October 2015 eNewsletter Articles
Knowledge Center

October 2015 eNewsletter Articles

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

Fundraising: Legacy Giving in the Eyes of the Young

Does your camp cultivate and ask younger donors for Legacy commitments?

This article in eJewishPhilanthropy by Ariella Cohen, a committee member of Create Your Jewish Legacy in Cincinnati (which is part of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation Life & Legacy program), reminds us why it is so important to include younger supporters in your Legacy strategy.

>> Legacy Giving in the Eyes of the Young

Looking for more resources to help your Legacy Program?

>> Check out the Legacy Fundraising section of our Knowledge Center


Governance: Getting Board Members Excited to Say "Thank You" to Donors

Research shows that when board members thank donors, giving goes up. Yet many organizations struggle to convince board members to give thanks.

In this short Movie Mondays Video, Marc A. Pitman shares reasons why board members may not be open to thanking donors...and walks through a simple way to get board members excited and motivated to thank donors.

>> Getting Board Members Excited to Say "Thank You" to Donors

Looking for more ways to get Board Members involved in Fundraising?

>> Check out our popular Webinar recording: Top 10 Things Board Members can do to Raise Money (and Only One is Asking for It!)


Strategy, Planning & Change: New Year's Resolutions After September

The High Holy Days have passed, but it's not too late to continue your deep reflection and introspection associated with that time of the year. You've probably already spent time on personal reflection, but now it's time to think deeply about your camp. 

In particular, JCamp 180 Mentor Natasha Dresner recently wrote in the Berkshire Eagle about three important communications that every camp needs to reflect on and do a better job at developing and delivering.

>> New Year's Resolutions in September

Looking for more ways to step back and define your camp's mission and vision?

>> Check out this article about Mission, Vision, and Core Values


Technology & Outreach: How Can Your Camp Tell Stories Confidentially?

Has your camp hesitated to share its greatest stories for fear of breaching confidentiality? We know that summer camp provides a trove of stories that can show the life-changing camp experience and the incredible impact donors' gifts have in making these experiences possible.

Humans of New York (HONY) has shown that it is possible to put fantastic stories out into the world while still maintaining your subjects' privacy. Read on to find out how they do it...and how your camp can share its incredible stories.

 >> How Can Your Camp Tell Stories Confidentially?

Want more tips about writing great stories that people want to read?

>> Check out our article about the incredible success of the narrative podcast "Serial"