Suzanne Coffman, on 11/2/09 8:00 AM
Are you familiar with the benefits of listing your organization on the GuideStar Exchange? Are you comfortable with the GuideStar Exchange Form? Do you know how GuideStar’s visitors use the information provided through the GuideStar Exchange?
In the midst of our recession there's greater interest in gifts from estate plans, as donors have less disposable income to donate right now. In any economic climate, planned giving programs help build endowments, cement lifelong relationships with donors, and create a long-term stream of income. Here are ideas to kick-start your organization's fundraising with a planned giving program.
Reprinted from VolunteerHub.com
Where some nonprofits are chronically underfunded, others can raise hundreds of thousands of dollars at a single event. Their boards are full of energetic, knowledgeable, and connected people. They have grown steadily over the last decade. They are the go-to groups on their issues, the places to work, the leaders in their fields.
Gail Perry, on 11/1/09 7:00 AM
The fall fundraising rush is upon us. You are probably deep in your year-end fundraising campaign. And this December should be a big one.
Heather Mansfield, on 11/1/09 7:00 AM
As the Web goes mobile, so does social media and so should your nonprofit. If there is one thing I have learned over the last 10 years of using the Internet for fundraising and mass communications, it is that the nonprofits that can embrace change quickly, empower their visionaries, and adopt new Web trends reap the benefits of being early adopters.
When you give to charity, you want to know that your money will be used wisely. Many donors make this determination by comparing what a nonprofit spends on programs to what it spends on fundraising and administration. But giving wisely is both more complicated and simpler than just looking at financial ratios.
It's more complicated because many things—mission, size, location, and age, for example—affect an organization's finances. It's more complicated because budget numbers don't tell you how effective a charity's programs are. Fiscal responsibility is important, but it's only part of the story when you're evaluating charities.
Giving wisely is simpler because it boils down to two questions: "Does this charity do work I want to support?" and "Does this charity do what it says it's going to do?"
Here are GuideStar's recommendations for finding the answers.
In the end, there's no right or wrong answer to which charities you should support. There's only what's right and wrong for you.
Several of GuideStar's partners help donors research and give online to charity.
GuideStar, November 2009
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