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Nonprofit Income Growth: How do Charities grow fast?

Charitable Giving in the United States reached record levels in 2016 for the third year in a row (Giving USA). It grew 16% from $335 billion in 2013 to $390 billion in 2016. How many nonprofits caught the national giving wave? Why did some miss it and others exceed it?

Tags: Nonprofit Finance, Nonprofit Fundraising, Charity

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Guidestar is Wrong: Half of U.S. Nonprofits are NOT on Financial Precipice

Guidestar announced in January 2018, "Around 50 percent of the nation’s nonprofits are operating with less than one month’s cash reserves." That headline makes it sound like a half million charities could close if people stopped giving for a month. Oliver Wyman and SeaChange Capital Partners analyzed Guidestar's archived 990s from 2010-2014 to make this claim. Suzanne Coffman, Guidestar's editorial director, summarized the data from this study of nonprofit financials in a simple article (admittedly designed to market a Nonprofit Quarterly webiner): "Half of U.S. Nonprofits on Financial Precipice, New Report Finds." That's scary news.

The good news is that Guidestar's information is both old and incorrect.

Tags: Nonprofit Performance, Guidestar, Nonprofit Finance

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2016-2017 Nonprofit CEO Compensation Study

Common question asked by nonprofit Boards: "How much should a nonprofit CEO get paid?" Common questions asked by donors: "Is that charity CEO over-compensated?" We at Excellence in Giving have to answer this question all the time for major donors our firm advises. And we have the data to do it.

Since we collected 75,000 fields of detailed organizational data over the last 2 years, we can now release an excerpt of our nonprofit CEO Compensation findings in 2018. Our study includes data from 372 nonprofits whose CEO compensation was analyzed according to staff size, annual expenses, CEO tenure, and geographic location. Here are the results...

Tags: Charity Evaluation, Nonprofit Analytics, Nonprofit CEO Compensation

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Do Leadership Conferences Have Lasting Impact?

Are you wasting your time attending leadership development conferences?

130 years ago, German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus devised several experiments to measure how fast we forget. He concluded the majority of information we hear is forgotten within one hour, and 75% disappears in a week. To be sure, his simplified conclusion doesn’t take into account varied teaching methods, experiential learning strategies, or learning styles. Not all educational strategies are created equal. But it raises the question: Do leadership conferences leave a lasting impact after a couple days of talks?

Tags: Impact, Nonprofit Evaluation, Charity Evaluation, Outcomes Measurement

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Why Christian Ministries Should Measure Results: A Response to the mantra "Aim for Faithfulness Not Results!"

“The kingdom path links success to obedience rather than outcomes.” That is the mantra from ECFA's new book The Choice: The Christ-Centered Pursuit of Kingdom Outcomes. Hoag, Rodin & Willmer have been publishing articles in multiple outlets (like OUTCOMES magazine) to push this message to faith-based nonprofits. Since Excellence in Giving clients fund many faith-based nonprofits, we care about the accuracy and consequences of this message. Unfortunately, the baby is being thrown out the door with the bath water. 

Tags: Performance Standard, Impact, Nonprofit Performance, Effective Philanthropy

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