All posts by Raymund Flandez

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Giving Will Barely Rise in 2013, Report Predicts

Environmental groups chalked up bigger increases than any other causes, according to the Atlas for Giving. (Photo by Cristina Mittermeier/LCP/Conservation International)

Giving in 2013 is expected to rise only 1.6 percent from last year, according to a new report, making it one of the worst fundraising years in five decades, projects the Atlas for Giving, an independent forecasting service.

Among the reasons for the gloom: The stock market is likely to tumble, the unemployment rate will remain s…

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Charities Use Mobile Apps to Attract Year-End Donors

A growing number of charities are seeking  year-end gifts by reaching out to donors with mobile apps.

While few nonprofits expect to raise much through the apps, they hope the tools will serve them well in the future by appealing to younger, smartphone-savvy donors.

Here’s how three nonprofits are using apps:

Hunger Relief International struck a partnership with GetCharitable to raise money though an Android app. After people download the app, an image pops up daily on the background wallpaper o…

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‘5 Weeks of Giving’ Campaign Reaches Out to Donors Every Day

Anthony Allen and Bryan Hall of the Baltimore Ravens autographed items for the “5 Weeks of Giving” kick-off event held by Volunteers of America Chesapeake.

Thirty-five days of nonstop outreach online are helping one charity raise money at year’s end.

Volunteers of America Chesapeake’s “5 Weeks of Giving” campaign aims to do something new for its supporters each day. For instance, on “Text Tuesday” it urges donors to donate $10 by sending a text message.

Other themed days include:

* “Motivation…

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Facebook Games Raise $360,000 for Toys for Tots

FarmVille’s “Cheer Ewe Up Horse” doesn’t exist in real life; it lives solely on Facebook. But it is one reason that Toys for Tots has already raised $360,000 on the social network.

People who play FarmVille, the popular Facebook game, have bought 101,409 “Cheer Ewe Up” virtual horses, priced at $1 each, so needy kids will get real toys during the holiday season.

The horse is the most popular virtual item in “Oh, What Fun,” a holiday campaign to benefit Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

The drive …

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“Ugly Sweater” Campaign Draws Funds for Cancer Research

Stand Up to Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, is turning the tacky tradition of unsightly holiday-themed sweaters into an online drive to raise money for cancer research.

The charity is urging its supporters to see how many days—or weeks—they can bear to wear an “ugly sweater” and asking them to set up fundraising pages at su2c.org/ugly with pictures of themselves in their unfortunate apparel.

Supporters are supposed to enlist their friends and family to make a donation…

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Celebrity Voice Recordings Earn Charity $100,000

The “Voice of God” was sold out in a few hours.

That’s according to Autism Speaks, which held a year-end fundraising campaign enticing its supporters, celebrity fans, and others to buy custom-recorded messages from Tom Hanks, Ed Asner, Will Ferrell, Carrie Fisher, Derek Jeter, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Betty White … and Morgan Freeman.

Mr. Freeman’s deep, distinct tone, which has earned him the nickname “Voice of God,” was a fast seller during the “Sound Off for Autism Spe…

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Online Giving Streak Continues With 13% Rise Last Week

Online giving to 8,700 charities rose 13.3 percent last week when compared with the same days last year, according to Network for Good, a giving portal that processes online donations. What’s more, the number of donations grew nearly 7 percent. Even so, last week’s increase is small compared with increases of 40 to 60 percent in the past few weeks.

Katya Andresen, chief operating officer of Network for Good, said she thought the increase could be attributed to the rising number of sophisticated …

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Online Donations Grew 42% Last Week, Thanks to #GivingTuesday

Propelled largely by charities’ push to promote #Giving Tuesday, the amount of money charities collected online last week increased 42 percent when compared with the same week last year. That finding is based on a study of 8,700 charities that used Network for Good to process online gifts.

But while charities got bigger gifts, they did not necessarily do so well in attracting new donors last week. The number of donations increased by only 1.2 percent this year, to 14,026.

On November 27, the day…

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#GivingTuesday’s Most Successful Charity Raised $1-Million

Volunteers gathered at The Associated’s headquarters to make phone calls to donors, urging them to give on #GivingTuesday.

Organizers of #GivingTuesday report that The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore raised the most  money during the inaugural national day of giving, attracting $1-million in online donations. Last year, the organization  raised $81,000 on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

The charity’s fundraising strategy wasn’t new or innovative; instead it relied on an …

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More Charities Report Fundraising Boost From #GivingTuesday

How the Pennsylvania SPCA thanked supporters on Facebook for their #GivingTuesday contributions.

#GivingTuesday, the effort to turn the Tuesday after Thanksgiving into a new national day of giving, is getting more momentum as charities tally their hauls for the day.

In addition to Blackbaud and Network for Good, which on Wednesday both reported more than 50-percent increases in dollars, more Web sites that process charitable contributions are offering similarly sunny data.

Razoo, whose fundrai…