December is upon us, and nonprofit organizations have lots on their plate. Meanwhile, there are millions among us who have less on their plate this holiday season. Homelessness is on the rise, there are cutbacks in the Food Stamp (SNAP) program, and there will likely be no extension of unemployment benefits for about 1 million people who are chronically unemployed.
While we’re busy scurrying about, often with Board members in tow, asking for gifts for our annual appeal, I think this year requires a special effort. For the moment, I’ll call this #HolidayShare. It’s that extra effort we need to make to restore Food Stamps to their earlier (pre-November, 2013) level. Or, $29 per month for a family of three (single Mom with two kids). Restoring this nationwide won’t be cheap: $5 billion when you add all those in need.
Nonprofit leaders need to speak up for those in need. Illustrate the difference $29/month makes to a person living on the razor’s edge. Here’s an article from last August in Center on Budget & Policy Priorities that helps make the case.
Please help spread the word. Until someone comes up with a better idea, let’s call this #HolidayShare on Twitter and let our Congresspeople know we need to do what’s right.
Thanks. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving and that you have a joyous, delicious, and caring holiday season.
I took the opportunity to tune in to the Chronicle of Philanthropy-hosted, Donor Perfect-sponsored webinar on Tuesday November 19th. I’m glad I did! Here’s a link to the slide show if you’re interested in checking it out:
Rob Strickler (Donor Perfect) introduced Clare Mitchell, operations director at Gigi’s Playhouse (Chicago) who demonstrated how she applied the tools of Donor Perfect in managing her recent event, and how it integrates with their donor database. Slick.
I am not in any way associated with Donor Perfect. I do subscribe to the Chronicle, and rely on them for good information on useful nonprofit tools.
The data Rob reports on use of Facebook and how it compares to other means of communication with donors is very interesting and worthy of note when considering how you want to fundraise over the next ten years.
Beth Kanter writes in her blog about #GivingTuesday : A special event for participating nonprofits to raise money in a systematized way. Here’s a link: http://www.bethkanter.org/givingtueday-tips/. This is worth a look for nonprofits interested in building their revenue. There’s no time like December: the greatest giving month of the year…to put this concept into practice.
Nonprofit organizations (501c3 status) can benefit from working with one of my Winter, 2014 Northeastern University Nonprofit Management classes.
For six weeks from January 6 to February 15th, I’ll be working with my blended format (in-class and online) Nonprofit Fundraising class. Students in this class will develop a Donor Acquisition Plan for participating “client” nonprofits. Students assess current fundraising activities, look at activities from similar nonprofits, and present a set of recommendations for the nonprofit to follow. A Power Point presentation will be delivered at last class meeting for fellow students and clients in the Boston-based classroom. Nonprofits working with blended-format classes should be in the Greater Boston area so a senior staff member or volunteer will be available to join us for first and last class meetings.
For six weeks from February 18 through March 29th, I’ll have my online Nonprofit Marketing class in session. Students will develop a Marketing Assessment for participating nonprofits. This project will cover brand identity, social media applications, and target audience messaging. A Power Point presentation will be developed and presented online to fellow students and the instructor during last week of class. A final version of the Power Point will then be provided (sent as email attachment) to the client nonprofit for their use. Nonprofits working with Online classes can be anywhere inside or outside the USA provided they have 501(c)(3) US tax-exempt status and file a 990 with the IRS.
For more information, email me at email@example.com.