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The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act & You

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is one of the most awful pieces of legislation ever passed. The main reason is that because it so dramatically widens an already obscene gap between rich and poor.

One Impactful Action by 12/31

Dear Kim, I have taken many fundraising workshops, including from you, and I always find that I learn a lot. BUT, and this is a big BUT, I am hardly ever able to implement anything I learned because I have no time. Someone suggested just trying to figure out one thing I could do differently […]

A Simple Breakdown of the Johnson Amendment

Dear Kim, Do you have any easy to read explanations of the “Johnson Amendment”? I am trying to educate myself about this but find that most of what is written is too complicated for my attention span. The right wing seems to claim this amendment infringes on free speech, but everyone else seems to think […]

How Can We Prepare Our Team for Donor Calls?

Dear Kim, Our organization has recently started asking staff and board to host fundraising phone banks in their local areas for our fundraising campaigns. Most of the time people are leaving messages, and the donors we do get on the phone range from not wanting to talk much to wanting to hear a lot about […]

Welcoming New Donors

Dear Kim, We’re a small group with limited staff and resources, but we know that properly welcoming new donors to our organization and thanking them for their gift will greatly increase the chances of them giving again. What do you recommend including in donor welcome packets that is not too labor or resource intensive?  ~Small […]

Spending Money to Raise Money

Dear Kim, You’ve often said, “You have to spend money to raise money.” But how much is enough? What’s the ideal ratio of fundraising expenses to income?  ~Bang for the Buck Dear Bucky, I feel there is something in human nature that wants these kinds of benchmarks so we have something to measure ourselves against. […]

Why Do We Need a Gift Acceptance Policy?

Dear Kim, A colleague is working with you on a capital campaign and she says you have insisted that the organization create a “Gift Acceptance Policy.” I brought this to our board of directors and they said it should just be “We accept all gifts.” We all laughed. I don’t mean to be disrespectful but […]

What Are “DAFs”?

Dear Kim, I am an inexperienced board member for a small tutoring program. We had a guest speaker on fundraising that someone arranged for us and he went on and on about DAFs and how we should find donors with DAFs. Each of us on the board thought the others knew what he was talking […]

Whoops! None of Our Year-end Donors Were Thanked

Dear Kim,

I am the chair of the board of an organization with a big problem. We had a great year-end appeal and a lot of people gave money. As we are getting ready to put together our spring appeal, I have learned that none of them were thanked.

Deductions: Volunteer Time, Honorariums & Gala Tickets

Dear Kim, Our tiny nonprofit has an accountant who has been doing our bookkeeping for free. I told her she should deduct the value of her time from her taxes and, to my great surprise, she told me that is not legal. Why would that be? She could have made money during that time from […]