Salsa Highlight: Now capturing more recurring donations dataSubmitted Thu Aug 18 2011 12:37:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
It's the "Salsa Weekly Highlight," your quick hit on what's new in Salsa to help get the most out of your online program. As always, you can find plenty more news, updates, and conversation throughout the week on SalsaCommons.org.
We've recently tweaked the database to capture more information when your donors submit recurring donations -- those all-important automated, ongoing donations.
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Spotlight on CIVIC's perseverance through wintry economic timesSubmitted Fri Jan 16 2009 12:44:00 GMT-0500 (EST) by Jason Z.
The Washington Times ran an illuminating piece today on CIVIC, the Campaign for Innocent Victims In Conflict and one of our favorite Salsa users. It's not only a heart-gladdening story to see CIVIC keep on keeping on, but underscores the perilous situation many small nonprofits are or soon may be facing.
CIVIC had nothing to do with crooked financier Bernard Madoff, but the relief organization was supported by the JEHT Foundation, a strongly progressive funder whose donor unfortunately fell prey to the Madoff Ponzi scheme.
That blow ultimately fell on CIVIC (and scores of other progressive nonprofits), and "illustrates how devastating the Madoff case has been for smaller charities" and has already resulted in one layoff on its four-person staff and the closure of its office.
CIVIC relies totally on grants from foundations and private donations, and that $50,000 grant [from the JEHT Foundation] was the only guaranteed money it had coming in for 2009. ...
The organization has a $350,000 budget. Compounding the problems is that donations are down about 40 percent, according to [Executive Director Sarah] Holewinski. She said CIVIC still needs about $200,000. Until a supporter in Europe gave a large donation last month, Ms. Holewinski said there was a real prospect that the organization would have to close entirely.
What a relief that CIVIC didn't close.
In this case, the Madoff-to-layoff chain is visibly apparent. But the systematic pressure of depressed donations, an implacable statistical inevitability fed by a thousand minute tributaries -- that's the thing to watch out for.
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Tuesday Tips: So What's an E-mail Address Worth?Submitted Tue Feb 20 2007 17:43:38 GMT-0500 (EST)
|A Word From Our Attorneys This entry is meant to aid ROI calculations for marketing, not for purchasing e-mail addresses. DIA users in particular should be aware that our opt-in policy prohibits mailing a purchased list from a DIA account.
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Fundraising: Did You Get Your Nut?Submitted Mon Jan 01 2007 15:04:22 GMT-0500 (EST)
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Fundraising: Ask Now!Submitted Thu Dec 28 2006 15:26:31 GMT-0500 (EST)
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"There's a Force in the Universe that Makes Things Happen ..."Submitted Mon Nov 27 2006 11:23:48 GMT-0500 (EST)
-Call your switchboard and see what happens when you ask for help or information -Call your 800 number, if you have one, and ask some average questions and make a donation -Send an email to your nonprofit’s donor services department (if you have one) and see if you get a cordial response
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