Jerry Swon has a longstanding interest in volunteering and community involvement.

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4 Fundraising Trends That Will Be Important in 2022 and Beyond

In the last decade, fundraising has gone through a major shift. With access to technology and different money distribution methods, fundraising is now more streamlined and effective than it has ever been before. Here are four trends that will be relevant in 2022 and beyond.

 

  1. There will be More Flexible Giving Options

In the last decade, there has been a significant shift in the ways people make donations. It is now easier than ever to raise money for a cause with online fundraising platforms and crowdfunding platforms. For example, you can give money through direct deposit into a charity’s bank account, or you can send out an online request for donations via social media. In 2022, there will be more options for giving as technology continues to advance and change the way people donate their money.

 

  1. Technology will Advance the Giving Experiences

In the past, fundraising was largely performed by hand. Fundraisers would have to go to the bank and deposit checks and write letters all by themselves. Now, however, technology has advanced significantly. Using online platforms and fundraising tools has made it much easier for fundraisers to get their message out and raise money for their cause. This will be especially important in 2022 as more people are turning to technology when looking for ways to donate money.

 

  1. Social Media is Going Mainstream

Since 2006, social media has become a mainstream form of communication. Today we can communicate with friends, family members, coworkers, and others through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites on our smartphones or desktop computers at any time of the day. As this communication becomes more and more regular, it will become more and more critical to fundraising on social media.

 

  1. Recurring Giving will be the Order of the Day

It was common for people to give a one-time donation to a charity or cause in the past. This was often because people had a specific event coming up, such as the Super Bowl or their child’s birthday party. However, recurring donations will be more important than one-time donations in the future. As technology advances and evolves, there will be even more ways of collecting money from donors regularly. The ability to have recurring donations will make it easier for charities and causes to raise money because they can collect money every month without asking donors for money every time.

 

Conclusion

The future is bright for fundraising. Technology has made it easier for fundraisers to raise money for their cause, and donors can easily donate money via various methods. The advancements in technology will make it even easier for charities to raise funds in the future.

How To Follow Through With Your Philanthropic Resolution Jerry Swon

How to Follow Through With Your Philanthropic Resolution

As the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, many people make resolutions to better themselves in the coming year. Whether it’s committing to a fitness routine or vowing to save more money, there are plenty of goals that people set for themselves during the first month of the year. But what about those who pledged to become more philanthropic? How can they follow through on their resolution and make a real difference in their community?

Here are a few tips for making your philanthropic resolutions a reality:

1. Define what “philanthropy” means to you.

The word “philanthropy” comes from the Greek words “Philos” (meaning “love”) and “Anthropos” (meaning “human”). So, philanthropy can be defined as the love of humans. But what does that mean for you?

Do you want to volunteer your time at a local homeless shelter? Or maybe donate to your favorite charity? It’s essential to define what philanthropy means to you to create specific goals and objectives for yourself.

2. Make a plan.

Once you know what you want to achieve, it’s time to make a plan of action. Figure out how much time you can commit to volunteering or how much money you want to donate each month. This will help you stay on track and achieve your goals.

3. Find a community of like-minded people.

It can be helpful to find a community of people who share the same philanthropic values. This can provide support and motivation as you work to make a difference in your community.

4. Be patient.

Don’t expect to change the world overnight. Remember that it takes time and effort to make a real difference in the lives of others. Have patience and be persistent in your efforts.

5. Celebrate your successes!

It’s important to celebrate your successes along the way. Not only does this help keep you motivated and cheerful, but it will also inspire others who want to make a difference as well.

6. Give back.

The best way to follow through on your philanthropic resolutions is to give back. Volunteer your time, money or skills to a cause that’s important to you. This is the best way to make a real impact in your community.

Resolving to become more philanthropic can be a rewarding experience. By following these tips, you can ensure that your resolution becomes a reality. And who knows? You might find that helping others is the best way to help yourself.

Fundraising Ideas For 2021 Jerry Swon

Back To School Fundraising Ideas for 2021

School is just around the corner, and you may be looking for some fundraising ideas to help your school. Fortunately, there are all sorts of different options available that can bring in a lot of money. Here are some of the best 2021 back-to-school fundraising ideas that you can utilize.

Bake Sale

Baked goods are cheap to make, and schools can use this to their advantage by having a bake sale. Schools usually don’t have to pay any money for supplies because most parents often don’t mind donating baked goods for the school to sell as part of a fundraiser. Bake sales are a fairly easy fundraiser to host as they don’t require a lot of work.

Parent’s Night Out

Almost all parents need a break, but they might not get out all that often because they don’t have a babysitter. Schools can help parents by offering a night where they can drop off their children at their child’s school for several hours for a small fee. Parents, teachers, and staff can keep the children entertained by playing games, doing art projects, or watching movies.

Talent Show

Many kids have talents that they’d love to show off to their parents, teachers, and friends. For schools that are looking for a fundraiser that will allow their students to be involved, a talent show is a great option. The school can charge for tickets to see the show, and they can even sell concessions during intermission or after the show as well.

