May, 2024

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5 Secret Nonprofit Donor Retention Action Strategies

Clairification

Giving is an emotional experience. It deserves an emotional response. Be human. Ever notice how sometimes when we put on our work hats we cease to be human? How we somehow morph into little robotic “professionals” and become enamored of jargon? “Lybnts.” “Sybnts.” “Recaptures.” Not that those things aren’t important. You need goals and objectives. And given the dreadful state of donor retention in the U.S. today (and in the U.K and Canada as well), it’s vital you be able to measure how you’re do

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How to write a thank you letter when you’re feeling stuck

Hands-On Fundraising

You’ve been working hard on that last campaign. And now, you have new gifts! After the celebration, you begin to wonder. How can you write a thank you that works? Where do you start? Here’s my quick thank you letter how-to First, a confession: I used to write rote, boring, perfunctory thank you letters. And […] The post How to write a thank you letter when you’re feeling stuck appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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An Activist and an Adversary Found Common Ground. Making Change Proved Harder

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Leah Garcés ran hard-hitting animal-rights campaigns. Craig Watts raised 700,000 chickens on a factory farm. Their partnership can be celebrated, but collaboration has its limits. By Marc Gunther Courtesy of Transfarmation Animal-rights activist Leah Garcés and Craig Watts, a former factory chicken farmer, stand in one of Watts’s chicken houses that was converted to grow mushrooms.

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Donor-Advised Funds Soar in Popularity as Nonprofits Successfully Engage New Donors

NonProfit PRO

Our DAF roundup includes the four biggest reporting DAF charities sharing year-over-year grant totals, as well as a look at how this revenue stream is impacting nonprofits.

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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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Grant Writer vs. Grant Consultant: Is There a Difference?

Grant Writer Team

In today’s fast-paced world, most established businesses and nonprofits hire professional grant writers to get the funding they need. They know that grant writing is a time-consuming process, usually best left to someone with the know-how to complete the job and get a favorable response. In addition, they know the rules change with every grantor. The criteria, assessments, eligibility, and content style are all at the whim of your funder, and no two are alike.

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Nonprofit Event Fundraising: They’ll Never Forget How You Made Them Feel

Clairification

In Part 1 we looked at establishing event goals and objectives; then determining if an event was the most efficient and effective way to achieve desired outcomes. In Part 2 we reviewed 4 top event planning tips. In this last article of a three-part series on event planning we’ll look specifically at how to make the event “stick” emotionally. 1.

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How to prevent a fundraising crime

Hands-On Fundraising

It’s usually an inside job. There you are, minding your own business. Getting the job done. You know the work inside and out. Sure, there are days… and nights, when all you want is a stiff drink and a chance to relax. But there are needs to be met. People to be fed. Or housed. […] The post How to prevent a fundraising crime appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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Can Big Donors Ever Move the Needle on Controversial Causes? Lessons From the Long Marijuana Campaign

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The 50-year movement to legalize cannabis was funded by a handful of very rich and ideologically diverse philanthropists, including Hugh Hefner, George Soros, and Sean Parker. By Marc Gunther Illustration by The Chronicle; AP, Getty Images, USA TODAY NETWORK Clockwise from left: George Soros, founder of the Open Society Foundations; Playboy founder Hugh Hefner; John Sperling, founder of the private for-profit University of Phoenix; Peter B.

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Grant Budgeting: Tips for Maximizing Funding Opportunities

The NonProfit Times

By Jackie Sue Griffin Securing grant funding is crucial to a nonprofit’s growth, and it starts with crafting a well-planned and realistic budget. In this article, we’ll explore effective grant budgeting strategies that nonprofits can implement to strengthen their grant applications, increase their chances of success, and ultimately, make a greater impact in their communities.

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What to know about U.S. nonprofit sector demographics 

Candid

What’s the demographic composition of the U.S. nonprofit sector—in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability status? Are staff, leaders, and board members equally diverse? How does leadership diversity vary by organization size, revenue, subsector, and state? How do majority BIPOC-led (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) nonprofits fare compared with majority white-led ones?

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Do You Know the 5 Types of Grant Funding Sources?

