Fundraising is Not Panhandling, It's OK to Ask Again!
You've just finished your walk where you asked a LOT of people for money. Maybe you are part of the United Way campaign where you are STILL asking a lot of people for money. Wait, there's Giving Tuesday coming up. And what about your end-of-year appeals? Do you feel like you always have your hand out? Or maybe you're wondering how you ask for money after you just asked for money? We bring in Ellen Bristol of Bristol Strategy Group to help us discuss this conundrum.
Building a Better Cookie Jar
Embezzlement in the nonprofit sector is more common than you think. Recently, the Down syndrome association community is abuzz with the news that another organization has been affected and legal action is taking place. The question becomes - how can you as a DSA leader (board or staff) keep it from happening to you?
Embezzlement not only hurts an organization, it hurts the people it serves and the community that supports it. We can't expect to prevent it 100%, but a few simple steps can reduce its likelihood substantially. But perhaps the most important step is to set an atmosphere and climate of accountability.
In this month's podcast, we'll discuss both internal controls and the role of the board in oversight of the nonprofit. Our guests are Amy Van Bergen, former executive director of Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida, and Jane Page-Steiner, nonprofit consultant and BoardSource certified trainer.
We are talking Founder's Syndrome with guests Mandy Pearce and Marie Palacios of Funding For Good. Defined as "a disease in nonprofits that has it genesis in the inspiration and personality - or personalities that created the organization". It's often a topic of discussion at our leadership conference, in leaders' circles, and around the cocktail table after sessions are over. And this discussion does not disappoint!
Check out the blog post that inspired this interview: fundingforgood.org/the-path-to-rec…nders-syndrome/
What's in a Name?
Ever wondered if your DSA should change its name? And if it did, what would that entail? Shanon McCormick sat down with Deanna Tharpe at DSAIA 2018 to discuss the new Down Syndrome Association of Connecticut name.
How DSAIA Accreditation Made Our DSAs Better
Lisa French of Down Syndrome of Louisville and Lisa Wells of Down Syndrome Indiana sit down with Deanna Tharpe to discuss why they chose to pursue accreditation through DSAIA and the benefits of success.
Stephanie Meredith (National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Diagnosis at the University of Kentucky) and Heather Bradley (Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network) talk about prenatal outreach resources available to our community. Courtney Dunevant talked to the duo after their presentation at the DSAIA conference in Cincinnati in February 2017.
5 Fundraising Tips from an Event Fundraiser Pro
Katie Coughlin, Special Event Coordinator from LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation, gives us a few pieces of advice when working on your next fundraising event (just in time for walk season) and discusses the new exciting things at LuMind this year.