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5 Responsive Nonprofit Values Your Organization Needs 5 RESPONSIVE NONPROFIT VALUES YOUR ORGANIZATION NEEDS

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Oct 15, 2019

While the term “responsive nonprofit” may be new to you and your team, the characteristics are hopefully very familiar. The goal of adopting a responsive framework for fundraising and donor connections is not to abandon everything about your current organization. It’s the opposite ...

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How A Clean Donor Database Improves Responsive Fundraising HOW A CLEAN DONOR DATABASE IMPROVES RESPONSIVE FUNDRAISING

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Oct 14, 2019

If you’re like a lot of development professionals, the state of your data isn’t your fault. You inherited a database from the people who came before you, who might have followed donor database best practices…or might not have. Perhaps you can trace the generations of development s...

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How to Use Social Media to Help Achieve Your Nonprofit’s Goals HOW TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO HELP ACHIEVE YOUR NONPROFIT’S GOALS

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Oct 14, 2019

Your nonprofit is working toward a number of goals simultaneously. Making donors feel appreciated. Engaging volunteers. Increasing awareness of your organization. Fundraising for your latest campaign. The list goes on and on. Social media can (and should!) be one of the many tools your organization ...

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6 Reasons Why Mobile Bidding Should Be A Staple Element In Your Fundraising Campaign 6 REASONS WHY MOBILE BIDDING SHOULD BE A STAPLE ELEMENT IN YOUR FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

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Oct 11, 2019

Giving your supports the opportunity to participate in an online auction in aid of your incredible cause is a simple way to engage your database and attract new supporters! We have the stats to prove it, on average our bespoke online auctions get 253 bids! We know that fundraisers tend to wear many ...

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Fundraising Gamification: The Right and Wrong Time to Do It FUNDRAISING GAMIFICATION: THE RIGHT AND WRONG TIME TO DO IT

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Oct 11, 2019

When planning a fundraiser of any kind, your nonprofit has lots of options for maximizing your fundraising potential and boosting engagement. One important method is incorporating fundraising gamification into your strategy. Fundraising gamification is a method used to motivate supporters and move t...

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How to Choose the Right Platform for Social Media at End of Year HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLATFORM FOR SOCIAL MEDIA AT END OF YEAR

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Oct 10, 2019

For a while, nonprofits only had to worry about posting on Facebook. Then it became a good idea to have a Twitter. Recently, Instagram has become indispensable to organizations getting the word out. And that’s not to mention Youtube, Snapchat, Twitch, LinkedIn, or Tik Tok. Or the brand new pla...

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It’s Year-End Fundraising Time IT’S YEAR-END FUNDRAISING TIME

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Oct 10, 2019

It’s nearly 100 degrees in Nashville. That makes it difficult to accept that fall is here. But mid-summer temperatures in October do not change the fact that, for many nonprofits, it’s the final quarter of the fiscal year. In any case, it is the quarter of the year where most gifts are m...

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7-Day Marketing Plan for Your Giving Tuesday Campaign 7-DAY MARKETING PLAN FOR YOUR GIVING TUESDAY CAMPAIGN

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Oct 09, 2019

Your community won’t turn out to support your organization on Giving Tuesday if you don’t ask them to, and the week leading up to the giving day is the most important time for getting the word out. In those final seven days, it’s your job to keep your Giving Tuesday campaign top of...

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The ABC’s of Winning a Lapsed Donor Back THE ABC’S OF WINNING A LAPSED DONOR BACK

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Oct 09, 2019

Your organization received a donation from a donor once or twice but have not received anything this year. Some nonprofit professionals may say well that donor is gone, time to find a new one. Studies show that it costs less to retain, or re-engage, a lapsed donor, then it does to acquire a new dono...

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How to Get More People to Open Your Nonprofit Email HOW TO GET MORE PEOPLE TO OPEN YOUR NONPROFIT EMAIL

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Oct 08, 2019

Think about how you get more people to open a direct mail piece. It begins with the outer envelope. It really doesn’t matter what’s inside, if people aren’t moved to open the envelope. The same holds true with an email appeal. In this case, your email envelope is the subject line. ...

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5 Ways to Keep Your Fundraising Strategy Fresh 5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR FUNDRAISING STRATEGY FRESH

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Oct 07, 2019

If you’re looking at your organization’s fundraising strategy and trying to find areas where you can improve it before the year-end rush, you’re in luck! With each new year comes improved technology and plenty of new ways to enhance your fundraising. Whether you’re planning t...

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The Role of the Board in Nonprofit Budget Making THE ROLE OF THE BOARD IN NONPROFIT BUDGET MAKING

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Oct 07, 2019

What is the role of the board of directors in the preparation of the nonprofit budget? That’s not an easy question to answer! In a large, well established nonprofit, the CEO and the CFO begin the process and bring a draft budget to the board for discussion and approval. However, in smaller non...

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Capturing Attention During Year-End Fundraising CAPTURING ATTENTION DURING YEAR-END FUNDRAISING

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Oct 04, 2019

Each year-end fundraising season seems to get noisier than the last. With millions of nonprofits around the globe asking for donations on Giving Tuesday, throughout the holiday season, and in the last two days of December, it’s no wonder donors (and staff) have a bit of a fundraising hangover ...

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7 Ideas That Can Immediately Improve Your Fundraising 7 IDEAS THAT CAN IMMEDIATELY IMPROVE YOUR FUNDRAISING

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Oct 03, 2019

Let’s face it. We all know there is no “magic bullet” that can immediately improve your fundraising. Of course, it’s important to think about your long-term strategy and things like how to infuse the core of your nonprofit’s mission in all your communications. But you d...

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How to Build an Effective Nonprofit Board HOW TO BUILD AN EFFECTIVE NONPROFIT BOARD

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Oct 02, 2019

Serving on the board of a nonprofit can be a fulfilling experience, especially if the organization supports a cause dear to you. It’s a rewarding experience to serve on an efficient board when you know you’re making a difference for the organization and the mission the nonprofit supports...

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Influencer marketing ideas to support your nonprofit INFLUENCER MARKETING IDEAS TO SUPPORT YOUR NONPROFIT

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Oct 02, 2019

How many of us have seen a product or service marketed by a celebrity or YouTuber in the past month? Whether you noticed these promotions on your personal social media channels influencer marketing has gained momentum in the past few years and is a method that can work well for nonprofits. Through i...

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Are You Conducting Nonprofit Board Assessments? ARE YOU CONDUCTING NONPROFIT BOARD ASSESSMENTS?

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Oct 02, 2019

One common misconception about assessing nonprofit boards is that it must always be a formal, highly structured process. There’s a place for that, of course, but that’s not the only approach — nor is it always the best one. Kim Donahue, one of Boardable’s board members, sugge...

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Stellar year-end fundraising strategies for busy nonprofit leaders STELLAR YEAR-END FUNDRAISING STRATEGIES FOR BUSY NONPROFIT LEADERS

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Oct 01, 2019

Once the calendar hits October, year-end fundraising season is in full swing. It’s the best time of the year for nonprofit fundraisers because most people are thinking about those less fortunate and thinking about the charitable donations they want to make. In fact, half of nonprofits raise th...

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Some of the Best Nonprofit Content Marketing Options SOME OF THE BEST NONPROFIT CONTENT MARKETING OPTIONS

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Sep 30, 2019

In Not Using Content Marketing Wisely? Your Nonprofit’s Leaving Money on the Table I defined ‘content marketing’ so you could better understand the centrality of this concept to the success of your overall fundraising and marketing communications strategy. We talked about how to cr...

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Helping nonprofits and small businesses get on the right path: The Dot Org third quarter blog recap HELPING NONPROFITS AND SMALL BUSINESSES GET ON THE RIGHT PATH: THE DOT ORG THIRD QUARTER BLOG RECAP

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Sep 27, 2019

It is hard to believe we are wrapping up our third business quarter for the year. Over these past few weeks, we have evolved and grown as a team. We have added an administrative assistant (give a warm welcome to Meredith!), updated our website, started fully implementing inbound marketing software (...

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8 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Donor Management System 8 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CHOOSING A DONOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

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Sep 26, 2019

Donor management system (DMS) software allows nonprofits to put their donor data to work and manage fundraising and communications from one location. Ultimately, a DMS gives nonprofits the ability to learn what’s important to their donors, deliver a better donor experience, increase donations,...

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Nonprofit Executives and Artificial Intelligence: A Path to Co-Existence NONPROFIT EXECUTIVES AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: A PATH TO CO-EXISTENCE

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Sep 26, 2019

I hope you're as excited about artificial intelligence in the philanthropic sector as I am. While I'm not saying that artificial intelligence is the end all be all, it's impressive to experience the dawn of this new age. Things we never thought possible have become a reality. And many no...

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5 Ways a Donor Management System Can Grow Your Nonprofit 5 WAYS A DONOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM CAN GROW YOUR NONPROFIT

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Sep 25, 2019

You’ve heard that a donor management system (DMS) can help grow your organization. A DMS can turbocharge your nonprofit’s efforts in a variety of ways, ultimately boosting fundraising results and streamlining operations while reducing the amount of time your team members spend on manual ...

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25 Quick Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofits and Charity 25 QUICK FUNDRAISING IDEAS FOR NONPROFITS AND CHARITY

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Sep 25, 2019

Oftentimes, individuals and organizations alike need some quick fundraising ideas to get the ball rolling on a longer-term campaign, get through a mid-campaign hump, or for an emergency situation. The ideas also need to be engaging enough to get people involved, and quickly. That’s why we&rsqu...

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Understanding the Various Types of Nonprofits UNDERSTANDING THE VARIOUS TYPES OF NONPROFITS

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Sep 24, 2019

A nonprofit organization is created to fulfill a charitable, civic, religious, scientific, literary, or educational goal. Nonprofits do not have private owners, nor do they issue stock or pay dividends to shareholders. Aside from founders or staff being compensated a fair wage for their work in a no...

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What Is the Cost of Your Fundraising? WHAT IS THE COST OF YOUR FUNDRAISING?

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Sep 23, 2019

How much money do you spend on your entire fundraising operation? In order to truly grasp if your organization is making the traction necessary to see positive gains, you need to be able to answer this crucial question. If you end up spending more than $1 to raise $1, you’ll be spinning your w...

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Instagram For Nonprofits: How To Use it And Best Practices INSTAGRAM FOR NONPROFITS: HOW TO USE IT AND BEST PRACTICES

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Sep 23, 2019

When it comes to choosing a social media platform, Instagram packs a punch for nonprofits. According to Nonprofits Source, 30 percent of nonprofits use Instagram to create inspiring messages about their mission, build awareness and attract donors. With 7 billion users worldwide, 1.1 billion monthly ...

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7 Tips to Promote Your Nonprofit on Facebook 7 TIPS TO PROMOTE YOUR NONPROFIT ON FACEBOOK

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Sep 22, 2019

As one of the most popular social media platforms, Facebook can help your non-profit engage with supporters and promote your fundraising campaigns. It’s not always easy to know how to get the most from it though. Maybe you’ve set up a Facebook page for your nonprofit and have seen a smal...

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10 Reasons Your Nonprofit Organization Should Have Strong Online Presence 10 REASONS YOUR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION SHOULD HAVE STRONG ONLINE PRESENCE

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Sep 21, 2019

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last twenty years, you know how much the internet has revolutionized every nook and cranny of the world. So it may seem like a no-brainer that your nonprofit needs to be online. At the risk of beating a horse that was pummeled to death in the early 2...

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How to Boost Revenue with Donor Surveys HOW TO BOOST REVENUE WITH DONOR SURVEYS

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Sep 20, 2019

Can donor surveys really help you raise more money? Yes! Donor surveys are one of the most affordable ways to improve donor retention, build deeper donor relationships, even uncover planned gifts. How? Donor surveys can reveal your hidden gems (aka planned gifts), tell you why your donors gave, what...

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What You Need to Know About Nonprofit Grants WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NONPROFIT GRANTS

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Sep 19, 2019

Are you looking to increase grant funding for your organization? Nonprofit grants are a complex topic, and there are a lot of options ahead. Here are a few things that you should know. A nonprofit grant writer is a professional who is skilled in the process of applying for grants. You don’t ne...

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Top Nonprofit Strategies With Fundraising Expert Aly Sterlng TOP NONPROFIT STRATEGIES WITH FUNDRAISING EXPERT ALY STERLNG

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Sep 19, 2019

Having interacted with all types of organizations over the years as donor, employee and consultant, I can say that many nonprofits encounter similar challenges to strategic planning, fundraising and board leadership. While it’s comforting to know that you’re not alone, you’re still...

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Nonprofit Marketing: 5 Low Budget Marketing Ideas NONPROFIT MARKETING: 5 LOW BUDGET MARKETING IDEAS

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Sep 19, 2019

According to stats, the average retention of first-time donors in nonprofits is 29%, which means finding donors and raising funds is a constant pain for most of the nonprofits. Your nonprofit might need promotion either to raise funds or hire volunteers or conduct events or raise awareness.

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What is a Donor Management System, and Why Should My Nonprofit Use One? WHAT IS A DONOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND WHY SHOULD MY NONPROFIT USE ONE?

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Sep 18, 2019

The more you know about your donors, the better able you’ll be to connect with them. You’ll know what’s important to supporters and learn how to deliver a better donor experience, retaining them for the long term. Donor management system (DMS) software helps you collect, organize, ...

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How to Create a Donation Page on Donorbox HOW TO CREATE A DONATION PAGE ON DONORBOX

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Sep 18, 2019

A donation page is an easy way for your nonprofit to accept donations and do a lot of the hard work in convincing potential donors to give. Online giving has grown significantly in recent years and your nonprofit can miss out on valuable donations if you don’t have a donation page. Not sure ho...

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What You Need to Know About Digital Fundraising at Your Nonprofit WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DIGITAL FUNDRAISING AT YOUR NONPROFIT

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Sep 17, 2019

In some ways digital tools have made fundraising easier than ever before. But unless you know what you're doing, it's easy to fall behind in your efforts to attract donors to your cause. In this blog post, we'll be reviewing some of the tools and strategies at your disposal when it comes...

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You may need a new fundraising strategy to keep your small nonprofit growing YOU MAY NEED A NEW FUNDRAISING STRATEGY TO KEEP YOUR SMALL NONPROFIT GROWING

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Sep 17, 2019

Sometimes, no matter what fundraising strategy you try or how hard you work, you just can’t seem to raise enough money. It’s like you’ve hit a wall. What used to work just isn’t productive anymore. Or what you’ve seen work for others doesn’t work for you. It&rsquo...

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5 Steps to Address Your Nonprofit 5 STEPS TO ADDRESS YOUR NONPROFIT'S SOCIAL MEDIA CONCERNS

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Sep 16, 2019

Starting out on social media can be a scary proposition for many nonprofits. Horror stories abound — staff members "going rogue" and posting inappropriate Facebook photos, volunteers tweeting too much information, negative comments being left in LinkedIn groups.

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Manage Your Donor Database Migration in 5 Steps MANAGE YOUR DONOR DATABASE MIGRATION IN 5 STEPS

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Sep 16, 2019

Here’s a fun thing you can do the next time you attend a fundraising conference. Force any nonprofit database admin to break into a cold sweat with just three words. What three words, you ask? “Donor database migration.” Yes, a lot of people will tell you horror stories about their...

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3 Great Ways Your Board Can Get More Involved with Fundraising 3 GREAT WAYS YOUR BOARD CAN GET MORE INVOLVED WITH FUNDRAISING

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Sep 16, 2019

When you tell board members that you need help with fundraising, many of them automatically think you are telling them they need to go ask their friends and colleagues for money. And while that certainly wouldn’t hurt, it is important to note that not every board member will feel comfortable d...

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Executing an Emergency Campaign in 12 Simple Steps EXECUTING AN EMERGENCY CAMPAIGN IN 12 SIMPLE STEPS

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Sep 13, 2019

In the wake of a disaster, every hour counts.  The main priority is always an immediate response to those negatively impacted who are in need. After this initial focus, fundraisers should quickly turn their attention to funding the response at hand while building capacity to address future need...

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7 Tips for Organizing Nonprofit Volunteers 7 TIPS FOR ORGANIZING NONPROFIT VOLUNTEERS

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Sep 12, 2019

Organizing nonprofit volunteers requires many skills. You need to be personable, connect with your volunteers easily, and communicate well. When well organized, your volunteers are not only a huge help to your mission, but can also make great donors and future board members. Here are a few important...

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5 Ways Tech Is Helping Nonprofit Camps 5 WAYS TECH IS HELPING NONPROFIT CAMPS

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Sep 11, 2019

The words “summer camp” likely conjure images of archery lessons and nature hikes, rather than computers and keyboards. But technology is helping nonprofit camps to improve their operations in a number of ways, reports NonProfit PRO magazine. It makes sense: Technology is helping nonprof...

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Multiply Your Fundraising With Matching Gift Automation MULTIPLY YOUR FUNDRAISING WITH MATCHING GIFT AUTOMATION

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Sep 10, 2019

As a nonprofit, it can be challenging to bring in the donation revenue you need to work toward your mission. Working on your cause is at the top of your priority list, but organizing a fundraising strategy is an integral part of this priority. One of the easiest ways to multiply your donation revenu...

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The Role of Sales in Sales Enablement THE ROLE OF SALES IN SALES ENABLEMENT

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Sep 10, 2019

However, with a regular commute time that consumes a couple of hours each day, I have shifted my focus to podcasts and audiobooks. One of my favorite podcasts is the Inside Sales Enablement series by Scott Santucci and Brian Lambert. In their last episode, they spent time reviewing their thoughts an...

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Implementing Buyer Enablement in Your Sales Enablement Strategy (2019) IMPLEMENTING BUYER ENABLEMENT IN YOUR SALES ENABLEMENT STRATEGY (2019)

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Sep 10, 2019

The majority of the time I only had access to two TV channels, three on a good weather day, and I vividly remember when I first saw a color television. At this time, products and services were limited, and buyer choices were almost non-existent. Fast-forward to 2019. Not only do I have access to hun...

