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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

blog article

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

blog article

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Value of ROI Analysis in Technology Grant Writing THE VALUE OF ROI ANALYSIS IN TECHNOLOGY GRANT WRITING

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Apr 15, 2019

Want to write a technology grant application that is a no-brainer for a funder to approve? Then don’t forget to explain the project’s return on investment (ROI) in the proposal. ROI can apply to individual technology choices as well as to your organization’s overall investment...

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How to Kickstart Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops HOW TO KICKSTART MAJOR GIFT FUNDRAISING FOR SMALL SHOPS

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Apr 15, 2019

According to a recent article from philanthropy and fundraising expert Gail Perry, we could very well be in the middle of a golden age of major gift fundraising. In a bad economy, people want to hold onto the money they have, but in a good economy, generosity feels safe. Today’s economy i...

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Privacy and the Nonprofit PRIVACY AND THE NONPROFIT

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Apr 15, 2019

Nonprofits very often serve vulnerable populations within the community, which means they’re consistently handling private data. They’re also finding new ways to utilize technology to help increase efficiency of sometimes very small staffs, which puts data at an additional risk. Often, f...

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7 Spring Fundraisers to Delight Your Donors 7 SPRING FUNDRAISERS TO DELIGHT YOUR DONORS

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Apr 15, 2019

Spring is in full bloom, which means a whole new season of fundraising opportunities are headed your way! By taking advantage of the sunshine, gorgeous weather and plentiful holidays spring has to offer, you can make spring fundraisers the best of the year. With Easter just around the corner, t...

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Why and How Your Nonprofit Should Advertise on Facebook WHY AND HOW YOUR NONPROFIT SHOULD ADVERTISE ON FACEBOOK

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Apr 15, 2019

Advertising online requires a diverse set of technical, written, and artistic skills that many nonprofits might not have access to. Facebook Ads for nonprofits is no different, but we’re here to help get you started. We have experience creating and managing Facebook ads for a wide range o...

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How to Create Better Charts to Show Fundraising Results HOW TO CREATE BETTER CHARTS TO SHOW FUNDRAISING RESULTS

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Apr 15, 2019

In this post, you’ll learn from my mistakes and create better charts for your audience to show fundraising results, organization’s impact or benchmarking. Have you seen a chart and asked yourself, “What is this? What am I supposed to learn from this?” You’re n...

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

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Apr 15, 2019

My overarching philosophy of all nonprofit fundraising events, Galas and otherwise, is this: Make folks think they got more than their money’s worth! This holds true for everything they take away: Food, Beverage, Gifts, Treats, Fun, Friends, and, especially, Feel Good! When folk...

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Managing Major Donor Expectations MANAGING MAJOR DONOR EXPECTATIONS

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Apr 15, 2019

The donor was absolutely giddy about supporting the project. It was something close to his heart—something he wanted to put some of his hard-earned money into. So when the major gift officer told him about it, the decision was easy, but he had a few questions on the scope and cost of the proje...

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25 Creative Summer Fundraising Ideas 25 CREATIVE SUMMER FUNDRAISING IDEAS

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Apr 15, 2019

We’re not sure about you, but we’ve got the summer itch. We’re so close to outdoor activities, watching fireworks, and eating BBQ that we can almost taste it. What better way to harness that excitement than to start planning your summer fundraisers? Whether you’re lookin...

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Tips for a Successful Cause Marketing Partnership TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL CAUSE MARKETING PARTNERSHIP

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Apr 12, 2019

If you’re looking for creative ways to broaden the reach and appeal of your fundraising campaigns, cause marketing presents exciting possibilities. From charity events to buy-one-get-one campaigns, cause marketing can invigorate your fundraising efforts and bring in new donors and dollars for ...

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Bridging the Nonprofit Knowledge Gap Together BRIDGING THE NONPROFIT KNOWLEDGE GAP TOGETHER

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Apr 12, 2019

It’s been almost two months exactly since Foundation Center and GuideStar joined forces to become a brand new nonprofit entity known as Candid. These two infrastructure organizations have a long history with the IS [Independent Sector] community, and it’s quite a feat to have completed a...

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The Importance of Donor Data and How to Use It Effectively THE IMPORTANCE OF DONOR DATA AND HOW TO USE IT EFFECTIVELY

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Apr 12, 2019

Fundraising professionals don't need to be told that donors are more likely to support an organization if they feel they understand the work the organization does and that you, the fundraiser, value their investment in that work. The key question, then, is: How can I effectively communicate...

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6 Reasons SEO Is Important to Nonprofits and Why 6 REASONS SEO IS IMPORTANT TO NONPROFITS AND WHY

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Apr 12, 2019

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) increases your organization’s visibility in organic (not paid) search results, making your organization easier to find and driving people to your website. Many nonprofits don’t put time and energy into SEO because they don’t understand the benefits....

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5 Common Website Design Flaws That Drive Donors Away 5 COMMON WEBSITE DESIGN FLAWS THAT DRIVE DONORS AWAY

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Apr 11, 2019

Your website plays an important role in promoting your nonprofit and raising funds to support your mission. It’s crucial to the success of your organization because your website is where donors go to learn more about your cause and offer their support in the form of donations, volunteering, or...

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Don’t let Chicken Little Help with Your Annual Campaign DON’T LET CHICKEN LITTLE HELP WITH YOUR ANNUAL CAMPAIGN

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Apr 11, 2019

A nonprofit faces a financial crisis. The sky seems to be falling. The temptation is to put those money woes at the top of the list as to why you and your volunteers are fundraising. The urgency provides the case for supporting the annual campaign, right? In the long run, though, that “Ch...

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With a Generation of New Donors Inheriting Trillions, How Can Nonprofits Boost Arts Giving WITH A GENERATION OF NEW DONORS INHERITING TRILLIONS, HOW CAN NONPROFITS BOOST ARTS GIVING

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Apr 11, 2019

The world of philanthropy will be heavily shaped in coming years by the greatest intergenerational wealth transfer in history, with tens of trillions of dollars being passed down in the next half century. Estimates vary about how much of this wealth will find its way to charity, but one report last ...

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Crowdfunding Is a Quick Hitter CROWDFUNDING IS A QUICK HITTER

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Apr 11, 2019

Recently we collaborated with one of Turnkey’s clients on the strategy to launch a crowdfunding campaign to run concurrently with its peer-to-peer events. Crowdfunding and peer-to-peer are different animals. The former is a direct-response outreach; the appeal is made directly by the nonprofit...

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6 Tips to Know Your Nonprofit Is Ready for Skilled Volunteers 6 TIPS TO KNOW YOUR NONPROFIT IS READY FOR SKILLED VOLUNTEERS

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Apr 11, 2019

As a nonprofit leader myself, I know how frequently social sector organizations are strapped for capacity. According to our research at Common Impact, most nonprofits spend only an estimated 2% of their budget to support key operations like marketing, technology or human resources, while peers in th...

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Diary of a Peer-to-Peer Fundraiser: How to Start Fundraising DIARY OF A PEER-TO-PEER FUNDRAISER: HOW TO START FUNDRAISING

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Apr 11, 2019

One of the biggest problems peer-to-peer event planners face is $0 fundraisers. They register to participate in your fundraiser, they just never actually get started. How can you encourage your peer-to-peer participants to, well, participate? If you read my last article, you know I’m part...

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A Nonprofit A NONPROFIT'S GUIDE TO EVENT PLANNING: 4 ESSENTIAL STEPS

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Apr 11, 2019

Holding a fundraising event is a great way for nonprofits to earn support for their cause and attract new donors. For many nonprofit organizations, events play a key role in raising the funds needed to support the organization's projects. Events are definitely a fun way to fundraise; however, th...

