Quick Tips To Help Your Year-End Fundraising

Adaptistration People 033We’re only three days away from the deadline for claiming charitable donations so I decided to put together three three tips via an article at ArtsHacker.com on how you can use to maximize donations from procrastinating donors.

1Text Message: this is one of my favorites; according to IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions > When to Deduct > Text Message “Contributions made by text message are deductible in the year you send the text message if the contribution is charged to your telephone or wireless account.” If you don’t already have a text based donation platform up and running, it is unlikely you’ll get that done in time but if you have one laying around you haven’t used in a while, now is the perfect time.

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About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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