February, 2024

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Which Song from Fiddler on the Roof Describes a Nonprofit Fundraiser’s Job?

Clairification

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make me a Match! While you might be tempted to guess “If I were a Rich Man,” that’s not it. Because that would be making fundraising mostly about money. And, actually, fundraising is mostly about love. So the correct answer is “ Matchmaker.” That’s right. Your job is to make the perfect match between the values your organization enacts and the values your donor shares.

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Don’t Your Donors Deserve to Feel Appreciated?

Ann Green's Nonprofit

We all like to feel appreciated and that includes your donors. Thanking your donors should be a priority for your nonprofit organization. Is that the case? Unfortunately, the answer is usually no. Thanking your donors is not just something you do after you receive a donation and then do nothing for a while. You need to show gratitude all year round and with Valentine’s Day coming up, that’s a great opportunity to thank your donors and show them how much you appreciate their support.

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Adapting to Change: Navigating Challenges in the Non-Profit Sector

RBW Strategy

Adapting to Change: Navigating Challenges in the Non-Profit Sector In the dynamic landscape of the non-profit sector, organizations face a myriad of challenges that demand adaptability and resilience.

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Do you want to keep last year’s donors this year?

Hands-On Fundraising

How to keep those donors Oh, hello 2024. Yes, your year-end fundraising efforts are over. Take a deep breath. Relax. OK. Enough of that. Time for 2024 fundraising! And here’s what I want you to think most about: retention. I hope you welcomed new donors last year. And maybe even welcomed back some others. But […] The post Do you want to keep last year’s donors this year?

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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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Nonprofit Radio for February 19, 2024: Frustrations & Opportunities With Jay Frost

Tony Martignetti

Jay Frost: Frustrations & Opportunities With Jay Frost Jay returns to share his reflections on four decades in the nonprofit community. There are things he’d like to see us doing better, that the sector has been talking about for many years. But they haven’t changed much. Yet he remains optimistic, so he recognizes the brighter … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for February 19, 2024: Frustrations & Opportunities With Jay Frost → Jay Frost: Frustrations & Opportunities Wit

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How to Craft a Nonprofit Board Orientation Strategy

Clairification

Please don’t leave your new (or old for that matter) board members dangling! Being a board member is not something we’re generally taught. In fact, it can be a complete mystery. Folks feel proud to have been recruited to join your board, and excited to begin their service, but… what happens next can mean the difference between a fulfilling experience and a disappointing one.

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Are You Following the Ask, Thank, Report, Repeat formula?

Ann Green's Nonprofit

You may be familiar with the Ask, Thank, Report, Repeat formula in fundraising. If not, you should be. Organizations that follow that tend to be more successful. Many organizations just practice Ask, Ask, Ask. If that’s the case for you, are you raising the money you need? Because what’s most important is to thank and report before you ask for another donation.

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Human Resources for Nonprofits 

Wild Apricot

Learn the key responsibilities of HR in nonprofits including staffing, compensation, benefits, training, culture, and employee relations. Discover best practices for nonprofit human resource management.

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Want better fundraising results? Rethink your team

Hands-On Fundraising

Fundraising results depend on the whole organization You might know that I spent a good number of years working for regional theaters. It’s where my nonprofit career began. And theater is still close to my heart. But over the years – whether in my first theater, where I managed the box office, or in subsequent […] The post Want better fundraising results?

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Nonprofit Radio for February 26, 2024: Your Partnerships With FGWs

Tony Martignetti

Esther Choy: Your Partnerships With FGWs First Generation Wealth creators have different values and mindsets than those who inherited their wealth. And FGWs far outnumber the inheritors. Esther Choy’s research helps you understand these folks and how to build valuable relationships with them. She’s president of Leadership Story Lab. (This originally aired May 17, … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for February 26, 2024: Your Partnerships With FGWs → Esther Choy: Your Partnerships W

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Women Leaders of Color Are Exhausted. Philanthropy Needs to Step Up.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

From unfulfilled racial-justice pledges to unionizing nonprofits, the pressures on woman leaders like me aren’t letting up. Donors need to recognize that and invest in our physical and mental health. By Sayu Bhojwani From unfulfilled racial justice pledges to unionizing nonprofits, the pressures on woman leaders like me aren’t letting up. Donors need to recognize that and invest in our physical and mental health.

