Malcolm Connor Sproull

196 Flips | 4 Magazines | 13 Likes | 1 Following | 9 Followers | @MalSproull | I'm inspired by people who are financially generous, humble, concerned about humanity, and love helping people to thrive.  

Half Of Nonprofits Are Set Up To Fail -- How About Your Favorite?

Nonprofits can be a great way for a community to mobilize around a cause, make an impact and deliver services to those in need. The latest research from Concord Leadership Group shows that there is a huge gap between top-performing nonprofit organizations and the rest. Some might be flying by the …

The ROI of Social Media (Infographic)

When you're spending lots of time and money on social media, it's important to know just how much it's helping your brand.<p>No matter what business you’re in, social media is a necessity. And when you’re spending time and money building your brand’s social presence, it’s important to know whether …

Amazon Spent Years Learning What It Takes to Do Great Work. These 4 Steps Contributed Most to Its Success

"Skill is overrated," says Jeff Bezos. These four things are not.<p>Yesterday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos published his annual letter to shareholders, and it's got some great advice for anyone who is striving to do great work.<p>After commending Amazon employees for their commitment to excellence, and …

Women Are Fueling The Growth Of Collective Philanthropy Giving Circles

Most of the newly popular charitable organizations, where many people pool small amounts of money in order to make a larger impact, are majority female.<p>If you don’t have a lot of money to donate to a cause, you could give a little bit whenever you can afford it, or you might consider pooling that …

True charity

What George Kaiser has done is hard to fathom. The $1 billion he has spent in Tulsa, Okla., has given poor children cutting-edge education. It has …

The Transatlantic giving gap: rich Britons outdone by charitable Americans

Although nearly £10bn was donated to UK charities last year, the wealthy in the US give far more of their cash to good causes<p>Britons donated nearly £10bn to charity last year, but philanthropy in the UK has a long way to go before it matches the culture of charitable largesse in the US.<p>The numbers …

How to Be A Philanthropist (Education Version)

The four questions to ask when serving on a nonprofit board

Directors need to probe, nudge, and prod to make sure the organization achieves its full potential.<p><b>Sooner or later,</b> you may follow in the footsteps …

Management

Here's Why $128 Is the Average Online Donation Amount

It's 2018 and giving back is the new giving in.<p>It's 2018 and it's no longer enough to simply work, create and focus on your product or service. You must be aligned with a cause greater than yourself and the product you're selling.<p>According to NonProfitSource.com, 67% of nonprofits across the globe …

Want to Emulate Toms Shoes' Charitable Model? Here's How to Get Started.

Follow in Toms Shoes' footsteps (pun intended) and make a philanthropic difference in the world.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you are considering adding charitable value to your business, the one-for-one business model can help you embrace the rise of social …

When Nonprofits Have A Financial Emergency, There’s Now A Fund To Bail Them Out

Open Road Alliance knows disaster is just one missed donation away for many nonprofits. Now it’s offering a lifeline.<p>Nonprofits and social enterprises generally lack extra funds to help out if things go wrong. Unlike traditional businesses, it’s hard to develop a rainy-day fund when donors (or …

Socially Responsible Business Can Only Succeed If It Becomes a Movement

What does it take to cause something big about a community to change — something that no one individually has much power over, even something as big as a prevailing mindset? We know what it takes: a social movement. And social movements aren’t only the domain of community organizers and college …

When To Play Nice In The Sandbox -- And When To Get Out

I’ve written about nonprofit collaboration because it’s a principle I believe in. Nonprofit collaboration can help eliminate unnecessary overlaps and create a more streamlined process for impacting the lives of others. Not to mention, collaboration can help diminish pride, improve collegiality and …

10 Most Effective Communication and Fundraising Tools, According to Nonprofits - Global NGO Technology Report

Survey respondents for the <b>2018 Global NGO Technology Report</b> were asked to rate the effectiveness of the most commonly used communication and …

