Countdown clockHow many people wait until the last few weeks of the year to make their charitable donations?  If you’ve pledged a certain amount for the year, you probably feel compelled to get that donation in.  Then others are reminded that it’s the end of the tax season.  If you’d like to list that charitable donation on your 2008 return December 31st is the last day  for that.

As we talked about in the Year End Fundraising Strategies Teleseminar nonprofits still have time to encourage year-end giving.  It only takes a few hours to take action on high impact fundraising strategies.  How about contacting a select group of donors by phone or with a special note?  Craft a special year-end email like the “Year in Review” – Mini Annual Reports from Village Enterprise Fund featured in the December Newsletter.  The internet now gives non profits the ability to encourage giving until the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.  Make the most of it!

Here are some thoughts from other nonprofit experts on year-end fundraising/giving…

Year-end Giving Snapshot: The Generous Procrastinator from Network for Good

A Procrastinator’s Guide to Year-end Fundraising also from Network for Good

Magic Keys Radio: End of Year Giving with Kivi Leroux Miller

Podcast: It’s Not Too Late to Boost Your 2008 Revenue from Jeff Brooks

Five Fundraising Days til Christmas Webinar from FirstGiving

Keep Your Year-end E-mails Off the ‘Naughty’ List by Katya Andresen, on FundFaising Success

7 Online Fundraising Ideas For Year-End Procrastinators by Laura S. Quinn of Idealware, posted on The NonProfit Times

Tax Deductions for Charitable Donations What You Need to Know About the Tax Benefits of Donating to Charitable Causes by Joanne Fritz, About.com

Holiday Fundraising Goes Virtual by Melissa Busch, associate senior editor, FundRaising Success

Five Tips for Charitable Giving This Holiday Season from SmartLink.org

More Holiday Season / Year End Giving Resources

Now, start planning and taking action to raise funds this year!

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Posted on 19 December 2008

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