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Becoming a fundraiser

Hands-On Fundraising

Have I ever told you how I became a fundraiser? I’m hesitant to share because I don’t often find myself interesting enough… But I think in this case, there were a few reasons why my first fundraising job became a career lasting decades. And I hope that’s useful to you. My first nonprofit job was […] The post Becoming a fundraiser appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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What Kind of Experience Are You Giving Your Donors?

Ann Green's Nonprofit

What kind of experience are you giving your donors when they interact with your organization? Is it good, bad, or somewhere in between? It’s important for you to look at things from their perspective, not yours. Let’s examine some of the different aspects of fundraising and donor communication to see what kind of experience you’re giving your donors.

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Why Smart Nonprofits Focus on Growing Monthly Giving

Clairification

For at least the past seven years I’ve been actively encouraging nonprofits of all stripes to prioritize beginning or ramping up their monthly giving program. Not a lot of nonprofits were really leaning into this then. But, as much sense as it made then, it makes even more sense now. So, I’m going to ask you: How are you doing with this? Here’s why I’m asking.

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Aligning Nonprofit Priorities for Success

The Fundraiser Coach

What happens when Mission Impact + Nonprofit Leadership + the Fundraising Team are not aligned Recently, while working with a client, she shared exciting news over Zoom. They had received a generous $25,000 gift for their museum. I was overjoyed for them! Initially, the plan was to meet with the donor, thank for the previous gift, showcase the impact of her previous contributions and highlight new opportunities within that department.

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AI for Grant Writing: 20+ ChatGPT Prompts You Can Use

This prompt guide for ChatGPT contains 20+ tested ChatGPT prompts, along with tips on how to use this tool the best way. Nonprofits can engage with ChatGPT to brainstorm ideas, refine project plans, and craft compelling narratives for grant proposals.

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What the YMCA Taught Me About Community, Civil Society, and Democracy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The regular people who worked at my local Y showed me how everyday institutions can bridge divides and level the playing field. By Eboo Patel B.R. Ryall YMCA 6-8th grade campers from B.R. Ryall YMCA on a field trip to YMCA Camp MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin. They participated in a team-building exercise where the campers were passed a hula hoop around the circle while holding hands.

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5 Cardinal Sins for Nonprofit Fundraising Renewal Appeals

Clairification

In my last article I talked about the importance of making a good first impression with potential donors. It’s extremely important to have a strategy in place, just as if you were going on a first date. Those who plan ahead do well. Those who don’t? Not so much. Both dating, and donor wooing , are a delicate dance. But, let’s say you did a good job.

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More Revenue Streams Needed Now Than 24 Months Ago

The NonProfit Times

Nonprofits face continual financial pressures around revenue streams, with 57% of financial managers saying they need somewhat or much more stable cash flow, and nearly 7 in 10 sharing that they need more revenue streams today than they did two years ago. That need for additional revenue streams comes at a time when 56% of nonprofit financial managers say their organization have at least six funding sources, and 28% have at least 10.

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Here We Go Again (and Again and Again): Let’s Stop Looking for the One ‘New Approach’ to Philanthropy

Center for Effective Philanthropy

The post Here We Go Again (and Again and Again): Let’s Stop Looking for the One ‘New Approach’ to Philanthropy appeared first on The Center for Effective Philanthropy.

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Volunteer Interview Questions to Use at Your Next Interview

Wild Apricot

Interviewing potential volunteers is key to a successful volunteering program. Use these questions to guide your next volunteer interview and help you select the right person for the job.

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Major Funders Bet Big on Rural America and 'Everyday Democracy'

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Takeaways from a new cross-ideological venture that plans to spend $50 million in philanthropy-starved regions: “No one is coming to do this work for us." By Drew Lindsay Courtesy of Sipp Culture Grocery stores near Utica, Miss., have closed, so residents came together with the nonprofit Sipp Culture to create a community farm and commercial greenhouse.

