November, 2023

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We Are Thankful for You

Lightning Fast Grant Writing

We want to take a moment to let you know how thankful we are to have customers like you. We wish you and your family the best this Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season. Feel free to contact us anytime you have grant writing questions or concerns. Sincerely, John & Trish Drew Lightning Fast Grant Writing john.drew@lightningfastgrantwriting.

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Show Some Appreciation to Your Donors During the Gratitude Season

Ann Green's Nonprofit

Year-end fundraising coincides with the gratitude season, which includes Thanksgiving in the U.S. and the December holidays. This is appropriate since thanking your donors is part of the fundraising equation, even though many nonprofits don’t seem to realize this. Now is a great opportunity to show some gratitude to your donors. You could hold a thankathon , especially if you haven’t launched your appeal yet.

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The True Meaning of Giving Tuesday

Clairification

This year Giving Tuesday is November 28 th. So, soon. If you’ve not done so already, now is a good time to think about whether or not you want to jump on the bandwagon and, if so, how. There is more than one way to slice this particular piece of pie. And, really, that’s what Giving Tuesday is – just one piece of your total annual fundraising strategy.

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RBW Strategy and MyFedTrainer: Strengthening Grants Support for Public-Serving Organizations

RBW Strategy

RBW Strategy and MyFedTrainer: Strengthening Grants Support for Public-Serving Organizations For over a decade, RBW Strategy (RBW) has been a trusted partner for public-serving organizations of all sizes, providing invaluable…

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They challenge your fundraising appeal. How should you respond?

Hands-On Fundraising

So everybody’s got an opinion about your fundraising appeal… I do lots of copywriting. Case statements, email appeals, and especially mail fundraising appeals. I love it. It’s one of my favorite things to do. But over the years, I’ve also noticed I get the same questions. You too? Maybe I can help you head a few […] The post They challenge your fundraising appeal.

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5 Year-End Fundraising Emails That Are Sure to Increase Donations

Wild Apricot

Sending more year-end fundraising emails without burning out your list sounds like a dream come true, right? Here are the five emails you need to send to build relationships with your donors and increase donations.

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I Spent 3 Years in Solitary Confinement. Why Isn’t Philanthropy Doing More to End this Torture?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

A movement to end solitary confinement is gaining momentum, but criminal justice donors feel their money is better spent elsewhere. That’s a mistake. By Johnny Perez Getty Images A movement to end solitary confinement is gaining momentum, but criminal justice donors feel their money is better spent elsewhere. That’s a mistake.

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A Revolutionary Way to Influence Year-End Philanthropy

Clairification

You asked a bunch of folks to give a year ago. Some did. You thanked them. Once. Maybe twice. Now you want to ask them to give again this year. What’s wrong with this picture? Too often nonprofits ask once; then assume folks who’ve made the decision to give will continue to do so. This is similar to retailers thinking once someone has bought from them they’ll automatically do so again.

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Embracing Gratitude: A Journey of Appreciation

RBW Strategy

Embracing Gratitude: A Journey of Appreciation At RBW Strategy, we often find ourselves immersed in the world of data, strategy, and consulting, working diligently to help our clients achieve their…

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Your last-minute year-end appeal checklist

Hands-On Fundraising

Ah… your year-end fundraising appeal isn’t out yet. And maybe, just maybe, life got in the way, too. I’m trying not to panic about Christmas shopping myself. But if you haven’t sent your year-end appeal yet, maybe this will help. And if you have already mailed something, maybe this will help with those late December […] The post Your last-minute year-end appeal checklist appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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42 Community Service Ideas for Your Club

Wild Apricot

Looking for the best community service ideas for your club? Check out these 42 ideas and examples for all seasons, volunteer ages and types of event.

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The Case for Direct Mail in the Digital Age

NonProfit PRO

As digital marketing grew from its nascency to sheer dominance over the past quarter century in relation to overall marketing spend, its century-old cousin, direct mail, was all but declared dead and supposedly relegated to the annals of history.

