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April 6, 2016

Tomorrow evening, April 7, 2016, staff at YMCA of Snohomish County, Washington, will be honored at the Eagle Award Banquet at the NAYDO (North American YMCA Development Organization) Conference in Detroit. The award recognizes “associations who are integrating philanthropy into all aspects of YMCA work in North America.” Having partnered with the Y for the past five years, we at Collins are delighted (and not the least bit surprised) to see them receiving this distinction.

“This recognition is reflective of every aspect of our work at the Y and we want to recognize and congratulate each member of our team!” said Scott Washburn, President and CEO, when sharing the news with staff and supporters.

Beyond just acknowledging the actual dollars raised, award nominees were also evaluated in multiple categories recognized in the fundraising industry as crucial to successful development, including leadership involvement in fundraising, relationship building across the organization, board engagement with development, effective communications, and more.

“This is a team award and is representative of the importance of our significant Social Responsibility work,” said Scott Sadler, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer.

Collins’ partnership with YMCA of Snohomish County goes back to 2011, when we conducted a campaign planning study. Since then, 95% of the funds needs for the new Stanwood-Camano YMCA have been raised and the new facility will open early this fall. The new Everett YMCA secured its site last year and is preparing for groundbreaking in 2018.

“This award is awesome,” says Collins President & CEO, Aggie Sweeney, who serves as lead counsel to the Y. “The Y is really expanding its services and strengthening partnerships with the community. They have secured some of the largest gifts we have seen for any human services campaign this decade, and they are also reaching new goals with their annual campaign.”

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Are faith-based nonprofits doomed in the Northwest? http://collinsgroup.com/general/are-faith-based-nonprofits-doomed-in-the-northwest/ http://collinsgroup.com/general/are-faith-based-nonprofits-doomed-in-the-northwest/#respond Tue, 29 Mar 2016 22:15:23 +0000 http://collinsgroup.com/?p=3098 This post is part of our 2016 blog series, The Changing Faces of Philanthropy in the Northwest. All year long we’ll be exploring how the profound changes and contrasts in […]

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R.I.PThis post is part of our 2016 blog series, The Changing Faces of Philanthropy in the Northwest. All year long we’ll be exploring how the profound changes and contrasts in our demographics, economy, and beliefs are impacting philanthropy in our region. Join the conversation!


 

Shortly before World War I, a Methodist leader reportedly commented that the “air of the Northwest [is] too rare for prayer.”

Roughly a century later, the Pacific Northwest is still known for its unique brand of polite secularism. Research supports that ours is the most “unchurched” region in the United States, with 63 percent of individuals choosing not to participate in church, synagogue, mosque, or temple, according to Dr. Patricia Killen.

Thanks to our booming tech industry, the Northwest is also now home to one of the highest concentrations of wealthy millennials in the nation, who are poised to have the largest buying power of any generation in the U.S. by 2017. And millennials promise to take this secular trend to new heights. Now the fastest growing demographic in the country, millennials are twice as likely to be religiously unaffiliated as their parents and three times as likely as their grandparents, according to the Millennial Impact Report.

So, are religiously affiliated nonprofits doomed in the Northwest?

Hardly. While these numbers tell us that attendance at Sunday mass may be dwindling away, it’s hard to imagine the Northwest without many of its leading universities, hospitals, and human services organizations. Washington state’s largest local provider of assistance to poor and vulnerable people is Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. Seattle’s oldest refugee resettlement organization, in operation for 124 years, is Jewish Family Service. One of the largest charities in the country, Worldvision International, is an Evangelical Christian organization headquartered in Federal Way. The list goes on.

Creating a more broadly appealing case for faith-based nonprofits

Historically, faith-based organizations have seized natural opportunities to rally an already-assembled community around values-based causes. However, people often (and usually erroneously) perceive that faith-based orgs restrict their services to their own faith communities, and so secular donors may be less inclined to give.

