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FUNdraising Good Times: Black Philanthropy Month

FUNdraising Good Times: Black Philanthropy MonthIt's August – that means its Black Philanthropy Month.

Too often philanthropy is still viewed as a word that belongs to someone else – a word associated primarily with a small percentage of white people with wealth who give large transformative gifts. Yet the word philanthropy means love of humankind – a love expressed in a great diversity of ways by a great diversity of people. And that is the value of Black Philanthropy Month. To remind us that we are philanthropists and that we can – and do – make an impact in our local communities and globally. It encourages black donors to declare, "I'm a black philanthropist" and to get busy on social media with #IamABP.
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Exotic handbag line turns heads in collective cultural designs

Exotic handbag line turns heads in collective cultural designsWith exotic colors, intricate embroidery work and various styles, Fricaine has hit the fashion scene with head-turning handbags that are becoming the rage.

Designed by native Nigerian, Stephen Kayode, Fricaine is an exotic luxury brand that celebrates humanity using special fabrics that are essential parts of identities worldwide.
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Debt can help or hurt wealth building

Debt can help or hurt wealth buildingMoney and credit are two items that affect nearly everyone. We earn, spend and sometimes save money. But it seems nearly inevitable that the need for credit arises and efforts to retire it become debt that can hang around longer than a bad penny.
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STEP-UP announces 2015 Employer, Intern and Supervisor of the Year Awards at 12th Annual Intern graduation event

STEP-UP announces 2015 Employer, Intern and Supervisor of the Year Awards at 12th Annual Intern graduation eventThe Minneapolis STEP-UP youth employment program announced the recipients of the 2015 STEP-UP Employer of the Year, 2015 STEP-UP Intern of the Year, and 2015 STEP-UP Supervisor of the Year awards.
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FUNdraising Good Times: When do you re-solicit?

FUNdraising Good Times: When do you re-solicit?When is the right time to solicit a gift from a current donor? Do you send a letter once a year and hope for a gift? That's one strategy. Some nonprofits believe it is a good one. Their logic: "we don't want our donors to feel we're always asking for a gift" Here's our guidance: begin the solicitation process when you say "thank you."
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FUNdraising Good Times: What is a worthy cause?

FUNdraising Good Times: What is a worthy cause?We noticed that people – including ourselves – talk about "worthy" causes. In many ways the phrase is a "seal of approval." Yet what's "worthy" to one person or group, isn't necessarily "worthy" to another. The phrase assumes shared values, but doesn't always make clear what those values are, or why the cause is worthy.
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Saving receipts can mean valuable tax benefits when shopping for back to school

Saving receipts can mean valuable tax benefits when shopping for back to schoolIt's about time to start back to school shopping. This year, don't forget to save your school supply receipts. The Minnesota Department of Revenue is reminding parents that most school supplies could qualify for valuable K-12 tax benefits on their 2015 Minnesota return.
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