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Four Emerging Trends for Non Profits

There’s much occurring in the non profit landscape. The astute observer should be and always willing to look behind the covers of what is happening. Here’s a few thoughts to help bring sense to what is happening: 1. 25% of non profits will lose their tax exempt status. 2. Because of the downturn, 8% of non profits will close their doors. 3. The 40 million Boomers moving towards retirement means that more non profits will open their doors. 4. Good news: the non profit sector will continue to experience a demand for services.

3 Key Pieces of Advice: Fundraising in Recessionary Times

n the first part of 2010, Guidestar reported that 4 in 10 charities reported a decline in giving from January 1 to May 31, 2010. Three in 10 had cut back on budgets and more than half reported they had saved money by cutting back on programs. Half of all non profits had frozen staff salaries. In light of this gloomy news, how should the non profit respond? 1. Seek a Development Partner. 2. Seek strategic partnerships and collaborations. 3. Seek to crystallize your vision and mission and ruthlessly eliminate anything inconsistent with those.

Why Give Even When You Are Down

I had a cup of coffee with a friend of mine the other day. It had been awhile since I’d seen him. I knew from our email trail that the days preceding had been hard. Business challenges. But little did I realize how severe…