Last year, for a fundraiser, my organization had a paint-and-wine night. It was very successful and we'd like to do it again, but we're wondering -- is paint-and-wine still a thing, or is it played out? Is there some other X-and-wine activity we should do? Or will paint-and-wine still be a draw? [more inside]
Pledge drives rely on talking directly to the individual which is part of how radio is personalized to each individual listener. There has been much discussion within public radio of avoiding anything that sounds like it's not talking to the individual since that makes people not feel special as individuals. [more inside]
I have been working for about a year on a project that I expect will lead to a book about the public radio fund drive. I've asked a lot of questions here about it as I've tried to figure out how to approach the topic. Along with focus groups (I've done two, planning a third) and a literature review I'm finishing, I need to conduct a survey of public radio stations. [more inside]
We own a lot in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. Its value has tripled since we bought it; at this point we could sell it for $100k if we wanted to. We don't want to sell it. We want to build a 500 square foot house on it. We already paid for the permits, saved up the money, and now it's looking like we might fall $10k-$20k short on the total cost to build. Neither of us is employed. Given our extended explanation, how do we make this happen? [more inside]
Does anyone know about the success rate of public radio fund drives? During the last cycle in October, a local public radio station missed its target at the end of its drive by almost 30%. Yet, everybody keeps saying fund drives "are working". Where can I find data that says if that's true or not?
During fund drives, I'm always told the positive comments of listeners who support the mission of public broadcasting and the drives that pays for the public radio and TV stations to operate. But I recently heard a public radio volunteer say he thinks public TV gets up to 40% negative comments and public radio gets about 10% negative comments. [more inside]
Can the big Metafilter brain direct me to reputable surveys or peer reviewed studies that examine how public radio fund drives are conducted and how people feel about them? [more inside]
A very close and dear friend of mine passed away a few days ago at a very young age and left behind a wife and 2 very young children ages 3 and 1. I would like to set up an investment fund for his children in his memory which people can donate to and will accrue interest until they are ready for college. To increase the chances people will donate I want it to be possible to use paypal or google wallet. I know nothing about finance or laws or any of the things that I imagine come with setting this up. Can anyone advise? Thanks in advance
It's fund drive time, and I have been a contributor and a host promoting fund drives for public and community radio. But a common complaint I hear from people is public radio encourages them to do their part, meaning contribute. The promise is the sooner you do, the sooner the drive will end. [more inside]
Struggling to find work, young, recent grad. I have a mutual fund and need help breaking it down. Can I live off of it? Should I? What do I do with a mutual fund?? [more inside]
Would it be acceptable if we ask people to deposit money into an account for our son's education instead of giving gifts? [more inside]
What specific kind of financial investing would give the greatest return based on a $2,500,000 investment? Stocks, bonds, mutual fund, etc?
What specific kind of financial investing would give the greatest return based on a $2,500,000 investment? Stocks, bonds, mutual fund, etc? [more inside]
Is it legal for a company to withdraw online payments from my account without notifying me first? [more inside]
I have just been given a substantial raise and promotion. Yay! Now, I want to take most of that extra income and stash it away, for the time being, in some kind of savings vehicle. What kind of savings vehicle is right for me? [more inside]
Where can I find daily (historical) mutual fund prices?
What to buy for a 25-year portfolio other than securities and index funds which contain them if there is a large dip or crash next week?
What to buy for a 25-year portfolio other than securities and index funds which contain them if there is a large dip or crash next week? [more inside]
I would like to create a non-profit fund / fundraising org earmarked towards jumpstarting community centers. I've heard that rather than trying to create a non-profit, it might be best to partner with an existing non-profit with similar interests, and see if they'd "host" the fund I want to create / help with the legal aspects, while allowing me to earmark and oversee the fund. I intend to do regular fundraising, and hope to create a lasting fund that attracts bequests. Does anyone know about the legalities involved here? Any advice as to how I might want to approach such a project?