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The Dublin Diaries: Week 2 – Addressing Structural Inequalities in Digital Forensics 

HSF House

Hello everyone! It’s hard to believe I’ve already spent two and a half weeks here in Dublin, Ireland. My time at University College Dublin (UCD) has been a whirlwind of research, exploration, and personal growth. This week, as part of the Global Scholars Program at Florida State University (FSU), I’m focusing on a critical issue: structural inequalities in our communities and how various factors contribute to these disparities.

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Teacher Well-Being: Beyond Yoga and Pizza Parties

Blackbaud

It’s in the news and on your campus. Professional education associations are sounding the alarm. More teachers are leaving the profession, and the pipeline of new educators is shrinking. As schools of all kinds—public, private, K–12, and higher ed—struggle to recruit faculty, they must also work harder to retain them. Many cite burnout as the primary reason they are leaving the teaching profession, and in response, schools are trying to pivot and focus on the well-being of their faculty and stud

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A Look at 3 Unconscious Biases That Affect Nonprofit Board Decision-Making

NonProfit PRO

Here are three unconscious biases and mental shortcuts seen in boardroom relationships, their impact and strategies to manage them.

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Creative Nonprofit Fundraising: 12 Ideas for Your Next Fundraiser

GrantNews

Most nonprofit organizations keep a steadfast eye on funding. The need to secure funding is a constant focus. This need creates a challenge to think of innovative strategies to raise money. While individual and corporate donors are often invaluable sources of support, standing out in a crowded field of deserving causes requires a touch of creativity.

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Arabella Founder Eric Kessler — Under Fire as 'Dark Money' Master — Talks About the Line Between Philanthropy and Politics

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The founder of the philanthropy consulting firm for left-leaning donors blames the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling for injecting billions of dollars into the political process. By Alex Daniels Courtesy of Arabella Advisors Eric Kessler, founder and former co-head of Arabella Advisors, a Washington, D.C.-based for-profit consulting company that advises left-leaning donors and nonprofits.

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Adopting a Mental Health Mindset Will Help Both Funders and Nonprofits Thrive

Center for Effective Philanthropy

You are exhausted, a next-level fatigue. Your body is so tired, but your mind can’t stop. It pings from what is right in front of you — grant deadlines, board […] The post Adopting a Mental Health Mindset Will Help Both Funders and Nonprofits Thrive appeared first on The Center for Effective Philanthropy.

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15 Grant Seeker Questions Answered by GrantWriterTeam

Grant Writer Team

Are you a grant seeker looking to hire a grant writer? GrantWriterTeam provides an easy-to-use platform for grant seekers to match with the perfect grant writer. Here are 15 of the most commonly asked grant seeker questions about our website to help you determine if our service is right for you! 1. What Does a Grant Writer Do? Grant writers are available for a range of services, not limited to: Finding federal, state & local grants Finding foundation grants and contracts Writing LOIs (Letter

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5 Community-Building Tactics to Boost Donor Acquisition

NonProfit PRO

Use these cost-effective community-building tactics to boost donor acquisition and make new donors feel at home in your organization.

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3 Things You Should Know About Nonprofit Financial Audits

re:Charity

Good financial health is essential to your nonprofit’s ability to grow and make a difference in the community. In addition to developing sound procedures for planning, reporting, and managing your organization’s. The post 3 Things You Should Know About Nonprofit Financial Audits appeared first on re: charity.

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How the Fearless Fund Ruling Distorts Charity, History — and Law

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The wrongheaded decision should not dissuade nonprofits committed to racial equity from doing their critical work. By Roger Colinvaux Photo by Carl Juste/Miami Herald Fearless Fund co-founders Ayana Parsons, from left, and Arian Simone, with attorney Ben Crump, hold a press conference after appearing in federal court at the James Lawrence King Federal Justice Building in Miami, Florida, on Jan. 31, 2024.

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Podcast: Unlocking Donor Motivation: The Key to Successful Capital Campaigns

Capital Campaign Pro

Season 3, Episode 63 In this episode of All About Capital Campaigns, hosts Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt delve into the essential, yet often overlooked, aspect of fundraising: understanding why donors choose to give. They share examples of how understanding donors’ evolving interests and life events can guide how organizations interact with them, ensuring that […] The post Podcast: Unlocking Donor Motivation: The Key to Successful Capital Campaigns appeared first on Capital Cam

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Funders: Let’s Stop Making Nonprofits Choose Between Balanced Budgets and Burnout

Center for Effective Philanthropy

As I read the recent Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) report on the state of nonprofits, a familiar feeling settled in. The invisible lines between the findings began to form, […] The post Funders: Let’s Stop Making Nonprofits Choose Between Balanced Budgets and Burnout appeared first on The Center for Effective Philanthropy.