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DOCUMENT, DON’T CREATE. DOES YOUR NONPROFIT FOLLOW THIS ADVICE DOCUMENT, DON’T CREATE. DOES YOUR NONPROFIT FOLLOW THIS ADVICE

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Apr 11, 2019

Gary says that the hunger to create perfect content cripples you, and yet in order to get the most from social media, you have to share content consistently. Nonprofits understand this struggle more than most, I think. The desire to get things right, to avoid mistakes, and to please everyone al...

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Nonprofit Fundraising Ideas for Spring NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING IDEAS FOR SPRING

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Apr 11, 2019

Spring is a great time of year to freshen up your fundraising. The birds are chirping, the sun is out, and the warmer temperatures encourage everyone to get out of the house. Here are some new ideas to take advantage of season and refresh your fundraising opportunities: Put a twist on the class...

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A Long Overdue Guide for New Philanthropic Organizations A LONG OVERDUE GUIDE FOR NEW PHILANTHROPIC ORGANIZATIONS

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Apr 11, 2019

During these last 10 years, we have discovered that when it comes to ramping up a new foundation or grantmaking organization, there is no single “how-to guide” or step-by-step plan to follow, despite the philanthropic community being a dynamic and complex one. There’s no clear outl...

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Doing Greater Good for the Greater Good DOING GREATER GOOD FOR THE GREATER GOOD

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Apr 10, 2019

Philanthropy alone cannot solve the problems our society faces, but it has a vital role to play. We know this because it has historically played such a role, even as we can all agree that we wish it had achieved more. Over the past many years, philanthropy has contributed to advancements in civil ri...

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Pulling Back the Veil: Top 5 Things Grantees and Funders Wish the Other Knew PULLING BACK THE VEIL: TOP 5 THINGS GRANTEES AND FUNDERS WISH THE OTHER KNEW

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Apr 10, 2019

Black Fox Philanthropy and Candid (formerly Foundation Center, which recently combined with GuideStar to form a brand new organization) co-hosted a gathering for capacity building partners and NGOs at Opportunity Collaboration last October. Why? We had a burning question for the Funder and NGO atten...

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The Secret to Post-Event Donor Engagement THE SECRET TO POST-EVENT DONOR ENGAGEMENT

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Apr 10, 2019

Are you doing enough to make the joy and excitement of your event last long after the guests have left, and all the decorations have been packed up? The days and weeks following your event are a prime time to increase your donor engagement (and giving). Extend the red carpet treatment to your post-e...

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Crafting a Corporate-Giving Strategy: 4 Best Practices for Your Nonprofit CRAFTING A CORPORATE-GIVING STRATEGY: 4 BEST PRACTICES FOR YOUR NONPROFIT

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Apr 10, 2019

As a nonprofit’s development officer, stewarding new and existing donors is what you do day in and day out. Sometimes you can feel like you aren’t doing enough, no matter how many people you reach out to every day. This is normal. There are going to be bumps in the road. You are goi...

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Fundraising Tips for Schools FUNDRAISING TIPS FOR SCHOOLS

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Apr 10, 2019

Everyone knows education is one of the most valuable resources for the future, and yet educational institutions often find themselves underfunded. The good news - people believe in education, if not out of loyalty to their alma mater or their children’s institution, then perhaps out of a gener...

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How to Easily Elevate Your Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Strategy to the Next Level HOW TO EASILY ELEVATE YOUR PEER-TO-PEER FUNDRAISING STRATEGY TO THE NEXT LEVEL

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Apr 10, 2019

Many nonprofits offer a variety of resources to fuel the success of their peer-to-peer fundraisers, like tip sheets, design assets for personal fundraising pages, and email and social media templates. However, when it comes to equipping and educating supporters for fundraising success, one of t...

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HOW TO AMPLIFY YOUR NONPROFIT’S MESSAGE HOW TO AMPLIFY YOUR NONPROFIT’S MESSAGE

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Apr 10, 2019

You want others to get the word out about you and your cause. You want them to be talking about you. It’s the start of going viral – the holy grail of marketers everywhere. Everyone wants to know how to make that happen. There are lots of articles out there about upping your chances...

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Legacy Gifts: What They Are and How to Get Them LEGACY GIFTS: WHAT THEY ARE AND HOW TO GET THEM

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Apr 09, 2019

Fundraising is quite the beast. It’s a sprawling, various, intricate process, and there are areas of it that nonprofits, especially new ones, tend to avoid. One of these areas is legacy giving, a type of donor-based fundraising that scares a lot of organizations, causing them to neglect it alt...

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Salesforce Donation Processing: Understanding the Essentials SALESFORCE DONATION PROCESSING: UNDERSTANDING THE ESSENTIALS

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Apr 09, 2019

If your nonprofit is already using Salesforce as your CRM, you’ll want to make the most out of the features offered by this popular platform. Your organization will also want to make sure that all of your software systems work together seamlessly to keep donor data accessible to reach out to s...

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Should Your Nonprofit Do an Event SHOULD YOUR NONPROFIT DO AN EVENT

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Apr 09, 2019

Nonprofit special events are traditions. Comfortable old shoes. Sacred cows. They’ve either been around so long no one can imagine doing away with them, or they’re the beloved brainchild of an important donor, board committee or executive director to whom no one can say no. All too ...

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TechSoup TECHSOUP'S SYMANTEC PROGRAM HELPS SECURE NGOS AROUND THE WORLD

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Apr 09, 2019

Digital security threats to the NGO sector around the world have never been more real. Cybercriminals everywhere have become increasingly bold, and NGOs are in no way immune to these dangers. In fact, as a result of smaller budgets and limited staffing resources, NGOs are of particular interest to h...

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Power dynamics in grant making POWER DYNAMICS IN GRANT MAKING

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Apr 09, 2019

The top 300 foundations in the UK have combined assets of £65 billion and gave out £3.3 billion in grants in 2018. Collectively and individually these foundations wield a great deal of power through their wealth, status, and ability to set norms in the sector. Increasingly in recent...

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SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY: SHOW UP AND HANG OUT SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY: SHOW UP AND HANG OUT

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Apr 09, 2019

The conversations around nonprofit social media strategy too often focus on the “media” part: What to post and when. But what about the “social” part? That’s the real magic of social media, and remembering that will serve you well in 2019 and beyond. After all, it&...

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Moving From Transactional to Transformational Philanthropy MOVING FROM TRANSACTIONAL TO TRANSFORMATIONAL PHILANTHROPY

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Apr 09, 2019

The Lerner Foundation had only been making grants for five years when the winds shifted the board of directors decided it was time for a profound change in our priorities. Our founding purpose is simple and straightforward: “to further opportunity for the people of Maine.” Manny and Poll...

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The Importance of Keeping Things Simple THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING THINGS SIMPLE

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Apr 09, 2019

Over the years I’ve come to find the value of keeping things simple. Whether it’s preparing a dish with just a few ingredients or not cramming my schedule with one thing after another. But keeping it simple doesn’t have to mean a bare bones existence. There’s a Swedish t...

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For the Benefit of All: How Our DEI Work Supports the Social Sector FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL: HOW OUR DEI WORK SUPPORTS THE SOCIAL SECTOR

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Apr 09, 2019

In 2018, Candid launched a new live, online training series, “All Together Now: Conversations in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI),” to raise awareness about funding for racial equity efforts. Over the last year, we have heard from Latino and African-American experts speaking a...

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A Primer on the New Excise Tax on Nonprofit Compensation A PRIMER ON THE NEW EXCISE TAX ON NONPROFIT COMPENSATION

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Apr 08, 2019

As a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed at the end of 2017, many nonprofits found themselves facing a significant tax on both the compensation of certain employees and any separation payments, often called “parachute payments,” paid to highly-compensated employees, under IRC Sec...

