Friday, August 29, 2014

Supermarkets donate profits from #icebucketchallenge to MND Association

Supermarkets donate profits from #icebucketchallenge to MND Association: Tesco has announced that it will donate the profits made from an increase in sales of ice to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, which has now received over �3m through donations from the ice bucket challenge.

The supermarket giant, which sold more than 36 million ice cubes over the last week alone, has so far pledged to donate �20,000 to the charity. The amount is expected to increase after further ice sales over the weekend.

Coyne: Charitable tax credits should be abolished | canada.com

Coyne: Charitable tax credits should be abolished | canada.com: It has been no summer of love for Canada’s charities. A number of prominent charitable groups, among them PEN Canada, Environmental Defence Canada, Amnesty International Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation, have faced audits by the Canada Revenue Agency; the rest, it seems, are up in arms about it.

Because so many of those who have publicly identified themselves as being under audit (the CRA is prevented by privacy laws from naming them) have agendas that, shall we say, contrast with that of the Conservative government, t

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Risk of Aus Charities Financing Terrorism | Pro Bono Australia

Risk of Aus Charities Financing Terrorism | Pro Bono Australia: The charity regulator has warned that charities may be at risk of having their charitable funds that are sent overseas being diverted or otherwise misused, even if their intentions are in line with their charitable purposes.

The ACNC has called on charities sending money overseas to be vigilant and diligent in dealing with their partner organisations overseas.

Singapore badminton icon Susilo re-emerges for record-breaking charity rally | Fit To Post Sports - Yahoo Sports Singapore

Singapore badminton icon Susilo re-emerges for record-breaking charity rally | Fit To Post Sports - Yahoo Sports Singapore: A new Singapore record for the most number of unique hits in a badminton rally was set on Sunday afternoon at the ‘Hanwell Longest Rally’ at Changi City Point.

Former national shuttlers Ronald Susilo, Ashton Chen, Xing Aiying and Terry Yeo, along with Minister of Parliament (MP) Ang Hin Kee, joined 295 members of the public, school youth players and Hanwell staff to register a new mark of 119 hits, eclipsing the previous high of 96.

Rice, Not Ice, in Indian Version of Charity Bucket Challenge – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Rice, Not Ice, in Indian Version of Charity Bucket Challenge – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Rice, Not Ice, in Indian Version of Charity Bucket Challenge

A journalist in India has launched a “rice-bucket challenge,” encouraging people by social media to donate a bucket of the staple food to alleviate hunger, NPR reports. Since Manju Kalanidhi kicked off the effort Friday, posting a photo of herself giving 50 pounds of rice to a neighbor in the Indian city of Hyderabad, the campaign spread beyond the country’s borders, garnering 40,000 likes on a dedicated Facebook page.

Ashley Tisdale teams very ripped jeans with self-designed top for charity Tee launch with Lily Aldridge | Mail Online

Ashley Tisdale teams very ripped jeans with self-designed top for charity Tee launch with Lily Aldridge | Mail Online: There was one item that Ashley Tisdale knew she would be wearing for sure on Wednesday evening when she attended a charity T-Shirt launch.

The actress stepped out in a self-designed grey top, complete with Join

EU data protection proposals would kill fundraisers’ mailing lists, says report

EU data protection proposals would kill fundraisers’ mailing lists, says report: Proposed EU data protection rules could destroy mailing lists relied on by charity fundraisers, and would present “the biggest challenge in fundraising for a generation”, according to a report published this week by marketing agency Medialab.

The EU has announced plans for a comprehensive reform of data protection rules which will require individuals to give explicit consent before a company or charity can process their personal data. The rules could come into force as early as 2017.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

MediaCorp's waterless car wash raises more than S$57,000 for charity - Channel NewsAsia

MediaCorp's waterless car wash raises more than S$57,000 for charity - Channel NewsAsia: Ms Irene Lim, Head of Group Sales and Marketing at MediaCorp said: “Today was a great way for us, the group sales and marketing team of MediaCorp, to get together and do something different, something fun for charity.

“Being a socially responsible company, we used the latest eco-friendly waterless car wash products to reduce water usage," added Ms Lim.

Friday, August 22, 2014

‘Profit-making’ Mumbai University told to pay Rs 39cr income tax - The Times of India

‘Profit-making’ Mumbai University told to pay Rs 39cr income tax - The Times of India: During the assessment proceedings, the university submitted that its income was exempt from tax because it was "substantially" financed by the government and this was the reason for its not filing income tax returns. The university cited in its defence the Income Tax Act that excuses "any university or other educational institution existing solely for educational purposes and not for the purpose of profit, which is wholly and substantially financed by the government."

But the assertion was dismissed.

