The Jewish community has just completed 40 days of intensive self searching that began with the first day of the Hebrew month of Elul in mid-August and ended with the conclusion of Yom Kippur. This period was filled with a series of prayers focused on examining our lives and taking stock of the way we live, what we have achieved, what we want to achieve in the future, and how we will achieve it. It is a time of personal and family exploration and … [Read more...] about Insuring Transparency: Using the Self-Study Process in the Non-Profit Organization
Archives for September 2009
(Part 1 of 2 commentaries) by Robert I. Evans & Avrum D. Lapin Fact: approximately 8% of all charitable giving in the U.S. in 2008 ($22.7 billion) came in the form of testamentary gifts, according to Giving USA. This represents significantly more than all giving by business/corporate sources and almost as much as foundations provided. Too many Jewish nonprofits are yet to recognize the importance of developing a formal planned giving … [Read more...] about Is Planned Giving Part of Your Agency’s Program?
The application period for the 2010/2011 one-year Jewish Studies Program in Stockholm is now open. Qualified candidates will receive tuition free studies as well as a stipend meant to free them from work while attending the program. Paideia is a non-denominational institute of higher Jewish learning with an academic focus on textual sources. Dedicated to the revival of European Jewish culture, Paideia is also an applied institute enabling … [Read more...] about Paideia: Applications for 2010/11 Now Open
Building a Culture of Philanthropy Within Your Organization by Barbara Maduell When development professionals want to learn about how to engage volunteer leadership and donors, there is a wealth of resources from which to choose, yet when it comes to getting fellow staff members more involved in development efforts where do you begin? Colleagues can often feel that any and all fundraising is your job, not theirs. How can you build buy-in … [Read more...] about Why Do Development Directors Dress Up?
from NTEN, the Nonprofit Technology Network: The State of Online Fundraising The last three months of the year represent a critical time for the fundraising efforts of nonprofit organizations. Charities that have traditionally focused on offline fundraising have also learned in recent years the importance of online giving. In fact, the end of the calendar year is also a significant source of the funds raised online for nonprofits. ...The … [Read more...] about Oneline Fundraising: One Size Doesn’t Fit All