October, 2023

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Why You Need to Segment Your Donors

Ann Green's Nonprofit

I’ve been emphasizing the importance of personalizing your communication lately. One way to do that is to segment your donors. Your donors are not the same. Some donors have given for at least five years (these donors should get a lot of attention). Some are monthly donors. Yet, nonprofit organizations fail to recognize that and send everyone the same messages.

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Nonprofit Radio for October 2, 2023: Fundraising For Introverts

Tony Martignetti

Brian Saber: Fundraising For Introverts That’s the title of Brian Saber’s new book. He returns with uplifting news for those who prefer quiet time over party time: You can be a great fundraiser! Brian knows. He’s been a successful introverted fundraiser for nearly 40 years. He’s also president of Asking Matters. Listen to the … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for October 2, 2023: Fundraising For Introverts → Brian Saber: Fundraising For Introverts That’s the title of Brian Saber’s

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Top Strategies to Leverage Your Nonprofit’s Secret Advantage -2

Clairification

As explored in Part 1 of this 2-part series, small to mid-sized organizations are uniquely capable of creating a sense of community, even family. This is what people yearn for. And it gives you a secret advantage when it comes to nurturing the relationships essential to developing and sustaining a strong mid-level and major gifts program. You’re never too small to generate major gifts!

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What you’ll want to know about fundraising for introverts

Hands-On Fundraising

A while back, I wrote about fundraising and introverts. And a while before that, I gave a presentation about the same topic. Of course, that’s because I am an introvert. Are you? Do you work with people who are? Then I’ve got a deeper dive into the topic for you! Brian Saber recently released a […] The post What you’ll want to know about fundraising for introverts appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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Time Management: Strategies for Increased Productivity

RBW Strategy

Time Management: Strategies for Increased Productivity Time is a precious commodity, and managing it effectively is the key to achieving greater productivity and success in both your personal and professional…

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The Ultimate Guide to Year-End Giving: Launching Your Year-End Giving Campaign

Wild Apricot

You’ve planned your year-end giving campaign, now it's time to launch! We’ll cover best practices, how to wrap up your campaign and evaluate the results.

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Nonprofit Radio for October 23, 2023: The Surprising Gift Of Doubt

Tony Martignetti

Marc Pitman: The Surprising Gift Of Doubt That’s Marc Pitman’s book. It’s stuffed with strategies to help leaders—and future leaders—lead better. Marc is founder of Concord Leadership Group. (This originally aired on August 2, 2021.) Listen to the podcast Get Nonprofit Radio insider alerts! I love our sponsor! Donorbox: Powerful fundraising features made refreshingly … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for October 23, 2023: The Surprising Gift Of Doubt → Marc Pitman: The Surprising

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8 BOO BOO’s! Are You SCARING Nonprofit Donors Away?

Clairification

Is this how you’re making your donor feel?!?! BOO! Halloween is creeping up on us, so I’ve got some really scary stuff for you! Don’t get too spooked. There are also a few treats. In fact, you’ll get eight delicious goodies — in the form of “to-do’s.” But first… the bad news. No bones about it, you’re frightening folks away if you’re committing any of these 8 boo-boo’s !

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Why baby shoes knock the socks off stats

Hands-On Fundraising

What do baby shoes have to do with fundraising? Well, Joe Friday would make a terrible fundraiser. Joe wanted “just the facts, ma’am.” (For those of you who didn’t grow up watching Dragnet, here’s a taste.) That’s not to say fundraising communications should not be true. It’s just that there’s so much more to it […] The post Why baby shoes knock the socks off stats appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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Navigating the World of Federal Grants: Understanding the Single Audit

RBW Strategy

Navigating the World of Federal Grants: Understanding the Single Audit In the world of government funding, federal grants play a crucial role in supporting various programs and initiatives.

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It’s Open Season on Civil Rights. Philanthropy Must Not Retreat.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

As a new Supreme Court session begins today, an onslaught of lawsuits will use the affirmative-action decision to try to chip away at other rights. Donors should prepare to fight back and recommit to funding racial justice. By Stacey Abrams and Julián Castro J. Scott Applewhite, AP As a new Supreme Court session begins today, an onslaught of lawsuits will use the affirmative-action decision to try to chip away at other rights.