CTBC's philanthropy aids rural youth teams - The China Post

CTBC's philanthropy aids rural youth teams - The China Post: - The CTBC Charity Foundation (中國信託慈善基金會) yesterday announced its decision to sponsor six youth baseball teams from rural areas in Taiwan, allowing children and teens to fulfill their dreams of becoming professional baseball players.

EU Data Protection Proposals | UK Fundraising

EU Data Protection Proposals | UK Fundraising: n August 2014, the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) published a member briefing on EU Data Protection Proposals. The IoF wants to raise awareness of the proposed European Regulation on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data proposals and what they might mean for fundraising. The proposals from the European Commission may be amended as the legislative process is followed, but fundraisers should rad the proposals so that they are aware of the changes that could be made. The IoF will update members in due course as it knows more on the progress of the proposals and has more certainty on what will be introduced. The IoF will be working to raise concerns with relevant decision makers and MEPs to highlight the particular proposals and amendments the IoF wants to make. If you would like to be involved or support the IoF’s work on this then please email danielf@institute-of-fundraising.org.uk.

FFWD - Calgary News & Views - News - Arts flood fund

FFWD - Calgary News & Views - News - Arts flood fund: Calgary’s arts scene has largely recovered from the 2013 flood, and now it’s time to prepare for the next disaster — fortunately the creative community already has money set aside for a disaster preparedness plan. Alberta Arts Flood Rebuild has disbursed the remaining $198,500 it received in donations and government funding to aid artists and arts organizations impacted by last year’s devastating flood. Of that, $25,000 was given by The Calgary Foundation to create the Arts Disaster Preparedness Plan, and approximately $25,500 will be used to create a special fund at Elephant Artist Relief Society to help artists in crisis.

Let’s go global…there’s gold in them hills - 101fundraising

Let’s go global…there’s gold in them hills - 101fundraising: Whilst there is undoubtedly enormous opportunity to organisations to expand their fundraising internationally and certainly most of our clients have done so with great success over the last decade or so, in most cases non-profits would be far better if they focused their fundraising efforts in their home market. Those of you that know me as an obsessive on the theme and practice of globalising fundraising and as someone that has spent the last 30 years working in fundraising in over 50 countries, this may appear to heretical.

A new paradigm for Israel-Diaspora philanthropic ventures | JPost | Israel News

A new paradigm for Israel-Diaspora philanthropic ventures | JPost | Israel News: Given the current focus on giving to Israel, this will be the perfect opportunity to create and implement a new paradigm for the Jewish overseas communities’ philanthropic ventures.

A new paradigm for Israel-Diaspora philanthropic ventures | JPost | Israel News

A new paradigm for Israel-Diaspora philanthropic ventures | JPost | Israel News: Given the current focus on giving to Israel, this will be the perfect opportunity to create and implement a new paradigm for the Jewish overseas communities’ philanthropic ventures.

Legacy income sees fastest quarter of growth

Legacy income sees fastest quarter of growth: Legacy income rose by 9.7 per cent in the 12 months to 30 June 2014 compared with the same period last year, showing the fastest quarter of growth since before the recession.

The Legacy Monitor, produced by Legacy Foresight and based on income from 67 legacy-receiving charities, has revealed that its members received a combined legacy income of �1.16bn, up on the same period last year.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Food for Thought; how a networking lunch raised some interesting points on brand, awareness & income | nfpSynergy

Food for Thought; how a networking lunch raised some interesting points on brand, awareness & income | nfpSynergy: Unsurprisingly, the results of our analysis (rate card data from Neilson, awareness data from our Charity Awareness Monitor and voluntary income data categorised by Caritas) showed that high media buyers tend to have high profiles; only household names spent more than �10million on media in a single year. We also found that high profile brands tend to have high income - no charity in our sample had raised more than �200 million and not been a household name (defined as having a prompted awareness of 80% ).

SPECIAL FOCUS: European Fundraising Survey Report 2013/14

SPECIAL FOCUS: European Fundraising Survey Report 2013/14: Each year, EFA surveys its members to collate and present the sector with a picture of fundraising developments across Europe. In the 2013/14 survey, released today, EFA presents a positive picture of growth, reflecting the economic recovery of European markets and a more optimistic outlook for the year ahead.





Key findings of the survey, Fundraising in Europe 2013/14, include:

Macmillan: We did not hijack #icebucketchallenge

Macmillan: We did not hijack #icebucketchallenge:Macmillan has hit back against accusations on social media that it has hijacked #icebucketchallenge, saying the craze has been raising money for cancer charities in New Zealand since July.

The challenge has peaked in publicity in the last week as celebrities in the US continue to nominate each other, while showing off their famous friends, to pour iced water over themselves and donate money to American charity ALS Association.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ShelterBox founder charged with fraud

ShelterBox founder charged with fraud: The founder and former chief executive of aid charity ShelterBox has been charged with three counts of fraud.

