Nonprofits Need to Start Planning for Their Future, or Else

March 7, 2012

In order to help the nonprofit community of Los Angeles and Southern California improve the financial strength and future prospects of their organizations, CCF is sponsoring a series of free seminars on planned giving which begin this Friday, March 9 at RAND Corporation in Santa Monica.  Executive directors, development directors and board members are strongly encouraged to attend the seminars together.

What’s more, CCF has developed a new and unique Planned Giving Toolkit that provides everything an organization of any size or type may need to either start a planned giving program, restart one that’s become inactive, or establish a legacy society for donors.

Why?  Gifts of complex assets such as real estate and stock take planning by donors.  Planned giving is a tried-and-true way for nonprofits to attract and handle complex charitable gifts over time.  It expands fundraising beyond drives and events, memberships and subscriptions, annual gifts, merchandising and other more short-term means.  It’s a channel for significant revenue that’s under-utilized by the majority of nonprofits – large and small, old and new.

Why now?  The answer is that there’s never been a better time than now to capture some of the billions of dollars that are being transferred between generations of Angelenos, and the millions that might be directed through philanthropy at worthwhile causes and local charities.

All it takes is one planned gift to change an organization forever or save a vital nonprofit from closing.  It’s no exaggeration.  We know because CCF was transformed with a planned gift from the late Joan Palevsky just a few years ago.

The print version of the planned giving toolkit is available at no cost at the five seminars being held in March and April throughout L.A. County.  The toolkit, complete with materials that can be customized by a nonprofit, will also be available to download on CCF’s website beginning Friday.

For more information, visit the planned giving seminars webpage today!

Thanks for reading,

California Community Foundation

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