There are a few things your faith-based nonprofit can do to better communicate your role in a secular society under the growing influence of millennial donors—without compromising your beliefs and values:

  1. Highlight issue expertise. While donors who are part of the religious community already have many opportunities to connect with faith-based organizations, secular donors sometimes have fewer natural entry points. If your organization has developed expertise over time in a certain issue, population, or program that is relevant to the public, make it known! Share your knowledge in networks that focus on these issues, positioning yourselves as community institutions and thought leaders.
  2. Highlight secular partnerships. Because of their longevity and permanence, faith-based organizations often provide government services through contracts and are well connected to other organizations. When you draw attention to these partnerships, you demonstrate your organization’s role as a key player in the wider nonprofit landscape and improve visibility in broader circles.
  3. Take the ‘humanist’ angle. A case built around religious motivations for giving can mobilize some while alienating others. Instead, focus on humanist language from your faith tradition, which will resonate with your religious base and help rally the wider community. For example, Seattle University, rated one of the top five colleges in Washington state, is a Jesuit institution with a diverse, multi-faith student body. It’s mission statement draws from Jesuit teachings, but articulates a much wider vision:
    Seattle University is dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world.
  4. Emphasize impacts. The best ways to inspire donor confidence are communicating consistently and documenting measured impact. According to the Millenial Impact Report, 85 percent of millennials are motivated to give by a compelling mission or cause that speaks to them personally, not because of a workplace, religious, or celebrity endorsement. They are also more demanding as donors: 78 percent were very likely or somewhat likely to stop donating if they didn’t know how the donation was making an impact.
  5. Control perceptions. It’s easier to believe that “Jewish Family Service” is restricted to people of Jewish faith than to assume “Worldvision” only helps Christians. If changing your name is out of the question, clarify loudly and often that you serve the larger community. Highlight donor and impact stories that show the breadth of your impact, and publicize statements like this website FAQ from Catholic Community Services:
    Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services help all people regardless of their religious affiliation. We don’t ask about people’s beliefs, we ask how we can help.

Faith-based nonprofits are an integral piece of the social safety net and civic fabric of our community. Millennials are rapidly becoming the high-capacity philanthropists of tomorrow. With a little bit of shared understanding, these two groups can have a long and bright future together.

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The Changing Faces of Philanthropy in the Northwest: Our 2016 Blog Series http://collinsgroup.com/general/the-changing-faces-of-philanthropy-in-the-northwest-our-2016-blog-series/ http://collinsgroup.com/general/the-changing-faces-of-philanthropy-in-the-northwest-our-2016-blog-series/#respond Wed, 02 Mar 2016 18:04:11 +0000 http://collinsgroup.com/?p=3073 Here in the Northwest, we live at the intersection of rapid change and extreme contrast. We have tent cities in the shadows of sparkling new office towers; opulent suburban homes […]

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A wall clock with the red text "Time For Change" on the white wall.Here in the Northwest, we live at the intersection of rapid change and extreme contrast.

We have tent cities in the shadows of sparkling new office towers; opulent suburban homes on the same street where a family lives in its car. Our regional map is dotted with the “whitest city in America” (Portland) and the some of the most diverse zip codes in the country.

Boomtown, aka Seattle, is the fastest growing big city in the U.S. This land of opportunity is a gateway for immigrants, who are reshaping our religious and cultural makeup. It’s also a destination for California tech workers “fleeing” the spendy Bay Area in search of (relatively) less expensive housing and a desk at Amazon. Yet drive a few miles in any direction and you will find rural areas in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho that have yet to emerge from the Great Recession. And even with this influx of new residents, populations in both Washington and Oregon are growing older.

As Northwest natives, we at Collins Group experience these changes and contrasts alongside our nonprofit partners and their communities and donors. After all, philanthropy is part of our region’s DNA. If our communities are evolving, our philanthropy must be as well.

So, how are the profound changes and contrasts in our demographics, economy, and beliefs impacting philanthropy in the Northwest?

