ICYMI: Last Week’s NP News, Today | October 29

What makes a good mission statement? Are there lingering effects from the government shutdown? How can you support your volunteers with mobile technology? And explore how to brand your event, and how to network when you get there.


Another Government Shutdown Effect: Slowed 2014 Tax Season May Cause Service Need Spike (Nonprofit Quarterly)
Because of the shutdown, the IRS is experiencing a backlog. Because of that backlog, refunds may be delayed in getting to people. And because of that delay, nonprofits may be seeing a big jump in need.



Three Examples Why Nonprofits Must Engage Politicians (Nonprofit Quarterly) 
The news this week is rich in reasons why engaging in advocacy is a must for nonprofits and their constituents, including a story of funding redistribution in New York and tax exemption challenges in Wyoming.



Branding for Nonprofit Fundraising Events, Part 2: Out of the Box Event Ideas (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog)
A graphic designer at Stone Soup Creative explores some event ideas that go beyond the gala, the walk, and the gold tournament, helping distinguish your brand while bringing in funds. (For more on the branding power of events check out Part 1.)

Working the Room (Fundraiser Beth) 
Events aren’t just good for collecting admission—they’re the perfect opportunity for networking. Fundraiser Beth Ann Locke provides you a helpful rundown for maximizing your networking effectiveness before, during, and after an event.



Please, Treat Me LIke a Major Donor (Joanne Fritz / About.com)
Don’t treat your donors according to how much they give—treat them the way you want them to give. In other words, court minor donors exactly like you’d court a major donor, and they just might live up to your heightened expectations.

6 Tips from Valencia College Foundation for Virtual Fundraising Success (npEngage / Blackbaud)
How one foundation took their annual campaign online for the first time, and brought in more than $200,000.

Hitting the Wall: For Marathon Charities, Numbers are Slowing (New York Times)
Across the country, fundraising by marathon runners seems to be plateauing, as once-explosive growth runs into problems like decreasing participation and donor burnout.



Nonprofit Mission Statements: Good and Bad Examples (Nonprofit Hub)
If you can’t recite the mission statement off the top of your head, chances are it isn’t a very good mission statement. Nonprofit Hub takes a look at the components of an effective mission statement, and what separates the catchy from the forgettable.

Curating Nonprofit News (Community Organizer 2.0)
Even though we try our best to bring you the most interesting and important nonprofit news every week, we understand if you’re still hungry for more. This post points you to a range of other nonprofit news digests, from NTEN’s Member Roundup to Kivi Leroux Miller’s Mixed Links for Marketers.  



My Application for Tax Exemption Was Submitted to the IRS. Why Is It Taking So Long? (Nonprofit Quarterly)
A few reasons why your recently-filed tax-exemption application might be facing a “perfect storm” of delays—and when the holdups might ease off.  



5 Ways to Use Your Mobile Device for Your Volunteer Program (Engaging Volunteers / VolunteerMatch)
Smartphones are always with us—so why not use them to support your volunteers? Text message reminders, follow-up phone calls, and live tweeting can make a big difference in volunteer performance, loyalty, and engagement.


Marc Schultz is Writer/Editor at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

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