Stress! Keeping It Calm In Times of Stress.
As fundraiser, we have accepted that stress is just a part of the job. But does it have to show? Can we actually manage to stay calm even before the Board Meeting, when the mailing is late or the honoree pulls out of the event? We can do it. We just need to have the right technics.
Taking Responsibility For "Giving Well"- a response-
Late last year in December, the New York Times ran an opinion piece about the best way to choose where to make your charitable giving, and I found it quite disturbing. (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/15/opinion/holiday-giving-givewell.html) You see, the piece was supposed to be about how to know if your gift to a charity was used well. But it turned out to be an ad for a company that verifies charities and regrants your donation to the charities in its database. That was disturbing enough, but the charities were all international to worsen it. The assumption seemed to be that local charities are not a good investment.
I am not opposed to supporting international causes. For example, I support a village in Kenya. But I make sure that most of what I give goes to local charities.
Why. Because they make my immediate world better, local nonprofits support the children, families, and adults where I live. They protect the local parks and the green spaces. They are caring for "my local " world. So shouldn't that be our priority?
As for knowing how your money is spent, you can put a little time into learning about them. Every charity is supposed to publish their IRS990, financials and most publish an Annual Report. If they don't well, that tells you something right there. I realize that it is easier to follow the writer's advice and outsource your responsibility, and support charities far from home.
I hope donors will consider their responsibility to their neighbors and your local community. Check out your local community foundation if you really just want to make a gift and walk away. But giving local is the thoughtful thing to do.
It Occurs To Me
It seems the postal service may do in all of the hard work of our Year-End campaigns. Not only is it more expensive but the mystery of when letters will get delivered. I have heard of mailings take two to three weeks longer than previous years. It will be interesting to see how this affects returns, My instinct says those who give will do so whenever the appeal arrives. This means that we will have contributions coming in farther into January. Not a problem for organizations with June 30 fiscal year but what a pain for those with a December 31 year-end. How long do you keep the "year" open?
Please leave a comment, thoughtfully.