Infographic: How Americans Give to Charity

Slide40In this recently released infographic provided by Online Psychology Degree is a charitable giving snapshot using data from U.S. taxpayers who earned more than $50,000 in 2008. A key finding in this analysis is that middle class Americans give a larger percentage to nonprofits than the wealthy. See if you are surprised by this or any of the other findings: (more…)

Aaron Collin’s final wish for an “awesome tip” fulfilled again and again

Slide41Imagine having the opportunity to fulfill a loved one’s final wish. What a mixed bag of emotions it must be to face the loss of a loved one and the challenge of making their last wish come true. This is exactly what Seth Collins recently faced three days after his thirty year-old brother Aaron Collins passed away. Seth made sure his brother’s final wish was fulfilled.

Here is the true account as written by Seth: (more…)

Online Safety Infographic

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A Standford University study found that anonymous data gathered online from web browsers was being sold.


Probably not, but an infographic created by the wants us to know why we are not safe online.

What do you think? (more…)

Giving USA 2012 Released, Donations Up Slightly

I always enjoy reading my Twitter friend Michael Rosen’s blog. His most recent post looks at the GIVING USA 2012 Annual Report on Philanthropy. Lots of goodies!

{BTW You can follow Michael Rosen on Twitter @MLInnovations and I tweet @Nmpatters.}

Michael Rosen Says...

Total philanthropic giving in 2011 was $298.42 billion, up from a revised estimate of $286.91 billion for 2010.

That’s the finding presented in Giving USA 2012, the report just released by The Giving USA Foundation and its research partner, the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy.

While the uptick of 4.0 percent in giving in current dollars is positive news, it represents an increase of just 0.9 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars. At this rate of growth, it will take more than a decade for giving to return to its pre-recession 2007 level, according to Patrick M. Rooney, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Center on Philanthropy. Rooney was in Philadelphia to present the major findings of the report. Rooney stated:

The estimates for giving in 2011 are encouraging, but they demonstrate that charities still face ongoing challenges. In the past two years, charitable giving has experienced its second slowest recovery…

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2012 Study: Older Adults and Internet Use

Slide19The latest findings from a June 6, 2012 Pew Internet & American Life Project of the Pew Research Center are in, and the results may or may not surprise you.

Here are highlights from the Pew Older Adults and Internet Use study:

-53% of American adults age 65 and older use the internet or email. According to the  Pew Research Center, “this is the first time that half of seniors are going online. After several years of very little growth among this group, these gains are significant.”

-34% of internet users age 65 and older use social networking sites such as Facebook, and 18% do so on a typical day.

-86% of internet users age 65 and older use email, with 48% doing so on a typical day.

-69% of adults ages 65 and older report that they have a mobile phone, up from 57% in May 2010. Even among those currently age 76 and older, 56% report owning a cell phone of some kind, up from 47% of this generation in 2010.

-almost four times as many seniors own e-book readers now as did just two years ago and Tablet ownership is also growing; 8% of seniors have them, up from 1% in 2010. Editor’s note: I see tablet adoption growing among older adults because of the ease of use. My 92-year old Grams loves her iPad and says it is much easier to use than the computer with a mouse.

You can read additional summary findings and download a pdf of the report here.

-Nancy Patterson

2012 Internet Trends from Mary Meeker

Slide04Today wraps up the All Things Digital D10 Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. D10 organizers describe the event as “conversations with the most influential figures in media and technology.” I believe if nonprofits intend to stay relevant into the future, it is important to pay attention to the current and emerging internet trends that will surely impact our work. Digital investment analyst Mary Meeker, Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, presented her annual Internet Trends report yesterday at D10. The report has some tech jargon but is still worthwhile. (more…)

How much should my nonprofit be raising online?

Find the answer to this important question here:

Money can buy happiness

TedxCambridge speaker Michael Norton disputes the notion that “Money can’t buy happiness.” In this ten minute speech, Norton presents a compelling research project that proves people who donate money are in fact happier:

Editor’s note: Thanks so much for sharing this TedTalk John!

Yes, Michael Rosen. I will certainly help spread the word to keep our children safe by sharing your blog that features: The 10 Tips for Protecting the Children You Love from Sexual Abuse.” As a volunteer at our local Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County, I dedicate this reblog to them. They are quiet heroes among us helping keep children safer with prevention programs while supporting child victims. You can send an e-message of hope to a child victim here:

Michael Rosen Says...

There are many ugly problems in the world. For many of those troubles, we’re powerless to do much, if anything, to change the situation. Sadly, monsters are very real. 

I want to bring a heinous problem to your attention. But, fear not. I will also show you some very simple things that you can actually do about it. Oh, and it won’t cost you a cent.

Child sexual abuse is a nightmare affecting one in four girls and one in six boys in the United States, though it is a worldwide problem. It is a problem that knows no geographic, ethnic, racial, religious, or economic boundaries.

Fortunately, you can actually save a child, perhaps your own, from ever having to experience this terrible crime. Here’s what you can do:

First, read “The 10 Tips for Protecting the Children You Love from Sexual Abuse.”

Second, make this my most read…

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Thought-provoking research on charitable giving as seen through brain scan, and Michael Rosen’s take on the impact of this study on planned giving.

Michael Rosen Says...

An exciting new study from researchers at Texas Tech University used brain scans to garner fresh insight into charitable giving behavior. Specifically, the study looked at what motivates individuals to make a charitable bequest commitment as well as what de-motivates them. This is the first time that Magnetic Resonance Imaging has been used to examine charitable bequest decision making.

This blog post marks the first time that the breakthrough findings of the Texas Tech study have been released to the nonprofit development community. I am honored that Russell N. James, III, JD, PhD, CFP furnished me with a preview copy of his draft report, “Charitable Estate Planning as Visualized Autobiography: An fMRI Study of Its Neural Correlates.”  I thank James for providing me with the draft report and for allowing me to share it with you. I also want to recognize Michael W. O’Boyle, Ph.D. who co-authored the report.

While James has written a scientific…

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