Here is an interesting piece of news – the original ice bucket that started the challenge recently went on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Yep you read that right, when visiting the Smithsonian, you can see this piece of Americana on display – probably somewhere near Archie Bunker’s chair! All the historical significance of the original bucket aside the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a huge success. People all over the United States and ultimat
Nonprofits have been asking this question for years, probably since the first nonprofit existed. Even if they aren’t ‘hard’ costs, your nonprofit likely has a cost of fundraising. It could be a staff member (either full or part time), event costs, an online platform, and presence, postal charges or participation in local programs. Most times these costs are rolled into “overhead,” and as long as that amount can pass the reasonableness testing, it shouldn’t raise any red flags
There has long been a common belief that charities should spend every penny they raise on the programs and services they deliver. Maybe a better word is fantasy because no organization can survive without overhead – you have to pay your staff, you need space to operate, computers and phones, supplies, and the occasional training or seminar.
So does that mean if every penny doesn’t go into programs that the charity is 'wasting' your donation? Absolutely not, in fact, spend
Q. We are talking with Keith Orlean the President and Co-Founder of Digital Donations, the Alternative Fundraising Platform for Non Profit Organizations, about their recent announcement of the CrowdGIV Pledge. Keith what inspired Digital Donations to create the CrowdGIV Pledge?
Keith: While researching crowdfunding we were surprised to learn that almost 70% of crowdfunding campaigns fail to meet their goals. Of course there are many reasons for that, but often it’s because t
Crowdfunding is exactly what it sounds like—leveraging a ‘crowd’ to fund a cause, project, venture or sometimes even a person. While today crowdfunding means using Social Media and other online sources, it’s been around for a long time. Think of a community coming together to build a barn or care for a family in need after a devastating accident or illness. After a disaster such as a tornado, flood or earthquake people come together to help support survivors, rebuild communit