From a Gail Perry (Fired Up Fundraising) Webinar sponsored by Bloomerang
linked to YouTube recording of the webinar
The Fundraising Authority
Tools and information for nonprofits of all sizes. Be sure to check out their Fundraising Basics and Article Archives for tons of great fundraising information.
Best Fundraising Strategies for Small Nonprofits
Fundraising for Small Nonprofits
Archived with The Fundraising Authority (see above)--two great articles on the basics!
ProBono Article: Casino Night, Poker Tournaments, Raffles and Bingo Games: Your Fundraiser Could Be Illegal Gambling
There is a Right Way and a Wrong Way to Say Thank You, According to the IRS
The U.S. Tax Court recently ruled that an individual who had donated over $22,000 to his church could not take a tax deduction for the contribution because the church had not sent the donor the proper acknowledgment. According to the IRS, 501(c)(3) organizations must send a contemporaneous written acknowledgment to donors of over $250 stating:
The Tax Court also held that the acknowledgment must be "contemporaneous" meaning that it must be received prior to the donor's filing of the tax return or the due date of the return (including extensions), whichever came first. The church wasn't able to fix their mistake after the fact by sending a revised acknowledgment because it was received too late.
You can avoid this very uncomfortable situation with your donors by making sure you promptly send an acknowledgment with the required language.
See the ProBono Guide to Sending Acknowledgments for Donations.
Click here for the IRS guide to Substantiation and Disclosure Requirements.
Guides & Examples
What is a Reverse Raffle? Read this and find out - An article on a reverse raffle event held by the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation.
Anatomy of a Spelling Bee (Calhoun-Gordon CLCP) - A "how-to" with news articles and examples
Fundraising Cookbook (Gainesville/Hall County Alliance for Literacy)
How to guide for a fool-proof spelling bee
How to Have a Scrabble Tournament
From the Scrabble website--A Guide
Spelling Bee Timeline
Example Event Flyer/Programs
Columbus-Muscogee Symposium Program
Trivia Bee - Columbus-Muscogee County
Spelling Bee Packet - Troup County
Silent Auction - Athens-Clarke
Winder-Barrow Gala for Literacy
Example ABE/GED Flyers