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Why Nonprofits Need to Be Active on Social Media

By Jessie Portlock, Social Media Director at Marketeering Group Social media has become a critical part of any business’ digital communications strategy, and nonprofit organizations are no exception. It’s a v...

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Speed Reading Nonprofit Financial Statements

By Erin Welch, CPA, Partner, Jacobson Jarvis What financial statements does your nonprofit Board receive each month? Are they the right reports? Do you understand them? Do you know enough to spot a red flag or ask questions? One of the most critical requirements of you...

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Charitable Giving Reaches New High of $390 Billion

An annual report from Giving USA was recently released, referring to growth of almost 4% that led to a new high of $390.05 billion in 2016. Giving USA 2017: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2016 provides details on charitable giving by individuals, estates, foundations and corporations in the United States. The 2017 report showed an increase of 2.7% over the revised estimate for 2015.

“This report tells us that Americans remained generous in 2016, despite it being a year punctuated by economic and political uncertainty,” said Aggie Sweeney, CFRE, chair of Giving USA Foundation and senior counsel at Campbell & Company. “We saw growth in every major sector, indicating the resilience of philanthropy and diverse motivations of donors.”

The sectors of giving include religion, health, public-society benefit, human services, education, gifts to foundations, arts culture and humanities, environment and animals, and international affairs.

It may be interesting to note that while individuals, corporations and foundations increased their giving in 2016, contributions from estates decreased significantly. Individual giving increased almost 4% in 2016, bringing a significant positive impact on the overall growth in charitable gifts.

Click here for more details about the Giving USA report. And see below for a visual infographic that depicts key information from the report:

Giving USA is a comprehensive annual report that is published by the Giving USA Foundation and written by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

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How Nonprofits Can Motivate and Engage Donors Through Storytelling

In the nonprofit community, there is nothing more important than your donors. Your donors are the ones that keep your mission up and running, and you couldn't do anything to help your cause without them. By this logic, it makes sense that nonprofits spend a lot of time trying to figure out how exact...

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Project LEAD Celebrates 25 Years of Effective Board Training

United Way of King County is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Project LEAD, a one-of-a-kind training program that prepares people of color to effectively serve on nonprofit boards. Project Leadership...

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