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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Your work or a life: a painful choice no one should have to make

Hands-On Fundraising

Feeling stressed? In the United States, recent polls found that 70 percent of American workers consider their workplace a significant source of stress, whereas 51 percent report job stress reduces their productivity. (via PsychCentral) Do we have to choose? A while back, I read this article in the New York Times by Anne-Marie Slaughter about […] The post Your work or a life: a painful choice no one should have to make appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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Give Yourself a Strong Foundation: Fill Out the Project Innovator Form

Lightning Fast Grant Writing

The grant innovator form is a simple document I use to organize an agency as it seeks grants. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with this surprisingly valuable document by checking out the link at the end of this article. By asking your colleagues to fill it out, you will tactfully motivate them to help you get grant funding. The form also subtly calls upon you and your associates to think through why a program is needed by your clients in the first place.

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Spring Into Action by Paying Attention to Your Donor Retention

Ann Green's Nonprofit

Donor retention is a perennial problem for nonprofit organizations. Many organizations spend all this time and energy on acquiring donors, concentrating more on volume and don’t seem to be concerned that they’re churning through different donors year after year. Just like the flowers and plants in your garden, you need to give them care and attention.

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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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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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Donor-Advised Funds Soar in Popularity as Nonprofits Successfully Engage New Donors

NonProfit PRO

Our DAF roundup includes the four biggest reporting DAF charities sharing year-over-year grant totals, as well as a look at how this revenue stream is impacting nonprofits.

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Grant Writer vs. Grant Consultant: Is There a Difference?

Grant Writer Team

In today’s fast-paced world, most established businesses and nonprofits hire professional grant writers to get the funding they need. They know that grant writing is a time-consuming process, usually best left to someone with the know-how to complete the job and get a favorable response. In addition, they know the rules change with every grantor. The criteria, assessments, eligibility, and content style are all at the whim of your funder, and no two are alike.

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Spotlight State: New Mexico

GrantNews

As part of our spotlight series, GrantWatch reflects on what stands out about the State of New Mexico. If you’ve ever been there, you can’t help but admire the strong adobe, southwestern influence throughout much of the State of New Mexico. Adobe actually means ‘mud-brick’ in Spanish, and this construction style is especially well-suited for the dry and harsh climate of the state.

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OPINION Will you still love me tomorrow? Who will be the the real donors of the next 50 years?

Critical Fundraising

In the face of a “generational time bomb”, the recent ‘Tomorrow’s Donor, Today’ research challenges fundraising norms and advocates for radical changes. However, Giles Pegram takes issue with the research’s fundamental assumption, and asks if it risks becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. There couldn’t be a more significant and existential issue faced by all fundraisers as how will donors act and behave in the future.

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Grant Budgeting: Tips for Maximizing Funding Opportunities

The NonProfit Times

By Jackie Sue Griffin Securing grant funding is crucial to a nonprofit’s growth, and it starts with crafting a well-planned and realistic budget. In this article, we’ll explore effective grant budgeting strategies that nonprofits can implement to strengthen their grant applications, increase their chances of success, and ultimately, make a greater impact in their communities.

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5 Secret Nonprofit Donor Retention Action Strategies

Clairification

Giving is an emotional experience. It deserves an emotional response. Be human. Ever notice how sometimes when we put on our work hats we cease to be human? How we somehow morph into little robotic “professionals” and become enamored of jargon? “Lybnts.” “Sybnts.” “Recaptures.” Not that those things aren’t important. You need goals and objectives. And given the dreadful state of donor retention in the U.S. today (and in the U.K and Canada as well), it’s vital you be able to measure how you’re do

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How to write a thank you letter when you’re feeling stuck

Hands-On Fundraising

You’ve been working hard on that last campaign. And now, you have new gifts! After the celebration, you begin to wonder. How can you write a thank you that works? Where do you start? Here’s my quick thank you letter how-to First, a confession: I used to write rote, boring, perfunctory thank you letters. And […] The post How to write a thank you letter when you’re feeling stuck appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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How to Teach Your Team to Improvise with Power

Lightning Fast Grant Writing

Parallel to the improvisation you do yourself as a grant writer, it is also important to know tools for helping your grant writing team improvise as well. Too often a lack of creative energy can be traced to the fact that various team members may be afraid of failing. With this motivation, they may be more creative in inventing reasons for giving up than coming up with solutions that will make it happen.

