September, 2023

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Nonprofit Radio for September 11, 2023: Donor Retention

Tony Martignetti

Dennis Fois: Donor Retention The challenges are real and widespread: Aging donors; smaller gifts; and abysmal retention rates. Dennis Fois brings strategies and tactics to raise your consciousness and turn things around. Let’s talk about emotional connections, multithreading, and multichannel, just for starters. He’s CEO of Bloomerang. Listen to the podcast Get Nonprofit … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for September 11, 2023: Donor Retention → Dennis Fois: Donor Retention The ch

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Plan ‘Random(ish) Acts’ of Nonprofit Donor Kindness, Especially Now

Clairification

Getting in the spirit of acts of kindness It’s been a rough decade thus far, beginning with a pandemic out there killing people. And then the hurricanes, fires, floods and earthquakes killing people. Not to mention the genocides, autocracies, global and domestic terrorists killing people. The list, unfortunately, goes inexorably on. What can your nonprofit organization do to offer a remedy?

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Stubborn as #$%*

Hands-On Fundraising

Call it commitment. Or maybe, determination. Possibly, just sheer cussed stubbornness. Whatever you call it, it’s the key to a successful annual giving program. Here’s the thing: I could write a really good appeal. The data could be in great shape. The stars might all align and the message, audience, and timing could be perfect. […] The post Stubborn as #$%* appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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The Power of Routine in Stress Management

RBW Strategy

The Power of Routine in Stress Management As the summer days slowly fade away and the scent of freshly sharpened pencils fills the air, it’s evident that back-to-school season is…

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Lights, Camera, Action! 5 Tips to Engage Donors with Video

Ann Green's Nonprofit

The right video has the power to spark an emotional connection between your nonprofit and its donors. Learn how to engage donors through video in this guide. By Doug Scott Imagine a donor is searching online for charitable causes to support. With a desire to make a difference, they scroll through various nonprofit websites, reading about their missions and impact.

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What’s in My Inbox | In a time of AI, keeping your emails human

Pamela Grow

Donor stewardship and communications make up the most important component in growing your nonprofit’s general operating support — AKA individual giving. So it follows that as a nonprofit trainer, I “mystery shop” roughly 100 or so nonprofit organizations every year. I’m looking at: How easy is it to make a gift? How do they respond to a gift from a new donor?

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Falling Into Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Links + Free Resources

Clairification

Are you doing what you said you wanted to do? If you want to be a poet, write poetry. Every day. Show us your work. If you want to do improv, start a troupe. Don’t wait to get picked. If you want to help animals, don’t wait for vet school. Volunteer at an animal shelter right now. If you want to write a screenplay, write a screenplay. If you want to do marketing, find a good cause and spread the idea.

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5 Tips To Foster a Positive Work Environment for Nonprofits

Hands-On Fundraising

Guest post, thanks to Tim Badolato We all want a positive work environment. One of the biggest benefits of working at a nonprofit is knowing you’re making a difference. From your fundraising team to your board members, everyone who’s a part of your organization has a hand in supporting your mission. Your employees may feel […] The post 5 Tips To Foster a Positive Work Environment for Nonprofits appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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Unlocking Success: A Guide to Obtaining Corporate Sponsorship for Your Fundraising Campaign

RBW Strategy

Unlocking Success: A Guide to Obtaining Corporate Sponsorship for Your Fundraising Campaign In the world of fundraising, securing corporate sponsorships can be a game-changer.

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30 Post-Event Survey Questions (+ Why They Matter)

Wild Apricot

Looking for the perfect post-event survey questions to get feedback on your event? Here are 30 you can use as, well as some best practices for structuring your event survey.

