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Feds Ahead of Leading Edge Foundations by 48 Years – CFC

Posted on September 20, 2009. Filed under: 1 |

On the Harvard Business.org blog there’s an interesting post about the steps the Boston Foundation and the Greater Atlanta Foundation have taken to grant – making. They’re making the monies unrestricted, and are removing articificial time limits. Kudos on both steps, here’s my comment from that blog:

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) News Flash
Federal Govermment 48 Years Ahead of the Boston Foundation & the Greater Atlanta Community Foundation!

Kudos to them for switching to unrestricted grants without artificial time limits. In the interest of historical accuracy, I would like to point out that the Federal Government’s workplace giving program, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the largest source of unrestricted monies for non-profits in the world — $1 billion over the past five years. The original Executive Order that created the CFC was signed by President John F. Kennedy in March, 1961.

Here are some other myths about the CFC:

1. Myth: It is hard to get into to the CFC.

Fact : 94% of nonprofits that apply are admitted.

The CFC actually has an “open admissions” program. If you meet the criteria, your non-profit is in. The acceptance rate is 94%, and in general the 6% that don’t get in are the ones that don’t follow the directions. There are exceptions to this, and for non-profits that don’t get in, but believe that they should, there is an appeals process.

What is the appeals process at the foundations where you’ve applied for grants, if you are unsuccessful?

2. Myth: The CFC doesn’t raise significant money.

Fact: $1 Billion Dollars of Unrestricted funds in the past 5 years.

In the past five years, CFC donors have contributed more than $5 billion dollars to thousands of local, national, and international non-profits. CFC monies are unrestricted, reliable and predictable.

3. Myth: The only place that has Federal employees is Washington, D.C.

Fact: 89% of Federal employees live outside of the Washington, DC region.

The National Capital area CFC is the largest CFC, but there more than 250 regional CFCs, and 40 of these raise more than $1 million annually in their region.

4. Myth: The CFC is only for the “big guys” (National Nonprofits).

Fact: 40% of the funds raised go to local nonprofits

5. Myth: There’s a lot of red tape.

Fact:: No more than any grant application, much less on the “back end.”

The regulations were substantially streamlined in 2006, so even if this was the case before, things have changed.

There is ZERO RED TAPE for the non-profit after the funds are received — (not bad for a government program!)

6. Myth: Some “expert” is going to decide if our non-profit gets any money.

Fact: More than 90% of the funds are designated to specific charities.

The ones deciding who receives the funds are your supporters who are Federal employees who choose to donate through the CFC.

7. Myth: CFC Donors are fickle

Fact: Most CFC donors are multi-year donors.

How many ten year grants have you gotten from foundations that support your organization?
Regards,

Bill Huddleston, The CFC Coach
Dedicated to helping non-profits make the world a better place.

Blog: http://www.cfctreasures.wordpress.com
http://www.cfcfundraising.com

– Posted by Bill Huddleston
September 20, 2009 7:24 PM

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Charity Fairs as Informal Job Fairs

Posted on September 17, 2009. Filed under: 1 |

Insider tip for Job Seekers:
My particular expertise is the Combined Federal Campaign, and here’s one tip for those seeking to change jobs – a CFC charity fair is like a job fair without resumes. There are 5-30 tables staffed with knowledgeable people about their particular non-profit. There will be some slack time and you will have the chance to network among the other invited non-profits. You can get a feel for the organization and whether or not it’s something that would be a good fit for you or not.

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Charity Fairs as Informal Job Fairs

Posted on September 17, 2009. Filed under: 1 |

Insider tip for Job Seekers:
My particular expertise is the Combined Federal Campaign, and here’s one tip for those seeking to change jobs – a CFC charity fair is like a job fair without resumes. There are 5-30 tables staffed with knowledgeable people about their particular non-profit. There will be some slack time and you will have the chance to network among the other invited non-profits. You can get a feel for the organization and whether or not it’s something that would be a good fit for you or not.

CFC Campaigns run from September 1st through December 15th and there are thousands of charity fairs that are planned right now. If you have the chance, attend one of them in your area.

Regards,
Bill Huddleston

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Charity Navigator’s $158,000 CEOs

Posted on September 8, 2009. Filed under: Fundraising, Leadership, Non-profits |

Nonprofit CEOs – Are you earning the “average” pay of $158,000?

Charity Navigator’s “Quiz” is really a misleading marketing message.

In the spirit of going back to school Charity Navigator has posted a 12 question quiz on their website, which is pretty easy for those who have taken at least a couple of courses in non-profit managment.

One of their questions however is extremely misleading, and I think the answer they promote as correct is in fact, wrong. On question # 1, they ask how many non-profits are in the USA, and as most of you know, the answer is more than 1.1 million.

So as you can see, Charity Navigator has established that the universe that the quiz is oriented to is the entire non-profit sector.

But, when you get to question 7, which asks what is the compensation for the “average charity’s chief executive officer’s annual compensation,” and the choices are: $58,000, $158,000 and $580,000. If you choose $58,000, thinking that with 1.1 million non-profits, that is probably a good estimate, your answer will be labeled “Incorrect”.

This is because in the quiz, Charity Navigator (without any warning) changes the universe from the “1.1 million non-profits” identified in question #1 to the “the leaders of the top 5400 largest charities in America,” where the average annual compensation is $158,000. This is like taking the average salary of the Fortune 500 CEOs and using it to calculate a typical workers average annual paycheck. The numbers while accurate for the 5400, are misleading if they are supposed to represent the entire non-profit sector.

The quiz is fun, and is fine that it’s a blatant marketing message for Charity Navigator’s view of the world (including that religious charities should be forced to disclose the details of their finances), but my concern is that this is the type of number that can get picked up and bandied about without any context – “The average non-profit CEO earns $158,000, that’s four times what a police officer earns and five times the salary of a new teacher – why should I give my money to those greedy non-profits?”

What do you think?

Should they change the quiz?

Does your CEO earn the “average salary of $158,000?”

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