November 11

Russian Thanksgiving Dinner – Mystery Ingredients

Thanksgiving In Siberia – Still Laughing

Living for a year in Siberia was bound to results in a few laughs. There was no funnier time than my effort to celebrate Thanksgiving.

The Set Up

As an American male, my idea of cooking was dropping by the local Chinese restaurant on my way home from work. We are talking about a person who considers cooking rice a culinary challenge of the highest order. This lack of skill came to the forefront while spending a year teaching at a university in the Siberian city of Chita. Continue reading

November 11

Getting the Best Return on Investment for your Fundraiser

Making Sure Your Fundraiser Is Profitable

Return On Investment (ROI) is a fundamental business concept. Its also something that every fundraiser needs to take into consideration.

A business investment consists of working capital, physical assets, and peoples time.

ROI is the net gain that results from a business spending money and utilizing physical assets, along with the expenditure of employees’ time, in an effort to produce tangible profits. Continue reading

November 11

Fundraising Fundamentals

Learn The Basics Of Fundraising

Successful fundraising requires following certain fundamental steps. Here are two things you have to do with every fundraiser:

1) Increase community awareness of your need

2) Increase community awareness of your offering

Everybody reading this instantly thinks, “Yep, we’ve got that covered. Everybody in our group knows what we’re doing.” Continue reading

November 11

Fundraising and the Business of Relationships

Fundraising Is About Relationships

The golden key to effective fundraising is an organizations ability to manage relationships. While some may consider this an oversimplified explanation of a complex non-profit business model, our experience has shown us that this is one of the most overlooked, yet lucrative, elements of our fundraising efforts.

The backbone of any fundraising campaign is the appeal to donors for contributions. The problem many organizations run into during this phase of their fundraising efforts is that they have neglected to keep their donors engaged with their organization since their previous appeal for support. Continue reading

November 11

Being Creative With Your Fundraising Ideas

Fundraising Ideas

Have you realized just how much fundraising is going on these days? There is fundraising for little league, school fundraisers, and the college fundraiser, as well as church fundraisers. Day cares need more funds, hospitals need new equipment, and cheerleaders need to fundraise for their costumes. And to think up new fundraising ideas that will be successful is becoming more challenging every day. Continue reading

November 11

About Non-Profit Fundraising

Funding Your Non-Profit Through Fundraising

Did you know that 85% of Non Profit Fundraising every year is acquired from direct individual donations?

That 85% consists of large and small donations but it is the steady stream of small donations that keep most nonprofits afloat.

One should plan and forward his or her steps careful if the organization is new and they are not sure about the process of Non Profit Fundraising. Continue reading

November 4

Thanksgiving

Learn About Thanksgiving

Each year America has a holiday in November that has taken on almost a religious reverence which we call Thanksgiving. We give this holiday so much honor that it ranks with us along with Christmas and Easter as an important holiday in the hearts of family and as a nation. But this holiday, so rich with tradition, has it origins in the earliest days of the founding of this nation. Continue reading

November 4

The Bill of Rights

Know The Bill of Rights

We as Americans have a tremendous regard and respect for the framers of our Constitution because it was they that laid the foundation stones for the greatest country on earth. But on top of the many amazing aspects of the Constitution, one stands out as an act of wisdom and foresight that made sure the Constitution would remain a living document for centuries. That was the provision of the Constitution that allowed for the addition of amendments. Continue reading

November 1

The Civil War

The Civil War – Not To Be Forgotten

America has been part of some devastating battles over her long history. World War I and World War II were tremendously difficult conflicts and ones that taxed the nation’s resources to the maximum. But none of those conflicts can compare to The Civil War not only for the brutality and devastation of human life but in the damage to social fabric that was caused by that terrible conflict.

America is proud that it has never had a battle on its native soil. Other than Pearl Harbor and 911, we have never even been attacked on our own soil. So it took a war of brother against brother, American against American to make even the possibility of war within the borders of America even possible. Continue reading

October 31

Burials At Sea

Burials at Sea – Information

With the UK being an island and as a result of our maritime heritage, burials at sea are a common desire for those with a sea fairing background.

Organizing a sea burial can be a complicated task and is not encouraged by UK authorities due to environmental and legal concerns which are faced.

Before a burial can proceed a license must be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food (MAFF) for burial at sea. Continue reading