Nonprofit News

2019 Leadership Sacramento Class Project

Leadership Sacramento is accepting applications for it’s 2019 Class Project Beneficiary. In its 34th year, Leadership Sacramento is a program of the Metro Chamber Foundation that develops community-minded business and civic leaders of tomorrow. This year-long interactive program provides a behind-the-scenes view of the issues that impact the region’s economy. Leadership Sacramento is available to a limited number of participants each year, with monthly day-long sessions and culminates in the completion of a community service project to benefit a regional nonprofit organization, project, or cause.

Past projects have included:

  • Habitat for Humanity: Implemented “Rock the Block” to make community repairs and improvements in local low-income neighborhoods.
  • La Familia Counseling Center: Created a STEM lab for children and adults at La Familia’s Maple Neighborhood Center.
  • Wellspring Women’s Center: Renovated outdated kitchen serving women and children in Oak Park with a nutritious breakfast, free counseling, enrichment classes, and safety net services.
  • Courage Worldwide: Assisted organization focused on combating human trafficking with additional housing and services to support victims.
  • Mustard Seed/Loaves & Fishes: Re-purposed a storage area to a multi-use room for children facing homelessness to learn life skills and explore future career paths.
  • Boys & Girls Club: Renovated seven rooms at downtown teen center to include a dance studio, recording studio, technology lab and fashion design arts studio.
  • Soil Born Farms: Developed and built an outdoor classroom and amphitheater to promote local agriculture for regional residents.

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UC Davis Researchers Partnering with Nonprofits

The Memory and Development Lab at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain has been
teaming up with members of the Nonprofit Community in Sacramento. Recently the
Sacramento Zoo has contributed to an ongoing memory development study by providing
complimentary passes to participating families.

The Brain Jams study is a National Institute of Health-funded investigation of the neural basis of
episodic memory development and uses a unique design to capture MRI images of the
developing brain while children are in natural sleep.

By providing an opportunity for families to have a fun, educational, outdoor activity before MRI
sessions, the Sacramento Zoo is helping to ensure that the toddler participants are sufficiently
tired (and thus more likely to sleep through MRI). Participating organizations gain an
opportunity for exposure by partnering with a world-class research institution, as well as a
valuable opportunity to give back to their community. It is a winning partnership for the
nonprofits, the families, and the researchers.

More information about the study and how local nonprofits are helping with child development
research may be found at or on Facebook. The Brain Jams
study is currently looking for 2-year-olds in the greater Sacramento area to participate and may
be reached at (530) 747-380 or [email protected].

Charitable Giving Seen As Subjective Decision Even In The Face Of Objective Information

Philanthropy News Digest | | Shalina Omar

When it comes to charitable giving, the heart rules the head. That’s what four researchers have found in a joint study on altruism and giving coming out of the London Business School, NYU Stern School of Business, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and the University of Pennsylvania. The studies show that people will still choose more personally gratifying charities to donate to over more effective ones. The researchers found that this pattern was only disrupted in two situations: if the donor occupied some role of responsibility, such as being responsible for allocating official funds, or if the donor was choosing between charities that supported the same cause.

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2018 Giving is Dropping. Now What?

Independent Sector Blog | Allison Grayson | September 26, 2018

The Fundraising Effectiveness Project released their second quarter analysis of fundraising returns for over 13,000 organizations, and the numbers paint a bleak picture. The research shows a 2 percent decline in the amount given and close to a 7 percent drop in the number of donors. This trend is a continuation of declines seen in the first quarter of 2018. Unfortunately, the nonprofit sector saw this coming.

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The Growth in Total Household Giving Is Camouflaging a Decline in Giving by Small and Medium Donors: What Can We Do about It?

Nonprofit Quarterly | Patrick M. Rooney | September 13, 2018

Consultant of the Week: OSMOSvote

They say a picture is worth 1000 words. We say it’s worth $1000

OSMOSvote is a Vote-by-Donation fundraising platform designed for smart phones and tablets that gamifies your ask. It was started through The Glue Factory, an incubator located in West Sacramento for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Pulling off a traditional fundraiser requires massive amounts of time, money, and resources.  OSMOSvote eliminates hard costs and radically reduces the logistics needed to pull off a major event.

“Holding a virtual event lets people participate in their own way and in their own time and place. Just pick a theme, have your participants upload a photo or video, and start asking for votes.”, says founder Doug Kor, “Many nonprofits choose to set up a competition between board members for a fundraising award. It can also be open to the public allowing you to spread your organization’s story and attract funds from beyond your geographical boundaries”

Signup is free. There are no hard costs. OSMOSvote collects a percentage of the gross. Votes cost $1 each with no limit on the number that can be purchased at once. Ballot box stuffing is encouraged.

OSMOSvote provides your organization with the names and emails of the participants and donors to help you grow your lists. The platform is all-digital and includes a live leaderboard to encourage competition.

If you can upload it and vote on it, we can turn it into a fundraiser.

Contact Doug directly:
Doug Kor, Founder

3950 Industrial Blvd. Ste 600
West Sacramento CA 95691, US
[email protected]

Charitable Giving Expected to Plunge: How Nonprofits Can Survive

TechSoup Blog | Michael Stein and Jim Lynch | May 31, 2018

The new U.S. tax overhaul officially called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act went into effect in early 2018. We don’t know with certainty what the effect of the new law will be on charitable donations, but the projections for charitable giving don’t look good.

It is wise and prudent for U.S. nonprofits and faith-based organizations to prepare for a lean year with regard to individual donations. In this blog post, we discuss these upcoming changes and offer some practical suggestions on how your charity can prepare for a difficult year ahead.

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Aspirin and Democracy

Stanford Innovation Review | Jan Masaoka | June 21, 2018

With its professional management class and army of consultants, the nonprofit sector can sometimes seem isolated from the messiness of civil society, and a new Philanthropic Beltway may have sprung up. But it wasn’t always that way, and it may be time to reclaim an earlier identity as the “volunteer sector,” which is inherently democratic.

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