Philanthropy Course Syllabuses Available

The Duke Sanford School of Public Policy has established an online database collection of syllabuses for courses on philanthropy, contributed by scholars from institutions nationwide. Titles and course descriptions are fully searchable. Users can also browse by focus, keyword, institution, instructor and year offered. … [Read more...]

Resource Links

If you are not familiar with our Resource Library, have a look. We developed this section as a way to assist you in connecting with others, reaching a greater audience and keeping current on the newest tends. We also encourage you to check back often as new links are added on a regular basis. Some recent additions: IRS Tax-Exempt Status Newly revised, the process for dealing with the IRS to obtain tax-exempt status (October 2010) Finding the Right Transparency Today, more than ever, the public and government agencies are demanding nonprofits to be transparent. But concerns about having a realistic picture of internal operations, where money is going, and the effectiveness of the programs are countered by concerns of overburdened staff, increased administrative costs, and an invitation to … [Read more...]

Creating a Mobile Version of Your Website

from Mashable: 8 Tools For Easily Creating a Mobile Version of Your Website The mobile web is burgeoning. Usage of iOS, the operating system for Apple mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad, almost doubled in just seven months (from March 2010 to October 2010), according to Netmarketshare. This is an indicator of just how many people are browsing websites, more and more, through their mobile devices instead of their computers. Small [organizations] should be on top of this trend. To help out, we’ve compiled a list of easy-to-use tools for creating mobile sites. The tools in this list were purposely chosen for ease of use - that is, they’re all aimed at site owners who don’t have any web development/coding experience. They’re perfect solutions for small- and medium-sized [nonprofits] … [Read more...]

Defining an Amutah [an Israeli Charitable Organization]

by Shuey Fogel The Hebrew word amutah, referring to a charity in Israel, is used both correctly and incorrectly to describe just about any nonprofit organization registered in the country. But wait, it get’s more confusing. Not all charities are charities, sometimes they’re companies. And sometimes a charity isn’t tax-exempt while a company might be. Confused? Don’t worry. In this post I’ll cover the various terms and statuses available to Israeli charities - along with links to government websites - that will help you find the answer to the bottom-line question burning in your mind: Is this organization worthy of my donation? A United States "Nonprofit" Like many things, sometimes the easiest way to define something is to first define what it is not; thus, a look at our brothers … [Read more...]

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Once upon a time, there was no place to go where you could steal terrific fundraising ideas and not get sued. Well, things have changed in the 21st Century. And if you haven’t yet taken advantage of the awesome array of great stuff on the Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration (SOFII) at, you haven’t yet left behind the 20th Century. You can get a fair idea of what’s in store for you on this extraordinary Website from this screen capture of a portion of SOFII’s home page: There’s a ton of innovation and inspiration on SOFII. Check it out! … [Read more...]

The Evolution of Fiscal Sponsorship

from Nonprofit Law Blog: Fiscal Sponsorship is Maturing as a Field As the field has matured, donors, foundations, and other grantmakers have become increasingly confident in making gifts to projects through responsible fiscal sponsors. In fact, a gift to a strong fiscal sponsor ... may provide greater comfort to a funder than a gift to an independent charity without a comparable administrative infrastructure and professional team of financial and human resources experts focused on compliance. Among the best practices adopted by such fiscal sponsors: The fiscal sponsor fulfills all legal, tax and regulatory requirements of philanthropic and charitable nonprofit organizations and complies with the letter and the spirit of all laws. The fiscal sponsor manages all funds, assets and other … [Read more...]

It’s 1984 in 2010

from Copyblogger: The Responsible Blogger’s Guide to Dealing with Big Brother You can’t unGoogle anything When you launch your words into the blogosphere and social media universe, you’re laying a digital footprint in concrete. That concrete is the Internet Elephant, and it never forgets. Old versions of your site are cached. Facebook privacy blunders have ugly real-world consequences. And the Library of Congress is even planning on archiving our tweets. It feels like you can’t be held accountable for your rash words, but you can. Here are some tips on blogging ethics that will help keep your reputation clean. Especially if you’re going to make blogging a part of your business, you need to protect your interests. … [Read more...]

Surprising Facts About the Nonprofit Sector

Many people are surprised to learn of the significant role that nonprofit organizations play in our world. Nonprofits in the U.S. generate $1.1 trillion every year, which is more than the entire economies of Saudi Arabia and Sweden combined. Nonprofits have strong brands and get important work done. Know Your Sector was designed as a free resource for nonprofit employees and donors to help them understand the scope of their sector. … [Read more...]