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Nonprofit Payment Processing: A Complete Guide & Glossary NONPROFIT PAYMENT PROCESSING: A COMPLETE GUIDE & GLOSSARY

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Sep 09, 2019

You work hard to raise awareness for your cause, reach new donors, and solicit support for your fundraising campaigns. But how does a donor’s decision to make a gift translate into money in your organization’s account? That’s where payment processing and your donation tools come in...

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Nonprofits & Pay For Performance? You Betcha. NONPROFITS & PAY FOR PERFORMANCE? YOU BETCHA.

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Sep 09, 2019

KPI stands for Key Performance Indicators. KPIs drive the underlying business models of countless private sector companies but are too often nonexistent inside nonprofit organizations, and that needs to be fixed if we endeavor to have our nonprofits achieve their missions. I mean, there’s a re...

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How to increase online donations for your nonprofit HOW TO INCREASE ONLINE DONATIONS FOR YOUR NONPROFIT

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Sep 06, 2019

Today providing diverse online donation options is essential for the successful nonprofit. Countless merchants are making purchases as simple as a few taps on their mobile phone to order a coffee, groceries and more, which sets expectations on how they make donations as well. Enabling supporters to ...

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Is It Time to Scale Your Nonprofit? IS IT TIME TO SCALE YOUR NONPROFIT?

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Sep 05, 2019

You have a mission in mind. You’ve drawn up your bylaws and values, you understand your business model and what you’re trying to achieve, you have a few people working on the internal team and there are a handful of trusted advisors acting as your board. Congratulations – you&rsquo...

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The Future of Fundraising: Influencer Marketing for Nonprofits THE FUTURE OF FUNDRAISING: INFLUENCER MARKETING FOR NONPROFITS

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Sep 05, 2019

Influencer marketing leverages the power of popular figures to engage new supporters and lend authority to your nonprofit. If you know the term ‘influencer’, it might conjure up images of selfie obsessed girls promoting weight-loss shakes and bikinis. However, the world of influencers is...

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How Learning Management Systems Benefit Charities And Non-Profits HOW LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS BENEFIT CHARITIES AND NON-PROFITS

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Sep 04, 2019

Learning and Development can be a real challenge for charities and not-for-profit organisations. Face-to-face training can be costly, and the last thing you want is for your people to have to drop everything to travel to training interventions. We have implemented learning solutions for a number of ...

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How Nonprofits Can Use VR and AR Tech for Fundraising HOW NONPROFITS CAN USE VR AND AR TECH FOR FUNDRAISING

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Sep 04, 2019

Fundraising is and will always be a necessity for nonprofit organizations, but times have changed — and so has the technology. It’s not necessary to stand outside local grocery stores with a bell and a bucket anymore, though that is still effective. Some nonprofits have started utilizing...

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Google helps a nonprofit train young storytellers GOOGLE HELPS A NONPROFIT TRAIN YOUNG STORYTELLERS

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Sep 04, 2019

Georgia is the number one filming location in the world, with a film and television industry worth $7 billion a year—a huge economic opportunity for local communities. On the flip side, Georgia is also home to about 180,000 disconnected youth. Disconnected (or opportunity) youth is defined as ...

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4 New Nonprofit Fundraising Techniques 4 NEW NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING TECHNIQUES

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Sep 04, 2019

The fundraising landscape has changed significantly in the past ten years, and nonprofits have to adapt to succeed. Trying new fundraising techniques can help your organization grow and meet donors’ rising expectations. But where should you start? Donors, nonprofit professionals, and technolog...

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5 Reasons Your Company Needs Account-Based Marketing 5 REASONS YOUR COMPANY NEEDS ACCOUNT-BASED MARKETING

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Sep 03, 2019

Every company can benefit from account-based marketing, no matter your size or target market. These are our top 5 reasons why your company would benefit from incorporating ABM tactics into your marketing strategy. If you go to any marketing conference or presentation, chances are you’ll hear a...

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6 Creative Fundraising Ideas to Inspire You on Giving Tuesday 6 CREATIVE FUNDRAISING IDEAS TO INSPIRE YOU ON GIVING TUESDAY

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Sep 03, 2019

The holiday season will be upon us before you know it, which means Giving Tuesday will be upon us before you know it. The global day of giving, organized by the United Nations Foundation and the 92nd Street Y, will fall on December 3 this year. What’s more, it continues to show exponential gro...

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How AI and ML are Changing the Way We Fundraise for Greater Social Impact HOW AI AND ML ARE CHANGING THE WAY WE FUNDRAISE FOR GREATER SOCIAL IMPACT

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Sep 03, 2019

If you Google “AI (fill in the blank social cause)” and you will find the countless ways AI is making the world a better place. To name a few, AI is helping scientists tackle climate change, healthcare providers solve health crisis’, police combat crime, researchers detect cancer, ...

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5 Effective Digital Marketing Strategies for Nonprofits 5 EFFECTIVE DIGITAL MARKETING STRATEGIES FOR NONPROFITS

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Sep 02, 2019

Nonprofit marketers face challenges many other marketers do not need to overcome, and they most likely wear more than just the marketing hat for their organization. What money you allocate to digital marketing needs to be well spent on effective and affordable marketing activities. Here are several ...

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5 Elements Your Nonprofit Email Welcome Series Needs 5 ELEMENTS YOUR NONPROFIT EMAIL WELCOME SERIES NEEDS

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Sep 02, 2019

When a new person joins your nonprofit’s email list, it’s a cause for celebration. Your marketing efforts are working! People are interested in your organization! But before you put on your party hat, take a minute to think: What exactly happens when someone joins your nonprofit’s ...

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Seven Fundraising Misconceptions Holding Back Your Organization SEVEN FUNDRAISING MISCONCEPTIONS HOLDING BACK YOUR ORGANIZATION

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Aug 30, 2019

Many nonprofit CEOs and board members bring their own personal misconceptions about fundraising when they walk in the door of a nonprofit. Some think fundraising is snarky – like begging. Or “hitting people up.” Others think raising money is so easy, like snapping your fingers and ...

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How Cloud Computing Can Benefit Nonprofit Teams HOW CLOUD COMPUTING CAN BENEFIT NONPROFIT TEAMS

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Aug 29, 2019

You’d be hard-pressed to find an industry that hasn’t felt the positive effects of digital transformation in today’s business landscape. Innovative technology like cloud computing is becoming more widespread and more accessible, bringing its well-documented benefits to organization...

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Nonprofit Growth Begins with Giving to Your Donors NONPROFIT GROWTH BEGINS WITH GIVING TO YOUR DONORS

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Aug 29, 2019

As we head toward the final quarter of 2019, nonprofits are focusing on all things growth. Professionals from marketing, development and fundraising are doing everything they can to ask donors to give more. Some of it works. Traditional major donor outreach, mass-blasts at the end of the year, Givin...

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How to Write Awesome Blog Content for Your Nonprofit HOW TO WRITE AWESOME BLOG CONTENT FOR YOUR NONPROFIT

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Aug 28, 2019

Given that nine out of 10 organizations use content marketing to deepen relationships with customers, your nonprofit should be focusing now, more than ever, on your website’s blog to further boost your online presence. Not only does your blog increase engagement and leverage storytelling to dr...

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Digital Marketing Best Practices for Nonprofits: What Is A/B Testing? DIGITAL MARKETING BEST PRACTICES FOR NONPROFITS: WHAT IS A/B TESTING?

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Aug 27, 2019

We know that digital marketing best practices for nonprofits can be even more complicated to implement than their for-profit counterparts. The standards evolve every year. It takes tremendous resources to understand the changes. Not to mention, you also need support from the larger organization to m...

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Can Donor Surveys Really Help You Raise Money? CAN DONOR SURVEYS REALLY HELP YOU RAISE MONEY?

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Aug 27, 2019

Numerous studies reveal donor satisfaction is the single biggest driver of donor loyalty. According to world-renowned fundraising researcher Adrian Sargent, donors indicating that they were ‘very satisfied’ with the quality of service provided being twice as likely to offer a second or s...

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Why and How Your Nonprofit Should Try AI For Fundraising WHY AND HOW YOUR NONPROFIT SHOULD TRY AI FOR FUNDRAISING

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Aug 27, 2019

France Hoang, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of boodleAI, shares an excellent overview of the state of artificial intelligence (AI) and fundraising. Biggest way it can help? Cutting down on the cost of acquiring new donors. We’re excited to welcome boodleAI to the Neon One ecosystem as ...

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How VMware and TechSoup Are Powering Digital Transformation for Nonprofits HOW VMWARE AND TECHSOUP ARE POWERING DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION FOR NONPROFITS

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Aug 27, 2019

Empowering nonprofits to use technology for good is at the heart of everything we do at TechSoup. Since the beginning, we've partnered with corporations that believe that access to mission-critical software and hardware should be made available to organizations focused on making a positive chang...

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How to use social media for major gifts fundraising: Identification and cultivation HOW TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA FOR MAJOR GIFTS FUNDRAISING: IDENTIFICATION AND CULTIVATION

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Aug 26, 2019

Individual giving and campaign teams in non-profits and social enterprises have become more and more adept at using social media, but often overlook, or don’t systematise, the role that it can play for major gifts fundraising. For gifts of a certain size, social media won’t be able to re...

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21 of the Most Interesting Data Points from Nonprofit Reports 21 OF THE MOST INTERESTING DATA POINTS FROM NONPROFIT REPORTS

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Aug 26, 2019

We recently wrote about how you can make the summer slump a more productive time for yourself and your organizations. One of the recommendations we suggested was to read through the different data reports about fundraising and the social sector.

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6 Online Fundraising Platforms: Get to Know These Tools 6 ONLINE FUNDRAISING PLATFORMS: GET TO KNOW THESE TOOLS

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Aug 26, 2019

Fundraising is always on your mind. From planning different events to finding prospective donors, your nonprofit organization needs effective online fundraising software to juggle it all. Each nonprofit is unique with its own needs, so a one-size-fits-all toolkit won’t always be the most usefu...

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7 top fundraising experts share strategies to boost donor trust 7 TOP FUNDRAISING EXPERTS SHARE STRATEGIES TO BOOST DONOR TRUST

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Aug 22, 2019

It’s no secret that one of the biggest threats facing nonprofits is the rapid decline in donor trust and confidence. At the same time, studies make it clear that trusting an organization is high on the list of reasons why a donor chooses to give. What can your nonprofit do about the problem of...

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How To Turn Your Facebook Likes Into Donations HOW TO TURN YOUR FACEBOOK LIKES INTO DONATIONS

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Aug 22, 2019

Building followers and converting them into donors doesn’t have to be a daunting task if you have a good social media strategy in place. How you interact with your followers and what you post—and when—can be the difference between receiving a donation or just a post like. Coordinat...

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The Ultimate Guide to Nonprofit Fundraising THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING

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Aug 21, 2019

Nonprofit fundraising is exciting. It’s the lifeblood of charitable organizations and can serve as a way to raise awareness of a cause and drum up interest among donors. Fundraising is also a massive undertaking. Because it’s likely your primary means of income as a charitable organizati...

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Why Small Donations Are Worth More Than You Think WHY SMALL DONATIONS ARE WORTH MORE THAN YOU THINK

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Aug 21, 2019

If you’ve ever been involved in fundraising, you’re likely familiar with the truth behind the phrase, “Every penny counts.”  Whether you’re $5 or $50,000 away from your goal, all gifts have an impact that go far beyond the donation amount because each gift from a n...

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5 Benefits of Nonprofit Leadership and Management Courses 5 BENEFITS OF NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT COURSES

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Aug 21, 2019

The traditional path of education has always been to graduate from high school and then complete four years of college. Your degree was meant to guide you through your future career, teaching you everything you would need to know. The internet has changed that. Now there are degrees and programs ava...

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Beyond Donate: CTAs that Make Nonprofit Websites More Effective BEYOND DONATE: CTAS THAT MAKE NONPROFIT WEBSITES MORE EFFECTIVE

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Aug 21, 2019

You’re working hard to push as much traffic to your website as possible, in hopes that everyone who visits it will click that great big donate button at the top. But what about the potential donors who are on your website, but not quite ready to give? Without another call to action (CTA) you&r...

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Creating Content That Improves CX: A Q&A with Lionbridge & Aprimo CREATING CONTENT THAT IMPROVES CX: A Q&A WITH LIONBRIDGE & APRIMO

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Aug 21, 2019

Today’s brands face numerous challenges. They need to create a customized, excellent experience for each and every customer worldwide. To do that, they need to create high-quality, on-target content. They need to create that content quickly, effectively, and for audiences who speak multiple la...

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Going Global 101: How Your Competition Can Be Your Best Resource GOING GLOBAL 101: HOW YOUR COMPETITION CAN BE YOUR BEST RESOURCE

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Aug 20, 2019

Lace-up your sneakers and step up to the starting line: you’re ready to reach countless customers in new markets.  You’ve secured your spot in the Global Marketplace (whether by default or design).  But before you sprint away, take a good look around you. You are not alone in t...

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4 FREE OPEN SOURCE PROJECTS TO HELP YOU RUN YOUR NONPROFIT 4 FREE OPEN SOURCE PROJECTS TO HELP YOU RUN YOUR NONPROFIT

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Aug 20, 2019

Finding the right software for a nonprofit organization can take up valuable time and resources, but open source can often provide cost-effective solutions. We are thrilled to see the number of open source options for nonprofits expanding. These projects—created in and out of the social sector...

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Fundraising Ideas For Nonprofits FUNDRAISING IDEAS FOR NONPROFITS

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Aug 20, 2019

Finding the perfect fundraising ideas for your organization is crucial, especially if your nonprofit is new. The right ideas will engage your community, grow your audience, and (most importantly) raise more money for your cause. However, the day-to-day challenges of pursuing your mission can make it...

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22 Social Media Influencer Strategies Nonprofits Can Use 22 SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCER STRATEGIES NONPROFITS CAN USE

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Aug 19, 2019

Wondering how to increase your nonprofit’s reach on social media? Let’s face it, the social media space today is a noisy one. It’s hard to cut through the clutter. Social media influencer strategies can help without resorting to paid advertising. In fact, these social media influen...

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5 Email Marketing Must-Do 5 EMAIL MARKETING MUST-DO'S TO BOOST NONPROFIT DONATIONS

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Aug 15, 2019

Email marketing is a key strategy for any nonprofit’s overall fundraising strategy. While email is a digital platform for persuasive rhetoric, which can be used to help convince people to donate, this can only be done when email is used correctly. When you take the latest social science resear...

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Three Next-Level Web Form Use Cases for Nonprofits THREE NEXT-LEVEL WEB FORM USE CASES FOR NONPROFITS

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Aug 15, 2019

There are dozens of ways that nonprofits can use web forms to move toward their goals. Donation forms collect vital funding, volunteer application forms collect information for motivated people who want to donate their time to a cause, event registration forms ensure attendees for fundraisers and se...

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Smart Technology Strategies for Cost-Conscious Nonprofits SMART TECHNOLOGY STRATEGIES FOR COST-CONSCIOUS NONPROFITS

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Aug 14, 2019

If you’re a nonprofit, you want as much of your budget as possible to go to your core mission. Investing in a solid IT foundation can help you deliver on that mission by enabling you to draw attention to your cause, connect with your community, recruit volunteers, and facilitate fundraising. B...

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DIVERSE VOICES STRENGTHEN BRAND CHARACTER DIVERSE VOICES STRENGTHEN BRAND CHARACTER

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Aug 14, 2019

What character appears in the most films and television programs? Dracula? God? Santa Claus?  All of those make the top ten list, but none is the correct answer. Satan (or The Devil) is a character is more than 840 projects – more than any other character. If you limit the list to mortals...

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CX IN THE AGE OF PRIVACY AND TRUST, PART 3: CAN WE (RE)BUILD TRUST? CX IN THE AGE OF PRIVACY AND TRUST, PART 3: CAN WE (RE)BUILD TRUST?

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Aug 14, 2019

This is the third in a series of articles on creating, maintaining, and optimizing great customer experiences in the context of mounting concerns about privacy and increasingly strict regulations governing data processing. We address topics such as consent strategies, the role of trust, the elements...

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Seven Nonprofits Building the Infrastructure for a More Democratic Society SEVEN NONPROFITS BUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR A MORE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY

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Aug 13, 2019

Democracy is an ongoing project of inclusion and equity in the United States. A project in participatory government that continues to expand thanks to the dedication of stellar nonprofits and movements. Many of them have emerged from and/or on behalf of the country’s most marginalized and poli...

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Beyond Giving Tuesday: End of Year Campaign Strategies for Your Nonprofit BEYOND GIVING TUESDAY: END OF YEAR CAMPAIGN STRATEGIES FOR YOUR NONPROFIT

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Aug 13, 2019

For a nonprofit organization, the end of the year can be a critical time to raise funds and reach annual goals. In recent years, giving Tuesday has become a cultural phenomenon of giving back after Thanksgiving and Black Friday and many nonprofits see an increase in donations on this day.

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Essential Steps to Starting a Nonprofit ESSENTIAL STEPS TO STARTING A NONPROFIT

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Aug 13, 2019

Launching a charitable organization is extremely rewarding. Launching one that’s successful for years to come takes dedication and planning. When you have that great idea for a nonprofit that you can’t let go of, it’s easy to channel the passion for making a difference into action ...

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Top 10 Trends in The Nonprofit Industry TOP 10 TRENDS IN THE NONPROFIT INDUSTRY

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Aug 13, 2019

The nonprofit industry is anything but static. Many outside factors impact their daily operations. Following is a list of what we see as the top 10 trends that are currently impacting nonprofit organizations. The current political environment has created a lot of uncertainty.  This impacts ever...

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FIVE ESSENTIAL MARKETING AUTOMATIONS FOR NONPROFITS FIVE ESSENTIAL MARKETING AUTOMATIONS FOR NONPROFITS

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Aug 12, 2019

To put it simply, it is scheduling and automating communications based on user behavior, ending with an appeal for your subscribers to take a specific action. The purpose of marketing automation aligns well with most nonprofits’ priorities and can help you boost content engagement, increase ac...

