2023

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Surprisingly Simple Strategy to Magically Transform How You Work

Clairification

The single most important lesson I ever learned. Begin with the why. Always. If you don’t, you’re likely to work very hard and not achieve much of value. Why? Because you didn’t begin your endeavor by asking yourself: “What’s the value in this work upon which I’m about to embark?” “Why am I doing this?” This may be the most powerful strategy in your entire toolbox.

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Why You Need to Segment Your Donors

Ann Green's Nonprofit

I’ve been emphasizing the importance of personalizing your communication lately. One way to do that is to segment your donors. Your donors are not the same. Some donors have given for at least five years (these donors should get a lot of attention). Some are monthly donors. Yet, nonprofit organizations fail to recognize that and send everyone the same messages.

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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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We Are Thankful for You

Lightning Fast Grant Writing

We want to take a moment to let you know how thankful we are to have customers like you. We wish you and your family the best this Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season. Feel free to contact us anytime you have grant writing questions or concerns. Sincerely, John & Trish Drew Lightning Fast Grant Writing john.drew@lightningfastgrantwriting.

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How a Debate Over Vaping Might Derail the War on Tobacco

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Anti-smoking groups aren't just fighting big tobacco. They're fighting amongst themselves. By Marc Gunther Anti-smoking groups aren't just fighting big tobacco. They're fighting amongst themselves.

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99 Ways To Get New Members For Your Organization

Wild Apricot

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Is your nonprofit thinking about using ChatGPT? Your first step is to do no harm

Candid

In this article, we unpack the lessons learned from a nonprofit’s chatbot project to dispense mental health advice that went wrong, and how nonprofits can reduce the risks when adopting ChatGPT and other generative AI (Artificial Intelligence) technologies. Over the past five years of researching and writing about AI adoption for the nonprofit sector, we have argued for nonprofits to use AI ethically and responsibly—which means taking a human-centered, strategic, and reflective approach.

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How U.S.-based Nonprofits Can Deliver Disaster Relief Abroad: A Tigrayan Case Study

Blue Avocado

A five-step plan on how to deliver on-the-ground relief to internally displaced persons (IDPs) including formation of a nonprofit, fundraising drive, envisioning and implementing relief projects, formalizing partnerships which are key to international humanitarian work, and leveraging social media. The post How U.S.-based Nonprofits Can Deliver Disaster Relief Abroad: A Tigrayan Case Study appeared first on Blue Avocado.

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The 3 Keys to Future-Proofing Your Fundraising

NonProfit PRO

The future’s looking bright for fundraising, but the rapidly upcoming generational shift has a lot of nonprofits looking to the future. Focusing on the traditional donor profile isn’t going to work going forward — which is why future-proofing your fundraising should be No. 1 on your priority list.

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5 Things You Should Never Write in a Thank You Letter

Get Fully Funded

Writing a thank you letter should be the easiest task on your to-do list. There are just two simple words: thank you. And these two simple words are so powerful, showing gratitude and making the donor feel valued. Yet, it can feel hard sometimes to write a good thank you letter. Maybe you don’t know what to write. Or where to start. You want your letter to sound sincere, not like a form letter.

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Evolving Top Nonprofit Storytelling Practices

Clairification

Everyone knows storytelling = good. Humans wired for stories. We want to enter into them … become part of them… see ourselves, in some way, expressively reflected in the characters, plot and struggle. Everyone responds, all ears, to “Shall I tell you a story?” Yet there’s been a brouhaha of late around so-called “donor-as-hero” stories. I’ve long been a proponent of encouraging donors to jump right into the narrative to give it a happy ending.

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How You Can Plan a Multichannel Fundraising Campaign

Ann Green's Nonprofit

Year-end fundraising season is starting to get underway. I’m already seeing appeal letters in my mailbox and this is just the beginning. Speaking of appeal letters, you should plan to send one by mail. I know email is easier and less expensive, but people respond better to mail and it’s well worth the investment. However, if you just send one fundraising letter and wait for the donations to come in, prepare to be disappointed.

