In This Issue


Amp Up Your Fundraising Efforts with a Sustainer Program


For years, public broadcasting stations have successfully marketed sustaining memberships to their listeners and viewers - and now other nonprofits are catching on. Properly designed and implemented, a sustainer program (also known as a "monthly" or "preauthorized" giving program) can provide an organization with a strong,...(Read More) 


 Client Quote

"Raises to all! Gilbert knows how to work hard and play hard. We actually manage to have some fun with your staff during audits"

  - CA Association of Highway Patrolmen
JUNE 2015


Are your organizations code of ethics transparent to your donors and constituents? Developing a code of ethics - and following it - tells its constituents that the organization lives up to its ideals. We talk about important factors to consider when developing a code of ethics statement for your nonprofit.

We also look at the pros and cons of sustainer programs. Sustainer programs enable supporters to make periodic, automatic donations and in return for their commitment, they can be offered memberships benefits. Sustainer programs can provide your organization with strong, predictable income but there are factors to consider before adopting such a program. 

If you need further assistance with any of the topics discussed in this issue, please give us a call. We are here to help! 


A Code of Ethics Sets the Stage for Decision-Making


Demonstrating commitment to ethical standards is one way your nonprofit can show that it's worthy of the public's trust and your donors' gifts. Developing a code of ethics - and following it - tells your constituents that your organization lives up to its ideals.


 Identifying your values


Think of your code of ethics as a statement of how you practice ideals. A code of ethics not only guides your organization's day-to-day operations but also your employees' and board ...(Read More) 

From Overhead to Impact:

Attitudes about Nonprofit Spending are Changing 


It came as a welcome surprise to many in the nonprofit community when, in 2013, three of the largest charity watchdog groups - GuideStar, Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance - publicly addressed the "overhead myth." Urging donors to "pay attention to other factors of nonprofit performance: transparency, governance, leadership, and results," the open letter went one step further, stating that "many charities should spend more on overhead."

This last statement isn't news to nonprofits struggling to pay administrative and fundraising costs while trying to maintain their reputations for fiscal responsibility. But it may mark the beginning of an attitude shift among watchdogs, donors, grantmakers...(Read More)