Below is a summary of the latest articles and blogs related to fundraising and nonprofit organizations. Thanks for reading!
First, don’t miss these Free Nonprofit Webinars for January 2013.
- Does your nonprofit have new employees read and agree to a conduct policy? The NonProfit Times offers 8 policies you should include.
- This CFO Fitness quiz offers great information for CFO’s – and for the overall leadership of an organization (do you know when you’re supposed to recognize a multi-year pledge?)
- Are you accurately reporting contributions to your organization? Here are some tips you must know to ensure you’re compliant with IRS requirements. Here are a few additional tips directly from the IRS.
- It can be scary to leave your messaging in the hands of volunteers. Read more about how the Red Cross has done just that (successfully).
- What do you do with your awareness / fundraising efforts when a national tragedy strikes? Nancy Schwartz shares some thoughts here.
- Does your writing engage people? Or put them to sleep? Mark Phillips shares some tips on how to turn your nonprofit story into a soap opera (rather than a news story).
ONLINE / TECHNOLOGY
- Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is online (for the second year). It will be interesting to see how the online teams work out.
- Are you using videos to say thank you? Here are some examples you can emulate (inexpensively).
- Jeff Brooks shares some encouragement that we should get to know our donors better (rather than expecting them to get to know us better).
- Thinking about what volunteers need to know if they want to have a fundraising event / campaign for your organization? Here are some tips. And since we’re on the topic of events, GuideStar offers some tips on how to make sure you’re making money (rather than losing money) on events.
- Wondering how to get the appointment (or uhm visit) with a potential donor? Tom Suddes shares some ideas here.
- Charity:Water does a great job at fundraising. Joanne Fritz shares some of her ideas of why.
- Year-end giving is great, but doesn’t have much long-term benefit if you don’t convert first-time donors into repeat donors. Read some tips from Marc Pitman here.
IN THE NEWS
- Discussion about the charitable deduction continues with this plea in The New York Times to leave it be.
- This article in the San Francisco Chronicle talks about two different political action committees that were formed to help protect the interests of the nonprofit community.
- Who’s volunteering? Katya Andresen shares an infographic from The Corporation for National and Community Service.