March 2011


For the Royal Couple, Give the Gift of Giving

(MSNBC) Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding plans have been sweeping headlines for months now, with the most recent news being that gift-wise, they prefer charitable donations to china.  Among other organizations, the royal couple listed a U.S. based charity, Peace Players, as a suggested donation opportunity.

Good News for Good Will

(The Atlantic)  2010 proved a better year for charitable giving, with 43% of charities tracking more donations than in 2009, according to a survey by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative.  As we’ve blogged about before and as is obvious, 2008 was a tough year for nonprofits due to the recession.  Various charts and graphs illustrating the NRC’s data show certain outliers to the study, notably that international and religious causes saw the biggest increase in donations, and the most substantial drop in donations was to art charities.

(New York Times)  Smile Train and Operation Smile, who announced a merger February 14, have reportedly called it off.  Frustrated donors and misinformed board members are just some of the dilemmas involved in the controversial merger.  An online petition protesting the merger finally resulted in its end.

In a Tough Economy, College Graduates Choose Public Service

(New York Times)  It seems the poor economy has a silver lining, at least in terms of the promoting the common good.  In 2009, 16 percent more college graduates took positions with the federal government, and 11 percent more started working for nonprofit groups.  Diana Aviv, chief executive of Independent Sector, a trade group for nonprofits, affirmed that “it’s not uncommon for [her] to hear of over 100 applications for a nonprofit position, sometimes more than that, and many more Ivy League college graduates applying than before.”  When the economy picks up, though, it is uncertain that these young people will maintain a career in public service.  Still, the idea of improving the world is appealing despite lower salaries.  “Now I’m serving a purpose” as opposed to “helping some large corporation sell more widgets,” said Alison Sadock, a young college graduate employed by the Starlight Children’s Foundation.  Mortages, children, and other financial burdens that accumulate with age may cause a career switch for the young people currently working in public service, but for now, it’s a good day for nonprofits.