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Nonprofit Radio for October 2, 2023: Fundraising For Introverts

Tony Martignetti

Brian Saber: Fundraising For Introverts That’s the title of Brian Saber’s new book. He returns with uplifting news for those who prefer quiet time over party time: You can be a great fundraiser! Brian knows. He’s been a successful introverted fundraiser for nearly 40 years. He’s also president of Asking Matters. Listen to the … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for October 2, 2023: Fundraising For Introverts → Brian Saber: Fundraising For Introverts That’s the title of Brian Saber’s

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5 Things Smart Fundraisers Do in December

Gail Perry Group

With the holidays approaching & year-end fundraising closing out, we are all stampeding towards our goals. Here are 5 things smart fundraisers always do in December.

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It’s Open Season on Civil Rights. Philanthropy Must Not Retreat.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

As a new Supreme Court session begins today, an onslaught of lawsuits will use the affirmative-action decision to try to chip away at other rights. Donors should prepare to fight back and recommit to funding racial justice. By Stacey Abrams and Julián Castro J. Scott Applewhite, AP As a new Supreme Court session begins today, an onslaught of lawsuits will use the affirmative-action decision to try to chip away at other rights.

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How To Write Effective Meeting Minutes (with Templates and Samples)

Wild Apricot

The post How To Write Effective Meeting Minutes (with Templates and Samples) appeared first on WildApricot.

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What to include in your letter of inquiry (LOI)

Professional Grant Writers

A letter of inquiry (LOI) is often the first step to opening a conversation with a grantmaker and — hopefully — receiving funding. The post What to include in your letter of inquiry (LOI) appeared first on Professional Grant Writer.

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TikTok, Reels, and Shorts: Candid’s big swing at short-form video 

Candid

By now you’ve probably heard that short-form video on social media is an important tool for reaching new and younger audiences. This is not groundbreaking news, yet many nonprofit organizations (Candid included) have hesitated to jump in for a variety of reasons. Despite the real and perceived challenges of creating short-form video, there are compelling and research-backed reasons to consider incorporating it into your social media strategy: 88% of people say they’ve been convinced to buy a pr

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How to Work Smarter, Not Harder with Fundraising Automation

Qgiv

Fundraisers like you have a lot of work to do to make the world a better place, so any time you can save on administrative tasks is incredibly valuable. Fundraising automation saves your nonprofit valuable time and resources by streamlining time-consuming tasks, so you can devote more to time advancing your mission and raising more money. Learn more about the perks of fundraising automation and how to automate some of your processes at your nonprofit: What is fundraising automation?

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4 Things Every Nonprofit Should Do to Optimize Fundraising Results

NonProfit PRO

Your nonprofit probably spends a great deal of time on fundraising. So, how can you raise more dollars without adding yet another campaign or event to the calendar? Let’s look at four effective ways to optimize your fundraising results.

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Which Fundraising Events Bring in the Most Money for Small Nonprofits?

Get Fully Funded

A very common “go-to” funding idea for small nonprofits is fundraising events. Events are a great way to bring like-minded people together and have a good time in the name of your cause. Some fundraising events are huge, drawing attendees and sponsors like moths to a flame. Other events are smaller, more intimate gatherings where guests are directly asked for money.

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Do You Know How to Use AI for Your Nonprofit?

Clairification

Have you been struggling with whether – and how – to incorporate generative artificial intelligence (AI; ChatGPT) into your work? Or perhaps you’ve been worrying your job will soon be obsolete? You’re not alone. Honestly, the whole AI thing scares the you-know-what out of me on most days. But, let’s consider the encouraging present rather than worry so much about the possibility of a bleak future (as in destruction of humanity?!).

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Do a Stellar Job of Thanking Your Donors

Ann Green's Nonprofit

Year-end fundraising season is underway. You may have started working on your appeal, which is great. But don’t stop there. It’s just as important, if not more important, to plan how you’ll thank your donors. I highly recommend creating a thank you plan , which will help you show gratitude before, during, and after a campaign. Your donors deserve a stellar thank you.

