Category Archives: thank yous

For 2013: Ask, Thank, Report and Repeat

Jim Shapiro and Steve Screen gave a spirited look at the key elements of a successful fundraising plan for 2013 at the MVDP meeting Dec. 6. With 1.5 million nonprofits in the U.S. today, there is plenty of competition for donors’ … Continue reading

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Tips for a winning year-end fundraising strategy

Whether or not you have completed your year-end giving plan, here are some tips that may help, courtesy of consultant Gail Perry. Gail offers five must-dos for your message, four must-dos for your ask, three overall strategies (click here for more on … Continue reading

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Remedies for end-of-fiscal-year slump

If your fiscal year ends June 30, now is crunch time. With little more than a week before June 30, here are three ways to wind up the year with a flourish. Fundraising coach Marc Pitman offers them in his … 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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M-P Food Share uses numerous information outlets

Across several communication channels, Marion-Polk Food Share maintains a steady stream of information to the public about programs, events and needs. “We on the public relations team have our ears tuned to finding stories within MPFS,” said Phil McCorkle, vice … Continue reading

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The lighter side of philanthropy

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Using the phone to get that appointment

Gail Perry has some sure-fire techniques for using the phone to make the appointment to meet face-to-face with a donor. “It can be scary,” she wrote. “It’s also a moment when fundraisers chicken out.” Get past that awkward moment by remembering … Continue reading

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