September 21, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: The Librarian’s $4 Million Bequest

Last week, an article on InsideHigherEd.com got my attention. It told the tale of a frugal staff member at the University of New Hampshire library who passed away in 2015 and left a sizable bequest wort..
September 14, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: September 11 Fundraising – Lessons Learned

There were many ceremonies and remembrances honoring the 15th anniversary of September 11th which took place this past Sunday. This also brings to mind what we experienced 15 years ago. Among other thin..
September 7, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Back to School & Charities

It’s September, and the kids are back in school across the country. And many parents out there know that this also signifies  not just the three r’s of Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic, but also the..
August 31, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Charities & Disclosure of Requested Information

Last Thursday, we distributed a press release that included a list of the 10 largest charities (ranked by Fiscal Year 2014 total contributions) that did not disclose any of the information requested by ..
August 24, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: US Olympic Swimmers Controversy & Charities

The allegations surrounding the behavior of Ryan Lochte and other Olympic swimmers during a stop at a gas station in Rio created an international embarrassment.  It’s a sad result for these athlete..
August 17, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Helping Flood Victims in Louisiana

About a month ago, we wrote about floods in West Virginia and now we sadly note that Louisiana has also experienced devastating floods as well. The Louisiana Governor's office reports that over 12,..
August 10, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: USOC Seeks Olympic Gold

As we watch the Olympic games on our televisions, tablets and smart phones, we are mesmerized by the skills and abilities of the athletes competing in Rio.  And during the commercial breaks for the..
August 3, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Dialing for Dollars

From time to time, the majority of us will receive phone calls at home requesting contributions. Although the most common reaction is to hang up, the reality is that telemarketing continues to serve as ..
July 27, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: The Increasing Number of New Charities in the U.S.

In 2014, the IRS introduced a new, simpler application form for charitable tax-exempt status – the IRS Form 1023-EZ.  Some were apprehensive about making it easier to obtain charitable-exempt statu..
July 20, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Fundraising for Fallen Police Officers

While every community recognizes the vital work of its police and law enforcement officers, the recent tragedies involving the shooting of police has magnified the risks law enforcement faces in carryin..