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BNP Paribas Wealth Management - BNP Paribas Individual Philanthropy Index. How committed to individual giving are the wealthy from Europe, the United States, Asia and the Middle East? What are their common characteristics? Which causes are the most popular? In its second year, the “2014 BNP Paribas Individual Philanthropy Index” measures the commitment of individual philanthropists. This year’s report focused more specifically on the importance of timing from their point of view and where they are on their philanthropic journey. Over 400 High Net Worth Individuals, with assets above 5 million US dollars, replied to a survey conducted by Forbes Insight. Download the short version of the reportDownload the full report This year’s report reveals that the United States, Europe, Asia are around halfway to a philanthropic ideal; the Middle East seems to be a third of the there, a score that is adversely affected by lower points on promotion but may not fully acknowledge the strong cultural heritage of philanthropy in the region.

Celebrating African Philanthropy at the African Grantmakers Assembly. Successful is one word that sums up the Africa Grantmakers jamboree that took place in Johannesburg South Africa from the 29 October to 2nd November 2012. Hundreds of African Philanthropy practitioners drawn from government, private sector, civil society and academia convened at theTurbine Hall, a restored former power station in central Johannesburgfor deliberations under the themeGrowing African Philanthropy; What’s New, What’s Now and What’s Next.

The Jo’burg assembly was the second of its kind coming after the 2010 inaugural assembly hosted by the Africa Grantmakers Network in Nairobi, Kenya. There was plenty on the menu of events including very informative and interactive plenary sessions, engaging breakout sessions, inspiring award ceremonies and numerous satellite events tackling specific issues hosted alongside the main conference. In her opinion, the key challenge facing African philanthropy at the moment is that most financial resources don’t come from African sources. Eight Common Mistakes Nonprofits Make When They First Join Twitter.

@NonprofitOrgs only follows nonprofit organizations, nonprofit staff, nonprofit service providers, and activists on Twitter. Each morning I browse those that have followed @NonprofitOrgs in the previous 24-hour period and if they are a nonprofit organization, a nonprofit staff member, a nonprofit service provider, or an activist, I follow them back. Many of these folks are new to Twitter and thus I get to see the Twitter debut of many nonprofits and there are eight very common mistakes that newbies make that unknowingly diminish their Twitter ROI from day one. Most of these mistakes can be avoided by simply spending 10 minutes setting up your Twitter Profile or by getting some Twitter training. 1) Following others without having yet uploaded an avatar.

You have one chance to make a first impression on Twitter and you ruin that opportunity by following others as the Twitter Egg: 2) Following others without having entered a bio. Makes a Poor First Impression on Twitter: 5) Using all CAPS. The state of girl data: why girls must count | Partner zone - Girl Effect | Guardian Professional. We asked Alyson Warhurst from the data analysis group Maplecroft, how and why we should count girls better. The invisible girls It is estimated that there are 250 million adolescent girls living in poverty in the developing world.

But really, when it comes to data, many of those girls are invisible to us. Thanks to Girls Discovered, a landmark data mapping project by Maplecroft and the Coalition for Adolescent Girls, we have a better handle on the state of girl data than ever before - but it's also clear there's a lot of work still to do. Who's even counting girls?

"What we discovered was that there are 600 million adolescent girls worldwide, but actually trying to find data that's broken down by gender and that's broken down particularly in the age groups: 10-12, 12-14, 14-16 and 16-18; was very, very difficult;" says Maplecroft CEO Alyson Warhurst. That disaggregated data is absolutely crucial. Data gaps are opportunities How do we go after girl data? Step one: think girls Step two: invest. How Different Generations Approach Philanthropy. Five things rich donors want charities to know | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional. Every good fundraiser has an "elevator pitch" ready to use in case they bump into Richard Branson in a lift – but what if you find yourself sitting next to a rich potential donor at dinner?

A lot longer than a ride to the fifth floor, it's a perfect opportunity to win them over to your cause, right? Wrong. Let them eat their dinner! We have spent the past year talking to rich donors about their philanthropy, and they have told us that they are still people and want to be engaged with as a person first and foremost. 1. Getting your cause in front of a rich donor is often harder than making the ask itself. 2. Most people we spoke to believe that fundraisers have become more professional over the past decade; particularly in terms of the quality of research conducted before donors are approached. 3. Major donors are deeply aware of – and hurt by – the common perception that their giving is driven more by ego than generosity. 4. 5. This content is brought to you by Guardian Professional. Office 365 for Nonprofits Organizations | Use service as a donation.

