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Table of Contents: July 2, 2009


About Giving

MANY OF THE LARGEST AMERICAN COMPANIES plan to decrease their charitable donations in 2009, or at least keep them level with last year's, according to the latest Chronicle survey of corporate giving.

RESPONDING TO THE RE CESSION, some corporations have increased their gifts to food banks, shelters, and similar charities, but often at the expense of arts and other groups.

SOME CORPORATE FOUNDATIONS and giving programs, attached to parent companies that are actually doing well in the recession, will be donating just as much or even more to charity this year.

CAPITAL ONE has devised a pro bono program that gets the banking company's experts involved in its volunteer work more closely than most such programs do.

THE FEDERAL TAX CREDITS that housing charities count on to help pay for low-cost rental housing have become, in the face of the recession, a much less reliable source of financing for the projects.

FOUNDATION ENDOWMENTS dropped 26 percent in 2008, the Commonfund Institute reported, but that still compared favorably with the overall performance of the market.

WILLIAM CLEMENTS, a former governor of Texas, has pledged $100-million to benefit the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

THE FACE OF PHILANTHROPY: Friends Involved in Dog Outreach, or FIDO, provides free dog food to needy people in Oregon City, Ore., struggling to feed their pets.

 

About Managing

TO HELP THEIR ORGANIZATIONS cope with the financial stresses of the recession, many charity executives have volunteered to take pay cuts, as much for the message the action sends as for the savings it achieves.

WORK SHARING, an arrangement in which employees work reduced hours and receive an unemployment payment from the state, is a less painful alternative to layoffs that some nonprofit employers are exploring.

CONTINGENCY PLANS can help charities manage when the worst hits, and the ones that had a blueprint in place last fall, experts say, are weathering the recession better than those that did not.

TWO NEW STUDIES confirm that the effects of the recession on nonprofit organizations have been severe, with arts and cultural groups among the hardest hit.

A GOOD BRAND can be key to a charity's success, and YMCA of the USA has one of the strongest, according to a report from two marketing companies that ranked the 100 most-valued nonprofit groups.

THE NEW TOP CHARITY REGULATOR at the Internal Revenue Service told participants at a conference in Washington that she intends to continue the agency's efforts to promote good nonprofit governance (Tax Watch).

SOME 46 PERCENT OF TAXPAYERS who in 2001 took deductions for cash donations to charity misreported the amount of those deductions, the Government Accountability Office reported (Tax Watch).

AWARDS: Honors for people and organizations in philanthropy.

About Fund Raising

GIFT ANNUITIES have become a sensitive topic in the nonprofit world, as the jumpy market forces some charities to dip into other resources to continue making payouts to donors.

DONATIONS DECLINED by a median of nearly 8 percent at the largest American charities in the first quarter of this year, compared with the same period last year, according to a new report.

NEW BOOKS: A look at how one foundation shut down after a set period of years, an exploration of how activists devise solutions to important problems, a guide for nonprofit groups looking to start businesses, essays on managing organizations, a guide to strategic communciations, and a review of technology billionaires who give away their fortunes.

About Technology

HOLDING MEETINGS via phone, video, or the Internet can save on travel expenses, but it often wastes time and money in other ways, says a new report from the Goodman Center.

AN ONLINE CAMPAIGN by the New York Public Library not only raised $50,000 for the institution, but also helped restore $23-million in city subsidies that had been slated for cutting.

OFTEN BEHIND THE CURVE in the adoption of new technology, charities now outpace businesses in the use of Twitter, Facebook, and other social-networking tools, according to a new study.

About Careers

HELPING STUDENTS in danger of dropping out of school is a task to which Carmita P. Vaughan, chief strategy officer for America's Promise Alliance, brings a special empathy (New on the Job).

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP is the focus of a new position created by a long-established charity (New Titles)

LUKE W. COLE, a leader in the environmental-justice movement, died in a car crash at age 46 (Legacies).

PEOPLE: Appointments and promotions in the nonprofit world.

LAYOFFS AND CUTS at nonprofit organizations; a sampling

Opinion and Letters

ROBERT EGGER urges nonprofit groups to join forces for the state-budget battles ahead.

LESTER M. SALAMON suggests looking to the experiences of other countries as a guide to financing social innovation in America.

SEAN STANNARD-STOCKTON explains why, by itself, information is not enough to guide grant makers' decisions about giving.

JEFF TREXLER questions the U.S. government's legal actions against an Iranian charity.

LETTERS exhorting grants makers to do the right thing in these tough times.

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