The evening news is on again: more shootings, more suicides, more fighting, more loss. Why go to work every morning if you might get shot on the way? Why come home at night when your neighbors' homes are blighted and trash lines the streets? How can anyone think about looking for a job when the world is such a bleak and hopeless place?
FUNdraising Good Times: The First 72: Don't kill your fundraising
Monday, 18 August 2014 15:45
Mel and Pearl Shaw
Asking for a donation to your nonprofit is one component of fundraising. How that gift is processed once it is received is another. Both are important. Your actions can strengthen a donor relationship, or contribute to its demise. "The First 48" is a TV crime show that stresses the importance of the first 48 hours to the overall criminal investigation. Create guidelines for "The First 72" to keep fundraising on track. Letting gifts "pile up" and processing them once every week or two may appear efficient, but this process may require investigation!
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 15:22
Frank S. Washington, NNPA Columnist
DETROIT – There are two ways to look at the Toyota Prius hybrid. Either the Japanese automaker dragged the rest of the U.S. market into gasoline-electric powered cars, the belief that if you want to compete with Toyota, you've got to have hybrids. Or, the automaker was out in front of the curve and saw that gas pump prices would eventually cause Americans to become a lot more sensitive to the fuel efficiency of their vehicles.
FUNdraising Good Times: Reader success! An interview with Judy Davis – part two
Monday, 11 August 2014 15:41
Mel and Pearl Shaw
"I did not recruit leadership, instead I embraced leadership." This is what we learned from Judy Davis membership outreach manager at the Metal Museum in Memphis. We were talking with Davis to learn how this column FUNdraising Good Times influenced her work in raising $45,000 for The 10th Anniversary Gates Campaign. This was a campaign to restore the beloved metal gates at the museum and the 331 rosettes that adorn them.
FUNdraising Good Times: Reader success!: An interview with Judy Davis – part one
Monday, 04 August 2014 15:42
Mel and Pearl Shaw
We eat, drink and sleep fundraising. It's what we love. We truly enjoy and embrace the people and organizations we work with. We get excited when clients take the tools we develop for them and put them to work. We cherish their successes and most importantly we celebrate their work. At the end of the day fundraising is all about attracting resources for nonprofit organizations and institutions that make a difference in people's lives. While not every organization is in a position to hire fundraising counsel, there are so many people doing wonderful things who need just a few suggestions, or some new information so they can do a better job and raise more money. These are the people we write FUNdraising Good Times for.
Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) says area consumers are reporting they're receiving illegal marketing calls that display their own phone number on caller ID. Though it's natural to be curious about such calls, BBB advises the public to ignore the calls or let them go to voicemail – and then delete the messages.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 15:47
Charlene Crowell, NNPA Columnist
For the second time in as many years, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has fined a major payday lender. On July 10, Director Richard Cordray announced that one of the nation's largest payday lenders, ACE Cash Express, will pay $10 million in restitution and penalties for directing its employees to "create a sense of urgency" when contacting delinquent borrowers. This abusive tactic was used to perpetuate the payday loan debt trap.