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Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
6:49 pm - The Dream.

My Dream is to change the world for the better. I currently think that our society is very selfish, materialistic and disconnected. This world is lacking so much love, unity, art, creation and faith. I feel as though people have forgotten the meaning of unconditional love, true happiness, true beauty, nature & so much more. Im here to remind the world. All it takes is one. This year, Im dedicating an entire year to the world. Im dedicating 365 of my life with acts of goodness for humanity. Everyday I will blog about my expierence of that day in the hopes of inspiring the world to do better & be on the pursuit of changing peoples lives!I know all it takes is passion, drive, a warm heart, one HUGE Dream, & I will never STOP!

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Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
6:03 pm - appropriate donation for a free resource

Hi guys, 

I took on the role of organizing this month's volunteer social and was able to swing a free space donated by a local church. When I got in contact with the church originally, I mentioned having limited funds in the organization and that I was hoping for something free or very cheap.

In response to my proposal, they have given us a room free of charge to host our event for about 3 hours but they mentioned that any donations will be gratefully accepted.

Obviously, we plan to make a donation, especially since I'm hoping to be able to keep working with them in the future. My question to you is this: what is an appropriate amount to donate in this situation?

I tried doing some online research, but my search has turned up nothing I can refer to. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Sunday, March 29th, 2009
11:21 am - 2 things to read if you work in the non-profit sector.

The Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) has issued a rather stark report entitled "Quiet Crisis:  The Impact of the Economic Downturn on the Nonprofit Sector."

Nonprofit Finance Fund conducted a survey of over 950 nonprofit professionals. Key findings include:
  • Only 12% expect to operate above break-even this year.
  • Just 16% anticipate being able to cover their operating expenses in both 2009 and 2010.
  • 31% don’t have enough operating cash in hand to cover more that one month of expenses, and another 31% have less than three months’ worth.
  • 52% of respondents expect the recession to have a long-term (2+ years) or permanent negative financial effect on their organizations.
  • 93% of lifeline organizations that provide essential services anticipate an increase in demand in 2009.

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Monday, February 4th, 2008
4:48 pm - Unique ideas


Just wondering if anyone had any new or unique ideas or themes for live/ silent auctions.  We've done 10x10 playhouses for the past two years, but the hassle with moving them on tow trucks and the expense hasn't proven worth the return.  Thanks!

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Friday, December 7th, 2007
10:09 am - Reimbursements

If your organization has a blackberry/cell phone reimbursement policy, and you would be willing to share said policy with me, please let me know.  Thanks!

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Thursday, October 25th, 2007
3:22 pm - Sometimes corporations aren't evil

I may have a screaming customer or some horrible thing happen tomorrow to change my mind, but right now, I am very happy with my company. We just started the 2008 annual Employee Giving Campaign, designed to help employees support their favorite charities. My favorite, Hostelling International, was unsurprisingly not on the list. Not a lot of people know about it, and it's a hard sell to get donations to a hostelling foundation when there are so many, highly visible good causes out there - AIDS, heart disease, breast cancer, environmental causes, human rights, animal rights, etc.

This could have been a problem. With AmEx, it was not. 2 minutes of research on my part to find the Tax ID number designating them a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and $20 from each paycheck now goes to HI-USA to perserve historic buildings through responsible conversion into hostel facilities. $520 a year. Amex matches every penny of that, bringing my yearly contribution to $1040. It's not a lot but it's what I can comfortably afford and I feel very good knowing that my company A. isn't going to judge what I choose to donate my money to and B. thinks it's cool enough that I want to give back to the community that they will help me make it a substantial impact. They'll do this for any employee for up to $8000 per year. Folks, that's more than 50% of the total yearly operating budget of some nonprofits. If I were on the board of a nonprofit and were donating to that organization, AmEx would double my contribution - basically, if I donated the maximum of $8000 per year - which I can in no way afford to do yet - they would donate $16K. Per year. That's $24K per year total, which I personally find just astonishing, and humbling, and makes me all kinds of happy.

Maybe a lot of Corporate America operates this way, but none of the bits I've worked for ever have, so...yeah. Pleased to be where I am, right now :)

current mood: pleased

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Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
7:11 pm - I just discovered this terrific non profit- Be The Miracle-For teens/kids who lost their parents



current mood: impressed

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Sunday, August 5th, 2007
9:57 pm
ithinkimhungry Hi, I'm from Canada and was told there is a book called "The Blue Book" which lists non profit organizations in Canada and/or US.

Can anyone tell me if this book is available online?

