April, 2024

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Two Ways Nonprofits Get Donor-Centered Fundraising Wrong

Clairification

I find a widespread misunderstanding about the notion of what constitutes being donor-centered. It derives from two misconceptions: Assuming people don’t want to be asked. Spending all your time on cultivation, assuming folks don’t need an ask and will simply give spontaneously as a result of being wooed. Both of these rationales short-change your would-be donors.

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Please don’t go! 5 ways to win donor hearts again.

Hands-On Fundraising

A lapsed donor is a donor who hasn’t given in a while. (And of course, that’s insider talk. But you’re an insider, so we’ll use the term here.) But how do you define that period? How long do you consider a donor active? Experts tell us that after a first gift, you need to thank […] The post Please don’t go! 5 ways to win donor hearts again. appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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Is Your Nonprofit Newsletter Engaging or Boring?

Ann Green's Nonprofit

In theory, a newsletter can be a great way to engage with your donors. In reality, that doesn’t often happen because most donor newsletters can be used as a cure for insomnia. They’re too long and filled with boring articles that brag about how wonderful the organization is. A newsletter is a vital part of the ask, thank report, repeat formula and you can’t just go through the motions.

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What’s in My Mailbox | “We created a brand new revenue stream!”

Pamela Grow

Email or print donor newsletter? Smart nonprofits utilize both to keep their donors close. But only print donor newsletters have the “sticky” quality that leads to greater donor loyalty — and the greatest gift of all, the bequest gift. Leading international fundraising copywriter, Lisa Sargent, calls print donor newsletters your “retention engines.

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Celebrating success: Millionaire Grant Lady and Associates raised more than $8.2 million in grant funding in 2023

Millionaire Grant Lady

The landscape of philanthropy is always changing. Foundations change funding priorities and funding strategies. Grant applications get longer and more complex. Maintaining meaningful communication with donors can be difficult to keep up throughout the year. Without an experienced grant partner, it can be hard for nonprofits to navigate this shifting scene and connect to the dollars they need to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society today.

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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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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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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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Philanthropy Spent $11 Million to Prevent Changes to DAF Rules

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Opponents of the 2021 attempt to speed donor-advised fund payouts stopped the legislation dead in its tracks. By Alex Daniels Opponents of the 2021 attempt to speed donor-advised fund payouts stopped the legislation dead in its tracks.

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The Voices of Neurodiversity: Celebrating World Autism Month

GrantNews

We live in a world where diversity is increasingly celebrated and recognized. So, it stands to reason that the voices of neurodiversity deserve to be heard and recognized as well. Neurodiversity encompasses a spectrum of neurological variations, including autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and more. Rather than viewing these differences as deficits to be remedied, they should be embraced and celebrated as integral aspects of human variation.

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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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Why You Must Put Real Resources into Building Nonprofit Donor Loyalty

Clairification

It costs more to acquire a new donor than retain a current one. A lot more. In fact, research shows it takes 7 – 12% more effort, time and money to bring in a new donor than to raise more from a current donor. Please, please, please… let this sink in. The for-profit world understands this. It’s why they retain, on average, 80 – 90% of current customers.

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How to Get Funding for a Nonprofit: Tips on Tapping into 12 Top Funding Sources

Wild Apricot

Knowing how to get funding for a nonprofit is the first step towards success! Discover the pros & cons of the most common nonprofit funding sources.

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7 Types of Donors That Could Be Your Next Major Gift Prospect

NonProfit PRO

If you’re always looking externally for your next major gift prospect, you may overlook a loyal supporter already in your database. Here are seven types of donors your nonprofit can locate internally.

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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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A Really Tough Planned Giving Conversation

Planned Giving

What To Do When There’s a Verbal Promise, a Death, and No Intention Form? Summary: What would you do if you had a verbal commitment for a planned gift—and the donor died before putting it into writing? It happens more often than you’d think. Here’s a real-world example of how stewardship can save the day. “How do I find out if Stuart remembered us in his estate plan?

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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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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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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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What Is a Grant Writer? A Peek Behind the Curtain

GrantNews

So, you are new to applying for grants and during your research you stumble across the term “grant writer.” You raise a quizzical eyebrow and wonder, “What is a grant writer?” Look no further; this is the article for you! GrantWatch is here to help clarify what a grant writer is and what they do. We have the lowdown on the mysterious individuals who call themselves grant writers.

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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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7 Tips On How To Build An Effective Outreach Strategy

GiveSmart

“Strategy without tactics is the slowest path to victory. Tactics without strategy are the noise before defeat.” – Sun Tzu Building an effective nonprofit outreach strategy must be approached thinking about everyone your organization touches: recipients, donors, sponsors, partners, volunteers, board, and employees of the organization. What exactly do we mean by outreach?

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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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Key Takeaways from the OMB’s Uniform Guidance Revisions

Grants Plus

The Biden-Harris Administration has announced the most substantial updates to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Uniform Guidance – a government-wide framework for grants management – since its inception ten years ago. According to The White House, the revised OMB guidance reduces burdens on grant recipients and increases transparency with respect to more than […] The post Key Takeaways from the OMB’s Uniform Guidance Revisions appeared first on Grants Plus.

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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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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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When You Can’t See the Trees for the Forest

Veritus Group

How can you find efficiencies in your donor CRM that will help you see and care for the trees, not just the forest? The post When You Can’t See the Trees for the Forest appeared first on Veritus Group.

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The Top 15 Member Retention Strategies to Grow Your Community in 2024

Wild Apricot

Retaining your membership base saves money on recruitment and helps build a lasting community. Get inspired by these 15 member retention strategies!

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4 Tactics to Implement in 2024 to Elevate Your Fundraising

NonProfit PRO

With fundraising down yet again in 2023, it may be time to try a few new approaches to regain momentum. Here are four tactics for 2024.

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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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Social Workers and Community Helpers Deserve Our Praise

GrantNews

Social workers and community helpers are a vital part of the communities to which they belong. In fact, social workers and community helpers may well be the folks we have to thank for the well-being of our family, friends, and neighbors. These folks aren’t always appreciated for the important roles they play. They wear so many different hats and play a part in a variety of circumstances.

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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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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.