By: Devi Thomas and Jon Fee

In homes everywhere, this is the time of year where there are lists for Santa, packages to mail to family, and stockings to stuff. Black Friday is all about getting ready for the holidays by snatching amazing deals wherever we can find them. But what if that deal included a gift to communities in need? In a year like this one, that’s a new deal worth celebrating.

2020 has changed everything — the way we eat out, the way we gather, how we shop, and the way we celebrate the holidays. This Black Friday, a holiday unto itself, we have a chance to start a new tradition with our families: helping our communities thrive while we shop.

While “Buy-AND-Help-Others Friday” doesn’t have the same ring to it, we do have an opportunity as consumers to combine our usual shopping patterns with support for nonprofits. … Read more

What began as a fundraising initiative with two nonprofits in New York City has made its way around the world, raising nearly $2 billion in 2019.

92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation started Giving Tuesday in 2012 as a response to the commercialization of the post-Thanksgiving season in the United States. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday top of mind for consumers and end-of-year fundraising top of mind for nonprofits, Giving Tuesday provides a way for nonprofits to tap into the spending frenzy—and heightened generosity—of the season by encouraging citizens to direct their spending power towards helping others. 

Giving Tuesday’s Global Growth

Eight years following Giving Tuesday’s inception, Giving Tuesday has become a global generosity movement and a staple of the charity fundraising calendar in Europe.

More than 70 countries are now participating in Giving Tuesday to engage their supporters and activate more volunteers, according to Charities … Read more

What do you do when your fundraising events have to be entirely reimagined? 

That’s the unenviable reality for many nonprofits around the world that have had to scramble to find creative alternatives to their in-person fundraisers during the coronavirus pandemic. These fundraisers by healthcare nonprofits have supported scientific research, care, advocacy, and more, ultimately changing countless lives of people in their communities. 

For the team at the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) — the nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of people with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and 40+ related diseases — COVID-19 brought many changes and led to a bold pivot to prepare the organization for a stronger long-term future.

The pandemic has been hard for everyone, but it’s been especially hard for the people MDA supports — members of the disability and neuromuscular disease community — who are among the most vulnerable. When the pandemic hit, it was imperative that … Read more

Long before the pandemic, universities have sought inspiration, best practices, and practical frameworks to embrace digital transformation. Taking the long view into the “next normal”, digital transformation increasingly becomes the digital imperative.

Long-term institution success within higher education is underpinned by a strong digital technology strategy, and increasingly we see that institutions are seeking guidance in developing tailored strategies to ensure lasting success and sustainability.

With that in mind, Salesforce.org partnered with Jisc, Universities U.K., and Emerge Education on Digital at the Core: A 2030 Strategy Framework for University Leaders, a long-term strategy framework designed to empower higher education leaders to develop digital strategies.

A new framework uses perspectives from higher ed leaders on the benefits of a long-term strategic approach to digital transformation.

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The framework, which aims to help senior leaders realise the benefits of a long-term strategic approach to digital technology, includes perspectives and … Read more

You might be surprised to learn that even in the midst of a global pandemic, during a time when many campuses are empty and classes are conducted remotely, there’s a higher percentage of students who report feeling more connected to advisors (31%), faculty members (32%), and fellow students (34%) than those who say they feel less connected (21%, 20%, and 25%, respectively).

The research snapshot shows that 34% of students feel more connected to other students compared to last year.

This is just one of many findings from the newly-released Global Higher Education Research Snapshot. The research was developed in collaboration with Ipsos and The Chronicle of Higher Education. The survey received a total of 2,200 responses — from 1,125 students and 1,075 staff — across 10 countries representing the U.S. U.K., Netherlands, France, Spain, Australia, and Nordic countries.


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