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  • Are You Having Too Many Fundraising Events?
    By Gail Perry - Friday Jun 9, 2017

    Are you having too many fundraising events?

    Love ‘em’ or hate ‘em, fundraising events are a fact of life for most nonprofits.

    Here’s the challenge: Fundraising events are our most inefficient way of raising money.

    In general, when you consider the true cost of events - many fundraising professionals feel they are not worth it.

    Here’s a well-known chart of “cost per dollar raised” for various fundraising strategies. It compares the efficiency of events versus direct mail versus major gifts.

    Cost Per Dollar Raised

    How much does it cost you to raise a dollar?

    (Data comes from James M. Greenfield.)

    When you consider fundraising strategies, there are clearly many other much more efficient and profitable ways to raise money.

    Let's educate the board and leadership about the true cost of too many fundraising events.

    Often board members and volunteers are not familiar with the financial model of event fundraising.

    They don't realize fundraising events take up so very much staff time.

    Events pull valuable fundraising staffers away from other, far more productive and profitable strategies.

    So devoting too much time to events means that you are not deploying your staff resources at their highest and best use.

    Every minute a staffer spends on events means that they are not able to call on major donors - where the money really is.  

    Board members and other leaders are often unfamiliar with -- or personally uncomfortable with -- the other fundraising strategies at our disposal.

    Particularly major gifts when we are face to face with donors.

    That’s probably why board members too often zero in on EVENTS as the life-saving panacea for fundraising.

    Events may be the only thing in their sphere of reference. Or it's their personal preference.

    Create an honest conversation with board members:

    When is the best time to have a calm and rational conversation about what's working and what's not working?

    It's when you're creating your Fundraising Plan for the year.

    It's a great time to discuss the smartest ways to raise the money your mission needs. It's a time to suggest that we cut back on events.

    That's why I created my Highly Profitable Fundraising Plan Toolkit, - to create a format to plan out the fundraising strategies that are best for your organization.

    I included a video module called "The Board Member's Guide to Fundraising Planning," where I discuss the consequences of having too many fundraising events.

    The Toolkit can help you put together a plan to maximize staff time and resources, and max out your fundraising potential.

    Click here to get your Highly Profitable Fundraising Plan Toolkit now

     

    Here are 3 reasons you should DITCH your next event:

    1. Events are not very efficient fundraising strategies.

    As I've mentioned, the return on investment you get from an event is far less than other fundraising options.

    Looking at the chart above, compare the costs of raising money with an event that to a mailing campaign like the annual fund – the cost per dollar raised is only $.25-.30 cents on the dollar.

    And the most efficient way to raise money of all is major gifts - when you are developing personal relationships with major donors.

    That’s only $.05 -.10 on the dollar.

    2. Too many fundraising events wear out your volunteers and staff.

    The last thing your hard-working staff needs is another event.

    Just consider - many fundraising staffers are working really long hours for not a lot of pay.

    They DO want to raise lots of gifts and contributions for your cause. But why ask them to spend so much energy on strategies that have such a low return?

    That's when they feel like their time is wasted - when it could be spent so much more productively.

    And consider your organization's wonderful, dedicated volunteers. How hard do events work your volunteers?

    Let's not run your lovely volunteers ragged either. Or they will abandon you.

    3. You can raise more money with one annual event than with 3, 4 or 5 events.

    Why? The real money from an event typically comes from sponsorships.

    And it takes months to organize a great sponsorship campaign.

    You need time to develop sponsorship materials, identify prospects, organize a committee and make the asks.

    Then you need the lead time to close the gifts and get the correct names on the invitation.

    By having too many events, you never have time to really max out your sponsorship potential.  You simply don't have the lead time.

    But if you only have one event - then you can focus all your efforts on smart sponsorship fundraising -and really bring in some serious sponsorship funding.

    Five benefits of only staging one major event a year:

    1.Your volunteers can focus and go all out in spreading the word and generating attendance, because they are only going to work on one a year.

    2. You can have the lead time you need to identify, cultivate, and ask sponsors. And, as I noted, that’s where the money is.

    3.. You’ll have greater attendance and attention from your supporters.

    4. You’ll be able to raise more money overall because the staff now has time to focus on other, more productive and more efficient fundraising strategies.

    5. You’ll have a happier and more productive staff.

    Bottom Line - Too Many Fundraising Events?

    Are YOU having too many fundraising events? At what cost?

    Leave a comment and let us know!

     

     

    The post Are You Having Too Many Fundraising Events? appeared first on Fired-Up Fundraising with Gail Perry.

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  • I Just Called to Say, 'I Love You, Dad'
    Thursday Jun 15, 2017

    ‘Seriously, Mike, the L-word?’ my brother asked. ‘Are you trying to kill the man?’

    Source: The Wall Street Journal: Opinion
  • To Stave Off a Deportation, Cuomo Pardons a 9/11 Volunteer
    By SARAH MASLIN NIR - Wednesday Jun 21, 2017

    The governor expunged the crime of a 9/11 volunteer and undocumented immigrant facing removal by the immigration authorities because of a decades-old conviction.

    Source: NYT > Home Page
  • Successful Volunteer Teams Have These Four Types of People
    By Terry Ibele [Learning Apricot] - Friday May 26, 2017

    There are four types of people, or personas that make for successful volunteer teams. I'll guide you through each of their motivations, which tasks they're best suited for, their behaviors, strengths, and opportunities.

    Source: Wild Apricot
  • The 5 Donor Love Languages
    By Tammy Zonker - Friday Jun 9, 2017

    If love is the answer, what was the question? It seems the question on our minds these days is, "How do I raise more money" or "How do I retain my current donors and get them to give more?"...

