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    First of all, I sympathize that you are experiencing this unrealistic expectation from leadership.  A result of all the pandemic aid was actually to "cut poverty nearly in half this year from prepandemic levels" ( NY Times, 9/2021, Pandemic Aid Programs ...

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    Nancy- A couple of thoughts-if you haven't already, reach out to the Archdiocese.  Also, I would also reach out to your local Catholic Charities group and St. Vincent de Paul-they probably don't fund this, but may know who does and could help you establish ...

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    I would also be interested! Dawn Ansbro SUNY Orange Foundation dawn.ansbro@sunyorange.edu 845-341-4337 ------------------------------ Dawn Ansbro Executive Director Goshen NY (845)341-4337 ------------------------------

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    Hi Jennifer, You didn't mention the volume of your donations (how many per week), but overall I'd give a hard no to sending out thank you letters on a quarterly basis. Prompt thank you notes are one important part of stewarding your donor to a deeper ...

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    It is best to think of thank you's and tax receipts as separate things if at all possible, and that each is a touch point with a donor that keeps you top of mind with them. Either can be email if you have the email address, to save postage, and if your ...

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    Hi Jennifer, I' right across the river from you in Cincinnati! I deal with a lot of the bulk mail for my organization. Two things that have caught my attention in the past few years: 1) As you probably already know, you need at least 200 letters to send ...

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