How Nonprofit Employees Can Use Batching to Get More Done in Less Time

CAIN NONPROFIT SOLUTIONS | July 25, 2019

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Most nonprofit employees I know are faced with a common problem: too much work to get done, not enough time to do it, and all of it’s important. Sound familiar? I’m betting it does, and these problems are compounded by the fact that most of us don’t exactly do our best work when we’re stressed, limited for time, and/or dread doing that particular task. But as mentioned above, all of it’s important.

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Canine Partners For Life

For 29 years, Canine Partners for Life (CPL) has been dedicated to training service dogs, home companion dogs, residential companion dogs, and courthouse companion dogs to assist individuals who have a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities. Today, our 45-acre campus includes the Marian S. Ware Program Services Center, our training facility, and state of the art kennel. To date, CPL has placed more than 700 service and companion dogs. CPL teams (service dog/human partner) have been placed in 45 states in the U.S.

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Nonprofit Advertising: A Guide to Different Approaches and Examples

Article | February 25, 2020

If you’re working passionately for a cause, you know how heartbreaking it can feel to realize that you don’t always have the budget to make your nonprofit seen by the world. Billions of dollars are spent every year to design larger-than-life billboards and gorgeous commercials for products and services — a luxury that most nonprofits, especially local ones, can’t afford. Plus, advertising a cause is a different ballgame than advertising a product or service, because the exchange between donor and nonprofit isn’t tangible.

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Ladder of Engagement: Nonprofit Fundraising Strategies

Article | June 2, 2021

Have you ever heard of the "Ladder of Engagement"? It's definitely not a new strategy, but as the world increasingly relies on keeping audiences engaged and connected, it's an increasingly important tool for all nonprofits. The nonprofit ladder of engagement is a powerful tool to hook your "casual follower" and move them toward being your most loyal donor and everything in between. If you don't already have a strategic ladder of engagement for your nonprofit, now's a great time to develop one. And for organizations that have one in place, it's good practice to evaluate and make adjustments from time to time--and summer is an excellent time of year to do just that! This blog will help you develop or update your nonprofit's ladder of engagement.

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The 7 Rules of Effective Networking for Nonprofit Fundraisers

Article | March 4, 2020

Any development professional and fundraiser will tell you that networking is the not-so-secret key to nonprofit fundraising success. Easier said than done, right? You don't want to be one of "those" fundraisers who seem pushy or too forward about it all. Some people are more natural networkers than others, but it's a skill that just about anyone can master. The most successful development professionals focus on sharpening their communication and networking skills so they can get the most out of all types of events and gatherings.

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3 Soft Skills Every Fundraiser Needs

Article | April 22, 2020

"Soft skills" are a hot topic of discussion in recent years, especially in the business world. Many companies are beginning to prioritize hiring candidates with these interpersonal attributes because it’s easy to teach someone how to do a task. It’s much harder to teach people communication, problem-solving, and relational skills. Nonprofits are no exception. "Soft skills" are the unquantifiable abilities that help you build healthy relationships, communicate effectively, and make you an excellent fundraiser. Lacking these attributes could cause you to miss or misunderstand important things in conversations with current and potential donors (and your staff). Because so much fundraising happens online now (via websites, social media, and the telephone), it’s easy to assume that these soft skills are less valuable. On the contrary, they’re actually more important because every interaction carries more weight. We rounded up three soft skills every development professional should cultivate to boost your online fundraising.

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Canine Partners For Life

For 29 years, Canine Partners for Life (CPL) has been dedicated to training service dogs, home companion dogs, residential companion dogs, and courthouse companion dogs to assist individuals who have a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities. Today, our 45-acre campus includes the Marian S. Ware Program Services Center, our training facility, and state of the art kennel. To date, CPL has placed more than 700 service and companion dogs. CPL teams (service dog/human partner) have been placed in 45 states in the U.S.

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