Puerto Rico – A Vacation to Volunteer by Rachel Glazer

My husband and I took our three children (ages 14, 12 and 9) to Puerto Rico during April school vacation to volunteer and help in disaster relief.  Coordinating the trip on our own, we booked flights and a hotel, hoping that the rest would fall into place. When we initially looked for volunteer … [Read more...]

What Motivates Donors to Give

I got an email from a client earlier today.  He wrote: I saw an article in the Washington Post yesterday. It discusses that, with the new tax law, many people will lose the deductibility of charitable contributions because they will become subject to the standard deduction. For individuals 70.5 and … [Read more...]

Getting Ready for the New Year

On the first day of the New Year, I found a few things that gave me pause for thought as I clear the decks and begin getting ready for the New Year. At the end of the year, most organizations judge their success by one question: Did we meet our budget goal?But growing future giving means … [Read more...]

This Year’s Top 10 MJA Articles

I am jumping on the December bandwagon and offering you this year's top 10 MJA articles in an easy to read list. This is based on your readership, but we know that not everyone can read our blog/newsletter each week. If I missed one that you felt was valuable, please let me know and I'll forward it … [Read more...]

The Impact of Religion on Philanthropy: The Highlights

Yesterday, The Giving Institute conducted a live webcast titled, “The Impact of Religion on Philanthropy.” Full disclosure, I don’t have a written report yet so this is relying on my memory. And, because I am used to receiving a copy of a webinar or their slides, I didn’t even take detailed notes. I … [Read more...]

6 Do’s and Don’t’ s for Disrupting Your Nonprofit

Yesterday, I was looking at the website for my husband’s marketing firm (theamplifiergroup.com in case you need marketing advice) and we got into a long discussion about the word “disruptor.” For those who have worked in nonprofits too long or have had their heads in the sand, disruptor is what … [Read more...]

What Does The Demise of Ringling Bros. Have To Do With Your Nonprofit?

What is the difference between Netflix and Blockbuster? Cirque de Soleil and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baiiley Circus?  Amazon and Barnes & Noble? In all three cases, they started out with a very similar product, or at least a similar product offering.  Now, one is thriving and one is … [Read more...]

4 Changes Your Nonprofit Can Make During the Presidential Transition

Today marks the inauguration of a new president.  Hate him or love him, he plans to make changes that will likely impact the economy – and nonprofits need to prepare for what’s coming? Of course, no one really knows.  The potential cabinet implies that business will do well with large tax … [Read more...]

How Were You Helped by Another’s Generosity?

Last week there was an article in the New York Times titled, “Six Ways to Give the Gift of Generosity to Children and Teenagers.”  While the six ways were helpful suggestions or reminders, I found myself focusing on The Family History section of the piece. “Why be generous?” the writer asked. … [Read more...]

Why Some Donors Require Nonprofit Transparency: A Lesson from Planet Aid

How does someone know if they are donating to a worthy nonprofit? Few of us who are donating to a variety of organizations take the time to do research or check out the watchdogs like CharityWatch or Charity Navigator. Recently, Planet Aid came under scrutiny by Charity Watch for claiming the … [Read more...]