January 30, 2014
The World Of Corporate Giving Has Changed
Did you know that:
- Less than 6% of the $320 Billion that is donated annually to North American charities is done online.
- Less than 5% of that amount comes from corporations.
- 70% of employees are not engaged in their jobs – and 25% are actively disengaged.
These are all statistics that Benevity, a software social enterprise that helps companies engage their customers and employees through giving back, hopes to change. And they highlight issues that corporate social good efforts, like employee giving and volunteering programs, are evolving to address. “Doing well by doing” good is more than just a tagline; it’s a business imperative. The good news is that an increasing number of companies are doing more – they’re part of a significant shift towards integrating support for causes into their operations. (more…)
January 3, 2014
As the Hollywood awards season begins to rev up, all eyes are front and center on the celebrities who will be strutting their stuff at the Golden Globes. Celebrities receive much critical acclaim for their work on the silver screen, but beyond the glitz and the glamour of showbiz, many of these household names are quietly serving on the sidelines as active philanthropists. Many celebrities are doing far more than just writing a check or turning up at a gala or cocktail party – some of the headlining nominees at this year’s Golden Globes are passionate volunteers, advocates, or founders of their own nonprofit organizations. Here are some of the 2014 Golden Globe nominees who are dedicated to causes far away from the lights of Hollywood.
January 3, 2014
Think about the last time you bought something online. Did you look at Amazon or Google reviews first? Did you use Yelp to find a great local restaurant? Did you use TripAdvisor to help coordinate your last adventure? Or go to CitySearch to find a hotel?
October 10, 2013
David Bakke, a Money Crashers contributor, discusses strategies to save money and find ways to give back and make a difference.
When it comes to choosing the right charity, you’re going to want to do your homework. Because of recent economic struggles, Americans have less disposable income on-hand to donate to our favorite causes than we once did. This means that when you do donate, you want to make sure ever dollar counts. To make sure you direct your charitable dollars to the right place, follow these five tips… (more…)
June 20, 2013
Gandhi once said that, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
An interesting new study written about by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Center shows that this isn’t just a popular inspirational quote.
A student gave study participants $5 and one of two notes; one indicating that they could spend the money on their own bills on one indicating that they could give the money away to charity or to help someone else. Other participants were given more money, $20. Regardless of the amount of money, people who gave the money away felt happy about it, while those who could use the money for expenses did not feel an increase in happiness, and those who had more to give, felt more happiness.
Regardless of income level, giving made folks happy.
Despite these, well, ‘happy’ findings, research also shows that not every giving situation gives people happiness. Here are some tips from Berkeley on how to make donating a happy experience for all involved.
Perhaps most importantly, making a measurable impact matters quite a bit to donors. Donors that can connect the money they give to its impact, feel best about their gifts. Having client reviews on GreatNonprofits.org is one of the best and most direct ways to showcase your impact. Who better to tell the story of your programs than those directly benefiting from them? Additionally, GreatNonprofits offers a “Results” space on every nonprofit profile for charities to chronicle concrete achievements for donors.
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Other tips included not cornering a donor into giving and making the donation feel forced or obligated, and helping make a connection for your donors to the person or cause that they are supporting.
Nonprofits, what tips have you found helpful during fundraising?
May 14, 2013
How many times have you read online reviews this week?
These days, it’s become second nature to read online reviews. A business’ online reputation is everything. The same should be true for nonprofits. You read reviews before you spend money at a new restaurant, or on electronics, why not read reviews before you give to charity?
The best way to learn about a nonprofit’s impact is to read about it firsthand from donors, clients and volunteers. The homeless mom who was given shelter, the 3rd grade class that got to clean up a beach, the donor who saw their money directly at work; these are the testimonials that are so important when making the decision to give.
And if you have given time or other resources to a nonprofit, make sure you write a review of your own experience.
Have online reviews influenced your decision to donate? What do you look for in reviews before you decide to give? What does not weigh into your donation decisions?
December 11, 2012
GreatNonprofits highlighted on Gates Notes
We’re thrilled to share that GreatNonprofits has been recognized for our work in collecting community feedback by Bill Gates, visionary Microsoft founder and leading philanthropist. In a special series on his Gates Notes blog, Bill and Melinda Gates showed praise for GreatNonprofits for its innovative work in transforming the way people give online:
“GreatNonprofits focuses on helping people make great giving decisions through socially sourced feedback and reviews. Increasing the amount and quality of information available to donors will ultimately make giving easier, more effective and rewarding.”