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Stewarding Your Congregation: Following the Golden Rule at Church

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In my last article, “ Communicating Your Church’s Financial Needs ,” we discussed the second step to fundraising in church, explaining financial needs and spending. In my final blog post in this series, we’ll delve into step three, showing appreciation and impact.

4 Core Attributes of Authentic Corporate Citizenship

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We all know people will reward companies they believe are good corporate citizens. Yet, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the “ halo effect ” of community involvement is no longer a given for companies that give back.

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One Thing Most Nonprofits Stink at (Donor Retention) and How You Can Change It in 2019

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Donor acquisition is all the rage, but did you know nearly 3 out of 4 new donors leave and never come back. I’d stay that’s pretty stinky, wouldn’t you? Blackbaud’s latest Charitable Giving Report sheds light on the importance of donor retention in the nonprofit industry.

6 Tips to Know Your Nonprofit Is Ready for Skilled Volunteers

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As a nonprofit leader myself, I know how frequently social sector organizations are strapped for capacity.

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6 Key Insights from the Inaugural donorCentrics Athletics Benchmarking Group

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Last month marked the inaugural meeting of a new benchmarking group created specifically to analyze and discuss trends in athletics giving [1].

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 102: Spotlight on Giving Trends in Higher Education

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The digital world has opened a new range of possibilities for higher education institutions as they look to connect with alumni and other prospective donors.

Why You Should Stop Trying to Save the World

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I get it. You’re committed to making a difference in the world. You love you what you do and you’re good at it. But you struggle with finding the right balance between your work and having a fulfilling personal life.

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Turnover Troubles?

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It’s no secret that turnover is a known evil for many social good organizations. What may be less obvious are the reasons why.

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 101: Building Trust and Accountability with Donor Statements

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Has your organization better connected finance and development and you’re now looking for what you can do next to ensure sustainable mission success?

2018 Charitable Giving Report: Spotlight on Higher Ed with CASE CEO Sue Cunningham

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Our research is in! The latest 2018 Charitable Giving Report with a spotlight on higher education can help institutions get a handle on the trends. I recently spoke with Sue Cunningham, president and CEO of CASE, to get her take on trends in higher education advancement.

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Fundraising at the Speed of Life

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Higher education advancement teams from around the country are noticing that alumni participation is shrinking, even as donations and commitments from a small group of big donors has grown.

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Donor Engagement: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

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We’ve all heard the saying “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” Have you ever tried? It’s a myth. You sure can! New forms of games or play can actually provide more happiness and longevity in a dog’s later years.

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2018’s Top Trends in Philanthropy

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From another record-breaking #GivingTuesday to the power of women’s philanthropy, 2018 has been a year replete with new movements and all-time highs. Take a look below to discover the Blackbaud Institute’s top trends that reverberated across the social good sector this year.

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Digital Transformation: Tips for Moving Your Social Good Organization into the Future

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Many of us remember going to the video store to rent a movie. How about the calculator that used to sit in the junk drawer in your kitchen? Everybody has one of those drawers, right?) How about getting directions from a friend for driving to a new place or printing them out from MapQuest?

What You Can Learn About Online Fundraising from 152 Canadian Charities

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Have you ever signed up to get email updates from 152 Canadian charities? What about receive, read, and analyze 1,234 emails from those organizations? Or how about make $25 donations to each and every single one of those 152 charities?

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 100: Driving Business Performance with Digital Transformation

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Digital transformation may sound like a buzzword, but the reality is that it fundamentally changes the way organizations operate and innovate.

3 Steps for a Successful Day of Skilled Volunteer Service

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Many of the companies we work with at Common Impact host a “day of service” as a way to give back to their local communities. Days of service are one of the most popular corporate volunteer programs.

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What Fundraisers Can Learn from Direct Marketing

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Prior to working at Blackbaud, I spent 10 years working in annual giving. I’m embarrassed to admit that it hadn’t occurred to me in those years that all my work in annual giving was really direct marketing.

Communicating Your Church’s Financial Needs

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Churches Buy T oilet P aper ! . In my last blog post , “ Churches and Engagement (But Not Weddings): Tips for Engaging Each Generation , ” we discussed engagement , the first step in fundraising with in the church.

3 Reasons You’ve Got to Have a Leadership Annual Giving Program

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Annual giving and major giving teams traditionally experience a bit of competition over donors.

Diversifying Fundraising Programs: A Q&A with the CEO of Emancipet

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In the Blackbaud Institute’s report, The Right Mix , Anne Wallestad spoke about the Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness framework that quantifies the risk associated with a lack of diversification in fundraising.

Tips To Grow And Nurture Your Supporters

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Learn how to grow your supporter lists and tend your supporter “garden” by keeping lists engaged, bringing wilting supporters back to life and cleaning out the weeds to produce the best “harvest” ever! Spring has sprung at my house.

