Monthly Archives: June 2011

Donor management systems rated

Deciding what donor management system to use can be a daunting task. Even more perilous is the prospect of ditching the old system and going with something new. Fortunately, there is help out there. Nonprofit Technology Network¬†(NTEN) has some tools … Continue reading

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Help MVDP set 2012 programs

What 2012 programs would help you in your work? How much time should be devoted to these programs? Where should these programs be presented? The MVDP board of directors needs your answers to these questions as the board plans next … Continue reading

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Two organizations seek executive directors

The YWCA Salem and the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation are searching for new executive directors. The Y says, “The Executive Director of the YWCA Salem will work with a dedicated staff and Board in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere to … Continue reading

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2-1-1 gets a green light in Oregon

United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley has been leading the charge for development of a 2-1-1 information phone system, and that drive got another boost with passage of HB3375. The system, which is active in Yamhill County (“Yamhill 211”) and … Continue reading

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A helping career in six words

Helping others is a recurring theme in the six-word memoirs that 950 entries revealed in a contest sponsored by Civic Ventures. Civic Ventures promotes the notion of “encore careers,” those jobs that matter to people in the second halves of … Continue reading

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A lesson about thank-you letters

When Glen McKinney tested 20 rescue missions on their gift receipt processes, the results were alarming. Thirty percent of the missions never acknowledged the gift. McKinney, an executive with Grizzard, the consulting firm, sent $20 to each of 20 rescue … Continue reading

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Power in your e-mail signature and auto-responder

Two often-overlooked tools are available through e-mail to communicate effectively and persuasively to donors. And they’re free. One is the auto-responder feature. You’ve seen them a thousand times: “So-and-so is out of the office and will return on such-and-such date. … Continue reading

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