September 2014 eNewsletter Articles
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September 2014 eNewsletter Articles

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

Fundraising: Debunking Myths About Real Estate Gifts

Does your camp accept gifts of real estate? Have you shied away from these gifts because of the potential complexity of managing these transactions?

This article, from JCamp 180 Conference workshop presenter Dennis Bidwell, debunks some common myths about real estate gifts that might help you rethink these potentially lucrative gifts in the future.

>> Debunking Six Myths About Real Estate Gifts

Looking for more resources about real estate gifts?

>> Check out Dennis Bidwell's detailed presentation from our 2009 Conference in the Knowledge Center


Governance: The Power of a Simple Piece of Paper

Do you want to find your perfect Board members? Read this article (originally printed in the Berkshire Eagle) by JCamp 180 Mentor Natasha Dresner to learn how to do it, what pitfalls to avoid, and what easy strategies and tools to utilize.

>> The Power of a Simple Piece of Paper

Looking for information for NEW Board Members?

>> Check out this open letter to all new board members at Jewish Summer Camps 


Strategy, Planning & Change: The Law of Triviality

Do you find your Board or Finance Committee spending too much time on relatively trivial decisions? This short article reviews the Law of Triviality, which states that the time spent on an item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum [of money] involved.

Read this article and then consider how you can focus your Board's time on higher impact agenda items.

>> Why We Spend the Most Time on the Least Important Decisions

Want to read more about how to prioritize the efforts of your Board and Camp?

>> Check out our article about 4 Questions your Camp SHOULD Be Asking


Technology & Outreach: Social Media Fundraising

We recently discovered two useful articles about Social Media fundraising:

One is a very short case study about how Wabash College - a small Liberal Arts college - effectively leveraged social media in a recent fundraising campaign.

The second is an article that shares 14 useful statistics about fundraising, social media, and mobile technology.

>> Little Giants, Big Money: Lessons in Social Media Fundraising From a Liberal Arts College

>> 14 Must-Know Stats About Fundraising, Social Media, and Mobile Technology

Looking for information about how camps leverage social media in their fundraising campaigns?

>> Check out our article about how URJ Camp George used fundraising to double the money raised in their annual scholarship phone-a-thon