Stewarding #GivingTuesday: Increase Your Retention Rate

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#GivingTuesday is the largest global day of giving and it’s fast approaching. According to GivingTuesday.org, over $300 million was raised online in 2017, totaling 2.5 million gifts. This philanthropic effort continues to grow, especially across all social media efforts.

Why Higher Education Institutions Need to Leverage Data and Analytics

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Using analytical, data-driven insights enables you to reinvent the way your institution operates. Most academic institutions understand how enormous this opportunity is. The challenge is in implementing this transformation across every department on campus.

Navigating Power Dynamics to Create “Sticky” Relationships

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In our last npENGAGE post , we shared some advice for establishing a trusting corporate volunteer relationship that results in not only great project outcomes, but also sets the foundation for a successful long term partnership.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 98: The State of Social Media in 2019

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Everyone knows that social media has a massive impact on today’s culture, so how can social good organizations effectively leverage it to engage supporters? What does your organization need to do to execute an effective social media strategy?

Thought About Your Advocacy Strategy Lately?

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When it comes to advocacy, it feels silly to say that the most important thing is reaching the right folks with the right message at the right time, but it’s the truth. The key lies in the nuances of doing so effectively.

Shaping your Fundraising Strategies with the 2018 donorCentrics®Alumni Giving Report

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Did you know that nearly eight out of ten new alumni donors don’t give again the following year? Or that it’s even lower if they are graduating seniors? If not, stop reading this right now and start reading this year’s donorCentrics ® Higher Education Alumni Giving Report.

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7 Tips for Navigating Nonprofit Accounting Compliance

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Tax-exempt organizations have seen significant changes to financial accounting and reporting standards in recent years. Implementing new standards can be challenging, but the cost of noncompliance can be devastating: a tarnished reputation, loss of funding, or even revocation of exempt status.

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Cross-Sector Skill Sharing in Action

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Nonprofit Board Leadership: Advice for Companies and Nonprofits

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I recently had the pleasure of attending a Better World Leadership event in NYC at which Alice Korngold presented the findings of the 2018 Nonprofit Board Leadership Study.

It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye: Mighty Citizen’s Experience Running an Email Re-Engagement Campaign

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Thankfully, there’s been an email marketing paradigm shift in recent years. It used to be that, above all, size mattered. How many emails are on your list, bro?” As with many other areas of work and life, we’ve collectively come to realize the value of quality over quantity.

Churches and Engagement (But Not Weddings): Tips for Engaging Each Generation

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In my last blog post, “ Elephant in the Sanctuary: Talking Money in Church ,” I introduced the topic of engagement and fundraising within a church. In today’s blog, we’ll dive into the first step, engaging each of the U.S. generations.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 97: Aligning Finance and Mission Strategy

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What do finance and development have in common? A goal to keep the organization on the path to successfully fulfilling its mission. So, it’s critical that finance and development are aligned both on the goal and on the path they’ll take to getting there.

Grassroots Campaigning: How to Use Online Channels to Build Offline Support

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“Hello Susan, it’s good to see you,” said the member of Congress at the sight of the constituent walking into his Capitol Hill office. “So, So, what bill will I end up cosponsoring for you today?”. You might think Susan was a wealthy donor or perhaps a significant employer in the Member’s district.

Making Sense of Social Media Advocacy in 2018

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This article is the first installment of a four-part series examining digital challenges and opportunities for nonprofits in 2018. Let’s start with the big question: is Facebook worth it?

6 Website Optimization Tips to Make Your Higher Education Institution Shine

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One of the most important things for a brand is good web design. Your higher education institution likely has several goals and requirements in mind when building and maintaining your website.

4 Free Professional Development Opportunities You Might Not Be Thinking About

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It’s so easy to get caught in the day-to-day of our jobs and think of “professional development” as something that only happens at work or that requires a lot of extra time or money (or both).

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 96: Innovative Techniques for Engaging Advocates

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Getting supporters to take action and engage with elected officials on policy issues can be a challenge, requiring organizations to start thinking outside the box. Learn from one social good organization how innovating and testing new tactics can help boost advocate engagement.

The 5 Laws of Successful IT Strategy and Planning

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As a nonprofit business, advancing your organization’s unique mission is the primary goal. The success of the communities you serve is inextricably linked to the organization’s success, and as such, you work tirelessly to deliver relevant, timely, and effective services.

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5 Best Practices for Converting Volunteers to Donors

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It is not a secret that nonprofits need volunteers and donors to achieve their goals and carry out their mission. The question is, is your organization focusing on the volunteer base that you already have? Many nonprofits do not know that the line between their volunteers and donors is very thin.

5 Ways to Optimize your Donation Forms for Giving Tuesday

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As you start planning messaging and emails for Giving Tuesday, spread a little love to your donation forms too. Below I will outline the five tips that can help you stand out from the crowd on a day like Giving Tuesday but are also good enhancements for your everyday forms.

Elephant in the Sanctuary: Talking Money in Church

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My family attends church in an older building which is in dire need of some major updates. We even joke about the fear of using the upstairs restroom because the lights flicker and the floor is crooked and cracked.

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