Three leading sources of information about public charities - GuideStar,Charity Navigator, and BBB Wise Giving Alliance - joined forces last summer and wrote an open letter to the donors of America, urging them to reject the "overhead ratio" as a valid indicator of nonprofit effectiveness.Overhead ratios can now give way to a much more constructive question: what does it really cost for a nonprofit to achieve the community results we want?
GWP's colleagues at Donors Forum (Illinois) have produced a terrific video illustrating why covering a nonprofit's real costs is mission-critical. Take a moment to view If You Want Your Funding to Change the World. GWP Members: if you would like GWP to set up a roundtable discussion of this issue, please email Barb.
Svante Myrick, now the mayor of Ithaca, New York, tells a compelling personal story about the role charitable contributions have played in his life. In this blog post from The Hill, he describes growing up in need and how the charitable deduction directly impacted him and his family. Mayor Myrick shares how his family often relied on food banks or homeless shelters when money was short, and how private scholarships allowed him to attend Cornell University. As he notes, the charitable deduction's impact is not the tax break for donors: "It's about people like me who are allowed to realize their full potential with the support generous donors provide."
In celebration of its fifth anniversary, McAuley Ministries has compiled a video overview sharing the progress of some of its community partners. Led by six members of the Sisters of Mercy, McAuley Ministries focuses on five grantmaking priorities (Health and Wellness, Education, Community Development, Capacity Building and Legacy) in the Hill District, Uptown and West Oakland. Take a few minutes to hear from the trustees, executive director Michele Rone Cooper and their community partners as they describe their work toward healthier, more vibrant communities in the Pittsburgh neighborhoods the Sisters have traditionally served.
We are fast approaching the second annual #GivingTuesday(#GT). GivingTuesday is a national campaign launched last year to kick off the charitable giving season on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, GivingTuesday is on December 3, 2013. Please consider using this day to support the charitable causes that matter the most to you!
FISA Foundation has just released Building A Movement, a report summarizing the work of the foundation and its partners in Pittsburgh's arts and cultural community to promote accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities. Over the past three years, the Allegheny Regional Asset District, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and many local theaters, museums and performing arts companies have made great progress toward creating access for all their patrons ¨C so much that Betty Siegel, director of accessibility at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and a national expert, describes Pittsburgh as a model for other regions. [more...]