The Two Words You MUST Include in All Your Outreach

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For instance, how many times has "Your Bank" attempted to get you to confirm or re-enter your personal information for their records? " (*That''s the sound of your information and identity being snatched.) Now, put yourself in the shoes of someone new to your organization. " Are you asking for people to join your email list, make a donation or get involved without a way to reach you for more information?

Your Nonprofit Needs Cash Flow. That Means Your Nonprofit Needs Your Individual Donors. Take Great Care Of Each One.

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The individual donor may not lavish your organization with tens of thousands of dollars each time that they give, but they give regularly, they are committed to your organization (not just the cause you serve); and their connection to your organization is your nonprofit's lifeblood. They may be members of your organization, but they give beyond the membership, and every so often. They've given to your organization for an extended amount of time; maybe years.

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Getting through the information overload

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The study , conducted the AP, focuses on news organization and how they should adapt their news-delivery model to reach young adults, but the key findings do have relevancy for fundraisers: "A key finding was that participants yearned for quality and in-depth reporting but had difficulty immediately accessing such content because they were bombarded by facts and updates in headlines and snippets of news. Information: whenever, however, wherever.

10 Tips to Make your Nonprofit Website Search Engine Friendly

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Would they find your organization? Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the volume and quality of traffic to a website from search engines via "natural" (aka organic) search results. In addition to this, Google Analytics is easy to use and provides a wealth of information for free. Imagine someone looking online for volunteer opportunities or services you provide.

Rhode Island Tax Forms 2008

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Though not specifically addressed within the rhode island tax forms 2008 as allowed by Judges in Rhode island so long as the rhode island tax forms 2008 an agreement generally and in 1663 King Charles II of England granted them a royal contract, providing for a subsequent offense, 6 months in jail for a second or subsequent offense. Towns such as not keeping probation informed of new addresses, leaving the rhode island tax forms 2008. 2008 Forms Island Rhode Tax

The Mission Statement and Why It's So Important

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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. Because I've seen the mission be just that; critical and invaluable to its organization. Your organization's real boss is the mission statement and its goal.

Here's The New Tax Form You'll File For 2008 Reporting

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for the fiscal year of 2008 and after, that earned receipts in the amounts of $25,000 or more; will be required to file either an IRS form 990 (or 990N) or IRS form 990EZ. Be sure to review the IRS code that describes which organizations must file which forms and which organizations are exempt. Maybe in previous years the organization that you work for did not have to file a tax return? Starting with the 2008 fiscal year and on, the organization may now be required to.

Time for Nonprofits' sites to Morph?

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This morning's Research Brief from the MediaPost blogs announced that direct marketing accounted for 53% of 2008 Ad spend. Why not throw up a template that organizes the information on your site in a "Facebook-like format" so that I it's easier for me to find things.

The generational privacy gap

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Perhaps that Gen Yers would be less hesitatant than older donors to have their names featured on organization's websites as "thanks" for donations.

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Could Catalogs be Gen Y's Direct Mail?

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So, say your organization works in Africa. And you happen to mention that your organization helped her get there. A few days back I found a story on Marketing Charts that summarized the findings about Gen Y from Deloitte’s “2007 State of the Media Democracy."

Great site, good info, what else could one ask for?

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Lifestyle information on each of these cohorts – what each one feels about politics, work, spending, music, technology, civic engagement, religion, etc – abounds. But there is very little in-depth information available about giving behaviors and patterns.

Budgeting and measuring online conversations

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Complete information overload. Key takeaways from Maggie's talk was to outline steps any organization should take before deciding what, if any, social media tools and platforms it should invest in/spend time building a presence on.

The Brazen Mercantilist Division of the Cause-Related Marketing blog

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in the next few weeks the blog will also feature aprons, Tags: The Learner's Guild Children's Organ Transplant Association Alden Keene and Associates 250th Post Lemonade Stand

Grants for Organic Farming Research, Education, and Outreach Programs

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Organic Farming Research Foundation Accepting Applications for Research and Education and Outreach Grants Deadline: July 15, 2008; and November 17, 2008 The Organic Farming Research Foundation ( [link] ) grants program is open to all applicants residing in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Research Grants provide support for research on organic farming and food systems and the dissemination of these research results to the greater agricultural community.

Basic Grant Writing 101 Information and Other Ideas To Survive This Tough Economy, Nonprofits.

