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Finding the stories you need

Hands-On Fundraising

Giving is an emotional act. And stories are the way we connect to people’s feelings. You understand that. You know that we humans are wired for story. And that a story will plant an idea in someone’s head much better and faster than any list of facts. Feelings unlock donors’ desire to help. That’s why […] The post Finding the stories you need appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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Clairity Click-it: Showers of Nonprofit Links + Free Resources

Clairification

Today I want to remind you that part and parcel of your personal mission, as a philanthropy facilitator , is to bring supporters opportunities for meaning and purpose. Because when you help increase others’ sense of wellbeing, not only is the world a better place but these folks are more likely to demonstrate gratitude by giving of themselves. Meaning drives us to act with generosity and resolve.

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Are You Ready to pivot?

The Fundraiser Coach

Ad from Alaska Airlines I used to smile when I would see this ad from Alaska Airlines. It was witty and exemplified making a quick decision appropriate to the occasion. As a fundraiser, sometimes you need to be ready for a change of plans - a sudden opportunity to speak to a prospect, a change of venue for a meeting, or a mini-crisis at an event. If you have been working in the profession for some time, you have had to rise to meet your own challenges - a board member who forgets to show up for

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Why, Oh Why

Ann Green's Nonprofit

A common problem with nonprofit communication is that it’s not focused on why something is important. There’s usually a lot of what and how, but not much why. The typical fundraising letter and newsletter article rambles on about accomplishments without explaining why something matters. Some organizations also like to pour on the statistics. These numbers don’t mean much without more information.

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10 Words and Phrases You Should Never Use

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Philanthropy loves big words. Americans don't By Alex Daniels Chronicle illustration; iStock Philanthropy loves big words. Americans don't. So why is the nonprofit world filled with philanthro-speak?

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These Fundraising Appeal Fallacies Will Cost You Money

Clairification

Ever have a well-meaning, yet perhaps overly controlling or risk-aversive, boss say to you: Our fundraising letter must be no longer than one page. That’s too simple; we don’t want to talk down to our donors. We need to say more about our accomplishments. We need to describe numbers of people served; that’s what’s impressive. That’s not how I talk. That’s not our corporate style.

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Navigating Federal Grants: 5 Tips to Help You Evaluate Federal Grant Opportunities and Maximize Your Chances of Success

Millionaire Grant Lady

Government agencies offer many federal grants that fund a wide range of work to a wide range of organizations. These funding opportunities often promise much larger awards than private grants. For example, one recent opportunity I looked at was for $750,000 per year for 3 years. That could be a total of $2.25 million dollars over the course of the grant period.

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What Philanthropy Elites Can Learn From Appalachia

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Community superhero and 'hillbilly lesbian' L.B. Prevette tells it like it is By Drew Lindsay WILKES COUNTY, N.C. Logan Cyrus “We've got to stop hyperintellectualizing things,” says L.B. Prevette, a North Carolina leader of a program founded by New York Times columnist David Brooks to build community.

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6 Strategies to Boost Donation Revenue for Your Nonprofit

Get Fully Funded

The past couple of years have represented a challenging time for nonprofit fundraising. Individual giving declined in 2022 , and 70% of nonprofits expect giving to continue to decrease or remain flat. In difficult circumstances, it’s helpful to return to the fundraising basics to ensure you’re making the most of tried and true strategies to boost your nonprofit’s donation revenue.

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Visibility and relationships: Effective fundraising for small nonprofits

Candid

Asking grantmakers for funding can be an intimidating process, especially for small or lesser-known nonprofits. Grassroots organizations provide vital services to local communities, yet they struggle to compete for grants against large national nonprofits that can leverage robust development teams, considerable fundraising experience, and established relationships with grantmakers.

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SBDC – Small Business Development Centers – What Are These For?

GrantNews

SBDC — small business development centers are the backbone of small business success. Ever wondered how small businesses thrive amidst challenging times? SBDCs offer vital support for startups and growth. GrantWatch champions the invaluable role SBDCs play nationwide. Explore the nearly 1200 grants tailored for Small Businesses on GrantWatch. It’s easy to tap into opportunities for local businesses to connect with their communities.

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Foundations Need a New Message, Survey Suggests

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

A Council on Foundations study finds that philanthropy hasn't created a coherent message about its impact and warns of a "narrative vacuum" as grant makers face increased scrutiny on Capitol Hill. By Alex Daniels Getty Images A Council on Foundations study finds that philanthropy hasn't created a coherent message about its impact and warns of a "narrative vacuum" as grant makers face increased scrutiny on Capitol Hill.

