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From Outputs to Outcomes: Measuring the True Value of Volunteering

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The social good sector has struggled to effectively assess the value of volunteer programs for decades. We’ve tallied the number of hours served, rooms painted, pounds of food packed, children tutored, or books donated and then done our best to connect that to a nonprofit’s tangible outcomes.

Confessions of a Nonprofit Database Administrator, Part II

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Hi again, it’s me, your friendly neighborhood DBA. Back with another round of confessions. I hope y’all enjoyed my first – ever blog post ! That was such an AMAZING feeling writing that. A nd even more amazing seeing all your comments and support for it!

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How Social Good Organizations Can Boost Voter Engagement in the U.S.

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The election is getting close and a whopping 40 million Americans have already voted early in person or by a mail.

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Your 3 Week GivingTuesday Checklist

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It’s hard to believe that we are now just three weeks away from GivingTuesday! While 2020 has been quite the year, and your organization’s annual fundraising strategy may look very different now than it did on January 1, one thing is certain: people still want to have an impact.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 172: Federal Data Privacy Legislation

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With only a little more than a month left for the the 116 th U.S. Congress, there is still federal data privacy legislation pending that could affect social good organizations. So, what’s included in those bills and how exactly might your organization be affected if they are passed?

Scholarships in the Time of COVID-19: A Conversation with UW Madison

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It’s no secret the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the face of scholarship management this year.

Why Today’s Nonprofits Need Effective Board Management Tools

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Have you ever wondered why board management is crucial to any organizational structure? The clear-cut answer is that board members play a vital role in the success of the organization.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 171: Last Minute Tips for GivingTuesday

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GivingTuesday is less than two weeks away – but there’s no need to panic. We brought in Blackbaud fundraising expert Tanya Fitzgerald to talk about those last-minute things you can do to be successful, whether you’ve been planning for some time or are just pulling something together now.

Tips for a Successful Moves Management System

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Do you know if a fundraising shortfall or windfall is coming?

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 170: Belonging at Work

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We are more connected than ever, but loneliness continues to increase. The concept of belonging is important not just in our personal lives, but also at work. Belonging in the workplace has real impacts on employee well-being, retention and business results.

Going Virtual is Not Enough, Part Two: Competitive P2P Events

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Recently, we discussed how to reimagine traditional fundraising walks for Fall 2020 and beyond. This post will cover competitive fundraising events, such as cycling, endurance, and race events.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 166: Planning for a Capital Campaign

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Capital campaigns. Maybe you’re in one. Maybe you’re thinking about one. Maybe you’re wrapping one up now. Maybe you have one in the past that you’d like to forget about. Either way, they are important.

How Nonprofits Have Reframed Their Messaging in the Wake of COVID-19

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Nonprofit work is essential in this country. Nonprofits make up 10% of the workforce, making them the third-largest workforce in the United States.

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3 Crucial Steps for Completing the Fundraising Cycle

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As a nonprofit fundraising connoisseur, you are in charge of ensuring your organization raises enough funds to successfully support its cause. Your organization helps create social good, meaning the work you do is important for your community and for the world at large. .

Executive Support in Driving and Maintaining CSR Programs

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Attitudes towards corporate social responsibility have evolved over recent years with more leaders recognizing giving back to their communities as an imperative aspect of their business.

3 Major Higher Ed Takeaways from bbcon 2020 Virtual

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We recently wrapped up our first fully virtual and truly global conference,? bbcon 2020. This year, we welcomed a record-breaking 38,000+ registrants from 70 countries?and and we’re proud to say higher ed?was was the largest group?in in attendance. O ver 6,000 professionals?representing?departments

Building a Complete Virtual Auction Toolkit: 5 Essentials

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As we round out a whirlwind of a year and look ahead to the year-end giving season, it’s a good idea to take stock of the tools you’re working with.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 169: Everything We Know About Fundraising is (Mostly) Wrong

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What if everything that we know about fundraising is mostly wrong? Is your organization focusing on the right data-based fundraising strategies? Joining the podcast to discuss this topic with host Steve MacLaughlin is Joe Waters, founder and CEO of Selfish Giving.

How To Future Proof Your Foundation’s Grants Management System – Part 1

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“The future depends on what you do today.” ” – Mahatma Gandhi. 2020 has challenged grants managers at foundations in ways that no one could have anticipated. A global pandemic. Overnight shifts to remote work and remote learning models.

Cloud Integration Solutions – What’s the Deal?

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As social good organizations continue to hurl through the twenty-first century , they are managing more and more (and more) data than ever before.

Executive Insights on Nonprofit Resiliency During COVID-19

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Blackbaud Canada recently hosted our first – ever digital executive roundtable , Necessity Breeds Innovation: Getting Back to Business.

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3 Ideas to Unleash the Hidden Potential in Your Database

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Amid the impact of the pandemic, most nonprofits are re-evaluating many of their fundraising strategies. This is especially true of healthcare organizations as their revenue is being impacted by both the disruption of service lines and possible cancellation of signature events.

Predictions for a Post-Pandemic Future for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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As we head into the final months of 2020, some parts of the country are opening up more than others, consumers are itching to get out of their homes, and arts and culture organizations are at a pivotal moment in planning for their comeback.

