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WRITE ON FUNDRAISING is proud to present the second edition of The Wegotist, a quarterly publication focusing on the collective power of nonprofits. Once each quarter, we will share inspiring local and national nonprofit stories, funding opportunities, and valuable fundraising resources to community and nonprofit leaders. Happy reading!

5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Prospect List in the New Year

Kick off your campaigns with a new list of potential donors

The budget is finished. Year-end donations are on the books. Tax letters are right around the corner, but not due just yet. For many nonprofits, the beginning of the year provides a brief reprieve in the annual cycle of philanthropy. Take advantage of this time by freshening up your prospect list for 2019 with a few quick tips from Write On Fundraising.

  1. Conduct an In-house Wealth Screening

A wealth screening is a review of key, publicly-available financial indicators like real estate ownership, business affiliations, and stock holdings that help nonprofits sort and prioritize relationships for cultivation. Typically, these screenings are conducted by outside firms, evaluate thousands of prospects at a time, and cost a pretty penny. The information they provide, however, is invaluable.

A smaller, in-house review can be conducted by hand-selecting 25-50 donors you might like to know more about and running them through a homemade screening process. Jacob Astley, Director of Prospect Development for Oklahoma State University, suggests an array of public data pools. Read On.

Is It Good, Bad, or Ugly? Experts Spar Over Tax Law Implications for Nonprofits

Few seem to agree on what is in store for 2019

Even as giving trends continue to set record highs, some experts believe that the Trump administration’s 2017 tax cuts will result in billions lost in charitable giving for 2018.

According to a recent report published by USA Today, studies conducted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals predict the damage to charities nationally will be $13 billion to $20 billion in 2018, or a loss of 3-5% sector-wide. Charitable giving totaled about $410 billion in 2017 according to Giving USA, a nonprofit data center that produces national annual giving reports.

Why the gloomy outlook? The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act increased the standard deduction that people may take on their federal tax returns and limited to $10,000 the amount of state income, sales, and property taxes that could be deducted. The end result, according to the Tax Policy Center, is that about 16 million returns will itemize deductions for charitable gifts compared with 37 million in 2016.

That, in turn, leads some to believe that donors will be less likely to give, since they won’t get the tax break they once did. This could trigger a tremendous loss in not only the number of individuals who give, but also the overall amount of donations received by nonprofit organizations. It’s a trend, according to Giving USA, that the data has been showing for some time. Read On.

Fundraising Class for Newbies Coming in March

Training designed specifically for those new to fundraising

Write On Fundraising is proud to host a fundraising class designed specifically for folks new to fundraising on March 6 and 7 at 36 Degrees North.

“There are many great training opportunities for fundraisers in Tulsa,” said Lindsay Jordan, MNM, CFRE, Chief Philanthropic Adviser for Write On Fundraising, “but I’ve found that many of them drop new fundraisers into more intermediate-level concepts without taking the time to build a really solid foundation in philanthropy. With the average length of employment for a new fundraising professional lasting just 18 months, that strategy serves neither the fundraiser nor the nonprofit well.”

Introduction to Fundraising: Philanthropy, Communication, and the Nonprofit Sector is a two-day course that includes a comprehensive overview of essential nonprofit theory; finance; donor motivation; communication tools; revenue streams; data, acknowledgements, and prospecting; stewardship; volunteer management; and ethics, etiquette, and expectations. Lunch and class materials will be provided both days, courtesy of TulsaTech. Read On.

Unique Bias Algorithm Gives Tulsa Startup Nonprofit an Edge

UnityEffects raises funds for innovative video content and tech software

Can a software program measure changes in how people think, speak to each other, and view the world? Chris Guy, founder and CEO of UnityEffects, believes it can.

Feeling discouraged about the breakdown of social discourse in the United States over the years, Guy, a long-time business owner and entrepreneur, decided to take action and established a nonprofit that focuses on uniting people through shared human experiences - and outstanding video production, of course.

The new tech nonprofit startup is raising funds to launch an algorithm that will measure changes in user bias based on a set of unique qualifiers over time, calculating the exact impact of the organization’s online video content. Read On. 

Resource Roundup: First Quarter Goings-On and Resources for the Local Nonprofit Community

 

January Luncheon
Central Oklahoma Association of Fundraising Professionals
Wednesday, Jan. 9
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

January Luncheon
Eastern Oklahoma Association of Fundraising Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 10
11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Free Co-Working Day
36 Degrees North
Wednesday, Jan. 16
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Board of Directors Discovery Open House
OASIS Adult Day Services
Wednesday, Jan. 16
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Want to add an item to the calendar? Email lindsay@writeonfundraising.com.
 

Social Impact Intensive Returns for Second Cohort

TulsaTech teams up with Prodigy & Co to serve Tulsa's nonprofit community

After graduating seven local nonprofits in the fall of last year, TulsaTech is once again partnering with Prodigy & Co to help high-impact organizations think creatively about their biggest challenges.

The Social Impact Intensive is an eight-week deep dive limited to just a handful of accepted applicants where nonprofits are encouraged to “…do dot org differently,” according to Jessica Kinsey, CEO of Prodigy & Co and co-founder of the initiative.

“We aren’t interested in recreating support services that are already available,” said Kinsey. “We want to help organizations think critically about best practices and develop solutions that are unique to their needs.” Read On.

Tulsa Girls Art School Celebrates 100% Graduation for Third Consecutive Year

Art school sets organizational record for post-secondary enrollment and graduation rates in 2018

After nearly a decade of serving girls from some of Tulsa’s most economically depressed communities, students at Tulsa Girls Art School are now graduating high school and enrolling in institutions of higher education at record rates.

For the third consecutive year, 100% of TGAS seniors graduated high school AND enrolled in post-secondary education in 2018 – many as the first member of their family to reach either milestone. TGAS now has graduates enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Savannah College of Art and Design, Tulsa Community College, Kansas City Art Institute, Prairie View A&M, Oklahoma State University- Tulsa, and Northeastern State University.

“Art is the vehicle,” said TGAS CEO Adrienne Duffy, “but we’re ultimately here to help these girls overcome barriers and discover their purpose, power, and possibility.” Read On. 

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