Monthly Archives: December 2008

Foundation Center maps support in response to economic crisis

The Foundation Center has launched a new online interactive map linked to data on U.S. foundation giving in response to the economic downturn, according to a December 8 article in Philanthropy News Digest. “America’s foundations are marshaling their resources to … Continue reading

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Funders urged to show leadership

A December 11 article in Philanthropy Journal discussed how Grantmakers for Effective Organizations asked 1,700 individual members representing 350 funders to do five things during this time of economic stress: •    Hold 2009 grant budgets steady at 2008 levels, a … Continue reading

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From canned goods to fresh, food banks adapt

No longer simply the domain of canned corn and peanut butter, food banks are preparing ready-to-eat meals, opening their own farms and partnering with institutions as varied as local supermarkets and state prisons to help gather and process food, according … Continue reading

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911 for nonprofits

By Katy Snyder JVA Communications/Resource Development Associate In response to the economic downturn affecting nonprofits across the country, a coalition of eight regional organizations convened an emergency forum called Nonprofit 911 on Dec. 15, 2008, bringing together over 500 nonprofit, … Continue reading

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Daniels Fund announces cuts but plans to keep funding in all focus areas

One of Colorado’s largest private charitable funds has announced that it will cut back on its grants and operating expenses next year and that it had already cut staff members. Peter Droege, Vice President of Communications for the Daniels Fund, … Continue reading

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Corporate America scaling back on charitable donations

Donations from corporations are starting to dry up, as losses in the stock market mount and the economy slows, the Wall Street Journal reports. Some corporations have collapsed or been bought, while other companies are scaling back their charitable donations. … Continue reading

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New Medicaid rules allow states to set premiums and higher co-payments

A new federal rule (published November 25 in the Federal Register) gives states sweeping authority to charge premiums and higher co-payments for doctors’ services, hospital care and prescription drugs provided to low-income people under Medicaid, according to a November 26 … Continue reading

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When a job disappears, so does healthcare

Most people are covered through the workplace, so when they lose their jobs, they lose their health benefits. According to a December 6 New York Times article, on average, for each jobless worker who has lost insurance, at least one … Continue reading

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Food prices expected to keep going up

Food banks will likely continue to see an increase in the number of food-insecure people they serve because prices for most packaged items and meat are holding firm or even increasing, according to a November 26 article in The New … Continue reading

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Loss of connection leading reason wealthy donors stop giving

Nearly 60 percent of wealthy households that stop giving to a charitable organization attribute the change in their philanthropic behavior to no longer feeling connected to the organization, a new study from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University (http://www.philanthropy.iupui.edu/) … Continue reading

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