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Peer-to-Peer Fundraising: Start Early and Prepare Now!

I hope last year was a great fundraising year for you and your organization. But I’m sure you’re wondering how you can make this year even better for your nonprofit.

Well, if you want to raise more money, acquire more donors, and strengthen relationships with your current supporters, try peer-to-peer fundraising.


8 Best Practices for Building an Online Donation Page


Have you ever tried to assemble a piece of furniture without instructions? It can be incredibly frustrating--you have all of the pieces in front of you, and you know they all go together somehow, but you have no idea how. 


The Definitive List of the Best Silent Auction Items

 

So you need to raise money for your nonprofit. You’ve already updated your GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to the Gold participation level, demonstrating your commitment to transparency to your funders. And now, you’ve decided that the next step towards reaching your goal is to use a silent auction at your fundraiser. You may have even identified a mobile fundraising platform to expand your reach and raise more money.


What if there were no nonprofits?

 


The Era of Trust but Verify

 

There are over a million nonprofits in the United States and there may be well over a million interesting stories to tell. Listen to this one: our curious Vice President of Research, Chuck McLean, was roaming through the GuideStar database and discovered there are 2,267 records with an “in care of name” of William Alexander, and an address of “Nonprofit Accounting Services, Las Vegas,NV, 89107”. He noticed that they all had very small incomes, and on a whim, he matched them again the list the IRS published of organizations at-risk of revocation due to failure to file, and found that of the 2267 records, 2029 were on the at-risk list, but are shown on the BMF with a tax year of 2009 and also have a 2009 990-N filing and all with the same Las Vegas address –even though the organizations are located all over the country. Well, as Chuck puts it, “there are probably some benign explanations for this, but if it swims like a fish, and smells like a fish… “ At that point he notified the IRS and we were told they were already aware of this issue.


New Rules Affecting Donor-Advised Funds: December 2006 Question of the Month Results


Note: The following discussion is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to serve as legal or tax advice. For specific information about provisions of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 that affect donor-advised funds, consult your attorney or tax advisor.

The December 2006 Question of the Month asked, "Are you aware of the provisions affecting donor-advised funds contained in the Pension Protection Act of 2006?" A little over half—52 percent—of participants said they were. The remaining 48 percent replied that they were not. Here, then, is a brief summary.


A Global View of Philanthropy

 


Do You Plan on Making an Online Donation This Giving Season?

 


Faith, Hope, and Philanthropy: The President's Initiative

 

On July 22, 1999, as part of his campaign to win the Republican Party's nomination for president, George W. Bush outlined a blueprint for "Compassionate Conservatism." He proposed that the federal government provide funds to local and faith-based organizations that have developed successful social-services programs. He also advocated allowing taxpayers who do not itemize on their federal income tax returns to take charitable deductions.


The Y2K List of Reasons to Make Your Charitable Donations Now

 

Last year, GuideStar suggested reasons why donors would want to make their contributions during the 1999 giving season. We've thought of some more for this year: