Advancement Services Report

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Interest Blossoms in Point-Click Philanthropy

Several times a year, Heidi Hess and James Rucker of San Francisco go online, PayPal style, and redirect their wealth to their favorite charities.

They are tactical philanthropists - part of a growing group of socially conscious givers in the Bay Area whose generosity accounts for more than half the $1 billion in assets at the San Francisco Foundation.

Full-text article by Meredith May is available via the San Francisco Chronicle, 10.12.08.

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Consumers Expect Companies to Keep Giving

New research suggests that consumers would show less loyalty to companies that curtail giving as the economic crisis worsens.

Full-text blog post is available via the Chronicle's Prospecting Blog, 10.8.08.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Online Fundraising in a Troubled Economy

The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University reports that 74% of donations to charities in 2007 stem from individual gifts. No doubt online fundraisers will start to see some dips not usually associated with September and October, months where online giving is typically up from the August malaise. But, are online fundraisers affected and how will this affect year-end giving?

Full-text report is available via onPhilanthropy, 10.1.08.

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