- RT @kgilnack: Capacity building grant opportunity for Massachusetts & RI nonprofits from @TSNEhttp://ow.ly/1319Z via @Deborah909 #npmgt
- RT @PamelaGrow: RT @johnhaydon: Young High School Teacher Raises Over $1 Million to Build The 9th Ward Field of Dreams http://ow.ly/16scR
- Who are the leading NPO tweeters? Here’s a list of the Top 100 in the 2010 Shorty Award Nonprofit category: http://ow.ly/153SM
- How quickly should a nonprofit acknowledge a contribution? Take the quick poll here: http://ow.ly/15XT5 Please RT!
- Fascinating article on the role of prospect research in vetting donors at @yale: http://ow.ly/12xOL How far should we go?
- RT @craigslist_fndn: RT @VolunteerSpot: 14 Ways to Heat Up Valentine’s Day with Volunteering: http://ow.ly/136Qm
- “The Philanthropy 50: Americans Who Gave the Most in 2009” just released by @philanthropy http://ow.ly/153HN#philanthropy
- A UK perspective on “How donors decide which charities to support” by @UKCPhilanthropy http://ow.ly/15WPC Same where you are?
- New survey of some of the world’s wealthiest families reveals attitudes on wealth & philanthropy http://ow.ly/12PRv
- RT @PamelaGrow: 2 very simple methods to increase online giving: http://ow.ly/14XRr #nonprofit #fundraising #charityCracked me up!
There was a blizzard of other significant items blowing about on Twitter over the last two weeks. Following are some of the most important “tweets” on philanthropy and fundraising over that period, organized by category:
- The new @Slate 60 is out! http://ow.ly/15A6l As you’re reading, remember its wonderful original driving force: Ann Castle.
- Ozarks Technical Community College receives $2.6M from Reuben and Mary Lou Casey, its largest gift everhttp://ow.ly/14gBm
- William B. & Sheila Konar give $1.5M to @URMC to supports clinical research on Alzheimer’s disease http://ow.ly/16A8z
- @PlainsArtMuseum getting $1.2 million mural thanks to anonymous donor http://ow.ly/14lfK
- David Bolger pledges $1.2M to Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community http://ow.ly/16A58
- Actress Jennifer Aniston reported to give $500K to @MSF_USA@PIH_org & @AmeriCares for #Haiti recovery effortshttp://ow.ly/14h9o
- $500K gift from trustee Ann Lacy caps $50M+ capital campaign at @OKCU http://ow.ly/14l5m
- Paul & Katie Link donate property valued at $200K for Idaho State University’s Lost River Field Station http://ow.ly/14kQa
- Barbara and Michael Maresca to give up to $120,000 to Potsdam Humane Society in matching gift campaignhttp://ow.ly/15Xfb
- Couple sells businesses, homes & all belongings to help Haitihttp://ow.ly/159hO
- #Philanthropy of Eli Broad comes not with strings but with “ropes that could moor an ocean liner” http://ow.ly/15XiOAnd why not?
- @ShAkiRA‘s #philanthropy page: http://ow.ly/16AqW Follow some of her charitable work here: @fpiesdescalzos
- Nice profile of Fashion Designer, Business Executive & Philanthropist Vivienne Tam in AsianWeek http://ow.ly/16Ane
- Read the blogger coverage from the @COF_‘s Family Philanthropy Conference here: http://ow.ly/12xqR
- Kresge Foundation joins $13M effort to get dropouts on the road to college #philanthropy http://ow.ly/16Sf5 Via@michfoundations
- Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund (Los Angeles): 2010 funding proposals due by 2/15 http://ow.ly/12xCQ
- Northern Trust contributed more than $120M to NPOs worldwide over the last decade: http://ow.ly/12NFr
- Kohl’s (@Kohls_Official) promises $7M over next 3 years to@AmericanCancer and @komenforthecure in Milwaukeehttp://ow.ly/16Ady
- Emerson Electric pledges $4M to the @STLPubLibraryhttp://ow.ly/16A43
- RadioShack Customers Donate $1.3 Million to @LIVESTRONGhttp://ow.ly/14hJB
- MDI Holdings and Richard Willich donate $100K in technology to PVPV/Rawlings Elementary School http://ow.ly/16Aa1
- Austrian millionaire says money “prevents happiness,” prepares to sell all & give proceeds to microfinancehttp://ow.ly/15XvX
- I’m gobsmacked! Bogus charity clothing collection costs UK charities up to £12m a year! http://ow.ly/12WuZ
- “How charities can work with philanthropy advisors” by Lana Schreiber of @NewPhilanthropy http://ow.ly/15XoN
- US-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership report released by Teamworks http://ow.ly/12Q1P
- British Waterways (@BWcomms) may spinoff from government to become UK’s 13th-largest voluntary organisationhttp://ow.ly/16moe
- Bethechange launches social investment fund http://ow.ly/16AiJ
- Trust in NGOs surges around the world, especially China! See p. 3 of this report from @Edelman_Trust: http://ow.ly/13rxd
- Russian businessman Vladimir Potanin to donate all his wealth to philanthropy: http://ow.ly/13R41 Via @Alliancemag& @CAFOnline
- Pakistan’s public companies spent Rs1.87 billion on#philanthropy in 2009 says Pakistan Centre for Philanthropyhttp://ow.ly/12xXB
- Trust” trumps all else, especially among the young, for charities seeking support in UK http://ow.ly/12WrW
- #Philanthropy advisory services are competitive edge for UK banks trying to attract high net worth clientele http://ow.ly/14hMV
Scandals & Chuckles
- Radio host’s remarks cost University of Central Missouri a big benefactor http://ow.ly/12PNF
- RSPCA (@RSPCA_official) faces potential £1m legal bill in legacy case http://ow.ly/16m3k
- @CNNMoney asks, Is the @RedCross worthy of our donations? http://ow.ly/12NCk My answer: Of course!
