Stories From 2006

Dec 28, 2006

Canadian giving jumps

Almost six million donors contributed a record total of $7.9 billion to charity last year, a new
study says.

That’s an increase of almost 14 percent over 2004, led by Alberta’s 21.1 percent jump, says the report by Statistics Canada.

The number of overall donors in Canada rose a slight 0.9 percent, but increased by almost 9 percent in the Yukon.

One in four taxpayers claimed charitable donation in 2005, with a median donation of $240, compared to $230 the previous year, the

Dec 28, 2006

Nonprofit connects Murtha, lobbyists

Here are the week’s top nonprofit stories reported elsewhere:

* A nonprofit formed in 2001 by a former aide of Democratic U.S. Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania functions as a gathering point for defense contractors and lobbyists with business before Murtha’s defense appropriations subcommittee, the Washington Post reported

Dec 28, 2006

New program boosts board leadership

Area nonprofits seeking board members, and individuals interested in serving on nonprofit boards and committees, now have access to a new networking tool.

Triangle BoardConnect, a free online service of the Executive Service Corps of the Greater Triangle, in partnership with the

Dec 27, 2006

Symphony endowment drive underway

Todd Cohen

Aiming to raise $50 million for endowment over 10 years so it can expand by nearly a third, the North Carolina Symphony has raised $5.5 million since it began actively soliciting gifts in May.

Thanks to those gifts, the Symphony plans to add three new chairs next year, bringing its total to 68, up six from two years ago and closer to its goal of 82.

“The goal is to successfully transform the orchestra into a major American orchestra,” says David Chambless Worters, CEO and president.

The Symphony also

Dec 27, 2006

Volunteering soars

Fueled by teens, middle-aged adults and seniors, the volunteer rate in the U.S.

Dec 27, 2006

January fundraising events

[Publisher's note: The Philanthropy Journal is not responsible for the accuracy of information submitted to this Social Butterfly feature.]


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Dec 27, 2006

Donors and charities beware

By Todd Cohen

Charitable solicitation in North Carolina is running amok.

Of the more than $194 million raised by paid solicitors in the fiscal year ended last June 30, solicitors kept over half, says a new report by Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.

She says charities’ “efficiencies” in using paid solicitors are “disturbing,” and urges North Carolinas to visit her website for information “to make smart choices when

Dec 26, 2006

Disney helps provide computers to pediatric patients.

* Walt Disney Company donated $2.5 million to support Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation’s PC Pal Program at the Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, providing 400 laptop computers to pediatric patients ages 5 to 18.

* Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation awarded $25.5 million in grants to nine universities nationwide, part of $200 million initiative to support entrepreneurship education.

* Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago announced $150,000 in grants to 17

Dec 26, 2006

Piper Trust funds sabbaticals for five nonprofit leaders.

* Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust awarded Piper Fellowships to five nonprofit leaders to fund self-designed sabbaticals:

  • Rob Crawford, CEO, Life Development Institute
  • Michelle Mac Lennan, assistant manager, Chandler Center for the Arts
  • Milon F. Pitts, client services director, Homeward Bound
  • Marsha Porter, executive director, Crisis Nursery
  • Keith

Dec 26, 2006

Nonprofit advocacy needed

Jennifer Lowe-DavisBy Jennifer Lowe-Davis

What will the new year and the 110th Congress bring for nonprofits?

Lobby and ethics reforms return as House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi promises quick action to clean up Congress. 

Issues potentially affecting nonprofits include grassroots lobbying disclosure, disclosure of Congressional meetings and contacts, and a possible ban on travel and gifts. 

Senate Majority