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2020: The Year that Changed Grantmaking

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2020 will be remembered as the year that changed grantmaking. Foundations are in the midst of a sudden and unexpected upheaval of long-held grantmaking practices.

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How Changes to the U.S. Paycheck Protection Program Affect Nonprofit Organizations

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Changes in Store for the Paycheck Protection Program: H.R. 7010, Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, Signed into Law. On June 5, the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act was signed into law. This bipartisan bill, which easily passed the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S.

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How to Keep Donors Engaged When Everything is Changing

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One of the biggest challenges for a donor relations and stewardship program, as an indirect revenue generator, is success metrics. Now more than ever, we have the opportunity to demonstrate how a strong donor relations effort contributes to fundraising.

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8 Things Resilient Fundraisers Should be Doing Now

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Resilient fundraisers stand ready to take on whatever the day brings, even if it wasn’t part of the plan. You adapt. You leverage. You innovate. You are building strategies for sustainability focused on four key areas: People: Caring about your supporters and those around you.

The Time Has Come to Reinvent Fall 2020 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Events

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As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded across the world, nonprofit fundraisers have been required to take one of three actions for their spring peer-to-peer fundraising (P2P) campaigns : cancel, postpone, or take it virtual. We’ve seen creativity, resilience, and resolve through it all.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 147: Diving Into the CARES Act with Independent Sector

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Nonprofits that are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may be able to receive help through the CARES Act – the large relief bill that Congress passed in an effort to help individuals and organizations weather the crisis.

Why (Almost) Every Nonprofit Should Be Using Google Ad Grants

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How much would $10,000 a month in advertising change the game for your nonprofit? . No, really. What would happen if 100 Benjamin Franklins were pumped into your online presence every month? Would it be transformative for your organization? For most of you, the answer is simple: absolutely!

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International Museum Day 2020: Tips To Engage Supporters

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Monday, May 18th is International Museum Day , the mission of which is to raise awareness of the fact that, “museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.”.

6 Tech Considerations Before You Build a New Website

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We get it—a new website is a tantalizing endeavor. When you find yourself with the resources to pull it off, all you can think about is that shiny new digital facelift. But, when you start to get into it, you might realize that you don’t know what you don’t know.

The HEROES Act – How This Proposed Legislation Could Provide Relief to Social Good Organizations

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On May 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6800, also known as the HEROES Act.

10 Tips for Using Zoom for Successful Donor Visits

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I feel grateful. Maybe, lucky? I’m not sure which word is more correct for such a tumultuous and devastating situation. Neither seems entirely accurate. I have been a remote Vice President for Advancement for almost five years.

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4 Tips for Avoiding Monthly Donor Churn During COVID-19 (and Beyond)

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While it’s still uncertain how overall fundraising revenue in 2020 will look given the challenges presented by COVID-19, reports have shown that charities in the U.K. saw a 41% year-over-year increase in cancelled monthly donations in March 2020.

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The Critical Role of Healthcare Philanthropy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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This is truly an unprecedented time. As a nation, we have come to together to address the COVID-19 pandemic in many different ways. All of us have an important role to play even if it is primarily staying at home to flatten the curve.

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 153: Leadership During Times of Change

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Leadership During Times of Change. How do leaders embrace their role in the new normal today? What does it mean to lead strategically and purposefully? The experts in today’s webinar will answer these questions.

Two Keys for Successful Virtual Challenge Fundraisers

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In the last month we have all been drinking from the firehouse of new nomenclature – ‘flattening the curve’, ‘social distancing’, ‘Quarantenials’ (ok, I made the last one up) to name but a few.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 143: Getting Ready for #GivingTuesdayNow

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#GivingTuesday is an annual campaign that has taken off far beyond expectations in the years since it was first implemented, reaching an unprecedented global scale. And now the #GivingTuesday organization has created a new day of giving as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic: #GivingTuesdayNow.

Resilient Fundraising with One Focus: Caring for Our Supporters

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What should be the focus of our fundraising during this time of crisis? Caring for our supporters. For me, the only right thing that is worth doing during this crisis is to care for the needs of our supporters and help them feel better. Because from there, everything else flows.

A Hack to Dramatically Improve Your Virtual Events

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Many events are canceled and that’s a problem. Whether you are a university that can’t have alumni come to campus, a nonprofit scrambling to replace your gala , or an association coming up with an alternative to an annual conference, a large part of organizational revenue is at stake.

Stories of Resilience: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

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Stories of Resilience: A Series Brought To You By The Blackbaud Institute. As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, social good organizations are working creatively to navigate the new landscape.

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A Guide for Planning Your #GivingTuesdayNow Campaign in 5 Days

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Now, more than ever, organizations need their communities to rally behind them. The potential health and economic repercussions resulting from COVID-19 are worrisome for many, but your mission stands strong and your donors believe in you.

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4 Development Activities to Do Now for Future Payoff

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When a storm is coming, you prepare. Some people prepare before the storm, some prepare after it passes, anticipating a new normal. Either way, you’re making sure your foundation is solid so you are ready for anything that comes your way.