What sort of strategies do macro hedge funds employ? [more inside]
If you were given $2000 to do something wacky and fun for 400 college students, what would you do? [more inside]
I got laid off, have a 401k (in Fidelity right now) with $100k+ and want to roll it over into an IRA. I would consiter a Roth IRA if I get lucky and find a job this year because of low income so far and spreading taxes over two years. I read here about the following IRA options: Just put it into a bank...limited options and fees Put it into a self-directed IRA account with Fidelity for instance. Find a broker who will help pick investments. [more inside]
What's the best way to save money for the express purpose of later giving it to someone else? [more inside]
I work as a fund raiser and need a better system of organization for following up on calls to and from alumni. We are using Banner, which is very clunky and heretofor I am unable to leave the system. I feel very reliant on the computer but as my portfolio grows smaller I want to find a more desk-oriented system that will allow me to peruse my portfolio and follow up on things faster. Any suggestions? [more inside]
What are the steps towards managing other people's money? [more inside]
How does one "put aside" x months of expenses for emergencies? Not pay expenses for x months? [more inside]
OldFinancialInformationFilter: Figuring out cost basis for John Hancock Income Securities Trust (JHS) under its previous CUSIP. [more inside]
I have a project I'd like to start that I will never be able to finish. I want to create a fund of money to be used by my local library, the principle of which can never be touched. They will only be able to use a small percentage of the interest. Before they can start doing that, though, I want the fund to remain untouched for 150+ years to allow it to increase in size. The goal is to let this fund grow so large that the library can become autonomous on just the interest. [more inside]
I have a friend with a possibly terminal illness. I'm trying to figure out a way to set up a college fund, to which any of her friends/family could contribute, for her two young children. So far I've looked into ESAs (might not work due to the $2k annual limit) and 529s, but I've had trouble finding information specific to this type of situation -- which I have to imagine is not all that uncommon. What options should I be investigating? Should I talk to a financial advisor?
I have $2000AUD to spend on Exchage-Traded Funds and I can't decide what to go for. [more inside]
How do I start a fund or foundation? [more inside]
Which hedge funds in or near NYC invest in life sciences and biotech? [more inside]
How do you set up a memorial fund? A friend's father died suddenly and she'd like to set up a fund for his grandchildren's education and allow people to make contributions in lieu of flowers or whatever. Googling just gets me lots of links to other people's memorial funds, so I'm hoping some of you have been through this and can provide specific advice, steps to follow, liability issues, etc. Thanks!
Help me promote an environmentally conscious, socially responsible small business. [more inside]
How do I encourage more people to pay into the work coffee fund without actively guarding the coffee pot? [more inside]
Does it matter where you buy a mutual fund? [more inside]
So, not that it matters, but, were I to make a paltry political contribution, what would be the most strategic fund for a donation? [more inside]
Are college funds necessary? [more inside]
How do you set up a Legal Defense Fund? I have a very good friend who is a legal bind and will very possibly be charged with three felonies as a result of a barroom brawl. [more inside]
I’m looking for help establishing a college fund for the children of a murder victim. [more inside]
Currently I have at my work the option to choose between funds, TIAA-CREF and Fidelity investments. Since it is a non-profit organization they put in 6.5% of my salary plus anything else I want to contribute (it's a 403b). I have tried to do some research to see which company is better in the long run but can't find any information on TIAA-CREF besides that it used to be exclusively for teachers and federal employees. Does anyone know which investor I should get? I am looking for the greatest gain in the long run.
I have an idea for a product/service. I've drawn out a rough business model and shown it to a few people who all think its a great idea but I'm having a few problems getting things rolling... more inside about funding the project, pitching it to major 'players' in certain industries, investors, etc [more inside]
What is the most affordable way to design an office miniature golf course? What reasonable obstacles or challenges would you build? [more inside]
I'd like to spend a year in Europe. How can I fund it? [more inside]. [more inside]