GrantNews

When discussing grants, it is important to consider the various types of funding sources that provide them. While the government is a commonly known funding source, it actually accounts for less than 30% of all grants. This leaves 70% to be covered by other sources. What’s more, funding sources differ in how they distribute grants, and some are more suitable for individuals, while others are better suited for nonprofits or businesses.

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Bustin’ Out Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Links + Free Resources

Clairification

Skipping the good days Part of the luxury of living near the ocean or the mountains is that you can be picky. If the surf or the powder isn’t great, leave it for the tourists. Good is insufficient, wait for the great moments… When we’re young, or the project is going really well, it’s easy to waste the good days. After all, there will be another one tomorrow.

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How to harness persuasion: Cialdini’s 6 principles and you

Hands-On Fundraising

How to harness persuasion: Cialdini’s 6 principles and you How do you persuade someone to help your cause? Maybe a little neuropsychology will help. But first, I’m not a scientist. But as a fundraiser, I think neuromarketing is fascinating. That’s why I love Roger Dooley’s blog. I find he often sparks new fundraising ideas for […] The post How to harness persuasion: Cialdini’s 6 principles and you appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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Melinda French Gates Announces Where $1 Billion in New Funds Will Go to Help Women and Girls

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The philanthropist asked women leaders to take part in distributing some of the funds, and she's financing a competition to attract new ideas to improve female health worldwide. By Alex Daniels AMMAR ABD RABBO-POOL, SIPA, AP The philanthropist asked women leaders to take part in distributing some of the funds, and she's financing a competition to attract new ideas to improve female health worldwide.

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Boy Scouts Of America Rebrands To Scouting America

The NonProfit Times

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which in recent years has been rocked by declining participation, a coronavirus pandemic that limited in-person gatherings, sexual abuse litigation and Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring for the national organization, is being rebranded. As of February 8, 2025, the Irving, Texas-based national organization will be known as Scouting America.

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Can You Really Do More By Doing Less?

Veritus Group

Being busy isn't the same as being productive. Here's how to focus your work on the priorities that truly matter in fundraising. The post Can You Really Do More By Doing Less? appeared first on Veritus Group.

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Breaking the Silence on Mental Health Awareness

GrantNews

A serious issue is plaguing our society at present. It has to do with the stigmatism attached to mental health. In order to make it possible to address this issue constructively, it’s imperative to shift our focus to mental health awareness and the strategies we might employ to overcome learned bias. In fact, we desperately need to overcome negative assumptions and stigmas.

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Clairity Click-it: MAY Nonprofit Links + Free Resources Be Yours

Clairification

It’s not always easy to find all the good stuff across the web. That’s why I do the work for you! Thanks again to my Clairity Click-it sponsor, Bloomerang , for making it possible for me to spend the time hunting and gathering. You’ll find this is another robust issue. Find a topic that interests you, and… click away! Whatever type of learner you are, there’s something here for you.

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What keeps you up at night?

Hands-On Fundraising

Do any of these nonprofit fundraising challenges sound familiar? Does any of this sound familiar? I get it. That’s been me, for years, working with small to medium-sized nonprofits, and struggling to build a stronger donor base. Let’s look at some of the root problems that put you in this spot. Fundraising challenge: Starving for […] The post What keeps you up at night?

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Turmoil at Vote.org

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The voter-registration group once promoted by Taylor Swift has been wracked by resignations, layoffs, and regulatory lapses. Former employees blame the CEO. By Jim Rendon Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images The voter-registration group once promoted by Taylor Swift has been wracked by resignations, layoffs, and regulatory lapses. Former employees think the CEO is to blame.

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How to Prevent Donor Fatigue in a Nonprofit

Get Fully Funded

Donor fatigue is real, and it’s hurting lots of small nonprofits that are over asking their donors without balancing those asks with enough feel-good interactions. Some experts say donor fatigue is a myth. Others say it’s an excuse used by lazy fundraisers to justify their poor results. I say it’s a real phenomenon that occurs when fundraisers are so focused on the money that they forget where the money comes from.

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MacArthur Offers $100 Million For One Good Program

The NonProfit Times

Round Three of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s $100 million 100&Change competition has launched with roughly 1,000 nonprofits expected to vie for the winner take all award. Think of it this way, the chance of winning the Powerball lottery is one in 292.2 million. The competition is open to organizations and collaborations working in any field, anywhere in the world, according to Chris Cardona, MacArthur’s managing director, discovery, exploration, and programs.

