Tag: Mel and Pearl Shaw

FUNdraising Good Times: How to determine nonprofit software costs
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FUNdraising Good Times: How to determine nonprofit software costs

[caption id="attachment_23097" align="alignleft"]upgradefundraisinggoodtimes.com[/caption]Part two of a two part series

Software is at the heart of so many nonprofit functions. You can’t afford down time. And you don’t want to find out your new system won’t talk to an existing one after its up and running. What’s a nonprofit leader to do? In search of guidance we talked with Janna Finch of Software Advice an online firm that reviews nonprofit technology.

FUNdraising Good Times: Recommit to fundraising
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FUNdraising Good Times: Recommit to fundraising

[caption id="attachment_22953" align="alignleft"]fundraising-fundraising-good-times-commitment-fundraising-commitment-formfundraisinggoodtimes.com[/caption]Is fundraising at the top of your to-do list for 2015? Are you ready to recommit to help ensure the vitality of your nonprofit or college? Will you sign your fundraising commitment form again? What?!? Your organization doesn’t use one? Now is the time to change that. Here are three suggestions for how you can make a difference in your organization’s fundraising.

FUNdraising Good Times: Media coverage: More than a press release
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FUNdraising Good Times: Media coverage: More than a press release

[caption id="attachment_22844" align="alignleft"]stockvault-remote-control-in-hand-isolated-119871stockvault.net[/caption]Will 2015 be the year your nonprofit is highlighted in news stories and feature pieces? Will those who could benefit from the work of your organization read about you in the newspaper, see a story on TV, or listen to an interview on the radio? The media could “somehow” find out about your organization and decide to cover it. Or you could dedicate time and resources to cultivating media. Here are four things to consider when engaging the media in 2015

FUNdraising Good Times: Nonprofit dating game
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FUNdraising Good Times: Nonprofit dating game

[caption id="attachment_22725" align="alignleft"]stockvault-valentine039s-day153163stockvault.net[/caption]The holiday mistletoe, love songs, and New Year’s Eve parties conjure up the allure – and the drama – of dating. Who are you dating? Who do you want to be dating? Who will you be dating in 2015? And, if you’re married, how will you reaffirm your marriage in 2015?

FUNdraising Good Times: Social change and nonprofits – more than fundraising
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FUNdraising Good Times: Social change and nonprofits – more than fundraising

[caption id="attachment_22694" align="alignleft"]fundraising-fundraising-good-times-ferguson-blackbodies-matterfundraisinggoodtimes.com[/caption]Ferguson, MO and Staten Island, NY. Cleveland, OH. Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. These cities and the deaths of these African American males – men and boys – are in the headlines. So are people’s responses. These incidents are a catalyst for social change on many levels. Changes in policing, the use of the grand jury system, the role of the prosecutor. Changes in how we view and value the lives and bodies of black men and boys. Right now people can’t get past the double standards, and across the country – in ways big and small – people are demanding change.

FUNdraising Good Times: Year end reflections: Part two
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FUNdraising Good Times: Year end reflections: Part two

[caption id="attachment_22569" align="alignleft"]stockvault-trees-covered-in-snow138271stockvault.net[/caption]Last week we shared a little of the history of this column. We hope we conveyed why we are committed to these weekly writings, and most importantly our belief in you, our readers. While we have met very few of you in person, we hold you up before us in our minds as we write. When we have the opportunity to meet you in person we are always delighted. Now and then people come up to us in the grocery store or on the street to let us know they read our column. Others let us know when we meet in business settings. Now and then we get an email or phone call.

FUNdraising Good Times: End of year reflections
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FUNdraising Good Times: End of year reflections

[caption id="attachment_22505" align="alignleft"]stockvault-water-reflections99581stockvault.net[/caption]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.

FUNdraising Good Times: Giving Tuesday: A new global holiday
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FUNdraising Good Times: Giving Tuesday: A new global holiday

[caption id="attachment_22452" align="alignleft"]giving-tuesdayfundraisinggoodtimes.com[/caption]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.

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