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Nonprofit Radio for February 12, 2024: Overcome Your Fear Of Public Speaking

Tony Martignetti

Laurie Krauz: Overcome Your Fear Of Public Speaking We’d rather face death or the dentist. We’d rather talk about money or sex, than have to speak to an audience. Even a small one. Laurie Krauz can help you overcome your anxiety around talking in public, with her preparation strategies. She’s a presentation skills coach, who … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for February 12, 2024: Overcome Your Fear Of Public Speaking → Laurie Krauz: Overcome Your Fear Of Public Speaking We’d rath

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The Problem with “Annual Reports”

Ann Green's Nonprofit

Time for a quick quiz (don’t worry it should be easy). What’s the problem with “annual reports”? A. They’re too long B. They’re boring C. They focus too much on the organization and not on the donors D. They require a lot of time and effort from staff and there’s no guarantee donors will even look at them E. All of the above If you answered E, you would be right!

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Fundraiser Job Tips: How to Hire/Get Hired + Top Interview Questions

Clairification

In my last article I talked about how to pitch yourself for a new job. My focus was on fundraising jobs, but it’s a paradigm you can use for any time you’re trying to make a persuasive case for yourself. Today I’d like to get to the part where you’ve transitioned from “selling” to the interviewer, and have arrived at the part where they sell to you.

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You CAN write a great thank you

Hands-On Fundraising

Does writing a thank you letter make you feel sort of squeamish? Do you put it off, because… all those feelings? Or maybe just because you don’t know where to start? I got you. Read on… Your opening paragraph As you would with any letter, keep the first paragraph short. And make it all about […] The post You CAN write a great thank you appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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What’s in My Inbox | Nonprofit Valentines: Hits and Misses

Pamela Grow

Valentine’s Day, a celebration of love and affection, has a rich and varied history dating back centuries. Over time, the holiday evolved into a Christian celebration honoring Saint Valentine, a martyr who defied Emperor Claudius II’s ban on marriages for young soldiers. Legend has it that Valentine performed marriages in secret, leading to his eventual martyrdom.

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Quick Tip! Invest in donors you want to retain!

The Fundraiser Coach

If you're up on the latest findings from the Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP), you already know that while overall philanthropy giving is dipping, the share of major gifts is growing. ​ Major and Supersize gifts - representing gifts of $5,000 and more - comprise 76% of total dollars (as recorded through the FEP participants in the U.S. and Canada.

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The Ultimate Guide to Legacy Gifts  

Wild Apricot

Unlock a lasting impact with legacy giving! Learn why it's crucial, set up a sustainable program, and master the art of soliciting and building successful legacy gifting programs.

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Anger, Protests, and Vandalism Break Out Over Philanthropy’s Support of the Police

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

While philanthropy debates public safety, critics question whether private dollars should support policing. In Atlanta, it’s all coming to a head. By Jim Rendon John Spink, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, AP Dave Wilkinson, CEO of the Atlanta Police Foundation, center, examines damaged property at the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center in March 2023.

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To bot or not to bot: Using generative AI in grantwriting

Candid

Amid all the talk about generative AI, fundraisers, especially grantwriters, may be asking themselves: Am I out of a job?  Will I be replaced by ChatGPT? Perhaps the question we should be asking instead is: How can we use these tools to create efficiencies and enhance our work? The two of us—combining our experience as a grantwriter, researcher, and grant instructor for 30-plus years and as an instructional designer who regularly uses generative AI, respectively—will discuss the basics: what gen

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Spotlight: Carter G. Woodson, the Father Of Black History

GrantNews

February is the time to recognize the integral role that African Americans play in the history of this country. In recognition of this, a spotlight shines on Dr. Carter G. Woodson, also known as the “Father of Black History.” This remarkable individual was born in Virginia, in 1875, to former slaves. Against all odds, he became a learned scholar, a renowned author, and a staunch representative of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Engaging Association Members in Advocacy Initiatives: 3 Tips

Wild Apricot

Advocacy initiatives have the power to engage members and enact positive change. Learn how to encourage your association’s members to participate in advocacy.

