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Nonprofit organizations are always looking for ways to simplify their ask and make it easy for supporters to get involved and donate their time, talent, and treasure. Amazon has created a simple way for nonprofits to ask for specific in-kind donations through their wish lists. Organizations can compile products that they need to support their programming and services in one easy list. It is shareable, it is easy to add and delete products as needed, and it makes it possible for supporters anywhere in the world to get involved with your mission.
Here is a quick guide for getting your organization set up with a Wish List:
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We hate to encourage you to think the sky is falling, but when it comes to events we find that it is always best to expect the best out of your event, but to plan for the worst as well. Having good plans in place can help make your event memorable, even if something does go awry. It is always best to have plans in place and not need them versus needing to jump into action with no plan whatsoever.
When a nonprofit organization spends funds, it infuses money back into the local community by providing valuable programs and services, paying local workers, and supporting local businesses.
Corporations are often willing to giving nonprofit discounts on products and services; however, we have noticed that nonprofits often overlook negotiating when it comes to special events – something corporations have been doing successfully for years.
This blog outlines a few areas when organizations can negotiate when it comes time for hosting special events.
Special events season is either something that fills staff and volunteers with glee or makes them want to flee for their lives. In many cases, events are fun and effective ways to raise money, but sometimes they're not really all they are cracked up to be.
In this blog series on events, we are asking the question – "Are events really worth it?" How do we make top dollar without spending a fortune? How do we set up for success? How do we define what a good return is on an event?
So no, this series isn’t giving you centerpiece ideas, thoughts on color schemes, or links to amazing Pinterest boards – it’s helping introduce some critical perspectives on nonprofit events.
The community foundation model has three components – asset-building, grantmaking, and community leadership. The first two are somewhat self explanatory; however, the topic of community leadership has been debated in the field of community foundations for many years, and according to theory within leadership studies it is not an actual style of leadership – yet.
The phrase “We cannot be all things to all people” comes up a lot in my work with community foundations. Over the years, community foundations have taken on more responsibility or more roles than they are equipped to handle, and this has resulted in some practitioners and scholars questioning whether or not community foundations have been losing the community element of their work.
Donor Stewardship doesn’t have to be expensive and time intensive. While you should invest time and energy in donor stewardship, we understand that small nonprofits may struggle to have the capacity to create and sustain a comprehensive donor stewardship strategy.
However, donor stewardship is so important and should not be dismissed or overlooked. It IS vital to your organization’s long term sustainability, and should be treated as such. Donor stewardship can take many forms, and there are lots of creative and inexpensive ways to engage and cultivate relationships with your donors, even for the smallest nonprofit.
Sometimes, donors stop giving for a while and they fall through the cracks. Especially if you are a small nonprofit, it is easy to overlook lapsed donors and just focus on current and prospective donors. But good stewardship means maintaining and pursuing relationships- even with past donors that have not been engaged for a while. Reaching out and reconnecting with lapsed donors is important for building the rapport and credibility of your organization, and it may lead to even stronger relationships with these donors in the future.
Here are some tips for reconnecting with past donors: