Fundraising News Headlines, January 19-25, 2009


As a resource to people I know, clients, former clients, and anyone I know with an interest in keeping up with happenings in the nonprofit world, but without the time to peruse all of the email newsletters that come out each week, I’m offering this alternative – a once a week or so listing of the headlines I found the most interesting from the prior week. Below is a sample of articles from the past week that I will be including in this blog.


POSTAL HIKE CAPPED AT 3.8% AVERAGE Plummeting energy prices during the last quarter of 2008 could very well have saved nonprofits untold thousands in future postal increases. The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) determined a cap of 3.8 percent on the average postal class after new economic data were released Friday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

GIVING TO CHURCHES IN UNCERTAIN TIMES (Jan 19, Press Release Newswire) Giving in 2009 is presenting major challenges and opportunities for most churches in America. — That, according to Mr. Pat Graham, President of Cargill Associates, Inc., a Christian stewardship development firm located in Ft. Worth, Texas which has helped churches develop their donor base and teach generosity and giving for more than thirty years. Working closely with Catholic, Evangelical, and Protestant churches across the U.S. in 2008, they have been carefully monitoring the financial impact of the economy on church giving. According to their year-end research and analysis report, along with the recently released report on giving by The Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University, they have concluded many churches are facing the prospect of “needing a bailout” themselves.


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