One-third of charities see donations increase…

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One-third of charities see donations increase

A new report says one-third of U.S. charities reported an increase in donations in the first nine months of 2010 and expect more good news in the fourth quarter, while another third said giving continues to drop, with the remainder holding steady, and one-fifth saying they will have to cut their budgets for 2011, the Associated Press reported Nov. 28 (see donations story).

Charity Navigator expanding basis of rankings

Charity Navigator, a website that has rated charities based mainly on administrative-cost ratios and other financial metrics, plans over the next three years plans to add evaluations of a nonprofit’s accountability and transparency to its ratings, as well as research on its impact and research by other organizations, The New York Times reported Nov. 26 (see Charity Navigator story). The group also plans to increase its fundraising and is considering whether it can develop a business providing customized searches of the data it has collected.

GuideStar UK going into liquidation

After receiving nearly 2.9 million British pounds from the government, or nearly $4.5 million, and a total of roughly five million British pounds, or nearly $7.8 million, including private support, GuideStar UK is going into liquidation, an “enormous squandering of public funds,” Adrian Sargeant, a fundraising professor at Indiana University, said Nov. 25 in his blog on UK Fundraising (see Guidestar UK story).

Collaboration urged among nonprofits and with government

A new system is needed to reinforce collaboration among nonprofits and with government, replacing a system that fuels competition and protection of turf, the president and CEO of the Hawaii Community Foundation said Nov. 28 in a guest opinion column in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (see nonprofit collaboration article).

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