Using the Whole Whale - A Nonprofit Podcast
281: (news) Thousands Serve on MLK Day & A Classy Acquisition

281: (news) Thousands Serve on MLK Day & A Classy Acquisition

January 18, 2022

Nonprofit news summary.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Draws Thousands To Community Service Across Country

From Des Moines to Portland to Charleston and everywhere in between, thousands of volunteers across the country participated in a national day of service, often in partnership with local-based nonprofit and community organizations. MLK Day is the only federally-recognized national day of service and is usually focused on helping local communities. This Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day also saw renewed calls for commitments to civil rights ideals from community leaders and activists.

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Acquisition of Classy By GoFundMe Represents Continued, Fast-Paced Consolidation Of Nonprofit Fundraising Space

As reported by The NonProfit Times, nonprofit fundraising platform Classy has been purchased by the crowdfunding platform GoFundMe. We encourage readers to read the full report in The NonProfit Times. Over $1.1 billion was raised on the Classy platform in 2021 alone, and since its inception, GoFundMe has raised more than $15 billion. This most recent announcement comes on the heels of the purchase of EveryAction by a private equity firm, and the Blackbaud purchase of Everfi for $750 million. All three deals have been publicly announced within the last two weeks.

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279: (news) PE Firm Acquires Nonprofit Tech & PEW 2021 Data

279: (news) PE Firm Acquires Nonprofit Tech & PEW 2021 Data

January 11, 2022

Nonprofit News for mid January

 

Acquisition of Network For Good, Backed By Provide Equity Firm, Rolls Up Numerous Nonprofit Technology Products

The same venture firm that brought EveryAction, Social Solutions and CyberGrants under one corporate roof has added Network For Good to its roster. The as yet unnamed umbrella firm is being funded by UK-based private equity group Apax Partners LLP. As reported by The Nonprofit Times, “terms of the deal were not disclosed but industry experts estimated the addition to be worth north of $300 million and a combined value in the neighborhood of $3 billion for the combined operations.” Network For Good operates both a tax exempt organization and a B Corps tech company that manages the CRM. Coupled with EveryAction’s recent acquisitions, EveryAction, Salsa LabsGiveGabMobilize, Social Solutions, CyberGrants and other nonprofit tech platforms now are all backed by the same PE firm representing a consolidation of the space.

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Pew Research Center Releases Top 2021 Findings

The Pew Research Center has released a cohesive roundup of top social trends and findings throughout 2021. Nonprofit organizations should stay on top of larger narrative shifts, national conversations, and a changing landscape when it comes to public engagement, particularly on social and political issues. Among these findings: 72% of Americans say they know someone who was hospitalized or died from Covid-19, voter turnout increased in every single state in 2020, and the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans has increased 10% from a decade ago.

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278: The Hidden Cost of COVID on Children Who Lose Parents

278: The Hidden Cost of COVID on Children Who Lose Parents

January 6, 2022

More than 167,000 children have been robbed, by COVID-19, of a parent, grandparent, or other in-home caregiver on whom they had relied for their social, developmental needs. This estimate is from a new report from COVID Collaborative and Social Policy Analytics that explores the number, characteristics, and needs of these highly vulnerable children and offers policymakers a way forward to help them.

The effort was led by Dan Treglia, who joins us on this episode of Using the Whole Whale. Dan is an Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, CEO of Social Policy Analytics, and our Research and Evaluation Whaler.

 

Read the report here. Want to learn more about the study, or how your nonprofit can help these children? Reach out to Dan at dtreglia@gmail.com.

278: (news) Nonprofits Salary Struggles & Franklin A. Thomas Legacy

278: (news) Nonprofits Salary Struggles & Franklin A. Thomas Legacy

January 4, 2022

Nonprofit News summary.

 

 

Nonprofits Struggle To Compete With For-Profit Businesses For Staff

Amid rising inflation, rising wages, decreased unemployment, and the so-called “great resignation,” nonprofit organizations are struggling to maintain and hire staff, according to reporting from The New York Times. While for-profit businesses lost more jobs during the pandemic, the nonprofit sector has struggled more to rehire, according to recent data. Total nonprofit employment was 4.8% below pre-pandemic levels, compared with for-profit companies that see just a 1.5% gap. Amid higher costs of living and other external factors, nonprofits are often struggling to offer wages to maintain or rehire staff, due largely to fixed and limited financial resources. 

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277: Predictions for Nonprofits in 2022

277: Predictions for Nonprofits in 2022

December 28, 2021

Nick Azulay, Maura Paxton and George Weiner share their predictions for the nonprofit industry in 2022. They cover Email shifts, USPS hikes, social movements associated with the election and potential Roe V. Wade rulings and many other trends that may come. 

 

 

276: (news) log4j Nightmare Before Nonprofit Christmas & Jobs Report

276: (news) log4j Nightmare Before Nonprofit Christmas & Jobs Report

December 21, 2021

Nonprofit news in December.

 

Nonprofit Job Gains Slow As Sector Approaches Pre-Pandemic Employment Levels

According to data from the Center for Civil Society Studies (CCSS) at Johns Hopkins University as reported by the Nonprofit Times, nonprofit job growth slowed in November but shows that most nonprofit categories are expected to achieve near full employment by the end of the year. While nonprofits have recovered nearly 70% of lost jobs since the beginning of the pandemic, there remain approximately 485,000 missing jobs (of the initial 1.64 million lost). Nonprofit arts and entertainment organizations have seen the slowest recovery, down 13% of their jobs compared to before the pandemic.