It’s not a simple answer, and it’s not one we can address in just one blog post. Our team has decided to spend the whole year reflecting on this big question—in the context of the work we do every day with the nonprofit community.

A Fresh Look at Philanthropy in Our Region

This exploration will be driven by local knowledge, experience, and insight developed through working with hundreds of Northwest organizations, and informed by the latest research and data on giving trends we can find, including Money for Good 2015 being presented at AFP Advancement Northwest’s Forum on Strategic Fundraising in June. We hope you’ll join the conversation by posting your thoughts, comments, and experiences from your own work and communities. Here’s a sample of the kinds of questions we’ll tackle this year:

  • Growing Wealth Inequality: How is philanthropy responding to the growing wealth inequality in our region? What is philanthropy’s role in making our region more equitable and inclusive?
  • Aging Population: What impact will the aging population have on philanthropic investment in our region, now and in the future? Who are the next generation of philanthropists in this region?
  • Evolving Economy: How is the rise of young tech workers changing philanthropy in the Northwest? How is the influx of foreign investors impacting philanthropy?
  • Shifting Beliefs: How are new people from other areas of the country and world changing our region’s religious make-up—and faith-based giving?

 

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Have an idea for this blog series? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a suggestion in the comments below, or contact us at info@collinsgroup.com.

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Early Returns: Giving increased again in 2015 http://collinsgroup.com/general/early-returns-giving-increased-again-in-2015/ http://collinsgroup.com/general/early-returns-giving-increased-again-in-2015/#respond Mon, 29 Feb 2016 20:42:46 +0000 http://collinsgroup.com/?p=3059 We often get asked, “What changes are you seeing in giving in the Northwest?” Behind the question is inevitably a concern regarding how global economic uncertainty, national issues spotlighted in […]

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Symbol of rising interest rates on white background. Financial conceptWe often get asked, “What changes are you seeing in giving in the Northwest?” Behind the question is inevitably a concern regarding how global economic uncertainty, national issues spotlighted in the Presidential campaign, widening income inequality, and a host of other issues will impact my nonprofit’s capacity to raise more money and advance its mission.

While you can’t control all the critical issues of our times, you can stay focused on conveying your impact and your vision for doing more good.

This message hit home as I reviewed 2015 giving results released in the past few weeks.

The 50 most generous donors in America last year gave nearly $7 billion, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The top 50 list included four from the Northwest.  Billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates (ranked #6) and Paul Allen
(ranked #17) made the list again, as they have for several years. Their generosity has helped to transform our region and world over the past two decades and continues to drive change for good. The two other Northwest donors making this year’s top 50 list left surprises for the charities named in their estates. Myrtle Woldson, age 104, left the bulk of her $55+ million estate to Gonzaga University. Living in the same city but never attending the university, she was known to Gonzaga’s leaders, but even they were surprised by the level of her generosity. Seattle’s Donald Sirkin, age 86, had never given to Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (San Francisco) when he was alive, but he left his $125 million estate to the organization.  Their stories of philanthropy are heart-warming and showcase the Northwest’s strong culture of philanthropy.

While the largest gifts capture headlines, changing philanthropic trends are most noticeable when we look at all giving: where it’s going, and how. Blackbaud’s Charitable Giving Report: How Nonprofit Fundraising Performed in 2015 includes overall giving data from 5,379 nonprofits representing $18.2 billion in total fundraising.  While total giving numbers for 2015 won’t be released by Giving USA until June 14, this sample likely represents 15-20% of all giving—enough to draw some pretty safe conclusions:

  • Giving is still on this rise, but slowing. The Blackbaud report’s key findings indicate that overall giving grew approximately 1.6%.
  • The internet is making a significant impact on philanthropy.
    • Online giving increased 9.2%.
    • 14% of online gifts were made on a mobile device.
    • #GivingTuesday 2015 was on December 1, and its 52% increase in online donations helped giving in December increase to 17.4% of total giving for the year.