Penny Drive

A lot of us have quite a few pennies lying around that we never plan on using. They can go to good use if a school decides to host a penny drive. How it works is that parents and students donate pennies to the school as part of a fundraiser. These pennies can add up if everyone gets involved.

If you are looking for a back-to-school fundraiser, there are all sorts of ideas that you can utilize. These fundraisers can be used to raise money for things like dances, field trips, and new equipment for the school. They also are a great way to get everyone involved in something that they can feel good about.            

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How to Host Virtual Fundraising Events

During the past year, many organizations have had to cancel and postpone their fundraising events due to the pandemic. Although some places are beginning to open up again, it’s still wise to be cautious of your surroundings. Many nonprofit organizations have found ways to fundraise virtually, but not all have been successful. Let’s take a look at ways you can host a successful fundraising event virtually, even after the pandemic is over in years to come.

 

Online Gala Dinner

If your organization normally hosts a gala dinner every year with the same crowd in attendance, consider inviting the guest list from the year before to a video call. Surprise everyone with an invitation alongside a party box filled with snacks and party favors. Since gala dinners normally involve a ton of food, you can even partner up with a local restaurant to donate food and have it delivered to your guest’s home. During the virtual dinner, you can have speakers and do small ticket prizes for anyone who attends.

 

Virtual Races

Whether it may be a walk-a-thon, marathon, or ride-a-thon, virtual races are perfect for those who want to get a workout in a while supporting a cause. Just like regular in-person races, people who participate in these fundraising events can join on their own. This is a great way to encourage people to social distance and raise awareness for your organization’s cause. You can ask participants to send in videos and pictures of them during the virtual race so you can post them on social media. Typically people can donate money before the race to determine how many hours or miles participants should walk, run or ride.

 

Webinar

Plenty of organizations have hosted webinars before the pandemic, but if yours hasn’t done so, then right now is the time. Webinars are the perfect way to keep your audience educated and up to date with your organization. Aside from the informative side, webinars are a great place to hold fundraisers with experts and community leaders. You can charge a small fee for the webinar and share how the funds will fulfill your organization’s mission. The most successful webinars offer donation tiers and not just a set amount. It’s important to note that some people have more to give than others, but any amount is highly appreciated.

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Organizations Helping Military Veterans

Choosing a charity can be challenging. There are numerous organizations and nonprofits, all with different causes. So how do you choose a charity to donate your time or money to? The first step is choosing what type of cause you’d like to become involved in. Many people would like to find ways to support the troops. Whether you’ve served yourself or have a veteran in your family, helping military veterans is a wonderful cause to align yourself with.  If you’d like to make a difference in a service member’s or a veteran’s life then the next step is finding nonprofit.

 

The best charity organizations are those that focus on serving people in need. To do so, a nonprofit should be transparent with its finances and practices. If you’re looking for organizations to help military veterans there are a broad range of programs. Some groups focus on providing assistance such as utilities, rent, or medical expenses while others focus on boosting troops’ morale.

 

Here are a few highly-rated American organizations that are helping military veterans.

 

Freedom Service Dogs of America

 

This organization is special. The program adopts shelter dogs and then trains them to become service dogs. The majority of the dogs are then rehomed to military veterans and personnel who are injured or need assistance. The Freedom Service Dogs of America provides lifetime support to all of the veterans and their dogs and is 100 percent donor-funded. There is no charge for veteran clients.

 

The Gary Sinise Foundation

 

Actor, Gary Sinise has advocated for American military members for years. His foundation supports not only active duty service members and veterans but also first responders. The program’s mission to show gratitude towards those who serve this country through a number of programs. They host celebrations to boost morale, build homes for wounded veterans, and provide meals to families.

 

Operation Second Chance

 

This organization assists servicemen and women as they transition back into civilian life or back into active duty. Operation Second Chance has programs that pay and help to accommodate disabled veterans whether through remodeling housing or helping family members manage affairs. The charity does wonderful work in supporting soldiers in their rehabilitation and recovery.

 

There are many other ways to become involved with charities that don’t involve monetary donations. You can volunteer at a veterans hospital, provide calling cards, bake homemade treats, or write letters in support of our troops. Consider taking the time and finding a way to show appreciation for those who serve the country.

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How a Philanthropy Program Can Help Business

Philanthropy programs in business involve financial contributions to society, donations to a specific cause, or employees volunteering their time to help or drive a cause. Many companies have embraced corporate social responsibility and are continuously dialing up their procedures to prioritize the activities. This factor is businesses have seen corporate philanthropy’s benefits for them, their employees, and the community. Here is how philanthropy is beneficial to a business.

 

Promote Company Image

 

Most people tend to align positively with companies that give back to the community that gives them business. They, therefore, develop a good impression of the company and will trust its services. In most instances, the result is more business from the community they support as they have built a bond of trust.