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Vancouver | Social Media For Nonprofits. Strategic co-funding: exploring funder collaboration. Hilary Pearson Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) organized a convening of about 140 funders in Washington on 21 February to discuss a rapidly developing field of activity for many philanthropic players: increasing impact through co-funding. The format of the one-day conference was deliberately designed to maximize learning and interaction. It featured rapid-fire presentations by speakers commenting on their collaborative ‘cases’ or experiences, roundtable discussions in which participants took a ‘deeper dive’ into the details of a particular funder collaborative and discussed practical aspects of collaboration (including assessing readiness and persuading your trustees, through finding partners and strategies), and learning for improvement.

The opening comments by Jim Canales of the Irvine Foundation made the case for doing more co-funding. In his view, the philanthropic field as a whole is under-performing. The roundtable discussions focused on three forms of collaborations: Philanthropy: Why You Should Demand a ROI | Inc. 5000. Philanthropy is at its best when it is founded on entrepreneurial zest--think of social challenges as an opportunity to create large, profitable enterprises. Naveen Jain is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and technology pioneer. He is the founder of World Innovation Institute, Moon Express, inome, and InfoSpace.

@Naveen_Jain_CEO. 1 Billion Rising Nairobi! 16 Ways the Internet Supercharged Viral Philanthropy [INFOGRAPHIC] The Internet has undoubtedly transformed the way we support great causes. For years, non-profits and individuals alike have flocked to social media to spread awareness, bolstering viral philanthropy through crowdfunding sites such as Indiegogo, Fundly, GoFundMe and others. A handful of campaigns stand out in recent memory: Funding a vacation that turned into retirement for bullied bus monitor Karen Huff Klein; the collaboration between Humans of New York and Tumblr for Hurricane Sandy relief; and, most recently, support for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing across various platforms.

The positive effects of these individual campaigns were readily apparent at the conclusion of their funding periods, but by juxtaposing the numbers now, we can see the real impact of viral philanthropy as a movement. In this infographic from eBay Deals and eBay Giving Works, 16 examples prove exactly how our online donations are changing the world for the better. Crowdfunding for Nonprofits: 5 Tips That Always Work. Welcome to Rob Wu and Sara Choe. They are crowdfunding experts at CauseVox, a fundraising platform focused on crowdfunding for nonprofits and social good projects. They've helped thousands of groups raise millions of dollars via crowdfunding. Here are their tips for "wildly successful" campaigns. If you were a creative a few years ago, your projects were held back by lack of funding.

Thanks to the growth of crowdfunding, funding follows inspiration more readily, and empowers artists to create and share their work more quickly than ever. Nonprofits and social good projects have been applying a similar approach for their causes. Before you start crowdfunding for nonprofits, figure out if it's the way to go.

When you're ready to start, here are five nonprofit crowdfunding tactics that always work: Use compelling storytelling A powerful and engaging impact story is key to any nonprofit crowdfunding campaign. Wrapping up, crowdfunding for nonprofits is like a good party. Read more...

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Sir Stuart: Some funders are acting like venture capitalists. NCVO chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington says the government and some other funders are taking a high-risk, “venture capital” approach to grants nowadays; scattering seed funding among lots of new organisations and projects in the hope that a few of them will fly. Sir Stuart said the government and the Big Lottery Fund in particular seemed to be pursuing a strategy of disinvesting from established organisations and awarding funds to new organisations and new projects. NCVO was one of dozens of Cabinet Office strategic partners that lost funding when the government decided to pare down and eventually phase out its strategic partner programme. Sir Stuart said the new funding strategy seemed similar to the way that venture capitalists invest – by taking their chances on a number of projects and “expecting to get a hit rate of, say, one in five or one in seven”.

“For a project like that to succeed, you need a major broadcaster on board,” he said, “like Comic Relief has the BBC.” Podcast: 5 game-changing pieces of advice for fundraisers. Context Is Everything: Online Communities. Flickr Photo BirkgetKing Original Source: Note from Beth: Mitch Arnowitz and I recently participated in an online discussion atVenture Philanthropy Partners/Leap of Reason about creating a community of practice for continuous improvement and high performance in the nonprofit sector.

We were part of an email thread with a small group of individuals offered input on community management systems and facilitator recruiting resources. After I wrote up this summary on my blog, How To Get Started Thinking About Online Peer Learning Communities for Nonprofit Professionals, Mitch offered to write a guest post reflecting on peer learning online and online communities. Mitch has a long-time history with online communities – having been involved with online communities for over a decade and so he has context. In an age of fast-paced technology changes, we can often forget just how valuable having a context is.