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Setting and Executing Nonprofit Fundraising Goals: A Guide SETTING AND EXECUTING NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING GOALS: A GUIDE

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Aug 09, 2019

As your organization works to plan your next fundraising campaign, one of the first and most important steps you’ll take is to set your goals. Your organization will want to set realistic goals that are based on — but not limited by — your past efforts. To make sure your organizati...

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Why Should Nonprofits Partner with Athletes? WHY SHOULD NONPROFITS PARTNER WITH ATHLETES?

blog article

Aug 09, 2019

Nonprofit professionals are working hard every day to support their organization’s mission. Their development teams are working to find supporters and donors to raise money for their initiatives. Their marketing teams are attracting followers and fans through telling stories of how they are ma...

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Three Ways to Make Your Blog a Powerful Fundraising Tool THREE WAYS TO MAKE YOUR BLOG A POWERFUL FUNDRAISING TOOL

blog article

Aug 08, 2019

Back in the late 90’s, blogs became a cool trend as many of us clamored to find new and exciting ways to share our thoughts with the world. In the decades since, the blog has evolved into a tool that many nonprofits are now using to better engage their audiences.

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What Does Digital Transformation Look Like for the Non-Profit Sector? WHAT DOES DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION LOOK LIKE FOR THE NON-PROFIT SECTOR?

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Aug 08, 2019

In the nonprofit world, digital transformation is dependent on change management and relies on organizations leveraging the right data to earn the buy-in of the board while meeting strict standards of governance. Changes in technology are occurring faster than ever before, and it can be difficult to...

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One Year After Wayfair: What Nonprofits Need to Know ONE YEAR AFTER WAYFAIR: WHAT NONPROFITS NEED TO KNOW

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Aug 07, 2019

It’s been more than a year since the Supreme Court announced the landmark decision in the South Dakota v Wayfair case, opening the door for states to require organizations to collect and remit sales tax even if the organization has no in-state physical presence. The impact of the decision has ...

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7 Basic Steps to Creating Your Major Gift Fundraising Template 7 BASIC STEPS TO CREATING YOUR MAJOR GIFT FUNDRAISING TEMPLATE

blog article

Aug 06, 2019

Have you fallen into the trap of making your fundraising template complicated or hard to use? I want to encourage you that it does not need to be that way. You may be surprised to know how often I meet directors who are spending more time developing plans than they are meeting potential donors. If t...

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People, Premiums and Purpose: Framework for Nonprofits PEOPLE, PREMIUMS AND PURPOSE: FRAMEWORK FOR NONPROFITS

blog article

Aug 06, 2019

Nonprofit employers are driven by purpose, not earnings. However, they are faced with the same financial obligations as their for-profit counterparts. Attracting and retaining the industry’s top people is expensive in today’s multicultural and multigenerational workforce. Nonprofit emplo...

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WHY NONPROFITS SHOULDN’T WAIT TO PREPARE FOR THE NEW LEASE ACCOUNTING STANDARDS WHY NONPROFITS SHOULDN’T WAIT TO PREPARE FOR THE NEW LEASE ACCOUNTING STANDARDS

blog article

Aug 05, 2019

The FASB Accounting Standard Update (ASU 2016-02) was passed on February 2016 and updated the lease accounting rules (ASC 842) for all entities. Originally effective for non-public entities for years beginning after December 15, 2019, FASB has now delayed the implementation until years beginning aft...

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How to Capture the Support of Younger Donors HOW TO CAPTURE THE SUPPORT OF YOUNGER DONORS

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Aug 05, 2019

We’ve entered a period in philanthropy that is governed by a new set of gravitational forces. Sweeping innovations ushered in by the Information Age have produced a generation of influencers, technologies, and lifestyle trends that are remaking the philanthropic landscape in their own image &m...

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How to Use Capital Campaigns in Nonprofit Fundraising HOW TO USE CAPITAL CAMPAIGNS IN NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING

blog article

Aug 05, 2019

Capital campaigns can be a great opportunity for a nonprofit to raise money for a specific project. However, not every nonprofit capital campaign performs as well as it should. At a recent webinar hosted by our Nonprofit Group, nonprofit fundraising expert Vince Connelly answered the audience’...

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Nonprofit Board Diversity Isn’t A Checklist NONPROFIT BOARD DIVERSITY ISN’T A CHECKLIST

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Aug 02, 2019

When a board becomes homogenous, it can be difficult to notice things that are outside of the board’s general life experiences. A board that is all one gender may not notice things that are apparent to another gender. There are things that people are blind to, and as they say, “you don&r...

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Social Innovation and Social Finance: An Introduction for Nonprofits SOCIAL INNOVATION AND SOCIAL FINANCE: AN INTRODUCTION FOR NONPROFITS

blog article

Aug 02, 2019

Social innovation is the use of different strategies and ideas to address existing social and/or environmental issues. These innovations can take many forms, from community-centered planning to international labour standards to fair trade. Social finance, a form of social innovation, is the use of i...

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Be An Intentional Fundraiser & Skyrocket Your Fundraising Results BE AN INTENTIONAL FUNDRAISER & SKYROCKET YOUR FUNDRAISING RESULTS

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Aug 01, 2019

How do you make time to focus on developing or scaling your major gifts program? Being intentional about prioritizing individual donor development can be difficult; especially if you’re the lone Philanthropy Director or a member of a small (although surely mighty) fundraising team. Believe me,...

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How to Create Your Nonprofit’s Social Media Presence HOW TO CREATE YOUR NONPROFIT’S SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE

blog article

Aug 01, 2019

There’s no denying it. Social media is the fastest-growing phenomenon of the modern age. Since Facebook launched 15 years ago, in 2004, it has grown to over two billion users. Twitter and Instagram are close behind. According to the Pew Research Center’s report about social media use in ...

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5 Pro Tips to Building the Nonprofit Board of the Future 5 PRO TIPS TO BUILDING THE NONPROFIT BOARD OF THE FUTURE

blog article

Aug 01, 2019

In the past, the makeup of a nonprofit board of directors primarily consisted of people with a vested interest in your organization—early investors, lead donors or people the organization’s leader knows well and trusts. Board chairs would look to match certain kinds of experience and exp...

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To Hit Year-End Goals, Go Beyond Content Marketing for Nonprofits TO HIT YEAR-END GOALS, GO BEYOND CONTENT MARKETING FOR NONPROFITS

blog article

Aug 01, 2019

You have got to be a great improviser to work in the nonprofit sector. When your job is to find creative solutions for huge problems, that kind of thinking on the fly is a must. But I do not think we should improvise when it comes to our year end fundraising content. You know what I mean that mad da...

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21 Creative Fall Fundraising Ideas 21 CREATIVE FALL FUNDRAISING IDEAS

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Jul 31, 2019

Fall is the time for gathering. Be it around a fire, dinner table, or football field, fall has a way of bringing us together to celebrate abundance. With so many popular autumn activities, this season is a perfect time for your organization to host a fall fundraiser. Get your creative juices flowing...

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3 Case Studies That Prove That Nonprofit Direct Mail Still Works In 2019 3 CASE STUDIES THAT PROVE THAT NONPROFIT DIRECT MAIL STILL WORKS IN 2019

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Jul 31, 2019

I grew up with and in direct mail. I was fortunate to work at Reader’s Digest (RD) in Amsterdam right after college and it really shaped the rest of my career. I’ve always loved direct mail because you can measure results, but nothing beats seeing the boxes and boxes filled with response...

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How to Create a Unique Fundraising Event Concept HOW TO CREATE A UNIQUE FUNDRAISING EVENT CONCEPT

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Jul 31, 2019

As a nonprofit organization, you are no doubt constantly trying to come up with new and inventive ways to fundraise. Most organizations love the idea of hosting events, but oftentimes fundraising events end up becoming a time and money suck, with no real benefit for all the effort. In order to host ...

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6 More Ways to Get New Donors 6 MORE WAYS TO GET NEW DONORS

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Jul 31, 2019

Don’t let finding donor prospects intimidate you. There are a few simple steps to incorporate into your everyday work that will lead you to your future donors. The opportunities to grow your donor database is endless and we’ve come up with 6 more ways to identify new donors, tailor your ...

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Donor Relationship Transformation Through Personalization DONOR RELATIONSHIP TRANSFORMATION THROUGH PERSONALIZATION

blog article

Jul 30, 2019

The donor giving path today is very different from that of the past. Not so long ago you could draw a straight line from the mailbox to a donation. But for modern constituents—the Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials alike—their journey is far more tangled. A recent study on donor beha...

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Reach New Donors with Social Advertising REACH NEW DONORS WITH SOCIAL ADVERTISING

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Jul 29, 2019

With roughly 69% of people on social media, there’s powerful competition to contend with in order to stand out in your donors’ newsfeed. Social media sites employ algorithms to try and show users the content that’s most relevant to them. As a result, your nonprofit’s organic ...

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Nonprofits and Philanthropy Need to Take Center Stage NONPROFITS AND PHILANTHROPY NEED TO TAKE CENTER STAGE

blog article

Jul 29, 2019

As we approach the next pair of Democratic presidential debates this week – the last of which garnered a record-breaking number of viewers – I’m not holding my breath that topics related to philanthropy and the nonprofits it supports will get any more airtime than they did in the f...

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Top Ten Trends in the Nonprofit Industry TOP TEN TRENDS IN THE NONPROFIT INDUSTRY

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Jul 29, 2019

The nonprofit industry is anything but static. With numerous external factors influencing daily operations, we’ve compiled a list of what we see as the top ten trends impacting nonprofit organizations with input from Nonprofit Standards, our third annual benchmarking survey.

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Getting People to Trust in Your New Nonprofit GETTING PEOPLE TO TRUST IN YOUR NEW NONPROFIT

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Jul 29, 2019

Okay, you did it. You’ve finally turned that idea into a reality and started your own nonprofit. Great job! But the work is far from over. Donors are one of the most ― if not the most ― important parts of keeping your vision alive. One of your first priorities as a new nonprofit will be to get...

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Does Your Nonprofit Board Have Term Limits? DOES YOUR NONPROFIT BOARD HAVE TERM LIMITS?

blog article

Jul 26, 2019

One of the many activities that I have been asked to perform over the years is board training. Whether it is a governing board or advisory board, every nonprofit board needs structure and guidelines to follow. Recently, I was asked for board advice by a new CEO of a nonprofit. It seems that this org...

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This Contest Wants to Help Get Your Nonprofit Organization Off the Ground THIS CONTEST WANTS TO HELP GET YOUR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION OFF THE GROUND

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Jul 25, 2019

With National Nonprofit day (August 17) in mind, Irvington resident and nonprofit expert Genevieve Piturro has decided to initiate the first ever Nonprofit Business Intensive & Pitch Contest. Designed to give founders a jump start on building a successful nonprofit, Piturro is calling all nonpro...

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How Nonprofit Employees Can Use Batching to Get More Done in Less Time HOW NONPROFIT EMPLOYEES CAN USE BATCHING TO GET MORE DONE IN LESS TIME

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Jul 25, 2019

Most nonprofit employees I know are faced with a common problem: too much work to get done, not enough time to do it, and all of it’s important. Sound familiar? I’m betting it does, and these problems are compounded by the fact that most of us don’t exactly do our best work when we...

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6 Ways to Get New Donors 6 WAYS TO GET NEW DONORS

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Jul 25, 2019

It’s the age-old question every development director asks. The white whale of fundraising. To maintain a healthy balance of new and existing donors, you know you need to do the legwork. Like building a new friendship, finding new donors takes commitment and effort. But where to begin? Check ou...

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DIY Fundraising: How to Activate Fundraisers All Year Long DIY FUNDRAISING: HOW TO ACTIVATE FUNDRAISERS ALL YEAR LONG

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Jul 24, 2019

When someone signs up as a peer-to-peer fundraiser, they are expressing a passion about your work and a commitment to your cause. In fact, they are so dedicated that they’ll reach out to their networks, appeal for donations, and raise money on your behalf. These already impactful individuals c...

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How to Realign With Your Nonprofit’s Core Values HOW TO REALIGN WITH YOUR NONPROFIT’S CORE VALUES

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Jul 24, 2019

Core values are an essential aspect of running a nonprofit organization, because they provide the information that the outside world needs to know about what you stand for in the community. Core values help inform people about how your organization behaves from within and outside of itself. Like per...

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Dive Into Donor Management This Summer DIVE INTO DONOR MANAGEMENT THIS SUMMER

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Jul 23, 2019

Dive into a pool, dive into a good book, dive into donor management this summer Investing in a donor management system during the summer months is ideal to position your organization for a successful year end. Do not let the summer months pass you by and invest in a donor management system to boost ...

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How an international non-profit is driving digital growth in an era of uncertainty HOW AN INTERNATIONAL NON-PROFIT IS DRIVING DIGITAL GROWTH IN AN ERA OF UNCERTAINTY

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Jul 23, 2019

When you read the word experimentation in an article like this, chances are you think of marketing execs sitting around a table discussing customer acquisition cost, conversion rates and lifetime value. But experimentation is experimentation is experimentation.

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4 Things to Consider When Setting a Monthly Donor Goal 4 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN SETTING A MONTHLY DONOR GOAL

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Jul 22, 2019

At the recent Bridge pre-conference sustainer workshop I co-hosted, one of the attendees asked this question: “What is a realistic goal for monthly donor percentage as a percent of active donors?” Let me explain why there’s no one good answer to this other than that the current typ...

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The Charitable Deduction Odyssey THE CHARITABLE DEDUCTION ODYSSEY

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Jul 19, 2019

Individual income tax deduction for charitable giving provides a substantial incentive to give by reducing the economic cost of donating, according to the Tax Policy Center Briefing Book. In 2018, charitable giving by individuals was estimated to reach $299 billion at an annual revenue loss of aroun...

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Digital Fundraising: what, why and how? DIGITAL FUNDRAISING: WHAT, WHY AND HOW?

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Jul 18, 2019

The first online fundraising tools were launched in 1999 by Blackbaud and PayPal, and by 2018 72% of nonprofit organisations worldwide accepted online donations through their website. According to the 2018 Global NGO Technology report, 54% of donors prefer to donate online. These figures demonstrate...

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How Nonprofit Camps Are Changing in the Age of Technology HOW NONPROFIT CAMPS ARE CHANGING IN THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY

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Jul 18, 2019

Nonprofit camps have thrived for so long because they offer the youth in their community a healthy, safe environment to escape to for a few weeks every summer. Parents and kids alike understand the value of summer camp in a young person is development. It makes sense that technology has been develop...

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How to Compute the Opportunity Costs of Your Fundraising Events HOW TO COMPUTE THE OPPORTUNITY COSTS OF YOUR FUNDRAISING EVENTS

blog article

Jul 18, 2019

Let me get to the point. If you are a fundraiser and spending significant time deciding on such things as the venue location, the font of the invitations, or the color of the centerpiece, you are losing money.

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A Nonprofit’s Guide to Risk Management A NONPROFIT’S GUIDE TO RISK MANAGEMENT

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Jul 17, 2019

It is a big world out there. As a nonprofit, there are plenty of opportunities to take and tough decisions to make. But with everything you do, there’s some amount of risk that comes with it. It can be hard to know where you are vulnerable and which bases you forgot to cover. That is where we ...

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What nonprofit leadership needs to know about evaluation WHAT NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT EVALUATION

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Jul 17, 2019

One of the most important decisions an executive director makes is how to staff evaluation. After that, it is critical to be a vocal advocate for learning. Below are some simple talking and framing points that will help you orient your staff and stakeholders for a successful evaluation partnership.

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7 Ways to Boost Your Fundraising 7 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR FUNDRAISING

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Jul 17, 2019

As a Personal Fundraising Coach, I encourage all of my clients to challenge themselves when it comes to fundraising. My hope for each and every nonprofit is for them to step outside of their comfort zone and try at least one new thing every month or quarter. The best part? You do not have to go at i...

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How to Optimize Your Nonprofit HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR NONPROFIT'S PROSPECT PIPELINE

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Jul 17, 2019

If you serve on the board of a charity or are involved with a nonprofit organization, you've probably heard of the prospect pipeline. It's the framework and process that fundraisers go through when they work to find and nurture the people who ultimately become first-time or repeat donors. Si...

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An Open Letter to the Largest Percentage of the Nonprofit Workforce AN OPEN LETTER TO THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE OF THE NONPROFIT WORKFORCE

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Jul 17, 2019

In 2014, those of you born between 1980 and 2000 became the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, including the social sector—those working in the purpose space either for nonprofit or for-profit organizations. Half of you are already occupying management roles. Five years in, what&rsquo...

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Social Media Marketing Strategies for Savvy Fundraising SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING STRATEGIES FOR SAVVY FUNDRAISING

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Jul 17, 2019

As a veteran marketer, you are accustomed to operating with a marketing plan – but does that include a detailed social media strategy? If not, it should. Social media has evolved into an imperative marketing tool for companies of all shapes and sizes, including nonprofits.  This marketing...

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To Help More Young People, These Nonprofits Learned to Tap the Talent of Older Ones TO HELP MORE YOUNG PEOPLE, THESE NONPROFITS LEARNED TO TAP THE TALENT OF OLDER ONES

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Jul 16, 2019

How can nonprofits tap a new and growing source of talent — people over 50 — to improve the lives of the children and youth they serve? To help answer the question, nine youth-serving nonprofits — all members of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities — hired a diver...

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7 Tips to Improve Your Nonprofit Email Marketing Conversion Rate 7 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR NONPROFIT EMAIL MARKETING CONVERSION RATE

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Jul 16, 2019

Nonprofit email marketing is an incredible tool. It is a direct line to your most engaged donors and a reliable way to deliver your important messages. Unfortunately, it is also difficult to execute perfectly. Nonprofits are sending more emails now than any time before, but we are seeing a decline i...

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2 Social Science Insights to Strengthen Your Fundraising 2 SOCIAL SCIENCE INSIGHTS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR FUNDRAISING

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Jul 16, 2019

At its core, fundraising is a persuasive craft. It involves using rational and emotional appeals to move listeners and readers to take some action, such as making a gift or volunteering time, in support of your cause. And while fundraising communications are often counterintuitive to people outside ...