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Elevate Your Fundraising Game with These Essential Nonprofit Books

Pamela Grow

What are the nonprofit fundraising and communications books you turn to, time and time again? Those books that may have brought about a shift in thinking or a new way of doing your work? These are the books that line my bookcase. What’s your favorite? And which books are missing from my shelf? (Note: contains affiliate links) Fundraising for Introverts by Brian Saber If you’re an introvert and you’ve ever felt overwhelmed or anxious about the prospect of raising money for nonprofits, Fundraisin

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Nonprofit Radio for September 18, 2023: Donor Dominance

Tony Martignetti

Ian MacQuillin: Donor Dominance Donor-centric doesn’t mean donor dominant. Ian MacQuillin shares his research and thinking on donor power structures in fundraising. For instance, let’s work at the sector, organizational and individual levels, to dismantle patriarchal structures. Ian is director of the Rogare fundraising think tank. Listen to the podcast Get Nonprofit Radio … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for September 18, 2023: Donor Dominance → Ian MacQuillin: Donor Dominance D

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Magical Season Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Links + Free Resources

Clairification

This is the magic season for fundraising. Why? Because as we approach what I call the “Grateful for Blessings Holidays” (emotional trigger) and the end of the calendar year (financial/tax trigger), people naturally turn their thoughts toward generosity and philanthropic giving. The fairy dust is already in the air, just waiting for you to wave your magic wand to propel it into action.

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What Would Philanthropy Look Like if Black Women Were in Charge?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

In her introductory column for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Cora Daniels explores the innovative approaches of Black women leaders and why the sector should follow their lead. By Cora Daniels Getty Images In her introductory column for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Cora Daniels explores the innovative approaches of Black women leaders and why the sector should follow their lead.

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10 Top Strategies to Grab Your Nonprofit’s Mid-level Fundraising Opportunity

NonProfit PRO

Are you making the mistake of focusing all of your energy on donor acquisition and major gift fundraising, largely ignoring the fertile middle of your database? This is a big missed opportunity. There’s gold in the mid-level hills, but you won’t find it unless you go digging.

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How to Write A Donation Letter (+ Examples & Template)

Wild Apricot

Learn how to write the perfect donation letter by understanding the ins and outs of appeals, following simple best practices, and referencing these two stellar examples.

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Tips for nonprofits from Candid’s year of TikTok, Instagram Reels, and YouTube Shorts 

Candid

Today, we are celebrating our first anniversary of short-form video on TikTok , Instagram Reels , and YouTube Shorts. What began as a three-month experiment has now blossomed into a consistent social media video production program. While we are definitely not experts (every day we discover something new), we wanted to share what we have learned over the past year doing social media video.

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Nonprofit Radio for September 5, 2023: A Post-Fellowship Conversation With Amy Sample Ward

Tony Martignetti

Amy Sample Ward: A Post-Fellowship Conversation With Amy Sample Ward What did they do over their Bosch Foundation Fellowship, who did they meet and what did they talk about for three months abroad? For a tease: How tech could save an island nation, and the future of the internet. Trivial topics like that. Amy is … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for September 5, 2023: A Post-Fellowship Conversation With Amy Sample Ward → Amy Sample Ward: A Post-Fellowship Conversation With Amy Sam

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Top Strategies to Leverage Your Nonprofit’s Secret Advantage -1

Clairification

If you’re a small to medium-sized organization or movement, especially if you’re local, you’ve got an unfair advantage over your larger compatriots in the social benefit sector. Perhaps you’ve never looked at it this way. Perhaps you fret about not being able to compete with the behemoths. Perhaps you’ve been waiting to hire a major gifts officer who’ll have time to get out in the field and do nothing but meet with prospective donors face-to-face.

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Coco Gauff Won. So Did Climate-Change Protestors.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Donors shouldn’t be afraid to fund protest actions like the one at the U.S. Open last week. They are effective — even if they're unpopular. By Margaret Klein Salamon Kena Betancur, AFP, Getty Images Environmental protesters delayed the match between USA’s Coco Gauff and Czech Republic’s Karolina Muchova during the U.S. Open tennis tournament women’s singles semi-finals.

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Why Volunteer Engagement Is Essential to Fulfilling Your Fundraising Potential

NonProfit PRO

Two trends in the nonprofit world suggest we are facing a crisis: the declining number of donors and declining number of volunteers. Here are some reasons volunteers are so important for nonprofits' fundraising goals, and some guidance on what you should consider to get them engaged.

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The Best Social Media Tools for Nonprofits in 2023

Wild Apricot

These top social media tools will help your nonprofit grow your online presence, all while saving time and money.

