Monthly Archives: May 2012

Grant writers: Overcome fear and pick up the phone

Grant writers can be more successful if they reach out to potential foundation funders before they submit their proposals. The problem is: many grant writers skip this step. Wendy Baird has seven simple¬†ways to overcome this tendency. “The number one … Continue reading

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How not to acknowledge a gift

The U.S. Tax Court has given nonprofits one more reason to be scrupulously thorough in acknowledging gifts. The court Thursday ruled that a taxpayer cannot receive an income-tax deduction if the nonprofit receiving the gift does not fully substantiate the … Continue reading

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Oregon congressman touts charitable rollover

Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer is co-sponsoring a bill that would expand and make permanent the IRA charitable rollover that helps donors make charitable gifts from their retirement assets. Conrad Teitell, volunteer counsel for the American Council on Gift Annuities, wrote … Continue reading

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Ashton, Brown issue bequest challenge

Using humor, occasional barbs and a background of 35 years in the business, noted consultant and author Debra Ashton challenged local nonprofits Thursday to reach out to donors for charitable gifts from their estate plans. Salem attorney Eden Rose Brown … Continue reading

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Oregon nonprofits: An economic force

With 10,429 active organizations and 166,130 employees, Oregon nonprofits account for 13 percent of the state’s private sector workforce. Many are operating under financial stress, but they remain an “economic driver” that has been silent. That’s the conclusion presented by … Continue reading

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How to add bequests to the fundraising mix

Any fundraising program gains strength when it includes a planned giving element, and the leading source of planned gifts is donor bequests. That’s what makes next week’s MVDP program so compelling. Tanya Howe Johnson, who led the national planned giving … Continue reading

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