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Protect your nonprofit from occupational fraud threats PROTECT YOUR NONPROFIT FROM OCCUPATIONAL FRAUD THREATS

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Jul 16, 2019

Not for profit organizations do not lose as much to occupational fraud as for profit businesses do. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners 2018 Report to the Nations, nonprofits lost a median amount of $75,000 during the 21 month study period, compared with $164,000 for private fo...

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4 Practical Ways to Strengthen Your Volunteer Training for Nonprofits 4 PRACTICAL WAYS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR VOLUNTEER TRAINING FOR NONPROFITS

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Jul 16, 2019

When designing volunteer training for nonprofits, your biggest challenge may be how to create a complete program that does not scare volunteers away. Often, organizations have daunting amounts of information volunteers must learn in order to perform with confidence. Programs must be assured that vol...

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Nonprofit Organizations: Planning for Sustainability NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS: PLANNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY

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Jul 16, 2019

Nonprofits have a core mission at the forefront of everything they do for the communities they serve. They have a unique responsibility to invest funds provided by donors that share a passion for that organization mission. In fact, nonprofit organizations have the same capital needs as business owne...

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ProPay Integration for Nonprofits: Easy Online Payment Processing PROPAY INTEGRATION FOR NONPROFITS: EASY ONLINE PAYMENT PROCESSING

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Jul 16, 2019

Running a nonprofit is no small feat. You’re on a mission to make the world a better place, but you only have a shoestring budget to make it happen. Whether you’re saving animals, teaching children, feeding the homeless, or helping push forward another worthy cause, it takes money to put...

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How to Improve Fundraising for A Nonprofit Organization HOW TO IMPROVE FUNDRAISING FOR A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION

blog article

Jul 15, 2019

Peter Drucker is famous for saying Management is doing things right, leadership is doing the right things, in his book The Essential Drucker. While I agree with that, I also believe that success in fundraising is doing the right things, the right way, consistently. There really are best practices, t...

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SailPoint Levels-Up their ABM Strategy with Intent Data SAILPOINT LEVELS-UP THEIR ABM STRATEGY WITH INTENT DATA

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Jul 15, 2019

The buyer’s journey has changed in a way which leaves many sales and marketing teams struggling to find insight from within what we call the Dark Funnel. However, many technology companies are starting to build solutions to address the radical new way customers engage and buy today by collecti...

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Duo Security Sets BDRs up for Success with 6sense DUO SECURITY SETS BDRS UP FOR SUCCESS WITH 6SENSE

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Jul 15, 2019

The role of a Business Development Rep can be a daunting one. Knowing where to prioritize when you have over 1,000 accounts and knowing what content to reach out to them and engage them with can be an impossible task. But if you have the right intent data that can show you where the account is in th...

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How to Prepare Your Nonprofit for Major Changes HOW TO PREPARE YOUR NONPROFIT FOR MAJOR CHANGES

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Jul 15, 2019

Have you ever changed your email marketing system, CRM, fundraising software, or another technology that you rely on? A technology change in your organization can be exciting, but it can also create tension, confusion, and a lack of ownership if not prepared for properly. While it’s important ...

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My Experience Applying Continuous Improvement to a Non-Profit Organization MY EXPERIENCE APPLYING CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT TO A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

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Jul 14, 2019

I recently had the opportunity to partner with a nonprofit organization that provides food and shelter to the homeless population in the local area. It was my first time applying the principles and tools of continuous improvement to the nonprofit world, and I was amazed to discover how well the conc...

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Nonprofits Share Top Priorities in Nationwide Survey NONPROFITS SHARE TOP PRIORITIES IN NATIONWIDE SURVEY

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Jul 12, 2019

We are officially halfway through the year, and while some people are relishing the long days of summer sun, nonprofit professionals are using the summer slump to prepare for giving Tuesday, perform a nonprofit SWOT analysis, or read the latest industry reports. The slower summer months are not only...

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The Best Platforms & Tools for Nonprofits THE BEST PLATFORMS & TOOLS FOR NONPROFITS

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Jul 11, 2019

These days, even the smallest nonprofits can behave like a big operation thanks to the proliferation of online platforms and tools available to them often at no cost. Faced with perennially limited budgets and staffing, nonprofits can stretch their resources by leveraging a variety of apps and digit...

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What Business and Nonprofit Leaders Should Know about Payroll Tax Audits WHAT BUSINESS AND NONPROFIT LEADERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PAYROLL TAX AUDITS

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Jul 11, 2019

What comes to mind when you hear you’re about to be audited? If you’re like most people, it’s an unpleasant idea focused solely on proving the accuracy of recent income tax returns. That’s not the only type of audit though; the IRS conducts a number of less familiar audits th...

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5 Reasons Why Remote Team Members Are Good For Your Nonprofit 5 REASONS WHY REMOTE TEAM MEMBERS ARE GOOD FOR YOUR NONPROFIT

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Jul 11, 2019

Finding and recruiting professionals for your nonprofit can be a time-consuming task. You likely have a list of qualifications, expectations and goals, but can be limited to your city when it comes to finding that perfect person. This is where remote work can help. By removing the geographical barri...

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State groups and local governments pledge to get people involved in census, but state of FL? Not so much STATE GROUPS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS PLEDGE TO GET PEOPLE INVOLVED IN CENSUS, BUT STATE OF FL? NOT SO MUCH

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Jul 10, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis may be using a hands off approach to getting Floridians counted in the 2020 U.S. Census, but local governments and the nonprofit Florida group TaxWatch said Wednesday it’s critical to invest in the census to make sure communities get their fair share of federal dollars. An un...

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Google for Nonprofits: Why & How to Apply GOOGLE FOR NONPROFITS: WHY & HOW TO APPLY

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Jul 10, 2019

Want to step up your nonprofit is marketing, but do not quite have the budget for new tools and programs? Google for Nonprofits can help with that. Through the Google program, your nonprofit can apply to use a variety of Google products and other Google tools for free, where payment would typically ...

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Mind Power Empowering Powerful Fundraising MIND POWER EMPOWERING POWERFUL FUNDRAISING

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Jul 10, 2019

A sometimes too straight-talking column that challenges status-quo giving practices, inspires new and radical solutions, and will hopefully lead to a New York Times Bestseller; so I can start wearing argyle sweaters and smoking a pipe, because that's what NYT bestsellers do. "I will be lean...

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4 Ways to Recruit Volunteers for Your NonProfit 4 WAYS TO RECRUIT VOLUNTEERS FOR YOUR NONPROFIT

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Jul 09, 2019

Volunteers are the lifeblood of a non-profit organization. They are passionate advocates for organizations, sharing their involvement with friends, neighbours and colleagues. A non-profit will not find more effective public relations than a motivated volunteer, the truest of ambassadors! Not only do...

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Why Powerful Tools Are Important to Your Nonprofit WHY POWERFUL TOOLS ARE IMPORTANT TO YOUR NONPROFIT

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Jul 09, 2019

The word Powerful is one of the more popular words in the software lexicon. It sounds impressive, and it gets people excited because they want to know that their software is going to do something great for them. Unfortunately, it is also hard to quantify, which leaves some people unclear. How can yo...

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Microsoft Making Strides with Nonprofit CRM Strategy MICROSOFT MAKING STRIDES WITH NONPROFIT CRM STRATEGY

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Jul 09, 2019

Microsoft is starting to make strides with nonprofit CRM strategy. As I wrote in April 2018 after the Nonprofit Technology Conference in New Orleans, Microsoft indicated it wants to support the nonprofit sector in an entirely different way. One year later, Microsoft is still acting on that vision. W...

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A How-To Guide for Nonprofit Board Engagement A HOW-TO GUIDE FOR NONPROFIT BOARD ENGAGEMENT

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Jul 09, 2019

Effective nonprofit board management is about more than To Do lists or getting through an agenda. You need to be able to communicate effectively, to let your board know what your organization expects from them and, above all, respect your members time and service. These qualities will ensure you hav...

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The Fundraising Trends of 2019 You Don’t Want to Miss THE FUNDRAISING TRENDS OF 2019 YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

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Jul 09, 2019

If you are looking for ways to boost your 2019 fundraising efforts for your nonprofit organization, you are in the right place. There is no better way to do so than by knowing the trends within your niche. Understanding what is happening around you helps you to think ahead, learn people behaviors, a...

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Three Reasons Why Year-Round Communication is Vital to Fundraising THREE REASONS WHY YEAR-ROUND COMMUNICATION IS VITAL TO FUNDRAISING

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Jul 09, 2019

Newsletters and other year round communications are an effective way to stay connected with your supporters and direct their involvement where it is most needed. Here we’ve outlined a few ways to use your newsletter to help you fundraise at all times of the year.

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3 Nonprofit Performance Metrics Worth Tracking 3 NONPROFIT PERFORMANCE METRICS WORTH TRACKING

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Jul 09, 2019

Nonprofit organizations, including those in the social services sector, face several potential challenges in determining how to most effectively use performance measures to demonstrate success. Frequently, the metrics tracked don’t necessarily demonstrate an organization’s impact in the ...

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Why Sales Leaders Need to Digitally Transform Their Teams WHY SALES LEADERS NEED TO DIGITALLY TRANSFORM THEIR TEAMS

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Jul 08, 2019

Three key trends are driving the need for sales leaders to digitally transform their organizations. First, b-to-b buyers are conducting more of their purchase journey in the digital arena and demanding the same kind of frictionless and seamless customer experience they enjoy as consumers. Second, th...

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The Most Important Metric for Sales Leaders in Subscription Businesses to Track and Use to Drive Revenue Growth THE MOST IMPORTANT METRIC FOR SALES LEADERS IN SUBSCRIPTION BUSINESSES TO TRACK AND USE TO DRIVE REVENUE GROWTH

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Jul 08, 2019

Subscription businesses that charge customers monthly for using their offerings are expanding rapidly in response to consumers’ and b-to-b buyers’ desire to try a product and walk away easily if they’re not achieving the expected value. However, the subscription-based business mode...

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“We Need More Money” Isn’t a Fundraising Plan “WE NEED MORE MONEY” ISN’T A FUNDRAISING PLAN

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Jul 08, 2019

Often when I ask folks what their needs and fundraising plan are, I’ll hear: “We need to raise more. With more money we could do so much more.” That’s not a fundraising plan. It’s hopeful thinking.  And while I’ve nothing against feeling hopeful, you know the...

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Grassroots Nonprofit Marketing Campaigns: 4 Stellar Examples GRASSROOTS NONPROFIT MARKETING CAMPAIGNS: 4 STELLAR EXAMPLES

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Jul 08, 2019

Grassroots nonprofit marketing campaigns are a valuable opportunity for nonprofits to raise awareness of the mission that sparked the commencement of the organization itself. These campaigns provide an opportunity to share your passion! The term "grassroots" refers to the foundation of an ...

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How To Write An Amazing Nonprofit Newsletter HOW TO WRITE AN AMAZING NONPROFIT NEWSLETTER

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Jul 05, 2019

There are a lot of ways your organization can promote the great activities you’re doing. So how do you pick which one is right for you? For Mark and Joanne, who ran a kids’ summer camp, it was a big decision. Since they had limited time for promotion, they wanted to make sure they’...

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What Is Your Nonprofit Career Story? WHAT IS YOUR NONPROFIT CAREER STORY?

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Jul 05, 2019

What is your nonprofit career story? It seems that every week someone contacts me through various vehicles and asks for a career advice meeting. I enjoy helping others and always seek to answer their questions. In a recent meeting, someone asked me about my career progression and success I have enjo...

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A Guide To Effective Team Management For Nonprofits A GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE TEAM MANAGEMENT FOR NONPROFITS

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Jul 03, 2019

Have you ever watched someone try to catch a chicken? Running around the yard, arms waving, following the elusive chicken to and fro in wild patterns? This was the image that often came to mind when Elizabeth was chairing her association's annual fundraising luncheon. Between running meetings, o...

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How Nonprofits Can Use Affinity Scores to Strengthen Constituent Relationships HOW NONPROFITS CAN USE AFFINITY SCORES TO STRENGTHEN CONSTITUENT RELATIONSHIPS

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Jul 03, 2019

Nonprofits today face significant challenges in providing a world-class experience to their valued constituents. Fraught with organizational silos in their programs and services, nonprofits find themselves with a limited understanding of their constituents. Who are they? How do they engage with nonp...

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Quality Data Is Essential to Maximize Your Fundraising Potential QUALITY DATA IS ESSENTIAL TO MAXIMIZE YOUR FUNDRAISING POTENTIAL

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Jul 03, 2019

Quality data is critical in helping to deepen our relationships with our donors. Data can help develop an action plan to use with each donor. It is needed to determine donor interests, appropriate gift requests, appropriate timing and appropriate recognition and appreciation. What data does your non...

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Donor Software: 6 Essential Tools to Drive Your Mission DONOR SOFTWARE: 6 ESSENTIAL TOOLS TO DRIVE YOUR MISSION

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Jul 03, 2019

When it comes to donor software, your nonprofit should take advantage of the right tools and resources to most effectively track your relationships with your supporters. After all, if you want to obtain new donors and retain the ones you have, the right software will help you manage all aspects of y...

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Why You Should Engage One-Time Donors Sooner WHY YOU SHOULD ENGAGE ONE-TIME DONORS SOONER

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Jul 03, 2019

The State of Modern Philanthropy 2019 examines trends in return donor behavior, specifically around supporter groups like peer-to-peer fundraisers, one-time donors, and recurring givers. With regard to one-time donors and recurring givers, our report finds that: Typical return donors will make a sec...

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Ways Nonprofits Can Get Ahead This Summer WAYS NONPROFITS CAN GET AHEAD THIS SUMMER

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Jul 03, 2019

Whether you are an Executive Director who is serving as your organization’s Chief Everything Officer, or a Development Director specifically tasked with creating a fundraising strategy, the first step to raising the money you need to power your cause is creating a plan. This is particularly im...

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The Trouble with Nonprofit Website Design Inspiration THE TROUBLE WITH NONPROFIT WEBSITE DESIGN INSPIRATION

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Jul 03, 2019

When you need a creative spark, looking around for website design inspiration can jump-start your brainstorm and help you decide your likes and dislikes. But if you’re not careful, compiling a bunch of examples can get your website project off on the wrong foot. Before you spend too much time ...

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How To Start Live Streaming Video to Engage Your Nonprofit’s Audience on Social Media HOW TO START LIVE STREAMING VIDEO TO ENGAGE YOUR NONPROFIT’S AUDIENCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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Jul 03, 2019

I am sure you have heard the old saying a picture is worth a thousand words. Well if that is true, using video to share your organization is message and mission is priceless The impact of using live streaming as part of your social media marketing strategy should not be discounted.What exactly does ...

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How To Form A Nonprofit Corporation HOW TO FORM A NONPROFIT CORPORATION

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Jul 02, 2019

Are you ready to form a nonprofit corporation, and give back to others? A nonprofit corporation is defined as a corporation founded for a charitable purpose. Forming a nonprofit corporation has several similarities to incorporating a regular corporation. Ask these questions to figure out if you shou...

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How to Build a Fundraising Team When You’re Not the Boss HOW TO BUILD A FUNDRAISING TEAM WHEN YOU’RE NOT THE BOSS

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Jul 02, 2019

It can be tough working with a nonprofit team of volunteers, donors, and paid staff. Everyone has their own ideas, their own ways of working, and their own perception of what’s best for the organization. It’s a common challenge. It seems to pop up whenever three or more people get togeth...

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7 Methods to Improve Donor Retention With Fundraising Tech 7 METHODS TO IMPROVE DONOR RETENTION WITH FUNDRAISING TECH

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Jul 02, 2019

Donor retention has finally become a top-of-mind subject for most fundraisers and a decent portion of nonprofit boards. Case in point, for the first time ever, during a speaking engagement in the Midwest, when the question was posed regarding who knew their organization’s donor retention rate,...

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3 Principles Fundraisers Should Adopt from Service Providers 3 PRINCIPLES FUNDRAISERS SHOULD ADOPT FROM SERVICE PROVIDERS

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Jul 02, 2019

I left private legal practice for nonprofit fundraising to get away from the less relational aspects of the service provider-client relationship. Steep billing rates, adversarial positions, and dense subject matter hindered my ability to be really great at my job, so I turned to more mission-driven ...

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How Much Should I Give to Charity? HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE TO CHARITY?

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Jul 01, 2019

The 2019 Giving USA Report came out recently and confirmed what many nonprofit fundraisers already suspected: giving among everyday Americans is down. Experts have shared a number of theories about why this may be, including changes to the tax law and increased volatility in the stock market. Whatev...

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Increasing Donor Impact: Your Donors Want Choices INCREASING DONOR IMPACT: YOUR DONORS WANT CHOICES

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Jul 01, 2019

Several months ago, I was sitting around a conference table with a prospective client talking about the process we needed to take to create our donor impact portfolio. When complete, the donor impact portfolio is a list of all the nonprofit organization’s programs and projects, broken out by e...

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3 Ways to Stay Ahead of Giving Trends 3 WAYS TO STAY AHEAD OF GIVING TRENDS

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Jul 01, 2019

Every year, Giving USA releases a report on philanthropy and giving in the United States. The annual report, released on June 18, 2019, gives comprehensive highlights on charitable giving trends in the United States. Due in part to the tax law change or volatile December 2018 market, overall giving ...

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Donation Tiers to Boost Online Donations DONATION TIERS TO BOOST ONLINE DONATIONS

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Jun 30, 2019

Anna is a thirty-something woman who works in an art gallery. She’s always loved animals and spends a lot of time with her three dogs in the nearby park. During one of their walks, Anna saw an abandoned cat. She immediately acted, rushing the cat to the nearest animal shelter. The sh...

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The Nonprofit Summer Reading List THE NONPROFIT SUMMER READING LIST

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Jun 28, 2019

The weather is warm, summer camps are in full swing, BBQs are a weekly occurrence, and as the sixth month of the year wraps up, some organizations are already gearing up for end-of-the-year asks and setting up holiday campaign fundraising goals. While it might seem a little early to start thinking a...