Thanks so much!! :)

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Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
12:19 pm - fundraising amounts

hi everyone,

So glad to find this comm. :D I have a question for those of you that do grant applications and that kind of thing.

I run a (very) small nfp whose goal is to increase science literacy of P-12 students in my province. We operate by coordinating volunteer visits by scientists to schools across my province, and we've been around for almost 20 years. I have been working on grant applications for the last couple of weeks, and I am curious to compare what I have been doing to what other people do.

I've been asking a variety of businesses and corporations for money, and I seem to be fixated on asking for $5k. Our annual operating budget is anywhere from 30-35K a year (and a good piece of that is my salary - I'm the only employee). My rationale has been that asking for $10k might be pushing my luck, since I'm not sure of the average amount that the companies tend to give out, and that asking for amounts between $1k and $5k is a little low since they might have been willing to give more and I don't want to ask for too little. $5k seemed like a nice compromise.

My supervisor is of the opinion that $5k is on the low side and especially with tech companies and oil companies and such on the list of possible donors, I should be asking for $10K as an average. Does this sound like a reasonable perspective? How do you guys decide how much to ask for?

thanks!! I look forward to any comments.

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Friday, July 20th, 2007
12:40 pm - Fair Trade Researcher - Internship
toezontheground The Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand has an internship available - based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Details at:

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Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
9:52 am - Nonprofit bulk rate mailing?

We're in the process of applying for a nonprofit bulk mailing liscence, but in the mean time I'm trying to put together a budget and need to know how much we'll be spending on postage. I can't seem to find a rate table for nonprofit bulk mailings anywhere. Does anyone happen to know how much it costs to send about 500 single-sheet letters at non-profit rates?

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Saturday, June 30th, 2007
8:57 pm

Hi! Are there any orchestra managers in here?

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2007
8:54 am - Tips for a newbie?

Hi, I started out about eight months ago as the receptionist at my mosque. Since then, my job has pretty much morphed into financial manager. It's a long story. Anyway, I've managed to pick up the accounting half of things pretty easily, but I'd like to start working more on fundraising and long term planning. Basically, no one around here has done any of that. At all. We don't even have a budget drawn up for this year. But I'm just the random college student they hired to answer the phone, and while I'm good at picking things up on the fly, I have zero experience with things like budgets. I'd like to eventually get to the point where I'm actually, you know, qualified for the job I'm in, and I was hoping some of you might have tips for courses I should take or books I should get. I think I can probably get approval for about $200 in books, and we'd have to see about the courses.

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Saturday, May 26th, 2007
8:39 pm - Name a cheetah cub!

Wildlife Safari is naming two cheetah cubs by auction on Ebay. This is a great way to support conservation and Wildlife Safari. Wildlife Safari has produced more cheetah cubs than any other facility in the western hemisphere. Wildlife Safari is a non-profit corporation and all bids or donations are tax deductible. There are some extras too, such as getting to meet our ambassador cheetah. Please visit our ebay auction item at:


Or search for "cheetah cub name" on ebay.

To make this work we need to get the word out to as many people as possible. Please re-post this bulletin.


You can see photos of the cubs at the two links below:

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Tuesday, March 27th, 2007
12:04 pm - Free Tax Refund This Year

I intern for a non-profit called S.E.L.F - Solar Electric Light Fund. What we do is set up solar energy light sources in third world countries to give their wellbeing and economy a second chance.

Something really big happened this year, in that Congress passed a law saying that a tax that has been on everyone's phone bill for 108 years was illegal. It was originally put on there for the Spanish-American War. And we were still being taxed for it until now.

So what Congress is doing is letting us get that money back in a one-time-only refund.

What happened for our organization, however, is that another non-profit org called Refunds For Good was set up to try and get people to donate this refund (since it is free money anyway).

Our organization was chosen to be one of three non-profit orgs that this money would be given to. So now the job remains to us to inform people about this refund and encourage them to give to RFG.

You can go here: http://www.refundsforgood.org to learn more about it

There is also a humorous YouTube video that was made about this subject here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCOwDKz3Q9g

And, of course, for more information on the non-profit that I work for, here is the link: http://www.self.org

Thank you all for reading!

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Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
9:30 am - Survey: Open Source CMS Satisfaction in Nonprofits

Isovera is conducting a survey on the use of open source content management systems in nonprofit organizations. We want to better understand how satisfied organizations are with specific systems across implementation stages and functional areas.

This short survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Results will be made publicly available as well as included as part of a larger paper that Isovera is writing. The results may also be part of an upcoming conference panel and technology journal.

