Thursday, May 26, 2011

Reminder: Complete The NonProfit Times' 2011 Salary and Benefits Survey

It's hard to believe, but by the end of next week, we will be in the month of June..  Not only does that mean we are getting closer to summer, but it has another significance as well: It is the month that the 2011 Salary and Benefits Surveys must be completed by.  Specifically, all surveys must be submitted by June 15th.  If you haven't yet completed yours, it's time to finish it up before the deadline passes.  If you haven't yet started the survey, here are some reasons to begin:

* Convenient and flexible survey completion – Complete the online survey questionnaire at your own pace and schedule.

* Comprehensive job coverage – The survey collects base salary and bonus pay information on more than 300 nonprofit specific positions.

* Easy and accurate position matching – Match the positions within your organization to the survey using the intuitive job family groupings and position job descriptions.

* Ongoing assistance whenever you need it- Contact us by phone or email if you need help completing the survey, or use the handy online resources for instant results.

* Complete information about benefits practices – The survey gathers information about benefit offerings, costs, eligibility and employee participation for 94 employee benefits from health insurance to retirement plans.

* Organizational profile information – The questionnaire collects data on budget size, employee turnover, salary increases, employee tenure, staffing levels, geographic location, field of work, and number of employees.

Results of the survey will be delivered to participants by August 2011.  So what are you waiting for?  Have your nonprofit be a part of this year's salary survey today!

Ohio-Based Nonprofit Starts Shoe Drive for Joplin Kids

Note: This is a summary/reaction of a news story from an outside organization.

We posted a story the other day about how disaster relief organizations are mobilizing to help out victims of the Joplin Tornado; now it looks like nonprofits across the country are joining the effort as well.  One such organization, the Dayton-Ohio based Shoes 4 the Shoeless, is starting a shoe drive for kids in Joplin, according to a story in The Dayton Daily News.  The article explains how Bryce Stuckenschneider, a volunteer at the organization, received a call from Missouri state Senator Mike Kehoe asking if their group could send over shoes and socks for the kids in the ravaged town.

Kris Horlacher, founder and chairwoman of Shoes 4 the Shoeless, began calling local shoe stores soon after; and it turned out they were more than happy to contribute.  One store, Roderer Shoe Center, donated $6,000 in shoelaces for children.  Pretty soon, the materials to be donated expanded from shoes and socks to underwear, water bottles, personal hygiene products, and notes to survivors.

If you live in Dayton, and are interested in helping this cause, you can call (937)-985-1273.  You can also read the full article by visiting The Dayton Daily News website.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

More Reaction to the Death of Robert L. Payton

Our article on the death of Robert L. Payton was updated yesterday with more information.  Patrick Rooney, executive director of The Center on Philanthropy, announced that planning was underway for a memorial service to be held at the center.  In addition, he shared his thoughts about Payton's impact on philanthropy:

“He helped to create a movement to develop other centers. There are now hundreds of programs on philanthropy around the country and the world.”

The article was also updated with more reactions to Mr. Payton's death, including this touching message from J. Thomas Forbes, one of the first graduates students of The Center on Philanthropy and executive director of the Indiana University Alumni Association:

“Mr. Payton was one of those people who influenced a field one person at a time. He not only gave me a job, but a way of thinking of the world that has transformed my life. I know that he had the same effect on countless others.  If he were alive, he would call on us to write a reflection. Mine would be about a ‘Minister of Progress,' who played jazz and jumped out of planes in his youth, explored the world with his family, and then found his calling in philanthropy.”

“His church was the library. His parishioners were people intellectually and personally committed to understanding voluntary action for the public good. His sermons were given in classrooms, conference rooms, and his basement. His legacy will be realized through a gospel of serial reciprocity.”

