I was just thinking about blogging about connecting with people through means other than brochures, flyers and the likes; when I came across this great blog “There is No Next Best Thing to Being There” by Michael Rosen which pretty much sums up everything I was going to say.
Michael has said it well when it comes to brochures and the likes – they are time consuming, costly and from personal experience I know they are normally ‘designed’ by a committee; which is taking up time and resources that can be better utilised elsewhere.
Check Michael’s blog Michael Rosen Says … for more on this and other great topics around philanthropy, fundraising and the likes.
Some time ago I wrote this post for 101Fundraising, it caused quite a bit of conversation both on and offline – have look yourself and see what you think.
There has been recent news stories about charity collectors lately, some of these have reached the global ‘ear’ others have only been covered in the country of origin.
The latest to hit global news has been about ‘chuggers’, a quaint term for ‘charity muggers’. They’re the people out on the streets raising awareness, funds and subscriptions; who bail up people, use all manner of technique to ‘sell’ their story to the public.
This along with stories about contract charity collection companies who don’t pass on the full amount of the money raised.
The contract companies have been known to retain all of the funds pledged through memberships, subscriptions, in the first year; only paying the charity it’s funds in the second year.
Both of these have the potential to give the sector a bad name.
It’s hard enough for organizations to gain support, to gain a loyal following and be able to deliver the services it’s set up to do. What organizations don’t need, at anytime, is further distraction from their core activities.
Who’s at fault – Is it the organizations, is it the external ‘partner’ or is it both?
Something all nonprofits should do is check who they are getting into bed with, who they are building alliances with.
A partnership, no matter the type – sponsor, collection agency, or other significant partner needs to be well thought out, due diligence is needed, and if these checks are not done then some of the blame when things go wrong (and they can go wrong) has to lay at the feet of the organization.
If an organization is unsure about any partnership, if there is any niggling doubt – then it is time to stop, take a breathe and look at the partnership. Revaluation before things get too far down the track is a lot easier, a lot messier and quite possibly a lot cheaper than – after the event.
What should you be looking out for, testimonials and recommendations from others is a good place to start, but you should also be looking a little deeper, have the people behind the organization (agency) been involved in the field for a while or are they new to it, have they anything in their passed that rings alarms bells.
At the very least organizations should be using Google, their own personal contacts and doing some other more traditional checks to ensure that who they are partnering with has nothing to hide, that they have not been ‘investigated’ for running any scams or duping the giving public.
No organization should ever go into a partnership unless they have done their homework, would you?
Don’t let anyone you’re doing work with to raise funds for your organization keep the lot – no matter whether it’s for a month, a quarter or a year – it’s you’re money they’re raising.
View the original post and comments on 101Fundraising.org.
The Families Commission’s latest publication New Zealand Families Today: A brief demographic profileprovides a broad overview of the make-up of New Zealand families in 2011 which identifies trends over the past few decades.
Compiled by Dr Jeremy Robertson, the Commission’s Chief Research Analyst, it was launched at the Commission’s first lunchtime seminar in early August.
This brief demographic profile presents a broad overview of the make-up of the New Zealand family in 2011 and identifies trends over the past few decades.
The aim is to make available to the general public the latest information on New Zealand families, and in doing so, make them better informed of the diversity of family life. Historical studies of the family show that there has never been a period that might serve as the ‘norm’, as the nature of family relationships has changed throughout history.
To access the full report and more indepth information – click here