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Nonprofit news from around the web: August 29 – September 2, 2022

Written on Sep 1, 2022

Foundations, especially small ones, fared worse than the overall stock market last year 
Endowments at the nation’s private foundations notched their third straight year of double-digit investment gains in 2021, posting an average gain of 16.3%, a rate of return that was not nearly as strong as the 29% achieved by the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 index, according to a study. 

Digital marketing tactics to combat a looming recession and declining donations 
Today’s economy means nonprofits are faced with the sobering reality that donation volumes will slow down considerably. While economic health can be unpredictable, there are tactics you can employ to help ensure your organization operates efficiently and effectively through uncertainty. 

Nonprofit workforce shortages: A crisis that affects everyone 
Charitable nonprofits around the country are reporting significant difficulties retaining staff and filling vacancies. While job vacancies in the government and business sectors may cause disappointment and lost profits, the lack of adequate nonprofit staffing means the public suffers delayed or complete loss of needed services. 

Podcast: Why are donors more generous with time than money? 
The authors of a paper argue that people prefer to donate time rather than money because donations of time feel more controllable than donations of money. Donors perceive that they will have more personal control over how their potential time will be used versus monetary donations.