As 2014 comes to an end, we find ourselves reflecting on our work and this column. They are both intertwined: FUNdraising Good Times is one way we help nonprofit organizations and institutions position themselves for fundraising success. To the uninitiated, fundraising can appear either easy or hard. Confidence and fear typically drive these stances. What is needed is a healthy dose of both, and lots of planning. In our work locally and across the country we help organizations large and small build the prerequisites for fundraising success. We help bring together board members, executive directors, fundraising professionals, and volunteers for the purpose of honestly assessing where they are, what they need, and where they want to go.
(StatePoint) In your 20s, you may think you have all the time in the world to save for retirement. It can be tempting to spend your entire paycheck, particularly if you're entering the workforce and have debt or other spending priorities. This is the time to create the savings behaviors that could boost your retirement readiness in the future.
FUNdraising Good Times: Giving Tuesday: A new global holiday
Thursday, 04 December 2014 16:08
Mel and Pearl Shaw
Thanksgiving. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. What's next? Giving Tuesday. That's right. This December 2nd, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is a new global holiday and it's all about philanthropy. Established in 2012, by New York City's 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, and a team of influencers and founding partners, Giving Tuesday now engages over 10,000 organizations worldwide.
Small business Saturday: Shop small, make a difference
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:29
The fifth annual Small Business Saturday, which takes place November 29th this year, is a day designed to support and promote small businesses during the long and busy Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is helping to spread awareness of Small Business Saturday and encouraging businesses and consumers to participate.
Unfortunately, Dane missed out on a job offer this week after what he thought was a pretty good phone interview. Said the manager, "Overall good background, mostly relevant to what we are seeking." So far, so good. His background made him right for the job; that wasn't the obstacle.
The Thanksgiving holiday is right around the corner, and some retailers have already announced at least some of their Black Friday deals. Though more and more stores are opening their doors to shoppers on Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving – Black Friday – will remain one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is offering advice for people making plans to capitalize on Black Friday savings offers.
FUNdraising Good Times: How to solicit a gift for a nonprofit
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 16:29
Mel and Pearl Shaw
It's time to ask, but just exactly what do you say?
As the year comes to a close nonprofits look to board members, volunteers and donors to ask their friends, family members and colleagues to consider making a meaningful gift. You may have the internal fortitude to overcome your fear of asking (read, fear of rejection), but what exactly do you say and do?