Monthly Archives: December 2011

What got your attention here in 2011

Of the 71 posts on the MVDP blog in 2011, two of them attracted the most attention: a fundraising letter sample and changes to the CFRE test. There were 1,490 separate page views on the blog, according to stats collected … Continue reading

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10 ways to improve online fundraising

The folks at Care 2 have issued “last minute tips for wrapping up your 2011 year-end,” but it’s more than that. Consider the document a prescription for a healthier online giving effort. You can download the Procrastinator’s Guide to Year-end … Continue reading

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Time to secure last-minute gifts

Merry Christmas! It’s time to take advantage of the next few days to secure last-minute donations before year’s end. As Katya Andresen points out, “a third of giving online happens in December, and 10-20% of all the giving in the … Continue reading

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Using video to thank donors individually

If an organization like Charity: Water can cut a video to thank an individual donor for raising more than $2,000, why can’t any  organization do it? Two-year-old Semenesh gave up her second birthday party so donors could support Charity: Water’s effort … Continue reading

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Season pass brings 7 programs to holders in 2012

Directors of the Mid-Valley Development Professionals have announced  a lineup of seven programs for 2012, and season passes to attend these programs are now on sale. As with 2011, the board of directors has offered early subscribers a substantial discount … Continue reading

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Major foundations participate in grant workshop series

Oregon grantmakers will present practical suggestions to those enrolled in a series of grant workshops beginning in January, sponsored by the Greater Jefferson Community Center. Among the presenters are The Ford Family Foundation, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, The Oregon Community … Continue reading

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Charitable giving incentives decline at month’s end

As December’s calendar pages are torn off each day, two opportunities to encourage charitable giving are slipping away. One, the IRA charitable rollover, is likely to be extended by Congress, but it is due to expire Dec. 31, 2011. After … Continue reading

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