report began in 2002. The U.S. volunteer rate declined by 1.1 percentage points from the previous year to 25.4 percent, with 62.6 million people volunteering at least once for an organization. A nonprofit organization's volunteers are its most important asset, and this asset is in severe decline. Do we need to rethink the volunteer job description to attract high-quality individuals? More

The rarely used resource: Fellow nonprofit peers
From CNN
"Nonprofit professionals work very hard with very limited resources. Recently, I came across a Boston Globe article entitled 'Groups says nonprofits should act more like a businesses' about Dan Palotta and what he has been doing around trying to educate the public and nonprofits about how to help these organizations sustain themselves. That got me thinking about what other resources, particularly around marketing and fundraising, nonprofits have that they may not be tapping in the day-to-day," writes Wayne Elsey, social entrepreneur and business owner. More

How nonprofits are using digital platforms
From Associations Now
It feels like all we ever talk about is digital this and digital that. A new survey of nonprofit professionals finds that many nonprofits can see the advantages of digital outreach but struggle to integrate it into the full organization.More

Small events prop up peer-to-peer revenue
From The NonProfit Times
Some of the largest, most established fundraising events continued to wane in 2014 as smaller events fueled growth among the top 30 peer-to-peer programs. Gross revenue for the 30 largest peer-to-peer fundraising programs was down almost 2.5 percent in 2014 to $1.622 billion, driven by a 12-percent drop in revenue for American Cancer Society's (ACS) Relay For Life and Susan G. Komen for the Cure's 3-Day walk series, which dipped 38 percent.More

Joe Madison tries for world record with fundraising marathon benefitting African-American museum
From The Washington Post
If he succeeds in his quest to set a Guinness World Record for longest talk radio marathon, SiriusXM host Joe Madison will get the glory. But the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture will get the dough.More

The nonprofit sector's top 2015 talent predictions
From Business 2 Community
In the nonprofit sector, 2015 is shaping up to be the year of talent. We hear it in conversations with our colleagues in the HR world and leaders in the nonprofit sector. Attraction, retention and engagement of top talent seems to be at the top of everyone's priority list. But what are nonprofit executives expecting and observing when it comes to talent? More

Study: Giving is expected to rise nearly 5 percent this year and next
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Philanthropic giving is expected to increase 4.8 percent this year, and 4.9 percent in 2016, exceeding the average rate of growth in gifts since the recession, according to a forecast. Gifts from individuals, corporations, estates and foundations are all expected to increase, according to the Philanthropy Outlook, a set of projections made by researchers at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Marts & Lundy, a philanthropy consulting firm.More

Attorney General approves Daughters of Charity sale, with tough conditions attached
From San Francisco Business Times
As anticipated or feared, depending on point of view, California Attorney General Kamala Harris approved the sale of six financially ailing Daughters of Charity Health System hospitals to Prime Healthcare Services. However, she made the decision with conditions Harris called "strong" and the hospital systems are likely to consider onerous, including a requirement that five of the six facilities stay open for at least 10 years. Earlier, the seller said such conditions could potentially scuttle deal.More

Study: Mega-gifts on the rise at colleges
From Chronicle of Philanthropy
Huge gifts to universities continued to grow for the second year in a row in 2014, with 43 donations of more than $50-million, according to an annual study. Those megagifts from individuals, foundations and corporations reached their highest level in the 16 years that Marts & Lundy, a philanthropy consultant, has tracked large donations to higher education. More

Behind a corporate funder's big push to help kids learn about money
From Inside Philanthropy
Money for financial education is flowing pretty steadily these days from banks and other financial services corporate foundations. Now PwC, one of the Big Four auditors and the world's second largest professional services network, is coming through with grants big and small to improve financial education and skills development for children.More