March, 2024

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Loyalty is the New Nonprofit Donor Currency: Part 1

Clairification

That’s right. Loyalty. Not wealth. Not money. Not even attention. Because merely grabbing the attention of someone with either capacity or inclination to give is no guarantee philanthropy will follow. Today I’d like to illuminate: Truths about what drives philanthropy, Challenges nonprofits have developing and implementing strategies that take these truths into account, and Suggestions for moving forward with a new paradigm to generate increased philanthropy.

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Spring Into Action by Paying Attention to Your Donor Retention

Ann Green's Nonprofit

Donor retention is a perennial problem for nonprofit organizations. Many organizations spend all this time and energy on acquiring donors, concentrating more on volume and don’t seem to be concerned that they’re churning through different donors year after year. Just like the flowers and plants in your garden, you need to give them care and attention.

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Your Best “No BS” Nonprofit Resources

Pamela Grow

Every day you sit down to begin working on a project. Perhaps it’s your first donor newsletter. Or an invitation to your organization’s latest event. Or maybe you’ve finally decided to work on your email welcome series. Only to be interrupted by a notification on your phone for a new *free* webinar promising the latest in fundraising innovation (probably something AI-related).

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Can we talk about donor care?

Hands-On Fundraising

You know taking care of your donors is one of the most important things you can do I’ve recently written about thank you letters and donor retention. Yes, they’re very much connected. But it’s now that time of year… tax season. And your donors are likely going through the drudgery of pulling together their records, […] The post Can we talk about donor care?

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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 March 11, 2024: Election Year Activities

Tony Martignetti

Gene Takagi: Election Year Activities In this presidential election year, everything related to politics is prohibited, right? Not so fast. It’s not that simple. There are actions you can take, including lobbying on ballot measures. As long as you follow the rules. There’s no one better to explain those rules than Gene Takagi, our … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for March 11, 2024: Election Year Activities → Gene Takagi: Election Year Activities In this presidential election yea

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4 Keys to Raise Money in Today’s Attention-Sucking Nonprofit Jungle

Clairification

Wondering where fundraising is heading in our highly networked, overly saturated, noisy-as-all-get-out post-digital revolution world? A world that’s really a jungle, with so much competition for attention — for-profits, other nonprofits, socially conscious businesses, political campaigns, friends, and family? Your mantra can no longer simply be about “creating awareness.

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Are You Missing Out On Opportunities To Engage With Your Donors?

Ann Green's Nonprofit

I recently finished tallying last year’s donations for our taxes. Always a fun task. Going through all the donation letters and emails triggered a few insights I’d like to share. Chances are, you’re missing out on opportunities to engage with your donors. Sending a yearly donation summary is very helpful Most of the gifts I make are monthly donations and organizations that sent a summary of all those gifts made it so much easier for me.

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9 Emails Every Nonprofit Needs To Send

Pamela Grow

Closeup Woman hand using Laptop pc with email icon, Email concept Creating your nonprofit’s digital strategy comes with its own set of challenges, from creating engaging campaigns to standing out in donors’ inboxes. But the good news is that nonprofits benefit from higher open rates compared to regular marketing emails. Your real test lies in converting these opens into donations.

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7 more quick tips to improve your donor communications

Hands-On Fundraising

Do your donor communications need a few quick tips? Improve your donor communications… I know. I just wrote about this. But there’s a bit more… and if you’re like me, more ideas are hard to resist. You’ve probably heard you should write fast and edit slowly. And so you should. But how do you turn […] The post 7 more quick tips to improve your donor communications appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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Nonprofit Radio for March 4, 2024: Publish Your Book, Thought Leader

Tony Martignetti

Stephanie Chandler: Publish Your Book, Thought Leader Thought leadership can be valuable to you, your nonprofit, or both. Publishing a nonfiction book is one way to become a thought leader or expand your credentials. From outlining and writing to publishing and marketing, Stephanie Chandler shares her personal experiences and professional wisdom. She’s CEO of … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for March 4, 2024: Publish Your Book, Thought Leader → Stephanie Chandler: Publish Your B

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Michael Bloomberg Tops the List of America's Biggest Donors in 2023

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Maria Di Mento and Jim Rendon Calla Kessler, The New York Times, Redux Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg contributed $3 billion last year to support the arts, education, environment, public health, and programs aimed at improving city governments around the world. The 50 donors gave a median of $100 million and a total of $11.9 billion.

