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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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Are You Rocking Donor Retention 101?

Clairification

You love me. I love you. Let’s hang out and rock! Really, donors definitely want to rock and roll with you. It brings them joy and meaning! Yet, I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s doubtful you’re rocking along with your donors unless you’re making robust use of your donor database for this purpose. In other words, you must make donor engagement and retention a TOP priority.

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Maximizing Impact: How to Leverage Generative AI in the Nonprofit Sector

NonProfit PRO

Join us as we explore ways generative AI can be used in the nonprofit sector, including automating processes, improving efficiency, and generating new content and ideas. We’ll discuss best practices for the responsible and ethical use of AI as well as specific examples of generative AI in action within nonprofits.

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The PEN America Crisis, Free Speech, and the Future of Big Tent Organizations

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Foundations that fund organizations focused on free speech and bridging ideological divides must ask themselves which ideas are worth defending. By Joel Simon Christopher Smith, Invision, AP Protestors gather outside the PEN America Literary Gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Foundations that fund organizations focused on free speech and bridging ideological divides must ask themselves which ideas are worth defending.

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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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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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How to: Silent Auction Bid Sheets

Greater Giving

Silent Auction Bid Sheets: The Secret Weapon of Your Next Fundraising Event Planning a silent auction? You’ve secured fantastic items, and the anticipation is building! To ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for your guests, consider using well-designed silent auction bid sheets. These sheets aren’t just for tracking bids – they’re a chance to make a positive impact on your donors.

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New Overtime Rule: Nonprofits May Need to Boost Pay for Nearly 500,000 Workers

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Because of federal regulations that go into effect July 1, organizations are likely to boost some employees' salaries and pay others overtime if they work more than 40 hours a week. By Jim Rendon Getty Images Because of federal regulations that go into effect July 1, organizations are likely to boost some employees' salaries and pay others overtime if they work more than 40 hours a week.

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Successful Grant Seeking Starts with a Strategic Plan

Grants Plus

In this robust but competitive grant seeking market, what will set some organizations apart? The answer lies not in the proposals themselves but in what precedes them: a thorough and thoughtful strategic plan. The post Successful Grant Seeking Starts with a Strategic Plan appeared first on Grants Plus.

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The Unexpected Power of Peer Support in a Capital Campaign

Capital Campaign Pro

How would it feel to meet dozens of peers, executive directors and development directors, who are going through capital campaigns at the same time you are? The Power of Peer Support for a Capital Campaign Your peers understand your stress and your struggles. Their campaigns might be different in many ways — with larger or […] The post The Unexpected Power of Peer Support in a Capital Campaign appeared first on Capital Campaign Pro.

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5 takeaways from the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s 2023 data

Candid

The Fundraising Effectiveness Project ’s (FEP) Quarterly Fundraising Report analyzes year-to-date trends in fundraising from individual donors, based on sample data from GivingTuesday and the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Growth in Giving database. Since Candid data is focused on institutional grantmaking, we thought we’d complement that data by highlighting FEP’s findings on individual giving.

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AFP President Mike Geiger to Step Down at the End of the Year

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

In his seven-year tenure, Geiger improved financials and led the organization through the pandemic. A search firm is being hired to find his successor. By Rasheeda Childress Courtesy of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Mike Geiger, president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, will be leaving the organization after seven years at its helm.

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Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Campaign Timeline & Customizable Checklist

CauseVox

What is Peer-to-Peer Fundraising? Peer-to-peer fundraising is a dynamic approach in which your supporters become advocates for your cause. They reach out to their networks, sharing personal stories and fundraising pages to rally support. This strategy is not just effective; it’s transformative. Peer-to-peer campaigns typically raise twice as much as other digital fundraising efforts.

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How Important Is Artificial Intelligence If You’re Not Even Doing the Basics?

NonProfit PRO

I’m concerned that everybody is diving head-first into AI. If you don't cover these basics first, AI won't help you raise one more dollar.

