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Get ahead of the curve

Get ahead of the curve

Yes, its time to focus on yearend giving at work, and to celebrate with friends and family after hours. BUT…. let us suggest you find some time for pre-2019 strategy to get you ahead of the curve. Next year doesn’t have to be like this year. If this was your best year, take time to grow that success in 2019. If things weren’t exactly as good as you wanted, take the time to plan for a new year that can yield different results. Here are five suggestions you can implement now. Make some hot chocolate, bring some cookies to the table and get to work. Pull together your leadership – that’s board members, CEO or executive director, chief finance person, program leaders, and development / fundraising team. Pour your hot […]

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Dear Santa

Letter to Santa

Think letters to Santa are written only by kids? Think again. We found this letter floating across a local parking lot and thought it best to share, just in case there’s a Santa out there! Dear Santa, As CEO of a nonprofit I don’t ask for much. Some say I’m foolish, a bit out of touch. But I’ve been very good, and know I could be better, if only you’d help and answer this letter. Our nonprofit is strong, but we can’t do it ourselves, we need you Santa and your wonderful elves. I sat up last night after our last board meeting, creating this list instead of our holiday greeting. Santa, I need a new board, one with fundraising experience: I need to raise money not deal with a […]

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Your dollar makes a difference

Your dollar makes a difference #GivingTuesday

Your gift is truly a gift. Research shows that a lot of giving happens in December! Numbers range from 28 to 31 percent of annual charitable giving takes place in December, and 12 percent happens in the last three days of the year. How will you give this year, and what will motivate you? As you prepare to make your Giving Tuesday or yearend charitable gifts to nonprofits, remember this – your gift really does make a difference. Keep the passion in your giving! Reflect on what it is that drives you to give now and throughout the year. Your gift makes a personal impact on the lives of people you may never meet. And they may never know that you were the person behind the Christmas dinner their family […]

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Nonprofits, do you believe in Santa Claus?

Nonprofits who conduct yearend campaigns may unconsciously believe in Santa Claus. Some – though by no means all – are looking for a yearend windfall gift to appear between now and December 31st. Staff and board members sweat out the yearend, checking the mail and organizational bank accounts. Their fingers are crossed, and many are popping antacids. Nervous doesn’t begin to describe the situation. As the days count down, reality may sit in, and talk may turn to “next year” as hope for the yearend diminishes. But it doesn’t have to be that way. And yes, there is still time to move from anxiety and into action. First, we want to share best practices that can reduce yearend craziness. Organizations who are successful in their fundraising know they have enough […]

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Increase your fundraising success with matching gifts

Increase your fundraising success with matching gifts

There’s a public secret that benefits many individuals and nonprofits. It’s called matching gifts. That’s the term for when an employer – or other organization – commits to make a gift to a nonprofit that “matches” the gift made by an employee or other qualified individual. Sometimes there are “qualifications” or “restrictions” set on these gifts, sometimes not. Here’s a simple example: you make a gift to a nonprofit and ask for a receipt. You submit the receipt to your human resources office. A gift is then made from your employer to the nonprofit. That’s it – instant money! Matching gifts programs – when utilized –make a significant difference in the fundraising growth of a nonprofit. Unfortunately, in too many cases people are not aware, don’t know they are eligible, […]

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Shalom to our brothers and sisters

We write today to share our grief and sorrow with the Jewish community of Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh, PA, with local Jewish communities across the country, and with the international Jewish community. We reach out to our Jewish – and non-Jewish – readers and take a public stand against anti-Semitism. What happened this past Saturday (October 27th) is horrific. To our Jewish friends, neighbors, community and national leaders we say Shalom. Peace. The hatred expressed by the killer at Tree of Life Synagogue was extreme. It is a hatred that many want to believe is a part of history, no longer with us. Yet anti-Semitism is alive and well: think about how often those of us who are not Jewish express or don’t challenge negative stereotypes of Jews, or choose […]

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Ten last-minute year-end campaign ideas

Ten last-minute year-end campaign ideas

It’s almost 2019 – do you have a plan for year-end fundraising? For many nonprofit 30 to 45 percent of their money is raised at the end of the year. That means it is critical to plan and be well organized to help ensure the financial health of your organization. Ideally you want to talk with current and potential donors throughout the year. You should have started your campaign yesterday, or 12 months ago. But that’s in the past…. Here are 10 steps to getting busy now.

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Creating black led inner-city land conservancies

Creating black led inner-city land conservancies

African American led inner-city land conservancies can be organized and operated in ways similar to conservancy efforts that are established to protect wildlife, rivers, mountain ranges, farmland, marshlands, animals, and vegetation. There are individuals, families, churches, and stakeholders in our communities who could support a conservancy with cash donations and gifts of property for future use (whether to be sold or restored) in order to protect a given neighborhood.

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Cultivation: a first step in the fundraising process

Cultivation: a first step in the fundraising process

Fundraising is about building relationships. We all have relationships. When it comes to fundraising – especially major gift fundraising – the question is this: do you – or those you know – have relationships with individuals who can make or influence major gifts? Relationships with potential major donors typically develop over time. They can be the result of an individual, corporation or foundation making smaller gifts over time. Through these smaller gifts donors get to know more about your organization’s work; they learn how you allocate funds; they may view your financials; and they are exposed to your board members through reporting, marketing materials, and what is known in the fundraising business as “cultivation.” Cultivation is one of the initial steps in major gift fundraising. This is basically relationship building. […]

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