- Fundraisers' Relationship Helps Derail $3B Campaign: Planning for a $3 billion comprehensive campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), an effort that had been expected to begin its quiet phase next summer, likely will be put on hold, for the third time in four years. Fueling the new delay is UNC’s chancellor announcing he would step down at the end of the school year and the school’s vice chancellor for university advancement quitting under pressure.
- Common Ground Customers Petition For More Time: After Blackbaud announced in August that it would be terminating support for Common Ground after March 2014, customers created a petition to get more time for a smoother transition.
- United Way Fundraising Up, But Trails Inflation: United Way affiliates raised roughly 1.8 percent more public support
last year or $3.927 billion -- an increase of $69 million compared to
2010. It’s the second consecutive year public support is up after two
years of declines, though it trails the rate of inflation in 2011 (3
percent) and early estimates of U.S. charitable giving last year (4
percent, 0.9 percent inflation-adjusted).
- Unsocial Media: In the latest NPT Executive Session, Dane Grams, the attendees discuss fundraising and social media. Participating in the discussion were Dane Grams, director of nonprofit services for Care2 in New York City; Carie Lewis, director of emerging media, The Humane Society of the United States in Washington, D.C.; and, Heather McLean, senior manager, Integrated Fund Development at the Ontario SPCA, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. The roundtable was facilitated by Paul Clolery, editorial director of The NonProfit Times and Rick Christ, vice president of online fundraising at Amergent in Peabody, Mass.
- Taxing Donors: John H. Graham IV, CAE, president and CEO of ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership in Washington, D.C., argues that charitable deduction is not a loophole that deserves to be closed by politicians.