WASHINGTON, D.C. — Activists can support any number of causes, from a higher foreign aid budget to protecting endangered species, but they all have one thing in common: they need to raise money. Fundraising is essential for nonprofits. Still, it can be a difficult task even for established organizations. Fortunately, there is a news source available that specifically reports on information relevant to nonprofits and getting donations. This source is The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and with its help, readers can keep up with current events and learn important strategies for fundraising.
Founded just 20 years ago, The Chronicle of Philanthropy covers stories essential to nonprofit operations and the progress different charities make. From articles about charitable organizations’ responses to the recent surge in child immigration to reports about Supreme Court decisions regarding nonprofit tax exemption, The Chronicle of Philanthropy gives activists and charity leaders the information they need to support causes and manage their organizations.
The website contains many free news stories, but subscribers–for a fee of $77 per year–can read all of the articles and gain access to web seminars in order to learn new ways to make more money fundraising. Heads of philanthropic groups everywhere subscribe to the Chronicle.
Marc Pitman, a fundraising consultant who subscribes, says the Chronicle always provides relevant news, “whether it’s reporting on successful fundraising initiatives by nonprofits, investigating fraudulent nonprofits, profiling philanthropists or intelligently reporting on the various giving reports issued throughout the year.”
Not all of the articles are available without a paid subscription, but The Chronicle of Philanthropy is more than just a news source. While dedicated nonprofit organizations would benefit from subscribing and getting all the latest information, field volunteers and fundraisers can get other valuable services from the Chronicle’s website.
Anyone visiting The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s website can access the findings under the “Facts and Figures” section. There, readers can view recent survey data about how much people in the U.S. and around the world give to charity and which groups they prefer. Fundraisers can even view how much people in their own communities tend to donate and can modify their strategies accordingly. This source of data is useful for anyone involved with nonprofits and activism.
In addition to the free news articles and surveys, The Chronicle of Philanthropy also gives readers the opportunity to seek employment. Nonprofit organizations looking for administrators, fundraisers and volunteers to work in the field post listings on the site’s “Jobs” section. Activists searching for groups to support can easily get started by checking the tab, while nonprofits that need extra help can reach people dedicated to their causes. By reading the news that The Chronicle of Philanthropy presents, people seeking employment can also learn more about the organizations that are looking to hire them.
Whether one is the manager of a nonprofit organization trying to find ways to improve fundraising or a volunteer looking to support a cause, The Chronicle of Philanthropy provides ample resources for keeping up with current events, doing research and job hunting. Anyone interested in working for a charity or making their fundraising more effective should read it regularly.
– Ted Rappleye
Sources: The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Fundraising Coach
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