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Halt Declining Retention Rates with These Creative and Effective Strategies

NonProfit PRO

Discover the secrets to boosting donor retention and revitalizing your nonprofit in this guide, "Unlock the Secrets of Nonprofit Success: A Strategic Guide to Boost Your Donor Retention Game." Increasing donor retention rates by just 10% can result in a substantial 200% surge in the lifetime value of donors according to the Harvard Business Review. How can we counter the national decline in donor retention?

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Don’t Forget to Be a Human!

Veritus Group

Sometimes, the best way to connect (or reconnect) with your donor as a person is to bring your authentic self into the relationship. The post Don’t Forget to Be a Human! appeared first on Veritus Group.

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Weingart Foundation Promotes Joanna Jackson to President and CEO

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By M.J. Prest Weingart Foundation Joanna Jackson will remain as president and CEO of the Weingart Foundation. Plus, Sandy Ho will be the next executive director of the Disability and Philanthropy Forum, and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has named a new leader.

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The Big DAF Gaffe

Planned Giving

With Brad Caswell A lot of donors are leaving undistributed assets in their DAFs — defeating the intent of a donor-advised fund. Last year, less than 23% of fund totals were distributed out of the nearly one and half million donor-advised funds in the U.S. Why aren’t donors giving more away? Donor-advised funds, or DAFS, are a giving vehicle that’s rapidly growing in popularity.

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Structural Inequalities: Boggy Bears and Afghans!

HSF House

Hello! You may be asking yourself… What is a boggy bear? Camp Boggy Creek states on their website “When our campers arrive at Camp Boggy Creek… they are greeted with their very own Boggy Bear and Afghan. Each bear and afghan are made with TLC and each one is unique, just like our campers. Groups from all around the United States get together to craft these comforting bears and twice a year, they converge at Camp to stuff the bears with fluff and love.

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5 Insights From the ‘GivingPulse Q1 2024 Report’

NonProfit PRO

GivingTuesday released its third GivingPulse report, which revealed trends in recurring donations, solicitation and more in Q1 2024.

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Charity Golf Outing Tips from the Experts 

GiveSmart

More than one in three people over the age of five have played golf. With the average golf outing raising nearly $80,000, a charity golf outing may be a great opportunity fore your organization. We’ve brought together a panel of partners, who teed up tips to make your charity golf outings the perfect drive for your mission. We asked our panel, “ What fun, successful elements have you seen organizations add to their golf outings?

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Community Health Centers' New Crisis: The Need for Backup Power

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Unreliable power is a widespread problem for community health centers, which serve more than 30 million patients at 14,000 locations. By Gabriela Aoun Angueira, Associated Press HEALDSBURG, Calif. Nic Coury, AP Photo In May, Alliance Medical Center turned on a new rooftop solar and battery storage system that was paid for by humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief.

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4 Strategies for Increasing Your In-Kind Donations

re:Charity

As a nonprofit professional, you know all about maximizing revenue for your organization. From acquiring recurring gifts to connecting with major donors to soliciting small business sponsorships, you’ve done it all. The post 4 Strategies for Increasing Your In-Kind Donations appeared first on re: charity.

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A New Experience

HSF House

Hi everyone! Today I started my first day at the Alpaca farm. I have been trying new experiences every week and so far this might be my favorite one. The work mostly consists of feeding, walking, brushing the Alpacas, and taking care of the farm. I wake up at around 6:30 am so I can be at the farm at 8 am. The work goes on until 12 pm and then I have the rest of the day to myself.

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Mastery of the Fundraising Portfolio

NonProfit PRO

Fundraising portfolio is based on extensive relationship-building. Here are my tips to successfully master your portfolio.