A Stanford Professor Says Working From Home Makes You Happier and More Efficient. There's Just 1 Catch

Take 250 people, all doing the same job for the same company. Tell half to work from home and half to come into the office for nine months. Then compare everything. Here are the results.<p>Work from home or go to an office: Which kind of workers are happier and more efficient?<p>For the first …

Philanthropy in Flight: Aviation To the Rescue Where It’s Most Needed

Pilots and owners of private aircraft donate their time and planes to help bring in supplies and fly out the most vulnerable after natural …

9 Rituals That Allow Me To Write Content Every Day Without Burning Out

I’ll be frank — as much as I love what I do, it can take a lot of effort to sit down at the computer and come up with interesting content on a daily basis. Sometimes I have other issues going on that preoccupy me, my friends have plans that I want to join, or the weather’s just especially nice. …

Productivity

Cafe society: the regional enterprises putting the community before profit

Regional social enterprises are often hubs that serve the population beyond creating jobs and services<p>Next to the baskets of plums sitting on the wooden table outside a Castlemaine cafe is a handwritten sign encouraging those passing to help themselves. It seems to be working – the basket is almost …

Bad Fundraising Strategies: Mayor Works the Phones as Donors Want Their Money Back

Share21<p>Tweet<p>Email<p>Share<p>21 Shares<p>January 6, 2017; Green Bay Press-Gazette<p>When nonprofits—or, as in this case, governments—embark on a capital campaign, …

Green Bay

Philanthropy Outlook Study Predicts Fundraising Stability for Next 2 Years—But…

Share66<p>Tweet<p>Email<p>Share<p>66 Shares<p><i>NPQ</i> is still watching cases of organizations that have gone under because of problems they experienced during the big …

Nonprofits

Helping Philanthropy Be More Realistic About The Risks Inherent In Its Mission

By Ben Paynter4 minute Read<p>Several years ago, Worldreader, a group that shares digital books through various apps to increase literacy in sub-Saharan …

Digital Donors Changing Charitable Communications

Digital donors are pushing charities to communicate with them the way they prefer. Millennials identified social media as the preferred method in 43 …

Why the Rich Don't Give to Charity

The wealthiest Americans donate 1.3 percent of their income; the poorest, 3.2 percent. What's up with that?<p>When Mort Zuckerman, the New York City real-estate and media mogul, lavished $200 million on Columbia University in December to endow the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, …

How to Get the Most Bang for Your Charitable Giving Buck

It doesn't take Bill Gates's money to make a meaningful impact with your charitable giving. Here's how.<p><i>Katherina Rosqueta, 47, is executive director</i> …

The Smarter Way to Give to Charity

Make sure the maximum amount of your donation goes toward a deserving cause.<p>This time of year, the number of friends and organizations hitting you up …

Five ways to hard-wire children for a lifetime of giving

NEW YORK(Reuters) - (The writer is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are his own.)<p>As any parent knows, most children seem to be wired for one thing: Getting, getting, getting.<p>Then there are kids like Kai Martin.<p>The 9-year-old Arizonan is counting down to the holidays with a special kind …

Will Trump’s Tax Plan Hurt Philanthropy?

Trump’s tax plan is to combine the current system of seven different tax brackets into three–12%, 25%, and 33%–each with a fixed rate of deduction. …

Painted nude using acrylic and oil paint by Fantasy Artist Jeff Miracola

Complex "Duality" Paintings Portray Layers of Human Figures

Newcastle-based artist Tom French creates complex artwork filled with surprises, dripping black oils down the surface of his canvas to produce the loose splashes, splatters, and brush strokes that blend reality with the abstract. From a distance, the paintings are nothing more than fragmented …

The Irish Artist Attacking the Female Figure with Paint

We talked with artist Genieve Figgis about why she always abandons plans, how social media changed her life, and why female painters have something powerful to say.<p>Genieve Figgis confesses to enjoy looking backward, to history and archaeology, but her career trajectory could only have happened …