By Molly Ritvo [Written with synagogues in mind; applicable for all.] In 2016, Jewish organizations need to focus on reaching the many different demographics found within their communities. As you continue to strengthen connections among young adults, begin to consider how you can engage with another crucial demographic: the Empty Nesters. With their children in college, these empty nesters have the time, resources and desire to get … [Read more...] about Engaging the Empty Nesters
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By Molly Ritvo [Written with synagogues in mind; applicable for all.] Like most Jewish organizations, your staff probably has limited time and resources to accomplish everything on your to-do-list. it’s important that staff members use their time wisely to best accomplish your organization’s goal. One cost effective and important task for someone at your organization is to start a blog. Having blog will accomplish many goals for your … [Read more...] about Why Blog?
By Molly Ritvo [Written with synagogues in mind; applicable for all.] Rosh Hashanah is less than a week away! Are you ready to harness the energy & excitement of the High Holidays & transform it into year-round community engagement? For most synagogues, this is the time when your website and your actual doors will be experiencing the most traffic. Here some strategies to help you engage your High Holiday visitors: Over-do the … [Read more...] about Increasing High Holiday Engagement
By Molly Ritvo [Written with synagogues in mind; applicable for all.] Over the past two weeks, we’ve given suggestions on how you can create a culture of gratitude in your organization. One particularly important demographic in your community that deserves special attention is the major donors. According to Penelope Burke, noted philanthropy researcher, cultivating major donors is an art. She suggests that a basic guideline is to … [Read more...] about Ways to Thank Major Donors
By Molly Ritvo [Written with synagogues in mind; applicable for all.] How often do you give thanks to your members? When was the last time that you told them how grateful you are to have them as part of your community? A thank you for volunteering and a thank you for a contribution goes a long way in building community. Without being thanked, your members will stop donating and attending events. This simple stewardship and fundraising … [Read more...] about The Importance of Thanking Your Members