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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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FUNdraising Good Times: Nonprofit fundraising values

FUNdraising Good Times: Nonprofit fundraising valuesValues are at the heart of a nonprofit and its operations. Our question to readers: what are your fundraising values?
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FUNdraising Good Times: Three more things you need to know before writing a proposal

FUNdraising Good Times: Three more things you need to know before writing a proposalLast week's column focused on six basic things you should know before writing a proposal. With this column, we address three more nuanced things to consider.

Some nonprofits create a "boiler plate" proposal and send it out to as many foundations and corporations as possible, hoping to "get a hit." That is one strategy, and sometimes it is appropriate. Making small modifications to a standard proposal is efficient, particularly when seeking to secure sponsorships and smaller grants. In general, we suggest a more targeted approach.
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Robert L. Johnson: The "Urban Movie Channel" interview

Robert L. Johnson: The Robert L. "Bob" Johnson is the Founder and Chairman of The RLJ Companies, an innovative business network that owns or holds interests in businesses operating in hotel real estate, private equity, consumer financial services, asset management, automobile dealerships, sports and entertainment, and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming.
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New Office of Equity in Procurement will help ensure diversity in state government contracts

New Office of Equity in Procurement will help ensure diversity in state government contractsMinnesota is taking tangible steps to ensure equity in state contracting; helping businesses owned by women, veterans, minorities, and individuals with disabilities access opportunities to do business with the state, so says the state's top lawmaker.
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FUNdraising Good Times: Summer writing: Get a head start on funding proposals

FUNdraising Good Times: Summer writing: Get a head start on funding proposalsSummer reading is highlighted in Oprah and other magazines each year. A good read is great to enjoy on the beach or curled up on a lawn chair. But what about a good summer write? That's right –start writing now to help the money come in at the end of the year, or perhaps next spring. That's how it's done. Writing proposals now prevents future complaints such as "how can I write that proposal in just three days?" It's called planning ahead.
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