Tasking Your Development Committee Without Pain or Panic

Contributing writing by RSC Senior Consultant Jeremy Hatch, cfre

Your season is launched, your direct mail campaign is underway, sponsorship is at a post recession high and renewals are coming along. What’s next?

It’s time to task your development committee for year-end fundraising success.

When Money Problems Persist – Treat the Cause, Not the Symptom

Every arts and cultural organization has the number.  The number needed for their organization to be fiscally healthy. The numerical panacea that would make the institution financially “whole”.  Even if inconspicuous, the number is there – on the balance sheet, in the strategic plan, or in the bucket named “unidentified fundraising” that the organization carries around year after year.

Trim Some More Fat?

The Double-Edged Sword of an Annual Fund

The term “Annual Fund” can be a double-edged sword. 

Arts organizations are perpetually in fundraising mode and Annual Funds are the primary vehicle to secure donations.  By comparison, membership campaigns are similar, but Annual Funds are, well, more edgy.  But because Annual Funds run for a full year we’re often lulled into putting off that work by the illusion that we have all year to do it.  Other urgent issues arise. One day goes by.  Then another…and that side of the sword can cut deeply into your performance.

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