Year Of Giving

Today is the first annual Worldwide Day of Giving. The idea was started by Reed of the “Year of Giving” Blog, who has been giving $10 a day to complete strangers in his D.C. community ever since he lost his job in December. It is so basic an idea that his philanthropy has inspired others, brought on media attention, and has over 900 participants worldwide today in the Day of Giving.

I intend to take part in it here in Starkville. I will post my experiences in a later post.

However, this brings up a chance to discuss some good “annual” reports and info to share with you the nonprofit professional! I love good segues!

Charity Navigator came out with their Metro Market 2010 that includes their research into the most charity conscious cities in the United States. Charity Navigator is a great resource for nonprofits and donors alike to use to increase the rate of success for their missions. CN’s report found that Pittsburgh ranks on the top of their list, with Baltimore taking the last place spot. If you live in a major city, where does it rank? If not, where does your state’s metropolis ranks? Unfortunately not all Metro Statistical Areas were studied – just those that added up to 55% of the 5,500 nonprofits evaluated by CN in May of 2010. Yet, the data there is invaluable for those looking to break into one of those 30 cities as it breaks down fundraising efficiency, expenses and more.

Also, this week news was dropped that the Pew Charitable Trust has opened up their Subsidy Scope project to study nonprofits receiving federal grants or monies. It is an attempt to bring transparency to the process of how federal money and other subsidies are used in the nonprofit sector by grant or contract type. The site has a wealth of information that I encourage you to throughly review – from the history of the nonprofit sector – to all sorts of data on health and educational nonprofits. It has annual updates and reviews data from each fiscal year that will allow both managers and federal spending watchdogs to see how federal expenditures are fairing in this economic state.

One thought on “Year Of Giving

  1. barbara says:

    It would be great if your idea of giving $10 away to strangers was used to encourage
    the receipient of the $10 to “Pay it Forward” and that they could be encouraged to
    do a good deed with the $10 and aske their receipient to again “pay it forward”.
    What a wonder chain reaction. I treasure the smile on the faces of 4 young children
    in myneighborhood who were running a kool aid stand. I gave them $ but when asked how many cups of kool aid I wanted I said it was for their hard work. They will remember
    that stranger giving with out receiving for a long time.


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