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  • Monday, October 16, 2017 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    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!

    Thomas Millisor
    Board Liaison, Awards Selection Committee   

  • Friday, October 13, 2017 1:22 PM | Anonymous

    The prospect of being audited by the IRS is as unsettling to nonprofit leaders as to individuals and for-profit businesses. To assist nonprofit staffs and boards, as well as the tax preparers and attorneys who advise them, the IRS is sharing the training materials known as Audit Technique Guides (ATGs) it uses to guide its reviewers through looking at 501(c)(3) public charities and other types of nonprofit organizations. (Importantly, the guide specific to 501(c)(3) private foundations is not available but noted as “coming soon.”) Read more from NonProfit Quarterly.

  • Friday, October 13, 2017 1:13 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations. You know your salad fork from your dinner fork, and you never put your elbows on the table. But have you ever found yourself trying to eat spaghetti without slurping or ordering dessert while everyone else is eating their entrees?

    As it turns out, knowing the basics of etiquette is not enough, especially when it comes to business dining. In her book, “Share a Meal. Close a Deal. Business Dining from A-Z,” etiquette expert Lynne Breil makes it clear that dining out for business is not just about eating; it’s also about creating a pleasant, convivial, near distraction-free atmosphere that makes it easy to dine and do business. Read the full article from Small Market Meetings.

  • Thursday, October 12, 2017 1:08 PM | Anonymous

    Changes to the nation's tax code may have a big impact on the nonprofit sector, the extent of which will vary depending on the final policy, writes Texas A&M University professor Jonathan Meer. He writes that any reductions in tax incentives will result in reduced charitable giving, which could be significant considering that individuals gave almost $280 billion to charity in the US last year. The U.S. tax code currently encourages charitable giving by individuals who itemize their expenses. Recent tax reform proposals differ widely on how to treat charitable giving. Read the full story from PBS...

  • Monday, October 09, 2017 12:44 PM | Anonymous

    There is no limit to how many times you should tell a donor he is making a difference. You could do it every week. But then the question is about making each telling different and unique.

    And remember, it is not so much about the form of the message. It is more about actually doing it frequently and in a simple and sincere way. Thank your donor often, and tell her that her gift is making a difference. Not only will she appreciate it, she will stay with you as a partner in your mission for a very long time.

    Click here for 14 ways to tell your donor she made a difference from Veritus Group.

  • Friday, October 06, 2017 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    Nonprofit finance and development teams each bring a unique perspective to an organization’s finances: not right, not wrong, but certainly different. Disparate fundraising strategies and accounting regulations can lead to conflicting reports that threaten an organization’s long-term sustainability. “The Elephant in the Nonprofit Boardroom,” explores the common mismatches between finance and development strategies and comments on the role that technology plays in supporting a strategy of transparency, impact and stewardship. Click here to download the whitepaper.

  • Thursday, October 05, 2017 4:13 PM | Anonymous

    Fewer Americans are making room in their budgets for charity, and nonprofits are increasingly relying on the affluent for support, according to a new study by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

    Only 24 percent of taxpayers reported on their tax returns that they made a charitable gift in 2015, according to the analysis of Internal Revenue Service data. A decade earlier that figure routinely reached 30 or 31 percent.

    With fewer Americans giving to charity, nonprofits are increasingly leaning on the wealthy for support. Read more...

  • Wednesday, October 04, 2017 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    According to Nonprofit Quarterly, The Wallace Foundation’s latest report, “Strategies to Scale Up Social Programs: Pathways, Partnerships and Fidelity,” is the latest entry in what the Wallace Foundation itself calls the “field of scale-up studies.” 

    The report defines scaling as “a process for significantly increasing the number of sustained implementations of a successful program, thereby serving more people with comparable benefits.”  In terms of the report’s organization, however, the authors’ focus is on whether the mechanism used involved branching (i.e., a single organization, with multiple “chapters”), franchising (i.e., with “affiliates”), or a distribution model where the nonprofit partners with a larger organization to speed program diffusion.


  • Monday, October 02, 2017 3:52 PM | Anonymous

    Here's a weird but very effective fundraising secret: Instead of asking your donors to give tidy amounts divisible by five or ten, ask for oddball amounts. It can improve average gift and/or response rate.

    Here's a great explanation from Bloomerang, at The Pique Technique -- How It Can Enhance Your Fundraising Ask Strings ("pique technique" because it's designed to pique their interest).

    Three ways to employ odd ask amounts:

    1. Impact: "$17 will provide clean water for one child for a week", "$119 will provide a clean water well for one village"
    2. Cultural/Historical: "$29 representing the 29 million people suffering from diabetes"
    3. Data-Driven: derived from a statistical analysis of your donor's behavior

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017 2:55 PM | Anonymous

    A new survey of people who have given to nonprofits in the last year exposes what organizations are doing well–and badly–in retaining donors.

    Based upon the survey results of 4,084 donors worldwide, the 2017 Global Trends in Giving Report is a research project that seeks to gain a better understanding of how donors prefer to give and engage with their favorite causes and charitable organizations. Sponsored by the Public Interest Registry and researched by Nonprofit Tech for Good, the report summarizes donor data across six continents about how online and mobile technology effects giving. The report also explores the impact of gender, generation, and ideology upon giving and volunteerism.

    The 2017 Global Trends in Giving Report is unique in that it is the only annual research project dedicated to studying the giving habits of donors worldwide and is a sister report to the Global NGO Technology Report. The data from both reports is meant to help non-governmental organizations (NGOs), non-profit organizations (NPOs), and charities worldwide better understand if they are using technology in the ways that their donors prefer them to and where they need to improve.

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