from an editorial in today's The Jerusalem Post: PR101 for Charities A few days ago, for the first time ever, the Ministry of Welfare and Social Services made public the amount of shekels it contributes to Israel's third sector. While the announcement of the NIS 1.5 billion its spends on outsourcing projects to local non-profits was not newsworthy enough to make big headlines, the willingness of a government office to share information … [Read more...] about Jerusalem Post Calls for NGO Transparency
After the Earth Moved an editorial from The Forward For American Jews who give generously to charity, there is often an inner struggle: How much should they support other Jews, and how much should they give to causes in the wider world? The response to the tragedy befalling Haiti demonstrates the wisdom of turning that binary dilemma from an “either/or” question to a “both/and” affirmation. The two main Jewish organizations already in … [Read more...] about The Need to Work Together
According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, "Contributions continue to pour in for relief efforts in Haiti. Eight days after the massive earthquake struck, donors have contributed more than $305-million to 32 U.S. nonprofit groups. The pace of giving for Haiti is running ahead of the amount donated in the same period after the Asian tsunamis in 2004, but slower than the outpouring of gifts after the flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina in … [Read more...] about Is There a Downside to Giving On Impulse?
by James Besser Two weeks ago, Jewish Week editor and publisher Gary Rosenblatt wrote a fascinating column about a 1950s report on redundancy and wastage in the American Jewish world, and how so many of the problems highlighted in the report continue. Do we really need an American Jewish Congress, an American Jewish Committee, a JCPA, an ADL and all the other alphabet soup agencies, with all their overlapping functions and turf … [Read more...] about Jewish Organizations: Too Many, or Not Different Enough?
With 2009 happily over, we can now focus on a new decade - hopefully one that brings us healthily back from the brink of economic implosion fueled by greed, avarice and very poor judgment. So with a modestly optimistic eye gazing out at the year ahead, here are my marketing predictions for 2010. We will see more nonprofits leveraging social media to capture more donors and their (at least initial) smaller gifts. Smart nonprofits will … [Read more...] about Marketing Predictions 2010