FUNdraising Good Times: How do you count your money?
Thursday, 05 December 2013 12:01
Mel and Pearl Shaw
A cornerstone of successful nonprofit fundraising is trust. While there are many reasons to give, there are also reasons why people, foundations and corporations do not give. One reason is a lack of trust: donors and funders don't trust the nonprofit to use the funds for the stated purpose. Here are some suggestions to help ensure your institution or organization retains a high level of trust from current and prospective donors.
Let the holiday season begin! Thanksgiving ushers in six weeks of busyness as we reunite with family and friends for dinners, parties, and holidays such as Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year's Eve. This is a time of gift giving. In addition to daily business and family activities our minds find time to weigh questions such as "What would my children enjoy?" and "When should I order the turkey?" and, of course, "How can I give to all the people I love without going broke?" In the midst of all this holiday activity comes the busy season for nonprofit fundraising. Some organizations and institutions encourage us to give before the year-end to take advantage of tax benefits, while others offer opportunities to remember those who are less fortunate. Still others invite us to imagine new expressions and manifestations of the arts, leadership, education, and science.
This is not an article about bullying, fist-to-cuffs or marriage. This is about something we all fear even more: meetings at work where everyone has different opinions, and where everyone has different levels of authority (aka power). Avoid these meetings. And when you can't avoid them, manage them; behave as if you are not intimidated, and chances are, you won't have to be.
Just the suggestion of looking for new work can inspire heart-pounding, belly-twisting nervousness: What causes the adrenaline rush? Is it justified? How do you respond when it happens to you? Is there a way to get around it?
Personal philanthropy: The power of giving to others
Friday, 22 November 2013 11:31
Dr. Daryl Green
In most cases, individuals are not hurt by giving to others. My co-author, Noriko Chapman, emailed me last week about royalties on our book, Second Chance, and how the funds would go to charity. While I looked at this book as an opportunity to provide assistance for nonprofit organizations, it was her idea to leverage our written work over the long-term. Noriko, who is an automobile production manager, selected the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Maryville as part of her MBA project. We pledged 30 percent of the book proceeds to this organization. Noriko's giving attitude helped the Center's financial needs. With the current economic crisis and the holiday season before us, citizens should use personal philanthropy as an option to improve society.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 15:43
Mel and Pearl Shaw
We recently had the opportunity to attend a benefit dinner for Facing History and Ourselves as the guests of two long term supporters. We had a great time. The event was much larger than we had anticipated and we found ourselves in a beautiful room surrounded by people committed to ensuring that students have the opportunity to learn from history and develop the ability to make ethical choices. As they share on their website, "through a rigorous investigation of the events that led to the Holocaust, as well as other recent examples of genocide and mass violence, students in a Facing History class learn to combat prejudice with compassion, indifference with participation, and myth and misinformation with knowledge." The theme of the benefit dinner was "People make choices. Choices make history."
With an estimated ten percent of the workforce employed in the nonprofit sector, retirement benefits can be a factor that impacts individual employees as well as the nonprofits they work for. For example, do older employees delay retirement because they don't have enough money to fund their retirement? Does this impact the ability of a nonprofit to promote talent from within, or to attract new talent from outside the organization? Do younger and mid-career employees evaluate employment opportunities based on retirement benefits?
Pete Rhodes, chairman, Urban Mass Media Group, executive director, Black Music America Network. Carol Maillard, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Karen L. Charles, artistic director, Threads Dance Project. Phyllis Gilliam, Sunday's Best.