Over the past few weeks, it has been easy for the days to blur together—with schedules important for stability but also keeping our socially distant lives accordingly mundane. But tomorrow, May 5, 2020 is an important day to note, promote, and celebrate! #GivingTuesdayNow was organized, in part, as an effort to encourage donations to nonprofit organizations helping to address the immense collateral damage inflicted by COVID-19. Now.GivingTuesday.Org offers other ways to support the effort while maintaining social distancing:
- Support healthcare workers by donating supplies, advocating for them, and staying home
- Help out small businesses by buying gift cards or writing an online review
- Combat loneliness by reaching out to a neighbor, relative, seniors or veterans
A simple-but-important step every Iowa nonprofit can and should take is to promote #GivingTuesdayNow as a part of fundraising—particularly with programs and services focused on serving populations affected by COVID-19.
Engage board members, staff, past donors, potential donors, and other stakeholders with fundraising efforts by posting #GivingTuesdayNow content and participating in the international digital conversation. Consider the many resources hosted on now.givingtuesday.org as a good starting point for content inspiration.
#GivingTuesdayNow is an important reminder that especially during this challenging time Iowans need high-functioning nonprofits now more than ever.
The mission of Gordon Fischer Law Firm is to promote and maximize charitable giving in Iowa. This is all year long—not just on #GivingTuesdayNow. GFLF is available to work with nonprofit organizations on every element of operations including but certainly not limited to:
- Training of nonprofit boards and staff and educating on charitable giving tools and techniques
- Employment law guidance for nonprofits including advice about hiring and firing, and drafting of policies and procedures
- Handling compliance issues, like forming a 501(c)(3)and Form 990 reporting
- Working with nonprofit and donors on complex gifts