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Further Thoughts about Helping in Haiti


Helping in Haiti


Who Are These People, and What Are They Saying About Us? Charity Reviews Debut on GuideStar

If you've looked at our new report pages, you may have noticed the "Click here to read reviews" and "Click here to write reviews" links to the left of the page. Click on the former, and you'll find reviews written by people who have firsthand experience with an organization. Click on the latter, and you'll be invited to write a review of your own.

It's Not Too Late to Be Ready for the Most Charitable Time of the Year

It's never too early to tweak or fine-tune your year-end campaign (and with the Internet, it's not yet too late to start planning and executing it). A new study from JupiterResearch and Convio shows that not being ready to engage donors on-line would be a huge mistake: more than 89 million on-line consumers plan to use the Internet to give to charity this holiday season.

You can take advantage of this season's high-volume on-line giving and make it easier for your donors to give when time and funds are short by building an on-line year-end or holiday campaign. Here are a few fail-safe strategies to get you going.

Mixed Economic Picture for Charities

New GuideStar Survey Reveals Both Good and Bad News

The rumors of a recovery in the nonprofit sector may not be premature.

The results of GuideStar's October 2003 nonprofit economic survey show a slight improvement over the end of last year and mirror this summer's mid-year review:

H.R. 7 and Foundation Giving

Bill Is Passed with a Compromise on Section 105

One of the more divisive issues to face the philanthropic sector in recent years has been the proposal to amend the laws requiring private foundations to pay out at least 5 percent of their assets annually.

Putting Your Gifts and Grants to Work Overseas

In the years following September 11, international grantmaking has become more necessary than ever—and ever more difficult.

To Regulate or Not to Regulate


In December 2001, New York State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer introduced a four-part initiative aimed at reforming charitable fundraising, particularly telemarketing campaigns. He called for the reforms after he released his annual "Pennies for Charities" report, in which he found that charities had received only 31.9 percent of the $184.7 million raised for them through telemarketing campaigns in New York in 2001.

War and Peace: Nonprofits Are Ready to Help—Find Them!


Nobody is comfortable in a time of war. Distress affects our lives, without regard for personal involvement or political beliefs. We can agree, though, that thousands of people suddenly find themselves in critical need of help. Fortunately, the nonprofit sector heeds that call: there are many different groups that make it their mission to support folks of all ages and needs, at home as well as abroad.