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Easy Language Learning by Vera F. Birkenbihl – The Decoding Method EASY LANGUAGE LEARNING BY VERA F. BIRKENBIHL – THE DECODING METHOD

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Jun 27, 2019

Forget about cramming vocabulary: the best way to learn a language is by using decoding exercises. Translate a German sentence word-by-word into your native language – thus you will learn the word’s meaning as well as the language’s grammar. Decoding means to “decipher”...

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The “C.I.A.” Solution to Identifying Donor Prospects THE “C.I.A.” SOLUTION TO IDENTIFYING DONOR PROSPECTS

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Jun 27, 2019

One of the questions we hear the most in our fundraising workshops for nonprofit staff, board members, volunteers and friends is, “Who should we approach for support?” This makes good sense. Identifying donor prospects, or donor discovery, is the first and essential building block of a w...

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More Nonprofits Are Becoming Eco-Friendly—Here MORE NONPROFITS ARE BECOMING ECO-FRIENDLY—HERE'S HOW YOURS CAN, TOO

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Jun 27, 2019

Most people who create nonprofit organizations do so because they have a charitable heart, and they wish to serve on the front lines of solving the worlds' toughest problems. One of the biggest issues we are facing today is epidemic pollution levels and rampant global warming. As such, many orga...

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6 ways to grow your online fundraising 6 WAYS TO GROW YOUR ONLINE FUNDRAISING

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Jun 26, 2019

There are lots of ways to grow online fundraising, but where to start? We have been compiling online fundraising ideas on our blog for many years; this post is a great one-stop-shop for you to sift through and strategize. Go ahead and click on the links within this article as they all provide additi...

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7 SEO Tips and Best Practices for Nonprofits 7 SEO TIPS AND BEST PRACTICES FOR NONPROFITS

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Jun 26, 2019

Search engines exist to answer the world’s questions by providing the most relevant response to a search query within seconds. Ideally, the results at the top of the search engine result pages (SERPs) have high-quality content and provide a website that matches the user’s intent. This po...

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5 Staff Retention Tips For Your Nonprofit Camp 5 STAFF RETENTION TIPS FOR YOUR NONPROFIT CAMP

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Jun 26, 2019

Staff retention is extremely important for employers in all sectors, including nonprofits that depend on team members understanding the organization’s culture and institutional history. Staff retention is directly related to donor retention, which means it impacts donor lifetime value, which m...

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Should Your Nonprofit Be Using Facebook Fundraising? SHOULD YOUR NONPROFIT BE USING FACEBOOK FUNDRAISING?

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Jun 26, 2019

Let’s settle this once and for all: The Facebook fundraising feature isn’t a bad thing. If you’re an individual. By individual, I mean a personal cause campaign. Think raising funds for a sick friend, a grieving family or even a birthday campaign to support your local soup kit...

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7 Ways That Web-Based Fundraising is Changing 7 WAYS THAT WEB-BASED FUNDRAISING IS CHANGING

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Jun 26, 2019

Online fundraising is always shifting and so should your nonprofit’s strategy. But that’s not the same as jumping on every shiny new trend. There are more foundational changes afoot that are important to consider as you work to create a plan and get meaningful results from web-based fund...

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Why Is TechSoup Investing in a New Nonprofit Marketplace? WHY IS TECHSOUP INVESTING IN A NEW NONPROFIT MARKETPLACE?

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Jun 26, 2019

You know the TechSoup marketplace. In fact, it’s likely the first thing you knew about us. You know that we work with software providers from Fortune 50 companies to boutique product development groups to connect their philanthropic goals with civil society organizations around the world. Righ...

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The Past, Present, and Future of Nonprofits Aiding the Private Sector THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF NONPROFITS AIDING THE PRIVATE SECTOR

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Jun 25, 2019

Bleeding plant-based burgers were last month’s biggest financial news. Beyond Meat had the most successful initial public offering of any startup since the 2008 crash, and Impossible Foods raised $300 million in venture capital. Both burgers can hold their own in the meat aisle or a fast food ...

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How Your Board Can Boost Fundraising HOW YOUR BOARD CAN BOOST FUNDRAISING

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Jun 25, 2019

The FOOD Pantry Serving Waukesha County is a nonprofit community organization, in Wisconsin, dedicated to providing food, hope, and dignity to the many Waukesha County residents in need of assistance. The FOOD Pantry strives to contribute towards a thriving and healthy community free from hunger.&nb...

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FOLLOW THESE 7 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR NONPROFIT’S MEDIA RELATIONS ROI FOLLOW THESE 7 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR NONPROFIT’S MEDIA RELATIONS ROI

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Jun 25, 2019

Now more than ever, journalists need good PR people. That’s the key theme in Cision’s latest Global State of the Media Report, which surveyed nearly 2,000 reporters and editors about their working conditions and how they relate to public relations professionals. I often find this report ...

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How to Optimize Your Conversion Funnel, from ToFu to BoFu HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR CONVERSION FUNNEL, FROM TOFU TO BOFU

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Jun 24, 2019

No matter who your customer is or what you’re selling, it’s more likely than not that your customer will have to go through several steps before choosing to buy your product or service. Think about your own shopping habits: you don’t just buy the first thing you see. The first thin...

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21 Ways to Triple Your B2B E-Commerce Conversions 21 WAYS TO TRIPLE YOUR B2B E-COMMERCE CONVERSIONS

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Jun 24, 2019

It takes thoughtful work to scale an e-commerce store. I’m sure you’ve had a few growing pains of your own getting to the point where you are today. However, you’re reading this because you may not be content with where your conversions are at this precise moment. You may not even ...

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Could the Breadcrumb Technique Help Boost Your Landing Page Conversions? COULD THE BREADCRUMB TECHNIQUE HELP BOOST YOUR LANDING PAGE CONVERSIONS?

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Jun 24, 2019

We’ve all heard the term “less is more”. And we’ve been told this applies for landing pages too. I.e. your forms should be short and only ask for only the bare minimum of required information if you want to convert. As an example, one of the main questions someone typically h...

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Monthly Donor Motivation: Getting Your Donors to Get Up and Dance MONTHLY DONOR MOTIVATION: GETTING YOUR DONORS TO GET UP AND DANCE

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Jun 24, 2019

I just came back from a conference in New Orleans. It was my first time visiting, so I had planned a little bit of time to see the sights and “soak up the culture.” It inspired me to write about monthly donor motivation. But before I get to that if you’ve not yet been to New Orlean...

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How to Survive an Imperfect Nonprofit Culture HOW TO SURVIVE AN IMPERFECT NONPROFIT CULTURE

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Jun 24, 2019

I want to make a point about the significance of a culture of philanthropy. About treating our internal stakeholders as kindly as we treat our external ones. About being grateful to those who support us and work with us, donors and staff alike. About being able to fully enjoy and embrace our mission...

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The Ultimate Guide To Picking a Nonprofit CRM + 5 Amazing Options THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PICKING A NONPROFIT CRM + 5 AMAZING OPTIONS

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Jun 24, 2019

Let’s face it sometimes working at a nonprofit is like herding cats. When you consider the volunteers, staff members, donors, potential donors, and event attendees, it’s a lot to track and track down! Just look at the Asheville Humane Society. They invested in a CRM solution that include...

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9 Tips to Ask for Donations in Person 9 TIPS TO ASK FOR DONATIONS IN PERSON

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Jun 23, 2019

When it comes to fundraising and all the challenges it entails in its various forms, most fundraisers would agree there’s nothing more gut-wrenching than asking for donations in person. While it’s certainly difficult to make the ask via email or on the phone too; there’s somet...

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10 TED Talks for Nonprofit Leaders 10 TED TALKS FOR NONPROFIT LEADERS

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Jun 21, 2019

TED believes in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives, and the world. That likely sounds familiar to nonprofits and professionals across the social sector who operate with a very similar mindset. As such, it makes TED Talks a wellspring of inspiration and motivation for nonprofits who want t...

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Design Your Fundraising for Older Eyes and See Your Revenue Rise DESIGN YOUR FUNDRAISING FOR OLDER EYES AND SEE YOUR REVENUE RISE

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Jun 21, 2019

Life is full of transitions, most of them inescapable. Like bifocals. They’re inevitable once you reach a “certain age,” which is somewhere around 40. Since the vast majority of your donors are even older, you can be sure they have presbyopia. Which is to say, they wear bifocals. A...

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Donor Dollars Into Dividends: The Past, Present, and Future of Nonprofits Aiding the Private Sector DONOR DOLLARS INTO DIVIDENDS: THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF NONPROFITS AIDING THE PRIVATE SECTOR

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Jun 20, 2019

Bleeding plant-based burgers were last month’s biggest financial news. Beyond Meat had the most successful initial public offering of any startup since the 2008 crash, and Impossible Foods raised $300 million in venture capital. Both burgers can hold their own in the meat aisle or a fast food ...

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Lessons From Crazy, Creative Fundraising Ideas that Worked LESSONS FROM CRAZY, CREATIVE FUNDRAISING IDEAS THAT WORKED

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Jun 20, 2019

I joined the nonprofit community at the 2019 Classy Collaborative! This conference was a great opportunity to learn from experts, and connect with some awesome organizations face-to-face. Looking for a conference to attend next year? Early bird tickets are on sale now! Keep scrolling to hear what I ...

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Lead Change in Your Nonprofit LEAD CHANGE IN YOUR NONPROFIT

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Jun 20, 2019

The only constant is change. That’s a cliché for a reason. It’s true. We have access to more information, more quickly than at any other time in history. And that’s just one seismic change that’s occurred over my relatively brief 20-year career. Donors have different e...

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Sustaining Gifts: The Benefits for You and Your Favorite Charity SUSTAINING GIFTS: THE BENEFITS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAVORITE CHARITY

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Jun 20, 2019

If you’re a public radio listener, you've likely been asked to support your local station on a recurring basis. And, you’ve probably received an email (or two) from your favorite charity asking you to deepen your commitment by turning your annual gift into a monthly one. This concept...

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7 Ways to Explain the Importance of a Nonprofit CRM 7 WAYS TO EXPLAIN THE IMPORTANCE OF A NONPROFIT CRM

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Jun 19, 2019

A sophisticated nonprofit CRM can be pricey. Especially if you’re looking for a tool to optimize your organization, you should be prepared to make an investment. People understand this, but when the time comes to choose, there are usually two reactions from decision-makers. The first group say...

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8 Nonprofit Podcasts You Need on Your Radar 8 NONPROFIT PODCASTS YOU NEED ON YOUR RADAR

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Jun 19, 2019

Podcast can be an invaluable tool for your nonprofit as you work to scale your impact, grow your community of supporters, or apply new fundraising tactics to your strategy. The issue is that there are so many different nonprofit podcasts, it can be difficult to know where to begin or know what&rsquo...

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How to Increase Volunteer Engagement Using Financials HOW TO INCREASE VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT USING FINANCIALS

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Jun 19, 2019

Even if you’re not the one in your household who pays the electric bill, checks your bank statements, or transfers the money into savings, you are still invested in the financial health of your family. How money is spent affects you and you’re therefore conscious of the financial impact ...

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How to Identify, Grow, and Retain Your Most Loyal Donor Base HOW TO IDENTIFY, GROW, AND RETAIN YOUR MOST LOYAL DONOR BASE

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Jun 19, 2019

Your most loyal donors are your multichannel donors. Multichannel donors support you in every way possible. They follow you on social media, donate to your cause, rally their Facebook friends, and participate in your events. You should want all of your donors to interact with your organization the w...

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10 Nonprofit Social Media Posts to Add to Your Editorial Calendar 10 NONPROFIT SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS TO ADD TO YOUR EDITORIAL CALENDAR

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Jun 19, 2019

Who here isn’t guilty of forgetting about social media? Scrolling through your feed, you realize with just a hint of shame that it’s been over a month since you posted anything on any of your channels. Nonprofit social media posts often slip through the cracks when things get busy, but i...

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GOALS FOR INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS AT NONPROFITS GOALS FOR INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS AT NONPROFITS

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Jun 18, 2019

What are your internal communications goals? Not sure? It’s time to figure it out and create some, just like you create goals for external communications. Nearly 40% of nonprofit communications staff say that internal communications to other staff and the board are an essential or high priorit...

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Excellence in Fundraising Requires Proper Nonprofit Strategy EXCELLENCE IN FUNDRAISING REQUIRES PROPER NONPROFIT STRATEGY

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Jun 18, 2019

Nonprofit strategy is a plan of action designed to achieve a goal. Strategy is essential for fundraising success. No… proper strategy is imperative for you to fulfill your fundraising potential. “Hope is not a strategy,” said legendary football coach Vince Lombardi. Too many peopl...

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Creating a Donor Stewardship Plan: 3 Best Practices CREATING A DONOR STEWARDSHIP PLAN: 3 BEST PRACTICES

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Jun 17, 2019

A common fundraising mistake made by many nonprofits is to put so much emphasis on acquiring new donors that they forget to pay attention to the donors they already have. Do not allow donor stewardship the process by which an organization builds strong, healthy relationships with existing donors lon...

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Your Burning Questions about Nonprofit SWOT Analyses Answered YOUR BURNING QUESTIONS ABOUT NONPROFIT SWOT ANALYSES ANSWERED

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Jun 17, 2019

You’ve got questions about nonprofit SWOT analyses; we’ve got answers! Specifically, these are questions we didn’t have time to answer in a webinar I recently presented for Bloomerang: SWOT’s Up? How to Do a Strategic Self-Audit of Nonprofit Strengths & Weaknesses.

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Check Your Monthly Donor Journey CHECK YOUR MONTHLY DONOR JOURNEY

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Jun 17, 2019

I just attended Fundraising Day in New York, attended by almost 2,000 people. One of my favorite sessions was about sustainers, of course! It was led by great moderator Paul Habig from Sanky; and two experienced monthly donor fundraisers, Luke Franklin from the ASPCA with 400,000 (!) and Emily Steve...

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How to get the most out of networking at Fundraising Convention and elsewhere HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF NETWORKING AT FUNDRAISING CONVENTION AND ELSEWHERE

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Jun 16, 2019

If we’re honest, a lot of our success in life has come because of who we know. I got my first job in fundraising in part because I had a friend who worked at that charity. Wealthy people have agreed to meet with me because one of our supporters made an introduction. I’ve run successful a...

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How to Approach Fundraising in More Than One Language HOW TO APPROACH FUNDRAISING IN MORE THAN ONE LANGUAGE

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Jun 14, 2019

Between 2010 and 2015, the demand for bilingual workers more than doubled, according to a report from New American Economy. The researchers looked at 40,000 jobs boards, analyzing postings daily. In 2010, there were about 240,000 job postings requesting bilingual workers; by 2015, that number had ri...

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7 Ways to Prevent Passion Exploitation At Your Nonprofit 7 WAYS TO PREVENT PASSION EXPLOITATION AT YOUR NONPROFIT

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Jun 14, 2019

I was talking with a new friend recently, who had stopped working at nonprofits years ago. When I asked her why, she said, when she and her friends worked at nonprofits, they would all say that they were “dragged through the street” by them. I asked what that meant. She said: “That...

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The Nonprofit Overhead Controversy: What to Consider THE NONPROFIT OVERHEAD CONTROVERSY: WHAT TO CONSIDER

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Jun 13, 2019

Overhead costs are controversial. Every nonprofit has them, and they are essential to carrying out any mission. Rent, payroll, technology, admin support—no organization can conduct business without investing in these basic needs every month. Yet every nonprofit is challenged to address signifi...

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4 Strategies for Nonprofits to Attract Donors 4 STRATEGIES FOR NONPROFITS TO ATTRACT DONORS

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Jun 13, 2019

There is no daily grind quite like that of nonprofit fundraising. While working at a nonprofit is intrinsically rewarding in countless ways, most industry veterans can recount horror stories of months where their nonprofit was barely hanging on and that next grant or big donation meant the differenc...

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How your nonprofit can host a giving day HOW YOUR NONPROFIT CAN HOST A GIVING DAY

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Jun 12, 2019

Giving days have grown out of local communities coming together to crowdfund on a particular day. These 24-hour events work because they bring large communities together for a single purpose, for a short period of time and sometimes, there’s even a level of friendly competition involved. ...

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Lessons From Philanthropic Psychology: How To Thank Your Donors and Double Giving LESSONS FROM PHILANTHROPIC PSYCHOLOGY: HOW TO THANK YOUR DONORS AND DOUBLE GIVING

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Jun 12, 2019

I’ve been preaching for 25 years about the importance of service quality in building donor loyalty. No, not the quality of service that your charity provides to its beneficiaries, but the quality of service that the fundraising team provides to its donors. Increasing donor satisfaction with th...

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What is a Giving Circle? WHAT IS A GIVING CIRCLE?

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Jun 11, 2019

What does the Zawadi Circle in New Orleans have in common with the XX Fund in Los Angeles? They’re both giving circles. A giving circle is a community comprised of people who want to pool their charitable donations and make decisions about its distribution together. The Zawadi circle is m...

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Are Your Program Categories Making it Hard for Your Donors to Give to You? ARE YOUR PROGRAM CATEGORIES MAKING IT HARD FOR YOUR DONORS TO GIVE TO YOU?

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Jun 11, 2019

Have you ever been blown away by an off-the-wall question from a donor or board member? You know, the one that makes you wonder if they even know what your organization does? I hear this often. On the flip-side, one of my favorite things about my business is that I get to regularly meet with leaders...

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4 Tips to Engage Donors on Instagram Like a Pro 4 TIPS TO ENGAGE DONORS ON INSTAGRAM LIKE A PRO

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Jun 11, 2019

Are you engaging donors on Instagram? If not, it’s time to start. With one billion active monthly users, Instagram offers a low cost, highly effective way for nonprofits to expand their reach, engage supporters, and raise money. In truth, if you aren’t strategically using Instagram ...

