PayPal Giving Fund Under Legal Fire

PayPal is facing a lawsuit over its Giving Fund platform, which plaintiffs maintain isn’t delivering their money to the charities it promises. The platform purports to give 100 percent of donations to the charity indicated by the donor, and in some cases offers a 1-percent match. But that doesn’t seem to be working out. According […]

What Makes Altruism Go Viral?

Viral altruism refers to a “new breed of wildly successful online charity campaigns,” best personified by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014. That campaign raised $115 million, but when attempted the next year brought in less than 1 percent of that total. The ephemeral nature of viral anything, which catches on like wildfire and […]

Lenfest Institute, Knight Foundation Award $4.8M for Digital News Project

In October of 2015, Temple University, in cooperation with the Knight Foundation, launched the Knight-Temple Table Stakes project. The goal of the project was to help metropolitan daily news organizations speed up their transition from print to digital. The idea of doing so was to help these dailies reach new audiences and better engage their […]

Donating A Car? Make Sure to Think Ahead

In a country with so many drivers, many people will eventually find themselves in possession of a car that they don’t need, and a lot of them will choose to donate it to charity. While doing so is generous and a great way to get rid of a car you don’t want, vehicles can actually […]

Nonprofit Leaders Unsure of What to Expect Over Next Four Years

The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership holds public policy meetings that, despite its 400 member organizations, usually only attract about 30 nonprofit leaders. Their meeting in December 2016 however, brought in 85 people. Their top concern? What the incoming presidential administration would mean for nonprofits in the Pittsburgh area, as well as the rest of the […]

Forbes Releases List of Top Charitable Organizations

In mid-December of 2016, Forbes released its list of the 100 charitable organizations with the most donations for 2016. The list is based on cash and in-kind donations received, and doesn’t account for things like fees for services or sales of merchandise, so it does give us some idea of how much people are donating […]

Trump’s Election Caused a Huge Spike in Donations to Nonprofit News Outlets

Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise, but nonprofit news sources like ProPublica, the Marshall Project, or NPR, have seen a huge boost in donations since Donald Trump won the presidential election. For example, ProPublica received $750,000 in donations after the election—much more than all the money raised from small-dollar donors in 2015. This is […]

We Could Be Giving More Effectively

The holiday season is typically a time for extra generosity, whether because of a cultural association with the holidays as a time of giving or because of the desire to make end-of-year donations for tax purposes. However, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Americans have a variety of fallacies that prevent […]

Bequests Can Benefit Nonprofits and Donors Alike

One form of charitable giving that many people have likely not thought about is the legacy gift—that is, leaving a donation in one’s will. In the U.S., legacy giving provides about $19 billion per year in charitable donations. In the UK, £2.044 billion is raised through planned gifts, while in Canada, the total is about […]

How You Can Stand with Standing Rock

By now, most people have heard of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the protesters that are working hard to prevent it from happening. These protestors have been radicalized or ignored by mainstream media, but in and of themselves they are an impressive group of people. The protesters are based at the Oceti Sakowin Camp. This […]