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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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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Arts fundraising – why donor experiences are your superpower

Hands-On Fundraising

Art – in all its forms – is meant to move us. And it’s meant to be experienced – to create a reaction that is body and soul deep. Donor experience matters – a lot – to every nonprofit that needs donors. But arts fundraisers have an advantage. Their mission is an experience. If yours […] The post Arts fundraising – why donor experiences are your superpower appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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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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How to turn a grant rejection into an acceptance

Professional Grant Writers

We preach that grant writing is a process, a long-term investment in the financial stability of your nonprofit. Grant rejections can be common. The post How to turn a grant rejection into an acceptance appeared first on Professional Grant Writer.

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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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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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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 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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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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Instagram For Nonprofits: The Ultimate Guide

Wild Apricot

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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5 Things to Know About Effective Virtual Storytelling

Ignited Fundraising

With OH so many options to share stories and updates about our work, how do we create effective virtual storytelling? How do we cut through the clutter of the incredibly loud level of noise in the social sector? Research tells us stories are more memorable than just statistics. And, science tells us everything we believe comes from stories we’ve been told by others OR we tell ourselves.

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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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Emerging Impacts: Going Deeper on the Effects of MacKenzie Scott’s Large, Unrestricted Gifts

Center for Effective Philanthropy

The post Emerging Impacts: Going Deeper on the Effects of MacKenzie Scott’s Large, Unrestricted Gifts appeared first on The Center for Effective Philanthropy.

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15 Ways to Grow Your Nonprofit With Word-of-Mouth Marketing

Wild Apricot

The post 15 Ways to Grow Your Nonprofit With Word-of-Mouth Marketing appeared first on WildApricot.

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Latino Community Foundation Appoints Julián Castro as Its New CEO

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development wants to increase the share of philanthropic dollars that go to Latino nonprofits. By Jim Rendon The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development wants to increase the share of philanthropic dollars that go to Latino nonprofits.

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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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CEO’s – are you leading your nonprofit? In fundraising?

The Fundraising Coach

As the CEO, the leader of your nonprofit, how much time are you really giving to fundraising? As the top leaders, the organization will follow your lead. You should be involving all your direct reports in some aspect of fundraising. And an easy way to do that is if they see that fundraising is important enough for you to give it time every week. If you’re like most CEOs, you started last year with good intentions.