December 5, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016

Record-Setting Giving

Last Tuesday marked the fifth year for Giving Tuesday, the day of global giving, and donations soared to $168 million, up 44 percent from last year.

Giving Tuesday Data Project’s 2016 numbers compared to 2015:

  • 44 percent increase in dollars donated
  • 2016: $168 million raised
  • 2015: $116.7 million raised
  • 44 percent increase in total gifts
    • 2016: 1.56 million total gifts
    • 2015: 1.08 million total gifts
  • 85 percent increase in social engagements
    • 2016: Nearly 2.4 million engagements on social media
    • 2015: 1.3 million engagements on social media
  • 38 percent increase in countries participating
    • 98 countries around the world participated
    • 71 countries around the world participated

The mean gift size was on par with last year at $107.69. Here in Michigan, The University of Michigan made national news for its successful Giving Tuesday campaign that raised $5.5 million compared to $4.3 million last year.

Giving Tuesday co-founder and executive director of the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Henry Timms, says it’s clear Giving Tuesday is becoming a ritual, thanks to the work of “every day people.”

"After two days of getting deals, and a divisive political season, people are ready to celebrate the things we have in common: our generosity as Americans. That can mean donating money to a cause we believe in, but it's also about volunteering in the community, running a coat drive or talking with children about the importance of giving,” Timms said.

Blackbaud, a software and services provider for nonprofits that processes most of the online donations made in the U.S., shared its 2016 Giving Tuesday numbers.

  • Blackbaud processed more than $47.7 million in donations for more than 6,700 organizations
  • 33 percent more nonprofit organizations received an online donation this year
  • About 22 percent of online donations processed by Blackbaud were on a mobile device

Crunching the numbers of the overall giving season, USA Today reports that Acxiom Organizations, a marketing data and analytics company, shows lower income households continue to give a larger percentage of their earnings, about 4 percent in some cases, than wealthier ones who may give about 1 percent of their income.

As the evolution of Giving Tuesday continues in its global reach and charitable engagement, many remain hopeful that the overwhelming success of this year will be an indicator of what we may see in the final few weeks of the giving season. With tax reform now highly likely in 2017 and its impact on giving uncertain, many financial advisors are encouraging clients to maximize their giving opportunities this year. While people are thinking about charitable giving, don't forget this month the IRA Charitable Rollover was made permanent by Congress.

Check out the Council on Foundations' IRA Charitable Portfolio Toolkit








Final Federal Rules Released for ESSA

As we continue to look for ways to be partners and advocates to improve our education system in Michigan, we now have a clearer picture as to what to expect from the federal rules for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Last week the Obama administration released the final ESSA rules, with several revisions from the previous draft of guidelines released in May. The U.S. Department of Education says the final rules should give states more ownership of their accountability, interventions and support systems.

“The final rules give states more time and flexibility to provide every student with a high-quality, well-rounded education while ensuring that states and districts keep the focus on improving outcomes and maintaining civil rights protections for all of our children, particularly those who need our support the most,” U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. said. 

Highlights of the final rules include:

  • States now have until the 2018-19 school year to identify their lowest-performing schools.
  • States can choose their own indicators of academic progress and school quality or student success that are supported by research showing progress on the selected indicators will increase student learning.
  • States can use a dashboard to explain how schools are doing in student success and school quality indicators, which could include chronic absenteeism, school climate, access to coursework, etc.
  • States must identify underperforming subgroups of students based on two years of consistent underperformance.
  • States will work with stakeholders to choose evidence-based strategies designed to fit schools’ unique needs when it comes to struggling schools or groups of struggling students.
  • States can develop their own system to deal with testing participation and opt-outs if they’re rigorously addressing the school’s low test participation issue.
  • States must set a “research-based” maximum timeline for English learners to attain English language proficiency (must be realistic to meet diverse needs of ESL students).

The deadline window for states to submit their ESSA plans has now been extended, allowing them to submit in April or September, giving states more time to prepare their plans and engage with stakeholders.