These trends are consistent with many nonprofits’ experience in the Northwest. Giving has recovered from the recession and is increasing, but year-over-year growth rates for annual giving is showing signs of slowing. At Collins, we are being asked more and more to provide thought leadership and counsel around online giving and strategies for events like #GivingTuesday and GiveBIG.

So what should you do differently, if anything?

Invest in your online giving program. While crowdsourced funding is still no substitute—and probably never will be except in highly unusual cases—for a robust major gifts program, you are leaving money on the table (and younger donors out of your pipeline) by neglecting your online presence or failing to leverage online giving days.

Get into campaign mode—even if you are not in a campaign. Our clients who are in campaigns, because they are highly focused on conveying mission and impact, are seeing the biggest gains at all giving levels. As one director of development reported on why their annual giving is up, “Because of our capital campaigns, we are doing a better job engaging our donors and conveying the difference we are making. We have also stepped up our marketing efforts and are keeping our brand front of mind.”

And you never know whose mind you are on, as Myrtle Woldson and Donald Sirkin would no doubt affirm!

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Will Your Nonprofit Accept Money from a Marijuana Business? http://collinsgroup.com/general/will-your-nonprofit-accept-money-from-a-marijuana-business/ http://collinsgroup.com/general/will-your-nonprofit-accept-money-from-a-marijuana-business/#respond Mon, 22 Feb 2016 18:10:36 +0000 http://collinsgroup.com/?p=3043 What would you do if a marijuana business approached your nonprofit and offered to donate a percentage of its proceeds to your organization? What if that business wants to put your […]

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What would you do if a marijuana business approached your nonprofit and offered to donate a percentage of its proceeds to your organization? What if that business wants to put your organization’s logo on its marketing materials or asks you to do the same? Or what if an individual who owns a marijuana retail store wants to contribute a major gift to your campaign? According to a recent Seattle Times article, Uncle Ike’s marijuana shop sells $45,000 worth of product a day.

Until recently, nonprofits didn’t have to ask themselves these questions—marijuana was outlawed in the U.S. in the 1930s. But in 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational use, soon to be followed by California, Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia. So do nonprofits in those states now have the green light to accept donations from this industry?

The answer is, in a word, complicated. Buying and selling marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, and even in states where it is legal, stigma persists. My advice to you:

Don’t wait until someone writes your organization a check to explore this issue!

Boards and development departments should proactively discuss the ethical, logistical, and legal implications of taking sponsorship or donated dollars from a marijuana business—sooner than later. Discussions about the right thing to do can be harder when there is a large check dangling in front of your organization than if you are theoretically discussing the issue.

5 questions to consider before accepting support from the marijuana industry:

Does it align with our mission and values? If you are an organization that helps people out of homelessness by connecting them to treatment for addiction, does taking money from a business that sells potentially addictive substances conflict with your mission? (This may seem like an obvious example, but I would not be surprised to find that many such organizations have yet to sit down with their leadership to discuss this issue.) Or perhaps you decide that for your organization, there is no conflict, and that these businesses and their employees should be allowed to give back to their communities through philanthropy.

Does our Gift Acceptance Policy (GAP) address this? Many organizations already have guidelines around accepting money from the alcohol or tobacco industries. Should you include the marijuana industry in that policy? Does the policy only apply to marijuana businesses, or to their employees and owners as well?

How would we recognize donors and sponsors? If you decide that you will accept a gift or sponsorship from the marijuana industry, what sort of recognition, if any, are you willing to provide?

Will it jeopardize our federal funding? If your organization receives federal dollars, then accepting a donation from the marijuana industry may put you at risk for losing those funds. Check with your program officer in the federal government.

