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Survey says


The summer months are a perfect time to check with donors to get feedback on your nonprofit or organization’s performance. Online surveys are the way to go, and they do more than just collect data.

Surveys help with event planning, donor recruitment and retention. Limit questions, and ask for direct and specific responses. Perhaps even show a progress bar.

While surveys are great post-donation or post-event tools, the hot months are a great time to touch base and show donors or clients you value their commitments and won’t over-solicit on their summer breaks. Ask questions and listen.

– Jennifer Belt, Martinez Belt Consulting

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Washington Federal tops $65,000 in 2018 giving

Washington Federal Foundation

Washington Federal Foundation, the community grant program for Washington Federal and its 31 Arizona branches, donated $67,000 to local nonprofits throughout 2018, including a $25,000 donation to UMOM New Day Centers and a $15,000 donation to Care Fund.

The Washington Federal Foundation’s purpose is to facilitate direct giving to community-based nonprofits serving low- and moderate-income individuals’ needs.

Additional organizations benefiting from 2018 donations include: Youth on their Own, Junior Achievement of Arizona, Habitat for Humanity, Pima Community Land Trust, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, Chicanos Por La Causa, Save the Family and more.

– Mike Brown, Washington Federal

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Tax credit contributions good for all

There are approximately 900 nonprofit organizations throughout Arizona that are eligible this year for tax credit contributions. These organizations provide social services programs throughout the state and rely on the generosity of individual donors each and every year.

The Arizona Department of Revenue provides a dollar-for-dollar credit on your state return for anyone who makes contributions to qualifying charitable organizations.

If you’ve donated to the same organization several times throughout the year, your total contribution may be eligible. Donations over the maximums can be taken as a deduction on both state and federal returns. Consult your tax advisor.

– Gail Baer, Jewish Family & Children’s Service

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How to decide which nonprofit to support

Jennifer Belt

With so many great organizations to support, how do you pick just one and still make a lasting impact? There are a few things to consider before writing that check or volunteering.

First, check the charity’s GuideStar rating, which should give you an idea about how they operate. Look for an organization that focuses on a mission that meets your passion. Be sure to ask questions on how they measure success and what type of future they envision.

Finding your inner philanthropist is simple as long as you and the charity are transparent. Your time and talent matter; choose wisely.

– Jennifer Belt, Martinez Belt Consulting