2022

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Shining a Light Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Links + Free Resources

Clairification

As we enter the season of light, and you move into full-steam-ahead year-end fundraising mode, there’s something I want to remind you about your messaging. “Oh, by the way, it’s not about you. The biggest mistake you can make is thinking your organization is the story. People aren’t buying your organization. When someone asks: “What do you do?

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6 Tips to Create Fundraising Videos That Drive Donations

Wild Apricot

Fundraising videos build your case for support, providing viewers with an in-depth look at your organization and inspiring them to take action. It’s no surprise, then, that 57% of people who watch fundraising videos go on to make a donation.

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How Fintech Is Changing Nonprofit Philanthropy

NonProfit PRO

Nonprofit funding is evolving rapidly, with new players and technologies emerging almost daily. To keep up with the latest trends, let’s take a look at how fintech is shaping the future of nonprofits from small-dollar donors and what steps you can take to adopt these practices at your organization.

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How to Use Storytelling for Nonprofits to Tug Heartstrings and Raise Funds

Get Fully Funded

Everyone loves a good story, and your skills in storytelling for nonprofits can make the difference between getting big bucks and donation requests that fall flat. The good news is that great stories are all around you. EVERY nonprofit has stories to tell! And you don’t need to be a professional writer to craft them. . Once you understand the basic elements of a good story and a few different ways to tell them, the rest is just practice, practice, practice.

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Does your nonprofit mission statement drive donations?

Candid

Does a nonprofit’s mission statement influence its fundraising efforts? New research conducted using data from Candid suggests that understanding this relationship can boost your nonprofit’s fundraising success. An effective nonprofit mission statement draws supporters and donors to an organization. It gets them excited about helping to achieve that mission.

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Pleasant Persistence (it’s boring but effective)

The Fundraising Coach

One of the hard truths about fundraising is that: fundraising isn’t always fun. Good fundraising is. tedious, meticulous, regular, pleasant persistence. (Even when you don’t feel like being pleasant.). If you’re not getting the results you want, look at your own activity. For example, if “no one” is getting back to you, are you really attempting to connect with people?

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The Growth Paradox for Nonprofit Organizations

Blue Avocado

We have been talking about the Overhead Myth and the Nonprofit Starvation Cycle for many years, but there has been only modest progress on donor demands that result in underinvestment in nonprofit infrastructure, and malnourished organizations. But if the Overhead Myth keeps us all hungry, the Nonprofit Starvation Cycle is not all the donors’ fault. […].

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Fundraising CRM vs. Fundraising Platform: What’s the difference?

Qgiv

There’s a lot of fundraising software available to nonprofits, but how do you know what your nonprofit needs? And what’s the difference between a fundraising CRM and a fundraising platform? This blog post will break down what a fundraising CRM is, what a fundraising platform is, and the key differences between them. We’ll even introduce you to a couple different fundraising CRMs and the Qgiv fundraising platform so you know where to look for your fundraising software needs.

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Defending Your Organization from Cybercrime

Tech Soup

Cybercrime poses an increasing threat to all organizations, and nonprofits can be more vulnerable than most. To keep your organization and clients' information safe, it's important to be vigilant and proactive in defending your data from cyberthreats. Cyberattacks can disrupt your operations and prevent you from fulfilling your mission.

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The 2023 Fundraising Outlook Report: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

OneCause

The post The 2023 Fundraising Outlook Report: Looking Back, Looking Ahead appeared first on OneCause.

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When Opportunity Knocks, Open the Door: Donor Acquisition

Clairification

Don’t look in the mirror. Look out the door. No nonprofit can afford to be an island. As tempting as it may be to stay in your comfort zone, wearing blinders that enable you to forge straight ahead without noticing what’s going on around you, this is a dangerous practice. Because sometimes the landscape changes dramatically. And when it does, your nonprofit could get left behind.

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6 Group Fundraising Ideas to Energize Your Donor Base

Wild Apricot

As a nonprofit, finding ways to continually engage your donors can be challenging. We face a bit of a paradox today—between online fundraising, events, social media, virtual offerings and other outlets, there are more ways than ever to connect.

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Mastercard to Exempt Nonprofits in Good Standing From Recurring Donation Regulations

NonProfit PRO

Mastercard announced the recurring donation regulations that took effect Sept. 22 — and were going to kick in March 21, 2023, for nonprofits — will now be deemed best practices and not required for for-profit or nonprofit merchants, as long as they aren’t cited with excessive chargebacks. .

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How to Write a Successful Annual Fundraising Plan in 6 Steps

Get Fully Funded

If you are trying to fundraise without an annual fundraising plan, you are trying to bake a pie with a lot of ingredients but no recipe. Can you do it? Maybe. The contestants on The Great British Baking Show manage to get it right with impressive frequency. But… that either requires a good memory or a lot of guesswork. Do you really want to make fundraising so hard?

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Tweeting through uncertainty: Candid’s approach to nonprofit Twitter

Candid

Since Twitter’s new ownership took over in late October, the social media platform has experienced a significant decline in its userbase—a loss of over 1.3 million active users in one week. Candid’s Twitter account alone has lost over 1,000 followers in the same period, and we expect to see this negative trend continue. Additionally, rumors about paywalls , increases in hate speech , and chaos around the new paid verifications , have led to a lot of uncertainty, frustration, and confusion.

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Why fundraising asks are so hard

The Fundraising Coach

Fundraising is said to top the lists of things people find most scary. Right up there with fear of public speaking and fear of untimely death. Nonprofit fundraisers and volunteers refer to that fear when they explain why they don’t make the fundraising solicitations they know they need to make. They know they need to make the calls to pay their staff and fulfill their mission.