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Measuring Nonprofit Outcomes and Progress: What Data Should You Collect MEASURING NONPROFIT OUTCOMES AND PROGRESS: WHAT DATA SHOULD YOU COLLECT

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Apr 08, 2019

How do you decide what data to collect to track your outcomes and progress? It may seem obvious when you think about it yet it’s a common failing that not only wastes time and resources, but denies organizations the strategic information they need to thrive. Imagine that you are Data Dire...

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Nonprofit 411: Are You Still Living in the 1980s NONPROFIT 411: ARE YOU STILL LIVING IN THE 1980S

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Apr 08, 2019

Ever feel like your nonprofit organization is operating the same way it did in the 1980s? Yes, the 1980s, a decade that brought us the ‘Miracle on Ice,’ the Celtics dynasty and, of course, the first laptop. Who can forget the laptops from such memorable companies as Osborne, Compaq and K...

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Tax Cut and Jobs Act Impact on Nonprofits TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT IMPACT ON NONPROFITS

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Apr 08, 2019

It’s been 15 months since the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) became law. At the time of passage many pundits predicted dire consequences for the nonprofit sector, largely due to the near doubling of the standard deduction, meaning the high threshold for deducting charitable gifts would be difficu...

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Drive Donations Year-Round With Nonprofit Impact Transparency DRIVE DONATIONS YEAR-ROUND WITH NONPROFIT IMPACT TRANSPARENCY

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Apr 08, 2019

For publicly traded companies, it’s expected that they disclose important information to their shareholders like financial statements, details about operational procedures, leadership salaries, and much more. Similarly, nonprofits also disclose important information, like financials and impact...

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How About a Money-Back Guarantee for Donors HOW ABOUT A MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE FOR DONORS

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Apr 05, 2019

In the commercial world, money-back guarantees are everywhere. They are a cost of doing business if you want to sell anything to anyone, and they’re increasingly gutsy. We see guarantees of double your money back and other elaborate guarantees that might make you ask how those who make these g...

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A Guide to Birthday Fundraisers on Facebook A GUIDE TO BIRTHDAY FUNDRAISERS ON FACEBOOK

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Apr 05, 2019

Since 2017, Facebook has allowed users to fundraise for a non-profit of their choice around the time of their birthday. Through this platform, Facebook users have raised over $300 million for their favorite organizations. How does it work? Read this guide to understand the process! You! Or any ...

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The SMART Way to Create Fundraising Goals THE SMART WAY TO CREATE FUNDRAISING GOALS

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Apr 05, 2019

If you’re looking to increase donations for your nonprofit organization, your first move will be to evaluate and validate the fundraising goals you set for your organization. Most nonprofits have fundraising goals, but not all goals are created equal. In 1981, an article by George Doran, There...

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How and Why Nonprofits Need to Think Differently HOW AND WHY NONPROFITS NEED TO THINK DIFFERENTLY

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Apr 05, 2019

It’s much easier to learn something completely new than to unlearn an old habit. Just ask any parent. It’s why children are taught essential functions at an early age: they haven’t yet learned the wrong way to do things. Movement, language, mannerisms—it’s crucial that ...

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How to Use Storytelling for Nonprofits to Get More Grants HOW TO USE STORYTELLING FOR NONPROFITS TO GET MORE GRANTS

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Apr 05, 2019

Unsure whether your grant proposals have what it takes to stand out in a sea of applications? There can often be misunderstandings amongst nonprofits as to what constitutes a strong proposal in the eyes of a foundation. While there’s no one way to write the perfect proposal, there are som...

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How to Use Storytelling to Engage Donors HOW TO USE STORYTELLING TO ENGAGE DONORS

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Apr 04, 2019

When we think of storytelling, we may think of childhood and bedtime stories. Yet storytelling has existed since the beginning of humankind. Cave drawings told stories before we developed the power of speech! Stories have been passed down across generations for centuries. These stories tended t...

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7 Ways to Keep the Saddest Situation from Happening in the Nonprofit Sector 7 WAYS TO KEEP THE SADDEST SITUATION FROM HAPPENING IN THE NONPROFIT SECTOR

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Apr 04, 2019

One of the happiest and most fulfilling results of providing database technology to the nonprofit sector for nearly four decades has been being able to witness the overwhelming majority of those new customers raise more dollars each year to fund their mission. In the last seven years at Bloomerang w...

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Your Nonprofit’s Major Gift Officer: 5 Best Traits YOUR NONPROFIT’S MAJOR GIFT OFFICER: 5 BEST TRAITS

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Apr 04, 2019

A huge chunk of a nonprofit’s donation revenue comes from major gifts—or it should. You might be thinking to yourself, “My nonprofit is too small for a major gift program,” or “We can’t afford a major gift officer right now.” The hard truth is that these are...

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4 Ways to Raise More Money Before, During, and After Your Event 4 WAYS TO RAISE MORE MONEY BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER YOUR EVENT

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Apr 04, 2019

You’ve planned a smashing event. Your RSVP list is a veritable who’s who of your community. Everyone is buzzing, and when the event rolls around, it’s a hit. Even that one hard-to-please board member is smiling. So, how are you going to maximize this good feeling and keep the momen...

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Starting a Recurring Giving Program: Tips from the Major Hospital Foundation STARTING A RECURRING GIVING PROGRAM: TIPS FROM THE MAJOR HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

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Apr 04, 2019

The concept of recurring giving is pretty awesome.  It enables people to make a meaningful increase in their impact on an organization that they care about without feeling a big impact in their checkbooks. For donors who care about a cause, nothing could be much better than that!  Simply p...

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Getting Serious About Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Data with Predictive Analytics GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT PEER-TO-PEER FUNDRAISING DATA WITH PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS

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Apr 04, 2019

If you’re like most peer-to-peer fundraising staff, you’re drowning in data. You ascertain averages, browse benchmarks, and create charts. You detail donations, edit estimates, and fetch files. You hoard history, gather graphs, and index indicators. We’re very serious about our dat...

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5 Ways to Get More Event RSVPs 5 WAYS TO GET MORE EVENT RSVPS

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Apr 03, 2019

Your fundraising event’s success depends on the quantity (and quality) of guests who RSVP (and actually show up). In political campaigns, the “flake rate” tracks the number of volunteers who say they’ll canvas, phone bank, or attend a rally, but don’t show up. Every non...

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7 Great Techniques to Improve the Donor Experience 7 GREAT TECHNIQUES TO IMPROVE THE DONOR EXPERIENCE

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Apr 03, 2019

When is the last time you thought to yourself, I wish this was more difficult, or there should be a worse way to complete this task? If the answer is anything other than never, then you are an anomaly. Most people want simple they want easy, and they want fun. So, why should donating to a good cause...

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8 Resources for the Data-Savvy Nonprofit Professional 8 RESOURCES FOR THE DATA-SAVVY NONPROFIT PROFESSIONAL

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Apr 03, 2019

Data can feel cold and detached—but it’s actually the key to developing more meaningful relationships. In today’s day and age, being data-savvy means being thoughtful, informed, and relevant. However, it’s not always clear how best to inject data-driven decision making i...

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The best email marketing platforms for nonprofits THE BEST EMAIL MARKETING PLATFORMS FOR NONPROFITS

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Apr 03, 2019

Did you know that last year marked the 40th year businesses have been using email for marketing purposes? A lot has changed in those 40 years! Email marketing can be a great way to communicate with your donors throughout the year as well as support your ongoing online fundraising initiatives. While ...

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Build a Better Email Newsletter Strategy for Your Nonprofit BUILD A BETTER EMAIL NEWSLETTER STRATEGY FOR YOUR NONPROFIT

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Apr 03, 2019

What would happen if household tidying expert Marie Kondo took a look at your nonprofit’s email newsletters? If you’ve been struggling to keep organized, maintain your email list or stay on a schedule, it’s time to build (or rebuild) your email newsletter strategy. Without a w...

