Tag: Mel and Pearl Shaw

FUNdraising Good Times: How to solicit a gift for a nonprofit
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FUNdraising Good Times: How to solicit a gift for a nonprofit

[caption id="attachment_22328" align="alignleft"]fundraisersguidefundraisinggoodtimes.com[/caption]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?

FUNdraising Good Times: Year end giving: It’s not too late
Business

FUNdraising Good Times: Year end giving: It’s not too late

[caption id="attachment_22263" align="alignleft"]december-31-end-of-the-yearfundraisinggoodtimes.com[/caption]Crazy as it seems 2015 is knocking at the door. Yes, we still need to celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza and New Years Eve. But, really, 2015 is almost here. And the question is: how is your nonprofit fundraising? Whether you are an employee or a board member, here are a few steps you can take today to change your yearend financial outcomes.

FUNdraising Good Times: Hidden fundraising challenges – Part one
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FUNdraising Good Times: Hidden fundraising challenges – Part one

[caption id="attachment_22118" align="alignleft"]photoxpress 4292452PhotoXpress[/caption]You can’t see what you can’t see. There may be some challenges facing your nonprofit that you’re not be aware of. They are insidious and sometimes deadly. Taking a close look at “what’s really going on” may refocus your energy and resources, and rescue your fundraising.

FUNdraising Good Times: Two quotes to inform your leadership
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FUNdraising Good Times: Two quotes to inform your leadership

[caption id="attachment_22043" align="alignleft"]stockvault-brightness116234stockvault.net[/caption]This week we heard two expressions we are compelled to share with you, our readers. They are “The Fooling Yourself Theory” and “Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness.” Both can be applied to fundraising throughout the year, and especially in the last quarter. They were shared by women from different parts of the country both of whom are very experienced with fundraising, board service, and nonprofit management. One is a nonprofit executive, the other heads a private business. Here are the details.

FUNdraising Good Times: Five alternative ways to give back
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FUNdraising Good Times: Five alternative ways to give back

[caption id="attachment_21980" align="alignleft"]number-5fundraisinggoodtimes.com[/caption]The giving season is upon us. For many nonprofits, hospitals, schools, and colleges the next three months are all about fundraising. You will no doubt see an increase in direct mail and e-mail solicitations, Facebook campaigns, bill boards, print and TV commercials and personal asks made by of you by friends, family members and associates. Some of us have the ability to be most generous. For most, giving is more constrained, focused on a few organizations we believe in. Here’s something to think about: extend your gift by giving more than money. Consider these five ideas:

FUNdraising Good Times: Leadership and fundraising
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FUNdraising Good Times: Leadership and fundraising

[caption id="attachment_21908" align="alignleft"]melnpearlfundraisinggoodtimes.com[/caption]“…the true leader can be recognized because somehow or other his people consistently turn in superior performances…. A leader is great, not because of his or her power, but because of his or her ability to empower others. Success without a successor is failure.” This quote from Robert Townsend was used by Jeanette OBryant, Development Coordinator at the National Civil Rights Museum as she introduced her boss, outgoing museum president Beverly Robertson.

FUNdraising Good Times: Simplifying financial aid
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FUNdraising Good Times: Simplifying financial aid

[caption id="attachment_21825" align="alignleft"]melnpearl fafsalogofundraisinggoodtimes.com[/caption]Trying to receive financial aid for college? How do you feel when completing the ten page FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Aid) form? Could reducing it to two questions improve the process? Senators Alexander (TN) and Bennett (CO) believe more students could pursue a college education if the form were simplified. They want to reduce FAFSA to a postcard that asks two questions: What is your family size? And, what was your household income two years ago? Using earlier tax data – and a simple “look up” table – would let students know how much financial aid they are eligible for when they start looking at colleges.

FUNdraising Good Times: Five out-of-the-box interview questions
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FUNdraising Good Times: Five out-of-the-box interview questions

[caption id="attachment_21766" align="alignleft"]fundraising-fundraising-good-times-job-search-fundraising-jobs-job-interview-how-to-interview-a-fundraiser-fundraising-career-how-to-hire-a-fundraiserfundraisinggoodtimes.files.wordpress.com[/caption]If you need to hire a fundraising professional you are in good company. This is one of the hardest positions to fill. It is even harder to retain a talented fundraiser. We have written extensively on these topics over the years because they are a major issue confronting the nonprofit sector.

FUNdraising Good Times: Five things to consider before you accept a fundraising position
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FUNdraising Good Times: Five things to consider before you accept a fundraising position

[caption id="attachment_21695" align="alignleft"]nonprofit-jobsfundraisinggoodtimes.com[/caption]The possibility of a new position as a fund development or fundraising professional brings excitement and anticipation. A new position could mean the opportunity to “finally” put one’s professional skills to use. Maybe with a new position there will be greater opportunities to implement best practices and to meet – or even exceed – goals. Maybe, and maybe not. There are so many variables that impact a professional’s ability to work his or her craft, most of which are beyond their control. If you are considering a new position don’t let the allure of “greener pastures” keep you from researching your potential employer. Here are five things to consider before accepting a fundraising position.

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