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An Open Letter to Elon Musk: For the Sake of the Public Good, Turn Twitter Into a Nonprofit

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Andy Posner. By choosing the nonprofit route, Musk could burnish his legacy, improve societal discourse, and provide a powerful model for other wealthy innovators to follow.

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Does Your Nonprofit Receive Donations of Services, Supplies or Equipment? Changes are Coming!

Blue Avocado

Changes to How Nonprofit Organizations Report In-kind Contributions of Nonfinancial Assets It is common for nonprofits to receive donations and contributions of nonfinancial assets, more commonly known as in-kind contributions. Typical examples of in-kind contributions a nonprofit may receive include but are not limited to: Pro bono legal & professional services Below-market rent payments Donated […].

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Will Your Year-End Fundraising Be Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing?

Clairification

Are you thinking “ It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Kaching! ?” Oh, dear. That’s akin to making the holidays all about the commercial aspects, and losing sight of the season’s wonder, awe, gratitude, love, and warmth of community. Yes, many nonprofits raise the lion’s share of their annual fundraising goal in the last few months of the year.

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Don’t Blow Your Post-Holiday Opportunity to Thank Your Nonprofit Supporters

Clairification

For good things once a year is not enough. Why do so many of us only eat turkey once a year? Or pumpkin pie? I’ve no idea! It’s surely not rational. These are special foods we value and take great delight in. Yet we get into a bad habit of thinking on auto pilot. If it’s not Thanksgiving, the idea of roasting a turkey or making cranberry sauce doesn’t even enter most or our heads.

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13 Top Secrets of Donor Thank You Letters Revealed

Clairification

What do you spend more time on? Asking or thanking? The lion’s share of nonprofits spend more time asking. It’s a BIG mistake. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not here to shame or blame you. Of course you have to ask. The number one reason people don’t give is they aren’t asked. And … The number one reason donors don’t give again is they aren’t properly thanked!

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Giving Tuesday: Don’t Take the Money and Run

Clairification

The absolute worst thing you can do the day after Giving Tuesday is nothing. As tempting as it is to let out a sigh of relief that it’s over, resist that temptation. It’s not time to relax yet. Nothing comes of nothing. And a huge part of your goal with Giving Tuesday should be to strengthen your bonds with donors. That’s the real something you’re after.

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11 Phrases to Retire

Clairification

Negative self-talk can really mess you up. So say behavioral scientists, psychologists and researchers. I recently ran across an article on the CNBC Make It blog by Kathy and Ross Petras , and want to share it because it rings so true for me. And I hope for you as well. Many times, professionally and personally, we can’t make the problem go away. Our control lies fundamentally in how we approach the problem.

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How to Write The Best Thank-You Letter for Donations + Three Templates and Samples

Wild Apricot

You’ve worked hard to bring in those donations, but does the work stop there? Absolutely not. In fact, in a lot of ways it’s just starting. When a donor makes a gift to your organization — especially if it’s their first one.

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Why Your Organization Needs an Online Member Directory

Wild Apricot

Does trying to connect your organization’s members feel a little bit like herding cats? Then an online member directory is just what you need! One of the number one members’ benefits you can offer is the opportunity to network and connect.

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Designing an Effective New Member Onboarding Process: 7 Tips

Wild Apricot

You’ve designed a value-packed membership program that offers amazing benefits and gives your members access to highly sought-after resources. So how is it possible that your renewal rates keep declining? Why are members dropping off when they.

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Nonprofit Marketing Plan: 8 Steps to Create A Strong Plan

Wild Apricot

Having worked with hundreds of nonprofits over the years, I can tell you that organizations that develop and follow a well-thought-out nonprofit marketing plan grow faster and make a bigger impact than those that don’t. A holistic marketing strategy.

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Planning the Perfect Annual Fund Campaign

Wild Apricot

If you’re looking to bring in secure funding for your nonprofit organization, annual fundraising is a must-do! A watertight annual fund campaign helps you strengthen donor relationships, bring in new supporters and secure your operational expenses.

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How to Host a Member Appreciation Week (+ 10 More Ideas!)

Wild Apricot

Your members are the people who turn your mission into a reality—which is why it’s so essential to show member appreciation! Inspiring positive feelings in your members keeps them connected to your cause, and motivates them to keep giving.

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43 Event Management Software Tools You Need to Know About

Wild Apricot

What if you had an army of robots to do all the grunt work for your events? This isn’t science fiction: this is the reality of many event managers. Instead of manually processing registrations, running checks to the bank, or trying to keep track.

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How to Execute Your Peer-to-Peer Email Communications Plan

NonProfit PRO

So, you’ve created a strategy for your peer-to-peer email communications. You’ve segmented your audience, built compelling content and prepared to design emails that will grab your readers’ attention. Now there’s one thing left to do: Start executing on your plan (and find ways to improve it).

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7 Ways to Drive Revenue Growth by Transforming the Mid-Level Donor Experience

NonProfit PRO

During this time of economic uncertainty, many organizations are renewing their focus on higher-value donors to generate revenue and build relationships that will keep them engaged with their mission. Here are seven strategies to elevate your current mid-level donor experience.

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Equity Is the Future of Nonprofit Fundraising

NonProfit PRO

Human-focused fundraising requires inclusivity and equity among everyone involved in the process. We must acknowledge that any way people like to engage with philanthropy is the right way. Here is how you can improve your organization's fundraising equity.

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Philanthropy during COVID-19 in India

Candid

Candid and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) released a new report, Philanthropy and COVID-19: Examining giving in 2021 , in May 2022 that details COVID-19-related philanthropic funding in 2021. To understand how the pandemic impacted the philanthropic sector and civil society organizations around the world, we reached out to local experts who shared their observations and experiences over the past two years.