philanthropy

Legacy: Waldemar Klasing’s Million-Dollar Surprise

Posted on 06/8/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyWhen we think of philanthropy, it’s usually as something that high-profile corporate moguls do with the spare millions (or billions) that they don’t spend on mansions, yachts and private jets. We tend to overlook another, less common but even more inspiring category of givers: ordinary middle-class or working-class wage-earners who quietly amass sizable fortunes by practicing extreme frugality, and then, after their passing, shock some college or charitable cause with a seven-figure bequest. In Tennessee, for example, folks are probably …

Three Ways to Cut Back on Fundraising Mail

Posted on 04/26/2012 by |Philanthropy & Fundraising | Comments

Volunteering “Why do I get so much fundraising mail?” If you are in my position as a development professional, you sometimes get that call (or letter) from a donor that starts with, “Why do you send me so many requests for support?”  Obviously, if it’s “so much” it must be “more than I want.”  I usually get right to the point – how often would you like to hear from us?  Would you rather join our sustainer program? (A sustaining donor …

2012 Changes May Hurt Older Americans Who Support Charities

Posted on 12/7/2011 by |Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringIf you give to charitable organizations, you definitely want to read this post. There are some important changes being made to how some charitable contributions are treated that can potentially affect you. Two main areas to be aware of relate to IRAs and Charitable Gift Annuities. IRAs It is unclear right now if the IRA charitable rollover law will remain in place in 2012. What this means is that unless Congress intervenes people over the age of 70½ who are …

Are You a Philanthropist? Maybe…

Posted on 09/21/2011 by |Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis 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 atwww.yearofgiving.org.  A frequent writer and speaker on volunteering and micro-philanthropy, Sandridge lives in our nation’s capital. The word philanthropy comes from the Greek language. Phileo means to love and anthropos means human.  You put them together and you have the idea of loving …

Happy 100th Birthday President Reagan!

Posted on 02/7/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringYesterday would have been Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday. I have a soft spot for the former actor since he was the first president of my memory. Although I was born when President Carter was in office, my only knowledge of him was of my brother, Tom, telling me he had a peanut farm.