State Associations in the News

Businesses benefit from backing Idaho Nonprofit Center

December 17, 2014

Idaho Nonprofit CenterIdaho is home to more than 7,000 nonprofit organizations with more than 50,000 employees.

The Idaho Nonprofit Center's main mission is serving and supporting those groups, but its Affiliates Program offers memberships to for-profit businesses. About 50 Idaho companies that specialize in accounting, insurance, banking and other fields have joined the program.

"Our affiliates are businesses across the state that like to do business with nonprofits," says Janice Fulkerson, the Idaho Nonprofit Center's executive director.

Nonprofits need many of the same kinds of office services as for-profit organizations. When a staffer from a nonprofit calls the center asking for a recommendation, Fulkerson and her staff consult their list of affiliates.

CT’s ‘nonprofit guru’ steps down after 35 years

December 15, 2014

Connecticut Association of NonprofitsDuring his three-decade career with the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, Ron Cretaro has seen the organization evolve from humble beginnings with just a few members to the largest group in the state dedicated exclusively to working with nonprofits.

Over the years, Cretaro, who is stepping down as the organization's executive director Dec. 31, said he's seen nonprofits experience the highs and lows shared by many other businesses: the erosion of employee benefit packages, workforce changes and technological advancements.

At the same time, demand for nonprofit services remains at an all-time high while government funding has been cutback.

Deregulation Of For-Profit Fundraisers In Arizona May Have Been Accidental

December 4, 2014

Alliance of Arizona NonprofitsPatrick McWhortor, president and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, said the bill was poorly drafted, and people were surprised by his opposition.

“They’d say, ’Geez whiz, wasn’t this a burdensome regulation on your members?’ And I said ‘No it was not burdensome, it was pretty straightforward,’” McWhortor said.

He agreed the law was outdated, but removing it completely was not the answer.

“We were claiming, and still do, that being one of the few states that does not have any kind of regulation for fundraising, would make us a haven for fundraising scams,” McWhortor said.

Charity Inc.: Dig deep into your hearts

December 3, 2014

Oklahoma Center for NonprofitsCulturally, we are almost hard-wired to make December a season of giving. Many times, faith is at play, as religious holidays centered around giving occur in December, and we celebrate the prosperity of a new year at the end of the month.

All told, we Oklahomans make December not about ourselves but about each other, and we give to the organizations and people that matter most.

Philanthropy isn’t a phenomenon only for the wealthy. Giving happens at every level, and households making less than $100,000 are (not surprisingly) the most generous of donors, according to GivingUSA. You don’t need to have a huge corporation or foundation to make a difference. Your gifts – be them financial or volunteer – can transform local nonprofits and change lives. Our communities and our state will thrive thanks to your generosity and spirit.

The spirit of holiday giving

December 2, 2014

Donors ForumGiving Tuesday – which is today – falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is a designated day of giving to charity. The United Nations Foundation is given credit as one of the originators of Giving Tuesday, which was first held in 2012 and was created as a global day of giving back.

In Illinois, Donors Forum is coordinating this initiative, and it has a bold goal: $12 million raised by Illinois nonprofits from 100,000 individual donors – in one day.

More than 600 nonprofits in the state have signed up with Donors Forum to take part in Giving Tuesday. You can visit its website, https://donorsforum.org, to find a charity you would like to donate to.

Of course, it doesn’t have to be on that list in order to donate. Maybe there a local nonprofit that has provided a service that benefited you, and you’re now in a position to give back. Or maybe you want to start a new tradition of giving to those in need each holiday season. Giving Tuesday can be the day you annually bestow that gift.

Maryland Nonprofits campaign promotes 'Giving Tuesday'

December 2, 2014

Maryland NonprofitsThe two weekdays after Thanksgiving ­— Black Friday and Cyber Monday — are a bargain hunter’s dream, dedicated to sales and shopping. This Tuesday, Maryland Nonprofits hopes to encourage state residents to spend the day giving instead of buying. 

“Giving Tuesday is the philanthropic response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday,” said Allison Albert, membership and marketing director for Maryland Nonprofits, an organization benefiting nonprofits in this state. 

Giving Tuesday is a global movement that was created in 2012 by the United Nations Foundation and the 92nd Street Y, a Jewish cultural and community center in New York City, Albert said. 

Its message is to inspire people worldwide to spend the Tuesday after Thanksgiving making a positive difference, she said.

Organizations, community celebrate Giving Tuesday

December 2, 2014

North Carolina Center for NonprofitsNonprofits need to make sure their communities are aware of the work they do and how essential they are in filling gaps in service provision, said David Heinen, vice president for public policy and advocacy at the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits.

Last year, 83 percent of nonprofits reported increased need and 71 percent were not able to meet that need because of resource constraints, added Heinen, citing data from the 2014 State of the Nonprofit Sector Report.

As a whole, despite increased need and improvement in the economy, philanthropy is still at or below prerecession levels, Heinen said.

In busy giving time, choose wisely on who gets your money

December 2, 2014

Montana Nonprofit AssociationFor many of us, donating to worthy causes during the holidays is a significant part of the season.

Research shows almost 25 percent of annual giving takes place between now and year end. Nonprofits rely on year-end donations, making our generosity all the more important. But how do we choose where to donate?

From bells ringing in storefronts to giving trees, galas, mailbox appeals, #GivingTuesday (which takes place today worldwide), and phone requests, we are confronted with options. Here are some suggestions for cutting through the noise to make sound decisions:

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