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Why Would a Donor Give to Your Charity?

Clairification

What gets donors going? The heart, not the head. “ People do not give to the most urgent needs, but rather they support causes that mean something to them.” This is the finding from a report done by the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy at the University of Kent: “ How Donor Choose Charities.” They begin their study from the widely-accepted premise that charities exist primarily to help needy people and the desire to meet needs is a key criterion in the selection of charitable benef

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How to Step Up Your Donor Cultivation Strategy: 14 Useful Ideas

Wild Apricot

Create a foolproof donor cultivation plan with the help of these 14 trusted strategies! From small to major donors, there's an idea for everyone.

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Grants For Mom-And-Pop Businesses: Improving Our Communities

GrantNews

Grants are a great resource for mom-and-pop business owners to secure funding. Funding awarded to a mom-and-pop business helps these folks grow their brands and expand their customer bases. In turn, this creates new jobs and resources, and builds a stronger, more prosperous community for everyone. And, because of this, smart mom-and-pop businesses include grant-seeking in their Business Plan to secure the capital funding they need for success.

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How To Communicate With Donors About Matching Gifts

Hands-On Fundraising

Every fundraising professional wants to maximize support for their organization’s cause. Whether their organization’s vision is to feed those in need, protect the environment, or support the arts, fundraisers are want to make a difference. Matching gifts offer a unique opportunity to take donors’ impact further and create a lasting impact. Through matching gift programs, […] The post How To Communicate With Donors About Matching Gifts appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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Building Bridges: The Art of Branding a Capital Campaign

Capital Campaign Pro

The following is a guest post written by Mark Cole, Vice President of Strategy at Parisleaf, a company that specializes in branding capital and comprehensive campaigns. In the realm of fundraising, few endeavors hold as much potential for transformative impact as a capital campaign. Whether aiming to construct a new building, renovate an existing space, […] The post Building Bridges: The Art of Branding a Capital Campaign appeared first on Capital Campaign Pro.

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Big Surprises as MacKenzie Scott Announces 'Open Call' Winners

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The billionaire philanthropist announced 361 winners — and $640 million in giving. By Nicole Wallace The billionaire philanthropist announced 361 winners — and $640 million in giving.

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Invite Nonprofit Donors Into Your Story, Giving Them a Powerful Role to Play

Clairification

You must invite your donor into the story. Take yourself out of the equation. Donors don’t care about you, but about what they can do through you. Stop talking about your good work. Talk, instead, about the good work your donor wants to do. How? 5-Step Strategy to Illuminate the Donor’s Role in Repairing the World 1.Tell a quick story about a specific project.

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How to Run a Better a Board Meeting – and Liven Up Your Board

Gail Perry Group

Board meetings are wildly important because they are your board members’ principal point of contact with your organization. You want the meetings to be great experiences for your board members. Are the meetings boring? If so, it’s time to liven things up. Use these tips to create a meeting worth attending - one that will engage your board members’ enthusiasm and deepen their commitment!

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How Corporate Social Responsibility Is Impacting the Nonprofit Sector

NonProfit PRO

Corporate social responsibility has evolved. Here's how nonprofits can embrace corporate social responsibility instead of fighting it.

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Unlocking Support: The Art of Clear Communication in Nonprofits

Hands-On Fundraising

Clear communication might be your best tool for raising money. Recently, Ephraim Gopin shared a funny/not-so-funny post from McSweeney’s. It was titled: We dare you to figure out what our nonprofit does. And it nails it. Do you want to make me really cranky? Use language like what they mock here. Unclear. Full of buzzwords. […] The post Unlocking Support: The Art of Clear Communication in Nonprofits appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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How to Write a Super Set of Nonprofit Bylaws: Part 1

GrantNews

When it comes to your nonprofit, there’s always so much to do! And if you’re thinking about starting a new nonprofit, there’s even more. That’s why, here at GrantWatch , we try to help our readers navigate the process as much as possible. Today, and over the next three weeks, we will dive into an incredibly essential topic: nonprofit bylaws.

