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Hometown Philanthropy

Welcome to Hometown Philanthropy, the newsletter of Holmes, Radford & Avalon!

At HRA we know that great programs and successful fundraising don't just happen - they take planning, determination and sometimes a little outside help. Our goal is to provide you with some of the useful information, resources, ideas and insights for more effective fundraising initiatives that we have developed through our experience as a leader in the nonprofit industry.

Hometown Philanthropy is our way of doing business in the Heartland. It is our belief that Midwestern values and principles such as honor, loyalty and trust still matter. These cultural attributes impact how the power of philanthropy moves through nonprofits in our communities.

Hometown Philanthropy also represents a particular style that Holmes, Radford & Avalon brings to its engagements. It is our respect for the uniqueness of each of our nonprofit client organizations and its leaders. It is a genuine appreciation for the impact that projects have in uniting communities and in improving the quality of life. Hometown Philanthropy is about dependability, availability and trust. Hometown Philanthropy is about building relationships.

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How is the economy affecting your fundraising? It's not.

Keep Calm and Stick to Your Fundraising Plans
“How do you feel about today’s economy?”

As president of Holmes, Radford & Avalon I am asked questions about the economy and its impact on current fundraising plans almost every day. My answer is simple: You have a choice. You can panic, or you can be calm.

I choose to be calm.

You can believe newspaper headlines and television hype claiming that “Politicians have crippled our economy” or “Everyone is hurting in these unprecedented times.”

Or, you can look at the facts...

Read more: How is the economy affecting your fundraising? It's not.

Do you make your donors feel special? Take our quiz!

Thank you!

Everyone likes to feel special. Many nonprofits strive to help those people who they serve feel they are special in some way. That they matter. That they are not forgotten. That they are an important part of our world. Many times, the focus is so great on those populations in need of assistance, that another important demographic group aiding these organizations is forgotten about – their donors!

See how you measure up - take our quiz to see how you stack up against the
Holmes, Radford & Avalon, Inc. Standards of Excellence.

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Top 5 Reasons People Give to Charity

When preparing to make an ask, we can come up with all kinds of excuses for why donors may not want to make a gift. Your organization may not have been given a gift in the past, or you may not think they would be interested in what you are doing, or perhaps it is a bad time of the year and the economy is not what it used to be. But have you ever truly thought about why people give?

Read more: Top 5 Reasons People Give to Charity

The 10 Tenets of Fundraising

Fundraising is a daunting task.  There is much planning, meeting, and strategy involved - so much so that it can be overwhelming.  These 10 Tenets of Fundraising have been developed to help keep organizations focused and on track throughout the process.

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The 12 Essentials of Successful Fundraising

Watch your nonprofit grow!Successful fundraising is in many ways an art more than it is a science. Fortunately, those who have been engaged in Major Gift Initiatives have found that there are time-tested lessons garnered from experience that characterize most successful endeavors.

12 Essentials of Successful Fundraising are effective, yet simple ways to get your organization’s fundraising needs on track!

Read more: The 12 Essentials of Successful Fundraising