Tom Henderson (pictured), 63, from Helson in Cornwall, appeared at Bishopsgate Police Station on Tuesday to be charged with fraud by abuse of position.

He had been dismissed from his position of chief executive at the disaster-relief charity ShelterBox, which he had previously founded in 2000, in 2012. He was arrested the following year.

Canadians Emerging as Cause Marketing Leaders

Canadians Emerging as Cause Marketing Leaders: Cause marketing’s roots may be American (a Great America/March of Dimes partnership and the American Express Statue of Liberty campaign vie for earliest program status), but Canada nowadays is emerging as a consumer-facing corporate citizenship powerhouse.

Former Coon Rapids swim standout brings swimming lessons to 2,000 Nepali children - TwinCities.com

Former Coon Rapids swim standout brings swimming lessons to 2,000 Nepali children - TwinCities.com: NEPAL FIRST DESTINATION

Nepal was chosen as the program's first destination for its high drowning rate due to monsoons. The rains trigger flash floods and also leave behind deep puddles where children can drown, McCarthy said. Many people grow up so scared of the water that they never learn how to swim.

So McCarthy arranged to travel to Kathmandu Valley, home of Nepal's capital and two other cities. He needed someone to document the process, and Moe was the obvious choice.

In addition to buying their tickets, the $10,000 went toward chlorine for pool water that was nearly black when the students arrived and salaries for the program's 36 Nepali instructors, six for each of six pools in the area.

Children came to the various pools each day to learn McCarthy's

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Charity bins railroaded as for-profit operator moves in

Charity bins railroaded as for-profit operator moves in: More than 100 charity bins have been removed from Melbourne’s railway stations and replaced by bins from a private for-profit recycling company.

Southern Cross Recycling, which Metro hired to exclusively manage charity recycling bins on railway land, now owns and manages all 220 bins at stations for its own income.

Xiamen, Jinjiang make list of China's 7-star philanthropy cities in 2013 - What's On Xiamen

Xiamen, Jinjiang make list of China's 7-star philanthropy cities in 2013 - What's On Xiamen: The 3rd China City Philanthropy Index was released on August 16, with Xiamen and Jinjiang from Fujian province both making the list of seven-star philanthropy cities.

109 cities above the county level were listed on the “China's Top 100 Philanthropy Cities (2012-2013) ”, which were selected from 294 nominated cities.

Philanthropy comes of age in Australia

Philanthropy comes of age in Australia: eter Winneke, head of philanthropic services at Myer Family Company, can barely contain his excitement. After 12 years urging donors to publicise their gifts, he believes Australia’s philanthropists are becoming less fearful of the tall poppy syndrome.

“We are starting to grow a culture of giving and celebrating,” he says. “I think the philanthropic sector will explode over the next two decades.”

Both he and Walsh nominate Graham and Louise Tuckwell’s $50 million gift last year to establish an undergraduate scholarship program at Australian National University as a turning point for Australian philanthropy.

PM Relief Fund gets Rs 15.5 m from China | Top Stories

PM Relief Fund gets Rs 15.5 m from China | Top Stories: KATHMANDU, AUG 19 - Northern neighbour China has announced support of Rs. 15.5 million to the Prime Minister's Disaster Relief Fund. Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Wu Chuntai handed over the amount on behalf of the autonomous region of Tibet on Tuesday.

Canada Revenue Agency delists foreign charities - The Globe and Mail

Canada Revenue Agency delists foreign charities - The Globe and Mail: he Canada Revenue Agency’s small list of approved foreign charities has been whittled down to zero, meaning Canadian donors hoping to give money to former U.S. president Bill Clinton’s foundation, for example, are out of luck if they were banking on a tax credit.

Too Many Charities Chasing The Same Pool Of Private Capital

Too Many Charities Chasing The Same Pool Of Private Capital: Competition among philanthropic institutions for funding has intensified, which will likely lead to consolidation of charities and foundations as transaction costs rise, says UBS.

Philanthropist Deanne Weir gives $1 million to women

Philanthropist Deanne Weir gives $1 million to women: You don’t need a bulging bank balance to be philanthropic, according to Sydney entrepreneur Deanne Weir, who is challenging some of the myths about what it means to be a donor.

The businesswoman began her charitable giving with $10 donations to the International Women’s Development Agency two decades ago. On Wednesday, she commits to donating $1 million but she insists wealth is not the key to giving.

First major study of charity mergers is published

First major study of charity mergers is published: ome 4 per cent of people working in the charity sector were involved in a merger last year, suggests a comprehensive new study of mergers in the sector.

The research, by Eastside Primetimers, aimed to collect data on mergers that occurred in England and Wales between January 2013 and April 2014, where the transferring organisation was a registered charity.

The researchers identified 189 organisations that undertook 90 deals, affecting more than 32,000 employees or 4 per cent of the charity sector workforce.