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Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count GIVING DONE RIGHT: EFFECTIVE PHILANTHROPY AND MAKING EVERY DOLLAR COUNT

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Apr 03, 2019

Back in 2016, Bill Gates, in the context of his partnership with the Heifer Foundation to donate 100,000 chickens to people around the world living on $2 a day, blogged about how raising egg-laying fowl can be a smart, cost-effective antidote to extreme poverty. As Phil Buchanan tells it in Giving D...

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Content that Builds Your Organization’s Narrative and Donor Relationships CONTENT THAT BUILDS YOUR ORGANIZATION’S NARRATIVE AND DONOR RELATIONSHIPS

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Apr 03, 2019

At this point, it may be safe to say that we know the value of content for our organization’s fundraising program. Content especially for annual giving donors helps us build relationships by thanking, stewarding, and cultivating donors. It’s content that does the legwork when we can&rsqu...

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Reduce Payment Processing Costs and Build Your Sustaining Donor Roster REDUCE PAYMENT PROCESSING COSTS AND BUILD YOUR SUSTAINING DONOR ROSTER

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Apr 03, 2019

Few of us think twice when we pull out a card to pay for a shopping cart full of groceries or a plane ticket. We enjoy the cashback or miles we’ll be getting, and whatever the merchant has to pay in processing fees is of no concern to us. But when the merchant is a charitable organization...

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3 Easy Ways to Show Donor Love 3 EASY WAYS TO SHOW DONOR LOVE

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Apr 03, 2019

Do you know the most important word in fundraising? If you don't, I'll give you a clue. I've used it three times already. It's "you" as in "you," the donor. Your donor is the reason you can do your good work. Yet many nonprofits fail in giving their donors this ki...

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5 Donor Data Strategies to Maximize Your Fundraising Efforts 5 DONOR DATA STRATEGIES TO MAXIMIZE YOUR FUNDRAISING EFFORTS

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Apr 03, 2019

When you’re a nonprofit looking to strengthen your fundraising efforts, the entire process can seem overwhelming. After all, boosting fundraising campaigns typically takes a lot of effort. That’s why it’s important to break down the process into smaller pieces and focus first on yo...

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Is Your Fundraising Appeal Cluttered? That Won’t Do IS YOUR FUNDRAISING APPEAL CLUTTERED? THAT WON’T DO

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Apr 02, 2019

Marie Kondo is the high priestess of tidying up. The essence of her method, which everybody’s heard of by now, is this: If a thing gives you joy, you keep it. If it doesn’t, you thank it and let it go. What does this have to do with fundraising appeals? Only everything. Try this: look th...

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4 Reasons Why Your Fundraiser Keeps Coming to Work 4 REASONS WHY YOUR FUNDRAISER KEEPS COMING TO WORK

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Apr 02, 2019

My favorite band is Los Lobos. I’ve listened to their music since (gulp!) high school more than 30 years ago, and I’ve been to countless of their concerts. All five original members have played music together for more than 40 years. I’m telling you all this to get to the opening so...

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How to Fundraise, Netflix Style HOW TO FUNDRAISE, NETFLIX STYLE

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Apr 02, 2019

Netflix has forever changed the way we watch our favorite shows and arguably, our general construct of television. Hulu, Amazon, and now Apple are all trying to replicate the Netflix model for their customers. What can nonprofits take away from Netflix’s business practices and incorporate into...

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The Only Nonprofit Site Migration Guide You Need THE ONLY NONPROFIT SITE MIGRATION GUIDE YOU NEED

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Apr 02, 2019

I love working with nonprofits because they’re in a remarkable position to succeed with SEO. Your website is your lifeblood and whether you use it to rebrand your organization, communicate with the world, collect donations or spread more good, a proper website furthers your nonprofit’s m...

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4 Strategies to Build Multichannel Donor Relationships 4 STRATEGIES TO BUILD MULTICHANNEL DONOR RELATIONSHIPS

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Apr 01, 2019

The work you do is so impactful and meaningful, you have a fan club. Multichannel donors cheer for you and pitch in to help. They follow you on social media, donate to your cause, rally their Facebook friends, and participate in your events. In other words, they’re your 1 fans. We’r...

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Time to Brainstorm a Revised Nonprofit Mission Statement TIME TO BRAINSTORM A REVISED NONPROFIT MISSION STATEMENT

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Apr 01, 2019

Everything you do emanates from the WHY and WHAT of your existence. Your mission! And both the why and what are important, because if folks don’t understand why you exist it’s difficult to inspire them with what you are doing. The mission statement answers the question: What would h...

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How Gender, Race, and Ethnicity Affect Charitable Giving HOW GENDER, RACE, AND ETHNICITY AFFECT CHARITABLE GIVING

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Apr 01, 2019

Do race and ethnicity affect women’s giving? A new report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute provides insight into this question. Women Give 2019: Gender and Giving Across Communities of Color, examines giving by men and women across racial and ethnic groups. It combines this data w...

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3 Event Planning Steps You Can’t Afford to Skip 3 EVENT PLANNING STEPS YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO SKIP

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Apr 01, 2019

Fundraising events are a nonprofit mainstay, but they take a lot of time, money, and effort to produce. Creating a solid plan before you launch your campaign, will help create an event that your guests will remember and won’t break your bank! What’s the first thing you need to decid...

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Monthly Giving: Think Long Term With a Little Short-Term Work MONTHLY GIVING: THINK LONG TERM WITH A LITTLE SHORT-TERM WORK

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Apr 01, 2019

A received a very excited call from a client: “We got several monthly donors from the tick box on the special appeal! But how do I now report this? Our finance folks want to attribute this for the calendar year only. Help?” I congratulated her and then advised her that even though t...

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How to Leverage Humor in Your Nonprofit’s Marketing HOW TO LEVERAGE HUMOR IN YOUR NONPROFIT’S MARKETING

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Apr 01, 2019

Humor in nonprofit marketing can be a tricky thing. While consumer-facing businesses often employ it as a marketing slant, it can feel difficult and sometimes, inappropriate to use it as a nonprofit. After all, your work tends to be pretty serious. With the right strategy, however, humor can no...

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Avoiding Month-End Stress: Survival Tips for Nonprofit Financial Management AVOIDING MONTH-END STRESS: SURVIVAL TIPS FOR NONPROFIT FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

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Apr 01, 2019

With limited resources, most nonprofit financial management teams are stretched thin. Every month-end, quarter-end, and year-end, the team is under enormous pressure to complete financial reporting while still keeping up with a myriad of other tasks. Technology should reduce this burden, but sometim...

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Top Nonprofit Influencers to Start Following Today TOP NONPROFIT INFLUENCERS TO START FOLLOWING TODAY

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Mar 31, 2019

In recent years, organizations around the world have been using “influencers”  fitness gurus, beauty bloggers, fashionistas and others to supercharge your fundraising. Influencers usually endorse products from lipsticks to cars – by sharing about them on their social medi...

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Salesforce Donor Management: 4 Best Practices for Your Cause SALESFORCE DONOR MANAGEMENT: 4 BEST PRACTICES FOR YOUR CAUSE

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Mar 29, 2019

If your nonprofit is one of the tens of thousands currently using Salesforce as your CRM platform, how do you know that you're getting the most from your Salesforce donor management? Salesforce donor management software is completely customizable. This means that once it's set up accord...

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Make Effective Internal Communications a Priority MAKE EFFECTIVE INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS A PRIORITY

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Mar 29, 2019

Have you ever given thought to your nonprofit’s internal communications? Every day, you communicate several times to a variety of people within your organization, using various communication methods. Are these communications effective? Do you reach the internal audience that you intend to enga...

