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Jul 31st

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FUNdraising Good Times: Mutuality: A must in fundraising

FUNdraising Good Times: Mutuality: A must in fundraisingAs you prepare for your next meeting with a current or potential donor, funder or sponsor we suggest focusing on what you want to learn from the meeting. This is distinctly different from a focus on what you want to share. Of course you need to be prepared to discuss the accomplishments, challenges, and vision of the nonprofit organization or institution you represent. But that is not enough. As you prepare determine what you want to accomplish as a result of the meeting, which three pieces of information you want to share, what you would like to learn, and how you can engage the person you are meeting with.
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Winter blues? Or Spring fever? Which is better for business?

Anyone who has had to sit in an office or classroom on an afternoon in May might know the answer to this. If that classroom or office has a big window overlooking, well, anything, that person will probably feel pretty certain that a pleasant, sunny afternoon is no time to be productive. Spring is a daydreaming, let's take (another) walk time of year.
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FUNdraising Good Times: Young women philanthropists

FUNdraising Good Times: Young women philanthropistsWe were recently inspired by a group of young professional women who came together on a Saturday morning to discuss fundraising for their upcoming conference. These women were under 40, energized, and engaged. They were getting ready to launch their sponsorship program and wanted guidance regarding how to solicit.
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Are your social security benefits taxable?

Are your social security benefits taxable?If you've recently begun receiving Social Security benefits or plan to apply in the near future, you may be wondering this tax season: are Social Security benefits taxable?

The short answer is: sometimes.
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Watch out for tax identity thieves

Watch out for tax identity thievesTax season is here again, and the IRS says it will be emphasizing online services and automation this year to navigate the hectic tax filing season. In light of one of the most rapidly growing scams – tax identity theft – Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) encourages people to file their tax returns early in the tax filing season, if possible, which begins this year on January 31.
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FUNdraising Good Times: Invest your time for fundraising returns

FUNdraising Good Times: Invest your time for fundraising returnsEngaged and effective nonprofit board members are the dream of board chairs and executives. "Ah, if only our board members were more engaged...." is a common refrain. "I can't keep fighting my board," is another. Board members also have concerns, "I don't know why we have board meetings: the executive makes the decisions, and expects us to rubber stamp them."
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Alone in the Wilderness: Doing what's right when everyone else is doing something else

Alone in the Wilderness: Doing what's right when everyone else is doing something elseBlack History Month always brings out the bravery in me. Courage is not my strongest suit, and I usually think twice before I do anything very risky. But when I remember what other people have gone through, with no certainty that the outcome will be satisfactory, let alone safe, I am encouraged, again, to take chances, to stand up for what I know is right, and to bring others along when I can, ostensibly risking their lives, too, but doing it anyway.
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