Archive for June, 2006
Charitable Giving In Recession
With constant reminders of the economic downturn in the news, itâ€™s easy to understand why so many nonprofit organizations and schools have trouble fundraising via traditional methods. Many people are buying fewer fundraising items and donating less than before, but that doesnâ€™t mean school and nonprofit fundraising efforts are inevitably headed for doom. There are fundraising ideas out there that can survive any economic situation, and in fact, even give the economy a boost.
Tips for Effective School Fundraising
Schools are constantly in need of money to cover the cost of textbooks, sporting equipment, or activities. Parents and students alike are well aware of the effort and time commitment that goes into school fundraising, such as door-to-door selling, bake sales, car washes, and asking friends and family for donations. The school fundraising methods listed above can be effective, but they have their time and place. For fundraising success in a down economy, itâ€™s essential to take a unique approach. Rather than just receiving funds, why not give back to the community and local economy in return?
Local and national discount cards are a great way to raise much-needed funds for your school while giving the local economy a boost. In a recession, all businesses are looking for cost-effective ways to advertise and joining a discount card program allows them to do just that. Businesses set their own discounts or incentives for cardholders, encouraging them to become customers. This serves as valuable advertising for businesses, not only because it provides visibility, but also because it builds positive relationships within the local community.
In addition, people are more eager to support their local schools when they receive great benefits in return! Discount cardholders can receive great benefits such as year-round discounts on food and shopping, hotels, automotive service, emergency contact support, roadside assistance, and discounts on prescription drugs.
Nonprofit Fundraising Online
Nonprofit organizations have felt firsthand how a down economy can affect charitable donations. Donations are declining as donors become strapped for cash and many nonprofit organizations are simply postponing their fundraising campaigns, because they have been unable to meet their fundraising goals. The economic downturn has led many nonprofit organizations to shut down, but that doesnâ€™t signify that there is absolutely no hope for nonprofit fundraising campaigns.
In todayâ€™s economic climate, both local businesses and nonprofits can benefit significantly from online fundraising efforts. There are some innovative fundraising programs out there that allow nonprofit organizations to register and receive a fundraising website at no charge. Local businesses purchase advertising space on these websites and reach out to organizational supporters. Not only does this fundraising method enhance relations between local businesses and community organizations, it gives businesses a cost-effective method for advertising to their target market. Supporters of nonprofit organizations are regularly given incentives to visit the websites, ensuring that the advertising is seen.
With news of economic doom and gloom surrounding us, it is easy to become reluctant about fundraising. Schools and nonprofit organizations alike have felt the trickling effect of the economic downturn, but the ones that continue to adapt and apply innovative fundraising ideas will survive and thrive in their fundraising efforts, regardless of the economic situation.
About the Author:
Marvin Yakos has been the vice president of SchoolHeartÂ® from its inception. SchoolHeart is a fundraising resource site that helps provide schools, churches and other non-profit organizations with different fundraising ideas. Their hCard fundraising program has been very successful in not only helping communities but also helping people earn money from home.
Charity Recession? Word on the Street
Donations To Non Profits
Question: Are In Kind Donations to a Non Profit Organization Tax Deductible?
Our company offers web design services. If we offer a website to a local non profit organization, can we write off our donation as tax deductible?
Answer: If your company offered a website and the labor to design it or host it, the costs of doing that are being deducted elsewhere on your company's return such as in wages. Your company does not get to deduct anything in addition to those costs. There is no additional write off for the FMV of what you have given.
Here is an IRS publication on point
Network 2.0 and Unleash Power for the People (Non-Profit)
Catholic Charities Dc
Question: Do you expect the Washington, DC archdiocese to cut social services due to same-sex marriage?
Previously, the archdiocese of the District of Columbia issued a statement that, should a same-sex marriage statute be allowed to be put to a vote, the Catholic church would pull its funding of charity organizations in the area.
Today, the District council passed the statute with a majority vote; the only remaining step is a signature from the mayor, who has already stated that he will sign the bill.
Do you expect the Catholic church to follow through with their threat? If they do, would you consider it appropriate that the church discontinue charity work in the area because same-sex marriage will be allowed, even though they will not be required to perform same-sex marriages?
Answer: It was the organization Catholic Charities which was threatening to stop their programs in that area if the bill passed. Almost immediately, they softened their stance to say that they were afraid that they would no longer be able to help as they had in the past if the bill passed. I have a feeling that this was due to people (such as myself) saying that they would no longer donate to the organization.
If Catholic Charities feels that their feelings against homosexuality are going to get in the way of their helping the homeless, then I am fully prepared to support whatever organization steps in to take their place.
Catholic Charities has lost my money for good, and I am willing to bet that I am not the only one.
Part 1 DC City Council Marriage Equality Hearings re: Catholic Charities
Request For Donations Letter Template
Question: donation request letters?
Our local youth baseball org. is asking for donations to help with repairing the fields, buying new eqiupment..etc,..they are asking all the coaches to type a letter so we can send it to local business for donation requests..I SUCK at writing letters like this..can you help me out here…or are there any free templates out there I could use as a guideline??..All I have found on yahoo are paid sites..thanks!!!
just for additional info my son is 5 and playing t-ball
Answer: Someone suggested having your child write or dictate the letter That is a great idea. Maybe start out with My Name is Bobby (or whatever) and My mommie is writing down what I say for me. I like to play baseball. Did you play baseball? Did you like it? Mom is our coach too. She says playing ball helps my muscles and helps me get along with people. I don't know about that but I like to hit the ball and run. Sometimes I catch it too. Right now the ball field needs a lot of help so us kids can play. Mom is writing down a list of the stuff they need so we can play. Will you help us please. (then tell any perks they get like ad in program or a certificate for their store when they help and suggest donation amounts, a choice of 3 levels usualy works) and ad you can come to our games too, OK?
Thank you for helping us get to play
if you have a cute kids in ball uniforms picture put that at the bottom of the letter.
Doug Travis 1919-2007
Charitable Giving Definition
Question: Charitable contributions?
I would like to know how giving offerings at church can be considered charitable contributions that can be written off as such. Maybe I am just confused on what a charity is. I was under the impression that a charity would give help or relief to the poor and needy (which is also the definition of charity). Could someone try and explain this?
tithe doesn’t pertain to God or religion. Tithe means 10% or a tenth.
Answer: In terms of what is considered a charity for tax purposes you have to go back to the US Tax Code. If I remember correctly churches are specifically listed as charitable organizations. For the most part when the Code was written churches were local organizations that often provided charitable services to the local communities. The advent of the huge mega churches with the large sums of money running through them is a relatively new thing.
My two cents worth.
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