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Best Practices for Nonprofits Requesting Corporate Funding BEST PRACTICES FOR NONPROFITS REQUESTING CORPORATE FUNDING

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Mar 29, 2019

Corporate sponsorship is an effective strategy for fundraising. In 2018 alone, corporate sponsorship generated a record $24.8 billion. Nonprofit professionals, however, sometimes hesitate to seek corporate funding. Much of this aversion stems from unfamiliarity with the process. If you think co...

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M+R M+R'S SURPRISING ANALYSIS OF 2018 GIVING

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Mar 29, 2019

Editor's note: Each year in the spring, the cause digital marketing firm M+R publishes its famous benchmark studies on U.S. nonprofit online fundraising and marketing trends. Sign up to get their free Benchmark Study later this month. This article, originally published here, is a preview of thei...

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4 Questions Nonprofits Need to Answer 4 QUESTIONS NONPROFITS NEED TO ANSWER

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Mar 28, 2019

Typically, engagements with my clients in the nonprofit sector follow a similar pattern. I recommend some sort of formative research at the beginning in order to inform the messages, strategies, and tactics we’ll use to help them reach their goals. Then I’ll suggest evaluative research d...

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Volunteer Engagement Means Setting Expectations Upfront VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT MEANS SETTING EXPECTATIONS UPFRONT

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Mar 28, 2019

I was talking the other day with a client who was trying to rewire their annual fundraising campaign. They were putting together a prospect list, deciding whom to ask to serve on the campaign committee. First, we discussed what databases or other resources they had at hand to search for bringing mem...

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Turnover Troubles TURNOVER TROUBLES

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Mar 28, 2019

It’s no secret that turnover is a known evil for many social good organizations. What may be less obvious are the reasons why. Maybe you’ve seen the situation first hand – an incredibly passionate individual decides to make a difference and shifts their career to the nonprofit sect...

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Adding a Personal Touch to Fundraising ADDING A PERSONAL TOUCH TO FUNDRAISING

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Mar 28, 2019

Let’s face it, there are seemingly a million non-profits and charities out there doing amazing work. It can be difficult for donors to decide which organizations they want to support. How can you make your organization stand out from the rest and get a donation from someone not necessarily tot...

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The Impact of Performance Media on Fundraising THE IMPACT OF PERFORMANCE MEDIA ON FUNDRAISING

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Mar 28, 2019

Nonprofit organizations are spending more money in digital than ever before, whether to raise money from individual donors, recruit special event participants, increase brand awareness or support mission programs and services. The industry is so eager to crown digital as a catalyst for its success t...

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Is a Capital Campaign a Good Idea for Your Organization IS A CAPITAL CAMPAIGN A GOOD IDEA FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION

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Mar 28, 2019

Your space is cramped. You have two desks jammed in a room the size of a janitorial closet. There is nowhere to meet clients or donors that presents a professional face of the organization. Someone just gifted your nonprofit a piece of property upon which you could build a brand-new facility with al...

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5 Things You Missed During AI for Good Week 5 THINGS YOU MISSED DURING AI FOR GOOD WEEK

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Mar 28, 2019

Artificial intelligence might not be top of mind for a lot of nonprofits, but there's no denying its potential. Machine-learning algorithms could help you raise more money, draft marketing content for donors, predict data for better program management and automate boring tasks. That's w...

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4 Ways Your Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Software Should Help Your Staffers Do Their Jobs 4 WAYS YOUR PEER-TO-PEER FUNDRAISING SOFTWARE SHOULD HELP YOUR STAFFERS DO THEIR JOBS

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Mar 28, 2019

When your nonprofit is running peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns, you often focus on the campaign theme, the communications, and the fundraising goals. But, do you consider how easy it is for your staff members to get their jobs done in support of your campaign? If you don’t already have...

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The Role of the Nonprofit Board in Financial Oversight THE ROLE OF THE NONPROFIT BOARD IN FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT

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Mar 28, 2019

As a nonprofit and resource provider to nonprofits, we understand the need for dependable and afforadable services to help us power our mission. That’s why we’re proud to partner with Jitasa, longtime Mission Capital business member and the largest national accounting and bookeeping serv...

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Charitable Sector Age Outs: Boomers and Gen Xers Ready for Battle CHARITABLE SECTOR AGE OUTS: BOOMERS AND GEN XERS READY FOR BATTLE

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Mar 27, 2019

The saying, “age ain’t nothing but a number,” is true particularly when it comes to the challenges that Gen Xers and Baby Boomers face in what continues to be a candidate-driven market. Pew Research Center confirms that 85% of Gen Xers and 67% of Baby Boomers continue to keep pace ...

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Four tools to help drive your nonprofit FOUR TOOLS TO HELP DRIVE YOUR NONPROFIT'S MISSION FORWARD

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Mar 27, 2019

Google for Nonprofits started as a conversation about a volunteer program in an elevator in our New York office in 2010. Today, Google for Nonprofits has connected more than 200,000 nonprofits around the globe with Google products to help them run their organizations. We believe that technology...

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5 Top Salesforce Apps and Integrations for Nonprofits 5 TOP SALESFORCE APPS AND INTEGRATIONS FOR NONPROFITS

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Mar 27, 2019

One of the reasons that Salesforce is the world's leading CRM is that it is incredibly customizable. With an extensive number of Salesforce apps and integrations available, you can ensure you get the most out of your CRM. The one downside to having so many different apps and integrations availab...

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The Effects of Future Economic Impacts on Your Nonprofit THE EFFECTS OF FUTURE ECONOMIC IMPACTS ON YOUR NONPROFIT

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Mar 27, 2019

The last federal government shutdown was the longest in recent U.S. history. Impacts of the shutdown extended far beyond the Federal Government to businesses and nonprofits, including those that do not receive direct federal funding. Understandably, the shutdown likely prompted many nonprofit leader...

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State of Women in the Nonprofit Workforce STATE OF WOMEN IN THE NONPROFIT WORKFORCE

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Mar 27, 2019

Just in time for Women’s History Month, the Building Movement Project revisits data gathered from its 2016 survey Nonprofits, Leadership, and Race extrapolating and analyzing findings unique to women of color (WOC) in the non-profit sector. The resulting report, Race to Lead: Women of Color in...

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3 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Einstein Analytics to Increase Efficiencies 3 WAYS NONPROFITS CAN USE EINSTEIN ANALYTICS TO INCREASE EFFICIENCIES

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Mar 27, 2019

You’ve probably heard a lot about Salesforce Einstein during AI for Good week! If not, here’s a quick recap. Salesforce Einstein is the latest technology from Salesforce that incorporates AI features and capabilities which enables users to make data-driven decisions whilst saving huge am...

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

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Mar 27, 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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Tips for Engaging Major Donors TIPS FOR ENGAGING MAJOR DONORS

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Mar 27, 2019

Most nonprofits receive the majority of their funding from major donors. Engaging major donors is a must. These donors want to have a connection and make an impact with your organization. How your nonprofit creates engagement with major gift prospects and current donors can make a huge difference in...

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Lone Wolf Marketing: How to Survive as a Solo Marketer in Small Nonprofits LONE WOLF MARKETING: HOW TO SURVIVE AS A SOLO MARKETER IN SMALL NONPROFITS

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Mar 27, 2019

Marketing, party of one? At small nonprofits, it’s not uncommon for there to be one staff member who wrangles all of the marketing and communications. And while you get a lot done, it can feel a little isolating when you don’t have other like-minded folks to talk strategy and share the l...

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How To Track Grant Funding in QuickBooks Online HOW TO TRACK GRANT FUNDING IN QUICKBOOKS ONLINE

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Mar 27, 2019

Not every nonprofit organization receives grants, but those that do know how difficult it can be to keep track of these funds. Restricted funds can only be spent on specific programs or projects, so it’s crucial to know exactly where those funds are going. It’s also important to know how...

