January 12, 2015
Nonprofits have a lot on their plates when it comes to fundraising. There are so many different dimensions to consider; from determining the big picture of a campaign to figuring out the best ways to ask individuals and groups to become involved. The rise in the number of available communication channels and methods, such as social media and mobile devices, adds another complex layer to the outreach planning required. However, there's a unique and powerful component of fundraising that may sometimes be overlooked as the emphasis on multichannel communication and online outreach continues to take precedence. Personal outreach to high-level donors still needs to be a major component of fundraising as it is crucial to nonprofit success.
Outreach on a personal level has to be planned, and nonprofits need to consider where and when is the best time to have conversations with past and present donors of large gifts. The value of these personal contacts can't be overlooked. With some strategizing ahead of time and a solid plan, nonprofits can reach some very positive outcomes through these individual contact points.
Past board members: an area of particular focus
One area where nonprofit groups should pay particular attention is maintaining relationships with their past board members. While not all exits from a nonprofit board may be positive, there are plenty of instances where a resignation is handled appropriately and leaves room for future interactions and potential contributions as well.
Nonprofit Quarterly recently discussed the need for charitable organizations to focus on this particular group. It pointed out that past board members' interest in a particular issue and involvement with a specific nonprofit doesn't have to end just because they no longer serve in a regular capacity. If they're given the right level of attention and have unique interactions with the nonprofit above what's expected by a regular donor who doesn't have as involved of a history, there's a good chance good results will come for nonprofits.
Content presented by First Nonprofit Group, the leading provider of state unemployment insurance solutions for 501(c)(3) nonprofit employers.
Working with Marshal Whittey at First Nonprofit has been a great experience. He handles our request as a priority and goes above and beyond to resolve any issues we have in a timely manner. Marshall follows through to the end and ensures our needs are met. He has been a great resource for LSC and our “go to” for any tax questions we may have. With LSC transitioning several facilities into one federal tax identification number, First Nonprofit was able to assist and provide guidance with best practices resolving claims to each entity. Additionally First Nonprofit provided knowledge (information materials) and one on one training to HRS group with best practices to handle claims state adjudicated, fraudulent claims, and appeals. And processing information in the First Nonprofit [unemployment claims] system allows for timely information can be collected.
My experience with FNP has been wonderful. Unemployment in general is quite confusing and FNP has simplified the process for us. Everyone we have reached out to or worked with has been very helpful and follows up to be sure we understand the information. I am so happy we made the switch to FNP!
First Nonprofit smoothed the unemployment perils for our organization during Covid. Without the ability to cap our UI exposure, we would not have been able to weather the storm. The program worked perfectly and we have come out of the pandemic ready to forge on. Thanks FNP!
My experience with the FNP has been fantastic. The idea of setting funds aside for the unemployment tax liability is a bedrock for nonprofit organizations like mine, namely ASHBA; what is even more advantageous is having the FNP as a custodian of those funds. 100% recommended!
I would like to comment on my experience with FNP….to date our District has saved $1,000’s of dollars by being enrolled in the First Nonprofit program. My only regret is that we did not know about this method of paying unemployment tax years ago….as I had figured about five years
ago, had we enrolled 15-20 years ago, we could have saved our small school district upwards of $500,000 in payments to IDES. Also we would have had a pretty hefty sum of money in our Reserve Account. Thankfully I attended a workshop hosted by First Nonprofit back in 2015 which got the ball rolling!
I have worked with the First Non-Profit Team for many years, and I appreciate the quick response and care that Cecilia and the team provides anytime I have questions. While there are other providers that may provide like services, First Nonprofit will always be my first choice! I appreciate you!
First Nonprofit has been easy to work with and makes the administrative process easier and smoother. We enjoy working with you.
Luckily for us, our interactions regarding any issues with staffing has been very minimal! I can say that all other interactions with regards to billing, 941 reporting, etc. have been extremely pleasant, accommodating and easy to work with. Kim Ghanayem is always prompt, professional and friendly. Thank you so much!