The Michigan Department of Education has been hosting public meetings around the state asking for input on Michigan’s ESSA plan, and more meetings are scheduled for next week, with more to come in January. Michigan planned to submit its ESSA plan in March 2017, no word on whether that will change with the extended federal deadline.

Want more?
Check out MDE’s ESSA October update
Sign up for MDE’s ESSA email updates
View upcoming meetings for MDE's ESSA plan development
Read the U.S. Department of Education’s full release

Save the date for CMF's P-20 Education Affinity Group's Chronic Absenteeism Summit on March 30, as we explore ways to remove barriers keeping students from attending class.







No Place to Call Home

With the return of another cold Michigan winter, coat drives and the need for donations at our local homeless shelters rise, to ensure the safety and health of Michigan’s homeless community.

There are thousands of people in our state without a place to call home. HandUp Detroit, launched in September thanks to the support of the McGregor Fund and the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, allows you to see their stories firsthand, where verified individuals can crowdsource donations for their basic needs.

Scrolling through the faces posted on HandUp Detroit you’ll come across many personal and touching stories like Terrance’s, he’s raising money for moving expenses to transition out of a shelter and “end my homelessness for good.”

Reducing barriers to affordable housing continues to be a priority throughout our state, and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) says the efforts are helping as homelessness is decreasing.

The newly released report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, shows the number of homeless people in Michigan has dropped almost 30 percent from 2010 and 11.4 percent in the past year alone.

HUD’s breakdown of Michigan’s 2016 homeless population:

  • 5,803 individuals
  • 3,513 people in families with children
  • 725 unaccompanied youth
  • 822 veterans
  • 719 individuals are chronically homeless
  • 10.3 percent are living unsheltered

The federal data is a snapshot of those who are literally homeless in a shelter or on the street on the day of their count, unlike MSHDA's recently shared 2015 report, which gathers data from hundreds of agencies serving the homeless year-round.

Both reports show a decrease in homelessness in our state, but more work is ahead.

Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness recently shared its 2017-2019 plan with the goal of reducing homelessness across the board, for all age groups.

Action steps include:

  • Increase access to stable and affordable housing by eliminating barriers to assistance, produce a program and financial modeling report by region, expand the supply of affordable rental homes and work on landlord outreach and education about the services available to people.
  • Increase collaboration between the public and private sectors on housing stability, economic security and health and well-being to develop a system that addresses episodes of homelessness.
  • Improve access to jobs and earned income through a pilot vocational assessment to develop employment strategies.
  • Increase the focus on outcomes to determine a homeless response system's priorities and policies.

These are just a few strategies aimed to leverage services and partnerships statewide in hopes of clearing a path to safe, affordable housing for fellow Michiganders like Terrance, who want to end their homelessness and have a place to call home.

Read the plan from Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness







State of the State Survey takes the temperature of Michiganders on key issues

We’re getting a first look at the latest insights of public sentiments in some major issue areas in our state through the results of this fall's State of the State Survey from Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. The public opinion survey asks Michiganders to weigh in on a range of issues including; education, healthcare, charity, volunteering, the environment, politics and voting. CMF has added the State of the State Survey as a new online resource in our Knowledge Center, giving you a deep dive into the public’s opinions on topics related to your funding areas.

Here’s a look at the key findings in the survey for charitable giving and engagement:

  • 63.5 percent say they volunteered in 2016 at their church, child’s school or at a nonprofit organization.
  • 90 percent strongly or somewhat agree that charitable organizations play a major role in making our communities better places to live
  • 89.7 percent say charitable organizations should continue to be exempt from paying certain taxes.
  • 80.9 percent participated in charitable giving in 2016.
  • 22.9 percent say they plan on contributing more in 2017 than they did in 2016, with 72.9 percent expecting to give the same as they did in 2016.

Check out all the findings on volunteerism, charitable giving and engagement in pages 55-63 of the report.

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