Decisions, decisions. Sometimes life would be so much easier if someone else made the decisions. Like it or not, nonprofit managers have to make decisions, often. Sometimes they work just great, and other times, well …
Now it’s official. It’s good to give!
A psychology professor who studies human happiness told an international conference last week that charitable giving not only makes people feel better but can lower their blood pressure, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.
Tomorrow starts the 2015 Amazing Raise which is Central Virginia’s 36-hour online giving challenge designed to inspire and expand philanthropy in our region. So much great work is being done in Virginia. A perfect example of this is the following article which highlights Operation Smile, a Virginia nonprofit that was the original recipient of the Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 1996.
Read this and see why now is the perfect time to get your funding strategy in top shape!
Americans gave an estimated $358.38 billion to charity in 2014, surpassing the peak last seen before the Great Recession, according to the 60th anniversary edition of Giving USA, released today. That total slightly exceeded the benchmark year of 2007, when giving hit an estimated inflation-adjusted total of $355.17 billion.
Richmond is fortunate to have such a philanthropic community for the arts. Enjoy this article about some exciting happenings and the generosity that is making it possible!
Within Richmond’s arts world, power varies by vantage point.
For artists it can mean simply surviving by doing what they were meant to do. For big-time donors it can be enhancing the city’s reputation with world-class art and exhibitions. For an employee at a nonprofit such as Art 180 it can mean helping teens from juvenile detention tell their stories to the world.
Educate board members, co-workers, and volunteers about the critical value of your organization’s Annual Fund. If you don’t have one, now is the time to start. If you do have one, now is the time to maximize its many uses. Check out this informative article.
Does fundraising by way of an annual fund seem old-fashioned? Boring even? On the one hand, annual funds have been around for decades. On the other hand, annual fund longevity has occurred for good reason!
The foundation has hired Virginia Non-Profit Associates LLC, which is overseeing the survey of 18 local organizations to find out what kind of programs they might like to put on in Chesterfield. The groups range from theater organizations like the Virginia Repertory Theatre to organizations focused on visual arts such as Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Beth Johnson, a partner at the firm, said that so far, feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
“I think everyone realizes that it’s a market that hasn’t been tapped yet,” she said. “It’s a way to reach a broader audience that hasn’t been reached yet.”