The survey will close at 9am ET on February 1st. Within the following week, Isovera will randomly select 15 valid responses and email each of them a US$15 Powels.com gift certificate. Valid responders must complete the survey and either have a .org email address or show a nonprofit website URL and name.

To take the survey, visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=118783059303 . Details of Isovera’s use of collected information are on the introductory page of the survey.

Thank you,
Scott Youmans
Isovera, Inc.
survey at isovera dot com

Isovera, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is an Internet consulting firm dedicated to helping nonprofits maximize the benefits they receive from using Internet technology.

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Thursday, November 16th, 2006
10:37 pm - Non-profit to help HS kids with college aps?

Does anyone know of non-profit organizations that help HS kids with the college application process?

A quick Google search found this in Seattle, but this website hasn't been updated since 2000, it looks like.

Thanks, man!

current mood: hungry

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Wednesday, October 18th, 2006
12:09 pm - Please help support SAVE!! It is a good cause!

If you volunteer for any non-profit organization, or simply believe in the important work they do to make our communities the best they can be, please vote for SAVE, Support American Volunteer Efforts, at www.saveusa.info.

SAVE is a bill in Congress that would give a tax credit up to $2,000 per year to any American who volunteers for a non-profit organization, earned at the rate of the number of hours volunteered multiplied by minimum wage.

As you may know, many people who regularly volunteer are being forced take a second job instead to make ends meet. As a result, non-profit organizations are finding it increasingly difficult to find and keep volunteers. SAVE not only rewards volunteers for their contributions and thus increases volunteerism, but also helps provide sustainable funding to non-profits since volunteers are 2.5 times more likely to donate to the non-profit organizations they support.

SAVE also provides a great contrast to the tax benefits that are currently being pushed through Congress. For example, as few as 8,200 families would reap the majority of the benefits from the repeal of the Estate Tax currently being considered by Congress. The cost of the repeal of the Estate Tax in 2007 alone is greater than any other budget items in President Bush’s 2007 budget, including his stated priorities of Homeland Security, the War in Iraq and Education. As a contrast, for less money, SAVE would benefit the 89 million Americans who volunteer their time, hearts, energy and resources each week to fight our fires, care for our elderly, teach our children, preserve our environment and help out at our hospitals, schools, churches, animal shelters and much more!

Please vote for SAVE at www.saveusa.info to show Congress that America supports volunteer efforts!

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Monday, September 25th, 2006
2:11 pm - Need Ideas

I was wondering if I could get some advice or ideas from you all about fundraising and getting public attention for the non-profit I run - A Small Victory (www.asmallvictory.org). Please visit our site to get more information about what we do but we are small non-profit in Washington State and in need of donations.
My husband, my dad and I were talking about the next step for publicity and fundraising for ASV. We were talking about me writing a personal letter (vs. a professional business style letter) to all the newspapers, news channels and radio stations to inform them of ASV. That's how my husband had a Yahoo! article written about his website, because of that article we brought in $18,000 in one month. We also were talking about a letter writing campaign to The Seattle Times (our largest local newspaper) from everyone that believes in ASV to try to get an article written about us.
So, do any of these sound like good ideas to you? How formal should I write the letter to the media? Email or typed letter on company letterhead? What should I include in the letter? If we do a letter writing campaign should I tell people what to say in their letters?
Do you have any other ideas to get media attention and more donations rolling in?

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9:18 am - Just wanted to say THANK YOU for all of your amazing work! :)

Thank you very much to everyone who has supported SAVE, you have no idea how much it means to us! Recently, we have had a lot of success with having people going onto our website http://www.saveusa.info which is AWESOME!!! But we still need your help! All it takes is 30 seconds to go to the website and show your support for this amazing cause!

In case you don't know, SAVE (Support American Volunteer Efforts) is a grassroots effort that supports a bill in Congress (HR 4387) that would allow for up to a $2,000 tax credit for anyone who volunteers for any non-profit organization!

Why would volunteers be interested in getting money for VOLUNTEERING? Because volunteers are 2.5 times more likely to donate the money to organizations they know need it the most, like the places the volunteer for! Soup kitchens, churches, environmental organizations, fire houses, Volunteer EMT organizations, Hurricane Relief funds, and so much more!

There are over 90 million Americans who volunteer an average of 3.6 hours a week to fight our fires, care for our children and elderly, help improve our schools, take care of our sick and dying, help improve our environment and much, much more!!

All we are asking for is 30 seconds of your time to go to our website at http://www.saveusa.info! and then help spread the word to your family, friends, neighbors, teachers, and strangers who you meet on the street! :)

Thank you all for your support and keep up the amazing work!

Thank you very much,
The SAVE Volunteers!!

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