Menampilkan postingan dari Februari, 2008

One Nonprofit Sues Another Nonprofit For Not Honoring Donor's Wishes - Great Lesson for Us Nonprofits!

As I've said many times in this blog, today, nonprofits can not simply take donations without considering the donor a partner, anymore. Donors research which nonprofit they give to, they are knowledgeable about the cause, and they are giving to be a part of the solution - they no longer give blindly with their fingers crossed. Donors, today, expect results; streamlined, ethical, fiscally sound, modern nonprofit operations and management; transparency; and to be a part of the organization's community (the nonprofit, today, is a whole community made of many partners - donors (investors), volunteers, staff, clientele, other nonprofits, municipalities, etc.).

The following story is another example of this fact.

Jonathan Saltzman wrote "Charity sues R.I. hospital over donation in 1912" for the February 23, 2008 issue of The Boston Globe, in which he describes how Children's Friend & Service of Providence, Rhode Island discovered a bequest agreement between Louisa …

Your Nonprofit Needs Money During This Economic Pinch? Read On...

There are two ways for the nonprofit that you work for to have more money than it had at this point last year:
1. Save the money that it currently has (spend less and hold onto the money)
2. Make the same amount of income as this time last year, and then some (raise the money your organization needs for healthy cash flow, and then some).

Commit to raise money this year. There are many methods to raise money:
1. Individual donors (note anyone who donates to your organization including their name(s), address, phone number, email address, their donations, etc.).
2. Major donors (the donor to your organization who has amassed wealth who should be developed to give larger regular donations to your group).
3. Grants (private & public foundations, municipalities, Tribes, federal, etc. and emergency grants)
4. Special events (e.g. golf tournaments, balls, galas, raffles, auctions, etc.)
5. Bequests
6. Employers' matching donations
7. United Way membership (includes support)
8. Donation envelopes…

What Motivates Giving?

Jason Dick, blog author of A Small Change - Fundraising Blog, is hosting the February 2008 Giving Carnival (group blog session). Jason asks a great question of anyone who would like to either email a response to him or blog about it on their blog, and send Jason the link (he will post all of the responses that he receives on Monday, February 25th. Be sure to return and read others' responses and respond to them. Let's get a dialogue going!). You can join us and respond at infosmallchange at gmail dot com by January 21st.

If you can not join us this month, in the discussion, you can join the Giving Carnival group blogging sessions (once a month) to blog or simply email a response to various philanthropy questions. We always need hosts, too. Becoming a member of the Giving Carnival Google group by clicking the link. We would love to have you when you are able to contribute and respond.

Jason asks, "What motivates giving? Is it compassion, good fundraising, desire to make a di…

The Mission Statement and Why It's So Important

I've heard nonprofit colleagues refer to mission statements, in general, as b.s.

I'm of another mind.

I'm not a 'pie in the sky' or 'starry eyed' idealist about mission statements. I happen to believe that a well thought out, investigated, and hashed out mission statement can both inform clients, volunteers, the board, and staff; and it can direct the organization's work, growth, planning, PR/marketing, and fundraising, etc. Why do I think that mission statements can be this critical and valuable? Because I've seen the mission be just that; critical and invaluable to its organization.

As a few of my former colleagues do, some may think that mission statements are nothing more than something to post on the office wall, wishful thinking, or antiquated notions of a long-gone founder; you already have a need for a really good mission statement. You don't think so? Check this out...

__ To raise money well you need to set your organization apart from othe…

Grants for Innovation in Teaching 1 st - 12 th Graders

From The Foundation Center...

Jordan Fundamentals Grant Programs Offers Funding for Public School Teachers

Deadline: March 30, 2008

The Jordan Fundamentals Grant Program awards $1 million annually to teachers across the United States who motivate and inspire students toward achieving excellence. The program is presented by the Jordan Brand, a division of Nike, Inc.

Applicants must be public school teachers or paraprofessionals working with students in grades one through twelve. At least 50 percent of the school's student population must be eligible for the free or reduced school-lunch program at the time of application. The program makes grants in two categories: 1) Innovation Grants: Grants averaging $2,500 each will be awarded to individual teachers for projects that will impact classroom innovation and improve instruction. 2) Inspiration Grants: Winners of Innovation Grants may apply for an Inspiration Grant. Grants totaling $10,000 will be awarded to teams of teachers in suppor…

New Scams Claiming to Be the IRS - Aim for Nonprofits


The following IRS news wire story warns nonprofits that along with the tax rebate part of the United States economy stimulus package, comes news that scammers are aiming for those rebates:

IRS Warns of New E-Mail and Telephone Scams Using the IRS Name; Advance Payment Scams Starting

IR-2008-11, Jan. 30, 2008

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to beware of several current e-mail and telephone scams that use the IRS name as a lure. The IRS expects such scams to continue through the end of tax return filing season and beyond.

The IRS cautioned taxpayers to be on the lookout for scams involving proposed advance payment checks. Although the government has not yet enacted an economic stimulus package in which the IRS would provide advance payments, known informally as rebates to many Americans, a scam which uses the proposed rebates as bait has already cropped up.

The goal of the scams is to trick people into revealing personal and financial informati…

Planning Your Organization's Grant Writing Expenses

Let's say that you and I work at The United States Star Fish Society (TUSSFS). Let's say that our nonprofit has it's 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation, the board is proactive and seeking out the 'how to's' and basics, learning nonprofit oversight, management, operations, and fundraising. Let's say, too, that since its inception TUSSFS has solicited board contacts, previous individual donors, local businesses, and volunteers four times a year. We have a donor base that is growing.

Let's say that our board, during its training, learned how critical planning is for mission success. In TUSSFS' second year the board conducted four strategic planning sessions that resulted in a strategic plan. The strategic plan clearly defines what the organization's mission is, it's current work, the work it envisions itself doing in the future, and details action items, a list of who is responsible for what, deadlines, goals, and how and when outcomes review will …

Grants for HIV/AIDS Treatment And Prevention Programs

From The Foundation Center...

M·A·C AIDS Fund Accepting Applications for HIV/AIDS Treatment and Prevention Programs

Deadline: March 14, 2008; June 13, 2008; and September 15, 2008

Established in 1994 by M·A·C Cosmetics ( ), the M·A·C AIDS Fund supports men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally. Since its inception, M·A·C Cosmetics has provided more than $100 million for the M·A·C AIDS Fund.

The fund has identified the following four crucial areas of need affecting the epidemic: 1) Link Between Poverty and AIDS -- Funding for basic needs such as food and housing to those living with HIV/AIDS; 2) Models of Care -- Developing hospitals and increasing the number of doctors and nurses in countries that need it the most; 3) Treatment Adherence -- Developing peer- based programs to help people adhere to their treatment regimes; and 4) Prevention -- Programs with a specific focus on high risk populations such as youth, people over 50, and African Americans.