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~ March 2007 ~ Topics

Macduff to Train in Oregon and Washington
IRS To The Rescue
Promote Volunteering With a Cancellation Stamp
Celebrity Promotion for Nonprofits
The United Kingdom Get New Research Institute for Nonprofits

Macduff to Train in Oregon and Washington

Nancy Macduff, publisher and editor of Volunteer Today, is slated to present training workshops for managers of volunteers in May 2007 in Western Washington and Oregon. She will focus on teaching participants how to organize a volunteer program that includes the many ways in which people are asking to provide service—short term and traditional.

  • Wednesday, May 9, 2007 in the Salem, OR area. Sponsor is the Mid-Valley Volunteer Managers Association. For more information email mvvma@comcast.net.
  • Friday, May 11, 2007 in the Everett, WA area. Sponsor is United Way of Snohomish County Volunteer Center. Details are pending. For more information contact Sara Ballard at Sara.Ballard@uwsc.org.

IRS To The Rescue

Small nonprofit organizations can rarely afford high priced attorneys to answer their questions related to incorporation or the rules of nonprofit management. The US Internal Revenue Service-Office of Exempt Organizations has a Web site with a series of tax courses aimed at helping small organizations understand and meet the agencies regulations. Courses range from 30 – 60 minutes. http://www.stayexempt.org.

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Promote Volunteering With a Cancellation Stamp

For 40 years the US Postal Service has offered the opportunity for certain nonprofits to have their name and images used to cancel first class stamps, either nationally or locally. There is no charge for this service. The Postal Service cancels stamps on first class mail with its characteristic wavy lines. Those lines can be replaced by the organizational name and an image.

Some big name organizations have taken advantage of this free service, but it is a barely used method of promotion. Those organizations that do use the free cancellation stamp often connect it to a special event. United Way used their name and logo during its nationwide national fundraising campaign. For more information and guidelines visit http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/608.htm#wp1227808.

Celebrity Promotion for Nonprofits

Many nonprofit and voluntary programs seek celebrities, locally and nationally to help with fund raising drives or volunteer promotion. A new study says that less than 15% of Americans said they would be influenced by celebrities in deciding to support a program. 77% said family members are more influential. Friends could influence 64%, a place of worship 60%, coworkers 40%, or companies 30%.

Trust in an organization was important to 82% and four out of five people said that seeing the impact of an organization in a local community was a greater influence on giving. The study is titled "2006 Cone Nonprofit Research." For more information and free fact sheet contact Kiva Starr at kstarr@coneinc.com or 617-227-2111.

The United Kingdom Get New Research Institute for Nonprofits

A new independent charitable research institute has been established in Britain, Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR). The mission of the organization is to support the development and sustainability of charities and other voluntary, community, and non-for-profit organizations. IVAR will focus on organizational problem solving, learning and change, collaboratively, working with practitioners and policy makers. Web site for the new organization is http://www.ivar.org.uk.

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