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38% of donating is likely to be done during the holiday season, says

If it isn’t too early to start your holiday shopping, it isn’t too early to start your holiday giving either.

While the folks over at charity evaluation site CharityNavigator note that charitable organizations have branded Giving Tuesday — December 1 — as the start of their giving season, the third quarter is basically all fair game for holiday donations. Though Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey finds that 38% of those who donate to charity said that they are more likely to do so during the holiday season, the Nonprofit Fundraising Survey found that over half of nonprofit organizations reported that they received over a quarter of their contributions between October and December. Roughly 16% of all nonprofits receive over half their year’s total contributions during those same months. Read more here!

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Like the idea of a Text-To-Give Campaign? Here are 10 considerations you’ll want to know before making your move from B2C.

10 Considerations Before Running A Text-To-Give Campaign

There’s no doubting the power of text-to-give fundraising campaigns. In the wake of 2010 Haiti earthquake, individual donors contributed an estimated $43 million by texting via their mobile phones. If you’re a frontline fundraiser, it’s only a matter of time before your organization’s leadership and board approach you about investigating this source of revenue.

Before considering whether to implement a mobile text-to-give fundraising campaign, there are 10 things you should consider [such as it takes up a lot of staff time and can cost you money]: Read more here on Business 2 Community’s page, B2C.

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Charities Lost 103 Donors for Every 100 They Gained in 2014, Says Study,

For every $100 in new donations nonprofits gained in fiscal year 2014 over the previous year, they lost $95 in lapsed or reduced donations, according to a new survey.

While that 5-percent net gain in gifts is “disappointing,” said Nathan Dietz, senior research associate at the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, the news regarding donors themselves is even worse: For every 100 new donors gained in 2014, participating nonprofits lost 103. < Read More Here on >



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Only one week left to register! Penelope Burk Web Event

Donor-Centered Fundraising® … how to boost fundraising profit in a changing donor environment, with Penelope Burk of BoardSource

One week left to register! Webinar Series: 3 Sessions Included

Penelope Burk’s research-based philosophy for fundraising in changing times in 3 convenient and affordable webinars, featuring:

  • The 3 must-have’s that keep donors loyal longer and giving more generously
  • The 5 things you must know in order to craft thank you letters that make donors’ hearts soar
  • Penelope’s 10 rules for improving donor retention and gift value by making your newsletters, e-communications and reports irresistible to donors
  • What makes Donor Recognition Events irresistible and what other kinds of recognition donors would rather you stopped giving them

Dates: October 13, November 3 & November 24
Times: 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm CT.
Cost: $275.00/ per person. Special group discount pricing available. Register here.

Session 1 — October 13, 2015: The Profitable Advantage of Meaningful Gift Acknowledgement

Session 2 — November 3, 2015: Donor-Centered Communication: How to Get Your Message Heard in a World Overflowing with Information

Session 3 — November 24, 2015: Recognition that Keeps Donors Loyal and Inspires Generous Giving


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Waco ISD Cares is a fast pitch forum for Waco’s most promising nonprofit organizations looking for access to Waco ISD staff contributions. The high-energy event is a platform for local groups to present information about their work, and be chosen as an eligible entity for payroll deduction contributions. The premise of the event is to have a competition for an opportunity to make a presentation about a cause, and have the winner be eligible for Waco ISD Payroll deduction donations. Find more detailed information, such as selection criteria, at

Download the Flyer! For questions regarding the application, attend the Q&A Session on October 5th or contact Molly Young at 

Please make a note of the following important dates (below). We will follow a strict timeline. Applicants must be present at the mandatory “Waco ISD Cares PITCH” event to be considered for funding.

Applications available September 23, 2015
Applicant orientation October 5, 2015 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the WISD Technology Conference Room (6th Street Entrance)
Application due October 20, 2015 by 5:00pm to
Finalists notified November 5, 2015 by 5:00pm
Pitch practice November 12, 2015
Dress rehearsal November 18, 2015
Waco ISD Cares PITCH Event November 19, 2015


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Storing Away for a Rainy Day: The Case for Reserves

Waco Foundation, Cooper Foundation and The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation developed The Case for Reserves to generate awareness about the need for local nonprofits to establish and grow operating reserves and endowments. Below are tools to help start the conversation about operating reserves and resources to assist in establishing a reserve fund that fits your organization.

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