Could we get in trouble with the Fed? The U.S. Department of Justice has said that it will focus its efforts on drug trafficking and keeping marijuana out of the hands of minors. In other words, the Fed is not actively prosecuting individuals who follow state laws. It follows that the chances are slim the Fed will go after nonprofits that accept funds from marijuana businesses, especially in Washington and Oregon where marijuana is legal. Still, no one can say the chances are zero; your board needs to determine if your nonprofit is willing to accept any level of risk, however small.

As with all things complicated, seek the advice of experts. Your accountant, CPA, and lawyer will be able to give you advice specific to your situation. And as with all things fundraising, it is better to be strategic and proactive than it is to be reactive. Accepting marijuana industry money is no different.

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Campaigns, Campaigns, Everywhere http://collinsgroup.com/general/campaigns-campaigns-everywhere/ http://collinsgroup.com/general/campaigns-campaigns-everywhere/#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2016 18:29:49 +0000 http://collinsgroup.com/?p=3036 Does it seem like everywhere you look, there’s a fundraising campaign in one stage of planning, execution, or completion? It’s not your imagination. A recent study by the Nonprofit Research […]

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searching for love health and money concepts sketched on blackboardDoes it seem like everywhere you look, there’s a fundraising campaign in one stage of planning, execution, or completion?

It’s not your imagination. A recent study by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative shows nearly half of all nonprofits surveyed in the US and Canada are in some type of campaign (27 percent in traditional capital campaigns; 19 percent in “special” campaigns).

The last time this survey was conducted in summer 2011, 12 percent reported being in a campaign. Even taking into account that 2011 was very much in the aftermath of the Great Recession, that is a significant increase.

A few other notable findings:

  • Capital campaigns last, on average, 4.72 years; special campaigns last 2.23 years
  • $45 million is the average capital campaign goal; $3 million for special campaigns
  • Education is the leading sector benefiting from this campaign activity
  • Revenue from major gifts rose by 55 percent among the surveyed organizations, regardless of their campaign status

What does all this mean to you and your development planning?

The recession is finally over, not just as a data point, but in the collective psyche. Because the last economic dip was more like a crater caused by a nuclear bomb, it’s easy to forget that we have been out of recession for some time. In fact, we are in one of the longest periods ever between recessions, which means the next one likely isn’t too far off.

If you are thinking about a campaign, it might be time to shift into active planning and implementation mode. If that is not in the cards, then look at a quicker, more focused special campaign to raise major gift money for an initiative or program enhancement.

Use this information to motivate your volunteers. Your fellow nonprofits are reaping the benefits of the current good times; why not yours?

Lastly, don’t use this information as a de-motivator: i.e., don’t think that the philanthropic marketplace is cluttered with too much competition. It’s always cluttered. That would be like refusing to dip your hook into a hot fishing hole because so many other anglers are landing big fish there.

Bottom line: Get a plan together and get out there with the others before the fish stop biting.

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Kill Your Tactics http://collinsgroup.com/general/kill-your-tactics/ http://collinsgroup.com/general/kill-your-tactics/#respond Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:16:52 +0000 http://collinsgroup.com/?p=2967 Anyone who’s been to journalism school knows the phrase “kill your darlings.” It means editing out the words and phrases that you’ve fallen in love with that drag down the […]

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Strategy_smallAnyone who’s been to journalism school knows the phrase “kill your darlings.” It means editing out the words and phrases that you’ve fallen in love with that drag down the clarity and power of your story.

In fundraising, nonprofits would do well to gather staff and key volunteers together annually to “kill your tactics.” Or at least some of them.

In my work both with fundraising professionals and as one myself, I find great propensity to fall in love with tactics. It’s the stuff we actually get to do, to take pride in accomplishment. There’s just one problem with this love affair – when tactics become so ingrained that they become synonymous with strategy.

For example, you may have decided at some point in the past to adopt this very sensible strategy: ensure 100 percent “stretch-level” board participation in the annual fund each fall to get the effort off to a strong start and show that leadership is “bought in.” Then you adopted this equally sensible tactic to achieve the strategy: task your board chair to solicit all fellow board members in September of each year.

