Hot Tip of the Month - 3 Critical Items For Your Fundraising Success
1. You can help DELAY the increases to the U.S. Postal Rates coming May 14th. If you take action immediately you may be able to delay when the increase goes into effect. This will give you more time to reconfigure your mailing campaigns and save you money.
Some nonprofit organizations will see increases of 100 to 400 percent in their mailings with these new rates.
The DMA Nonprofit Federation, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and other organizations are asking all charities to contact their members of Congress to delay the implementation of the new Non Flat-Machinable mailing category. They're hoping to delay it until December 31, 2007.
Here's a link to an article on the AFP website with more details. It includes contact information for Senators and Representatives (those on the key committees), and a template for a letter to send to Congress.
You still have time to cut and paste the template letter and then fax it in. But you must act within the next few days.
2. I believe you'll enjoy a significant return on your investment when you attend the Bridge Conference 2007. You can register (there's an "early-bird" deadline) and read more of the details by visiting www.BridgeConf.org. Whether you're a small shop, a consultant to the nonprofit sector, an advanced fundraising professional or just starting to learn the ropes, there is something for everyone at this second annual conference hosted by the DC chapter of the AFP and the Direct Marketing Association of Washington (DMAW).
The "early-bird" registration deadline for the Bridge Conference 2007 expires May 30, 2007. I don't know how much the fees will increase after May 30th, but here's a chance to save more of your critical operating dollars by registering early. The conference is July 8-10, 2007 at the Hilton Washington, Downtown Washington, DC.
And maybe you can attend free! The AFP/DC will award ten (10) full two-day scholarships (at the two-day early bird member rate of $449) to members and several scholarships for non-members. Follow the links in this paragraph, or in the first paragraph to see if you're eligible to submit an application for possibly winning a scholarship.
Scholarship deadline extended until May 18. GOOD LUCK!
3. Live closer to New York City? The AFP Greater New York Chapter is hosting their Fundraising Day in New York 2007 on June 14th. Register for this one-day conference before June 14th and you could save $115. Visit www.frdny.org for more details.