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Critical Thinking Skills for Finding the Right Grant Fit

Fundraising HayDay

Grant funding is out there. In 2022, foundations gave $105.2 BILLION and corporations $29.5 BILLION. In Fiscal Year 2023, the federal government awarded $1.7 TRILLION in federal discretionary resources. So how do you wade through all those funding opportunities to find the right fit for your organization? We’re walking you through the process today.

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Mitigating future risks: Why your organization should have an AI policy 

Candid

Artificial intelligence (AI) is radically changing the way organizations work. From programs that make complex data-based decisions to applications that transcribe spoken words into text, AI offers new opportunities to do things more creatively and efficiently. Within the social sector, AI is a powerful tool for fundraising , researching, grantwriting , and maximizing organizational impact.

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How Can Corporate Philanthropy Help My Nonprofit Thrive?

re:Charity

Companies that engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR) see greater employee and consumer support, but what about its impact on nonprofits? No matter if you run an animal shelter, are researching a. The post How Can Corporate Philanthropy Help My Nonprofit Thrive? appeared first on re: charity.

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What's Next for Billionaire Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott's Giving?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Thalia Beaty, Associated Press Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Scott’s grants, announced in March, largely fall in line with her usual themes — equity and justice, education, health, and economic security and opportunity were the largest categories. Much about Scott's giving remains a mystery, but those receiving grants from her recent open call for nonprofits do offer some insights, experts say.

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Step-by-Step Guide to a Successful Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Big Fundraising Ideas

Step-by-Step Guide to a Successful Cookie Dough Fundraiser Summary: Dive into the sweet world of cookie dough fundraising with this essential guide, perfect for students, teachers, and parents aiming to boost school funds deliciously. From choosing delectable options like Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough to executing a flawless fundraiser, this post covers everything you need for success.

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Hiring an Expert Capital Campaign Consultant: 6 Simple Steps

Aly Sterling Philanthropy

A capital campaign consultant can help you develop a concrete fundraising plan and maximize your earnings. Follow these 6 steps to find the perfect partner. The post Hiring an Expert Capital Campaign Consultant: 6 Simple Steps first appeared on Aly Sterling Philanthropy.

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The CharityHowTo Small Nonprofit Discount Program FAQs

CharityHowTo

Learn how small nonprofits save up to 50% on training with CharityHowTo. Discover benefits, eligibility, and easy application for exclusive discounts.

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The Fearless Fund, DEI, and Attacks on Philanthropic Freedom

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Even conservatives skeptical of race-based policies should support a foundation's right to hold a grant contest for Black women. By Howard Husock Even conservatives skeptical of race-based policies should support a foundation's right to hold a grant contest for Black women.

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Jewish Nonprofit Boards Perform Well But Need to Diversify, Build Stronger Cultures

NonProfit PRO

A new report shows that Jewish nonprofit boards perform well but could build stronger cultures, diversify, and improve in other ways.

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3 Strategies to Build Your Organization’s Financial Capacity

Blackbaud

Let’s face it—budget planning can cause a lot of stress and anxiety for nonprofits. Do we have the funds this year to maintain our programs? And what do we do if the answer is “no”? Most organizations face frequent budget cuts, which creates organizational uncertainty and a scramble for new funding options. But what if your organization could engage in a more thoughtful and systematic practice to build your organizations’ financial capacity without making this tradeoff?

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Are You Listening to Your Donor’s Story?

Veritus Group

Every donor has a story behind their desire to make a difference on the planet. Do you know why your donor gives? The post Are You Listening to Your Donor’s Story? appeared first on Veritus Group.

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Israeli Strike on World Central Kitchen Aid Convoy Shows Growing Danger of Humanitarian Work in Conflict Zones

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Elizabeth Stites Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images Palestinians stand near a World Central Kitchen vehicle after three aid vehicles were targeted by Israeli strikes. Attacks on aid workers are "increasingly routine," says Elizabeth Stites, of Tufts University’s Feinstein International Center.

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Direct mail fundraising can help you go surround sound.

amplifi

Is direct mail fundraising dead? Of course not! Yes, digital strategies dominate the conversation these days. And it’s no wonder they’re at the forefront of fundraising, considering the huge role emails, text messages, and social media play in today’s world. It wasn’t all that long ago that nonprofit communications focused primarily on direct mail. But in today’s noisy world, a surround sound approach using cross-channel communications is the best way for fundraisers to get their message heard.

