non-profits

4 Steps to Smarter Donations

Posted on 12/10/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsCharities typically receive more than 40 percent of their donations in the last few weeks of the year. Some December donors are motivated by the season’s mantra of giving. Others are eager for an eleventh-hour tax deduction before the year-end deadline. All should take four simple steps to get the most bang from their donation bucks: 1. Do your homework. The major and most useful watchdogs include Charity Navigator, CharityWatch and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. They rate charities on how they …

Should Everyone Be Able to Read This Story?

Posted on 03/27/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyIf you’re reading this, you probably have little reason to think about the one in five Americans who, unlike you, have no easy access to the Internet. An ambitious new initiative, called “Everyone On,” aims to close the “digital divide,” but some experts are already complaining that the nonprofit organization driving the campaign, Connect2Compete, has left older people in its rearview mirror. Nobody would say that young people who can’t afford computers or don’t have tech-savvy parents shouldn’t be given every …

Provide a Mentor for a Child Through Giving Tuesday

Posted on 11/26/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Deborah Jaquith of the AARP Experience Corps Program. Everyone’s heard of Black Friday and most have heard of Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, but what about Giving Tuesday?  We spend so much time around Thanksgiving shopping for Christmas. What about “shopping” online to invest in the work of the many nonprofits who give every day to others?  After all, isn’t that what the season is all about? Giving Tuesday is a campaign to create a …

4 More Ways to Cut Back on Your Fundraising Mail

Posted on 05/15/2012 by |Philanthropy & Fundraising | Comments

VolunteeringA few weeks ago, I shared some thoughts on how to cut back on the mail/email you receive from well intentioned organizations. There were some excellent  comments from readers that pointed out some additional issues that may increase the volume of mail or emails you receive. So, here are some additional suggestions on how to clear the email/mail box: 1.  Call and ask organizations you support not to sell or exchange your name and address.  It is standard practice for …

Business Volunteers for the Arts: It’s a Win-Win Situation

Posted on 12/8/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Heather Taylor. Taylor is a freelance writer, consultant and radio producer.  Since January 2011, she’s also happily served as a job coach in the AARP Foundation WorkSearch Program,  helping adults aged 50+ who are unemployed to find satisfying work. You can follow her on twitter at @findingthejobs.  Rosemary Reed knows alot about how to succeed as a small business owner.  The proof?  Next year, her DC-based video and television production company, Double R Productions, LLC, …

Cable Companies Helping to Increase Volunteer Rates?

Posted on 11/9/2011 by |Giving & Volunteering | Comments

Volunteering This is a guest blog post from Reed Sandridge.  Sandridge lost his job in 2009 and did the unthinkable – he started giving away $10 a day to complete strangers!  He captured the story of every recipient at www.yearofgiving.org.  A frequent writer and speaker on volunteering and micro-philanthropy, Sandridge lives in our nation’s capital. A few weeks back I got letter in the mail from my cable provider, Comcast, informing me that I would need to order and install something …