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USFR Organization Spotlight: IJ & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center

04 April 2015

The IJ & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center works to enrich the lives of the Jewish community and the community at large by offering educational, cultural and recreational opportunities in a place where people of all backgrounds, cultures and beliefs gather in peace and understanding.

Summer is here and so is the JCC to offer a variety of summer activities from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, including summer camps for children 2 – 16 years-old, a swim and dive team, and gorgeous indoor and outdoor pool facilities.

Using 990s in Foundation Research

17 March 2015

You’ve seen their names on buildings and programs, in honor rolls and news articles: there are many charitable foundations located right here in the great state of Utah, and they are giving away millions of dollars each year. But how do you tap into that wealth? How do you know if they’ll even be interested in what your nonprofit does?

Resilient Leadership – 10 Protective Factors

16 March 2015

Resilience is defined as the ability to bounce back and subsequently flourish following adversity (Lutherar & Cicchetti, 2000). Drs. Nicole Detling, Stephen Gonzalez, and Nick Galli, sport psychology consultants, developed a framework for resiliency in sports, which has been adapted for application to leadership:

Making the Most of a First Contact

11 March 2015

In my current role, I focus heavily in corporate relations. One thing I consistently struggle with, is how to make that first initial connection.

Between e-mail, phone, snail mail, and social media, there are countless ways to reach out. But the truth is, there’s no best practice method. It’s a matter of personal preference on their end.

Was it something we said? What to do with lapsed donors.

27 February 2015

It's an all too familiar situation: you have a database full of supporters, but a HUGE chunk of them haven't given to your cause in years. So what happened? How did they drop off? And how do we get them back?

Creating Effective Fundraising Letters

03 December 2014

It's the time of year that many organizations are thinking about year-end giving strategies. The charitable feeling that surrounds the holidays, combined with the end of year tax benefits creates a big opportunity for fundraisers. Many non-profits bring in the majority of their annual income during the last few months of the year.

Does your team rely on year-end mail requests to accomplish this? If so, here a few things you'll want to think about as you create your perfect piece.