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Going it Together: Three Foundations, One Office

Center for Effective Philanthropy

Since three, small-staffed foundations co-located in the same office suite last summer, they've seen significant benefits.

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$100 Million for Equity: MacArthur’s New Big Bet and Mandate

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

For the first time in its 100&Change competition, grant applicants are required to address diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. By Alex Daniels Ryan Donnell, Sesame Workshop The first 100&Change challenge was awarded in 2017 to a collaboration between Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee to provide educational programming to refugee children in the Middle East.

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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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How to Prepare for a Donor Meeting

NonProfit PRO

Preparing for a donor meeting can be an intimidating experience. Here are five tips to keep you on track and give you confidence.

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Will here!

HSF House

Hello everyone! My name is Wiliam Gragg, and I am currently studying Chemical Engineering at FSU and enjoy creative side-pursuits such as photography, videography, and design. I am originally from Kansas City, Missouri, and moved to Tallahassee a year ago to start my academic career at FSU. Before moving to Tallahassee, I spent my freshman year a part of the FSU First Year Abroad Program where I got the opportunity to study in Valencia, Spain, and Florence, Italy.

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Why Tides and Black Lives Matter Are Fighting Over $33 Million

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The rift provides a glimpse into legal gray areas surrounding fiscal sponsorships. By Alex Daniels Jason Whitman, NurPhoto/Getty Images Demonstrators march in a Black Lives Matter rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, in June 2020. The rift provides a glimpse into legal gray areas surrounding fiscal sponsorships.

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Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Campaign Timeline & Customizable Checklist

CauseVox

What is Peer-to-Peer Fundraising? Peer-to-peer fundraising is a dynamic approach in which your supporters become advocates for your cause. They reach out to their networks, sharing personal stories and fundraising pages to rally support. This strategy is not just effective; it’s transformative. Peer-to-peer campaigns typically raise twice as much as other digital fundraising efforts.

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Create an impactful online giving journey for your donors to increase fundraising, website visits, and save your organization time.

NonProfit PRO

Join us on June 6th at 2pm for an exclusive webinar designed for nonprofits leaders like you, featuring Chris Miele, President of Golden Retriever Foundation. Discover new techniques to increase your online presence and significantly boost your fundraising efforts. Learn how to create engaging, donor-centric websites that captivate and retain supporters.

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Does Your Small Business Qualify for Capital Funding Grants?

GrantNews

Have you have wondered about what capital funding grants are and if your business can qualify for one? This article is for you! GrantWatch lists capital funding grants that funders make available that can transform the financial foundation of any small business. Also, capital funding can allow a business to better serve its respective communities. Many philanthropic organizations invest in capital projects to enrich their communities.

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What You Can Learn From an Ambitious Joint Fundraising Campaign

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Six immigration-rights nonprofits are working together to raise $3 million for legal aid in asylum cases. Their campaign has lessons for other charities. By Emily Haynes Getty Images Six immigration-rights nonprofits are working together to raise $3 million for legal aid in asylum cases. Their campaign has lessons for other charities.

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The Reason You Lack Urgency and Courage in Asking

Veritus Group

Unless you take your head and heart to the scene to feel the urgency of meeting the need for yourself, your donor asks will miss the mark. The post The Reason You Lack Urgency and Courage in Asking appeared first on Veritus Group.

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5 Specific Risks and 5 Actions to Help Prevent Nonprofit Fraud

NonProfit PRO

Some nonprofits overlook the significance of a strong accounting department. When thinking about accounting, look out for these fraud risks.

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Spotlight: State of Wyoming

GrantNews

As part of our spotlight series, GrantWatch wants to help you get to know more about the State of Wyoming. The State of Wyoming is large and spacious. How spacious? Just to give you some idea, included within the state are 11 State Parks, 5 National Forests, 4 National Wildlife Refuges and 2 National Parks! The most prominent of all the parks in Wyoming is Yellowstone National Park, which includes the “Old Faithful” hydrothermal feature (of course, most hydrothermal features are GEYS

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