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Lilya Wagner Most fundraising professionals and many nonprofit personnel are familiar with the newspaper, Nonprofit Times, which is available as both hard-copy and on-line (www.thenonprofittimes.com). However, they may not be as aware of Exempt:  The Financial Magazine for Nonprofits (www.exemptmagazine.com). It is published six times annually by Nonprofit Times. In the November/December issue of 2016, the lead article discussed “Five Things That are Making Regulators Buzz.”  Written by Tracy L. Boak and Karen I. Wu, the article acknowledges that legal issues and compliance regulations are perpetual operations concerns, but they consider five to be of greatest interest to regulators, and therefore perhaps present the greatest challenges to nonprofit leadership. First is the failure of boards to properly implement governance and compliance regulations, such as matters of conflicts of interest. Second is inadequate scrutiny of fundraising and overhead costs, such as high costs of hiring a fundraising professional and misrepresentation of how much is actually spent on the program versus the costs to bring in the donated funds.  Read more >>

Dear Readers: We invite you to contact PSI any time you feel you need a consultant, at any stage of your fundraising efforts. We are here for any type of help, and we can even share carefully-selected consultant names or firms.

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Successful Fundraising: A Handbook for Best Practices

Much can be accomplished for nonprofit organizations of all types if sound fundraising principles are followed, and practice is based on successful experience. Fundraising is an organized practice, a logical process—one that takes time and careful thought to implement.

Whether you are fundraising for a church, school, hospital, ministry, or other nonprofit, this handbook can help. Read it to learn about grant proposals, capital campaigns, annual funds, donor relations, transparency and accountability, and more. Read more>>

  Successful Fundraising - Second Edition Successful Fundraising 2nd EditionAre you planning a building project-a new church, school building, or Community Service Building? Does it seem like your campaign for funds goes on forever? Are your members or constituents tired of talking about money? If you have these questions and probably many others, this book is for you… Successful Fundraising, the PSI-produced fundraising handbook first published approximately two years ago, has been updated and revised, and additional chapters are now included in the 2015 edition. This handbook is available through Advent Source and is affordable at approximately a $19.95 price. The new chapters are in response to many inquiries regarding topics such as grant proposal writing, the effect of fundraising on tithe and offerings, in-kind and non-philanthropic support, recognition, and several other topics. The handbook continues to be widely used and valued, according to feedback from PSI clients. This expanded version will contain the original chapters which have been updated and revised. Although originally designed to be a resource for pastors, churches and their organizations, the handbook has proven to be a valuable resource for most other Adventist organizations. Along with it comes PSI advice and consulting (on-site, if possible), additional resource materials, and other programs described on PSI’s website, www.philanthropicservice.com. Successful Fundraising - Canada Edition Beginning with the question, “Where do I start?” and moving through the process of raising money responsibly, this new edition of the fundraising handbook produced by Philanthropic Service for Institutions (PSI) is designed to help churches and other organizations avoid pitfalls and raise money successfully, in ways that work today. The contents, written specifically for Canadian congregations and organizations, include a range of significant topics, including Biblical bases for fundraising, the basic principles needed to begin a campaign or an ongoing sustainable program, legal issues in raising funds in Canada, working with boards and volunteers, and much more. This handbook will help you in your journey toward accomplishing your organization’s or church’s goals. PSI stands by to help you in your use of this volume, your work, your plans, and your fundraising.

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Written by Lilya Wagner, EdD, CFRE

Diversity and Philanthropy

Diversity and Philanthropy coverA "one size fits all" strategy is not effective when it comes to philanthropy and fundraising in today's diversified environment. This book enables nonprofit leaders, board members, staff, and volunteers of nonprofit organizations to better reach diverse populations and incorporate perspectives that increase success by surveying the cultural context for philanthropic action. In the PSI Library or offered on Amazon in both Print and Kindle: Order on Amazon | View Praeger Publishers listing

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