When to Say “Thank You” and When to Say, “Sorry, but We’ll Pass” By Ross Kasper RAICES (the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) is a Texas-based nonprofit that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees in Central and South Texas. They have gained prominence over the last few weeks via a number of social media fundraising campaigns that … [Read more...] about The Importance of Gift Acceptance Policies
By Robert I. Evans
Charitable giving in the United States in 2017 reached a record high of more than $410 billion, according to Giving USA, the major annual report that closely follows trends and actual philanthropic activities across the U.S. Released today, the report reflects that nonprofits received $410.02 billion in 2017, a 5.2% increase in current dollars and a 3% increase in inflation-adjusted dollars over the results reported for … [Read more...] about U.S. Charitable Giving Reached All-Time High in 2017:
What About Jewish Philanthropy?
By Robert H. Isaacs Imagine that you are the president of one of our Jewish communal institutions, e.g., a synagogue, Jewish community center, etc., which has identified $10 million in capital and endowment needs. Your organization moves forward with a major fundraising initiative to secure the necessary funding and as you begin your campaign, two donors step forward, each making a $5 million dollar commitment. Now, having met your identified … [Read more...] about The Impact of Major Gifts and the Importance of Broad Participation
By Robert Evans Two critical gatherings of American synagogue leaders attracted major support and interest from a significant percentage of Reform and Conservative congregations in recent days. The Biennial of the Reform Movement attracted an estimated 6,000 delegates in Boston; the Conservative movement’s convention in Atlanta, while on a significantly smaller scale, attracted representatives of several hundred congregations across North … [Read more...] about PERSONAL OPINION: Reform & Conservative Congregational Leaders Show Passion & Renewed Commitment!
By Robert H. Isaacs Like so many Americans, Jews sit down at year’s end to make decisions about many of their charitable gifts. While we may be guided by the Jewish calendar or a fiscal calendar, it is often the secular calendar that determines when we make most of our charitable gifts. And the final quarter of the secular year is an important time for nonprofits, particularly the month of December. It is the time when many Americans review … [Read more...] about As the Year Turns, Are You on the List?