Stories From 2012

Dec 20, 2012

An unexpected journey: Offhand comment inspires prankster philanthropy

Some of the most creative fundraising starts with an offhand remark, perhaps even a sarcastic jab, followed by a classic light bulb moment. Learn how NC State Professor John Kessel’s curmudgeonly comment put the fun in a successful fundraiser to support a favorite charity. -- “This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Dec 20, 2012

Instagram debate should lead nonprofits to review online content policies

Was it a great cosmic coincidence that the predicted end of the world and Facebook’s announcement about gutting privacy rules on Instagram, the popular photo-sharing platform, occurred in the same week? Or were both just galactic examples of bad marketing plans?

Dec 20, 2012

12.20.12.: US News Bits

Amgen donates to Reed College, TurboTax and Operation Homefront launch giving campaign, NeighborWorks America awards green designation, GPA announces winners of their Member Get a Member Campaign, and more.

Dec 19, 2012

12.19.12.: NC News Bits

Currituck-Dare Community Foundation receives grant for Sandy damages, Biogen Idec Foundation supports science education, Triangle Community Foundation names executive director, and more.

Dec 17, 2012

Postcards: Travel inspires purposeful career choice

It was during an alternative service break trip to Rome that it dawned on Camille Smith: she really could build the career she wanted, one she built around serving others through development work.

Dec 17, 2012

More than 100 students complete nonprofit minor

Hardworking students in the nonprofit studies minor helped the Institute for Nonprofits achieve a significant milestone last week when its number of graduates passed the century mark.

Dec 13, 2012

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Foundation for Youth Investment awarded grant, the PhD Project names new president, Susan Solomon receives 2012 Stem Cell Action Leadership Award, and more.

Dec 12, 2012

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Winston-Salem Foundation announces grants, CORRAL receives renovation, Girl Scouts of the Coastal Pines names new executive director, and more.

Dec 10, 2012

Efforts support Jewish legacy giving, social justice and heart health

The Foundation for the Charlotte Jewish Community will celebrate the third night of Hanukkah in a big way tonight thanks to a $180,000 gift from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation's Life and Legacy Program to support its new Create Your Jewish Legacy (CJL) initiative.

Dec 10, 2012

Online resources help donors safely support global charities

The generosity of Americans has long supported worthy international causes, but many donors in the post-9/11 era are increasingly leery of making financial commitments to overseas agencies. Online resources are being created to help donors navigate the complicated landscape.