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The Essential Guide to Modernizing Your Fundraising THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO MODERNIZING YOUR FUNDRAISING

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Jun 11, 2019

If you've been feeling stuck with fundraising strategies that don't quite seem to cut it anymore, you're not alone. Just as our technologies require periodic updates, so, too, do our broader fundraising strategies. Nonprofit organizations of all sizes generally run a tight ship. Ins...

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3 Marketing Tips for Your Next Peer-to-Peer Fundraiser 3 MARKETING TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT PEER-TO-PEER FUNDRAISER

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Jun 11, 2019

Marketing peer-to-peer fundraisers is so important! But your marketing projects can easily be overshadowed by all the other tasks that go into planning and running a peer-to-peer event. If you want a quick refresh on how peer-to-peer works, this article will help you! Once you’ve got a solid g...

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Summer Fundraising Event Ideas to Heat Up Your Fundraising SUMMER FUNDRAISING EVENT IDEAS TO HEAT UP YOUR FUNDRAISING

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Jun 10, 2019

Summer is often a slow time for fundraisers. Donations just don’t seem to come in as frequently. This could be because of people taking vacations or increased childcare costs. In Florida, the end of spring marks an exodus of seasonal residents (affectionately called snowbirds). How can nonprof...

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How to Improve Nonprofit Fundraising Copy: Branding HOW TO IMPROVE NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING COPY: BRANDING

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Jun 10, 2019

Think about the most popular and well-known charities. What comes to mind? I’ll bet you’re able to envision who they are, why they do what they do, and what they do in an instant. For example, Charity: water. The ASPCA. The ACLU.  Red Cross. The local public television station....

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Employee Retention During Low Nonprofit Unemployment—A Mandatory Focus EMPLOYEE RETENTION DURING LOW NONPROFIT UNEMPLOYMENT—A MANDATORY FOCUS

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Jun 07, 2019

Most individuals would be happy to experience a sound economy. Hopefully that sign is a positive one for the nonprofit sector. It is important that everything is in sync, so individuals feel good about giving their time, talent and treasure to organizations of their choice. The challenge of a sound ...

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Creative Summer Fundraising in a Tourist Community CREATIVE SUMMER FUNDRAISING IN A TOURIST COMMUNITY

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Jun 06, 2019

With summer coming up, many beach towns and tourist destinations are experiencing an increase in sidewalk traffic, a decrease in inclement weather, and a persisting need of funds for local nonprofits. While your favorite vacation destination might be plentiful in coastline or booming with developed ...

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MAKING THE EDITING PROCESS SMOOTHER AT YOUR NONPROFIT MAKING THE EDITING PROCESS SMOOTHER AT YOUR NONPROFIT

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Jun 06, 2019

If the process of getting copy edited and approved is a bit of a nightmare at your nonprofit or it’s just not as simple and efficient as it should be, you aren’t alone! During today’s webinar on the seven styles of nonprofit writing, I talked about coaching others on writing and wo...

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3 Reasons to Diversify Your Nonprofit Board 3 REASONS TO DIVERSIFY YOUR NONPROFIT BOARD

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Jun 06, 2019

Diversity is more than just a buzz word or a politically correct action. And it’s about more than just appearances. Having a diverse board is essential for nonprofits. It provides a variety of perspectives, experiences, and networks; all of which make you stronger and more effective. Particula...

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Get a “GRPI” to Improve Your Nonprofit Team GET A “GRPI” TO IMPROVE YOUR NONPROFIT TEAM

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Jun 05, 2019

We’ve all been told at one point or another to “get a grip.” Well, an important tool to have in your nonprofit toolbox is a GRPI. In fact, you should have a bunch of GRPIs in there. GRPI is an acronym for “Goals, Roles, Processes and Interpersonal relationships” from or...

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5 Donor Retention Tips for Nonprofits 5 DONOR RETENTION TIPS FOR NONPROFITS

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Jun 05, 2019

Those of us in the trenches know that growing your nonprofit is like getting an elephant off the ground with a balloon. The smaller you are, the harder it is to stretch that donor dollar to its maximum percentage. According to a 2018 study from The Growth in Giving Initiative, the Fundraising Effect...

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4 Ways to Monitor Nonprofit Overhead and Help Your Organization Prosper 4 WAYS TO MONITOR NONPROFIT OVERHEAD AND HELP YOUR ORGANIZATION PROSPER

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Jun 04, 2019

According to a joint report from the Muttart Foundation and Imagine Canada, 73% of survey respondents said charities spend too much money on salaries and overhead. Considering the direct connection between donor attitudes and the resources afforded to nonprofits, it's a sobering statistic. ...

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How to Understand Your Donors HOW TO UNDERSTAND YOUR DONORS

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Jun 04, 2019

Ever wonder what your donors are thinking? Sometimes, we slip into a mindset of “them and us.” Where we’re the insiders who work and donors are the outsiders who give. And while both are important, they must be different, right? Maybe not so much. And your fundraising suc...

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Crowdfunding for Nonprofits Campaign Essentials CROWDFUNDING FOR NONPROFITS CAMPAIGN ESSENTIALS

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Jun 03, 2019

Sometimes it takes a village, sometimes it takes a crowd. One thing is certain, it doesn't just take one or two individuals when i comes to crowdfunding for nonprofits. At YouHelp we emphasize the importance of campaign organizers' efforts. You must do the work for your campaign to be potent...

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How one nonprofit is fighting hunger, food waste, and poverty with kitchen apprenticeships HOW ONE NONPROFIT IS FIGHTING HUNGER, FOOD WASTE, AND POVERTY WITH KITCHEN APPRENTICESHIPS

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Jun 03, 2019

Each year, Food Shift collects 120,000 pounds of food that would have otherwise been thrown away. With that bounty, the nonprofit feeds 12,000 people and trains 16 low-income individuals to prepare and cook healthy meals using whatever food is available. The Alameda, California-based nonprofit is ta...

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Donor-Centered Nonprofit Annual Reports DONOR-CENTERED NONPROFIT ANNUAL REPORTS

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Jun 03, 2019

It’s long been a time-honored custom to publish nonprofit annual reports, showcasing your organization’s mission, programs, accomplishments and financials, for supporters and the general public. Yet it’s a resource-intensive endeavor that bears examination if you want to maximize y...

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Nonprofit Partners Of Parks Benefits Long Beach Parks NONPROFIT PARTNERS OF PARKS BENEFITS LONG BEACH PARKS

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Jun 01, 2019

The city of Long Beach has miles of coastline and more than 170 parks … a plethora of places for children and families to get outside and enjoy nature. But caring for this vast expanse of property, and its structures, is expensive. In the midst of government budget cuts in 1985, a few concern...

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SAINT PAUL-BASED NONPROFIT ENGAGES HMONG YOUTH THROUGH ART AND ACTIVISM SAINT PAUL-BASED NONPROFIT ENGAGES HMONG YOUTH THROUGH ART AND ACTIVISM

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May 31, 2019

Saint Paul, Minnesota is home to almost 30,000 Hmong Americans, making the city the center of the largest concentrated Hmong community in the nation. Based in St. Paul, the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) serves the local Hmong community through arts and enrichment classes, activities and co...

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The future for charities can’t be guaranteed if today’s challenges are not met THE FUTURE FOR CHARITIES CAN’T BE GUARANTEED IF TODAY’S CHALLENGES ARE NOT MET

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May 30, 2019

I am delighted to be here with you, and to be following in the footsteps of so many diverse and eminent previous speakers on this platform – scientists, philanthropists, authors, and several of my fellow peers. The theme for this forum, this series of events – Charity2020 – invites...

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The Future of Fundraising THE FUTURE OF FUNDRAISING

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May 30, 2019

As a small business owner fundraising can be a daunting prospect but digital technology is changing this. You can now raise the funds you need to develop and expand your business in a way which you’ll find more user-friendly and which puts you in control of the process. Let’s start by lo...

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Avenged Sevenfold Selling Gear For Charity AVENGED SEVENFOLD SELLING GEAR FOR CHARITY

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May 30, 2019

In a true act of kindness, Avenged Sevenfold are selling off some of their equipment to raise money for the Notes for Notes organization, a non-profit that builds, equips and staffs after-school recording studios inside Boys & Girls Clubs. Reverb has just launched the band’s official Rever...

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Blockchain Technology: What Is It and How Is It Relevant for Nonprofits? BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY: WHAT IS IT AND HOW IS IT RELEVANT FOR NONPROFITS?

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May 30, 2019

We’ve all heard about blockchain, or at least its most famous application – bitcoin. But what exactly is blockchain it and how is it relevant for nonprofits? At its core blockchain is a database technology. What makes blockchain unique as a database, however, is its distributed nature. T...

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4 Ways to be a Better Fundraiser by Asking More Questions 4 WAYS TO BE A BETTER FUNDRAISER BY ASKING MORE QUESTIONS

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May 29, 2019

In our industry, we spend a lot of time telling. We do a great deal of storyTELLING. Heart-wrenching stories about the community we serve. We TELL about our mission. We TELL about our need for funds both why we need funds and how we plan to use them. As fundraisers, we could learn something from tho...

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Opportunity Zones: Can Philanthropy Provide Accountability When the Law Does Not? OPPORTUNITY ZONES: CAN PHILANTHROPY PROVIDE ACCOUNTABILITY WHEN THE LAW DOES NOT?

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May 29, 2019

As NPQ has noted, a dominant—albeit mistaken—US bipartisan belief is that government, rather than pay for goods and services itself, should “incentivize” the private sector to provide them. This often leads to bad outcomes, but because such an approach boosts profits and hide...

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Now is the time for philanthropists to come together to tackle the emergency of our time NOW IS THE TIME FOR PHILANTHROPISTS TO COME TOGETHER TO TACKLE THE EMERGENCY OF OUR TIME

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May 29, 2019

Every day, we’re faced with news that humanity faces an existential threat like no other, that the climate crisis and global biodiversity crash are combining to risk the ruination of all life on earth. And yet, while public and scientific opinion is overwhelmingly in support of action, a group...

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5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Donor Data 5 WAYS TO SPRING CLEAN YOUR DONOR DATA

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May 29, 2019

Whomever coined the phrase “spring cleaning” probably didn’t have donor data in mind. Even still, the age-old tradition of dusting off the cobwebs and freshening things up after a long winter can be helpful for nonprofit fundraisers. Check for duplicate contacts in your donor data ...

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How to Maximize Peer-to-Peer Fundraiser Retention and Raise More Money HOW TO MAXIMIZE PEER-TO-PEER FUNDRAISER RETENTION AND RAISE MORE MONEY

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May 29, 2019

In The State of Modern Philanthropy 2019, we found that return peer-to-peer fundraisers typically raise over twice as much as one-time peer-to-peer fundraisers. Not only that, they’re nearly three times more valuable than a one-time donor. Yet, only 14% of peer-to-peer fundraisers return to fu...

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What Might Reparations Look Like? Nonprofit Activists Outline One Path WHAT MIGHT REPARATIONS LOOK LIKE? NONPROFIT ACTIVISTS OUTLINE ONE PATH

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May 28, 2019

As NPQ’s Cyndi Suarez wrote last month, reparations is now on the agenda of the Democratic Party presidential primary. But except for Marianne Williamson—who has proposed distributing $200-500 billion over 20 years, with expenditures overseen by an “esteemed council of African Amer...

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3 Big Digital Marketing Mistakes Nonprofits Need To Avoid 3 BIG DIGITAL MARKETING MISTAKES NONPROFITS NEED TO AVOID

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May 27, 2019

Today, nonprofits can reach massive audiences with the help of digital marketing and powerful communications platforms behind them. That doesn’t mean promotion comes easy, though. Whether you’re hosting a fundraising campaign or simply advertising your nonprofit online, you cannot e...

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10 Reasons Fundraising Consultants Should Join APC 10 REASONS FUNDRAISING CONSULTANTS SHOULD JOIN APC

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May 25, 2019

Looking for a help desk for your consulting practice? Would you love to bid on that feasibility study, but there’s too much travel? Do you wish you had colleagues to talk with about a client or your consulting practice? If this sounds like you, it’s time to check out APC (Association for...

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Artificial Intelligence Will Make Your Nonprofit Smarter ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WILL MAKE YOUR NONPROFIT SMARTER

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May 24, 2019

As a recent blog in NonProfit PRO described, artificial intelligence (AI) is all the rage in the nonprofit world. Traditionally slow to embrace technologies employed in the for-profit world, nonprofits have actually been early adopters of AI. Unlike some technologies, which burst onto the scene but ...

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A New Perspective: 7 Ways High School Involvement Can Benefit Your Nonprofit A NEW PERSPECTIVE: 7 WAYS HIGH SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT CAN BENEFIT YOUR NONPROFIT

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May 24, 2019

With four years of high school under my belt and 2 weeks until I graduate, to date, I have completed at least 80 volunteer hours as a student. This means that whether it’s cooking for Rotary club, leading a Youth Ministry council, or helping an official referee shot put at our track team&rsquo...

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Why Defining Your Nonprofit Culture Will Be the Most Important Thing You Do This Year WHY DEFINING YOUR NONPROFIT CULTURE WILL BE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU DO THIS YEAR

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May 24, 2019

Company culture isn’t just for startups or corporations. It’s a vital and deep-seated part of each nonprofit’s DNA. No matter its mission or size, it’s important for every nonprofit to have a set of core values, beliefs, and perspectives. In this post, we’ll delve into ...

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3 Capacity-Building Activities Your Nonprofit Needs 3 CAPACITY-BUILDING ACTIVITIES YOUR NONPROFIT NEEDS

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May 23, 2019

As the most critical process that ensures the long-term success of an organization, capacity building is not something nonprofits should ignore. Quite the opposite, actually; capacity building should be a priority for every nonprofit looking to grow. However, it can be challenging to determine where...

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Don’t Knock It Until You Try It—New Ways of Fundraising DON’T KNOCK IT UNTIL YOU TRY IT—NEW WAYS OF FUNDRAISING

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May 22, 2019

One cool thing about being a consultant, coach and trainer who works with nonprofits around the U.S. on fundraising and governance is that I have the opportunity to interact with and learn from people at all types of nonprofits who have varying levels of experience and expertise. It is a position I ...

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8 Key Indicators of a Strong Nonprofit Fundraising Campaign 8 KEY INDICATORS OF A STRONG NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

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May 22, 2019

What are the key indicators of a strong nonprofit fundraising campaign? In order to have a strong fundraising campaign of any sort, whether it be capital, endowment or even annual, you need several hallmarks of success in place before you launch it. What are the hallmarks of any fundraising campaign...

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How to Survive Nonprofit Founder’s Syndrome HOW TO SURVIVE NONPROFIT FOUNDER’S SYNDROME

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May 21, 2019

Nonprofit Founder’s Syndrome is a common treatable disease. Frequently carried as a recessive gene by passionate, dedicated, dynamic and visionary entrepreneurial leaders. Commonly found paired with groundbreaking new ideas to solve social problems. Often associated with new fledgling organiza...

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3 Characteristics and Benefits of Cloud Computing for Your Nonprofit 3 CHARACTERISTICS AND BENEFITS OF CLOUD COMPUTING FOR YOUR NONPROFIT

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May 21, 2019

You may have heard that cloud computing can save your organization time and money. Here's how that works. Cloud computing can be a bit of a difficult concept to wrap your head around. For a comparison, let's look back to the early 1900s. When a family wanted to have electricity enter their h...

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Why Your Nonprofit Needs a Brand Book WHY YOUR NONPROFIT NEEDS A BRAND BOOK

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May 20, 2019

Pam Georgiana, MBA is the Vice President of Engagement for Lutheran Social Services in Ohio. She is a marketing strategy professional with more than 20 years of experience in experiential and relational marketing, communications, and branding. She is passionate about identifying trends, brainstormin...

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The Surprisingly Smartest, Donor-Centric Fundraising Strategy THE SURPRISINGLY SMARTEST, DONOR-CENTRIC FUNDRAISING STRATEGY

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May 20, 2019

When fundraisers get together to talk about donor-centric fundraising strategy they tend to focus a lot on giving gratitude and engaging in cultivation. Rightfully so.  In fact, I run a fundraising training session for boards entitled “I Gave Because You Asked.” It’s so simple...

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3 Reasons Your Board Isn’t Fundraising and How to Turn Them Around 3 REASONS YOUR BOARD ISN’T FUNDRAISING AND HOW TO TURN THEM AROUND

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May 20, 2019

There isn’t a nonprofit board that doesn’t shy away from fundraising. Some board members are nervous about making an ask, while some simply disappear when you need them most. But you can turn them around and increase your board’s comfort level with fundraising. They think that...

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How Do You Acquire Major Donors HOW DO YOU ACQUIRE MAJOR DONORS

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May 20, 2019

Seventeen years ago, I was working at one of the top direct marketing fundraising agencies in the country. We just landed a brand-new client, and I was in charge of leading the team to work on their account. If I told you which nonprofit this was, you would recognize it immediately, because its reve...

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What Is the Fundraising Cycle WHAT IS THE FUNDRAISING CYCLE

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May 17, 2019

I recently attended a golf meeting at the Brickyard Golf Course in Indianapolis, Ind. This golf course is next to the Indianapolis 500 race track. As I left my car to walk into the golf course building, I could hear, very loudly, the sound of race cars practicing on the race track. The Brickyard nam...

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13 Motivational Quotes by Nonprofit Leaders 13 MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES BY NONPROFIT LEADERS

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May 17, 2019

As a nonprofit professional, tackling huge challenges is a part of your daily grind. You are fortunate enough to have higher-than-average levels of motivation, but even the most seasoned changemakers have moments where they need a little boost. In those moments, a short quote from someone we respect...

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5 Tips for Creating Nonprofit Chapters and Affiliates 5 TIPS FOR CREATING NONPROFIT CHAPTERS AND AFFILIATES

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May 16, 2019

You had a dream to start a nonprofit organization for a cause you're passionate about. Creating a local office and overseeing the day-to-day running of your 501(c)(3) is a bit different than expanding and creating additional nonprofit chapters and affiliates. Making your program available to a b...