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Why JustGiving dropping their fees is a mixed blessing WHY JUSTGIVING DROPPING THEIR FEES IS A MIXED BLESSING

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Mar 26, 2019

We certainly live in interesting times. Today JustGiving announced that it is removing platform fees from all fundraising campaigns and charitable donations in the UK. This is surely a cause for celebration, right?  Well yes, absolutely. In the short term at least. The problem is that in the te...

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THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR NONPROFITS? HERE’S WHAT I THINK THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR NONPROFITS? HERE’S WHAT I THINK

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Mar 26, 2019

I’ve been doing a ton of research and thinking about social media strategies for nonprofits, especially those of you without dedicated social media staff, ahead of the two new webinars I am teaching in April: Social Media Strategies for Nonprofits that Won’t Waste Your Time. What is most...

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Why Nonprofits Should Use Google Tag Manager WHY NONPROFITS SHOULD USE GOOGLE TAG MANAGER

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Mar 26, 2019

If it happens on your website, it can (almost) always be tracked. Most nonprofits we work with are already using Google Analytics, which is a powerful tool for understanding the behavior of your website visitors. But fewer have heard of Google Analytics' "big brother" in the conversion...

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How Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Your Nonprofit Fundraising Channels HOW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CAN IMPROVE YOUR NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING CHANNELS

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Mar 26, 2019

Big promises are being made about artificial intelligence and how it will impact our lives. Experts say artificial intelligence is slowly “edging” its way into daily life, but tectonic changes in transportation, the workplace and lifestyle have yet to pass. So, when will artificial intel...

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The Benefits of Volunteer Tracking and Management THE BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEER TRACKING AND MANAGEMENT

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Mar 26, 2019

One challenge that many nonprofits face today is the ability to capture and truly understand the time supporters are providing their organization. According to an IRS study, 85 percent of U.S. charities have little to no internal staff. Most organizations were run by volunteers in 2018. Nonprofits t...

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How to use direct mail to encourage online donations HOW TO USE DIRECT MAIL TO ENCOURAGE ONLINE DONATIONS

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Mar 26, 2019

How many direct mail campaigns do you plan a year? One for year-end giving campaigns? One each quarter? No matter the number of mailings you send out a year, think of your offline direct mail campaigns as extensions of your digital channels. This holistic approach provides more giving opportuni...

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3 Ways to Educate Donors About Movement Building 3 WAYS TO EDUCATE DONORS ABOUT MOVEMENT BUILDING

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Mar 26, 2019

At your most recent meeting with donors, you probably discussed the impact of your programs and perhaps even asked for commitments for the upcoming fiscal year. Did you also talk to them about funding the movement itself to ensure its future viability and success? So while it's common for nonpro...

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Create Your Own Fundraising App with AppPresser and GiveWP CREATE YOUR OWN FUNDRAISING APP WITH APPPRESSER AND GIVEWP

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Mar 26, 2019

Modern nonprofits realize that mobile is incredibly important to connect with their audience. You probably know that more people access the internet on mobile than on desktop, but did you know that mobile apps are used even more? In fact, we spend more than 80% of our device time in apps.&...

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Why Nonprofits Need to Balance Truth and Hope WHY NONPROFITS NEED TO BALANCE TRUTH AND HOPE

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Mar 25, 2019

One of the things I’ve been working on lately in my coaching practice with nonprofit leaders is finding the balance between truth and hope. This is because I think it’s much easier to create momentum for change if truth is laced with hope. And also because I believe we need a lot more of...

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How to Integrate Direct Mail Appeals With Your Online Fundraising HOW TO INTEGRATE DIRECT MAIL APPEALS WITH YOUR ONLINE FUNDRAISING

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Mar 25, 2019

Recently, the United States Post Office increased their postage prices by 10% and the postage cost of marketing mail by 2.5%. That pushes the price of stamps from 50 to 55 cents. It may not seem huge, but for nonprofits that send a lot of direct mail appeals it adds up quickly. This increase po...

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3 Fundraising Myths Debunked 3 FUNDRAISING MYTHS DEBUNKED

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Mar 25, 2019

Myths are inspiring stories of gods and goddesses. They can also be widely held, but false, beliefs or ideas. But they’re compelling because they’ve been passed along as fact by so many people for so long. Some have even made their way into the world of nonprofit fundraising and run the ...

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Are You Caught in the Major Gift Chaos ARE YOU CAUGHT IN THE MAJOR GIFT CHAOS

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Mar 25, 2019

When Richard and I are out talking to prospective clients, one of the questions they often ask us is, “For the clients you have worked with who were not successful, what was one of the contributing factors?” We love this question, because it allows us an opportunity right up front to tel...

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Nonprofits Using Artificial Intelligence NONPROFITS USING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

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Mar 25, 2019

There’s a lot of hype around AI in the news today, and while you may have heard bad news or science fiction, there is some good news, too: Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are tools you can use to advance your nonprofit’s mission. What does that look like? Here...

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Hold these 4 Fundraising Truths to Be Self Evident HOLD THESE 4 FUNDRAISING TRUTHS TO BE SELF EVIDENT

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Mar 25, 2019

I’ve created for you a little “Declaration of Fundraising Independence” to help you become a fruitful philanthropy facilitator from this day forward. This Declaration incorporates what I consider to be four essential fundraising truths — pre-conditions which must be met befor...

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5 Essential Qualities of Successful Major Gift Officers 5 ESSENTIAL QUALITIES OF SUCCESSFUL MAJOR GIFT OFFICERS

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Mar 22, 2019

Major gifts likely make up a large portion of your nonprofit’s fundraising revenue. In fact,  as of 2015, over 53% of nonprofits considered major gifts to be absolutely vital to their fundraising strategy. Fostering large donor relationships and learning the art of asking for major gifts ...

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Women in Philanthropy Profile WOMEN IN PHILANTHROPY PROFILE

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Mar 22, 2019

Our Women in Philanthropy series continues with a Q&A with Founder and Executive Director, Lois Bennett, from Network for Good customer, Feeding Hands. Located in Somerville, New Jersey, Feeding Hands engages individuals, businesses, and churches in addressing the issue of poverty. With a staff ...

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16 Effective Nonprofit Fundraising Event Ideas To Inspire Your Event Strategy 16 EFFECTIVE NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING EVENT IDEAS TO INSPIRE YOUR EVENT STRATEGY

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Mar 22, 2019

Our world is increasingly driven by experiences. In addition to raising funds, events have evolved into strategic tools that nonprofits can use to create inspiring experiences, connect to their supporters, and build their brands. The future is going to be all about moments. Using event marketing to ...

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3 Ways to Use Fundraising Data to Drive Campaign Success 3 WAYS TO USE FUNDRAISING DATA TO DRIVE CAMPAIGN SUCCESS

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Mar 22, 2019

This post is part of a series covering the topic of donor insights. Here, we review tips for making the most of your donor database. To continue learning about how to leverage donor data to raise more money, we recommend what to read next at the close of the post below. One of the biggest benef...

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How Your Donors Can Help You HOW YOUR DONORS CAN HELP YOU

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Mar 22, 2019

Some of the smartest things I do are accidents. I was planning a trip to visit current and potential donors. I sent out the dates that I was available. Two of the people on the list a current donor and a potential donor responded at the same time. They both said, “I can meet you at 10:00 on Th...

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8 Online Social Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits 8 ONLINE SOCIAL FUNDRAISING BEST PRACTICES FOR NONPROFITS

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Mar 21, 2019

It’s hard to deny that social media has forever created a fundamental shift in the way we engage with each other. And this applies to nonprofits in a big way. That’s why when nonprofits encourage the act of social fundraising, they not only empower supporters to share their love of the c...

