News You Can Use, 8/25

Political and nonprofit fundraising can coexist, study says: Philanthropy Journal, 8/21
Direct mail fundraising does not have a noticeable impact on the amount people give to other charities, according to a study by Merkle. Donors to political campaigns are typically younger, more likely to be male, have higher incomes and tend to be located in the Northeast. Nonprofit donors are typically older, more likely to be female and are located across the U.S.

Out-of-school programs seen lacking resources: Philanthropy Journal, 8/20
Organizations that provide services for children outside school do not have the financial resources they need to adequately address administrative needs, facilities improvement and strategic planning, a new report says. Factors cited included: too little cash, burden of complying with government grant requirements, lack of budgeting and monitoring systems to estimate return on investment, too little human resource support and information technology infrastructure.

Public Confidence in Nonprofit Groups Slides Back, New Survey Finds: Chronicle of Philanthopy
New York University’s Organizational Performance Initiative found that public confidence in charities has slipped since 2006 and that only a quarter of Americans think that nonprofits do a “very good” job of helping people. The number of people who think that charities waste money “a fair amount” has grown each year since 2003.

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