Best Practices for Virtual Foundation Board Meetings

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The idea of virtual board meetings has been around since conference calls first began. However , these often were only as a last resort and gave way to board retreat weekends filled with activities, catered meals and a focus on community building.

3 Website Tips to Support Your Virtual Fundraising Efforts

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As a nonprofit professional, you know that the fundraising landscape changes each year. However, no one could have predicted the effects that COVID-19 would have , with many nonprofit organizations now solely relying on virtual fundraising efforts to continue operations.

New Resources to Help Social Good Professionals Rethink Change

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2020 has been a rough year for many , to say the least. T his year’s dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice have presented many challenges, both personal and professional.

5 Takeaways from the bbcon 2020 Virtual Higher Ed Super Session

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W e successfully hosted our first fully virtual and truly global conference , bbcon 2020. We had a record-breaking 38,000+ registrants from 70 countries and h igher ed was the largest group in attendance.

A Guide to Exploring the Untapped Potential of Canada’s Multicultural Donors

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If you ask Canadians what makes our country so special, many will point to its diversity. And our communities are becoming increasingly diverse; newcomers to Canada currently account for nearly 20% of the population, and by 2036, it is projected that as many as 1 in 3 citizens will be foreign-born.

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How to Save the Spring 2021 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Season

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2020 has been a tough year for many so far, and the coming winter seems to be preparing us for more of the same. The state of constant change and uncertainty has interrupted three major human needs: Certainty – Humans are hardwired to crave certainty.

Strategic Grantmaking to Improve Community Health

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For decades, storied independent organizations like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation have worked alongside newer philanthropies like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve health through strategic grantmaking.

The Importance of Resilient Grantmaking Technology Focused on Human-Centered Design

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Humans are adaptable and organizations strive to be adaptable. Organizations often will identify the change that is needed, rally their people around that change, and once that change happens, everything returns to the way it was.

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 167: The Impact of AI on Philanthropy

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In science fiction, artificial intelligence (AI) is often depicted as threatening to humans. But in reality, the science of AI can be used for any number of helpful purposes. What are the implications of this technology in the social good sector?

Get Results When You Put Yourself in Your Donors’ Shoes

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If you had a choice, would you walk a mile uphill in snow in uncomfortable shoes? Of course not. Then why are you asking that of your supporters? When you see increasing donor attrition rates or decreasing event participants, try walking in their shoes.

Four Quick Edits to Simplify Your Web Copy

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As a communicator, you do plenty of writing and editing. There’s power in how your written words—from your long-form stories all the way down to your tweets. Writing effectively for the web isn’t always as easy as it sounds (see our comments on the human attention span below).

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How Vanguard Bridged the Gap to Amplify Executive Support

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Having executive support to drive philanthropic initiatives is essential to any corporation’s ability to quickly pivot their CSR programs when needing to make immediate impact.

Going Virtual is Not Enough: Reimagining Traditional P2P Walks for Fall 2020 and Beyond

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In-person peer-to-peer (P2P) events have been one of the types of P2P campaigns most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The in-person to virtual paradigm of the Spring was very reactive in nature, propelled by uncertainty and fear.

5 of the Biggest Major Gift Myths – Busted!

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Chances are myths and misconceptions about major donors and mega gifts are holding you back from raising the sustainable, reliable revenue you need for your mission. . Let’s look more closely at the common major gift mistakes many organizations are making – and get you back on track to raising more 5, 6, and 7- figure donations for your cause (even if you’re a smaller shop). . Myth #1: Big donors are somewhere “out there” .

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3 Steps for Developing a Passionate Nonprofit Board

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Your board members are the face of your nonprofit. They’re instrumental ambassadors and advocates within the community, and they ultimately pave the way for your nonprofit to thrive. In other words, keeping board members engaged is imperative to your success.

How to Future-Proof Your Foundation’s Grants Management System – Part 2

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Grantmaking is undergoing an evolution. Funders are scrambling to address new challenges and expedite access to capital for their many nonprofit partners.

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5 Steps to Creating Effective Community Health Initiatives

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Hospitals around the country are leaning in to address patients’ social determinants of health. As they develop community benefit programs to address health disparities and elevate community well-being, co-investment with like-minded partners helps drive greater impact.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 168: Looking Inside Blackbaud’s Social Good Startup Program

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The social good community has massive opportunity and meaningful challenges before us. Recognizing the power of partnerships to build a better world, Blackbaud launched a unique year-long accelerator in 2019 designed to support early-stage startups with the potential to impact the Ecosystem of Good®, and formalized it as the Blackbaud Social Good Startup Program in 2020.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 164: Board Strategy During a Crisis

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During a crisis, you need strategies that will help your organization cope with the situation effectively and come through on the other side. Knowing how to work with your board in these situations can help you continue to fulfill your mission.

Evaluating and Streamlining Your Annual Budget Process

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Mention the phrase annual budget review and you might hear a collective groan from department managers and the accounting department. On one hand, successful social good organizations need a thorough budgeting process. On the other hand, why do most participants consider it such a chore?