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December Fundraising: Effective Last Minute Planning

No joke. A lot of charitable gifts are made during the month of December, like more than a third of all annual charitable gifts from individuals. And, more than 70% of them are made during the last two or three days of December.


Why? Because people want to squeeze in an additional tax deduction in before December 31. Also, a lot of people start feeling charitable because their religions’ holidays might remind them to think of others. Those two motivations can make a big difference.

A lot of organizations have written a ton of literature and tip sheets on year-end giving. A few of our favorites are from Network for Good, GIFT, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

So it’s December 10th (or later! YIKES!) and you haven’t done any planning yet. Click here to visit the ioby Leader Guide to Year End Fundraising, download some of our favorite tip sheets and see instructional videos from successful ioby leaders.

Container Urbanism

We loved the Design Observer piece on Container Urbanism. In addition, to activating public space, providing a home to the burgeoning urban locavore movement, supporting new startup clothiers and temporary boutiques for makers and craftspeople of all types, containers can also be a community space for great new civic ideas to come to life.

Velo City is one such project that raised some of its first funding on ioby and rooted itself in the Brooklyn community with a stall at the Dekalb Market. Photos follow.