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What To Know About The Log4j Vulnerability 

Nonprofit open-source software organization Apache Software Foundation has announced a vulnerability that, left unresolved, poses a glaring cybersecurity threat across global commercial, corporate, and government networks. The Log4j vulnerability opens up the possibility of a significant breach in the form of malware, ransomware, and other attacks. The U.S. government has been working alongside cybersecurity experts to determine next steps while Microsoft has already identified threats from suspected state-backed actors in China and Iran. Read more about how companies are addressing the problem.

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275: (news) ‘Troll Philanthropy‘ and For-Profit Activism

275: (news) ‘Troll Philanthropy‘ and For-Profit Activism

December 14, 2021

Weekly news from NonprofitNewsfeed.com

 

Elon Musk Dubbed “Troll Philanthropist” In New York Times

Elon Musk’s high-profile brush with the typically staid world of philanthropy is generating waves. Famously getting into a public ruff with the World Food Programme (WFP) over how much money it would take to “solve world hunger,” one researcher at the Urban Institute notes that Musk “doesn’t seem to care much about using his philanthropy to curry public favor.” Within large public conversations about the role of philanthropy, effective altruism, and corporate social responsibility, Musk’s role in shaping that conversation is noteworthy.

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Patagonia CEO Represents New Movement In For-Profit Activism

Not to be outdone by Musk’s philanthropic adventures, Patagonia’s new CEO Ryan Gellert has reengaged the outdoor retailer’s commitment to bold actions on climate and sustainability. Patagonia, a B Corporation (like Whole Whale, the creators of this fine newsletter) has recommitted to bold commitments within the corporate sustainability movement. Patagonia has committed to giving 1% of its sales to environmental groups. The company is on track to do almost $1 billion in sales this year.

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274: The rise of remote fundraising through the pandemic with atlasGO

274: The rise of remote fundraising through the pandemic with atlasGO

December 9, 2021

We talk with Magali the Co-founder & Chief Revenue Officer at atlasGO about how the platform saw an explosion of use during the pandemic. The most popular activities used to fundraise quickly expanded beyond walks and runs to things like gardening for a cause and atlasGO supported all of them.  

 

About Magali Mathieu

Magali is the Co-founder & Chief Revenue Officer at atlasGO. 
She drives all things revenue through partnerships, sales & marketing at atlasGO. 
A social entrepreneur with a personal mission to become the best version of herself by healing and helping others heal. She's leading the way: normalizing self-care, a 200hr+ Certified yoga teacher and Health Coach in the making. 
273: GivingTuesday up 9% & Clinton Foundation Down 75%

273: GivingTuesday up 9% & Clinton Foundation Down 75%

December 7, 2021

Nonprofit news for the week of December 6th, 2021

 

GivingTuesday Raises Record $2.7 Billion In Donations

Annual day of generosity GivingTuesday has generated approximately $2.7 billion in donations, according to the folks at givingtuesday.org. The record-setting day of generosity topped 2020’s giving sum by 9%. While the increase in donations from 2019 to 2020 was, percentage-wise, much higher, 2021’s total donations still set a record. Learn more about GivingTuesday’s efforts to understand philanthropic and charitable generosity through their GivingTuesday Data Commons.

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Clinton Foundation Donations Drop 75% Since Presidential Run

The Clinton Foundation, an international-facing organization focused on numerous programs like international sustainability and leadership development, saw a decrease in charitable donations of nearly 75% since its peak during Hillary Clinton’s presidential run. While the organization says it was able to fully fund programs by tapping into its significant endowment, the foundation says it was hurt by the inability to host in-person fundraising events. More broadly, the organization is experiencing a financial trough as the celebrity politicians who founded it continues to recede from the public arena.

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272: How much should nonprofits budget for ads? The Nonprofit Ad Study

272: How much should nonprofits budget for ads? The Nonprofit Ad Study

December 2, 2021

Find the full Nonprofit Benchmark Advertising study.

 

About the Nonprofit Advertising Benchmark Study

The study was conducted from Form 990 data from 7,171 U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations with $1 to $10 million in revenue from 2018-2019 courtesy of Cause IQ (filing years 2019 and 2020). The goal was to create a large enough sample size to answer questions about advertising size for nonprofits that rely on common funding methods. 

There are 1.44 million 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, about 5% (72k) are between $1M and $10M in revenue, 1.5% (21.5k) are above $10M. 

This study represents a full population of nonprofits that fit the study criteria. The study criteria removed chapter organizations, childcare educational institutions, organizations with no employees, and hospitals because of their different revenue-generating operating structures. 

This study relies on the reported advertising field in the Form 990. The IRS defines the advertising field (line 11 on section 9 of Form 990), as ad spend itself and direct costs for independent contractors executing said ad spend. However, line 11e may also include some of the costs associated with advertising consultants and is determined by the organization’s filing decision. 

This study is a partnership with Whole Whale, a B Corp digital agency that helps nonprofits use their resources wisely and Cause IQ, the leading nonprofit data platform.

 

 

 

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