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What Are 7 Common Nonprofit Startup Costs?

GrantNews

Are you or someone you know considering taking the plunge to start a nonprofit? It can be intimidating to build something from the ground up, especially with all the likely hidden costs involved. For this reason, GrantWatch has listed below 7 of the most common nonprofit startup costs. While forming a nonprofit can be a long and stressful process, we hope this list brings some clarity to what costs you will need to set aside to adequately fund your nonprofit venture.

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Forward Motion Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Links + Free Resources

Clairification

I just can’t stop taking inspiration from the inimitable Seth Godin. This week I’m inspired by a piece talking about things we can, and cannot, do. If something about your work (or personal life, for that matter) is keeping you up at night, ask yourself if it’s a problem you can address or a situation you can’t change. This should help you shift priorities to things capable of being accomplished.

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Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Tips from the Experts 

GiveSmart

Your volunteer fundraisers are invaluable assets to your organization’s mission. Peer-to-peer fundraising is a powerful tool because your supporters can see their impact on your mission in real time. With $126 as the average donation to a GiveSmart-powered P2P campaign, this strategy should be a part of your annual fundraising plans. We’ve brought together a panel of partners to share tips to help your organization better create these campaigns and engage your fundraising volunteers.

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Less Than 2% of Philanthropic Giving Goes to Women and Girls. Can Melinda French Gates Change That?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Her $1 billion commitment, announced Tuesday, and the momentum generated if others join her, could break through that ceiling. By Thalia Beaty, Associated Press Jose Luis Magana/AP Melinda French Gates plans to give $1 billion over the next two years to people and organizations working on behalf of women and families globally. Her $1 billion commitment, announced Tuesday, and the momentum generated if others join her, could break through that ceiling.

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Do You Need an Attitude Adjustment?

Veritus Group

Shifting your attitude about your work shifts how you feel about it, which opens up space for more flow and creativity. The post Do You Need an Attitude Adjustment? appeared first on Veritus Group.

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Class Action Denied In Blackbaud Data Breach Case

The NonProfit Times

A plaintiff’s motion for class certification in a Blackbaud data breach case has been rejected by a judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina Columbia Division. Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr. indicated that a method proposed by the plaintiffs’ expert had not shown how class members would be determined. By some counts, the class size could have reached 1.5 billion members, reflecting the number of records compromised.

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Why Are Grants a Good Idea?

GrantNews

Why are grants a good idea? Excellent question. As a nonprofit or small business, funding programs and projects can be a challenge. You may have heard of grants before, but maybe you’re not sure why the use of grant funding is a good idea for your organization to consider. In addition, you may wonder where you can find grants. Many organizations that search for grants use a grant search database.

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Common Sense Nonprofit Event Planning Advice

Clairification

Let’s begin with the Big Kahuna piece of advice: Ask yourself WHY you want to do this event. Were you to bring your event proposal to a wise shaman or mentor, this is the question they would ask you first – well before asking what theme or format you have in mind or what color scheme you want to use! And yet this is the one question I find nonprofits failing to ask.

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Nonprofits Can Now Apply for Grants of up to $50,000 to Further Climate Solutions

NonProfit PRO

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) announced that nonprofit organizations can apply for a grant of up to $50,000 from the utility's SoCal Climate Champions Grant program.

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The Exodus of Everyday Donors Is Bad for America. Here's How to Stop It.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The decline in charitable giving by average Americans threatens democracy. Among the solutions: pooled micro-donations, giving incentives, and a focus on the donor relationship. By Victoria Vrana Getty Images The decline in charitable giving by average Americans threatens democracy. Among the solutions: pooled micro-donations, giving incentives, and a focus on the donor relationship.

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Use This AI Template for Killer Thank You Letters

Gail Perry Group

AI to the Rescue: Streamlining Thank You’s for More Donor Love As fundraisers, we understand the power of a well-crafted thank-you note. It's far more than a formality – a heartfelt acknowledgment cements the donor's positive experience, strengthens relationships, and paves the way for continued generosity. But let's face it, finding time to personalize thank you can be a massive challenge, especially for short-staffed development offices.

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