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Charitable Giving By Income Level
Question: please help me summarize this, 10 easy pts!!?
Corporate-giving levels are much more erratic, in large part because of fluctuations in the business cycle. Before-tax corporate profits represented nearly 15 per cent of national income in 1955 and only a little more than 7 per cent in 1989. After-tax corporate profits represented 8 per cent of national income in 1955, falling to half of that share in 1989. Nevertheless, corporate giving in real terms rose during the period from just under $1.9 billion in 1955 to nearly $5.3 billion in 1989, increasing in the 1980s at a compound rate of 4.1 per cent. The growth rate in corporate giving was 52 per cent higher in the 1980s than in the earlier decades covered by this study. In spite of a drop-off in corporate giving after 1986 (due in large part to changes in corporate tax laws), charitable contributions by corporations as a percentage of profits before and after taxes remained higher in the late 1980s than in the decades preceding.
Answer: Get to know them better. This is not a task only to be accomplished through dating. The more you get to know him or her, the more you can tell if you like them as a friend or something else. Just talk and do fun activities with the person.
Stop and consider why you like the person. There are many physically attractive and smart people out there. But if you see something beyond that really catches your attention, you've marked this person as unique and probably like them. Why else would they stand out from so many?
Consider how many times you think about the person. If you find yourself thinking about this person several times a day, and they are happy thoughts that possibly make your heart beat faster, then you probably like them.
Think how often you laugh at their jokes etc. When you like someone, you will find yourself laughing at things even if they aren't that funny. This is a natural attempt to make them feel appreciated.
If the one conversation between you and the person is stuck in you head and you cant stop telling people about it. this means it was important to you, and you probably like the person.
Consider how much you try to be near them. If you've planned your walking speed to catch a glimpse of them as many times of the day as possible, there is a good reason for that.
Think about how you feel if you touch him or her, by accident or on purpose. If you're still thinking about brushing shoulders several hours ago in school, then that is a special thought and you probably like them.
If you feel you're ready for a relationship, and are confident enough for a positive response, then just go ahead and ask them out. If you're unsure of their feelings for you, there are several wikihows on how to tell if someone likes you.
Ken Mayhew, Chief Development Officer, MS Society of Canada speaks about legacy giving
Fundraising Projects Ideas
Question: Fundraising ideas for a new organization?
I was wanting to get the ball rolling on an organization that helps Appalachia. We want to get some funds in the bank and begin to start projects. Do you have any fundraising ideas that might help us? Thanks
Answer: you could look to grants. but, for fundraising, you also could organize some money-generating events. concerts or get local businesses to donate for a raffle. something like that.
Bar Mitzvah Bat Mitzvah Fundraising Ideas for Charity
Tax Planning Jobs
Question: GOP arguement that tax credit will solve recession- Is it correct?
I feel it is wrong with their present policy. Bush admin encouraged home ownership but followed directly opposite plan of tax credits with business done with labour abroad. The result was slowly jobs vanished in USA. If the lowering of taxes done primarily with jobs in USA, I am sure the housing problem would not have cropped up. And we would not have heard of recession now. Unless GOP chanes this policy, any amount of tax cuts will not benefit common man in USA. Finally such a situation will raise civil disorders here.
Answer: Reagan and W proposed tax cuts as the cure for everything. How did that work out?
No, tax cuts will simply enrich the already wealthy and fix nothing - in fact, if history is the guide, they end up making things worse.
EDIT: Amazing the lies that show up in this section. Clinton brought us to a surplus and we had the best years in memory. Bush never expanded the economy: he borrowed and spent. Can a family temporarily increase their standard of living by borrowing against next years income? Of course. But eventually you have to pay back what you borrowed and your standard of living crashes.
Eventually is now.
Obama's Anti Boob Job Policy - Dems tax plastic surgery
Best Charities For Africa
Question: I would like to start a charity in Africa. Where do I start?
Answer: Pick a country, then pick a state, then pick a city, because the laws for Africa vary from place to place just like they do in the USA. If you don't already have a great deal of contacts and experience in whatever city you choose, then you are NOT ready to start a charity in Africa.
I agree with others who have said you need to join existing initiatives working in Africa if you are looking to make a difference. There are many doing *excellent* work, and they may be able to help you help those you want to help. My favorites are:
Save the Children UK
Claire King visits training project in Lesotho, Africa
Charitable Giving Techniques
Ask for testimonials, and then post them throughout your site. You can never have too many testimonials. Include them on your homepage, on your checkout page, on your “about us,” or any page. Be proactive and ask for testimonials. After you complete a sale, e-mail your customer and ask for a testimonial. To make it easier for them, include specific questions such as “Would you recommend us to your friends?” or “What did you like the most about working with our company”? The key is to make it easy. Three four questions will give you enough feedback. In case a customer leaves a voicemail testimonial, post the audio file on your site. Invite experts to comment on your site. Getting an expert in your field to provide a positive comment about your company might give a huge boost to your credibility.
Don’t ignore your customers. Answer your e-mails in a timely fashion. You should never leave an e-mail unanswered for longer than 24-hours. If you have a system where customers can leave voicemail messages, respond to them in a timely manner.
Demonstrating your philanthropy is an excellent image builder. Be careful that your motives are honest; otherwise, the negative effects could be devastating. People in general appreciate charitable organizations. Making too much about your good deeds is not advisable due the fact that your prospects might regard you as arrogant.
To build your reputation, join credible organizations such as trade associations, chambers of commerce, the Better Business Bureau, etc. Post your portfolio of clients. Ask if it’s OK to post their company logos on your site, and see if they are willing to provide a testimonial. Share your professional experience with your customers. Volunteer at community events.
List your credentials. If you are a professional list, your college degrees, your professional experience, the awards you have earned, your professional certifications. In case you are selling a product list, awards or reviews of your company might have received.
Credibility is something that’s earned. You might need to give before you get. If you are a web designer, you might want to give a free consultation. A software company might offer a try before you buy promotion. Because you are prepared to give before you get, your customer has an opportunity experience your company without having to make a financial commitment.
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