We will of course keep you posted about when Robert Payton's memorial service will be held. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Robert L. Payton, First Head of Center on Philanthropy, Dies at 84

It's a sad day in the world of philanthropy with the news that Robert L. Payton, one of the founders of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, passed away at the age of 84.  According to friends of Payton, he died on May 19th at nursing facility in Scottsdale, AZ, which he had been staying at after a fall he suffered during a seizure on April 13.  The NonProfit Times reported that The Center on Philanthropy was informed of Mr. Payton's death yesterday, and was working to release a statement.  That statement has not yet been posted, though we will update this post as soon as it is released.  Here is a brief biography of Mr. Payton's life from NPT's story:

Payton was Professor Emeritus of Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University and Senior Research Fellow of the Center on Philanthropy. He served as first director of the Center on Philanthropy from 1988-93. The Center on Philanthropy is located on the campus of Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis and serves the eight campuses of the university structure.

Payton served was president of the Exxon Education Foundation and prior to that served as president of C.W. Post College and Hofstra University, both in New York, according to the Center on Philanthropy’s website.

Payton was United States Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon in West Africa from 1967-69. His career also included nine years at Washington University in St. Louis, during five years of which he was vice chancellor for development.

According to his Center on Philanthropy biography, “Payton was educated at the University of Chicago where he received a master's degree in history (his only earned degree).” In 1988 the University of Chicago awarded him its Alumni Medal. He received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Indiana University in May, 2000. He holds honorary doctorates from Adelphi University, MacMurray College, York College of Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac College, and Rollins College. He received the Distinguished Service to Education Award of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in 1984.

And here are some reactions (also published in the NPT story) to his death from those that worked with him:

Eugene R. Tempel, Ph.D, President of the Indiana University Foundation: “I learned so much from Bob. I saw him as a mentor and teacher in addition to being a good colleague.  Along with him being a giant in the field, he created the field."

Adrian Sargeant, Ph.D, the Robert F. Hartsook Professor of Fundraising at The Center on Philanthropy: “Though his personal philanthropy he showed us all how to find meaning in the most difficult of circumstances and through the creation of the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library he leaves a fitting and lasting tribute not only to the memory of his sons, but also to one man's passion for a field of human endeavor that he rightly felt was capable of bringing out the best in all of us.”

We will update this post as soon as the official statement from The Center on Philanthropy is released.  Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Mr. Payton.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Groups Mobilize to Help Victims of Joplin Tornado

Last night, Joplin, MO was hit by a massive tornado that, at last count, killed 89 people and left thousands more homeless.  Even with the two twisters that ravaged the South/Midwest weeks ago, it is being called the deadliest tornado in the US in more than a half a century.  Relief organizations, which already had their work cut out for them in the last few weeks, are already sending relief to Joplin, according to a new report just published on The NonProfit Times.  Below is an excerpt from that report:

At last report, at least 89 people were killed and thousands are now homeless in what’s being described as the single deadliest tornado in the U.S. in more than a half-century.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon told the Associated Press that he fears the death toll from a tornado will increase, but also expects survivors to be pulled from the rubble.

The American Red Cross has set up a website,, where people can report that they are safe, as well as search for people who have registered as being safe.

The Red Cross had a shelter open hours after the tornado struck, with 100 people in it last night and expectations for as many as 150 today, according to Suzy DeFrancis, chief public affairs officer for the Red Cross.

Several Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) are going into neighborhoods to deliver food and water, said DeFrancis, and the organization is pulling more help from operations in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, along with mental health counseling for survivors. Supplies are being drawn from a branch office in Joplin and warehouses in St. Joseph and St. Louis, she said.

Joplin is located in the southwest corner of Missouri, near the borders with Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Michael Spencer, a spokesman for the national Red Cross based in the organization’s Fayetteville, Ark., office, said a shelter was opened last night at Missouri Southern State University, with a capacity for 3,600 people. Many people remain in the area, checking on neighbors to make sure they’re OK, he said. “It’s a very tight-knit community and I’ve heard a lot about neighbors helping neighbors,” said Spencer, adding that people are visiting the shelter for food and water at this point.

Our thoughts certainly go out to all those affected by this latest disaster.