Mondays in early May can be tough for the same, yet opposite, reason Mondays in early December can be tough. In May, those first warm but not hot days entice us to lounge in our pjs or dream of lunch in the park. Or maybe you did all that with your mom yesterday, and the idea of breaking the spirit with mere work inspired you to hit the snooze a couple of extra times.
In any case, we thought it might be helpful to remind us all why we are in this line of philanthropic/socially-conscious work. For some, it the lack of a ‘business-smart’ dress code, for others a chance to work with like-minded peers, for a few fundraising was not on their maps until economic issues forced their hand. What’s your reason?
The Chronicle of Philanthropy surveyed a number of subscribers and thought-leaders in the world of fundraising, and condensed the survey down to an engaging 3-minute video we hope will get your juices flowing at the beginning of the week.
On another uplifting note: Amednews.com (the reporting/blogging arm of the American Medical Association) reports an overall rise in giving – especially for health-care engaged nonprofits – in 2010 over 2009.
The Nonprofit Research Collaborative, a coalition of six fundraising and philanthropic organizations, issued a report March 22 of an online survey taken in February of 1,616 charity professionals. About 43% of participating organizations received an increase in 2010 contributions compared with 2009. Twenty-four percent said donations held steady, and 33% saw a decline.
Contributions were slightly better for health care nonprofits. About 46% experienced an increase, and 24% had steady donations. Thirty percent had a decrease in contributions.
We’d love to hear your reasons that you are engaged in the nonprofit/fundraising sector. We all enjoy a little inspiration from our peers, especially on a Monday.