Archive for the ‘Fundraising’ Category
Even before the stimulus money ran out in November, food banks said they were having trouble keeping up. Since 2006, the number of Americans receiving food aid from pantries and similar services has gone up almost 50 percent, according to Feeding America.
“We’re already telling our partners — soup kitchens, churches and food pantries — that they need to step up their efforts to raise money and secure more food,” said Margarette Purvis, president and chief executive of the Food Bank for New York City.
Where the charitable dollars went in 2013:
– Money for religious causes rose 8.6% in 2013 to $143.1 billion, up from $131.8 billion in 2012. Religious donations as a share of all giving fell from 36% to 35%.
– Education causes grabbed the second biggest share at 16%, which was unchanged from 2012, but those numbers also rose by 15.7% to $68.2 billion, up from $58.9 billion
– Human needs/Disaster Services, now the third biggest and fastest growing category at 11% of all giving, was up 18.7% to $49.6 billion compared to $41.8 billion in 2012.
– Health-related causes pulled in $32.3 billion, up 10.8%.
Where the money came from:
– Individuals donated 75% of all donations, the same percentage as in 2012. The dollar amount rose to $310.8 billion from $276.6 billion
– Foundation donations grew by fastest amount, to $57.8 billion, up 18.6% from $48.7 billion.
– Corporations accounted for $20.1 billion, or 9.7%, of donations last year, up from $18.4 billion in 2012.
– Bequests or so-called legacy gifts on behalf of deceased people amounted to $27.9 billion, up from $25.1 billion in 2012.
For years now, there has been widespread concern in the nonprofit
sector about premature turnover of development directors, lengthy vacancies
in the role, and the seemingly thin pool of qualified candidates from which
organizations can choose. The development director is commonly labeled a
“revolving door” position, and “the hardest to fill and retain” by executives,
board members, funders, and capacity builders alike. Moreover, the challenge
of assessing development director performance when so many factors
influence an organization’s fundraising success can leave executives and board
members suspecting—but uncertain—that they could raise more money with
someone else in the role. At the same time, development directors frequently
lament the lack of consistent attention to fund development from executives,
staff, and board members, rendering their job a frustrating set-up.