It’s My Birthday And I’ll Match Gifts If I Want To

If you’re on Facebook, you’ve almost certainly come across a fundraiser associated with someone’s birthday. Facebook has done a good job at making it easy to raise money for individual to raise money for nonprofits but something I have yet to see is any sort of matching gift component.

Typically, the individual starting a fundraiser will be the first to give but I wondered if Facebook had any integrated method to facilitate matching gifts. Turns out, they do in the form of a matching donation feature.

As a result, I launched a matching gift fundraiser for Arts Capacity, which helps people in need through the power of live music and art to cope with challenges and develop the capacity to experience change for good. I will donate $0.50 for every $1.00 raised up to the fundraiser’s minimum goal of $500.

We’re more than half way there and you can contribute through Sunday, June 2nd.

Donate Now

If you’ve already contributed, thank you and invite your friends to do the same.

If you plan on supporting the project, be sure to do so by Sunday, June 2nd.

Postscript: if you’re interested in learning more about Facebook’s matching donation functionality, they have a very comprehensive overview pointing out how it works for individuals, organizations, and corporations.

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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