Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Anniversary Special Events

We often get questions about Anniversary Special Events. Here is some material we found that relates to the topic.


Anniversary Fundraising

Some material we've seen on the Cost of Fundraising

Here are some links from AFP and elsewhere which discuss the Cost of Fundraising.
A December 1st 2009 story via the Chronicle Give and Take Blog
An AFP article on Avoiding the Cost Ratio Trap
AFP member Barbara Clemenson comments and provides a personal white paper on Percentage Fundraising.
Material on the AFP website which discusses various aspects of this topic at the following links.

Congressional Committee Proposes Fundraising Cost Disclosures
(Jan. 21, 2008) The House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a second hearing on Jan. 17 to investigate fundraising costs by veterans charities, with several members of Congress calling for charities to disclose their fundrai

Overhead Costs Too Low, You Say? Watch Your Mouth!
(July 28, 2008) Much has been made of fundraising costs and the overhead expenses of nonprofits. There are percentages thrown about and charities measured and judged based on these numbers. But if you have an “acceptable” or “good
Majority of Americans Believe Nonprofit Overhead Unreasonable
(Feb. 19, 2008) Sixty-two percent of Americans believe the typical nonprofit organization spends more than what is reasonable on overhead expenses such as administration and fundraising, according to a new survey. (Feb. 19, 2008) Sixty-two percent of
Fundraising Costs: Keeping Your Board…On Board
(Sept. 15, 2008) Showing your board how to see past over-simplified cost ratios is a critical way to ensure strategic growth and arm your biggest advocates with the information to engage in these conversations with donors and potential supporters.
FAQ: Evaluating Fundraising Costs
What are some guidelines for evaluating fundraising costs? See also: Fundraising costs: A Game of One-downmanship by James M. Greenfield, ACFRE

From the NCCS study
Other sources


What is the average cost per dollar raised?
An article from Board Source
An article from Mal Warwick

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The Elusive 990 Form- How to find the form

The Elusive 990 Form

by Jennifer Watkins

The form 990 is an integral form for a nonprofit to have but it sometimes proves less than easy to locate. With the IRS website being as vast as it is, locating it quickly can prove frustrating. If you go to this page: http://www.irs.ustreas.gov/ , on the left side of the page they list the Most Requested Forms and Publications. After number five, click on “More Forms and Publications” and then, in the middle section of the next page, click on “Form and Instruction Number”.

Scroll down until you find a box that that you can scroll in and the form 990 will be in there. Simply click on Review Selected Files, make sure you can view PDF’s, and the search for the 990 form will be over.