Good afternoon and welcome to the board’s first Wednesday session for September! Thanks for coming everyone. Mary and I are here today to have a discussion with you about the board role in fundraising.
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Before we get into the webinar, let’s take a look at what we’ll cover during this hour. In the first half of the webinar, I’ll talk about some general aspects of planned giving, including the board role and where ALA comes into play.
In the second part of the webinar Mary Hastler will go over some specifics in relation to how individual board members can support planned giving.
Planned giving is when an individual chooses to name YALSA as a beneficiary in their will Why? Because the Board has a duty to ensure the fiscal health of the organization Let’s take a look at the chart. Of the billions of dollars raised by charities and nonprofits in 2009, only 4% of that came from corporations. This statistic can help the board make informed decisions in terms of where to put the most resources and time when it comes to fundraising. Individuals means someone who gave cash at some point during 2009 Bequests mean someone who passed away in 2009 and left something to an organization in their will Foundations are grant making institutions that include organizations such as the MacArthur Foundation and the Gates Foundation Corporations are for-profit entities that make philanthropic donations The take away here is that planned giving and fundraising are a practical and strategic approach for YALSA to acquire funds to support critical projects. It’s also another way to engage members and advocates in the association.
Here’s a list of common activities for boards when it comes to planned giving and fundraising. So, what is YALSA already doing and what should the board explore? The board already has the Financial Advancement Committee in place and works with staff to make sure that donations are used appropriately. What the board doesn’t have at the moment is a strategy or plan for seeking planned gifts, nor does it have any guidelines policies in place. The Council of Nonprofits has some sample gift agreements that YALSA could choose to adapt. There are guidelines can be for: Gift acceptance, Endowment spending and Stewardship. This is something that the board will want to explore sometime in soon via a discussion in Connect or an action item at a board meeting. ALA does have some procedures and systems in place, including the management of the long term investment fund, the work/scope of the Endowment Trustees and the Legacy Society, whose main purpose is donor stewardship. Also, the budget process has procedures for divisions making transfers into their endowments. In terms of how Division donations are processed by ALA under the Operating Agreement, 100% of donation funds go to the Division. ALA doesn’t assess any overhead on them.
Giving Options: Friends of YALSA, Leadership Endowment, Morris Endowment, Books for Teens. Several people have asked where their money will do the most good, and that’s a tough question. We usually say that they should put their money towards supporting something that they’re most passionate about. Sarah, as part of her presidential initiative, is focusing on building the Leadership Endowment, as the principle is too small at the moment to get enough interest to use for anything. Also, the FAC decided that for 2012 all FOY funds raised will be toward supporting the new strategic plan. Three members have taken the step to include YALSA in their will: Bill Morris, Regina Minudri and Pam Holley (talk about how the Morris Endowment got established) Two additional members are seriously considering: Linda Braun and David Mowery Individuals should be directed to the Executive Director Donor recognition is spelled out on the Give to YALSA page on the web site ALA is a 501c3 non-profit, and YALSA is a division of ALA. Please note that by itself YALSA is not a non-profit. YALSA has no legal identity.
MARY TAKES OVER BEGINNING WITH THIS SLIDE
Marketing materials can include: Newsletters, like the Friends of YALSA Newsletter Solicitations , like the planned giving mailing that went out last year to all Past Presidents Thank you letters or emails, like those sent by the FAC chair and Fiscal Officer Ads for fundraising events or initiatives Invitations, for example, board members can personally invite someone to attend the Trivia Night at Midwinter Swag (but the thank you for donating gift must be a token—it can’t be equal to or more than the donation, or the donation is no longer tax deductable to the person who gave. Also, it is not the best use of funds raised)
This goes back to the idea of needing a plan or strategy The most likely donors are probably those who are passionate about YALSA and its mission It’s important to emphasize that the size of the donation isn’t important. Some people assume that planned giving is only for the wealthy, but that is not so. If every YALSA member left $500 in their will to YALSA, we’d have $2.7 million to spend on our programs and services. Think of how much more we’d achieve with that money!! Also, having many people give a little, rather than a few giving a lot, helps to show potential donors and funders that YALSA is widely supported and that many people are passionate about what we do. If you know of anyone who might be good to reach out to about planned giving, please share their name with Penny & Beth
Appropriate interactions with donors: Thank them for their gift Update them on recent YALSA accomplishments Make them feel included at events by introducing them to others, sitting with them, etc. Show an interest in things that are important to them Listen to what they have to say Invite them to an upcoming YALSA event Thank them again!
Invite potential donors to face to face events Interact with potential donors at conferences, etc. Point them towards YALSA resources and services that might be useful to them and/or that will be helpful to them in their work or personal lives Encouraged them to get more engaged in the association Offer yourself as a resource to tap if they ever have questions or want to learn more about YALSA
Always err on the side of caution, and if you’re not sure about something, check in with Penny and Beth
What else could you do?
These are good resources for anyone to check out, but especially so if your self-assessment indicated the need to learn more about the board’s fiduciary duty to the organization
Allow some wait time to see if anyone will jump in Ask some questions of them to get them started, if necessary: Does anyone have personal experience, perhaps from working with their library’s foundation or friends group they want to share? Do you know of a model that YALSA might adapt? Does your alma mater have any best practices that might be adaptable for YALSA?
An Association Board's Role in Fundraising & Planned Giving
Presented by Mary Hastler & Beth Yoke
What is planned giving?
Why is it important?
Board oversight of a planned giving effort
What individual board members can do
The ethics of fundraising
Next steps & learning more
In 2009 the total amount of giving was
Those contributions came from:
Create a planned giving plan
and establish goals
Develop guidelines and
Provide guidance & support to
key committees & member
leaders, such as the Financial
Advancement Committee and
the Fiscal Officer
Ensure that donations are
used according to the intent of
YALSA’s giving options
Who are good prospects
Who existing donors are
Where to find information on the web site
Whom to direct individuals to for more
How YALSA formally recognizes donors
Tax status of ALA/YALSA
your college &
share with Fiscal
Officer & Executive
Characteristics of good planned giving prospects:
◦ Age: 40 – 60
◦ Have a college degree
◦ Do not have children, or have grown children
◦ Have a long relationship with YALSA
◦ Have donated to YALSA or similar organizations in the
◦ Are passionate about YALSA’s mission
◦ Have the capacity to make a gift*
*studies show this is the least critical factor
Seize opportunities to
with existing donors
Keep in touch with
donors in between
The personal touch is important
Keep in regular touch with
Look for ways to help or support
Bring donors closer. Find ways to
connect them with YALSA and the
work of the association
Respect donors and potential donors
Avoid paying those who raise funds on an
organization’s behalf a commission or
percentage of funds raised
Truthfully describe the purpose for which
funds will be used and accurately describe
YALSA’s mission and programs
Ensure that donations are used only for their
Personally invite someone to attend the Trivia
Night at Midwinter
Think about who may be good candidates to
reach out to about planned giving and send the
name(s) to the Fiscal Officer & Executive Director
Look out for fundraising and planned giving
requests from your alma mater, and share good
ideas with Fiscal Officer & Executive Director
Take part in future board discussions to help
develop a planned giving plan and to put a gift
acceptance policy in place
Association of Fundraising Professionals:
Chronicle of Philanthropy:
The Foundation Center:
National Council of Nonprofits:
What haven’t we
What would you like
to know in more
you like to share?