3 End of Year Nonprofit Power Moves
I love the fall, it means football, Thanksgiving, time with friends, and beautiful scenery here in Salt Lake City! I’ve also been back in school for the fall semester (4 more classes until I’m done with my MBA).
For the nonprofits I’m working with, we’re looking at wrapping up this year and getting a running start for next year. Before thinking about 2019 though, here are three more things you can do to really finish strong by end of year.
Survey the efficacy of your programs: Grantors love to see data, and there are many ways to collect it, but one of the easiest is to start surveying your program participants! Websites like Survey Monkey offer these surveys for free, and you can get a good idea of what your strengths and weaknesses are as an organization.
It’s never too late to go for an annual appeal!: Whether you have 10 donors or 10,000 you should definitely consider building out your annual appeal for the year. Gail Perry has some excellent tips for creating one! If you have fewer donors, a personal card or call would go a long way to getting their help with your programs. If you have more, talk to your board and work to come up with a compelling need you would like help with. This is the end of the year, and many people are thinking about their last minute tax moves and deductions, take the opportunity to reach out to them and build something that lasts.
Don’t forget to show your gratitude: Whether it’s the time to follow up with donors or not, this is the time where we really reflect on what we’re grateful for. Consider writing cards and thanking your grant funders for what they have helped you build this year. It goes a long way to cultivating that relationship for next year.
It’s definitely never too late to finish strong in 2018. I would also be happy to help you reach your goals, feel free to drop me a line or schedule a call. I am booking clients starting in 2019, but happy to discuss onboarding in 2018 so we can hit the ground running!