State Associations in the News

What gives, Maine? State maintains low rank for charitable giving

October 26, 2014

Maine Association of NonprofitsEdmond and other experts say there are many factors that could explain Maine’s poor charitable showing. One is that 70 percent of Maine taxpayers do not itemize their taxes and do not receive a tax deduction for their charitable contributions. Charitable giving among this group would not show up on the IRS data used by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, according to Scott Schnapp, executive director of the Maine Association of Nonprofits.

“It’s difficult to accurately quantify generosity in this way,” he wrote in an email sent to the BDN on Friday.

In addition, Maine’s median income lags behind the U.S. and the rest of New England, resulting in lower average charitable givings per itemizer, and it’s possible Maine’s recovery from the Great Recession may have been slower than in other New England states, Schnapp wrote.

Delaware nonprofits recognized in state proclamation

October 21, 2014

Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement“If you live in Delaware you benefit from non-profits everyday whether you realize it or not and part of this is to hopefully get the folks to start thinking about it,” explained Christopher Grundner, president and CEO of DANA. “At this time of year where nonprofits are a little bit crunched at the end of the year, we’re hopeful that everybody will give back whether they’re volunteering or giving their dollars, their support is needed.”

Nonprofits in the state employ more than 60,000 Delawareans, making up 14 percent of the state’s workforce.

Grudner said he’s hopeful Delawareans will think of their local nonprofits on “Giving Tuesday” which falls on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Savvy Use of Social Media Helps Propel Rapid Growth for Giving Tuesday

October 19, 2014

Arkansas Nonprofit AllianceThe Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance will host press conferences around the state and promote Unselfie Booths on college campuses, encouraging students to post photos of themselves donating or volunteering, in a push to raise $250,000.

Donors ForumThe Donors Forum in Illinois set its goal at $12-million statewide, in its first #ILGiveBig campaign, a combined appeal through social media to direct donations to participating nonprofits. Nonprofits registered for #ILGiveBig will report their totals to the Donors Forum.

Maryland NonprofitsSimilarly, the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organization set its goal at $12.2-million through #MDGivesMore. The association is taking over and expanding the #BMoreGivesMore campaign that last year raised roughly $5.7-million for charities in and around Baltimore. Organizers hope that 3,000 charities will use the #MDGivesMore name and hashtag to raise money on Giving Tuesday.

More nonprofits, less money to go around

October 18, 2014

Maine Association of NonprofitsThe issue is not new. Scott Schnapp, executive director of the Maine Association of Nonprofits, said he's familiar with the broader big-versus-little dynamic.

"You can look at it from this standpoint: Because of (Patrick Dempsey's) stature and the way that they've caught fire with this event, it's bringing new dollars to the community," Schnapp said. "It's probably also true that some resources from the community are shifting to some degree."

The big picture, he said: Maine has thousands of nonprofits and, of late, less money to go around.

Nonprofits are a powerful economic force in our region

October 10, 2014

CalNonprofitsThe nonprofit sector hires more people, holds more assets, and contributes more to our economy than most people realize. In fact, many don't even think in terms of the "nonprofit sector." We think about my church or my daughter's Girl Scout troop or my mother's nursing care facility or the local art museum or the local hospital. We usually fail to realize that 2,249 nonprofits on the Central Coast comprise this powerful sector, substantially impacting our lives every day.

The California Association of Nonprofits, a statewide policy alliance of 10,000 organizations recently completed their groundbreaking study in collaboration with The Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research at the University of San Diego. After attending a presentation of their findings, I came away impressed by the size, scope and economic power of the nonprofit sector. Certainly, our state, our region, and our community benefit from this sector's overwhelming influence.

Capital charity: Helena has highest density of nonprofits among state's population centers

October 5, 2014

Montana Nonprofit AssociationAccording to the Montana Nonprofits Association, Helena has the highest density of registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits among the state’s seven population centers. The city boasts 15.49 nonprofits per 1,000 residents.

Why Helena?

Jim Lawrence, director of membership and resource development with the Montana Nonprofits Association, said that perhaps the Legislature is the reason. Proximity to the body of lawmakers allows nonprofits to advocate for their cause. Plus, Lawrence said, the Montana Nonprofits Association is in Helena.

Arizona charities see no drop-off in demand since recession

September 22, 2014

Alliance of Arizona NonprofitsNon-profits typically draw on a range of revenue sources, including donations and government funding.

While individual giving is up, that from corporations and government sources has become less certain. "Federal funding is, at best, dicey," said Patrick McWhortor of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, referring to U.S. budget pressures.

As the Economy Heats Up, Nonprofit CEOs See Pay Rise

September 21, 2014

New York Council of NonprofitsDoug Sauer, CEO of the New York Council of Nonprofits, says the rule doesn’t seem be having much impact on salaries but has been a boon for lawyers and accountants. (Governor Cuomo’s office didn’t return phone calls.)

"We’re seeing more hoops to jump through and administrative expenses going up," Mr. Sauer says. "But there’s nothing from the state that shows any outcomes. I think that’s why you’ve seen a lot of other states back off."

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