Archive for December, 2009

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Funds Low? Fundraising and Adoption Planning for 2010

Were your holiday donations as much as you hoped for? With so many animal shelters and rescue groups in desperate need of funding, it may be time to rethink your fundraising plans and adoption events. Arrange events you haven’t tried before. Partner with other animal rescue groups or other nonprofits in your community. Here are a few ideas for the new year.

Plan an ongoing community effort such as a foster program for the pets of deployed soldiers. We owe these men and women so much for their sacrifices. They shouldn’t have to give up their pets! Establish a special friends group to coordinate this effort.

16Dec2009 | Continued
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Want More Donations? Be More Competitive

When you get bad service at a restaurant, do you go back? When you don’t get your money’s worth from a purchase, do you buy from that business again? With nonprofits competing for fewer dollars, make sure your shelter or rescue is doing everything you can to be professional and offer competent services. Improving basic business skills can help you shine when compared to others. Donors must believe their money will be well spent.

Here are some common sense ideas to improve your dealings with the donor community based on snafus I’ve seen as a donor to local nonprofits.

9Dec2009 | Continued
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Last Minute Holiday Ideas for Animal Shelters

Do you have a serious budget deficit? Or do you have a special needs pet who needs medical care or a foster family? Is your pet food bank nearly empty? Use these low cost and easy to implement ideas to make a big difference in the lives of homeless pets during this season of giving.

1Dec2009 | Continued