Asking for money can be a little nerve-wracking, whether you’re a board member, volunteer or even if you do it for a living. But there are some simple things to remember to make solicitations a little easier on you.
It’s not much of a newsflash — the economy is getting a little tighter. Campaigning for donations may get harder in the coming months with financial insecurity swimming in donors minds.
Candidates for nonprofit board membership should know what they’re potentially getting themselves into — not only for their own good, but also for the good of your organization.
When the “turnaround king” talks, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for arts organizations to listen.
Compared to the average adult (79 percent), Millennials (88 percent) are more likely to switch from one brand to another, given similar price and qualify, if the other is associated with a good cause, according to a recent survey. More than half of the Millennials surveyed bought a cause-related product or service in the past year, compared to 38 percent for all adults.
It’s not all doom and gloom for nonprofits. This might be a time for donor-advised funds to help make up some of the slack in charitable giving. The Schwab Charitable Fund, with more than $2 billion in assets, reported that grants to charities during the third quarter of 2008 were up 12 percent from 2007 levels.
Which way do I go? What do I do? For anyone caring about bringing about change, those questions can be extremely difficult because it isn’t just a case of finding a facile answer.
Although the temptation might be strong to finish the Form 990 as quickly as possible and then put it out of sight and memory, it is not quite as easy as that.
Reward failure? Recent Congressional hearings regarding corporate bailouts, Wall Street vs. Main Street and the woeful economy in general have increased the focus on an atmosphere of “pay for failure” among America’s corporate executives. Those are the guys who receive million-dollar bonuses while presiding over the disintegration of companies and massive increases in national unemployment numbers.
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Volume 29 No. 6
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