    The post The 5 Donor Love Languages appeared first on NonProfit PRO.

    Source: Tactical Leadership Strategy for the Modern NonProfit
  • How to Train Your Dog for Therapy Service
    By Heather Yamada-Hosley - Monday Jun 12, 2017

    Dogs are pros at making you feel better when you’ve had a bad day or you’re couch-bound while sick, and they can help other people feel the same expansive dog love with a little training. Training your dog to be a therapy dog means they’ll be able bring joy to children who are stuck in the hospital, provide…

    Read more...

    Source: Lifehacker
  • By the Book: Emma Straub: By the Book
    Thursday Jun 22, 2017

    The author of “Modern Lovers” keeps her youth on a shelf: “There are books I loved in my teens and 20s that I would not love now, but it’s still nice to see them there, as a reminder of a person I used to be.”

    Source: NYT > Home Page
  • How Your Thinking Impacts Your Fundraising and Your Life
    By Gail Perry - Friday May 5, 2017

    Does your mindset really impact your life - and your fundraising results?

    I'd suggest that your thinking has tons to do with how your life rolls out.

    I co-presented this topic earlier this week at the AFP International Fundraising Conference with master fundraising gurus Lori Jacobwith and Marcy Heim.

    We had a blast pulling together our own personal mindset management tips to share - things that have helped us survive the bad times and ultimately flourish.

    I have to say I was quite impressed with our audience's reaction to this session.

    It's a bit "woo-woo" for all the straight-laced fundraisers at AFP.

    But everyone seemed to really enjoy it. A few people shared with me later that our session helped them pivot to a more positive place. (hurray!)

    Here is a bit of our presentation:

    How your thinking impacts your life and your fundraising results.

    1. You CAN change your thoughts.

    It's important for you to simply acknowledge that your thinking impacts how you FEEL inside.

    Where do many feelings come from? From thoughts that generate an emotional charge.

    If you are thinking happy, positive thoughts, you will find that you'll feel much happier.

    And if you are thinking sad or depressed thoughts, you'll find yourself sinking lower and lower into pessimism.

    If you are really aware of your thoughts - then you can change them.

    Think of a light switch - if a thought wanders into your mind that is unhappy, critical or diempowering, try saying to yourself -

    "Nope, I'm not going there."

    Try blocking it off and make yourself switch to something more positive.

    I keep little affirmations taped to my bathroom mirror.

    So every morning, I see cheerful reminders:

    "People love me when I am myself." (Hay House)

    "Today I spend lots of time thinking delightful thoughts."  (Hay House)

    “Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” (Marianne Williamson)

    And I'm glad to brush my teeth looking at such positive thoughts. It's a nice way to begin and end the day!

    Take away: Pay attention to your thoughts, and make them as positive as possible.

    2. The Gratitude Game

    Have you ever noticed that when you start simply appreciating the things around you, that you feel better?

    If you want to instantly put yourself in a mindset of well-being and satisfaction, then try the Gratitude Game.

    Here's how you play it:

    Get a partner - your spouse, colleague, child or friend.

    Take turns saying out loud - something that you are grateful for.

    Go back and forth, sharing these happy thoughts.

    We played this game with the entire audience at the AFP Conference last week. People paired off, and just took turns sharing their gratefulness.

    You should have seen everyone's faces!

    Expressions changed. Smiles appeared. Happiness was everywhere. I was stunned at the transformation of people's faces.

    Last Thanksgiving, my family and I gathered around the dinner table. After saying grace, I suggested that we all take turns sharing something we were thankful for. We ended up going round and round, over and over, with each person sharing an appreciation.

    Wow! It might have been the happiest moment of the entire weekend!

    Check out this interesting article: 31 Benefits of Gratitude. It has links to many scientific studies about the benefits of this practice.

    3. Forgiveness as a Mindset Practice

    Forgiveness means letting go of grievances.

    We all have people who have hurt us. Situations that happened in the past that still ache and hurt.  Even health issues that continue to pester us. Can you let this all go?

    This practice is difficult!

    That's why they call it a "practice" - you have to practice it over and over!

    You could consider forgiveness as a spiritual practice. That's how I embraced it.

    The sages say that keeping anger festering against someone or something only hurts yourself. It doesn't hurt the other person.

    Self-forgiveness too!

    My own forgiveness practice has helped me forgive myself for many things. I've become easier on myself.

    We all have that inner critic who is "our own worst enemy." Well, if you practice forgiveness, it's easier to shut that mean inner voice down. :)

    The benefit of equanimity.

    Something else good comes out of this practice - you are better able to let go of things and people, and situations that rankle you.

    You develop more of a sense of equanimity, easiness and calm about life. You can take the ups and downs with a bit more of an emotional cushion.

    We all want to feel calmer, more peaceful. We all want to find happiness and joy.

    If you do, then start within. Cultivate your thinking and your attitudes, just like you are planting seeds.

    These practices are NOT easy, for sure.

    They take years, and even lifetimes!

    But they can make you a far more pleasant, positive and happy person.

    And then career success comes more easily. You become a person whom others want to be around. A person who is respected. A person who radiates an energy that helps others feel good.

    I don't know about you, but that's where I aspire.

    If you want to change the world, then you have to work within as well as without.

    I totally believe that positive emotions within help bring about positive situations.

    And this practice has certainly worked for me!

    BOTTOM LINE: You CAN Control Your Mindset - and Impact Your Life AND Your Results!

    What has been YOUR experience with mindset practices? What's worked for you? I'd love to know!

    Would you like more posts like this one - it's a bit out of the box for fundraising?

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