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Extra! Knight Taps News Veteran to Lead Its Plan to Revitalize Local News

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has named Maribel Perez Wadsworth to be its next president, making the Cuban-American news veteran the foundation's first woman leader. By Alex Daniels Gesi Schilling Longtime Gannett executive Maribel Perez Wadsworth will be the next president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The John S. and James L.

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Grateful Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Links + Free Resources

Clairification

Let’s begin with this week’s bit of wisdom… “Let us conceive of gratitude in its largest, most beautiful sense, that if we receive any kindness we are debtor, not merely to one man, but to the whole world. As we are each day indebted to thousands for the comforts, joys, consolations, and blessings of life, let us realize that it is only by kindness to all that we can begin to repay the debt to one, begin to make gratitude the atmosphere of all our living and a constant expression in outward acts

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How to Work Smarter, Not Harder with Fundraising Automation

Qgiv

Fundraisers like you have a lot of work to do to make the world a better place, so any time you can save on administrative tasks is incredibly valuable. Fundraising automation saves your nonprofit valuable time and resources by streamlining time-consuming tasks, so you can devote more to time advancing your mission and raising more money. Learn more about the perks of fundraising automation and how to automate some of your processes at your nonprofit: What is fundraising automation?

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Are you caught up in “Yay Us” fundraising?

Hands-On Fundraising

“Yay Us!” Be honest… is that what your donor communications read like? First, I want you to know that I’m pulling for you. And if you’re lucky enough to work for a nonprofit whose work you absolutely love and believe in, I’m thrilled for you. Seriously. Not everyone is so fortunate. But you know your […] The post Are you caught up in “Yay Us” fundraising?

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NEW THINKING: The history of fundraising is more complex than our simple narratives suggest

Critical Fundraising

Our standard narrative of the history of modern fundraising is simplistic and doesn’t contain as many truths as it could do. Marina Jones explains why we need more complexity in our study of fundraising history. Oh, and that as soon as we look for it, we find that women have had a major role in the development of our profession – a role that has previously been obscured.

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Don’t Engage in Desperate or Apologetic Year-End Fundraising

NonProfit PRO

Desperation is never a good look. It is especially ill-advised when fundraising to support a nonprofit mission. Here are several good reasons why nonprofits should ditch appeals that employ a piteous or apologetic tone and focus instead on storytelling and making a solid case for a mission-focused need.

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Fears That Charities Can’t Handle MacKenzie Scott Donations Are Unfounded, Study Finds

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Concerns that recipients would experience negative consequences have turned out to be untrue. Instead, nonprofits report more financial stability and expanded programs. By Maria Di Mento Blue Star Families MacKenzie Scott gave $10 million last year to Blue Star Families, which is using the money to broaden programs to help military families, hire more staff, and invest in its future financial health.

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Lessons learned: Using demographic data to move from intention to action 

Candid

As more funders seek to use demographic data to inform their grantmaking decision-making, 125 partners have now joined the Demographics via Candid movement. To reduce the burden on grantees to provide this data, this sector-wide initiative also empowers nonprofits to collect and share staff and board member demographics—one time—in a standardized, reusable, and freely accessible format on their Candid profiles.

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International Grants Fund Projects That Can Truly Have a Global Impact

GrantNews

International grants can offer a strong financial foundation for projects that have a global impact. These financial contributions are often provided by government agencies, organizations, and foundations. In correlation, they support projects, initiatives, or activities that address various issues and challenges across borders. For example, there are projects that empower women to achieve economic success.

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GiveSmart Again Honored by Annual TrustRadius Best of Awards

GiveSmart

GiveSmart has been recognized by the 2023 TrustRadius Awards as a Best of product in the Feature Set , Relationship , and Value for Price categories. The TrustRadius Best of Awards is a leading award program spotlighting the best in B2B technology products. The awards recognize the most highly rated digital platforms and tools as chosen by the businesses and professionals who use them, empowering customers’ voices and centering users’ experiences.

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Celebrating 5 Years of Fundraising HayDay!

Fundraising HayDay

Season 1 of Fundraising HayDay was launched in November 2018. This month (November 2023) marks our 5-year anniversary. We are celebrating with memories and guests who love and support the show. Season 1 of Fundraising HayDay was launched in November 2018. This month (November 2023) marks our 5-year anniversary. We are celebrating with memories and guests who love and support the show.