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We will use the results to retool how we work with organizations and also publish a white paper with the results. [Please help us. We at The Grant Plant, LLC want to understand what nonprofits need from the services that they hire, today, given the economy; so please take our short survey. Click on: Nonprofit Needs Survey. We are grateful for your time. Thank you. ]

Successful Fundraising in Turbulent Times

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Things seem to be falling apart all around us and it can seem that our organizations are going to fall apart also. But, how bad is it for nonprofits? And what can be done to strengthen our fundraising programs so that we can survive and maybe even grow? We will explore all of this in our Dec. 2 conversation.

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Your Volunteers Make, Or Break, Web 2.0 Outreach -- But You Have To Help Them Do It Right

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At a minimum, start with: Facebook: Both Fan and Cause pages for your organization, and a personal page for you (so you get to know how Facebook works, and doesn't work). The Cause will require little upkeep and should spread virally with only a little help, while you can focus on maintaining the Page with current content and information, much like a website, " says Aaron Palmore with the Human Rights Campaign. How are you making it easy for your volunteers to organize via Web 2.0?

Generate Impact! Through Stories

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Presentation Information Don't Tell Me an Issue! They make people care, And move them to action! [Both within your organization and outside of it.] In a world inundated by information, it is the compelling stories, not the issues, that will stand out and be remembered. They should accurately reflect your organization's values. During difficult economic times, raising funds and sharing your message become even trickier tasks. So how do you break through the clutter?

How Apple finally Won My Heart

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As I watch my Gen X boyfriend synchronize, supersize, and organize his Blackberry with his earpiece, with his computer, with our stove, I happily reside in a world where I use my cell phone to actually call people, and have yet to use it to surf the web. No amount of "mind" type information-RAM, ROM, whatever, was ever able to break thru my Windows-based fortress. Confession time. For someone from my generation goes, I am a complete Luddite.

Four Tips on How to Use Email Marketing During a Down Economy

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Use email to get valuable information. A dedicated review of 'em will help you and your team spot stand-out content or subscribers who'd likely respond well to follow-up-all valuable information to apply to future campaigns. In your emails, make a point to highlight your organization's best qualities. While the economic news may not be the cheeriest these days, we've got some good news for you about the return you'll get on those email marketing dollars.

Annual Survey of State Laws Regulating Charitable Solicitations

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Important Note: This information is designed to provide an introduction to the registration requirements of charitable organizations and the fundraising counsel they hire. This material is to inform organizations prior to engaging in fundraising and related activities. Due to frequent changes in state solicitation laws, the information in this chart and the accompanying glossary and notes may periodically be amended or revised.

Holidays in July: Get a Jump on End-of-the-Year Fundraising

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Supporters choose to donate to organizations for a variety of reasons. All nonprofit organizations can fulfill this desire for their supporters just by being a 501(c)(3) (about.com has some info you can share with your potential donors about this). For our special "Holiday in July" issue, check out our five tips for kicking off your holiday fundraising: First things first: Make sure your organization can accept online donations. Put a face to your organization.

Tips for an Effective Contact Us Page

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It hangs in the background, behind more glamorous pages, ready to offer the most basic but essential of information about an organization What makes an effective Contact Us page It should answer two key questions: How people can contact your nonprofit and why they should want to contact your nonprofit. What information to include Many organizations wonder how much contact information they should share. " Provide related page links for more information.

Fundraising during presidential campaigns: Do or Don't?

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This post does not have much to do with Gen Y, but I figured every once in a while I might as well share useful information that applies to what most of us do every day-fundraise from seniors and the definitely non-Gen Y crowd.

3 Tips for Improving Nonprofit Newsletters

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And it should do something for that audience - make them feel good about themselves, or, if you're a membership organization, make their life easier. Giving out information about your charity is not the same thing as making someone feel good! I get about a dozen nonprofit newsletters a week. Most are so poor they aren't worth reading, and for that reason, they weren't worth writing.

Grants for Historic Preservation Organizations Uniting with Schools

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History Channel Announces Guidelines for Save Our History Grant Program Deadline: June 6, 2008 An initiative of the History Channel ( [link] ), the Save Our History Program invites history organizations to partner with a local school or youth group and apply for funding to help preserve the history of their communities. Applicants may partner with multiple schools or educational organizations. From The Foundation Center.

Leading the Resistance: 28 Organizations You Can (and Should) Support Today

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There's a long fight ahead, but for issues that stir you, one simple, positive thing you can do today is give - your time, money, voice, or attention - because so many organizations need your urgent support. No matter how much you give or to whom, the important thing is to support those organizations whose tireless work is striving for a world you want to live in. Donate | Stay Informed | Twitter | Facebook. Donate | Stay Informed | Twitter | Facebook.

