March 1 Deadlines Fast Approaching!

There are a number of deadlines relating to Convention that are fast approaching, including Program Planning, Bylaw Amendments, and Award applications.  Visit the Convention 2014 area for more information.


Big News!!

The updated Member Resources site is coming soon – very soon! The Forums site will be unavailable today, February 19th, as the content of both the Members Area and the Forums websites are merged into one, integrated Member Resources site. The whole process will take several hours with the site re-opening on Thursday, February 20, 2014.

  • Upload this card template to your League’s site and allow donors to immediately print out a card that they can give to the recipient of the gift. This will allow individuals to give throughout the holiday season. (Leagues are encouraged to thank and acknowledge donors through their regular mechanisms for all donations to the organization.)
  • The LWVUS Development Office is pleased to share with you the FY 2013-14 LWVUS/Education Fund Direct Marketing schedule for direct mail and telemarketing. Download the schedule to share with your Development chairs to assist planning for your League's fundraising activities. This is private content that can only be accessed by members. You MUST login first before you will be able to access this document.
  • This year, the League will participate in the second annual #GivingTuesday campaign on December 3, 2013. In the same way that retail stores come together to offer deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday brings the nonprofit community together on a universal platform to raise awareness about the importance of supporting our valuable missions and work.
  • Fundraising can be a challenge for a non-profit, grassroots organization like the League. In order to support their important projects, local Leagues have gotten creative with their revenue generating ideas and the results are often impressive. This fundraising success highlight is the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle, MA.
  • As a League leader, you occasionally face questions about the rules that govern Leagues — what Leagues can do and what they can’t. We often receive similar questions at the national office. In order to shed light on the subject, we asked a lawyer specializing in nonprofits for detailed guidance. We combined the advice he gave us with information from IRS publications and other sources to produce a series of frequently asked questions and answers (FAQ). We are including those FAQs that relate most directly to the work of membership and leadership development here.  Please feel free to share this document with other members of your board, including your treasurer. 

  • This webinar will expand on the basic fundraising training from National Convention to provide an overview of the why’s, who’s, what’s, how’s and when’s of fundraising essentials for local Leagues. We’ll convince you to focus on the most promising source of funds for Leagues – individuals – and give you lots of ideas to ensure success!
  • Learn about how to put together your League's "Case for Support"-- before you start reaching out to your members and friends in the community to ask for their financial support. The case for support worksheet helps you shape and articulate an effective narrative addressing why people SHOULD support your League and its valuable work in and for the community. Also download a Sample Fundraising Letter template that employs best practices.

  • A worksheet listing ten essential elements of an effective fundraising letter and allowing you to rate how well your letter fulfills each element.
  • Keep these essentials in mind when developing your fund raising plans.

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