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4 Ways to Improve Salary Equity At Your Nonprofit 4 WAYS TO IMPROVE SALARY EQUITY AT YOUR NONPROFIT

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Mar 21, 2019

According to Bloomerang’s recent research of over 1100 people working in the nonprofit sector, women make less than men, in every level of experience, whether they have one year of experience, or twenty years of experience. This is true across the larger sector. Not only are women paid less, b...

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Charting a New Course for a Funder Collaborative CHARTING A NEW COURSE FOR A FUNDER COLLABORATIVE

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Mar 21, 2019

In 2014, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation assembled 12 of the country’s leading funders focused on early childhood development into a new collaborative. We set sail on our journey with a lofty goal: to move beyond our separate, funder-by-...

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STORYTELLING FOR NONPROFITS: THE CONNECTION PLOT STORYTELLING FOR NONPROFITS: THE CONNECTION PLOT

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Mar 20, 2019

We’re wrapping up our Storytelling Series based on the marketing book, Made to Stick (Amazon link) by Chip Heath and Dan Heath today. We have broken down the Challenge Plot and the Creativity Plot and how nonprofits can use them in their stories. Of the three different story plots, this o...

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100 Donor Survey Questions for Your Nonprofit 100 DONOR SURVEY QUESTIONS FOR YOUR NONPROFIT

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Mar 20, 2019

Surveys stand among the strongest tools at your disposal because they can arm your nonprofit with actionable insights based on precise data from your donors. If done correctly, it only takes a few quick questions to: However, you only get a brief moment of someone’s time when they take yo...

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Why Your Website is the Best Place for Online Event Registration WHY YOUR WEBSITE IS THE BEST PLACE FOR ONLINE EVENT REGISTRATION

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Mar 20, 2019

Is your nonprofit website ready for a party? How about an upcoming fundraiser, community gathering or a free workshop? If your organization sends people away from your website to complete online event registration, you could be making your process more difficult than it has to be. There’s...

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Your 4-Step Recipe for Donor Prospecting Success YOUR 4-STEP RECIPE FOR DONOR PROSPECTING SUCCESS

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Mar 20, 2019

Prospect researchers are up to their ears in data and usually with requests. Responding to individual needs probably occupies most of your day but reacting to requests is not the best way to spend your time. To have the biggest impact on your organization, you’ve got to turn the tables and sta...

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Why You Need to Broaden Your Organization’s Funding Horizons WHY YOU NEED TO BROADEN YOUR ORGANIZATION’S FUNDING HORIZONS

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Mar 20, 2019

For all the attention paid to how nonprofits raise funds, there is very little public understanding about the practice of fundraising and the various income streams nonprofits rely on. There are widespread notions that fundraising is a necessary evil, or that dollars spent on fundraising are being d...

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Generous Donors Continue to Grow Philanthropy GENEROUS DONORS CONTINUE TO GROW PHILANTHROPY

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Mar 20, 2019

In our last Charitable Giving Report, we entered 2018 with a first look at answers to heady questions swirling around the sector. How was philanthropy affected by the tumult surrounding us? We knew then that the many shakeups of widening political rifts, natural disasters, and increased civic engage...

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8 ways your supporters can use livestream fundraising and get more donations 8 WAYS YOUR SUPPORTERS CAN USE LIVESTREAM FUNDRAISING AND GET MORE DONATIONS

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Mar 20, 2019

The most common question we’re asked about DonorDrive’s Live Fundraising™ is: “We’re not going to start a gaming marathon, so how else can our fundraisers use livestream fundraising?” Streamers can broadcast anything and while they do it they can be actively fundr...

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5 Tips to Make the Most Out of Your Donor Data 5 TIPS TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR DONOR DATA

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Mar 20, 2019

Your nonprofit understands the value of a personalized approach when it comes to communicating with donors. When its collects and uses donor data effectively, it's able to tailor its outreach strategy to individual donors and strengthen its relationships with them. Your data becomes especia...

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The Give (by donors) and Take (by taxes) of Nonprofit Funds THE GIVE (BY DONORS) AND TAKE (BY TAXES) OF NONPROFIT FUNDS

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Mar 20, 2019

The mere words “tax policy” may put some people to sleep, but small changes quickly add up to big impact on nonprofits’ bottom lines. Changes to income taxes can significantly influence charitable giving, leading to more or less. Changes to sales and property taxes can impact an or...

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Why Nonprofit Management Should Think Twice Before Posting on Social Media WHY NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT SHOULD THINK TWICE BEFORE POSTING ON SOCIAL MEDIA

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Mar 20, 2019

In this article, we’ll review what happened when the ED commented on a major donor’s Facebook post and the aftermath that followed. Then, we’ll explore ways you and your organization can prevent this kind of situation. In November of 2018, (former) Executive Director of the Grand F...

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Have a Fundraising Plan, Work the Plan, Improve the Plan HAVE A FUNDRAISING PLAN, WORK THE PLAN, IMPROVE THE PLAN

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Mar 19, 2019

Ever since passage of the 2017 federal tax law, with its potential threats to charitable giving among middle-income households (and even among very wealthy households, due to the doubling of the estate tax exemption), nonprofits have asked us—again and again—“What should we do? How...

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You May Love Your Jargon, But Your Donor’s Don’t YOU MAY LOVE YOUR JARGON, BUT YOUR DONOR’S DON’T

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Mar 19, 2019

Nonprofit organizations love their jargon, don’t they? But guess what? Your donors don’t love it as much as you do because it’s boring and they may not understand what you’re trying to say. I think people use jargon because it’s an insider language and it makes the...

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Nonprofit Event Registration: 7 Tips to Maximize Efficiency NONPROFIT EVENT REGISTRATION: 7 TIPS TO MAXIMIZE EFFICIENCY

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Mar 19, 2019

When your nonprofit hosts an event, it’s a whole-team effort. Everyone on your nonprofit’s staff, from your fundraisers to your marketers and development team, are involved in the project. Your events are an important part of your fundraising season as well as an opportunity to meet your...

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Why and How Rituals Build Resilience in the Nonprofit Workplace WHY AND HOW RITUALS BUILD RESILIENCE IN THE NONPROFIT WORKPLACE

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Mar 19, 2019

Last week I presented a session at the  Nonprofit Technology Conference called “Activating A Culture of Resilience for Sustainable Impact,” with fellow NTEN board members, Ananda Leeke & Meico Whitlock as well as Carrie Rice. We each tackled a different aspect of resilience.&nbs...

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5 Critical Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Needs a Marketing Plan 5 CRITICAL REASONS WHY YOUR NONPROFIT NEEDS A MARKETING PLAN

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Mar 19, 2019

Recently I spoke with a woman who wanted to increase awareness of her nonprofit. “Sara” spoke with passion about all the good work her organization does, but complained that no one knows about them. Sara mentioned several ideas she wants to implement to promote her nonprofit, and I ...

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Building a Cloud-First Future for NGOs Around the World BUILDING A CLOUD-FIRST FUTURE FOR NGOS AROUND THE WORLD

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Mar 19, 2019

As the world migrates its IT operations to the cloud, the nonprofit sector stands to benefit significantly from this foundational shift in the way we use technology. Allowing nonprofits to do more with the resources available to them is just one benefit of the cloud. The other is the ability to acce...

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Giving Is Not Like Investing GIVING IS NOT LIKE INVESTING

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Mar 19, 2019

This post, which originally appeared on Giving Compass, is excerpted and adapted from Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count, the forthcoming book from CEP President Phil Buchanan, to be published April 16 by Public Affairs/Hachette. I remember sitting in a second-ye...