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What Does Early Spring Mean for Nonprofit Communications Strategies?

Clairification

This week the groundhog told us it’s going to be an early spring! Spring is always a good time for re-awakening, rebirth and just plain dusting away the cobwebs. And what a dreary, grave, cobwebby period it’s been. We’ve got a lot to clean up, reorganize and rethink. So much, in fact, it’s downright overwhelming. So, as I sat down to write today’s article, I thought about what you actually have within your power to do.

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5 Creative Donor Appreciation Ideas for Small Nonprofits

Ann Green's Nonprofit

Thanking donors is crucial for securing gifts—especially for small nonprofits trying to build a support base. Show your gratitude with these creative ideas. By Logan Foote Building relationships is crucial for nonprofits to grow their impact. For small nonprofits in particular, these relationships are critical to growing and scaling your work to drive additional impact.

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The Ultimate Guide to Legacy Gifts  

Wild Apricot

Unlock a lasting impact with legacy giving! Learn why it's crucial, set up a sustainable program, and master the art of soliciting and building successful legacy gifting programs.

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You CAN write a great thank you

Hands-On Fundraising

Does writing a thank you letter make you feel sort of squeamish? Do you put it off, because… all those feelings? Or maybe just because you don’t know where to start? I got you. Read on… Your opening paragraph As you would with any letter, keep the first paragraph short. And make it all about […] The post You CAN write a great thank you appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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Nonprofit Radio for February 5, 2024: Zombie Loyalists

Tony Martignetti

Edgar Villanueva: Zombie Loyalists Peter Shankman is a 5x best selling author, entrepreneur and corporate keynote speaker. His book “Zombie Loyalists” focuses on customer service; creating rabid fans who do your social media, marketing and PR for you. Peter’s book isn’t new, but his strategies and tactics are timeless. This originally aired 12/19/14.

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Racial Justice Programs Under Fire: Foundations Are Running Scared When They Should Double Down

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Perceived legal threats following the Supreme Court affirmative action ruling are causing grant makers to backslide, fueling notions that racial justice work is discriminatory or illegal. By Lori Villarosa , Ben Francisco Maulbeck, and Gihan Perera Getty Images Perceived legal threats following the Supreme Court affirmative action ruling are causing grant makers to backslide, fueling notions that racial justice work is discriminatory or illegal.

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Leaping Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Links + Free Resources

Clairification

This week, before we get to all the resources I’ve curated to help you do great work, these questions from the always sage Seth Godin bear your consideration. Direct questions worth answering For everyone on the team… Do you care enough to do great work? Can we agree on what great work looks like? When the world changes, do we have a process to redefine great work?

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3 Ways to Enhance Donor Experiences with Digital Waivers

Ann Green's Nonprofit

Leveraging data and making tweaks to donor-facing forms helps your nonprofit build stronger relationships. Learn how digital waivers improve donor experiences. By Logan Lewis In 2023, donor retention was down significantly from the previous year. The number of new retained donors, or those who gave the previous year but never before, dropped by 18.7%.

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2024 Guide to Nonprofit Fiscal Sponsorship: Models, Agreements & More!

Wild Apricot

Nonprofit fiscal sponsorship supports emerging projects and organizations. Explore three different models and learn how to become a fiscal sponsor!

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How to gather high-quality nonprofit client feedback

Candid

Nonprofit organizations are always looking for ways to increase the impact of their work. One way to serve your clients more effectively is to gather feedback from participants, then use what you learn to improve services and support organizational change initiatives. At Listen4Good (L4G), we call this process a “client feedback loop.” This includes asking questions such as: “To what extent have we met your needs?

