Disadvantaged populations around the world have been hit hard by the pandemic, a situation that is driving some organizations, such as the Edward W. Hazen Foundation and Grantmakers for Girls of Color, to adjust their grant-making strategies to address racial injustice, writes Bonnie Chiu, founder and CEO of Lensational. Chiu shares that Chicago Beyond offers a guidebook to help funders ensure that data collection is done in a "racially equitable, unbiased way."
Gallup and Campbell Rinker reports have projected slight declines in charitable giving due to the coronavirus pandemic and economic slowdown but, overall, there are reasons for optimism among nonprofit leaders, write Leslie Lenkowsky and Suzanne Garment of Indiana University. Generous donors will continue to support the sector, and the current climate is resulting in some positives, such as flexibility in grants and the perception of nonprofit workers as heroes, they write.
Nonprofits can encourage fundraising at the board level by setting clear expectations with board members, ensuring they understand what fundraising is and isn't, and tasking them to discuss opportunities for increased productivity during meetings, writes Boardable's Jeb Banner. Banner writes that engagement is the key and points to data in a report about a lack of fundraising follow-through by board members.
The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in St. Paul, Minn., is reducing its workforce and cutting nine programs to help offset a projected $8 million budget deficit for 2020. The shift is an acceleration of plans made prior to the pandemic to "sharpen" the organization's focus and reduce reliance on its endowment to cover budget shortfalls, says interim CEO Brad Hewitt.
The IRS and US Treasury Department finalized rules Tuesday that remove donor names and addresses from annual reporting requirements for some Section 501(c)(3) and Section 527 tax-exempt organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Rifle Association, labor unions and business leagues. The organizations will still be required to report donation amounts from major contributors and keep a record of donors.
Prospective donors need to look past common metrics, such as overhead and efficiency, when evaluating nonprofits for charitable contributions, writes Randy Fox of Two Hawks Consulting. Instead, Fox writes, donors should consider how much money is necessary to change a life or cure a disease while also keeping in mind that "very few charities are as inefficient as our government organizations."
The coronavirus pandemic is still in the first wave, says World Health Organization Executive Director Dr. Mike Ryan. The disease is spreading in several regions and could spike in places that are beginning to relax restrictions, Ryan said.
Increased reliance on digital technology amid coronavirus fears has increased vulnerability to cyberattacks, warns United Nations disarmament official Izumi Nakamitsu. Dozens of countries have made only little progress on cybersecurity issues, Nakamitsu says.
Women serving in peacekeeping roles can inspire girls and other women while helping combat the coronavirus, says United Nations peacekeeper Lt. Dr. Arya Khadka ahead of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. Maj. Saba Anwar, leader of an all-woman UN team serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo, says her group can interact more easily with women in the region.
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