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The Issue of Web Transparency

August 13, 2008 Alanna 0

In an update to last week’s post, the Nonprofit Consultant Blog posted recently “Nonprofit Website Mistakes: Lack of Transparency.” In the article, Ken Goldstein defines transparency as “communicating with your community (clients, members, potential donors, neighbors, elected officials, etc.) as […]

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Donors Checking Out Charity Websites Before Giving

August 6, 2008 Alanna 1

A recent The NonProfit Times survey*, fournd that twice as many potential donors are heading online after receiving a fundraising solicitation by mail than they did just three years ago. Participants were asked if they look up the organization on […]

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Food Banks Seeing Donation Decline

July 16, 2008 Alanna 0

The Chicago Tribune recently posted an article about the recent trend of “dwindling supplies” of area food banks. “Call it a sign of just how bad the economy has gotten: A food bank in one of the Chicago area’s wealthiest […]

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Alert from the IC3

July 9, 2008 Alanna 0

The Internet Crime Complaint Center posted an alert yesterday entitled Tips for Avoiding Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes. Included in the alert are the following tips: Do not respond to unsolicited (SPAM) e-mail. Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as officials […]

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Sad Charity News from Ohio

July 2, 2008 Alanna 0

A June 26, 2008 article on Cleveland.com by Debbie Palmer called to mind the importance of checking out a charity before making a donation. A 13 year-old-girl and her father were arrested for “scamming hundreds of dollars from business people […]

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Midwest Flooding Depletes the Red Cross

June 25, 2008 Alanna 0

As the midwest waits for federal funds for disaster relief, victims of the flooding in past few weeks in the midwest turn to the American Red Cross for help. But, according to MSNBC, “the [American Red Cross] said its domestic […]

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How to Teach Children About Philanthropy

June 18, 2008 Alanna 0

When I was a child, every year my classroom would raise money for starving children in third world countries. Each student would get a pint-sized carton to fill up with cash. We were encouraged to give generously and there were […]

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Charities Not Evaluated by the BBB

June 4, 2008 Alanna 1

Currently, the BBB only evaluates charities that receive inquiries or complaints. If no one is asking about a particular charity, there is no reason to evaluate it. If a charity that you might be interested in donating to is not […]

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Get Me Off Your Mailing List!

May 21, 2008 Alanna 0

Do you donate to a few charities regularly? Have you gotten appeals from other similar charities and want the mailing to stop? It is unlikely that anyone – the BBB, the Postal Service, you, or your attorney – can have […]