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Nonprofit Radio for October 23, 2023: The Surprising Gift Of Doubt

Tony Martignetti

Marc Pitman: The Surprising Gift Of Doubt That’s Marc Pitman’s book. It’s stuffed with strategies to help leaders—and future leaders—lead better. Marc is founder of Concord Leadership Group. (This originally aired on August 2, 2021.) Listen to the podcast Get Nonprofit Radio insider alerts! I love our sponsor! Donorbox: Powerful fundraising features made refreshingly … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for October 23, 2023: The Surprising Gift Of Doubt → Marc Pitman: The Surprising

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Award Grants Provide an Opportunity to Honor Those Most Deserving

GrantNews

Award grants provide an opportunity to honor those most deserving. Often, recognition for the contributions of teachers and their accomplishments in education go unnoticed, or certainly not sufficiently given the honor that they are due. Award grants may not solve the bigger problem, but at least you have the chance to do something on a smaller, individual scale to show your appreciation to someone deserving of praise.

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Why All of Us Need to Give to Nonprofit News Outlets

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

If less than half a percent of all private contributions went to journalism nonprofits, we could replace the loss of local newsrooms and strengthen democracy. By Brian Eule If less than half a percent of all private contributions went to journalism nonprofits, we could replace the loss of local newsrooms and strengthen democracy.

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Instagram For Nonprofits: The Ultimate Guide

Wild Apricot

The post Instagram For Nonprofits: The Ultimate Guide appeared first on WildApricot.

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How grant writing works

Professional Grant Writers

Grant writing can be a confusing endeavor, especially for new nonprofits, or even established nonprofits that have simply never gone through the grant. The post How grant writing works appeared first on Professional Grant Writer.

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5 things to know about philanthropy to HBCUs

Candid

For every $100 foundations give to an Ivy League school, how many dollars do you think foundations give to a historically Black college and university (HBCU)? That’s a trick question—it’s not a matter of dollars, but of cents. In fact, for every $100 foundations gave to the average Ivy League, they gave 56 cents to the average HBCU. HBCUs have long played a pivotal role in the United States.

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Nonprofits are NOT self-reliant

The Fundraising Coach

One of the biggest red-herrings I see nonprofit boards pursue is a pipe dream of “self sufficiency” for their nonprofit. Rather than pursuing their mission, the board directs the executive director to look at selling things and renting things in a quixotic attempt to be financially independent. It’s as though they see fundraising as a “stop gap” solution.

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What Americans Think About Nonprofits, Per New Study

NonProfit PRO

What Americans Think About Philanthropy and Nonprofits,” a new study from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, polled about 1,300 Americans over the summer of 2022 to learn more about how the American public perceives philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

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Examples of Nonprofit Storytelling to Increase Donations and Involvement

Get Fully Funded

Words are everything in fundraising. Your success is found in the strength of your nonprofit storytelling. The way you tell your story and engage people in your message can make or break your fundraising efforts. Again, words matter. You’ve probably heard this already – that storytelling is important. But do you really understand it? What do we mean by storytelling?

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Top Secret Strategy to Communicate with Nonprofit Donors

Clairification

Did you ever wonder if there is a foolproof way to communicate with donors? Actually, there is! And it’s not about process. It’s about another ‘P’ word. Can you guess? I’ll give you a hint. It relates to the secret business your nonprofit is in. You may think you’re in (arts, healthcare, human services, environment, social justice, animal rescue, education or whatever) but, fundamentally, your core business is something else.

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3 Tips for Marketing Your Organization on a Limited Budget

Ann Green's Nonprofit

Marketing your organization on a budget is easy when you know the right strategies and tools to use. Explore these top tips to step up your marketing strategy. B y Olivia Mode-Cater Picture this: your organization is about to host another fundraising event. You’ve assembled a fundraising team, booked a venue, and put together the perfect program agenda.

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