1,600 City of Minneapolis STEP-UP interns start their first day of work at 230 local companies and nonprofits
Thursday, 16 July 2015 15:55
The Minneapolis youth employment program, STEP-UP, kicked off its 12th summer with 1,600 Minneapolis youth and young adults ages 14-21 starting their paid summer internships at 230 participating government agencies, nonprofits and corporations throughout the Twin Cities metro area.
FUNdraising Good Times: Who gives the most? – individuals!
Thursday, 16 July 2015 15:46
Mel and Pearl Shaw
The numbers are in: Americans gave an estimated $358.38 billion to charity in 2014. That's 7.1 percent over 2013, and the fifth year in a row that giving increased. Individuals – that's you and me – continue to give an estimated 90% of all gifts. Here's how it breaks out: individual gifts represented $258.51 billion (72% of the total). That's you – your tithes and offerings at church, your online gifts, support for walkathons, the checks you write, stocks you transfer – every $25 gift and every $2.5 million gift. We also gave $28.13 billion through bequests – the money left to charities in your family members' wills. Finally, those with the ability to give to foundations gave another $41.62 billion.
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation announces $1 million grant from Walmart
Thursday, 09 July 2015 14:07
The grant will support the CBCF's Emerging Leaders Interns for the next three years
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) announced that Walmart donated a $1 million grant to support African-American students in its Emerging Leaders Internship Program. The grant will support 25 interns each year over the next three years, ensuring that the next generation of leaders will be represented in public service careers. To date, more than 1200 young leaders have participated in the CBCF's Leadership Institute for Public Service.
TRAVEL: Americans find business travel a welcome escape
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:26
(StatePoint) Each year Americans make more than 405 million long-distance business trips, according to Bureau of Transportation Statistics. While business trips have not traditionally been associated with relaxation, more and more often, travelers are finding ways to treat themselves while on the road.
FUNdraising Good Times: Excuses: the scourge of nonprofit fundraising
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:22
Mel and Pearl Shaw
How do we stop using excuses as a conversation starter, or icebreaker when starting a meeting? We all know people who start conversations by making excuses for why they are late, unprepared, and haven't completed what they committed to do. First comes the excuse; then comes a focus on the content of the excuse. A meeting to review fundraising progress can turn into a discussion of traffic, construction, family illnesses, the weather, and before you know it 15 minutes have passed.