5 thoughts on “Report Tallies San Antonio Nonprofits Ahead of Big Give 2018

  1. I gave a small amount ($150 approx.) in 2016 divided among about 5 non-profits. Last year I wanted to give to the same organizations and at least 3 of them were no longer part of the Big Give. One was the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative. When I asked Patricia Castillo why they were not participating, she said that the cost to participate had increased and they could no longer afford it. I gave to them individually through Facebook. I can see from the article that they are spending a lot of money advertising the Big Give. Is this money from a grant or is this cost driving up the cost of participation by the non-profits?

  2. Nice in depth State of the Nonprofit Sector Report. It would have been nice to have been able to access the survey. The report is a good start. However, I would caution those who make decisions regarding nonprofits to be careful making them based on survey response. I worked for a nonprofit and we participated in a national survey regarding our sector and the data we reported was suspect at best. The goal was to just complete the survey.

  3. The Big Give is a total joke and waste of resources. It jumped the shark years ago. Why on earth would you elect to participate in an event that costs your agency so much money when Facebook offers its services for free and this report…..wow its a joke.

  4. The Big Give may have lost its luster. Many nonprofits have development officers who are paid good money. Let them do their work. I’m sure the city can find millions of dollars of waste within its organization and those funds can be diverted to the nonprofits.

  5. It is always better to give to a non-profit directly rather than through a joint fund-raising drive which will charge them an expense. What I would like to see developed by someone and published in The Rivard Report is a simplified chart that includes the critical information a person needs for making giving decisions to such groups. For instance, guidelines for the most efficient non-profits suggest:
    Administrative Expense (15% or less is best; 15- 20% is okay)
    Fundraising Expense (0-10% is best and 10-15% is okay for general groups; 0-20% is best and 20-25% is okay for public broadcasting)
    Fundraising Efficiency (0.00-0.10% is best and 0.10-0.20% is okay for general groups; 0.00-0.02% is best and 0.20-0.03% is okay for public broadcasting)
    Working Capital Ratio (Less than 1 is best and 1.0-0.5 is okay for general groups; less than 5.0 is best and 5.0-2.0 is okay for community foundations)
    Liabilities to Assets Ratio (0-5% is best and 5-20% is okay for general groups; 0-5% is best and 5-10% is okay for community foundations; 0-10% is best and 10-30% is okay for public broadcasting; 0-15% is best and 15-40% is okay for performing arts. This information is all available on Form 990 from non-profits, but one general chart for each of the local non-profits that could be updated yearly would be of great benefit.

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