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Do a Stellar Job of Thanking Your Donors

Ann Green's Nonprofit

Year-end fundraising season is underway. You may have started working on your appeal, which is great. But don’t stop there. It’s just as important, if not more important, to plan how you’ll thank your donors. I highly recommend creating a thank you plan , which will help you show gratitude before, during, and after a campaign. Your donors deserve a stellar thank you.

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Nonprofit Radio for October 16, 2023: Financial Literacy For Your C-Suite & Board

Tony Martignetti

Dean Dalzell & Jerry Frick: Financial Literacy For Your C-Suite & Board Leadership that understands your numbers protects not only your nonprofit. It also protects the people filling those roles. Two finance and audit pros walk us through six key metrics that anyone can understand, and that reveal the true state of your financial … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for October 16, 2023: Financial Literacy For Your C-Suite & Board → Dean Dalzell & Jerry Frick: Financial

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Top 10 Fundraising Appeal Writing Tips

Clairification

The job of the smart fundraiser is inspiring passionate philanthropy to make people’s lives better. I know you’re smart, because you’re reading this article! But none of us is born with a fundraising gene. And no one ever really teaches us how to write a smart fundraising appeal. We copy from our predecessors. Or maybe read an article or two online or attend a webinar on the subject.

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Why “team-building” fails you and your staff

Hands-On Fundraising

Team-building: what managers need to know Can we talk about “team-building” and how it can so easily do just the opposite? It’s essential for nonprofit staff to work well together. And especially for teams within that structure. And I know (from long experience) that nonprofit work, in particular fundraising, is often not 9-5 work. Extra […] The post Why “team-building” fails you and your staff appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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How to Start a Club: 7 Steps to Starting A Membership Club or Organization

Wild Apricot

Starting a new club is a great way to build fresh connections in your community. Here's how to start a club for your hobby, social circle and more!

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No Longer Lonely at the Top: A Growing Number of Nonprofits Hire Co-CEOs

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Shared leadership helps organizations find the skills they need and can be an answer to candidates' demand for greater work-life balance. By Ben Gose Project for Public Spaces Kelly Verel and Nate Storring are co-executive directors at the Project for Public Spaces. Shared leadership helps organizations find the skills they need and can be an answer to candidates' demand for greater work-life balance.

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Fundraising Efficiently: 3 Ways to Improve Your Operations

Ann Green's Nonprofit

Let’s take a look at three areas where nonprofits can drive increased fundraising efficiency: staff retention, donor qualification, and campaign planning. By Chelsey Newmyer What first comes to mind when you think about increasing your nonprofit’s fundraising efficiency? Cutting expenses? Making bigger asks of more of your donors? Sending more emails and appeals to keep your mission on their minds?

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How to Attract, Keep and Engage the Next Generation of Board Members

NonProfit PRO

The traditional approach of giving board seats to individuals with a long history of significant donations disqualifies younger professionals. It's time to rethink what qualifies someone to be a board member. Here are some tips on how to attract and engage the next generation of board members.

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Top Strategies to Use Donor Data to Appeal to Donor Identity

Clairification

You likely collect a lot of data in your donor database, but is it really valuable to you? It’s not if you just let it sit there, rarely look at it, and never run reports based on data that will help you with meaningful donor segmentation for appeals. And by that, I mean meaningful from the donor’s perspective. I’m not talking about the most basic segments, like donor vs. non-donor or small donor vs. large donor.

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Please stop killing your fundraising to please the boss.

Hands-On Fundraising

I’ve been writing fundraising copy for a long time. And from the very start, I faced one problem over and over and over again. No. Though those pop up all the time. What has consistently gotten in the way is interference from people who aren’t focused on fundraising. It might be the boss. Or the […] The post Please stop killing your fundraising to please the boss. appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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25 Solid Membership Website Examples & How to Create Your Own

Wild Apricot

Here are 25 great membership website examples from all sorts of different organizations. See how they've set up membership benefits, events, and more. Plus, learn how to easily create your own membership website in 3 easy steps!