 

Happy Employees

 

Companies that involve their employees in philanthropy enjoy the benefits of a team with high morale. Enthusiastic employees are more productive and willing to be team players. Besides, the importance of corporate philanthropy is that it brings meaning to their staff showing them the organization cares about their personal needs and the community.

 

Excellent Recruitment

 

People always want to work for companies with a good reputation, and corporate philanthropy is a perfect mirror of this attribute. Philanthropic companies have an excellent resource of well-abled applicants in the communities they give assist. Individuals with a knack for giving back to society will be attracted to such businesses, bringing with them diverse talents.

 

Increase sales

 

People tend to spend more on brands that give back to society and support good causes than brands that do not have any social responsibility. Therefore, with a philanthropy program, businesses enjoy benefits such as high sales and profit margins and are likely to get more customers who support the same cause.

 

Brand Marketing

 

Since Corporate Social Responsibility has become significant in businesses, philanthropy is an excellent way to promote their brands in wider regions. Getting down to the community level and reaching out to customers to find out what matters to them and what changes they would like can market a business brand cost-efficiently. Philanthropy programs are ways for a business to present a unique identity that resonates with their clients and potential customers.

 

Conclusion

 

In conclusion, an excellent philanthropy program is beneficial to the business, employees, and the community. It is a win-win for everyone if the intent is good and the ultimate goals are transparent. For a business, this is an investment that pays off in the long run.

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The Future of Philanthropy

To say that COVID-19 has had an affect on everyone would be an understatement. There isn’t a single industry that hasn’t been impacted by the virus. While there has been a significant rise in philanthropy over the past several decades the pandemic has created a major need for more giving. 

 

As the nation experienced major shutdowns millions of American people were left out of work and without pay. Although so many were left struggling there was an immense number of those willing to offer a helping hand. People donated what they could to food banks and handed out meals, masks, and hand sanitizers. Furthermore, corporations stepped up and gave large amounts of money to foundations and nonprofits. 

 

Thus, COVID relief donations had reached $7.8 billion dollars by the middle of April. 60% of those donated dollars were reported to be from corporations, businesses, and religious organizations in the United States. Now, well into October the unemployment rate is continuing to jump, however, thankfully, so has the number of people who are donating their time and money to help others. 

 

It is clear that the pandemic has caused a shift in philanthropy. Many of the country’s wealthiest people have altered their priorities and found ways to give back in the present, instead of donating money towards things that may not come to fruition for years to come. 

 

There is a link to global health and economic prosperity which has only been highlighted during the global pandemic. Many leaders in philanthropy have moved to more transparent positions, inspiring others to do the same. Philanthropists such as MacKenzie Scott and Jack Dorsey made major contributions and commitments, publicly, setting a new standard among their wealthy peers.

 

Even Forbes has changed and redefined the way that it measures philanthropy. Whereas the amount of money a foundation had used to be used to measure the organization’s charitable acts, now Forbes is focused on judging the actual amount of giving that takes place. Other companies will surely follow suit, helping to make philanthropic acts happen faster and have a further impact. 

 

People around the world have realized that everyone can make a difference and come to fully understand the importance of giving. There are a plethora of ways to contribute to one’s community and even people who are struggling themselves have stepped up to participate in philanthropy. Although the pandemic is still creating new challenges every day, it has altered the future of philanthropy in beautiful and important ways.

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Virtual Fundraising Ideas

The social distancing regulations are still in effect in most states, although they have been loosened in some parts of the country. That being the case, it’s not business as usual for many companies and organizations, including nonprofit organizations. Many nonprofit organizations are reducing their fundraising efforts significantly or completely as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. If this is true for your nonprofit organization, remember that all is not lost. The virtual world has not changed, and you can still utilize it for your fundraising efforts. Here are three ideas.

 

1. Virtual Peer-to-Peer Fundraiser

 

A virtual fundraising campaign can be built using existing social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, and others. A fundraising page can quickly be designed using these networks, and the word will quickly get out to those interested in participating. When each individual involved in the fundraising has a social media account of their own, the word will get out even faster. Each person involved can create their particular fundraising page on any one of these platforms and connect with a multitude of people and organizations willing to donate.

 

2. Virtual Discussions Fundraiser

 

The social isolation people have to endure can be used to the benefit of your fundraising attempts. You can use virtual meeting tools like Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom to set up small discussion groups and center the discussion around topics concerning your cause. Once you have everyone signed in and participating, you can request contributions. It’s up to you and/or your team just how guests will be solicited for donations. You can do this by embedding a link in the meeting system you’re using.

 

3. Virtual Cooking Lesson Fundraiser

 

This is a time when more people than usual are willing to sit down and learn new skills. Food preparation has become a necessity for many who regularly used restaurants for themselves and their families’ meals before this pandemic began. Everyone loves eating, and many have had to learn to cook recently. Take advantage of the situation by setting up a virtual cooking lesson fundraiser. Simply live-stream the lessons and use that as a way to pull people in. This kind of fundraising isn’t limited to just cooking, either. There are many creative crafts you can use to get your audience’s attention and, hopefully, financial support.

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