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Quick Tips To Help Your Year-End Fundraising

We’re only three days away from the deadline for claiming charitable donations so I decided to put together three three tips via an article at ArtsHacker.com on how you can use to maximize donations from procrastinating donors. 1Text Message: this is one of my favorites; according to IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions > When to Deduct > Text Message “Contributions made by text message are deductible in the year you send the text message if the contribution is charged to your telephone or wireless account.” If you don’t already have a text […]

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What’s Your #GivingTuesday Story?

#GivingTuesday, the self described “global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration” is back for year five and took place on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Since its launch, a number of orchestras have participated so let’s open up today’s post to any group that took part in#GivingTuesday 2016 so we can all hear your story. How did your group fare? If you’ve participated in previous years, what sort of response did you experience this year compared to previous efforts? Did the program meet your expectations? What would […]

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Five Tips For Maximizing Your End Of Year Online Giving Campaign

It’s that time of year again when development departments are putting the final touches on the end of year annual giving campaign. In order to help maximize those efforts, here are five best practice tips to help you avoid overlooking critical items. Don’t shy away from the challenge; go, confront these problems. Fight! Win! And have your best end of year campaign yet.

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What Do Managers Do During A Work Stoppage? Development Departments

Recently, a reader reached out via email to ask what orchestra managers do during a work stoppage and as it turns out, we’ve never examined that topic so there’s no time better than the present to rectify that oversight. Like most topics within orchestra administration, this issue is impacted by a number of variables such as whether an organization owns or operates one or more venues, budget size, and season length. On the surface, it may seem like some departments have less to do without events to produce and while true in […]

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Some Good News From Atlanta

Although any time works for good fundraising news, it is especially nice to see some now and we can thank the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) for today’s installment. If you recall, in the wake of the ASO’s most recent work stoppage, the employer and musicians agreed to an arrangement where the musician complement (the number of salaried musicians employed by the organization) would be increased in tandem with fundraising benchmarks via a $25 million capital campaign. Late last week, the ASO announced that it met the campaign goal thanks to a $2.5 […]

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