Service Sector Snapshot: News and Tips for Nonprofits (December 2014)
Posted Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 by Verified Volunteers Staff
The holidays are here! And since it is the season of giving, we thought it’d be a great to share our service sector snapshot a little early.
We hope you are having a terrific holiday season. It’s the perfect time of the year to get involved in the community. Fortunately for so many volunteer organizations, many citizens come out to donate their time in the last two months of the year, and there is no shortage of days to celebrate volunteering and giving. One of them happened earlier this month: International Volunteer Day.
On December 5th, volunteer organizations and volunteers in countries all around the world participated in International Volunteer Day, using the event as an opportunity to promote development efforts at local, national and international levels. Check out some of the photos here.
But just because we are in the heart of the holiday season doesn’t mean we should stop learning and growing. So here are some of the tips and tools you’ve come to expect.
Tips and Tools for Nonprofit Managers
Crowdfunding is here!
You’ve probably heard a lot about crowdfunding lately. It has been growing tremendously amongst nonprofits. In its most basic form, crowdfunding is the process of raising funds online via small contributions from lots of people. If you haven’t looked into this type of fundraising before for your nonprofit, it might be worth reviewing. There are many online platforms tailored to the needs of nonprofit groups. Check out the article and infographic released by Kimbia, the single-day crowdfunding event platform for nonprofit organizations, and read up on CauseVox’s 5 Best Practices for Utilizing Crowdfunding.
Fundraising planning for 2015
As you look to fundraising plans for 2015, it’s important to review what worked well in 2014 and implement some new practices to help you increase your successes with new campaigns. Here are some great places to start.
- How do you frame your donation requests? Stanford Business School recently published an insightful article on how nonprofit groups need to understand the very complex way donors think – and what makes them donate money to your cause.
- Payment processing – is there a better way? Outsourcing your Merchant Account could be the right decision for your nonprofit.
- Check out this best-practice guide for year-end donation campaigns.
Engaging with the Media
The nonprofit sector has an opportunity to play an integral role in incubating and nurturing a world of new media. Families no longer gather around the television for the 5 o’clock news – instead, news is instant, attainable, and more importantly, it craves input from the public. How can you build a good relationship with your local media – and media at a national level? Read about five good ways to start.
News in the Service Sector
- Volunteer teacher banned from district after sex charges
- Defense officials to strengthen background checks for anyone interacting with children
- Volunteers could help cure current gaps in care system
- Compensation and Benefits Survey results
- Which states lead on volunteerism rates?
Making a Difference
Fountain Green, Utah’s post office, has never seen a busier holiday season. Christmas cards have been pouring in from all over the country and beyond. The recipient of these cards? Six-year-old Addie Fausett, who suffers from a terminal illness that causes cerebral atrophy. Addie wanted nothing more than a “lifetime of Christmas cards” to raise her spirits.
After hearing about Addie’s very unique Christmas wish, eighth grader Ashley Wolynec rose to the challenge. Wolynec enlisted the help of student volunteers throughout the school to fulfill Addie’s wish.
This month alone, Addie and her sisters have received more than 400,000 cards and gifts – enough to increase the staffing of the town’s post office 900%.
Thanks Ashley for helping Addie’s wish come true. We wish all of you a very happy holiday season!