But what if your chair’s idea of soliciting fellow board members is to hand out pledge forms at a board meeting, with the inspiring message of, “Just put something down so we can count you as a donor”?

Hmmm. Might be time to revisit your tactic here. We may be so committed to this being the chair’s job, that we fail to see that the tactic (which is nowhere engraved in stone) is actually sabotaging our greater strategy.

And the list goes on:

  • The event or gala that has outlived its useful lifespan
  • The “buy a brick” effort that costs more to implement than the revenue it brings in
  • The annual fund drive that has no clear purpose or direction
  • An “endowment building” effort with no case for how a stronger endowment will make your agency more effective at serving the community

Before you launch into your next strategic planning process, examine your tactics. Broaden your vision beyond “How can we make the gala better?” (i.e., improving a tactic), to “Is the gala the best way to bring people together to form community and raise awareness and funds for our mission?” (i.e., focusing on strategy).

Killing your darlings isn’t easy, which is why so many remain on life support year after year. But the long-term benefit almost invariably outweighs the short-term pain.

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A Season of Groundbreaking http://collinsgroup.com/general/a-season-of-groundbreaking/ http://collinsgroup.com/general/a-season-of-groundbreaking/#respond Thu, 29 Oct 2015 17:00:59 +0000 http://collinsgroup.com/?p=2958 With a lot of hard work and unprecedented levels of generosity, many Northwest nonprofits are planning, breaking ground for, and building facilities that will make our communities vibrant, safe, compassionate, […]

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groundbreakingWith a lot of hard work and unprecedented levels of generosity, many Northwest nonprofits are planning, breaking ground for, and building facilities that will make our communities vibrant, safe, compassionate, and creative. We would like to take a moment to celebrate the phenomenal success of campaigns we’ve had the privilege of being part of this year:

  • The Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture’s vision for The New Burke received a huge boost in July when the Washington State legislature allocated $26 million for construction of the new museum. Along with generous private contributions, the Burke is now at 60 percent of its revenue goal.
  • Last March, El Centro de la Raza celebrated the groundbreaking of Plaza Roberto Maestas, a $45 million project that will bring affordable housing for families, expand early education programming, new small business opportunities and support, and a multicultural community center to a rapidly changing, diverse neighborhood. The campaign is in its community phase and is within $1 million of reaching its $3.5 million goal.
  • Nonprofit radio station KEXP broke ground on its New Home at Seattle Center last January, is in the final stage of its $15 million campaign, and is planning its first broadcast late this year. Located in the former Northwest Rooms, the new facility is breaking new ground with a 4,500-square-foot gathering space with a DJ booth and room for educational programs, in-studio performances open to the public for the first time, an Artist Oasis for visiting musicians, an expanded library, and much more that will break down barriers between listeners and their favorite artists.
  • Multiple significant lead gifts this year translate into Hopelink’s Campaign for Lasting Change being on track to reach its $18 million benchmark by spring 2016, when it will break ground on its new Redmond Integrated Service Center. Through this campaign, Hopelink will double the number of individuals receiving the tools to exit poverty and complete five capital projects.
  • The Museum of Flight’s Inspiration Begins Here made news recently with a combined $30 million gift from The Boeing Company and Bill and June Boeing, and another $1 million from Ann P. Wyckoff, bringing the campaign to 80 percent of its $77 million goal. This funding will establish the Boeing Academy for STEM Learning, enhance facilities and exhibit spaces, improve the visitor experience, and ensure The Museum’s long-term viability.
  • NeighborCare Health’s Meridian Center Campaign recently received a $250,000 donation from a first-time individual donor. The new 44,000-square-foot facility will open late this fall and will double access to provide a healthcare home for at least 14,000 patients.
  • OMSI broke ground on its new Coastal Discovery Center in Newport, Oregon, last April and has exceeded its $10 million campaign goal. The Center, which will open next spring, will be a 20-acre outdoor year-round science camp and living laboratory that plans to serve 90,000 children and families over the next 20 years.
  • Seattle Humane Society has raised more than $22 million toward its $25 million goal for a first-in-the-region animal shelter, adoption center, and veterinary teaching hospital. The vision is simple and powerful: to ensure every pet has the chance for a loving lifetime home and for all animal people to welcome lifetime pets into their families. Seattle Humane recently launched an innovative Animal People Can awareness campaign, and raised a stunning $5 million at its Tuxes and Tails gala in May. Ground breaking is planned for next spring.

