Congrats to you all on a very successful campaign season! I’m happy to report that checks are in the mail — $2.1 Million coming your way! After you receive and deposit your check, you may wish to view the names and amounts of the donors who gave to your organization. You can do so on our Partner Portal. Remember that you should not ever send a tax acknowledgement letter to OCFA donors. You may thank them informally (perhaps with a handwritten note or email). Refer to my recent email about other requirements and recommendations regarding donor data and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Happy New Year!
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Make a plan
Download a Red Envelope Planning worksheet: Red-Envelope-Plan-2023 to complete with your team (board, volunteers, staff) to make the most of your participation in the campaign this year. This is a Word document so you can edit it for your specific needs and add your own ideas.
We have buttons for your board, volunteers, staff, and donors to wear. They say “Ask me where I give!” and we hope they will help you spark conversations about what matters most to YOU — your organization.
We also have bumper magnets that say “I GIVE!” We’ll mail these out to donors if they request one. Make sure you request one when you make YOUR gift. We hope to see a lot of these around town, celebrating philanthropy!
We have small reply envelopes for you to use in mailings, in person, and at events. The best timing for use of these would be November and December (or anytime for off-island donors). Give me a call or email if you’d like some!
Talk to me
I’m genuinely interested in the good work you’re doing, and the more we know about it, the more we can do for you. Tell me stories about what’s going on with your agency, invite me to events or for a quick site visit, or just call me at 206.790.3097 if you want to share some news or ask for help.
I hold a Brown Bag Lunch at the Marge Williams Center (or often on Zoom!). These are casual events where volunteers and staff of OCFA partner agencies can connect and share resources relevant to nonprofits on Bainbridge.
Board members are KEY to success in the Red Envelope Campaign. I am happy to visit your board meeting to talk about this. Please put One Call for All on your board agenda for October, and include this Board To-do list. Give everyone an “Ask me where I give!” button and encourage them to start conversations with friends, neighbors, and colleagues.
If you have a OCFA yard sign, place it where you work, where you live, at your nonprofit, at a place of business, or anywhere else you think it would help make the campaign more visible. You can return these at the end of the active phase of the campaign, keep them year round, or store them to use again. If you don’t already have one, let me know. Feel free to stagger your use of them throughout the campaign season.
If you have events of any kind (program events, concerts, fundraising events, volunteer events, etc.) bring a sign so that it helps people remember to give. Hopefully it will end up in photos, as well.
In the past, many of you have (wisely) purchased ads in the Bainbridge Review special insert section, which will be sent out the last Friday in October. There is also Bainbridge Island Magazine, the video ads on the ferry, and the Islander (published by the Kitsap Sun).
Email me if you want me to create a QR code for a flyer, poster, or display for you. This is a great opportunity for touch-free, covid-safe fundraising in person. When someone points their smartphone camera at a QR code, they’ll be automatically connected to your organization’s unique URL, making an online donation on the spot super quick and easy. This is a good option if you are approached by supporters or volunteers who offer to hold a fundraising event to benefit your organization… they can do this on their own and it’s so low-maintenance!
Be sure to remind people to give to you through OCFA if you’re emailing your supporters. You can use the OCFA logo, Give! icon, or “Remember Us!” icon in any html-created email newsletters or just include a link to www.onecallforall.org if you’re sending an unformatted message. If you’re using a direct link, please see below for your organization’s unique URL.
Be sure to include the One Call for All logo on all printed materials that you send out, including brochures, fundraising campaigns, flyers, posters, event invitation, or annual reports, especially during the next three months.
On your organization’s website
Please include the One Call for All or Red Envelope “Give!” logo, above, linked to your unique URL on our site. You can also use your own “Donate” button. For your organization’s unique URL, find your organization on our website by clicking on our Non-Profit Directory: https://onecallforall.org/non-profit-directory/ Click on your organization’s name, and then click on “Donate Now.” The page that you see is your unique URL.
If you have a blog, post a story about how One Call for All funds have helped those served by your agency, and link to www.onecallforall.org or your agency’s unique URL.
You may also use the “Remember Us” or “Give!” social media icons. They can be sized to fit other social media icons, so that you can put the red “Give!” button right next to the square Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram buttons.
1. Be sure to like “One Call for All” on Facebook and follow us on Instagram (@onecallforall) both as yourself and as your organization’s page or profile. Once you’ve “Liked” our page, please Share with your personal friends.
3. If you’re into this sort of thing, use these hashtags on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram: #bainbridgeisland #1call4all #philanthropy #whatmattersmost
4. Once you’ve made your own personal gift, change your profile photos to the “I Gave!” icon. Share this with board, volunteers, and donors. Be sure to include your organization in the description of the image, as well as www.onecallforall.org
5. Invite me to visit! I’d love to help promote your organization by posting photos and links.
6. Email me if you have events or activities that you’d like me to share.
7. Include your One Call for All yard sign in photos that you post on social media.
8. We were very pleased to offer, with the help of Bainbridge Community Foundation, a Social Media Marketing Training for our partner agencies in 2016. Here are the tools and checklists our presenters developed just for you!
Here’s our End of Year Toolkit: 2023 EOY to offer some help in making the most of the campaign’s biggest week, the last week of the calendar year.
Your initial 2023-2024 data is available on the Partner Portal! Email me if you don’t have your agency’s login and password. Remember that all donors have received a gracious acknowledgement/tax letter from One Call for All, so do not send acknowledgement letters or tax receipts. You may call, email, or send an informal note to thank them, if you’d like. Remember that most donors have given to MANY organizations and do not do not want to be inundated with unwanted spam email.
Resources Shared at Brown Bag Lunches