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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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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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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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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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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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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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As the Number of Donors Continues to Drop, Monthly Giving Could Be a Solution

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Year-end giving was down 2.8 percent compared to 2022, according to a new study. Donor participation fell across the board. By Emily Haynes Getty Images Year-end giving was down 2.8 percent compared to 2022, according to a new study. Donor participation fell across the board.

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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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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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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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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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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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3 Ways Foundations Can Help Nonprofits Attract and Retain Talent

NonProfit PRO

While nonprofits have a powerful draw for talent, they often fail to properly compensate employees. These three low-cost, proven tools can help nonprofits compete.

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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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Equity Advocates Harm Their Cause When They Insist on a Raised Fist, Not an Extended Hand

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Collaboration — not resistance — is the best path to lasting social change. For proof, just look at the debate over pandemic school closures. By Eboo Patel Getty Images Collaboration — not resistance — is the best path to lasting social change. For proof, just look at the debate over pandemic school closures.

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Revisiting 7 Big Questions for Big Philanthropy: Will A Focus on Racial Equity Be Sustained?

Center for Effective Philanthropy

The post Revisiting 7 Big Questions for Big Philanthropy: Will A Focus on Racial Equity Be Sustained? appeared first on The Center for Effective Philanthropy.

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Address the Future with Clean Data

NonProfit PRO

Successful fundraising starts with clean data. Melissa’s new solutions catalog is packed with essential tips, tools and free trials to help you address donor engagement, improve outreach, and ensure accuracy for meaningful impact and a sustainable future. From address, email and phone verification to data enrichment and donor profiling, this valuable resource has everything you need to elevate your fundraising game!

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Podcast: Transforming Challenges into Success: A Comprehensive Look at Capital Campaigns in the Nonprofit Sector

Capital Campaign Pro

Season 3, Episode 53 In this episode, we dive into an enlightening conversation with Esther Landau, the Senior Director of Advancement at The Arc of San Francisco. Join host Amy Eisenstein as she explores the strategic planning and execution behind successful capital campaigns, focusing on The Arc’s innovative approach to expanding its programs and services. […] The post Podcast: Transforming Challenges into Success: A Comprehensive Look at Capital Campaigns in the Nonprofit Sector a

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Embracing Intrapreneurship: A Nonprofit Game Changer

Blackbaud

In the realm of social impact and nonprofit work, the quest for sustainable, innovative solutions to society’s challenges is ceaseless. As someone entrenched in the mission to address food insecurity, I have come to appreciate the indispensable role of intrapreneurship within our sector. This approach, which champions the spirit of entrepreneurship within existing organizations, is not just beneficial; it is vital for recruiting and retaining the talent that will drive our missions forward.

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The Wind Is at Your Back. What Are YOU Going to Do?

Veritus Group

Fundraising reports are predicting that giving will expand in the years ahead. Now's the time to focus on mid-level and major gift fundraising. The post The Wind Is at Your Back. What Are YOU Going to Do? appeared first on Veritus Group.

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UpMetrics Launches Free Impact Framework Building Tool for Impact Organizations

NonProfit PRO

UpMetrics released its Impact Measurement and Management Suite to help organizations measure, maximize, and showcase their impact.

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Guaranteed Income Is All the Rage in Philanthropy. Will it Last?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Since the pandemic, over 200 guaranteed-income experiments launched across the United States. The Mellon Foundation backed one of them, providing $115 million to support 2,400 New York City artists. By Sara Herschander Rachel Keane Sylvain Souklaye, an artist supported by the Creatives Rebuild New York initiative from the Mellon Foundation, in a performance of Depopulated.

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Spotlight State: Colorado

GrantNews

The State of Colorado is a high class state! That is to say, Colorado is the home of the city of Denver – known as the “Mile High City.” It has an elevation of 5,280 feet above sea level, which is EXACTLY ONE MILE UP! As for the State of Colorado, most folks know it as the “Centennial State” because it became a state in 1876 – exactly 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions

Planned Giving

Understand the benefits and increase your value to donors. You may have heard it called a “charitable IRA rollover,” but this is a misnomer. Yes, there is a distribution from a traditional IRA, and yes, the account holder does not pay tax on that distribution. But the distribution is outright to a public charity, not to another IRA. The correct terminology, which is finally beginning to catch on, is a “qualified charitable distribution,” or QCD.

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5 Steps to Improve Your Nonprofit’s Grant Management Process

NonProfit PRO

Nonprofits may scramble to gather details or documents and submit last-minute applications for grants. Here are five tips to cut the chaos.

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Granddaughter of Megadonor Gert Boyle Digs Into Rural Philanthropy in New Podcast

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

One theme: the surprising overlap between urban and rural needs By Ben Gose One theme: the surprising overlap between urban and rural needs

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Big Tech Layoffs Continue – Time to Look for Start-up Funding

GrantNews

Big Tech Company layoffs are continuing to soar. It seems like many of the major tech companies keep announcing multiple rounds of layoffs. While big tech is not the only industry suffering, it seems to be impacting some well-known, companies particularly hard. According to industry tracker Layoffs.fyi , 59,443 workers were laid off across 245 tech companies since January 2024 alone, including Microsoft, Amazon, eBay and Google.

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The Scoop on RFPs: How Grant Funders Target and Attract Proposals

Grant Writer Team

Greetings readers, have we got a scoop for you?! Imagine that you receive an invitation to a friend’s birthday party. It’s been so long since you’ve been to a party that you excitedly toss the invitation on the counter and rush to get ready. You put on some nice clothes and buy a fine bottle of wine as a gift. You stroll confidently up to your friend’s house and eagerly knock on the door.

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5 Automated Text Messages to Increase Giving

NonProfit PRO

An estimated 90% of text messages are opened within three minutes. Here are five automated texts that can help increase giving.

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69% of U.S. Muslims Always Give to Charities during Ramadan

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Giving fulfills a religious obligation, and research suggests that nonprofits should reach out to this small but generous population during the monthlong holiday. By Shariq Siddiqui Adam Gray/AFP via Getty Images Members of the Muslim community gather for the first Taraweeh prayer of Ramadan in New York City. Research suggests that nonprofits should reach out to this small but generous population during the monthlong holiday.