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4 Fundraising Roles Every Board Must Fill 4 FUNDRAISING ROLES EVERY BOARD MUST FILL

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May 16, 2019

It’s not enough for your board members to simply make their own donation and call it a day. They have a fiduciary responsibility to your nonprofit. Whether they like it or not, fundraising is part of the deal when they agree to join your board. They don’t get the status without the effor...

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4 Must-Have Tech Resources for Nonprofits 4 MUST-HAVE TECH RESOURCES FOR NONPROFITS

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May 16, 2019

Better together that is what makes philanthropy work. This rallying cry rings true across our industry, wherein collaboration and the collective mindset can help us to overcome the challenges that arise in your daily work. This can take the form of capacity issues, scale and sustainability, knowledg...

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The Power of a Fundraising Coach THE POWER OF A FUNDRAISING COACH

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May 15, 2019

If there’s one rule in fundraising that takes years of real experience to be convinced that it’s critical, it’s the need for a fundraising coach. Notice I didn't write consultant. And not because I don't think consultants aren’t important, but because if a consul...

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Playing the Long Game in Fundraising Because Year-End Fundraising Success Doesn’t Just Magically Happen PLAYING THE LONG GAME IN FUNDRAISING BECAUSE YEAR-END FUNDRAISING SUCCESS DOESN’T JUST MAGICALLY HAPPEN

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May 14, 2019

Right now, year-end fundraising season probably seems far away. Far away enough that you’ve got other tasks to prioritize. You’ll get around to planning your year-end campaign in the Fall when it’s a higher priority. But here’s the thing if you want to have a successful campa...

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The 3 Types of Nonprofit Dashboards — and How to Build Each One THE 3 TYPES OF NONPROFIT DASHBOARDS — AND HOW TO BUILD EACH ONE

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May 14, 2019

So much data is available to your nonprofit through your CRM, Google Analytics, social media analytics, email analytics, and beyond. When you make a dashboard, the goal should be to deliver the right data from the right time frame to the right people so that a business decision can be made. Here are...

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Love Letter to Nonprofits LOVE LETTER TO NONPROFITS

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May 14, 2019

I love nonprofits. I must. Why else would I voluntarily spend most of my career working 12-14 hour days for less money than the for-profit sector pays? And vacations or retirement? Those are for other people. Because working for a nonprofit isn’t a traditional job. It’s a vocation. A cal...

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Why You Should Focus More on Meeting Donor Retention Goals WHY YOU SHOULD FOCUS MORE ON MEETING DONOR RETENTION GOALS

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May 14, 2019

At the core of many nonprofits’ fundraising strategy is the goal of acquiring new donors. Why? Because it looks glamorous. It feels good to share in your annual report that you’ve spread the word about your cause to X number of new people and have driven them to donate. However...

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25 of the Best Fundraising Ideas for Growth 25 OF THE BEST FUNDRAISING IDEAS FOR GROWTH

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May 13, 2019

Historically, the path to nonprofit growth has been ill-defined. In fact, according to Tracy Palandjian of Social Finance, “of the 200,000 or so nonprofits that were created between 1975 and 2008, only 200 that’s 0.1 percent of these nonprofits have reached 50 million in annual revenues....

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Do You Know Your Biggest Nonprofit Marketing/Fundraising Problem DO YOU KNOW YOUR BIGGEST NONPROFIT MARKETING/FUNDRAISING PROBLEM

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May 13, 2019

What’s on your integrated development plan for the coming year? What you choose will depend on thinking about your goals, determining your objectives and laying out the strategies that will help you get what you need. For many nonprofits, especially those operating on a fiscal year, this ...

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Don’t Write the Older Donors Off DON’T WRITE THE OLDER DONORS OFF

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May 13, 2019

There is something about social media and online communications that twists many people’s heads around to conclude that the up-and-coming Millennial cohort is where the money is. Couple this conclusion with a “direct mail is dead” view, and you have a deadly combination of insider ...

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7 Tips for Navigating Nonprofit Accounting Compliance 7 TIPS FOR NAVIGATING NONPROFIT ACCOUNTING COMPLIANCE

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May 13, 2019

Tax-exempt organizations have seen significant changes to financial accounting and reporting standards in recent years. Implementing new standards can be challenging, but the cost of noncompliance can be devastating: a tarnished reputation, loss of funding, or even revocation of exempt status. ...

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A Guide to Matching Donations A GUIDE TO MATCHING DONATIONS

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May 12, 2019

Employee and company gift matching are popular programs that can have your nonprofit seeing a significant increase in donation intake! These programs make the original donation go twice as far, without you even having to reach out to the second donor. You should encourage your donors to look in...

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6 Ways to Simplify Your Corporate Fundraising 6 WAYS TO SIMPLIFY YOUR CORPORATE FUNDRAISING

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May 10, 2019

Corporate matching programs are a win-win-win for donors, nonprofits, and companies. However, the reality of administering these programs and the process to recover the funds can be cumbersome and time consuming.  What’s more, there’s an estimated $10 billion in matching revenue lef...

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Navigating the Nonprofit Tech Space NAVIGATING THE NONPROFIT TECH SPACE

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May 09, 2019

The title of this post is going to lead many people into thinking that what follows will be technical and geek-oriented. Nothing could be further from the truth! Why? Because virtually all technology in the nonprofit world has moved away from the static, only updated annually (or at best semi-annual...

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Boost Your Fundraising by Centering Your Audience in Your Content and Engagement Strategy BOOST YOUR FUNDRAISING BY CENTERING YOUR AUDIENCE IN YOUR CONTENT AND ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY

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May 09, 2019

At the center of every major advertising campaign you’ve seen or have been impacted by over the last half-century has been audience archetypes or personas. An audience archetype strategy is ubiquitous across the business marketing and tech worlds, but almost nonexistent in nonprofit messaging ...

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Fundraising Drives: The Power of a Name FUNDRAISING DRIVES: THE POWER OF A NAME

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May 08, 2019

Fundraising drives with sizzling names raise more money. It’s a statistical fact. The name of your campaign, annual drive or new program should be dynamic and memorable, and convey your values to donors and funders, and the passionate impact you seek. As you think of and vet names, ask yo...

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How to raise your average online donation size HOW TO RAISE YOUR AVERAGE ONLINE DONATION SIZE

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May 08, 2019

Online donation pages make it easy for donors to contribute to your cause and with so many nonprofits taking advantage of this way to solicit funds, how can you earn an edge? A focus on telling your organization’s story through customized content and donation pages/forms is a start. Using onli...

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What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know About Instagram WHAT YOUR NONPROFIT NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT INSTAGRAM'S NEW DONATION STICKERS

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May 07, 2019

Recently, some big news was announced at the recent Facebook Developer Conference: You can now raise funds for your organization on Instagram Stories using the Instagram donation sticker. Using the sticker is easy it's located in the same place as other stickers such as "location"...

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CONVERSION COPYWRITING TIPS FOR NONPROFITS CONVERSION COPYWRITING TIPS FOR NONPROFITS

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May 07, 2019

When you want someone to do something, you have to ask. And how you ask matters. Whether it’s clicking on a button or link to donate, volunteer, register or do anything else, when someone takes that action online, we call it a conversion. Conversion copywriting is one of the seven writing styl...

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Alert: Segment Your Monthly Donors, and Do It Right ALERT: SEGMENT YOUR MONTHLY DONORS, AND DO IT RIGHT

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May 06, 2019

As I’m working on my presentation for the Bridge Conference on “Flip or Flop,” what has worked and what hasn’t worked in monthly giving, I came across a few examples of what not to do. I’m not going to name names, but let me just say that all three examples come fr...

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4 Ways Nonprofits Can Attract the Next Generation of Volunteers 4 WAYS NONPROFITS CAN ATTRACT THE NEXT GENERATION OF VOLUNTEERS

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May 02, 2019

Large or small, nonprofits are always seeking more helping hands. As the next wave of volunteers comes of age, organizations need to ensure that they are visible to today’s audiences and equipped to attract new members. With communication and engagement now largely facilitated digitally, an ef...

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Conducting an Effective Nonprofit Feasibility Study: 5 Top Strategies CONDUCTING AN EFFECTIVE NONPROFIT FEASIBILITY STUDY: 5 TOP STRATEGIES

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May 02, 2019

Planning is an important aspect of any nonprofit staff member’s daily workflow. Without an effective plan in place, as Benjamin Franklin stated frankly, you’re preparing for failure. As you start considering larger campaigns and projects, planning for success becomes increasingly mo...

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12 Steps to Better Donor Stewardship 12 STEPS TO BETTER DONOR STEWARDSHIP

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May 01, 2019

So you want to steward your donors? Well, spring is the perfect time to do it. The weather’s getting nicer and so are people’s moods. Giving makes people happy and happy people give more. Since a primary goal of stewardship is to create lifelong donors and generate more funding thro...

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Storytelling for Fundraisers: How to Tell Compelling Stories that Make Donors Want to Give STORYTELLING FOR FUNDRAISERS: HOW TO TELL COMPELLING STORIES THAT MAKE DONORS WANT TO GIVE

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Apr 30, 2019

If you follow Qgiv on social media, you may have noticed we recently shared a video telling the story of one of our customers, VISTE. This video does a great job of putting a face to those helped by this organization. Beneficiaries and volunteers tell you how this organization helps Lakeland’s...

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Spring Cleaning with Donor Management SPRING CLEANING WITH DONOR MANAGEMENT

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Apr 29, 2019

Spring cleaning is in full swing. Whether you’re a fan of Marie Kondo’s approach to tidying and organizing or swear by your own method, one thing’s for sure getting your donor data in order is a priority for any fundraiser. How Donor Management Systems Improve Fundraising.&nbs...

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Using Multichannel Digital Fundraising USING MULTICHANNEL DIGITAL FUNDRAISING 'SHOESTRING' STRATEGIES FOR ACQUISITION

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Apr 29, 2019

In this day and age as development professionals, we need to keep our eye both on donor retention and acquisition. It is one thing to retain your current donors, but if you are not constantly acquiring new ones, your donor file will naturally attrition through donors changing addresses, passing on o...

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Major Gift Manipulation Never Works MAJOR GIFT MANIPULATION NEVER WORKS

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Apr 29, 2019

If you have attended a training program with a nationally recognized major-gift guru, you have likely learned many techniques and strategies on how to approach major donors. Much of this material is very good. But some of those trainings, just like many of the meetings Jeff and I sit in on, where ap...

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One Third of Nonprofits Do Not Ask for Monthly Gifts ONE THIRD OF NONPROFITS DO NOT ASK FOR MONTHLY GIFTS

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Apr 29, 2019

When I teach webinars aimed at growing monthly giving programs, I typically do some polls. One of the questions I have asked is, “How often do you ask your donors to give monthly?” The sad reality was that 35% said they never asked. My obvious response is, “How do you expect t...

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9 Ways to Engage and Motivate Your Board Members to Raise Money 9 WAYS TO ENGAGE AND MOTIVATE YOUR BOARD MEMBERS TO RAISE MONEY

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Apr 29, 2019

Recently I provided a webinar for Candid called How to Engage Board Members in Fundraising in 15 Minutes Per Month. There were a number of great questions at the end of the webinar. I promised the attendees I would respond in a blog post. This is that post, and I thought my regular readers would ben...

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Nonprofit Marketing Best Practices | Jump Start Your Mission NONPROFIT MARKETING BEST PRACTICES | JUMP START YOUR MISSION

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Apr 29, 2019

By incorporating some nonprofit marketing best practices into your day-to-day strategies, your organization can increase your visibility to the community, communicate your mission, and share opportunities to get involved. We've broken down the top nonprofit marketing best practices into 5 d...

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Introducing The Fundraising Standard – Proper Professional Fundraising Training For Every New Fundraiser in North America INTRODUCING THE FUNDRAISING STANDARD – PROPER PROFESSIONAL FUNDRAISING TRAINING FOR EVERY NEW FUNDRAISER IN NORTH AMERICA

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Apr 29, 2019

Over the last 37 years, I have witnessed thousands of small and medium-sized nonprofits struggle with growing or even sustaining support for absolutely wonderful missions due to lack of any true professional fundraising training. Even worse, the tidbits of knowledge they picked up were often wi...

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10 Tips to Improve Your Donor Newsletter 10 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR DONOR NEWSLETTER

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Apr 26, 2019

Engaging with your donors is critical to your fundraising efforts, and your donor newsletter is a key tool in your arsenal to take you on the path to success. We're using an expansive definition of the donor newsletter to include print, email, and video newsletters. We're also considering ne...

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5 Ways to Engage Modern Donors 5 WAYS TO ENGAGE MODERN DONORS

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Apr 26, 2019

Much has been written about how to approach Millennials. As the first “digital native” generation that is, they grew up with technology are the rules of communication really that different? If you answered yes, you’d be right. And wrong. From Matures to Millennials, the d...

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To Take Notes in Meetings with Donors or Not …That Is the Question TO TAKE NOTES IN MEETINGS WITH DONORS OR NOT …THAT IS THE QUESTION

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Apr 26, 2019

In almost every case I think it’s totally fine to take notes. I have taken notes for 35 years, in more than 3,000 meetings with donors. Not in every meeting, but in the vast majority. We tend to be cautious in fundraising. We know upsetting a donor can have grave repercussions, and we do almos...

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Monthly Giving Thank You Letter Templates Donors Will Love MONTHLY GIVING THANK YOU LETTER TEMPLATES DONORS WILL LOVE

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Apr 25, 2019

These monthly giving thank you letter templates will save your staff time in telling your monthly donors just how special they really are. The key to retaining them? Thank them. Thank them often. And take “thank you” a step further by showing your monthly donors the real and radical...

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Artificial Intelligence Tools Your Nonprofit Must Explore—Now ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TOOLS YOUR NONPROFIT MUST EXPLORE—NOW

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Apr 25, 2019

Aside from the work it does, an essential possession of a nonprofit is its donor database, which is the financial pipeline it requires to complete its mission. Recently, Adam Treiser, founder and CEO of Arjuna Solutions, and professor of decision sciences & analytics at Johns Hopkins University,...

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How Hitting Goals Can Damage Your Nonprofit’s Value HOW HITTING GOALS CAN DAMAGE YOUR NONPROFIT’S VALUE

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Apr 25, 2019

All these comments really mean the same thing. Each individual metric we track and try to improve upon is a KPI. And if we just try to improve KPIs, we will fail at accomplishing our missions because we are focused on the wrong things. Why is focusing on KPIs bad? The management theory espoused...

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5 Ways to Acknowledge Your Nonprofit 5 WAYS TO ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR NONPROFIT'S VOLUNTEERS

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Apr 25, 2019

Last week, we shared this statistic with you: Approximately 63 million Americans 25% of the adult population volunteer their time, talents, and energy to making a difference. The 2016 national value of volunteer time is $24.14 per hour. In other words, Americans contribute $193 billion of their time...

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The Ins and Outs of Remote Work for Nonprofits THE INS AND OUTS OF REMOTE WORK FOR NONPROFITS

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Apr 25, 2019

You never thought remote work would be the new norm for today’s workforce. But in the last ten years, telecommuting has grown by 140 percent. Nonprofits have joined the trend. The number of nonprofit employees working remotely has increased by 20 percent in the last six years. And it&rsqu...

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Replacing an Iconic Nonprofit Leader REPLACING AN ICONIC NONPROFIT LEADER

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Apr 25, 2019

A not-for-profit organization is blessed when its executive director or CEO stays for a lengthy tenure. A leader who stays for 10, 15, or even 20 years usually means stability, respect, and success around the mission. If wildly successful or even the founder of the organization, the individual may b...

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What charities can learn from the staggering philanthropic response to Notre Dame WHAT CHARITIES CAN LEARN FROM THE STAGGERING PHILANTHROPIC RESPONSE TO NOTRE DAME

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Apr 25, 2019

Following the devastating fire at France’s beloved Notre Dame, the cathedral raised a staggering $1 billion in just 72 hours to fund its restoration. And as the embers still smoulder, the debate of the scale of international giving rages on. Alongside these personal and corporate donation...

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5 Things That Break My Fundraising Heart 5 THINGS THAT BREAK MY FUNDRAISING HEART

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Apr 25, 2019

Fundraising is the perfect job for hopeless romantics because being genuinely thoughtful and compassionate with your donors makes you a remarkably better fundraiser. Many of the charities I give to do an incredible job of making me feel appreciated. I reward them by making another gift and if I real...

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Celebrating National Volunteer Month with 100 Ways to Say Thanks CELEBRATING NATIONAL VOLUNTEER MONTH WITH 100 WAYS TO SAY THANKS

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Apr 25, 2019

April is National Volunteer Month, and for many nonprofits, this serves as a reminder to reach out and encourage people to volunteer, while also showing appreciation and working to inspire local communities. Showing heart-felt appreciation is an effective and easy way to establish loyal volunteers a...

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Bitcoin for Nonprofits: Cryptocurrency Fundraising for the Future BITCOIN FOR NONPROFITS: CRYPTOCURRENCY FUNDRAISING FOR THE FUTURE

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Apr 25, 2019

Let’s start with the basics. Bitcoin was launched on January 3, 2008, in the midst of the financial crisis and bank bailouts. Why does that matter? Bitcoin is a digital cash with no middle-men, no central authority, and truly peer-to-peer in a way that couldn’t be censored or controlled....

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14 Ways You and Your Nonprofit Team Are Avengers 14 WAYS YOU AND YOUR NONPROFIT TEAM ARE AVENGERS

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Apr 24, 2019

As a nonprofit professional, you work tirelessly to improve the lives of others and dedicate your time for the betterment of our world. And while you might not fight evil aliens in a futuristic suit of armor, or shoot lightning out of a giant hammer, you make just as big of an impact as everyone&rsq...

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6 Tips to Get Your Monthly Giving Program Off the Ground 6 TIPS TO GET YOUR MONTHLY GIVING PROGRAM OFF THE GROUND

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Apr 24, 2019

In a previous post, we discussed why every nonprofit should prioritize monthly giving and how to develop a program that works. While major, annual gifts from large fundraising events and year end appeals are critical, recurring gifts provide predictable, stable income to your nonprofit. It allows yo...