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Why Fund Accounting Software Beats Spreadsheets for Nonprofit Grant Reporting and Compliance

Blackbaud

You’ve been grant shopping for some time now, but are you prepared for what’s next once you start to receive them? Many grants come with significant—and detailed—compliance requirements. To meet those requirements, you’ll need to be able to successfully track and manage your grants and effectively report on how you allocated these funds. If you are a grant-funded organization, it will be important to manage spending restrictions and meet reporting requirements.

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Podcast: The Heart of Giving: Unveiling the Power of Personal Connection in Fundraising

Capital Campaign Pro

Season 3, Episode 52 In this episode, join fundraising experts Andrea Kihlstedt and Amy Eisenstein as they dive deep into the essence of giving through personal stories and insights. Discover the profound impact of building genuine relationships with donors and learn how personal connections can transform the landscape of fundraising. Together, they explore the surprising […] The post Podcast: The Heart of Giving: Unveiling the Power of Personal Connection in Fundraising appeared first on

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Community-Based Entrepreneurs Are Leading the Way in Solving the Local News Crisis

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

There is no one-size-fits-all solution; we should look to visionary entrepreneurs at the grass roots who serve their communities. By Dan Kennedy Prostock-Studio/Getty Images Local newspapers have been shuttering at an alarming rate for more than a decade. There is no one-size-fits-all solution; we should look to visionary entrepreneurs at the grass roots who serve their communities.

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Spotlight: State of Nebraska

GrantNews

Ah, the great state of Nebraska! The Cornhusker State. Of course, Nebraska isn’t known as the Cornhusker State for nothing! In fact, it is a vital source of food – and energy – for the country. There’s also a native Nebraskan who is a titan in the financial world (but you’ll have to read further to find out who). Some little known facts: The State of Nebraska is 3rd in U.S. corn production , 1st in popcorn production , and 2nd in ethanol production.

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Seven ATLIS Sessions You Don’t Want to Miss

Blackbaud

Inspired by more than 40 years of collaboration with private school leaders, Blackbaud has created a track of sessions for ATLIS 2024 , the Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools’ annual conference. This curated track features members of Blackbaud’s K–12 Executive Advisory Board and our internal experts discussing how technology in schools has evolved, new best practices, and fresh ideas.

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From Bored to Blazing: Get Your Board Reconnected, Reengaged & Enthusiastic

Gail Perry Group

This happens to too many boards - they lose their enthusiasm and zip. It's sad to see in board members who have their energy to create change and make a difference in the world. However, staff and board leaders can certainly change this situation using these 7 steps. What's more, you'll create happier board members as a result. Here is our recipe for creating change, renewing enthusiasm and firing up these wonderful volunteers who care so much about your cause.

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation Appoints New Head of Rural Programs

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By M.J. Prest Rural LISC Nadia Villagrán has worked at Rural LISC since 2017 and was most recently its program director for fund development and strategic partnerships. Also, the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation has named its next CEO, and the Children’s Defense Fund has chosen a new chief operating officer.

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If You Don’t Have a Strategy for DAF Gifts, You Don’t Have a Fundraising Strategy

NonProfit PRO

Having a comprehensive strategy for soliciting donations from donor-advised funds is almost as important as breathing.

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How to determine grant writer fees

Professional Grant Writers

Grant writing can be a lucrative endeavor for organizations seeking funding to support their programs and initiatives. However, determining how much to pay. The post How to determine grant writer fees appeared first on Professional Grant Writer.

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Don’t Let Staff Turnover Affect Your Grantmaking Data Quality

Blackbaud

Working in the nonprofit sector is hard. You and your grantees are driven by a passion for your mission that sometimes leads to burnout. And salaries in many nonprofit organizations can’t compete with the for-profit sector. According to The Council of Nonprofits 2023 Nonprofit Workforce Survey , almost three quarters of nonprofits that completed the survey have current openings at their organization.

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How To Future-Proof Your Org: Use Data Well; Prepare for Deepfakes and Other Disasters

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Speakers at the DRIVE conference weighed the potential benefits — and possible drawbacks — of using artificial intelligence in fundraising. By Rasheeda Childress Speakers at the conference weighed the potential benefits — and possible drawbacks — of using artificial intelligence in fundraising.

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Stewarding our funders….We know it’s important, so why aren’t we doing it more? 

Strategic Grants

Unless you are new to grant-seeking, the term stewardship is likely to be familiar to you. Most non-profit and for-purpose professionals understand the important role of stewardship for building and strengthening funder relationships (both before and after the ask), and how excellent stewardship can result in repeat funding including being approached by the funder – the ultimate KPI in a grants program!

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