This week we are happy to feature guest blogger Karen Eber Davis. Karen is a nonprofit consultant and an instructor for the Philanthropy Center.
A nonprofit has a playground for children with special needs. It needs replacing. Should they ask their local friendly foundation for the grant to replace it? They haven’t approached them in several years. It’s likely to be a winner.
I recommended NOT doing it. Surprised?
Here’s the thinking:
- Funding the playground will appeal to other donors including individuals, foundations, and corporations. The playground serves high need, cute children. It has longevity. It offers a naming opportunity. Imagine the PR value of the video clip: A little girl laughing in glee as she goes down the new slide. How might this opportunity be used? To entice a new donor with the potential for multiple years of giving to make a first gift.
- The donors of the present playground haven’t been contacted by the nonprofit’s current leaders. How else might this opportunity be used with them? To reconnect and thank them for their valuable gift. If the ensuring relationship warrants it, they might be offered the right-of-first-refusal to fund the new play area.
- Within five years, the organization anticipates a capital campaign. The playground’s wear and tear exemplifies, in part, why the capital campaign is needed. How else might this opportunity be used? To meet with all of the complexes’ original donors. At meetings, cumulative results and preliminary ideas about the capital campaign can be shared. Feedback can be requested. As appropriate, donors willing to help now can be offered the opportunity to fund the new playground.
- When all of the above opportunities are exhausted, if the playground is still unfunded, the nonprofit might request funding for it from the local friendly foundation. In all probability this won’t be necessary. Instead, the opportunity with this foundation can be used for a practical need with low crowd appeal.
In my experience advising nonprofits for almost twenty years, I have found that even if they will be funded, not all grants should be written. Make your goal to get the maximum income for your nonprofit over time, not the most grant funds.
Earlier this year, the Philanthropy Center conducted the 2013 Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits Survey. The survey was completed by more than 160 nonprofit organizations in the Central Florida area and includes data from nearly 10,000 position classifications in total. The survey lists data for more than 130 individual position classifications and the pay ranges for those positions. The information is also provided based on the size of the nonprofit organization.
The report includes in-depth data about retirement options, health plan options and more. This data helps give nonprofits valuable information how their compensation and benefits packages compare to other nonprofit organizations. Purchase the full report
During this research, key information began to emerge. The information was so compelling, we decided to let the numbers speak for themselves. Leave a message below and let us know what you think.
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Important information to keep in mind with end of the year donations…
2013 End of Year Donations
The IRS’s basic rule is that a gift must be “delivered” to the charity by 12/31. Cash and checks must be handed over to the organization by 12/31 if delivered in person or if sent using a private service like FedEx or UPS. If the donation is mailed through the US Post Office, it must have a postmark of 12/31. The organization will receive it after 12/31, but that is ok because the donor relinquished control (the IRS’s baseline threshold for determining a gift date) on the date s/he put the donation in the mail on or before 12/31. Credit card gifts must be “fully processed,” i.e., approved by the credit card merchant, for the gift to be considered “delivered” by the due date.
Donation Thank You Letters
During November and December, nonprofit organizations receive the majority of their philanthropic donations. It is important that they thank their donors and acknowledge the donation in a way that allows the donor the benefit of a tax deduction. In order to comply with the IRS, nonprofits need to include in their thank you letter the name of the organization, the date of the contribution, the amount of the contribution and a statement regarding whether or not goods or services were received for making the donation.
Here is a link to an IRS article titled Eight Tips for Deducting Charitable Contributions (updated in September 2013).
Here is a link to an IRS article titled IRS Offers Tips for Year-End Giving (updated in September 2013).
Celebrate and Encourage Charitable Giving this Holiday Season
Black Friday, Cyber Monday all gimmicks of marketing to get us shopping but there is one day that is truly not a gimmick it’s #GivingTuesday™.
#GivingTuesday™ is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.
Here are some resources (clickable links) to help you plan your #GivingTuesday participation.
To register on #GivingTuesday
Facebook page for Philanthropy Center and #GivingTuesday information (don’t forget to sign in as your organization and ‘like’ that page in addition to personally giving it a ‘like’)
Salsa’s #GivingTuesday Workbook with 8 steps to plan and execute your campaign
HootSuite to schedule and manage your social media
HubSpot Social Media Planner spreadsheet template
Bitly tool to shorten URLs to save valuable Twitter characters
11 Ways A Board Member Can Get Involved in #GivingTuesday
Between the Two of Them They Know Everyone
Sara Brady and Scott Bowman together have a combined 40 plus years in public and community relations. Each has also been responsible for the corporate giving decisions on behalf of their respective employers – Bright House Networks and the Orlando Magic. Scott served as President of the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation and, recently, Sara was featured as one of the 25 most powerful women in Orlando.Together, they know everyone and quite a lot about how to navigate the world of building and sustaining positive, effective business relationships as well as insights behind the strategic thinking and decision-making behind corporate philanthropy are made.
Location: Winter Park Civic Center, 1050 W. Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL Tuition: $20 members, $40 nonmembers (includes buffet lunch)Registration is required and seating is limited.
via September 18 – Sara Brady and Scott Bowman speak at joint AFP and Rollins PNLC Leaders Luncheon.