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While your nonprofit should be showing gratitude to your supporters throughout the year, holidays like Christmas are a special time. Get into the spirit of the season by putting some extra thought and effort into the ways you thank others for their donations.

The following tips add a festive touch to the ways you acknowledge others for their contributions to your organisation.

Celebrate Recurring Donors

Reward your donors’ loyalty to your organisation by sending a personalised thank you note that recognises the anniversary of their support. For example, if a supporter has sent you a contribution every year for the past ten years, be sure to thank them for supporting your NFP over the last decade. Talk about the impact that has been made due to their support, and recount some of the progress that your organisation has made during that time.

Remember Their Name, and Use It

Nonprofits collect a lot of demographic information about their supporters. Use this information to make your donors feel appreciated. Always personalise your notes of gratitude by using your donor’s name.

Include handwritten notes inside your Christmas cards and other communications. Continue reaching out through the entire year. For example, if you collect donors’ date of birth, reach out on their birthday with a note or phone call congratulating them and wishing them all the best!

Customised Stocking Stuffers

A number of novelty gift shops and speciality printers make it easy, and budget-friendly, to give customised items like mugs, calendars and more at a reasonable cost. While you could personalise these items with your NFP’s logo and tagline, consider going the extra mile for your VIPs and include your donor’s name on the gift item as well!

Give Sweets and Other Treats

If you have some skilled bakers on your team, recruit them to make smaller versions of holiday cakes and breads that you will wrap and send to supporters. Include a handwritten card or note thanking them for their contributions. If no one has time for cooking, you could also send out some attractive chocolate bars, or other prepackaged, but delicious, holiday candies or cookies. Wrap them up in a festive bow or package them in a holiday-themed tin.

Videos and Highlight Reels

Because of the hard work of your volunteers, staff and donors, your organisation has accomplished a lot this year. Make a video to send to your donors and other supporters that thanks them for their efforts and visually shows the impact created by their work.

Ideally, this video should include several candid snapshots along with short snippets of footage you’ve shot during many of your NFP’s service projects and events. Include parts of testimonials from some of your beneficiaries, board, staff, volunteers and, your donors. Gather together some of the folks connected with your organisation and ask them to hold up signs or letters that spell out the words thank you in the closing moments of your video.


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Admin Bandit would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to supporting your non-profit in 2017 and beyond.

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gift-553150_640Christmas is around the corner, and this would be a really jolly thought if all the presents were sorted. You have probably got something, or at least decided, what to get for your closest friends and family. However, there are still your colleagues to take care of – the people you spend a very significant part of your day with. They might grind your gears at times, but they are there for you when you need it, and some of them will surprise you for Christmas, even if the present is just a symbolic one. Time is flying, but worry not! – we have a selection of great presents your mates at work will just love!

A Spider Catcher 

Do you have that one colleague who is terrified of spiders? You help them dispose of the furry creatures when you are at the office, but what if you are gone? The spider catcher would be a great gift for them; not only is it thoughtful as you show you have really tried to find something relevant, but it will also come in handy – both for the colleague and for the spider, which doesn’t actually get hurt as it is safely released outside.

Instant Irish Accent Breath Spray 

This is another fun gift idea for a working mate with a sense of humour. It is perfect for the following types of colleagues: ones proud of their Irish ancestry and often mentioning it; ones that like the Irish accent; and ones that can actually do a pretty good Irish accent – this will just help brush up their act. Just bear in mind two things: firstly, it would be less funny if your colleague gets offended so make sure you know they won’t; and secondly – the spray is a novelty product and won’t actually make people speak in an Irish accent, but it will leave a nice spearmint flavour in their mouth.

Electric Shock Pen

This is one amazing and really funny gift and any prank-oriented colleague will just love it. And the best things about the electric shock pens are that they are: 1. found in many forms and variations; 2. also used as normal pens; 3. very affordable. A good way to give this gift is to actually prank them, and when they realise what has happened and how cool it is, tell them this is their gift. Then just sit back and watch everyone at the office getting pranked. Just make sure your boss never finds out whose idea it was!

A Magic 8-Ball

Last but not least, a classic idea – the original Magic 8-Ball! ‘Will I get a raise?’ – ‘Don’t count on it!’. ‘Will I get fired?’ – ‘Better not tell you now!’. If only we could program the ball to give these exact answers to these particular questions! While we can’t do that, you can be sure that a Magic 8-Ball will always be received with gratitude. And while you are at it, why don’t you get one for yourself?

These are only a few ideas for a great Christmas gift for your colleagues. There are many more out there – just have a look and you will be amazed. Let your imagination guide you this Christmas – the gift is in the giving.

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Santa using computer

You are probably like the rest of us.  We click on something interesting and two hours later we realise what the time is.  We’ve been so involved in what we were discovering that we didn’t notice time passing by.

That’s why I think you will enjoy this funny Christmas carol from the American Choral Directors Association.  Despite the American references, this will still ring true.

Happily Addicted to the Web

(Sung to the tune of “Winter Wonderland”)

Doorbell rings, I’m not list’nin’,

From my mouth, drool is glist’nin’,

I’m happy–although

My boss let me go–

Happily addicted to the Web.


All night long, I sit clicking,

Unaware time is ticking,

There’s beard on my cheek,

Same clothes for a week,

Happily addicted to the Web.


Friends come by; they shake me,

Saying, “Yo, man!

Don’t you know tonight’s the senior prom?”

With a listless shrug, I mutter, “No, man;

I just discovered letterman-dot-com!”


I don’t phone, don’t send faxes,

Don’t go out, don’t pay taxes,

Who cares if someday

They drag me away?

I’m happily addicted to the Web!

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It’s coming up to the end of the year, everyone is starting to feel a little exhausted and the Christmas party seems like the perfect way to let your hair down with your fellow colleagues.  Before you go crazy on the punch (and the dance floor) just take a moment to think about your Christmas party etiquette.

Wardrobe Check

We know you don’t need to be told how to dress appropriately for a work do, but if in doubt, here’s a good rule of thumb; if there is any chance at all of a wardrobe malfunction occurring while you’re sober, then you can be fairly confident it will happen after a few chardonnays or shots at the after party.  Very awkward for everyone involved, more so if there are any cameras floating around.

Be Yourself

Free food and free alcohol – we get the attraction.  But really, we’re all adults.  Just eat and drink as you would do any other time.  It’s your body that feels the consequences, after all – speaking of which, consider some H2O between alcoholic drinks – especially if you’ve spent the best part of the day in dehydrating office air-conditioning.

Snog Not!

Your office heart throb is making eyes at you over the duck terrine canapés.  You are convinced that tonight is the night that something will happen.  But hold on a second – if it hasn’t happened yet, what makes you think now is the right time?  If you’re genuinely keen on a colleague, the Christmas party is a big no-no for declarations of love.  If it’s just a pash and dash you’re after, put your professional reputation first, and hold out for another night or until you’re well clear of lift-sharing co-workers.

Remember Monday

If all else fails, just remember one thing – Monday will arrive as it has a habit of doing and you’ll be back sharing the same office, with the same people, doing the same job.  That should be enough to get your etiquette in check.

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