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Does Your Year-End Drive Include Older IRA Owners?

With the new tax reform law in place, the ability of your donors ages 70½ and older to donate the distribution from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) to charity has been made permanent. This is good news. Previously the provision was tenuous and had to be renewed every year. Let me explain...

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Donor Data Is at Risk in the Nonprofit Sector: What Can Be Done?
August 21, 2018 at 12:35 pm

A colleague of mine, who happens to be a former fundraiser, has said to me that if she were a thief, one of the places she would hack first is a nonprofit organization. She’s probably right. Let’s think about it for a moment...

Does Your Year-End Fundraising Drive Include IRA Owners Over Age 70½?
August 21, 2018 at 12:26 pm

With the new tax reform law in place, the ability of your donors ages 70½ and older to donate the distribution from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) to charity has been made permanent. This is good news. Previously the provision was tenuous and had to be renewed every year. Let me explain...

The Dos and Don’ts of Asking Nonprofit Board Members for Gifts
August 20, 2018 at 1:25 pm

Here are some key dos and don'ts of board giving. Following that, you’ll have a chance to quiz yourself by attempting to solve a real-world board giving dilemma, where the organization wrestled with how to ask their nonprofit board members for gifts...

It’s a Match!
August 20, 2018 at 12:46 pm

I’m not talking about the latest soccer game. I’m not even talking about the online dating service, although, in a way, we fundraisers could be considered trying to “date” and then “marry” our donors. No, what I’m talking about is that wonderful, glorious “challenge” you offer, which you can use to “entice” other donors to make a gift...

What It Takes To Keep Your Major Gift Officer
August 20, 2018 at 12:32 pm

Jeff and I have been in many meetings where managers are haggling over how much to pay a major gift officer. Sometimes, there is an enlightened manager at the table who realizes that this one major gift officer could generate a substantial amount of revenue and, therefore, he or she says: “We’d better pay them well...

#NPPTrendingNow Ep 54: Can Sound Affect Donor Giving Patterns?
August 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

Welcome back to #NPPTrendingNow, a weekly video series where NonProfit PRO Editor-in-Chief Nhu Te breaks down the top three coveted stories of the week. Here's what we've got going on for you this week: overcoming the volunteer coordination time trap, creative videos to boost the nonprofit brand and how audio branding can influence donor behavior...

5 Ways to Commemorate National Nonprofit Day
August 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm

On Aug. 17, 1894 the Tariff Act was signed into law, which included exemptions for nonprofit organizations and charitable institutions. Today, we observe Aug. 17 as National Nonprofit Day to acknowledge the positive impact that nonprofit organizations have on our local communities and around the world...

A Prayer for New Grandson Luke and His Birth Mates!
August 17, 2018 at 11:55 am

On Aug. 10, I became a grandfather for the fourth time. As we age, we take no grandchild for granted. I wanted to hold my grandson, Luke Alexander Haddad, all day. I said a prayer for him and talked to him about his future responsibilities...

Fundraising Through Alexa
August 16, 2018 at 11:13 am

“Alexa, make a $25 donation to __” When I started at nonprofits, giving online was seldom utilized. So much so, that we would manually enter the donations into our CRM one-by-one from a printout. That was in 2004, when data syncs from online platforms to your legacy database were not a thing. People were skeptical…