Event season is in full swing this spring and summer for non-profit organizations. It is perhaps one of the most important times of year to raise money by hosting benefit dinners, galas, and golf tournaments. Live auctions are always looking for vacations somewhere exciting and unique such as Greece, South Africa or Spain. Don’t forget to keep it in the States with a couple other vacations well suited for the silent auction such as Colorado, Hawaii or California. Don’t let this year’s fundraising event go by without vacations, which typically raise the most money.
While most of us working in the non-profit world have been trained with the line of thinking that we need to be as frugal as possible in all areas of our organization, keeping overhead to 23% or less, there is another school of thought, which borrowing from the corporate world, says non-profits should spend more to make more.
In his book, Uncharitable, Dan Pallotta discusses the restraints of public expectations on non-profits and their spending. These often unrealistic expectations affect all aspects of non-profit organizations from trying to find ways to advertise with little or no marketing budget, to offering below average wages to organization employees. Even with limited spending, public expectation for professional collateral is equal to that of large corporations. So, how do non-profits keep up?
April 21 – 27, 2013 is National Volunteer Week. Most nonprofits will spend at least a day of that week recognizing and thanking volunteers. It is likely that your board members may join the staff in thanking the volunteers during the festivities. One problem…who is thanking the board?
Board members give of their time out of love for the mission, just like volunteers. They offer their professional expertise and guide the nonprofit to success. Too often, they are overlooked when it comes time for a thank you.
The economy has been the focus of many headlines over the past five years. Most people outside of the nonprofit world do not consider the impact that the ups and downs of the economy have on charitable organizations.
In October 2012, more than fifty percent of non-profits reported a lack of any increase in giving during the first 3 quarters of the year. The giving freeze is likely related to the salary freeze or decrease happening in companies large and small around the country. The same percentage of organizations facing the lack of increase in giving in 2012 expect the trend to continue into year-end giving, which is typically the largest giving period of any year. The recession has even seen some non-profits considering mergers to survive.
Barcelona, one of the most iconic cities in the world. With all that this city has to offer there is one street within it that is just as famous, Rambla Bulevard. The wide boulevard connects the Plaça de Catalunya, a busy square, with the Columbus Monument and the city’s waterfront. Located very near is the BCN Rambla Bulevard Penthouse and Apartment Rentals. Vacation Homes for Charity is proud to include them in our inventory. These amazing vacation rentals will help a charity of the renters choice.