Urban Peak, a Denver based nonprofit, works to provide services to Denver’s homeless youth. Their goal is to equip young adults with the skills to overcome difficult challenges and become self-sufficient. Urban Peak provides overnight shelter, employment programs, a drop-in day center, street outreach, educational and employment services and supportive housing. In 2016, Urban Peak served 1,814 youth, with many moving on to have stable lives. On Monday, October 22nd, Urban Peak is hosting its annual fundraiser, “Plates for the Peak”. Come enjoy specialty drinks, fabulous food, music and a silent auction to support Urban Peak! Tickets are available for purchase online.
Giving back to charities and nonprofits is something that many people value and do on a regular basis. However, increased competition in the nonprofit landscape has caused some organizations to develop misleading donor pitches. Matt Aspegren helps explain why individuals should be wary of where they place their donor money. His main piece of advice: be very careful when selecting charities and nonprofits to invest in. This article offers five tips on how to distinguish between donor pitches that are just good stories versus ones that are legitimate and could truly benefit from a substantial investment. Click here to read more about how you can support high-impact charities and not just good marketing.
Source: Excellence in Giving
In this article, Al Mueller, president of Excellence in Giving, explores how to make your charitable giving (no matter at what level) transformational. Click here to read more.
Source: Fidelity Charitable
"Most nonprofit board members and managers have acquired a measured of savvy when it comes to raising funds for their organizations. They have learned that building trust with current and prospective donors is the key to maintaining meaningful support." Click here to learn more ways to strengthen donor relationships and possibly increase contributions.
Source: Nonprofit Management
"Because philanthropy causes people to think of something bigger than themselves, it can be one of the most powerful forces for keeping a family together. If your client's goal is to keep her family members together across the generations, this may be the best way of achieving it" . Click here to read more.
Source: Wealth Management.com
"...about two-thirds of nonprofits encounter a similar roadblock because their annual budgets get stalled below the $500,000 or greater level." This article explores how nonprofits can learn how to navigate roadblocks successfully. Click here to read more.
Source: Fast Company
"Private foundations have been taking bolder steps toward impact investing in recent years. But with more individuals turning to donor-advised funds (DAFs) to facilitate their giving, how can those funds also be invested today to improve the world?" Click here to read more.
Source: Inside Philanthropy
How do you solve problems you care about? You do research. See how the research Excellence in Giving does helps identify nonprofits with real solutions. Click here to read more .
Source: Excellence in Giving
Donor advised funds (DAFs) have become the fastest-growing vehicle in philanthropy. Click here to learn from Northern Trust how DAFs work and important guidelines on what prospective donors should do before establishing an account.
Source: Northern Trust
This year Innovest continued our "Winter Week of GIving" tradition. On the first day of giving, Innovest sent to thee: gently used clothing and toil-let-tries. On the second day of giving, Innovest gave to thee: money to the charities we love. On the third day of giving, Innovest gave to thee: decorated Project Angel Heart bags by the tens. On the fourth day of giving, Innovest gave to thee: lunch served and encouraging words. On the fifth day of giving, Innovest gave to thee: gifts for six adopted families we bring.
Organizations that Innovest was privileged to serve during the week included the Denver Rescue Mission, Project Angel Heart, and Colorado Gives Day. For the fourth year in a row 100 percent of Innovest employees participated in the Colorado Gives Day Corporate Challenge, earning an extra day off for their birthdays. Typical of Innovest, each day employees brought in snacks to incentivize and encourage co-workers to contribute and participate in the designated actitivities.
We were thrilled to have the opportunity to serve so many deserving organizations in 2017. Not only do these activities provide team-building experiences, but they provide already generous people with new opportunities to give back and find new nonprofits to support and be passionate about. Innovest is proud to be a company of generous people!
This article by Jeff Brooks explores five ways to improve your correspondence with potential donors, and ultimately raise more money. Click here to read more.
Source: Jeff Brooks adapted from his book, The Fundraiser's Guide to Irresistible Communications.
"Multigenerational family philanthropy creates a unique opportunity for every family to set a new table so that all adult and young adult family members are invited to sit, share, develop and act upon common values and goals around money and philanthropy." Click here to read more.
Source: Bruce DeBoskey, Denver Post
Are you guilty of making assumption? This article explores the importance of course corrections and shifting strategies on the fly to be more effective. Click here to read more.
Source: David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Scott Middleton recently presented to the Center for Nonprofit Excellence on the economy, markets and implications for fundraising professionals. Read below for a short Q&A about his presentation.
Can you summarize the economic outlook in a few main points?
“Unemployment is low and wages are rising. While the Fed is becoming less accommodative, U.S. leading economic indicators are still positive. A recession currently does not appear to be likely in the next six to nine months.”
What are some of the themes emerging in the markets right now?
“While bonds have very low yields and equities are not cheap, keep a long-term focus and expect market volatility to move back to normal (i.e., higher) levels. Also, realize that diversification will test your patience. If you hate part of your investment portfolio, it may be a very good sign that it is diversified.”
How does the current economic and market environment impact fundraising professionals?
“Fundraising professionals should consider speaking with their donors about gifts of appreciated securities and/or part of their IRA required minimum distributions. It’s important to keep an eye on personal tax legislation and its potential impact on charitable giving.”
"The idea of asking for feedback from beneficiaries of programs, initiatives, and systems has gained momentum in recent years." Click here to read why it is important to learn from the experiences of those we are trying to help.
"In the funder-grantee relationship, when we can mutually encourage and learn from one another, there is a deep sense of joy that makes even the toughest periods of organizational growth worth enduring. When we achieve this, we move from being solely funders to being more like partners called to work together to achieve something greater than we could have done alone. And that makes all the difference in our work." Click here to read more from the Center of Effective Philanthropy about giving relationally and prioritizing a culture of empathy and joy.
Source: Center for Effective Philanthropy
This article explores how the Surdna Family Foundation has maintained family involvement across generations by implementing a formal governance structure. Click here to read more.
Source: Surdna Foundation