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Why Is Philanthropy Afraid to Talk About Reparations?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Donors committed to racial repair need to support reparations for Black people forcefully and unapologetically. By Cora Daniels Donors committed to racial repair need to support reparations for Black people forcefully and unapologetically.

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What to do after your grant proposal is rejected 

Candid

Anyone who has sought a grant has probably heard “no” as often—or more often—than they’ve heard “yes.” Grant writing is challenging. Even if you write a perfect grant proposal, it still might not get funded—simply because there is so much competition. There are lots of reasons your proposal might get turned down. But a grant proposal rejection letter presents opportunity, too.

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4 Things to Know About Meta’s Oct. 31 Switch to PayPal Giving Fund for Donation Payouts

NonProfit PRO

Meta announced a new partnership with PayPal Giving Fund over the summer, but there are ramifications for nonprofits that don’t agree to Meta’s new terms and the new payment provider. Here are four changes that your nonprofit should know if it plans to continue using Facebook and Instagram to fundraise for year end.

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BOO-t-ful Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Links + Free Resources

Clairification

Throwing shade or throwing light? One takes a little more effort than the other. While throwing shade might be more fun, it eventually runs out of energy. It’s designed to end conversations, not start them, to intimidate, not encourage. Turning on lights helps everyone. — Seth Godin You are on a meaning-seeking journey. Through your work, you create positive change and make lives easier and better.

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Nonprofit Nightmare: Fundraising Horror Stories

Gail Perry Group

To celebrate Halloween, Gail Perry and Beth Ann Locke shared their scariest fundraising horror stories. Watch, if you dare, and avoid these nonprofit nightmares based on true events! [link] Surely, there must be some skeletons in your fundraising closet. Comment below with your scariest stories…if you dare! The post Nonprofit Nightmare: Fundraising Horror Stories appeared first on Gail Perry Group.

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7 Solid Club Website Examples to Get Ideas for Your Club Website

Wild Apricot

Here are seven solid examples of club websites from all different types of organizations that can give you tips on how to build your own.

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Chronicle's Exclusive Survey Finds Skittish Donors and Fundraisers Searching for a New Normal

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Rasheeda Childress and Emily Haynes William DeShazer Most fundraisers said they expect their groups to raise enough money to meet their goals this year, but there's a deep sense of unease about the economy.

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Consider social media sharing as a form of generosity this GivingTuesday

Candid

This GivingTuesday, you may want to try something a little different as part of your social media strategy : Consider social media sharing and engagement as a form of generosity. By doing this, you’re encouraging your followers to amplify your organization and cause to reach a broader audience. It also helps cultivate the support of a younger generation that’s also highly active on social media, potentially turning them into future donors.

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The Human Touch in Nonprofit Relationships

NonProfit PRO

The allure of technology and automation can be enticing, but the importance of being “high touch” rather than “high tech” in nonprofit communications and donor relations should not be underestimated. Here are some reasons nonprofits should embrace the “high touch” approach, and some examples of how to carry it out.

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Stop Leading with “Grab Year-End Tax Deduction.” Do This Instead.

Clairification

Only about 10% of Americans itemize tax deductions today. Prior to 2017 it was 31% ; that was more, but still a minority. Yet you’re likely blithely sending out year-end messaging replete with “ Only 1 week left to grab your tax deduction! ” Who cares? At best, it’s just ten percent of your donors. And since the standard deduction more than doubled with the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, with a major increase between 2022 and 2023, even fewer folks will be itemizing this year an

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Nonprofit or LLC: What Distinguishes One from the Other?

GrantNews

Are you trying to decide whether to start a nonprofit or LLC? It’s important to know the differences between the two types of organizations. Answer the following question first. Do you want to serve individual and/or community needs or are you looking to make a profit? Either choice is an exciting prospect that holds the promise of a bright future for entrepreneurs.

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Nonprofit ROI: How “Measuring the Good” Can Help Nonprofits Justify Investments

Blue Avocado

Expanding what “return on investment” means to your nonprofit — beyond just money — can help provide a clearer idea of how you’re helping your community and serving your mission goals. The post Nonprofit ROI: How “Measuring the Good” Can Help Nonprofits Justify Investments appeared first on Blue Avocado.

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