Grants for Many Different Kinds of Community Organizations Assisting Family Caregivers

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Weinberg Foundation Announces Grant Program to Support Family Caregivers Deadline: June 12, 2008 The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation ( [link] ) has announced an innovative new program to provide $9 million in grants to assist caregivers across the United States. The primary goal of the program is to increase support for family and informal caregivers who assist older adults living in the community. From The Foundation Center.

Effectively Engaging People with Social Marketing

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The organizers of the conference have just published Effectively Engaging People: Views from the World Social Marketing Conference 2008 [PD] that features brief Q&As with 21 of the keynote speakers.

The Future of Health in the US

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policies, programs, and information) on determinants of health at multiple levels (e.g., The Panel also calls for transparency in the process of developing health objectives so that it is clear to users who, using what information, developed each objective.

Fundraising at 40,000 Feet

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What I Liked It’s low-pressure : There’s a brief mention of AirCares in the introductory flight video, saying that passengers can select a longer video later for more information.

The Future is Now: Long-Range Fundraising Planning

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You know that it makes your organization less reactive to changes in the funding landscape and helps maintain focus when new opportunities do arise. During the early stages, consider soliciting the opinions of more people in your organization rather than fewer.

Everyone is a Fundraiser

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When I was Director of Development for a nonprofit, I tried to convey to my teammates that everyone in the organization is a fundraiser. The organization went from raising $25,000 from their main fundraising event in 2006 to bringing in more than $275,000 in 2007!

Seattle Nonprofits, KEXP is Offering the 2009 Community Partnership Program

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Application information can be found online at: [link] org/about/ partnership. asp Twelve organizations will be chosen, each one will receive promotions on the air, online and live interviews. The entire program is run by KEXP at no cost to the organizations chosen. The organizations are chosen by a staff committee and will be announced in November 2008. Deadline to apply is August 22, 2008.

Be Strategic, Yes, 'Strategic' When You Write the Grant Proposal

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You are writing that grant proposal for one reason - your nonprofit has a need because, really, your community has a need that your organization is setting out to address. You are putting your organization, its mission statement, your track record, and your organization's ability to succeed before the grant donor. Take each and every opportunity, to make your case why your organization should receive the grant.

How to Coordinate the Executive Director, the Board, the Volunteers, and Staff to Successfully Raise Grants

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In Tracking Grantwriting Work & Organization I explain the method that I use to organize, track, and plan my grant writing work. Another critical step in successful grant raising is coordinating the relevant people involved and the information that they either gather or have. The board of directors oversees the organization, its operations, the executive director (E.D.), One person can not do it all in a growing organization.

Grants for Nonprofits Providing Job Skills and Continuing Education to People Re-Entering the Workforce

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Staples Foundation for Learning Supports Job Skills and Education Programs Deadline: October 24, 2008 The mission of Staples Foundation for Learning ( [link] ) is to provide funding to programs that support or provide job skills and/or education for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. Please note that the foundation will not make contributions to support public schools without 501(c)(3) status or organizations located in Alaska or Hawaii.

New Orleans Nonprofits Challenged To Build Endowments In Part Through Matching Funds

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New Orleans Nonprofit Organizations Invited to Take Freeman Challenge to Build Endowments Deadline: November 17, 2008 The Richard West Freeman Endowment Challenge through the Greater New Orleans Foundation ( [link] ) is designed to assist nonprofit organizations within the Greater New Orleans area looking to create an endowment for the first time or build on an existing one. Visit the GNOF Web site for complete program information and an application form.

Grants for K-12 Math Education

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10) Motorola Offers Innovation Generation Grants for Science and Math Education Programs Deadline: March 1, 2008 In 2008, the Motorola Foundation will provide a total of $4 million in Innovation Generation Grants to organizations that engage K-12 students and teachers in the U.S. nonprofit organization may apply. Select organizations may be asked to apply for larger grants. Grants will be for one year of project work, starting after June 2008.

Grants Available to Camps, Schools, or Other Nonprofits Introducing Youth to Manufacturing And Engineering Careers

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The FMA Foundation is an educational, research, and charitable organization that promotes metal forming and fabricating technology in manufacturing. Preference will be given to organizations serving minority populations. Further information and the grant application are available at the FMA Foundation Web site. From The Foundation Center.