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25
Jul

Gold Medal Fundraising

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The Olympic Games are almost here, so who am I not to capitalize on this and write a quick blog post about Olympic fundraising?!?!

During one of my mindless ‘surf the web because I’m too wired to go to bed’ sessions, I came across the ‘Raise Our Flag‘ campaign and found it quite interesting. The US Olympic Committee is quick to point out that our Olympians receive no government support and rely on private contributions to represent us in London this year. If you’ve ever been associated with an olympic athlete, you know just how expensive the process is. Travel, housing, etc. – it ain’t cheap! And that’s after spending a small fortune on training and equipment over the years to reach the level of athleticism necessary to make the team.

Oh, and many don’t have jobs because training is a full-time endeavor. Only a few have the ability to receive superstardom levels and Wheaties boxes with big paychecks attached.

The ‘Raise our Flag‘ campaign is just one way for the masses to do their part and, in their own way, participate in the 2012 games. It’s a neat idea, inviting us to make a gift to buy a stitch in the US flag for $12. So far, according to the website, 29,257 stitches have been sold – that’s a little over $350,000 if you’re doing the math.

Undoubtedly, that’s just a drop in the bucket compared to what the US Team will raise through corporate sponsors, major gifts and more. But it’s an interesting way to get broad-based support – which we all know is important – and also a level of engagement for those who give. I’m sure many will watch the opening ceremonies and think about their gift. They might even squint real hard to look for their stitch as the flag marches into the opening ceremonies. Hope they have a big TV!

The website itself is quite interesting – the USOC does a good job of explaining why gifts are important, how money is used and the impact small gifts can make. The infographic is compelling – it takes just 20 stitches to provide a pair of boxing gloves, for instance. You can see where your gift can help in very real ways. The short videos about our athletes are interesting and the social media integration with donor wall is good stuff too.

If  you’ve got olympic fever and, like me, enjoy looking for new ideas on various fundraising sites, it’s worth a visit.  Good luck to Team USA and athletes from around the world!

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19
May

It’s not uncommon for our educational institutions to advertise the day when tuition runs out and private support and other income sources begin to take over – it’s a great way to demonstrate the importance of philanthropy on campus. It’s especially powerful for students, as they learn that tuition covers only a percentage of their education – and alumni are helping with the rest. Hopefully they’ll continue that tradition in the future!

I like this simple video from Marquette that features “Tuition Runs Out Day” and their program to inform students while thanking alumni. Low cost and effective – my favorite combo!

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On a related note, another great video that shows the fine work of David Jones and his colleagues at the University of Georgia. . . saying thanks to donors while educating their students about the importance of supporting UGA. Enjoy!

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29
Feb

The Great Give

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Great story from the fine folks of Bentz Whaley Flessner about Florida State’s ‘The Great Give’ – a 36-hour online giving campaign.  Integrating many different channels, the campaign generated great interest and participation for FSU. Watch the video to learn more!

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7
Feb

Mickey Mouse says thanks!

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Not necessarily fundraising related, but certainly the concept transfers to those of us responsible for thanking our donors.  I received this about one week after a recent vacation to Walt Disney World.  I loved it and my kids have declared it will have a permanent place on our fridge!

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Sorry about the scan quality!

 

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24
Jan

Let’s put that in writing!

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There’s been quite a bit in the news lately about the ongoing lawsuit between Garth Brooks (mega-wealthy country music sensation with questionable facial hair) and the Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital. . . all over a little $500,000 misunderstanding.  It’s an unfortunate situation for both parties, and in the end nobody is going to be happy.

Long story short, Garth made a gift to the hospital.  Garth wants a refund.  They don’t want to give it to him.  And soon, it looks like a judge will decide who wins.

Brooks claims his $500,000 gift to the hospital was in honor of his mother, Colleen Brooks, and in return the hospital agreed to name a women’s center after her.  He insists that the good folks at the hospital showed him renderings of the building with her name on it.  The hospital has stated that they made no such promises, and the gift was made with no strings attached.  Obviously somebody is either lying or there was a heck of a misunderstanding.

We may never know the full story behind this significant blunder, but I’d bet both parties are at fault.  Situations such as this can be avoided with careful documentation, contact reports, written proposals and careful cultivation and clear communication throughout the process.  I’m guessing some of all of this was lacking.  In the end, there should have been a detailed gift agreement that included key components of the gift structure, use of funds and any acknowledgement requirements.  If that doesn’t exist, shame on the hospital for not putting everything in writing.  And shame on Garth (or his representatives) for not requiring it.

Paperwork isn’t fun.  But situations like this help demonstrate the value of keeping good records and documenting everything throughout the fundraising cycle.  I bet the phrase ‘let’s get that in writing’ will be going through both parties’ heads during any future philanthropic transactions!

 

UPDATE:  The judge ruled that the hospital is to give Garth his money back.

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6
Dec

‘Tis the season

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Past GettingGiving posts have featured some fundraising cartoons by Mark Litzker, a fundraiser and cartoonist who has allowed GettingGiving to post some of his work. Given the amount of time many of us are out shopping for gifts right now, it seemed a perfect time to share another!

Does this look familiar?

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18
Nov

Yes, this post is Annual Fun 101. Not Fund. Because it’s fun stuff!

I’m often asked to do Annual Fund 101 presentations – to classes on campus or nonprofits looking to learn a little more. You can only use the same PowerPoint so many times without going insane, so I recently decided to change things up a bit. I identified a great illustrator (thanks Tom!!) and I think my new and improved Annual Fund 101 presentation puts a little more fun in fundraising!

Tom and I worked on a concept that ended up being exactly what I was looking for – a lighthearted representation of the annual fund that hits key topics without getting too detailed. He was able to put it all in a single graphic that I could pop into Prezi to set up the final presentation. He did such a nice job I’ve already commissioned another graphic for a talk about participation rates. I’ll share that one soon.

I’m really happy with the final product, especially the fact that I can hand out a nice ‘poster’ of the talk at the end rather than a bunch of bullet-point slides.

I’ll update the presentation early next year, so I’m open to any thoughts/suggestions on topics or areas that need to be added – would love your feedback via email or by using the comments function below. Enjoy!

NOTE: Click ‘more’ and ‘fullscreen’ to get the best view!

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