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These two links offer simple, important and easy fundraising tools to execute and manage.

One of  the easiest and most responsible things a fundraising nonprofit can do is set up the simplest of social media, brandbuilding, fundraising and community message and relationship tools.  You only need two or three good ones.  Beth Kanter is THE social media strategist for the countries biggest nonprofits, and smallest.

http://nonprofitorgs.wordpress.com/2009/10/14/five-essential-apps-for-your-nonprofits-facebook-page/

http://nonprofitorgs.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/five-most-common-mistakes-made-by-nonprofit-admins-on-facebook/

A standard set of fundraising programs are a Major Giving program, a Bequests and Planned Giving program, a Community Builder fundraising program (your Social Media structure is at the heart of this), an Organized Volunteer program, a Corporate Matching program.  Merchandise Sales, Community Events.

Some notes on effective Social Media Fundraising: http://blueskycollaborative.typepad.com/blog/2009/07/top-10-reasons-why-your-nonprofit-should-have-a-viral-fundraising-campaign.html

Some notes on developing any fundraising program: http://ecsg.alliance1.org/content/taking-your-planned-giving-program-idea-reality

22948938_7fc4fa44ce_tConsider the following list of volunteer ‘rights’.  Which ones are already adopted by your volunteer program?  Which ones are missing?

1.  The right to be treated as a co-worker, not just as free help, not as a prima donna.

2.  The right to a suitable assignment, with consideration for personal preference, temperament, life experience, education, and employment background.

3. The right to know as much about the organization as possible – its policies, its people, its programs.

4. The right to training fo the job, thoughtfully planned and effectively presented training.

5. The right to continuing education on the job – as a follow-up to initial training – including information about new developments and training for greater responsibility.

6. The right to sound guidance and direction by someone who is experienced, well informed, patient, and thoughtful, and who has the time to invest in giving guidance.

7. The right to a place to work – an orderly, designated place, conducive to work and worthy of the job to be done.

8. The right to promotion and a variety of experiences – through advancement to assignments of more responsibility, through transfer from one activity to another, through special assignments.

9.  The right to be heard – to have a part in planning, to feel free to make suggestions, to have respect shown for an honest opinion.

10.  The right to recognition, in the form of promotion and awards, through day-by-day expressions of appreciaion, and by being treated as a bona fide co-worker.

Reference:

Ciconte, Barabara L.  “Fundraising Basics” Philanthropy – An American Tradition Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2005, p.3 Reprinted with permission from The Points of Light Foundation, Making Volunteers Feel at Home, 1996