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Demystifying Charity Gala Planning

Greater Giving

The word “gala” conjures images of glittering ballrooms, elegant attendees, and a night dedicated to supporting a worthy cause. While gala fundraisers might seem intimidating to plan, don’t let the perceived glamor obscure their accessibility! Whether you’re a seasoned gala organizer or just dipping your toes in, this guide will equip you with the knowledge to successfully navigate the exciting world of nonprofit galas.

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Have grantmaker salaries kept up with inflation?  

Candid

As the consumer price index rose 9.1% year-over-year in June 2022—the highest rate in over 40 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics—we asked foundations how inflation would affect their operations. In Candid’s 2023 Giving Forecast Survey, 21% of respondents said inflation affected their grantmaking decisions in 2022, and 29% expected it to affect their grantmaking in 2023.

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My Essay on Why I Stopped Donating Went Viral. Here’s What I’ve Learned Since.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Some of my giving practices have changed, but most of all I’ve come to see the donor-fundraiser relationship as a two-way street. By Theodore Wagenaar Getty Images Some of my giving practices have changed, but most of all I’ve come to see the donor-fundraiser relationship as a two-way street.

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Expert Donor Appreciation Templates for Letters, Texts, Social Media, and Calls!

NonProfit PRO

Nonprofits spend most of their time trying to get donations, so make sure you follow-up every contribution with a prompt thank you, acknowledgement, and receipt that communicates your organization's story with impact. Download this guide now to receive thank you letter templates for direct mail, email, phone calls, social media, and text messages, guaranteed to make your donors feel appreciated while also supporting your donor retention and acquisition efforts.

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The Startling Reality of What Little Time You Have to Work with Donors

Veritus Group

Having a clear picture of how you spend your time is the first step towards making space for meaningful, relationship-focused fundraising. The post The Startling Reality of What Little Time You Have to Work with Donors appeared first on Veritus Group.

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Impact investing: Catalyzing systemic change 

Candid

Once the preserve of large foundations and mega-donors, impact investing is growing in popularity, including among women and younger generations. More than 40% of millennials report engaging in impact investing, compared with 20% of baby boomers. What is impact investing? According to Fidelity Charitable , it’s “the act of purposefully making investments that help achieve certain social and environmental benefits while generating financial returns.

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10 Ways to Boost Fundraising and Attract More Big Gifts This Year

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Lisa Schohl Getty Images Three seasoned fundraisers share proven tactics — and lots of real examples — to help you adapt your big-gifts strategy to the current climate and maximize results.

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Fidelity Charitable Donors Recommend a Record $11.8B in Grants During 2023

NonProfit PRO

Fidelity Charitable distributed $11.8 billion in donor-recommended grants in 2023, more than four times what was distributed 10 years ago.

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Podcast: Celebrating Success: Wrapping Up Your Capital Campaign with Style

Capital Campaign Pro

Season 3, Episode 45 In this episode, Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt delve into the crucial aspects of successfully concluding your capital campaign. Celebrating five years of Capital Campaign Pro’s business journey, they share insights on how to effectively wrap up your campaign and celebrate its accomplishments. Learn why the completion of a campaign is […] The post Podcast: Celebrating Success: Wrapping Up Your Capital Campaign with Style appeared first on Capital Campaign Pr

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Beyond the Grant: How One Foundation Centered Connection in Giving

Center for Effective Philanthropy

Grantmakers have a unique opportunity to not only serve as a financial wellspring, but to connect with the boots on the ground efforts.

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Press Forward Taps First Director to Guide $500 Million in Local-News Grantmaking

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By M.J. Prest Kamron Khan Dale Anglin is set to lead Press Forward, dedicated to bolstering local news. Also, Schmidt Sciences has named its first president as it spins off from Schmidt Futures, and the charity Nontraditional Employment for Women has appointed its first Black woman leader.

