October 2014 eNewsletter Articles
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October 2014 eNewsletter Articles

Here you'll find the articles we recommend in our eNewsletter in Fundraising; Governance; Strategy, Planning, & Change; and Technology & Outreach.

Fundraising: End-of-Year Appeal Letter Writing Clinic

Did you know that 30% of donations to nonprofits come in the month of December? And nearly 50% is received during the last 3 months of the year?

Is your camp ready to take advantage of this trend? Have you written your end-of-year appeal letter yet?

JCamp 180 is here to help. We will be hosting a live chat on our Facebook Page at 1 PM EST on Friday, October 24 to answer any questions you have about appeal letters. To prepare, please watch the first 16 minutes of this Webinar we ran on this topic last year. This was one of our most well-received webinars - people appreciated how timely the content was last October!

Then come to our post on Facebook at 1 PM on Friday, October 24 to ask questions and see the questions and answers from JCamp 180 Mentors and your peers.

Feel free to post questions now or join us at 1 PM EST on Friday, October 24.

Note: Facebook Post will be available on Monday, October 20.

>> Live Facebook Chat: End-of-Year Appeal Letter Writing Clinic

Looking for more resources to help with your annual appeal letter?

>> Check out these tips for making your Camp's Appeal Letter stand out


Governance: Getting to 100% Board Giving by Year-End

The percentage of your Board that has made a charitable donation to your camp this year sends a message to the outside world.  Less than 100% is perceived as a sign of Board Leadership problems or worse: a vote of no-confidence in the organization.

So, how can you get all of your Board Members to give a meaningful donation to camp by the end of the year? In this article, JCamp 180 Mentor Julia Riseman shares some ideas from Jan Masaoka of Blue Avocado to help every camp Board reach 100% Board Giving by Year-End.

>> Getting to 100% Board Giving by Year-End

Wonder if your camp should set minimum giving levels for your Board Members?

>> Check out JCamp 180 Mentor Dan Kirsch's response to this question in our Knowledge Center


Strategy, Planning & Change: Enrich Your Conversations and Stories

Have you heard of the Jewish Women's Archives (JWA)? JCamp 180 Mentor Jill Paul recently discovered this wonderful resource that has obvious implications for getting to know your donors, your alumni and most importantly the stories of Jewish women (and men!) in your camp community. How can you improve your conversations and stories?

>> Enrich Your Conversations and Stories

Want to learn more about creating great stories?

>> Check out Andy Goodman's 10 Immutable Laws of Storytelling...


>> ...our article about writing Alumni Profiles that tell your camp's story


Technology & Outreach: Using Technology to Optimize Your Year-End Appeal

You've written a fantastic appeal letter and sent it out to your donors, alumni, parents, and other prospects. Finished, right?

Not yet. You should leverage technology to make your end-of-year appeal even more effective. Read on to find out how...

>> Using Technology to Optimize Your Year-End Appeal

Looking for more information about how to use technology to support your annual campaigns?

>> Check out our article about using data to improve your annual campaigns from a few years ago