In a few days, Baltimore will be abuzz with people from all over the nation. They will be in a conversation that you should be a part of.
Answer a few quick questions to find out what this conversation has to do with you:
- Do you work for a nonprofit (leader, employee, volunteer)?
- Are you a part of a faith-based group (clergy, leader, member)?
- Have you or a family member ever used resources provided by a nonprofit or been helped by them (food delivery, hospitals, health care, community programs)?
- Did you attend or graduate from a college or university?
- Is your son or daughter a college or university student or do they plan to attend?
- Has your family enjoyed visiting museums (history, art, culture)?
Unless you live in a bubble, you answered yes to at least one of the questions. Now take your place in the conversation.
Still want more reasons why this is about you? Click links below to find out:
- The 5Ws of Planned Giving
- 3 Reasons HBCUS Should Embrace Planned Giving
- The Overlooked Fundraising Gem – For Faithbased Organizations and Other Nonprofits
People who work as fundraisers for many of the programs and organizations that you love and support will be in Baltimore to talk about how to continue the good deeds of their nonprofits.
Let’s start thinking about the long term sustainability of our nonprofits, not just today. We want them around for generations to come.
Do not think for one second that this conversation is not for your organization because it is ___________ (you fill in the blank).
I’ve heard the excuses – our organization is too small, not enough staff, our members are not ready, etc. That’s why I’m sharing this with you, because the conversation has to start now.
Many nonprofits are being left in the dust when it comes to fundraising. Do not run away from this fundraiser – called planned giving. It is a topic that scares many folks and they avoid it like the plague. In doing so, this fundraiser is a missing part of the toolkit.
I will be in Baltimore attending the National Charitable Gift Planners Conference, October 9-11, as a nonprofit supporter, estate planning attorney and board member of the Chesapeake Planned Giving Council. Stop by and visit our booth (CPGC), and say hi – I’d like to meet you.
Aquanetta J. Betts is a wills, trusts and estates attorney licensed in Washington, DC and Maryland. Connect with her on Twitter @AquanettaBetts