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5 Ways the Nonprofit Sector Has Changed Over the Past 20 Years

NonProfit PRO

Over the past 20 years, a lot has changed in the nonprofit sector, and with major giving in particular. Here are five ways major giving and the sector in general have changed, and what nonprofit professionals should keep in mind as they work toward their organizations’ missions.

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After Year of Down Giving, Charities Make Push for Big GivingTuesday

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Matching gifts, social-media appeals, and collaborations with other groups are some of the strategies nonprofits are using to connect with donors. By Emily Haynes and Rasheeda Childress Matching gifts, social-media appeals, and collaborations with other groups are some of the strategies nonprofits are using to connect with donors.

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Understanding how California AB 488 impacts online charitable fundraising

Candid

If you are a California-based nonprofit or solicit any donations in California, it’s critical to understand California AB 488 (AB 488). A new law that went into effect in California on January 1, 2023, AB 488 is aimed at improving transparency and accountability in online charitable fundraising. While AB 488 is a California law, it could impact all charities in the United States that solicit donations in California, not just those headquartered in the state.

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Fall and Winter Sports & Recreation Participation Needs Funding to Thrive

GrantNews

It’s the holiday season and the words “let it snow,” are echoing in the ears of every child anticipating the sense of joy this time of year brings. Since colder weather tends to encourage cozying up indoors, sports and recreation events and activities are important to keep in mind. It’s true; the lure of game consoles, smartphones, holiday sweet treats, big-screen televisions, and a sedentary school vacation is hard for any kid to resist.

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Why Your Needs Statement Is Important in Grant Writing

Grant Writer Team

There are several elements to writing an effective grant application. An impactful proposal should have clear, concise writing. However, out of all the different aspects of a grant application, one that stands out in importance is a needs statement. What is a needs statement? The needs statement is the part of the grant application that lays out the rationale for the entire project that requires funding.

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Crafting a Stellar Nonprofit Branding Strategy: 10 Quick Tips 

Qgiv

In today’s competitive marketplace, it’s more important than ever for nonprofits to have a strong brand. A well-crafted branding strategy can help you stand out from the crowd, attract donors and volunteers, and make a lasting impact on your community. But what exactly is a nonprofit branding strategy? And why is it so important? What is a nonprofit branding strategy?

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Year-End Fundraising Marketing Essentials

NonProfit PRO

In line with campaigns throughout the year, end-of-year marketing campaigns should focus on an organization’s mission and stay true to its branding. Here are some things to keep in mind as you develop your year-end fundraising marketing strategy.

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GivingTuesday Results Are Flat; Nonprofits Raise $3.1 Billion

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The number of donors who gave declined by 10 percent compared with last year. By Emily Haynes and Rasheeda Childress United Way Bay Area BMO Financial Group volunteers put together more than 1,000 personal-care kits on GivingTuesday at United Way Bay Area. The number of donors who gave declined by 10 percent compared with last year.

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Turn your season of giving into a season of gratitude 

Candid

It’s true. People are more generous at the end of the year. So, a year-end fundraising goal and plan is important for nonprofits to take full advantage of donors’ kindness. In fact, recent research shows that a quarter of annual nonprofit revenue is raised in the month of December. But unfortunately, the average donor retention rate in 2022 was 42.6%, making it the lowest rate on record.

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Thankful Hearts Push to Eliminate Food Insecurity!

GrantNews

Thanksgiving in my home was alive with movement. Every corner of every room was inhabited by brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents, friends, and neighbors. Yes, indeed, the holidays in my home are about good food, good people, and joyful chaos. And that’s how we like it. We have so much to be thankful for. However, we know that not everyone shares this abundance.

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Q&A About Major Gift Fundraising

Gail Perry Group

In early November, we had a transformative roundtable discussion – Navigating the “Big Ask” in Challenging Times. You had so many burning questions during and after that webinar about cultivating meaningful relationships with your donors, navigating the tricky waters of meeting requests, addressing donor concerns, and even reigniting the spark with lapsed supporters.