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Safeguarding Good: Cybersecurity for Nonprofits 101

Qgiv

As technology advances, the fundraising landscape becomes more and more focused on digital solutions to reach wider audiences. However, these convenient fundraising options come with a risk many in the nonprofit world aren’t very familiar with—cybersecurity. The importance of cybersecurity for nonprofits can’t be overstated, and your organization is not immune to the constantly evolving cyber threats that come with sharing information through the internet.

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The Climate Foundation Funded by Laurene Powell Jobs Has More Than $3 Billion to Spend — and a Deadline

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Jared Blumenfeld says the Waverley Street Foundation supports community-based climate groups that have been largely overlooked by past climate philanthropy. By Jim Rendon Courtesy of the Waverley Street Foundation Jared Blumenfeld became Waverley Street’s president in 2022 after a long history in the environmental movement. He began his career as a lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Love is in the Air Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Links + Free Resources

Clairification

Good (February holiday) news department, and couldn’t we use some! The groundhog predicted an early spring. The Year of the Dragon means good fortune. Valentine’s Day reminds us to come from a place of love President’s Day gives a long weekend (in the U.S.) to relax But one of my favorites, on February 17th, is little known, and perfect for the social benefit sector.

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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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Engaging Association Members in Advocacy Initiatives: 3 Tips

Wild Apricot

Advocacy initiatives have the power to engage members and enact positive change. Learn how to encourage your association’s members to participate in advocacy.

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Protecting the right to give according to our values

Candid

On January 31, the Eleventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals began hearing oral arguments in a case that holds significant implications for U.S. philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last June against race-conscious admissions in higher education, we were concerned that the decision could lead to further limitations on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts across the sector.

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Choosing the Right Path: ERP + GMS

AmpliFund

An ERP system serves as the backbone of an organization — integrating various business processes such as finance, human capital management , and procurement. Unfortunately, w hile ERP systems offer a broad range of functionalities to manage various aspects of business operations, their grant management capabilities are not robust enough to enable most organizations to properly manage grant funding.

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Gen Z Is Open to Nonprofit Careers — but on Their Own Terms

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Ben Gose Tracie Van Auken for The Chronicle Young workers favor an informal work style and want a tightly defined work schedule. They're also demanding changes in how organizations operate. Plus: See the rest of our new issue , published online today.

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Strategic Nonprofit Board Recruitment

Clairification

When organizations aren’t raising as much money as they need, they’ll often tell me: “ We need to recruit new board members. ” This is very often true, but it’s only a piece of the puzzle as to why they’re not being more successful with fundraising. So, if you’re about to embark on some board recruitment, I strongly encourage you to do a little soul searching first so you can embark on your quest strategically.

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Quest for Quality: Your Guide to Overcoming Data Obstacles for Business Success

NonProfit PRO

The first obstacle in any quest for clean data is knowing what’s in it. Download this ebook to learn how data profiling can help you find, fix & monitor the bad data in your system to boost donor engagement, optimize fundraising efforts, and improve decision-making. Plus, learn how to overcome other common data obstacles to achieve a complete 360-degree customer view.

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How to Create a Power-Packed Donor Thank You Letter

Get Fully Funded

Thanking donors is THE most important step in fundraising. Get this one right, and fundraising gets easier. Mess it up, and you’ll eventually lose the donor. Unfortunately, most nonprofits view thanking donors as an afterthought instead of treating it with the importance it deserves. And that can kill your ability to keep good donors who love the work your nonprofit is doing.

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To bot or not to bot: Using generative AI in grantwriting

Candid

Amid all the talk about generative AI, fundraisers, especially grantwriters, may be asking themselves: Am I out of a job?  Will I be replaced by ChatGPT? Perhaps the question we should be asking instead is: How can we use these tools to create efficiencies and enhance our work? The two of us—combining our experience as a grantwriter, researcher, and grant instructor for 30-plus years and as an instructional designer who regularly uses generative AI, respectively—will discuss the basics: what gen

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