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Nonprofits nationwide are being victimized by copper thieves.
 
On the evening of June 30th, volunteers at the Animal Welfare League in Chicago, Illinois noticed the building felt unusually warm. They were shocked to discover that their air conditioning units had been completely destroyed by thieves, for the copper piping. The repair of one unit and replacement of the other is estimated to cost $25,000, an expense the shelter can ill afford.

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Warning: The following story may sound awfully familiar to you! 
 
 

Chris is in a relationship, has two small children, works for a nonprofit organization, and serves on the board of two other nonprofits. Chris is juggling family demands, work demands, volunteer demands and always feels there simply isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done.

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By now, it's old news that approximately 275,000 nonprofit organizations automatically lost their exempt status in June.  Local newspapers have published lists of organizations in their area which have lost exemption as sort of a Scarlet Letter notice.  In the rural region where Grant Gopher is based, seventeen organizations no longer have tax-exempt status.

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We like to do a fun thing once in a while. It's called "Grant Wish Wednesday"!  We send out a message, and everyone is invited to post on our Facebook page and tell us what they are trying to find grants for.

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I am endlessly fascinated by news stories about con artists.  I always wonder why people are so willing to give these people money, while many (most?) nonprofits struggle and scrape to fund their programs.  

 

Here are five things con artists know about individual psychology and how you can use those same things to boost your fundraising success:

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