Did you know that California law does not prohibit a government agency from accepting donations? Government-run shelters are missing big opportunities if they don't recruit community members to create a 501(c)(3) to support shelter efforts of animal welfare. Hear a case study from Friends of Front Street Shelter and their annual event called Big Day of Giving sponsored by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, which raises funds for approximately 600 nonprofits (https://www.sacregcf.org/about-us/newsroom/making-news/bdog2019-results/).The Front Street Shelter garners more individual contributions than any other nonprofit, even though the shelter is a city agency. Understand the legalities and practicalities of accepting donations, ad understand the benefits of enlisting supporters to create and maintain a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to support shelter operations by raising both funds and goodwill. Learn some best practices in fundraising to avoid controversy, damaging public scrutiny, and loss of goodwill.
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