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12 free nonprofit books to help you achieve year-end fundraising success

Candid

It’s that time of year again, where we trade in our flip flops for sweaters and pumpkin-spiced lattes. Autumn brings more than a colorful display of leaves changing, though. It also signals the arrival of a season of significant generosity—with nearly 37% of giving occurring in the final three months of the year. We’ve curated a nonprofit reading list to help your organization make the most out of this charitable time of year.

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Deepen the Donor Relationship by Focusing on the Donor Journey

Get Fully Funded

A solid donor relationship is the backbone of successful fundraising. When donors feel like they’re making a difference and that they’re valued for their contribution, they stick around and keep giving. Just like any other relationship in life, your relationships with your donors should be mutually beneficial and enjoyable. That means you should think about what your donor gets out of your relationship.

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Stop Using Canned Nonprofit Elevator Pitches to Raise Money

Clairification

Have you ever found yourself, whether by accident or design, face-to-face with a VIP – a Very Important Prospect – and been at a loss for the right words to convey what you do? It used to happen to me all the time. I’d run into someone at a cocktail party and find out they’re the program officer for a corporate foundation. Or I’d meet someone at an event who I knew was a major philanthropist to other charities in our community.

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'The Bear' Should Be Required Viewing for the Nonprofit World

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

A TV show about creating a restaurant is a reminder of why we need to stop criticizing each other and recommit ourselves to a shared mission. By Eboo Patel Hulu Hulu’s ‘The Bear’ is a master class in institution building. A TV show about creating a restaurant is a reminder of why we need to stop criticizing each other and recommit ourselves to a shared mission.

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6 Tactics to Improve Your Nonprofit’s Online Fundraising Results

NonProfit PRO

Donors are giving less overall, so what can you do to optimize your nonprofit’s online giving strategies? Experts shared their thoughts on donor fees, year-end giving, social media, donation buttons and more.

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Giving Tuesday 2023: FAQ + How to Create a SMASH Campaign in 16 Steps

Wild Apricot

Here’s your all-in-one FAQ about Giving Tuesday and some key tips to rock your campaign for #GivingTuesday 2023!

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A crash course on trends analysis using Candid’s Foundation 1000 data set 

Candid

One of the most common reasons people analyze Candid’s grant data is to understand year-over-year giving trends in the sector. To do so, it’s easy to assume that the best place to start is with as much data as possible. So, you may be surprised to learn that when we do trends analyses at Candid, we often don’t start with our full data set. Instead, we rely on a data set called the Foundation 1000.

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Board Horror Stories: How to Reduce Board Resignations

Blue Avocado

When nonprofit board members feel dissatisfied, they often resign. They're less likely to do that when there is communication about common objectives. There's less wasted time and resources when expectations are met. The post Board Horror Stories: How to Reduce Board Resignations appeared first on Blue Avocado.

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Effective Philanthropy Facilitation RECIPE: Love +Meaning + Empathy + Cooperation +Attention + Interaction

Clairification

I firmly believe part of the role of a philanthropy facilitator is to foster both individual and community well-being. You must both: (1) focus inward , as you can’t help others unless you first help yourself, and (2) focus on the way you connect with others. What you say , What you do , and, most important, How you make others feel. What to do? There are certain behaviors research suggests will support your health and happiness, and foster positive feelings and connections with other people.

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Ibram X. Kendi’s Antiracism Center Is Struggling. Donors Share Some of the Blame.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

If grant makers want to strengthen the racial-justice movement, they need to admit when things go wrong and ensure that better planning and accountability are in place the next time. By Eboo Patel Steven Senne, AP Under Ibram X. Kendi, the Center for Antiracist Research raised a whopping $55 million, much of it right after the murder of George Floyd in the summer of 2020.

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The True Cost of Fundraising Events

NonProfit PRO

Events can serve a valuable role in your organization for marketing and PR purposes. They can also be a great donor-acquisition tool and a powerful cultivation touch point for a major donor. But the role of events is significantly out of alignment in many organizations.

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Event Sponsorship Levels: How to Build Sponsorship Packages + Free Template

Wild Apricot

Planning your next big event? How are you including sponsors? In this blog, check out sponsorship package examples for all event types plus a free template!

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