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Why Human Services Organizations Should Ask Volunteers to Become Donors http://collinsgroup.com/boards/why-human-services-organizations-should-ask-volunteers-to-become-donors/ http://collinsgroup.com/boards/why-human-services-organizations-should-ask-volunteers-to-become-donors/#respond Wed, 16 Sep 2015 22:14:16 +0000 http://collinsgroup.com/?p=2935 Do you know what tomorrow is? If you are in King or Pierce County and work at a human services organization, you probably are well aware that it is United […]

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Charity donation social services and volunteer white round buttons set isolated vector illustrationDo you know what tomorrow is? If you are in King or Pierce County and work at a human services organization, you probably are well aware that it is United Way’s Day of Caring.*

So what does this mean? The United Way Day of Caring, “…demonstrates the power generated by businesses and nonprofits working together to make a significant and lasting difference in our community. [United Way of King County] Day of Caring connects over 12,500 volunteers from 135 companies, making it the largest single-day mobilization of volunteers in King County.” This is significant because these volunteers might someday become donors to these organizations.

But many nonprofits do not believe that they should be asking volunteers to donate financially to their organizations. They believe it is selfish to ask any more of their volunteers than the time and energy they already give—but this belief is misguided, and here is why.

Three reasons why you should you ask volunteers to become donors:

1) Volunteers see and feel the impact of your work.

Human services organizations don’t have alumni or grateful patients; volunteers are the most natural pipeline to become major donors. They are the people most likely to understand, through volunteering, the impact of your work. They see the hungry people in the food bank line, they read to kids at the tutoring program, and they answer calls on the domestic abuse hotline. They witness firsthand how your work changes lives—you don’t need to convince them!

2) They know where their money is going—and they are happy to fund “overhead.”

Volunteers who also donate know that their money is going not only to a cause they believe in but also for the school supplies that they package, the rent for the building in which they stuff envelopes, and for the salary of John, the volunteer manager, whom they know and adore. Volunteers are familiar with the general running of the organization and are likely to trust that their money is being put to good use in moving the mission forward.

3) Studies show that volunteers donate significantly more than non-volunteers

People who volunteer are generally more philanthropic than those who do not volunteer, according to this 2009 Fidelity study on volunteerism and charitable giving:

  • On average, those who have volunteered in the last 12 months donate 10 times more money to charities than non-volunteers ($2,593/yr vs. $230/yr).
  • Two-thirds (67%) of those who have volunteered in the last 12 months say they donate to the same charities at which they volunteer.
  • These volunteers also say they are more likely to increase their charitable donations the following year (32% vs. 26% of non-volunteers).

And according to the Corporation for National & Community Service:

  • Volunteers are almost twice as likely to donate to charity as non-volunteers. Nearly 8 in 10 (79.2% of) volunteers donated to charity, compared to 4 in 10 (40.4%) of non-volunteers. Overall, half of all citizens (50.7%) donated at least $25 to charity in 2013.

The fundraising adage of “money follows engagement” is true. Your volunteers can be among your most beloved assets and advocates. Give them the opportunity to support you financially as well through time and expertise. You might be surprised by their increased investment.

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*If you live or work in Snohomish County, WA, your Days of Caring were September 11-12; in Spokane County, WA, the United Way Day of Action was September 9.

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