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Nonprofit Marketing Tips from 70 Industry Leaders NONPROFIT MARKETING TIPS FROM 70 INDUSTRY LEADERS

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Apr 24, 2019

I can hear the shouts already: “Isn’t message just one component of effective marketing?” Yes, it is. And visual identity is another key ingredient. Diligence to Stay Updated in All Media Platforms Is Critical to Each Part of Your Program. Understand where your donors, volunteers, ...

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Improve Your Board’s Experience By Investing in Onboarding IMPROVE YOUR BOARD’S EXPERIENCE BY INVESTING IN ONBOARDING

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Apr 24, 2019

Last month as I was preparing for a board retreat, it became clear that the board’s role, specifically related to how they could be effective community ambassadors, was unclear to most of the members. On the pre-survey, this was highlighted as something they wanted to work on and in further di...

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The 5 Stages of Donor Stewardship THE 5 STAGES OF DONOR STEWARDSHIP

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Apr 24, 2019

You’ve successfully attracted donors to your cause. They’re passionate, eager, and willing to support you. But if you don’t steward them successfully, you’ll lose them. And then you’re simply spending all your precious fundraising time trying to get new donors to replac...

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The One Action Needed to be a Successful Fundraiser THE ONE ACTION NEEDED TO BE A SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISER

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Apr 24, 2019

Markita Andrews was thirteen when she was interviewed on NBC morning television. At the time, she was the all-time champion seller of Girl Scout cookies eleven thousand boxes in a year. Let me paraphrase what she said about her success. “Markita,” Bryant Gumbel asks, “how did you s...

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From FROM 'TRIBAL' KNOWLEDGE TO TECHNOLOGY: HOW DATA CAN SUPERCHARGE YOUR NONPROFIT

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Apr 24, 2019

Team members at nonprofit organizations often feel a special kinship. Everyone strives to deliver on the organization's mission and is passionate about the same thing having a positive impact on people's lives and within their communities. In effect, the nonprofit you work for is like a &quo...

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Your 990 Made Simple: 5 Tips for Nonprofit Tax Filing YOUR 990 MADE SIMPLE: 5 TIPS FOR NONPROFIT TAX FILING

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Apr 24, 2019

Filing taxes is no one’s favorite pastime, but it’s necessary for nonprofits to keep their tax-exempt status. When you started your 501(c)(3), you registered to be a tax-exempt organization. Maintaining that status will help your nonprofit save a lot of money in the years to come. That&r...

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Brand Archetypes: What They Are and How to Use Them BRAND ARCHETYPES: WHAT THEY ARE AND HOW TO USE THEM

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Apr 24, 2019

If your organization were a person, what would they be like? How would they look, speak and move? Would they be the life of the party, or more subdued? These questions might seem silly, but in nonprofit branding, they’re anything but. In fact, when we do stakeholder interviews for a brand stra...

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How Small Recurring Gifts Lead to the Ultimate Gift HOW SMALL RECURRING GIFTS LEAD TO THE ULTIMATE GIFT

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Apr 24, 2019

If you have some monthly donors now, congratulations. Please allow me to share some recent statistics with you on why these small recurring donors are so powerful: Average monthly gift between $24 and $36, that’s between $288 and $432 a year! Typical way monthly donors pay: 80% credi...

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Putting 6 Fundraising Fear Myths Into Perspective PUTTING 6 FUNDRAISING FEAR MYTHS INTO PERSPECTIVE

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Apr 23, 2019

Are successful fundraisers born or made? I heartily take issue with the contention that fundraising is only for a special few of us. Too many people who are virtually fearless in everything else they need to face in their personal and professional lives are terrified at the notion of askin...

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Seeing the World Through Your Donors’ Eyes SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH YOUR DONORS’ EYES

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Apr 23, 2019

In my last post, I wrote about the importance of staying donor-centered. Now let’s take it a step further. Try to think like your donors. Visualize one donor or a type of donor and imagine how they will respond to your communication. You may have a hard time with this if you don’t k...

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Three Ways To Extend Your Nonprofit THREE WAYS TO EXTEND YOUR NONPROFIT'S REACH IN TODAY'S DISTRACTION-FILLED WORLD

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Apr 23, 2019

Do you feel like the world you're fundraising in has fundamentally shifted? That the things that used to work aren’t delivering like they used to? That something about your supporters and their expectations have changed? It’s not just you. We’re living in a whole new world. A w...

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How Not to Ask for a Major Gift HOW NOT TO ASK FOR A MAJOR GIFT

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Apr 23, 2019

Twice in the past month I’ve been asked for a major gift. Pretty much out of the blue. Without much preparation, relationship-building or making of an inspiring case for support. It was clear to me what the charity would get out of it: my money. It was not so clear what I would ...

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Lessons Every New Grantmaker Should Know LESSONS EVERY NEW GRANTMAKER SHOULD KNOW

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Apr 23, 2019

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is celebrating our 10th anniversary of formal grantmaking this year. We’ve been thinking a lot lately about where we’ve been and where we’re going, so we were delighted with the timely invitation to participate in the Center for Effective Philanthropy&...

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5 Key Differentiators to Look for in Your Nonprofit CRM 5 KEY DIFFERENTIATORS TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR NONPROFIT CRM

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Apr 23, 2019

Nonprofits are doing important work every day that impacts lives and makes our world even better. But due to many common challenges to constantly reach new donors, retain existing donors, and increase operational efficiency the amount of effort to impact lives doesn’t always result in the high...

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Earth Day Community Engagement Tips for Environmental Nonprofits EARTH DAY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TIPS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL NONPROFITS

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Apr 23, 2019

Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970 and was recognized worldwide by 1990. The brainchild of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, the holiday encourages budding and veteran conservationists alike to reduce waste, conserve resources, plant trees, and clean up wildlife areas to create a bette...

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How to Master the ABCs of Fundraising HOW TO MASTER THE ABCS OF FUNDRAISING

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Apr 22, 2019

Pablo Picasso famously said one must “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” Mastering the fundamentals of any field provides the foundation of success and creativity. You have to know how something works in order to go further and try something new. But where...

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4 Ways to Maximize Revenue From Employee Matching Gifts 4 WAYS TO MAXIMIZE REVENUE FROM EMPLOYEE MATCHING GIFTS

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Apr 22, 2019

Companies of all sizes often choose to participate in employee matching gift programs. After employees of the participating companies donate to a nonprofit organization, they can request a match from their employer, which effectively doubles the initial donation. Matching gifts can, and should, be u...

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Nonprofit Gala Events Worth Everyone’s Money NONPROFIT GALA EVENTS WORTH EVERYONE’S MONEY

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Apr 22, 2019

Hopefully by now you know there’s no point in simply “doing” an event for the sake of the event itself. It’s a waste of precious time and resources unless everyone your organization, your staff, your volunteers and your donors feel they got their money’s worth. Of ...

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How to Leverage User-Generated Content to Promote a Non-profit HOW TO LEVERAGE USER-GENERATED CONTENT TO PROMOTE A NON-PROFIT

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Apr 21, 2019

As a non-profit, one of the most critical parts of your job is building a relationship with the donors, audience, and community. We’d say more so than any other type of business. In fact, your non-profit marketing strategy should revolve mainly around engaging with the community and build...

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4 Tips to Effectively Manage Your Organizational Expenses 4 TIPS TO EFFECTIVELY MANAGE YOUR ORGANIZATIONAL EXPENSES

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Apr 19, 2019

Over the past five years, I have personally spoken with hundreds of nonprofit chief executive officers, executive directors, and chief financial officers. While driving donations is an ever-present topic of our conversations, I find that top nonprofit organizations are also focused on managing their...

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7 Essential Tips for Growing Your Nonprofit Meetup 7 ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR GROWING YOUR NONPROFIT MEETUP

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Apr 19, 2019

You have an excellent idea for your nonprofit to help those in need. It’s a series of meetups to help your target audience in some way. You’ve worked endlessly on designing the schedule. You did your outreach. You’re all ready to go. But on the day of the event, ther...

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5 Ways Nonprofits Can Negotiate for More Funding 5 WAYS NONPROFITS CAN NEGOTIATE FOR MORE FUNDING

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Apr 19, 2019

Nonprofits face unique challenges that for-profit organizations don’t have to grapple with. First, nonprofits have to ask for money from people who don’t directly use their services. Instead of customers, nonprofits rely on donors. And many donors insist on spending less on administrativ...

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Trends in Sustainer Giving – Key Findings from the 2019 donorCentrics Sustainer Summit TRENDS IN SUSTAINER GIVING – KEY FINDINGS FROM THE 2019 DONORCENTRICS SUSTAINER SUMMIT

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Apr 19, 2019

We recently held the fifth annual Blackbaud Target Analytics donorCentrics Sustainer Summit, hosted by WGBH in Boston on March 23 and 24, 2019, the question on everyone’s mind was simple: following significant gains in donors in FY2017, were we able to retain these surge donors in FY2018? The ...

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One Thing Most Nonprofits Stink at (Donor Retention) and How You Can Change It in 2019 ONE THING MOST NONPROFITS STINK AT (DONOR RETENTION) AND HOW YOU CAN CHANGE IT IN 2019

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Apr 19, 2019

Donor acquisition is all the rage, but did you know nearly 3 out of 4 new donors leave and never come back. I’d stay that’s pretty stinky, wouldn’t you? Blackbaud’s latest Charitable Giving Report sheds light on the importance of donor retention in the nonprofit industry.&nbs...

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The Three Major Components of a Successful Annual Giving Campaign THE THREE MAJOR COMPONENTS OF A SUCCESSFUL ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN

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Apr 19, 2019

Americans are generous and enjoy the sense of being a part of a worthy cause achieved by charitable giving. In 2017, charitable giving in the U.S. surpassed $400 billion for the first time, a 5.2% increase over the previous year. Over the past six decades, individual donors continue to be the larges...

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Inclusive City—A Plan That Will Inspire Others to Make Positive Change INCLUSIVE CITY—A PLAN THAT WILL INSPIRE OTHERS TO MAKE POSITIVE CHANGE

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Apr 19, 2019

How many times have you tried to research foundations, corporations, organizations, associations and individuals only to find out that these entities are not accepting new proposals? In fact, they have not accepted new proposals for quite some time. These entities set the amount of funds they give t...

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Museum Fundraising: 10 Powerful Insights and Tips for the Modern Museum MUSEUM FUNDRAISING: 10 POWERFUL INSIGHTS AND TIPS FOR THE MODERN MUSEUM

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Apr 19, 2019

The fundraising environment and the donating habits shift all the time. This is why it’s necessary for museums, now more than ever, to take fundraising seriously, and dedicate appropriate resources and energy to the process. When it comes to museum fundraising, it’s best to start wi...

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10 ways your nonprofit should be using Twitter 10 WAYS YOUR NONPROFIT SHOULD BE USING TWITTER

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Apr 18, 2019

Twitter is a great platform for nonprofits to use as a way to engage in conversations with local communities, promote brand awareness and keep tabs on relevant issues and policies. However, it can be a challenge depending on resources, time and content creation. If you are struggling with ways your ...

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How to Win the Strategic Planning Battle HOW TO WIN THE STRATEGIC PLANNING BATTLE

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Apr 18, 2019

As part of philanthropic advising for a Bay-Area funder, I’ve gotten a front row seat into the strengths and challenges of almost 20 small- to medium-sized nonprofits. This post and the next few will share learning from this work. The other day my daughter and I were playing Connect Four....

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How Many Microsoft Products Can Nonprofits Request from TechSoup HOW MANY MICROSOFT PRODUCTS CAN NONPROFITS REQUEST FROM TECHSOUP

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Apr 18, 2019

Here is the short answer to the question of how many Microsoft products you can request: You can get 50 of each donated product in a two-year period with a couple of exceptions for servers and unlimited discounted products. This article goes into a lot more detail. But for now, let's answer...

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6 Fundraising Questions to Ask Yourself Today 6 FUNDRAISING QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF TODAY

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Apr 18, 2019

I recently had the honor to be part of a panel discussion releasing a new report on the state of fundraising in the U.S. The report came from a task group I’ve chaired for the past year and half with Rogare, the Fundraising Think Tank. Together, eight fundraising/nonprofit experts analyze...

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Rethinking Awareness Campaigns to Magnify Your Nonprofit’s Reach RETHINKING AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS TO MAGNIFY YOUR NONPROFIT’S REACH

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Apr 18, 2019

Nonprofits turn to awareness campaigns to increase their visibility and ride the wave of relevancy, often as part of designated awareness weeks and months. While there’s some good advice out there for putting together a campaign that drives people to act, the traditional marketing funnel is fa...

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Is It Time for a Rebrand IS IT TIME FOR A REBRAND

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Apr 17, 2019

Have you ever caught a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and thought it might be time for a change? Maybe your haircut is getting a little tired, or you haven’t updated your wardrobe in a few years. Your “look” has worked for you, more or less, but you’re afraid you’ve ...

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3 Essential Spring Campaign Follow-Up Steps 3 ESSENTIAL SPRING CAMPAIGN FOLLOW-UP STEPS

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Apr 17, 2019

If your fiscal year ends June 30, chances are you’re planning a spring campaign. You’ve drafted a compelling, donor-driven appeal; branded your online presence; and integrated your messaging into every aspect. You’ve been so focused on launching your campaign. But did you plan your...

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Key Insights for Creating a Winning Facebook Engagement Strategy KEY INSIGHTS FOR CREATING A WINNING FACEBOOK ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY

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Apr 17, 2019

It’s no surprise that Facebook has cemented its role in nonprofit marketers’ plans for raising awareness and building loyal brand ambassadors. As part of an integrated, multichannel strategy, social media is more than a publishing platform it facilitates a meaningful, two-way conversatio...

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10 Nonprofit Statistics You Need to Know 10 NONPROFIT STATISTICS YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Apr 17, 2019

Understanding statistics behind giving patterns is a powerful way to unlock knowledge and help you shape your fundraising campaigns and events. Here's a list of 10 of the most important charitable giving statistics from 2018 compiled by Non Profit Source. Stay tuned for future blog posts that el...

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6 WAYS TO GROW YOUR EMAIL LIST WITH FACEBOOK 6 WAYS TO GROW YOUR EMAIL LIST WITH FACEBOOK

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Apr 17, 2019

If you’re like most nonprofits, Facebook is your top social network to engage supporters and increase awareness about your nonprofit. However, like most nonprofits, you’ve probably had your fair share of frustrations with Facebook. Dramatically declining reach is the biggie. Fa...

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15 Questions to Help Evaluate Your Fundraising Software 15 QUESTIONS TO HELP EVALUATE YOUR FUNDRAISING SOFTWARE

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Apr 17, 2019

This “new reality” is realizing that what engaged and activated supporters 10 years ago may not work today. For example, with the recent changes to postage prices, a direct mail appeal shouldn’t just be a letter asking for someone to mail a donation in. The new best practice is to ...

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4 Expert Fundraising Tips for Your Nonprofit in 2019 4 EXPERT FUNDRAISING TIPS FOR YOUR NONPROFIT IN 2019

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Apr 17, 2019

Can you believe that we’re well into 2019 by now? January is over, and warmer spring winds are blowing in from the east. However, it’s not too late to use the fundraising lessons that your nonprofit learned in the past year to make sure that 2019 is your most successful year yet. No...

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5 Steps to Selling Online Fundraising to Your Board 5 STEPS TO SELLING ONLINE FUNDRAISING TO YOUR BOARD

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Apr 17, 2019

You already know the importance of using online fundraising as part of your overall fundraising strategy  but does your board fully support it? Without the power of your board members to back you up, your online fundraising efforts could be left at a standstill. Our Nonprofit Engageme...

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Giving Done Right GIVING DONE RIGHT

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Apr 16, 2019

It’s time to take back the discussion of effective philanthropy from those who don’t really know what they’re talking about. It needs to happen and there’s no better day than today to start. I don’t mean to be harsh. But the fact is that, in recent decades, those p...

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Ten Tips for Nonprofit Email Success TEN TIPS FOR NONPROFIT EMAIL SUCCESS

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Apr 16, 2019

We all use email to communicate to some degree. Email is quick. It is efficient. It costs a lot less than direct mail. But it’s also easy to have an email be disregarded or missed by its intended recipient. When you need a recipient to take a particular action, such as to volunteer, to sign a ...

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How You Can Stay Donor-Centered HOW YOU CAN STAY DONOR-CENTERED

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Apr 16, 2019

Many nonprofits don’t seem to understand what it means to be donor-centered. I think it’s fairly obvious. It means focusing on your donors’ needs and interests, acknowledging them in your letters and other communication, and taking into account that not all donors are the same.&nbs...

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Engaging with Your Online Community: The Essential Q&A Guide ENGAGING WITH YOUR ONLINE COMMUNITY: THE ESSENTIAL Q&A GUIDE

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Apr 16, 2019

As a nonprofit, it can be challenging to effectively engage with your community especially online. A lot of donation revenue can come from online sources, but that means there’s also a lot of competition to get donors’ attention. So, how can you solicit online donations from your communi...

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Planning a Nonprofit Retreat on a Budget PLANNING A NONPROFIT RETREAT ON A BUDGET

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Apr 16, 2019

It's fair to say employees of nonprofit organizations stretch themselves to the limit more than average, because they believe fiercely in the work they're doing and are striving to make a difference. While the work in a nonprofit organization can be extremely rewarding, everybody deserves to...

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How Much Should You Spend on Digital Fundraising HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU SPEND ON DIGITAL FUNDRAISING

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Apr 16, 2019

In 1995, Robert Metcalfe, the inventor of Ethernet, predicted that the Internet would collapse within a year. He was dead wrong. Today, approximately 3.8 billion people around the world have an e-mail address and 2.3 billion have a social media profile. In the wake of Hurricane Maria, a single viral...

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Building the Perfect Spring Campaign BUILDING THE PERFECT SPRING CAMPAIGN

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Apr 16, 2019

Spring is in the air and it’s the perfect time to launch a fundraising campaign. Use this time to engage and renew donors, attract prospects, build awareness, and plant the seeds that sustain your organization. Tailor your spring campaign to: Raise funds to support a new initiative. ...

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