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September 2007 Fundraising Newsletter
This Issue: Fundraising Tax Tips
& Silicone Donation Bracelets
In This Issue
Fundraising Tax Tips
Giving is Living Donation Bracelets
Did You Know ...
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Minford Jr. High Baseball Fundraised $4,250.00
Thompson Highschool Warriors $2,300.00
St. Paul Ame Church Fundraised $576.00
Kappa Alpha Order Fundraised $8,962.40
Grace Fellowship Church Fundraised $1,550.00


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Issue: #16 September/2007
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Fundraising Tax Tips

Tax Tips

It's a seemingly simple transaction - you purchase a great FastTrack Fundraising product for $5, you sell it for $10, and you keep the $5 profit for your fundraiser. Sure, the math part is easy, but how does the government look at it? Fundraisers have their own set of tax rules and it's critical to have a basic understanding of what's going on. Here are some simple standard guidelines to go by:

Track the numbers: This goes without saying for individuals, but it's even more critical for organizations. Keep tight records on total contributions, grants, and gifts received.

Know who's giving: Large contributors (individuals whose total contributions during the most recent four years are greater than or equal to two percent of the organization's total contributions over that same period) should receive specific emphasis. Take note of every person or group that contributes to your organization, even the small ones - you never know who will turn into a large contributor!

Record your expenses: Promotion, administration, fundraising products - it's all money well spent, but the IRS needs to know HOW you've spent that money. Keep those receipts and keep them sorted out into proper categories.

Stay up to date: Tax laws are a changing beast, and it's good to have at least one expert on staff that can stay familiar with how and why things change from year to year. Like the Boy Scouts say, be prepared.

As with all tax-related legal issues, fundraising tax laws are constantly evolving over time. In some cases, organizations may have to face industry-specific rules (e.g. non-profit hospitals and their charity rule requirement). The best bet? Educate yourself on the basics of fundraising tax law, then consult a CPA to prepare your financials.

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"Giving is Living" Silicone Bracelets


Giving is Living Donation Bracelet

They're the hottest trend in fundraising, so why not take advantage of them for your organization? Starting with Lance Armstrong and his LiveStrong bracelets, silicone bracelets are quickly becoming a fast and fashionable way to show you support a cause. FastTrack Fundraising makes it easier than ever before for your organization to get its own set of silicone bracelets for fundraising and awareness.

Each bracelet has "Giving is Living" imprinted on a white silicone bracelet to remind each person that their generous donations are appreciated and put towards a good cause. Bracelets can be sold for up to 75% profit or given as a bonus thank-you gift for generous donations. As effective as the LiveStrong bracelet but designed specifically for the use of fundraising, the FastTrack Silicone Bracelets will always get people excited and motivated with the spirit of giving.

Product Details:
    Recommended sale price of $2.00
    Up to 75% profit based on volume of purchase
    Made from durable silicone rubber and available in white


Find out more about the bracelets or order your donation bracelets today!
  Did You Know ...
  • Through August 2007, Lance Armstrong's foundation has sold more than 65 million LiveStrong bracelets.
  • 38 states and Washington D.C. require charities to register in advance with the state prior to accepting donations.
  • Corporate donations totaled $4.2 billion in 2006, and the total for 2007 is projected to exceed that number.
  • The non-profit sector has more than 10 million employees - nearly 7% of the American work force!

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FastTrack Fundraising is committed to helping school groups, sport teams, churches, and nonprofit organizations reach their fundraising goals with fast, easy fundraising solutions.

If there are any topics you would like us to cover in future newsletters, let us know!  We welcome all feedback and suggestions.
 
Sincerely,
 
The FastTrack Fundraising Team
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