Nonprofit news roundup for July 27, 2009

Giving by mobile phone catches on in U.S.

Building on the increasing popularity of texting, giving to charities using mobile phones is beginning to take hold, with the American Red Cross raising $190,000 last year, The Seattle Times reported July 27 (see mobile giving story). Mobile giving, which relies on reaching larger numbers of smaller donors, helps nonprofits connect with younger donors.

Donors urged to create giving budget, target donations

With charitable giving down about 6 percent after inflation, donors are grappling with how to allocate their depleted dollars, The Associated Press reported July 24 (see giving tips story). The Charities Review Council recommends setting up a budget, carefully assessing charities, volunteering or donating professional services, giving more money to fewer charities and turning down charities’ thank-you gifts.

Experiments in nonprofit journalism pop up

Experiments in nonprofit journalist are beginning to pop up, with Huffington Post launching a nonprofit investigative unit with $1.75 million in donations and the Texas Tribune starting up with funding from a local venture capitalist and friends to cover the state capitol, Jeff Jarvis wrote in a blog in The Guardian July 27 (see nonprofit journalism story). But while charity should be a contributor to news, a new business model should be developed to enable news organizations to turn a profit, Jarvis says.

Missouri, home to over 52,000 charities, sees nonprofit boom

Missouri is experiencing a nonprofit boom, with the number of new charities increasing to 2,257 from 1,233 between 2000 and 2007 and jumping another 37 percent last year to reach 3,028, St. Louis Today reported July 27 (see Missouri nonprofits story). The state now is home to 52,400 registered nonprofits.

University of Hawaii raises $336 million

University of Hawaii raised $282 million in cash and pledges during its Centennial Campaign, topping its goal of $250 million, Hawaii247 reported July 26 (see University of Hawaii story). Including bequest commitments, the school raised a total of $336 million to benefit students at the state’s 10 campuses.

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