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Overcoming Donor Hesitancy: Strategies to Keep Donors Engaged and Giving Amidst Challenges

NonProfit PRO

Donor hesitancy remains a constant threat to nonprofits. Here are some challenges associated with hesitancy, and tips to overcome them.

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AI in Action: Deploying Responsible, Effective, and Trustworthy AI

Blackbaud

Although AI has become a buzzword recently, it’s not new. Artificial intelligence has been around since the 1950s and it has gone through periods of hype (“AI summers”) and periods with reduced interest (“AI winters”). The recent hype is driven in part by how accessible AI has become: You no longer need to be a data scientist to use AI. With AI showing up as a wonder tool in nearly every platform we use, it’s no surprise that every industry, every business unit is suddenly racing to adopt AI.

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Giving Day Checklist: Everything You Need to Run Your Giving Day from Start to Finish

CauseVox

Hosting your own Giving Day is a powerful way to amplify your mission. At CauseVox, we understand that orchestrating a successful Giving Day can be an exciting but daunting endeavor. That’s why we’ve crafted the ultimate Giving Day Checklist – your go-to resource for turning generosity into tangible results. Why Have a Giving Day? Giving days are not just about fundraising; they’re about community, connection, and creating lasting change.

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Former Student Activist Couple Gives UCLA $10 Million for Ethnic Studies Centers

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Helen and Morgan Chu were part of a multiracial coalition of student leaders whose activism led to the creation of UCLA’s four ethnic studies centers in 1969. By Maria Di Mento UCLA Donors Helen and Morgan Chu’s connection to ethnic studies at UCLA dates back to their days as undergraduate activists in the 1960s. Here, Morgan Chu is at the center of a group of students marching up Bruin Walk.

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Managing the Transition from a Working Board to a Governance Board

NonProfit PRO

Here are five reasons an organization may transition its board from a working board to a governance board, and how to protect board members.

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3 Tips to Integrate Social Media with Your Nonprofit Website

Blackbaud

In today’s digital-centric world, your organisation has plenty of choices when it comes to marketing your organization —from generating content on social media accounts like Instagram and Facebook to your nonprofit website. However, rather than treating these as disparate platforms, develop a cohesive marketing plan by integrating social media with your website.

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How to successfully apply for corporate grants

Professional Grant Writers

Corporations are often thought of as potential in-kind donors for nonprofits. For example, grocery stores may be willing to donate food for an. The post How to successfully apply for corporate grants appeared first on Professional Grant Writer.

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Most DAF Donors Favor General-Operating Support and Other Surprising Data From a New Report

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

People give from their donor-advised funds throughout the year, not just in November and December. By Rasheeda Childress More donors over all gave unrestricted grants, but big donors were more likely to earmark their gifts.

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Gravyty Announces Integration With DAFpay

NonProfit PRO

Donors will be able to give from their DAF to nonprofits directly through Gravyty using DAFpay, which was created by Chariot.

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The next step for personalizing your school’s fundraising outreach.

amplifi

It’s not hard to address someone by their first name. Jake from State Farm can do that! Your school needs to do more than the electric company or an insurance provider when you apply the personal touch to your school’s fundraising outreach! Your appeals and other outreach materials need to be much more than a solicitation. You need to make someone feel like part of your community and drive them to support your educational and financial goals.

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Why Your Nonprofit Should Steer Clear of AI

Planned Giving

Summary AI might look enticing, but when you strip away all the hype it’s a ticking time bomb. AI-created content has created some serious problems for its early adopters. Do you really want to lose donations over an easier way to write a caption? These days it seems like AI is everything, everywhere, all at once. It’s in the news. It’s driving the stock market.

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Want Proof Funding Pluralism Works? Consider the Story of a Youth Immigrant Soccer Team.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

In a deeply divisive year, philanthropy should invest in the leaders putting pluralism into practice — one community at a time. By Eboo Patel Dustin Chambers Luma Mufleh, center left, coached a diverse group of young refugees into a winning soccer team. She went on to create the Fugees Family, an organization focusing on educational justice for refugee and immigrant youth.

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