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Don’t Your Donors Deserve to Feel Appreciated?

Ann Green's Nonprofit

We all like to feel appreciated and that includes your donors. Thanking your donors should be a priority for your nonprofit organization. Is that the case? Unfortunately, the answer is usually no. Thanking your donors is not just something you do after you receive a donation and then do nothing for a while. You need to show gratitude all year round and with Valentine’s Day coming up, that’s a great opportunity to thank your donors and show them how much you appreciate their support.

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Here We Go Again (and Again and Again): Let’s Stop Looking for the One ‘New Approach’ to Philanthropy

Center for Effective Philanthropy

The post Here We Go Again (and Again and Again): Let’s Stop Looking for the One ‘New Approach’ to Philanthropy appeared first on The Center for Effective Philanthropy.

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Civil Rights Are Under Siege. DEI 2.0 Is the Answer

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Philanthropy needs to emerge from its defensive crouch and unleash a bold and creative response to DEI attacks. By Gara LaMarche Amy Elting, Unsplash Philanthropy needs to emerge from its defensive crouch and unleash a bold and creative response to DEI attacks.

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TikTok's Lessons for Nonprofits: The Power of Authenticity and Engagement

CharityHowTo

Curious about the phenomenon behind TikTok's rise? Explore how your nonprofit can leverage its principles of authenticity and engagement to heighten impact. Plus, learn about Gather Voices, an innovative tool that empowers nonprofits to harness the authenticity of user-generated videos. Read on to uncover the secrets of digital storytelling in a rapidly evolving landscape.

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What to know about U.S. nonprofit sector demographics 

Candid

What’s the demographic composition of the U.S. nonprofit sector—in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability status? Are staff, leaders, and board members equally diverse? How does leadership diversity vary by organization size, revenue, subsector, and state? How do majority BIPOC-led (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) nonprofits fare compared with majority white-led ones?

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Breaking News: 10 Small Business Grants Available on GrantWatch!

GrantNews

GrantWatch Headline News: In a significant development for small business owners, securing essential funding has been identified as one of the most critical challenges to overcome. Some small businesses turn to traditional loans, a common funding method. However, loans are often difficult to obtain for new enterprises. Moreover, these loans come with the burden of repayment, typically with added interest.

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21 Useful Resources for Black Fundraisers and Black-Led Nonprofits

Capital Campaign Pro

To celebrate Juneteenth, we’ve assembled this list of resources for Black-Led nonprofits and African American fundraising professionals. Resources for Black Fundraisers and Black-Led Nonprofits According to Candid’s The state of diversity in the U.S. nonprofit sector report, which compiles data from 59,550 public charities that shared demographic data between July 2019 and January 2024, 24% […] The post 21 Useful Resources for Black Fundraisers and Black-Led Nonprofits appeared first

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More Revenue Streams Needed Now Than 24 Months Ago

The NonProfit Times

Nonprofits face continual financial pressures around revenue streams, with 57% of financial managers saying they need somewhat or much more stable cash flow, and nearly 7 in 10 sharing that they need more revenue streams today than they did two years ago. That need for additional revenue streams comes at a time when 56% of nonprofit financial managers say their organization have at least six funding sources, and 28% have at least 10.

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Nonprofit Event Fundraising: They’ll Never Forget How You Made Them Feel

Clairification

In Part 1 we looked at establishing event goals and objectives; then determining if an event was the most efficient and effective way to achieve desired outcomes. In Part 2 we reviewed 4 top event planning tips. In this last article of a three-part series on event planning we’ll look specifically at how to make the event “stick” emotionally. 1.