Breaking down the CARES Act:  How the New Stimulus Bill Could Provide Relief for Social Good Organizations

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On Friday, March 27, the House of Representatives and the President signed into law H.R. 748, the third relief package Congress has passed, and the President has signed into law to address the US response to COVID-19.

What Previous Crises Can Teach Us About Navigating the Current Fundraising Environment

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Whether it be the tragedy of 9/11, a tsunami, an economic recession, an earthquake in Haiti, a country divided by an election or a devastating brushfire, there are many high-profile events of the past that have threatened to push the fundraising landscape to its limit.

Lessons from the Field: How Food Lifeline is Operating During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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As Blackbaud employees we work with our customers around the world to provide technology to mitigate the challenges of fighting COVID-19 in their communities, inspiring stories of determination, courage, and delivering organizational missions in the face of crisis have emerged by the dozens.

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4 Steps to Making Planned Giving More Effective Than Ever, Right Now

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The COVID-19 pandemic provides a unique challenge for nonprofit fundraisers: While most recessions can hurt people’s ability to give, this one can also affect our ability to ask.

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How Social Good Organizations Can Build Community at a Social Distance

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I love seeing all the creative ways people are coming together virtually right now when coming together physically is not recommended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 145: Trends in Grantmaking During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the funding landscape in various ways. It’s important that both grantmakers and grantees understand each other’s needs and challenges right now.

10 Things Fundraisers Can Do From Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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With the state of the world right now, your school or nonprofit has likely suspended travel. Your annual giving team may be putting off doing any outreach at the moment as well.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 152: Putting Purpose into Practice with Shared Value

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Putting Purpose into Practice with Shared Value. Companies are increasingly recognizing the importance of purpose. But what does it really mean to have a purpose-led organization? And how can you help your organization more effectively put its purpose into practice?

6 Tips for Managing a Virtual Workforce

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If you are like me, the COVID-19/coronavirus experience has taught you a new term: social distancing, which refers to actions that limit interactions with others in order to slow down the spread of a virus (the CDC refers to these as community mitigation strategies ).

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 144: Leveraging Personas for Fundraising During COVID-19

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Many things have changed in response to COVID-19, but the missions and purposes of social good organizations remain the same even if their methods must adjust to meet the current situation.

Why Now is the Time to Focus on Long-Term Relationships for Fundraising

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Relationships are the foundation of fundraising. Growing authentic, long-term and mutually beneficial relationships with highly engaged supporters is proven to be the most effective and sustainable development strategy, regardless of market conditions.

Lessons from the Field: How Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound Turned a Major Event into a Virtual Fundraiser

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound was excited to host their annual Big Breakfast, a celebration of their impact on the community and their second highest grossing fundraiser of the year , on March 26, 2020.

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Going Virtual – An Alternative Volunteer Event Guide

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Even before our current health situation arose , technology has been the leading method of engaging employees in today’s society. In the span of one year, from 2016 to 2017, remote work grew 7.9%. Over the last five years , remote work grew 44% and over the previous 10 years, it grew 91%.

Celebrating Women Leaders in the Arts & Cultural Sector for International Women’s Day 2020

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Tips to Maintain Momentum for Your In-Person Fundraising Events Amidst COVID-19

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With the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, let’s discuss tips for maintaining momentum for your upcoming events. Fortunately, we live in a time where technology can help bring people together in new and creative ways to fundraise without the requirement of being face-to-face with one another.

Google Analytics for Nonprofits: The 3 Analytics Goals Every Nonprofit Must Track

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Google Analytics can seem daunting, especially for the smaller marketing team or the marketer with limited digital chops. Perhaps you’ve avoided the very mention of it, hesitant to dive down the rabbit hole. After all, it’s unfamiliar territory, and you’ve got plenty on your plate as it is.

Looking to Be More Data-Driven? For Nonprofits, KPIs Start with Goals

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Across all sectors, there’s a push to become “data-driven” and “digitally-savvy.” Just last year, MIT’s Center for Information Systems Research released a study that showed exactly how much companies in the commercial sector benefit from having a tech-savvy board.

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Tips for Maintaining Successful Scholarship Programs While Planning for an Unpredictable Fall 2020 Semester

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4 Key Areas Financial Aid and Scholarship Leaders Should Consider When Planning for an Unpredictable Fall Semester. A lot has changed in the last few months.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 142: Tips for Virtual Volunteer Programs

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In the midst of COVID-19, virtual volunteerism opportunities are more important than ever. But there have also always been people who want to engage and contribute but who can’t, for various reasons, volunteer in traditional ways.

5 Community Needs That Companies Can Impact Now

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As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on and continues to cause distress, corporations are being entrusted – and expected – to lead the way to support and help solve the world’s most pressing issues.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 151: The Foundations of Effective Talent Management

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What do you need to know about talent management to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your team?

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 150: Livestream Fundraising 101

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Livestream fundraising – you’ve probably heard the term, but do you really understand how your social good organization can leverage this popular strategy? Have you wondered how you can you use livestreaming to connect with donors and raise more funds?