Fundraising & Development

Professional Development Event
Posted December 15, 2011
Charities that seek contributions nationally must typically register in 39 states and the District of Columbia before starting to solicit. Furthermore, for-profit fundraisers are also required to register and file their contracts and other documentation with many states.
Professional Development Event
Posted December 15, 2011
In this webinar, a fundraiser and a lawyer team up to teach nonprofit leaders and development professionals how to approach prospects and structure corporate partnerships while maximizing the benefit for their organizations. Attendees will learn the “do’s and don’ts” of cause-related marketing, including tips for securing and structuring corporate partnerships, along with critical tax and other legal considerations that organizations should know when negotiating cause-related marketing contracts.
Blog Post
Posted December 15, 2011
The Mural Arts Program has just opened a retail store in Center City. Over the last 25 years, the public art organization has created more than 3,000 murals in Philadelphia. An experiment at The Gallery at Market East will turn that legacy into currency.
Blog Post
Posted December 13, 2011
Philadelphia has been crowned first in the nation for cultural tourism by the readers of Travel+Leisure Magazine. This creative vitality didn't blossom out of thin air. It was the result of a long-term commitment to arts and culture. That investment has been a crucial part of the revitalization of Center City and of downtowns throughout the region. It has made this a better place to live and work, provided critical educational opportunities for our children, and generated more than $150 million annually for city, county, and municipal governments. It's in this context that the budget proposed for Montgomery County is so troubling. Higher education and culture have been disproportionately targeted, accounting for nearly a quarter of the $41 million in proposed cuts. This region could see a real payoff from a regional cultural fund, but we also need to protect the investments we have already made. --Tom Kaiden, president, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Philadelphia
Blog Post
Posted December 13, 2011
Philadelphia has been crowned first in the nation for cultural tourism by the readers of Travel+Leisure Magazine. This creative vitality was the result of a long-term commitment to arts and culture. That investment has been a crucial part of the revitalization of Center City and of downtowns throughout the region. It has made this a better place to live and work, provided critical educational opportunities for our children, and generated more than $150 million annually for city, county, and municipal governments. It's in this context that the budget proposed for Montgomery County is so troubling.
Blog Post
Posted December 13, 2011
Phillies Charities awarded more than $1.23 million in grants to the groups in attendance. Among the organizations honored Monday night were Fairmount Park Conservancy and The Mural Arts Program.
Professional Development Event
Posted December 12, 2011
Stronger, closer, more lasting relationships. They are what everyone craves, and what makes all the difference when building a vital, thriving arts organization. This National Arts Marketing, Development and Ticketing Conference will focus on the myriad ways you can benefit from the latest technologies and synergies that others are using to gain, retain, and upgrade patrons. Along with colleagues from across North America, over the course of three full days of learning and discussion you will develop the skills and insights necessary to turn all of your patron interactions into the solid connections that create lifetime supporters. We have built many team-building workshops into the program, and have structured the tuition prices so that it will be easy for you to come as a team. Teams get the most benefit from the conference, since they return to their company with the same knowledge base, ready to roll up their collective sleeves and put the new strategies to work immediately.
Blog Post
Posted December 12, 2011
A new theater is coming to downtown Norristown next fall. The professional stage company Theatre Horizon plans to open a 120-seat house of its own, a $900,000 project being funded by private donors and audience members, plus Norristown and Montgomery County.
Blog Post
Posted December 12, 2011
Along the west side of Broad Street, on a once-fabled block, the neon beer signs lighting the storefront deli window draw regular traffic. The shuttered Uptown Theater next door, where James Brown once shimmied, Diana Ross cooed, and live bands battled, also, finally, shows signs of life: construction fence, hard-hatted workers, squealing power tools. And come Christmas Eve, there is hope the grand marquee, dark for decades, will shine again.
Professional Development Event
Posted December 6, 2011
Come learn how the Business Privilege Tax works and how to avoid or cure headaches from the experts.