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Foundation Compensation: When Are CEO Salaries Too High?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Without checks and balances, scrutinizing and challenging foundation leaders’ million-dollar paychecks is nearly impossible. By Craig Kennedy Without checks and balances, scrutinizing and challenging foundation leaders’ million-dollar paychecks is nearly impossible.

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Springing Forth Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Links + Free Resources

Clairification

The Clairity Click-it exists to bring you a range of voices from across the nonprofit world so you can resource, learn and digest at your own pace, and come up with new and better ways to do your job of changing the world. Seth Godin wants to help you too! How to change the world All successful cultural change (books, movies, public health), has a super-simple two-step loop: AWARENESS TENSION –>Loop<– It’s easy to focus on awareness.

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Professional Development Builds Leadership, Philanthropy, and More

Fundraising HayDay

During the 2023 #GrantSummit hosted by the Grant Professionals Association, our cohosts interviewed a variety of leaders in the grant field. They shared their experiences, insights, and words of wisdom related to a number of themes ranging from giving back to the profession, leadership, philanthropy, professionalism, volunteering, professional development, and more.

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Event Lead Retrieval: What It Is and Why It’s Important

re:Charity

When it comes to really connecting with potential supporters and future advocates, there’s nothing quite like an in-person event. Conferences, exhibits, workshops, and trade shows all give you a chance to. The post Event Lead Retrieval: What It Is and Why It’s Important appeared first on re: charity.

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GiveSmart 2023 Impact Report

GiveSmart

Last year was an important one for GiveSmart customers, and we want to share the data, insights, and – most importantly – the success the thousands of nonprofits, associations, and schools we partner with had in their communities. This report isn’t just about numbers; it’s a celebration of their dedication and the difference nonprofits have made in their communities.

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Affordable Housing Grants Available on GrantWatch

GrantNews

Affordable housing grants are currently available on the GrantWatch database. If you’ve been looking to rent or purchase a home this year, you may have faced some sticker shock. In addition to the skyrocketing price of…well…everything, rental and housing costs have gone through the roof in some areas of the country. As a result, affordable housing is a serious issue facing many Americans.

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Mackenzie Scott, Stop Ignoring Small Nonprofits Like Mine

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Ninety-two percent of organizations — including mine — have budgets of less than $1 million and know what their communities need most. But Scott and others make it impossible for us to get needed funds. By Sneha Dave Ninety-two percent of organizations — including mine — have budgets of less than $1 million and know what their communities need most.

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In Like a Lion Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Links + Free Resources

Clairification

This week I feel like letting you just dive right in to all the great content I’ve collected over the past two weeks. There are lots of eye-opening articles plus plenty of webinars and podcasts for you to enjoy. [Okay, I do have a bit of Seth Godin wisdom to share, but this time it’s to be found below under “Articles/Events.” So, scroll down.] As always, a big thank you to my sponsor, Bloomerang , for making it possible for me to spend the hours of time hunting, gathering and choosing the resou

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Essential Insights from a Veteran Nonprofit Attorney: 3 Things Nonprofit Leaders Need to Know in 2024

CharityHowTo

Wondering what 2024 will bring for your nonprofit? Our friends at Charitable Allies have outlined three things you need to know in 2024 to ensure your nonprofit thrives. 1. Nonprofit Leader Tip #1: Having multiple sources of income for your nonprofit is more important than ever. It’s no secret: many nonprofits have struggled to have stable sources of funding after the pandemic.

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Your Cheat Sheet to Better Grant Budgeting & Financial Reporting

AmpliFund

In our recent webinar, I detailed ways to improve grant budgeting and ease financial reporting. With only 20 minutes to share this, we moved through some critical best practices fairly quickly. Here’s a cheat sheet of some of what we covered, but I encourage you to view the recording to gather all the insights and best practices. Key considerations for your budget planning process: Strong financial planning in the early grant stages sets the stage for successful program implementation and report

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For a Path to Sustainable Growth, Look Beyond Membership Programs

Veritus Group

For your organization to grow, you must move from a transactional mindset to a transformational fundraising program. The post For a Path to Sustainable Growth, Look Beyond Membership Programs appeared first on Veritus Group.