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2 Tips to Get Year-End Gifts that Keep on Giving

It’s December! What’s on your nonprofit’s holiday wish list? 

How about a gift that keeps on giving… 

An endowment. 

An endowment is to a nonprofit as an IRA is to a senior citizen. People spend decades saving for a comfortable retirement. An endowment is your goose that lays golden eggs. It can ensure your nonprofit’s future by engaging your most loyal donors.  

BUT! Endowments aren’t for everyone. If you’re an established nonprofit with earned revenue and a strong donor base, it can be the perfect wish list item. If you’re a start-up nonprofit without a database… not so much. 

Your endowment secures your nonprofit’s future. Donors can fund it in the form of cash, appreciated stock, IRA rollovers, bequests, etc. (There are lots of ways to give to an endowment fund – check out my recent webinar for more examples!) The proceeds of these funds provide operating funds in perpetuity – a gift that gives year after year. 

Want to find the donors who will make your endowment wishes come true? Here are two tips you can use NOW: 

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Evolution or Extinction? The ABCs of Nonprofit Survival

OVERARCHING PRINCIPLES

SIMPLICITY IS YOUR BEST PATH FORWARD. ACT. BRAVE THIS NEW WORLD. CLARIFY YOUR MESSAGE.

“Val, do you think online giving will ever take off?”

“I don’t know, Lawrence, did the telephone catch on?”

Decades ago, I was chatting with a foundation president and, I’ll admit, being a bit of a wise guy. My point was that fundraising is constantly changing. If you don’t evolve along with your donors, they’ll leave you behind.

The threat of nonprofit extinction is serious. By the end of 2021, 10-30% of nonprofits will merge or close, according to experts cited in the Washington Post and Deloitte. We don’t know if this crisis is like a blizzard that will pass or the onset of an Ice Age.

Amidst 2020’s chaotic uncertainty, simplicity is your best path forward.

Consider the ABCs of nonprofit survival that have already worked in 2020:

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Q & A Vlog Series: What Makes an Effective Leader?

Q: What is Val Jones’ definition of an effective leader? Do you have any real-world examples?

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C-19 Blog #4 – Social Media Fundraising-When You Have No Time

OVERARCHING PRINCIPLE

CREATE ONE C-19 CAMPAIGN AND ADAPT EXISTING MATERIALS TO SUPPORT IT. THE THEMED CAMPAIGN IS MORE EFFECTIVE THAN MANY DISCONNECTED POSTS AND WILL SAVE YOU TIME.

STEP ONE: DEVELOP YOUR CAMPAIGN

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C-19 Blog #3 – Individual Donor Fundraising-Start Easy Checklist

OVERARCHING PRINCIPLES

Speed, volume, simplicity and urgency matter.

The sooner you ask donors, the more they can give. Philanthropic capacity and responsiveness tend to decline as a crisis wears on https://ejewishphilanthropy.com/what-happens-to-charitable-giving-when-the-economy-falters/

People are getting swamped with C-19 communications. Your open rates may be down 20% to 30% and require more frequent contact to reach your donors. Their patience may be limited, so keep your message simple. Don’t mess around. Get to the point. Urgency matters. If you can’t answer the questions, Why give to you? Why now? others can.

Retention. If you represent a nonprofit that’s not on the frontline fight against COVID-19, such as arts, cultural and environmental causes, donor retention is particularly important. Keep the donors you have. Thank them, engage them and then ask for their support.

STEP ONE: THANK INDIVIDUAL DONORS

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C-19 Blog #2 – Activate Your Board-Deeper Dive

OVERARCHING PRINCIPLE: ESTABLISH “NEW NORMAL”.

Example: Board governance and engagement plan for next 3-9 months.

Here’s some steps to getting your board back in motion.

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C-19 Blog #1- Activate everyone! Board, Staff and Volunteers

OVERARCHING PRINCIPLE: KEEP YOUR LEADERS ENGAGED

If you ever needed your board, you need them now. Keep them engaged virtually.

STEP ONE: HAVE A ONE–PAGE PLAN

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Boost Board Fundraising with LinkedIn

Take-away: Board Members who LinkIn with staff and each other can raise $ without even asking.

“Who do you know?”

Most of us don’t know who we know. Not really. How would you know that your neighbor’s brother works for the Ford Foundation? Or that your tennis partner’s wife handles sponsorship for Wawa? We can’t introduce our nonprofits to connections we don’t know we have.

Actually, you can.

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How Do You Fundraise Efficiently

Take-away: Fundraising doesn’t have to be hard – it could even be lazy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7zkHQbct68

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How Do You Read a Room?

Take-away: Verbal and non-verbal cues will help you gauge donors and get bigger gifts. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V9LSQuYGa4&feature=youtu.be

Don’t forget to book your Nonprofit Hero talk and training!

You’ll find more fundraising tips and techniques inNonprofit Hero, Five Easy Steps to Successful Board Fundraising, available on Amazon, or for free from your local library. And via my blog,TwitterFacebookand LinkedIn pages. Schedule a game-changing board retreat that’ll turn your volunteers into Nonprofit Fundraising Heroes, contact email hidden; JavaScript is required

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