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Can You Really Do More By Doing Less?

Veritus Group

Being busy isn't the same as being productive. Here's how to focus your work on the priorities that truly matter in fundraising. The post Can You Really Do More By Doing Less? appeared first on Veritus Group.

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Donor Readiness: The Secret of All Successful Capital Campaigns

Gail Perry Group

Written by Chuck Davis , Senior Consultant at The Gail Perry Group. All successful capital campaigns have one basic thing in common: They have donors of means who are willing to invest in the campaign. Campaigns of every size will rise (or fall) based on the right number of lovely people with a passion for your cause and a pocketbook to support it. How can we ensure that this basic factor is in place?

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How to Prevent Donor Fatigue in a Nonprofit

Get Fully Funded

Donor fatigue is real, and it’s hurting lots of small nonprofits that are over asking their donors without balancing those asks with enough feel-good interactions. Some experts say donor fatigue is a myth. Others say it’s an excuse used by lazy fundraisers to justify their poor results. I say it’s a real phenomenon that occurs when fundraisers are so focused on the money that they forget where the money comes from.

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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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Expected SCOTUS Decisions Could Endanger Domestic Violence Victims. Where’s Philanthropy?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Philanthropy has long neglected the domestic violence movement, but the stakes are getting higher, and more support is desperately needed. By Brett J. Barnes Getty Images Philanthropy has long neglected the domestic violence movement, but the stakes are getting higher, and more support is desperately needed.

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The Dublin Diaries: Week 2 – Addressing Structural Inequalities in Digital Forensics 

HSF House

Hello everyone! It’s hard to believe I’ve already spent two and a half weeks here in Dublin, Ireland. My time at University College Dublin (UCD) has been a whirlwind of research, exploration, and personal growth. This week, as part of the Global Scholars Program at Florida State University (FSU), I’m focusing on a critical issue: structural inequalities in our communities and how various factors contribute to these disparities.

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How to gather high-quality nonprofit client feedback

Candid

Nonprofit organizations are always looking for ways to increase the impact of their work. One way to serve your clients more effectively is to gather feedback from participants, then use what you learn to improve services and support organizational change initiatives. At Listen4Good (L4G), we call this process a “client feedback loop.” This includes asking questions such as: “To what extent have we met your needs?

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Need To Win a Grant? Hire a Grant Writer Now!

GrantNews

Do you need to win a grant, but don’t how or where to start? Have you ever applied for grant funding and been rejected? Does your organization need funding but you don’t have the time to write a grant application? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you know how hard the process can be. You are not alone. Learning how to make your grant proposal stand out takes years of practice and refinement.

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Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Tips from the Experts 

GiveSmart

Your volunteer fundraisers are invaluable assets to your organization’s mission. Peer-to-peer fundraising is a powerful tool because your supporters can see their impact on your mission in real time. With $126 as the average donation to a GiveSmart-powered P2P campaign, this strategy should be a part of your annual fundraising plans. We’ve brought together a panel of partners to share tips to help your organization better create these campaigns and engage your fundraising volunteers.

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Practical Ways to Use AI For Grants

The NonProfit Times

You’ve heard that history tends to repeat itself and this also applies to technology. In 1994, the internet sparked both fear and excitement. Fast forward three decades, and perhaps you’re finding yourself both curious and anxious about artificial intelligence or AI. According to Margit Brazda Poirier, founder and CEO of Grants4Good , you might not be using AI; most nonprofits aren’t — citing lack of time and concerns about safety, privacy and ethics.

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Which Song from Fiddler on the Roof Describes a Nonprofit Fundraiser’s Job?

Clairification

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make me a Match! While you might be tempted to guess “If I were a Rich Man,” that’s not it. Because that would be making fundraising mostly about money. And, actually, fundraising is mostly about love. So the correct answer is “ Matchmaker.” That’s right. Your job is to make the perfect match between the values your organization enacts and the values your donor shares.

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