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3 Ways to Use Your Form 990 as a Marketing Tool 3 WAYS TO USE YOUR FORM 990 AS A MARKETING TOOL

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Mar 19, 2019

Nonprofit leaders don’t usually like to talk about the Form 990. Every time I bring it up and my eyes light up, their smiles turn down and a sick look comes over their face. I completely understand. It’s a tedious form with dozens of confusing schedules, half of which aren’t applic...

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Why is Technology Important for a Nonprofit WHY IS TECHNOLOGY IMPORTANT FOR A NONPROFIT

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Mar 19, 2019

In our increasingly connected world, sometimes it’s easy to take for granted all that technology can do for your organization. Let’s take a step back and break down what different technology can help accomplish: Social media is critical in promoting your nonprofit’s mission to...

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Nonprofit Tax Compliance: Three Things You Need to Know NONPROFIT TAX COMPLIANCE: THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Mar 19, 2019

You’ve been so busy with your regular programming that when you get the calendar reminder telling you to do your organization’s taxes, all you do is sigh and press “Remind me later”. I’ll do it next week, you promise yourself. However, as a tax professional, I know that...

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An Outside Perspective Can Help Your Nonprofit Succeed AN OUTSIDE PERSPECTIVE CAN HELP YOUR NONPROFIT SUCCEED

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Mar 19, 2019

After what seemed like weeks of rain, Sunday was a beautiful day. The sun was out! As I was driving, I reached for my sunglasses to combat the glare. Wow! What a difference. I realized that it was the first time I had worn new prescription sunglasses while driving. Not only were my eyes not und...

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Giving Donors and Funders Context for Your Platinum Metrics GIVING DONORS AND FUNDERS CONTEXT FOR YOUR PLATINUM METRICS

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Mar 19, 2019

We recently launched our 2019 Seals of Transparency on GuideStar. This year, we’ve added new features to the Platinum Seal to help donors and funders better understand the metrics shared by nonprofits. Before we launched the 2019 Seals, we asked nonprofits to share at least one metric fro...

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5 TRUTHS ABOUT CONTENT MARKETING CAMPAIGNS THAT NONPROFITS SHOULDN’T IGNORE 5 TRUTHS ABOUT CONTENT MARKETING CAMPAIGNS THAT NONPROFITS SHOULDN’T IGNORE

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Mar 19, 2019

As I watch nonprofits embracing content marketing as a strategy, I see a few places where they just aren’t quite getting it right. I think that’s because they are ignoring five truths about successful content marketing. Content is just content. What makes something content marketing...

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When Saying No Can Be Almost as Helpful as Saying Yes WHEN SAYING NO CAN BE ALMOST AS HELPFUL AS SAYING YES

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Mar 18, 2019

Every nonprofit loves to hear that it received a grant or a donation. Likewise, every nonprofit hates to hear that it missed out on an opportunity for funding. Sometimes as funders, we get caught up in the day-to-day hustle and bustle of our philanthropy, and we lose track of things. Keeping tr...

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A Checklist for Nonprofits Starting a Major Gift Program A CHECKLIST FOR NONPROFITS STARTING A MAJOR GIFT PROGRAM

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Mar 18, 2019

It is always amazing to me to hear managers and leaders who want to start or rebuild a major gift program say, “We will just hire some major gift officers and get going,” or something like that. It’s as if this MGO will arrive on the scene and suddenly, money will be pouring into t...

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How Can You Calculate If Your Monthly Donor Program Is Growing HOW CAN YOU CALCULATE IF YOUR MONTHLY DONOR PROGRAM IS GROWING

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Mar 18, 2019

People ask me this question a lot: “My monthly donors only make up 3 percent (or fill in another percentage) of my donors. Is that good? What’s the percentage I should strive for?” The answer is: “It depends!” Let’s look at a few different scenarios: If you h...

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Why You Need to Modernize Your Recurring Giving Program WHY YOU NEED TO MODERNIZE YOUR RECURRING GIVING PROGRAM

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Mar 18, 2019

A modern donor experience can make it easier for your nonprofit to attract new supporters, from one-time donors to monthly recurring donors and beyond. This is especially relevant given the expectations people have with modern platforms like Amazon, for example, where they can complete a transaction...

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Nonprofit Bylaws Made Easy: Tips and Best Practices NONPROFIT BYLAWS MADE EASY: TIPS AND BEST PRACTICES

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Mar 18, 2019

The nonprofit sector serves the public interest and plays an essential role in our economies. Working hard to strengthen communities and address a variety of issues and challenges, nonprofits enrich our lives in a variety of ways. They benefit our society in fields such as religion, science, economy...

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5 Tips to Write a Captivating Crowdfunding Description 5 TIPS TO WRITE A CAPTIVATING CROWDFUNDING DESCRIPTION

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Mar 18, 2019

Whether you work for a small staff or you’re a bigger nonprofit with a clever new idea, crowdfunding can help you put your plans in motion. Crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Go Fund Me have shown great potential in terms of helping ambitious teams bring their visions to fruition.&...

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How to Use Neuroscience to Become a Strategic Nonprofit Leader HOW TO USE NEUROSCIENCE TO BECOME A STRATEGIC NONPROFIT LEADER

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Mar 18, 2019

In Part 1 of this two-part series I began to talk about how neuroscience can help leaders be more effective and strategic in today’s economy. Above all else, we discussed the need to think about what people are thinking, not just observe what they’re doing. This holds true for yourself a...

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Stewardship Success: Donor Relations that Create Donor Retention STEWARDSHIP SUCCESS: DONOR RELATIONS THAT CREATE DONOR RETENTION

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Mar 18, 2019

In order for any organization or project to be truly successful, it is critical to have buy-in from the community. Generous civic groups, businesses, individuals, and foundations are the cornerstone of any healthy and sustainable nonprofit. Keeping those generous donors engaged is one of major keys ...

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4 Ways to Show Genuine Gratitude 4 WAYS TO SHOW GENUINE GRATITUDE

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Mar 15, 2019

Thankfulness strengthens relationships, and it’s one of the most important and impactful types of donor communication. Demonstrating your appreciation shows that you value your donors and count them as an essential part of your team. Sending tailored thank you messages creates goodwill and mak...

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3 Ways to Uncover Major Gift Donors 3 WAYS TO UNCOVER MAJOR GIFT DONORS

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Mar 15, 2019

Whether you’re in the early stages of launching a capital campaign, planning an event, or just trying to hit your annual fundraising target, major gift donations are a must! This begs the question is every nonprofit focused on major gifts in the same way? It doesn’t appear so. In a ...

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7 Nonprofit Management Tips to Develop Your Career 7 NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT TIPS TO DEVELOP YOUR CAREER

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Mar 15, 2019

There are few structured career paths in the nonprofit industry. In fact, 67 percent of nonprofits have no talent acquisition strategy and 56 percent say they have no plan to change how they source for talent. But as the sector grows there are more and more opportunities to contribute to social impa...

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Is a Nonprofit Career in Your Future IS A NONPROFIT CAREER IN YOUR FUTURE

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Mar 15, 2019

I have been writing articles and blogs for many years. I love to promote having a nonprofit career and to share information with others. The by-product of writing is the variety of questions asked of me in a given month. These questions represent a wide range of topics. One general theme that is typ...

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5 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Financials to Increase Transparency 5 WAYS NONPROFITS CAN USE FINANCIALS TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY

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Mar 15, 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 One Nonprofit Saves Time and Money with Help Desk Services HOW ONE NONPROFIT SAVES TIME AND MONEY WITH HELP DESK SERVICES

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Mar 15, 2019

In a small village up the Hudson River in New York, one small nonprofit is making a difference in the lives of local residents. Founded in 2003, Chiku Awali African Dance, Arts, & Culture of Rockland County is dedicated to fostering knowledge of African culture particularly African dance and mus...

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