The value of a good database

The longer I work in fundraising, the more I've come to realize that raising money – and even communicating effectively – is much more difficult when there isn't a good database recording past donations and communications. Many small nonprofits, including congregations, enter gifts and produce tax receipts using Excel or other rudimentary software. They may not have the money to spend on specialized fundraising software, or anyone who knows how to use it, or the time to research better solutions. [...]

Why you need a legal will

While doing some work on planned giving for a number of ELCIC-related organizations this past summer, I became aware of rather sobering statistics pertaining to the high number of Canadians who do not have an up-to-date, legal will. (See, for example, this survey.) I also know there are many ELCIC plan members who, for various reasons, have not gotten around to making one. If you stop reading here, please, make sure that you aren’t one of those members! [...]

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