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~ December 2005 ~ Topics

Effort to Improve Volunteer Management

The UPS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of United Parcel Service, is being joined by several other foundations to help national and local charities better manage volunteers. Starting with a $1 million donation over three years, the charity will make grants to local and national nonprofit groups to support efforts to improve the involvement of volunteers. Information learned will be shared with other groups about effective volunteer management practices.

UPS is asking other corporations to join them in this effort. So far Capital One Financial Corporation and Home Depot have made pledges. The fund will be managed by the National Human Service Assembly in Washington, DC.

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Confidence in Charities is Low

New York University's Wagner School of Public Service recently surveyed 1800+ Americans to learn that only 19% felt that nonprofit organizations were doing a very good running their programs and services. 66% said charities waste money and over 50% said charities pay their leaders too much. 15% said they had great confidence in the work of nonprofit organizations.

These results are in line with other studies that have been done since 2001. Confidence in nonprofits remains elusive based on the controversies that surrounded distribution of disaster funds following 9/11.

The study also makes recommendations on how nonprofits can improve their image and do a better job of producing and disseminating measurable results. The report by Professor Paul C. Light, Rebuilding Public Confidence in Charitable Organizations, is available free at http://wagner.nyu.edu.

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Donations To Katrina Victims Without Cash

The Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service in the US has announced a program whereby individual can donate to charities and nonprofits that are helping victims of Katrina. This plans allows participating businesses to convert sick/annual leave from individuals to cash for relief organizations. The employer can deduct the amount of cash payment to the charity as an expense of doing business.

The employer can make a "leave-based" donation to the charity using unused annual or sick leave. The program is in effect through December 31, 2005. For more information go to: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id14737,00.html.

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