Professional Development Event
Posted November 9, 2011
If you're the one person in your organization focused on fundraising, you know how difficult it can be to juggle all the demands. This session will help you get clear about what you need to be doing with your limited time and resources to be successful in fundraising. Learn the secrets of planning and using systems that will make your life easier. Learn how to best use your time to get the most done during the day, and which fundraising tasks you should focus on to bring in the most money.
Professional Development Event
Posted November 9, 2011
A successful organization provides its donors with many opportunities to support its mission, and solicits them multiple times each year through multiple channels (staff, board, volunteers, direct mail, e-mail, etc). However, donors can easily become confused and burned out by uncoordinated and “competing” solicitations for memberships, special event sponsorships, auxiliary dues, capital campaigns, annual fund, planned giving society, etc. One of the greatest challenges, and therefore opportunities, in establishing or growing a major gifts program is to integrate, or "blend," these solicitations into one coherent donor strategy and solicitation. In this webinar we will discuss how to do so, which will result in more meaningful philanthropic discussions with our major gift donors and prospects, and greater support for our organizations’ mission.
Professional Development Event
Posted November 9, 2011
You have your development plan in place. Now, how to you get your board and your CEO to get involved in implementing the plan? Even if they have said they would embrace their fundraising role, they might still feel “it isn’t my job,” or “isn’t that why we hired a development director?” In this webinar we will talk about why CEOs and boards think like this and how you can get them not only willing to get involved but excited about the opportunity to help with your fundraising efforts.
Professional Development Event
Posted November 9, 2011
Whether your organization is embarking on a capital campaign, preparing grant proposals or developing your annual fund materials, the Case for Support is the first critical element in your fundraising program. In this webinar we will discuss the importance of the case and how it is used, list the key elements in a case for support, and learn how to evaluate case statements.
Professional Development Event
Posted November 9, 2011
Is corporate philanthropy dead or dying? If so, how can we resurrect it? Today’s economy is challenging for corporations, individuals and especially for nonprofits. If your organization has relied on corporate support in the past or is thinking about how to best approach businesses in a challenging economy, this session will be one you don’t want to miss. Based on research for a new book, this session will discuss the challenges facing corporations today and how nonprofits can develop win-win situations to encourage corporate philanthropy. We will discuss how to approach corporate leaders, how to motivate them to become involved in your organization, and how to develop a corporate appeal.
Professional Development Event
Posted November 9, 2011
Upgrading. Everyone knows they should do it, but what does it mean? How do you decide which donors to ask for more money than they are already giving? How do you avoid being rude? What happens if you don’t upgrade?
Professional Development Event
Posted November 9, 2011
Many development officers are so relieved when the fiscal year or calendar year comes to an end, they don't even want to think about work over the holidays. The year-end mailings are done, the events are on hold until next year, the grant deadlines have all been met, so let’s just take some time off. Your donors are not available during the holidays so what do you do to fill your time? Why not spend the next month getting ready so you can hit the ground running in 2012!
Blog Post
Posted November 8, 2011
Philadelphia Orchestra Association to U.S. Bankruptcy Court: Please stop the national musicians' pension fund from harassing our donors. In a motion filed last week in the association's Chapter 11 case, orchestra management says the American Federation of Musicians and Employers Pension Fund is seeking financial information from 16 philanthropists "only in a continued effort to embarrass and harass the [association] and their donors."
Blog Post
Posted October 31, 2011
Even though its new four-year labor contract with musicians will compel the Philadelphia Orchestra Association to raise $5.9 million more than it had anticipated, the association sought approval of the pact Wednesday from U.S. bankruptcy court.
Blog Post
Posted October 28, 2011
The parternship includes weekly, student-written previews of some of the best arts events the city has to offer. Starting next Friday, a Drexel-affiliated writer will take a broader look at the Philadelphia arts scene on a regular basis. You can find the first Art Attack on Page 53 of the Daily News.
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