I was delighted when he offered to write up some reflections. Philanthropy can save SA, continent - 21 Feb 2013 - The Star. By Innocent Nkata Click here to read the article on The Star's website The recent laudable pledge by mining magnate and self-made billionaire Patrice Motsepe to give away half of the income generated from his businesses to charity will hopefully act as a catalyst for more Africans to do more for each other. Given our socio-economic challenges from Cape to Cairo, Africa can certainly do with more philanthropy because it makes a huge difference. Although the culture of giving and mutual support is appreciated, as exemplified by the concept of ubuntu, formal philanthropic work is only now beginning to gain currency. Motsepe, for example, is the first African to join the Giving Pledge, a campaign spearheaded by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to encourage the wealthiest people in the world to make a commitment to give at least half of their wealth to philanthropic causes.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Creating Good Work: Ron Schultz on How Social Entrepreneurs Are Building a Healthy Economy. Image credit: Palgrave Macmillan Creating change on any scale is challenging enough, but doing so for the good of society is even harder. Facing difficult odds and large-scale social problems, social entrepreneurs are driven to produce measurable impact, opening up new pathways that unlock society’s full potential to effect positive change. In Creating Good Work (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), social entrepreneurs, using free market principles to solve pressing problems, show how to make a positive difference in the world. Ron Schultz, founder of Entrepreneurs4Change, gathered some of the world’s leading social innovators to create a field guide for successfully setting out on a journey that benefits all of us. Over 20 contributors show how they have launched their efforts and sustained them, highlighting both the hurdles they have had to clear as well as the social victories they have achieved.

Jeff Trexler claims social enterprise speaks to young people’s “existential anxiety.” Donors Want To Be Able To Give More Via Text Message: STUDY. Donors want to give way more than just pocket change when they make contributions via text message, a recent study concluded. After interviewing more than 20,000 mobile donors, the mGive Foundation found that 85 percent of the people surveyed would like to give $25 to $50 to charity just by tapping on their phones. The current limit is set at $10. The fact that such an overwhelming number of donors want to be able to make more substantial contributions to charity through text messaging doesn’t really come as that big of a surprise.

Back in 2010, more than $35 million was raised within three weeks of the Haiti Earthquake via mobile giving, according to the mGive Foundation. Donors who favor the text message option say they appreciate the convenience and lack of hassle and harassment from solicitors, according to the study. “[It’s] easy as it just adds to my phone bill,” one study participant said, “and the request for my donation comes at a time of need and my heart is softest!” Why Do Companies Have Corporate Matching Programs? - Double the Donation.

African Youth – Current Leaders of Social Change | Africa Speaks 4 Africa. Women Deliver Conference Focuses Attention to Women’s Health and Rights. Facebook fundraising: part two | We make giving social - a JustGiving blog. Clinton: Aid money to Africa needs improvement. Philanthropy: GiveIndia hosts ‘First Givers Club’ in Delhi. The world's first charity superheroes. Can Kenya tap into the power of giving to fuel development? | The People. Data privacy and public trust. How One Charity's Letter Lost Me and Another Kept Me. The Problem of Strategic Philanthropy (According to Bill Schambra) - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly. What are some good governance practices? FEATURE: #Family #Philanthropy and Social Media: A Conversation with Kate Wolford, President of the McKnight Foundation (August 2013 FGN) | Family Giving News.

How working with open data can help your charity do incredible things | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional. African Social Entrepreneurs Honoured. Peter Buffett Is Right to Call for Philanthropic Change - Opinion. The Global Fund has shown what aid can achieve – let's keep it that way | Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala | Global development. John Ulanga—A vision of vibrant philanthropy for East Africa « Philanthropy In Focus.

Michael Porter: Why business can be good at solving social problems. W.K. Kellogg Foundation CEO and President Sterling Speirn shares WKKF's impact investing approach. The Great Philanthropy Disruption | Trevor Neilson. Inspired Giving: How a Digital Culture Is Changing the World of Philanthropy. Giving Beyond Borders: A Study of Global Giving by US Corporations | Philanthropy Impact. Should We Not Be Outraged? Philanthropy: Killing itself with Kindness and Happiness? Kenyan youth group takes a leap forward - Latest news - Farm Africa. Impact investing likely to grow at 30% annually. Shifting Towards Social Entrepreneurship. African Billionaires Are Giving Back to Africa.

Three tips for boosting social innovation in Africa. Kibera women group turns merry-go-round into a factory - Magazines. Southern Africa Fundraising Awards. Helping Hands: World Humanitarian Day Africa 2013 | African Union. Good Charity, Bad Charity. The Big Thanks: Recognizing Sponsors and Donors on Social Media | Incline Marketing. Grant Makers Are Blind to Charity Needs, Say 48% of Nonprofits. Blogging about development: some tips for NGOs and would-be bloggers. How to help girls graduate and break the cycle of poverty.

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