Social Media in Fundraising & Philanthropy
- Follow the Top 100 “Nonprofits” on Twitter in the 2010 Shorty Awards: http://ow.ly/1573f More details here:http://ow.ly/1571x
- @geoffliving‘s great piece on the”5 Real Challenges For Non-Profit Texting Campaigns” http://ow.ly/13XKM Via@jmwernette
- RT @DavidHazeltine: @care2frogloop‘s list of the “Best [Oonline] Fundraising Campaigns of 2009” http://ow.ly/138MJ Do you agree?
- Great piece by @SMacLaughlin of @blackbaud re: Online Giving and Rapid Response Trends http://ow.ly/13VbX
- Vote for your favorite ideas in the Dell Social Innovation Competition http://ow.ly/16nev
- Wow! So far, almost unanimous views on acknowledging donors in crowdsourcing campaigns: http://ow.ly/16nFQWhat do you think?
- Older users remain among the fastest-growing populations on@facebook : http://ow.ly/155YF
Other Philanthropy & Fundraising News
- Contributions to colleges & universities drop nearly 12% – “Greatest decline ever recorded” http://ow.ly/16ldg
- “Once-Robust Charity Sector Hit With Mergers, Closings,” according to @WSJ http://ow.ly/12ycd More hand-wringing?!?!
- University endowments fell 18.7 percent in 2009 – “This has been the worst return since the great depression…”http://ow.ly/12Nsn
- @Cornell_Univ rises to top three fundraising institutions in higher ed, surpassed only by @Stanford & @Harvardhttp://ow.ly/16AgN
- President @BarackObama (again) seeks to limit value of charitable deductions for high income taxpayershttp://ow.ly/137R0 BAD IDEA!!
- Eric Foley asks “Are donors diverting their money from your nonprofit/cause to Haiti?” http://ow.ly/16Skm Great observations!
- Changes in tax policy drive wealthy out of NJ, create $2 billion loss in potential #philanthropy http://ow.ly/14hRU
- Only 8% of public radio listeners contribute! Why? Jack Allen ruminates in “Kicking the Tires on Philanthropy”http://ow.ly/12x5w
- Read @PhilCubeta‘s brilliant & succinct post on the risks of the “Rise of Catalytic Philanthropy” http://ow.ly/16NW3
- Peter Wylie on data mining/modeling for NPOs:http://ow.ly/12wPJ Would love to debate him on these assumptions!
- RT @NOZA_INC: NOZA and DonorPerfect announce strategic partnership http://ow.ly/13313 Very nice feature!
- Director of Development wanted by Firelight Foundation (@peter_laugharn) in Santa Cruz, CA http://ow.ly/12PWN
- Director of Philanthropy wanted by Witness http://ow.ly/14ivq
- Major Gifts Officer, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement wanted by University of Pittsburgh at Johnstownhttp://ow.ly/14ip3
- Regional Vice President (RVP) of Fundraising wanted by the American Heart Assocation in Madison, WI http://ow.ly/16n5P
- Membership Services Manager wanted by @aapip in San Francisco http://ow.ly/14kXi
- Cool job! Vice President, Marketing wanted by @guidestarusahttp://ow.ly/16M1L
- Major Donor Director wanted by @Oceana in New Yorkhttp://ow.ly/15WSG
- Development Director wanted by SOFII in Londonhttp://ow.ly/155NA
- Major Gifts Officer for Strategic Initiatives wanted by University of California, Santa Cruz http://ow.ly/14gvr
- Major Gifts Officer, Development wanted by Harlem Children’s Zone http://ow.ly/14gxd
- Project Supervisor, Annual Major Gifts & Communications wanted by KQED in San Francisco http://ow.ly/14ld7
- @philanthropy provides handy fundraising job listing. 13 new listings today! http://ow.ly/14ism
Follow me on Twitter (http://twitter.com/gordonjayfrost) to see all the individual tweets during the week!