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The best source for unrestricted funds is a well thought-out and diverse donation program. 

Planned Giving

Planned giving programs can provide future income for your nonprofit—plus financial and tax benefits to donors and their heirs. 

The first step is to get motivated. Make an organizational decision to pursue a planned giving
and donation program. Even a modest start is better than none.

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Giving Circles

There are 800 giving circles in the United States that have raised over $100 million to support diverse charitable causes—including aging services. 

Giving circles give ordinary people the chance to leverage their charitable donation into something bigger. The result can be a great source of funding for your nonprofit.

Giving circles are similar to investment circles, but instead of investing in companies, members invest in nonprofits. Members pool their donations, learn about community issues, and make collective funding decisions based on their priorities.  

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Special Events: Putting Fun into Fundraising

If you’re like most nonprofit professionals in the field of aging, fundraisers are your least favorite activity. They fall way down on your “have-to” list. But studies indicate that almost half of nonprofit organizations use fundraisers as a major source of revenue.

Fundraising events are not just about raising dollars. They’re also about raising supporters to strengthen your organization. They are great “friend-raisers.”

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Donor Advised Funds

A Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is a private fund administered by a third-party organization and created for the purpose of managing charitable donations on behalf of an organization, family, or individual. It’s an easy-to-establish, low-cost, flexible vehicle for charitable giving.

Donors who use a DAF enjoy administrative convenience, cost savings, and tax advantages. Community foundations pioneered donor advised funds, and many commercial sponsors, educational institutions, and independent charities now offer them.

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More Effective Fundraising

The recession requires nonprofits to work extra hard just to maintain their current budgets. Not! 

There are numerous articles about how nonprofits can survive the stubbornly slow recovery by trying this and that and doubling efforts. But going back to tried-and-true, sensible fundraising practices is perhaps the best answer to our budget woes.

Asking people to donate money is never an easy task. It may seem even more difficult when almost everyone is struggling to make ends meet. Fundraising fatigue is rampant among donors and solicitors. 

However, these challenges can actually work to your organization’s benefit. The recession can actually increase the urgency levels for donors who become more aware of growing needs in the community because of widespread unemployment and underemployment. 

You might be able to raise even more funds than expected when you emphasize compelling human stories and not just statistics about how your agency is meeting the growing unmet needs in the community.

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