ICYMI: Last Week’s Nonprofit News, Today | Dec. 2

‘Tis the season for giving, and nonprofits are gearing up for more participation in year two of #GivingTuesday. In addition, learn how online donations go farther at food banks, especially in light of the recent cuts to the food stamps program. All that and more from last week, in case you missed it.


Treasury Dep’t Proposes Overhaul of 501(c)(4) Dark Money Guidance 
(Nonprofit Quarterly)
The Treasury is looking to put a tighter leash on politically-active nonprofits—in particular the wave of PACs and Super-PACs that have risen in the wake of the Citizens United decision—by proposing some “clear-cut definitions of political activity” that differentiate it from “social welfare activity.”

Food Stamp Cuts Cause Crises at Food Pantries
(Nonprofit Quarterly)
Already-swamped nonprofit food pantries are feeling the added pressure of the $5 billion cut to food stamps that went into effect at the beginning of November.


It’s Social Ties—Not Religion—That Makes the Faithful Give to Charity
According to a new report by Jumpstart and Indiana University’s Lily Family School of Philanthropy shows that giving among the religious, which has historically been much higher than giving among the non-affiliated, has more to do with social networking than religious belief. Nonprofit Quarterly, however, highlights the study’s findings that “a full 73 percent of dollars given are directed to organizations that are explicitly identified as religious.”  

Giving Tuesday’s Second Year Brings More Participation
(The Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Tomorrow is the second annual Giving Tuesday, an addendum/antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday spending, and more than 7,000 nonprofits are promoting it. Here’s what some of the major leaguers—The Salvation Army, Dress for Success, and corporate participants like Microsoft—are doing to get America giving.

Q&A With Morgan Stanley: Clients Demand Impact Investment Options
(Huffington Post)
Major financial firms are jumping on the impact investing trend with heartening speed and vision—Morgan Stanley recently announced a five-year goal of $10 billion for its Investing with Impact platform, a way for investors to put their money behind social and environmental solutions. Here, they discuss the growing demand and increasing promise for major capital investments in the nonprofit sector.


Community Foundation Creates Holiday Catalog to Address Local Needs
(Nonprofit Quarterly)
The Orcas Island Community Foundation of Washington has compiled the wish lists of nonprofits throughout its community into a catalog of giving, featuring such items as weekend food packs for food-insecure kids, a day of traveling dental work, and a new satellite receiver for the local opera and theatre.


At food banks, digital donations go farther
(Marketplace / APM)
Anti-hunger nonprofits are getting ready for their busiest season of the year, and finding that new online donating platforms are providing more food, more efficiently, than traditional food drives ever could.    


3 Creative Ways to Engage Volunteers During the Holiday Season
(Engaging Volunteers / VolunteerMatch)
Amateur chef challenges, community caroling, thank-you calls, and other fun duties to keep your holiday-time volunteers busy and spirited.

Top 3 Things I Learned About Pro-Bono from the First Twitter Talk Tuesday
(Engaging Volunteers / VolunteerMatch)
An online discussion about skilled volunteerism yields a few practical pointers on starting a pro bono project, planning for its success, and attracting the talent you need to make it work.  


Marc Schultz is Writer/Editor at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

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