As development professionals, we are all keenly aware of the high level of dedication and integrity that are so critical to the profession of fundraising. One of VAFRE’s goals--and privileges--is to recognize and celebrate the exemplary work of our colleagues.
Now is the time to elevate those who inspire us daily, with a nomination for VAFRE’s Rising Star or Nina Abady Awards for fundraising excellence. Please help us honor our colleagues by nominating those among us who set the bar high and pave the way for us all.
Nominations are open now through December 15th. The process is quick and user-friendly. Learn more about these awards, their criteria, past winners, and the process by visiting the Awards page.
Thank you all for what you do each day to strengthen communities across the Commonwealth!
Board Liaison, Awards Selection Committee
If you are an Executive Director, CEO or Board Member of a non-profit, you need to know that fundraising events have nothing to do with major gift fundraising. Major gift fundraising is about building relationships with donors. It’s about understanding a donor’s passions and interests, so that you can help them find joy in giving to your organization’s programs and projects that are changing the world. So if you see your major gift team spending a ton of time working on events, you are not using them correctly. Read more from Veritus Group.
The House of Representatives passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Thursday by a 227 to 205 vote. The bill, roundly criticized by leaders in the nonprofit sector, marks a significant step in what has been an accelerated process for the most significant tax reform in more than three decades. Read more from The NonProfit Times.
The Form 990 tells the public a lot about your organization beyond the basics of income and expense, assets and liabilities. A review of the 990 and its schedules shows that many of the parts of the 12-page core form, and significant portions of the schedules, address non-financial issues such as governance, programs, and fundraising. Read more from Nonprofit Quarterly.
In a 2016 survey by US accounting firm CohnReznick, almost half of the non-profit organisations polled said they had not completed a cyber-risk assessment in the past year and 66 per cent had no plan to increase their spending on data security. But low cost measures, such as address verification systems, can help. Read more from Financial Times.
In recent weeks, as prominent men have faced allegations of sexual misconduct, many people have joined the #MeToo movement, in which people share stories online of sexual harassment and abuse — including at the hands of managers and superiors.
In the nonprofit world, what has often been less discussed publicly is the challenge fundraisers have faced from donors. "You would have a lot of people who could have a ‘me too’ story as it relates to their role in fundraising," says David Chow, a fundraiser at UW Medicine focusing on support for obstetrics, gynecology, and behavioral health. After hearing stories of abuse in the workplace from two colleagues who said they faced problems, he decided to write a research paper last year on the sexual abuse of fundraisers for his master’s degree in nonprofit leadership. Read more from The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Is your nonprofit one of the "good" ones? Of course it is! And that's how we fall into the "nonprofit mindset."
We know that our nonprofit is honest, doing good work, and focused intensely on the mission. There's no question about it. We know that the people working at our nonprofit do it because they want to make a difference … in it for the psychic rewards, not to become captains of industry and masters of the universe. Our motives are laudable. We know all this to be true. So we naturally assume that donors know it too.
But do they? Not so much! Click here to read the entire article from Future Fundraising Now.
Okay, so I purposely wrote the title of this post to be provocative. But I did so because Richard and I are dismayed at how many non-profit managers and leaders are misusing wealth scores on their donors. They think they can use these to bypass the hard work it takes to develop a relationship, and just get the money. Not only that, but they put an extraordinary burden on major gift fundraisers with stupid expectations based on these scores. Yes, I used the word STUPID on purpose. Read more from Veritus Group.
About 40% of people in the US have no philanthropic history and can't be counted as potential donors due to their lack of assets, according to Blackbaud's Target Analytics. The report also found that donors who gave more over the course of their lifetime were also more likely to be highly educated, married and have a higher net worth. Read more from The NonProfit Times.
The Internal Revenue Service has shared its Audit Technique Guides to help nonprofit leaders and attorneys better understand its decision making and audit process. The 44-page guide provides details on topics including how to identify political and legislative activities. Read more from Nonprofit Quarterly.
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