July 2014 eNewsletter Articles
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July 2014 eNewsletter Articles

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

Fundraising: When Funding Success Feels Like Magic

Want funding to "magically" appear? Mentor Laurie Herrick shares a story that shows how "surprise" gifts are usually the result of the integration of your development team (and a culture of philanthropy) throughout your organization.

>> When Funding Success Feels Like Magic


Fundraising BONUS: Have You Considered an Amazon Wish List?

You're deep into camp, but realize you desperately need supplies for the swimming program or arts and crafts. Have you considered an Amazon Wish List? Read on to find out how URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp Development Director Ellen Alexander has used this tool effectively.

>> Don't Kick a Gift Horse in the Mouth

Looking for more ways to improve your fundraising success?

>> Check out the Fundraising section of the JCamp 180 Knowledge Center


Governance: And Now For a Different Type of Board Agenda

Are your Board meetings boring? Would a change in the structure of these meetings help make the Board more effective? Jan Masaoka from Blue Avocado provides an alternate Board Agenda that might add some life to your Board meetings.

>> And Now For a Different Type of Board Agenda

Looking for other ways to make your Board meetings more effective?

>> Consider these 5 steps for decision-making that might improve your Board meetings…




Strategy, Planning & Change: No Is Essential

In just over 100 words, blogger Seth Godin reminds us of an obvious - but often overlooked - point: if our camps are going to do what we do best, if we are going to offer the best possible experience for our campers, our staff, our parents, and our alumni, we have to learn to say no.

>> No Is Essential

So…what Should You Say YES to?

>> Connect your priorities to your Mission and Values: Find sample Mission Statements here if your camp needs to revisit…


Technology & Outreach: 30 Things to Avoid on Social Media

This article from Search Engine Journal provides 30 basic tips that all organizations should remember when posting on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social channels. 

Disagree with any of these tips? Or have other tips to share with your peers? Let us know about it on our Facebook Page.

>> Social Media 101: 30 Things You Should Avoid Doing on Social Media

Looking for more basic articles about social media?

>> Check out our 101 articles about Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and blogging