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5 Tips for Successful Online Giving Days

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Higher education giving has traditionally relied on major gifts, annual funds, and direct mail as the primary means of engaging new donors.

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Looking into the Crystal Ball: Public Policy and Foundations in 2021

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It is 2021, a new year, a new Congress, and a new administration.

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Q&A with sgLEADERS: Alicia Dicks, The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties

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The “Q&A with sgLEADERS” series on sgENGAGE aims to provide readers, including the next generation of social good leaders, with valuable insights from executives across the social good community.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 183: Moving Your Organization from Scarcity to Abundance

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Sometimes, change is hard – especially when it seems that there isn’t enough money or other resources to accomplish your organization’s mission. However, by adopting the right mindset, social change leaders can begin to attract more support. That’s where today’s guest comes in.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Goes the Distance to Make a Difference in Employee Engagement

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As we continue to highlight ways corporations can encourage employee health and wellness throughout early 2021, we wanted to share how our customers were implementing some of these techniques in real-time, making an impact in their workplace and communities.

December 2020 COVID Relief – How the Latest COVID Relief Legislation Could Provide Relief to Social Good Organizations

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On December 21, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed a wide-ranging COVID Relief and Appropriations bill and the President signed the bill on December 27, 2020. The appropriations bill , totaling $1.4T, provides funding for the government through September 30, 2021.

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Annual Planning in an Ever-Changing World

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Back in 2019, I had some great conversations with colleagues from various organizations while I helped them brainstorm ideas and strategies for their missions and make plans for the coming year. As 2020 rolled in, most had created their plans. Many of those plans were energizing and exciting.

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Edelman’s 2021 Trust Barometer and Shifted Employee Expectations

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With media and governments trust reaching an all-time low, businesses have become the most trusted institutions in the world.

4 Ways to Further Your Nonprofit Career with Continued Learning

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Have you heard the expression, “You learn something new every day?” It’s true. And if you don’t feel that it’s true for you, then you should make a conscious effort to make it true, especially in the case of your nonprofit career.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 181: Interpersonal Skills for Today’s Changing Workplace

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Interpersonal and communications skills are essential skills that are vitally important for achieving success in the workplace. But what are the most important interpersonal skills for the way that most of us are working now?

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2021 Strategic Planning, COVID-style

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With 2020 finally over and the COVID-19 vaccine on the way, there is certainly cause for optimism in 2021.

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5 Ways to Supercharge Your Organization’s Web Content

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There is a direct link between the content your constituents are consuming on your website and how they feel about you as an organization.

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!

The Symbiotic Relationship Between Corporations and their Stakeholders

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As an organization that was created more than a decade ago to help corporations further engage their employees in social responsibility, YourCause, a Blackbaud solution, has preached the business case for CSR to companies for quite some time.

New Year, New Format for In-Person Peer-to-Peer Events (With Examples!)

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As the calendar changed, so too did the outlook of many hopeful people, eager for the changes this year may bring. Optimism is on the rise and there is much to look forward to in the coming months ahead.

Five Ways to Promote Wellness in Your Organization this New Year

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Corporate social responsibility has taken on a completely new look since we all started staying the social six feet apart and began doing our jobs from home.

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Converting Emotional Donors to Monthly Donors

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Ah, the new donor. A relationship rife with possibility. You’ve spent a lot of time and resources getting them to say, “yes.” Yes, I will feed hungry children, yes, I will cure a terrible disease, yes, I will save animals, the environment – yes, I will save the planet!

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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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Confessions of a Nonprofit Database Administrator

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Database Administrator, Manager of Development Operations, Manager of Development Systems, Information Systems Manager — every career move I thought, “With this new title, at this new organization, I will definitely have a voice.

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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4 Steps for Starting an Employee Relief Fund

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Last week, sgEngage released a podcast episode featuring Holly Welch Stubbing, CEO of E4E Relief.

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 180: How to Grow an Online Community

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There’s no question that online communities are more important than they’ve ever been in the past. These communities can offer real action and tangible support to all types of people who live anywhere in the world.

Nonprofit Web Design: 3 Common Challenges & Solutions

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Nonprofit fundraising and development is hard work, especially amid all of the challenges that have been thrown our way over the past year.

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Online Fundraising: 4 Best Practices to Boost Donations

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Though many nonprofits still bring in donations the old-fashioned way, online fundraising can be a cost-effective, quick way to boost revenue and can open up a world of possibilities for your organization.

Taking Doctors’ Day Beyond the Direct Mail Appeal

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If you’re going to try something new, now is the time!

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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.

5 Rules for Keeping Volunteers Safe in a Pandemic

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Editor’s Note: Please always refer to WHO, national and/or local health guidelines for the latest COVID-19 guidelines. You can also find additional information at [link]. . Mindful community organizations like yours have followed the recommended safety guidelines for months now.

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.

The 20 Most Popular sgENGAGE Articles Published in 2020

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2020 has been quite the year, to say the very least. However, despite all the uncertainty and change, social good organizations have risen to meet the challenges thrown at them and find new ways to reach constituents and carry on their missions.

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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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 179: Exploring Employee Relief Funds

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Employees are a business’s most valuable asset, which is why more companies are starting to implement employee relief programs to provide a crucial safety net in times of disaster and hardship.

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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.

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.

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.

Top Tips for Volunteer Recruitment During COVID-19

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Leading a group of passionate volunteers, doing deeds that help the community around you, and making a meaningful difference to an important cause are what make the job of a volunteer management leader worth it.

2020 Round-up: The Top 5 Lessons for Canadian Nonprofits and Charities

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As we prepare to begin a new year, one thing is clear: 2020 changed the way we look at the world.

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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.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 177: Storytelling with Financials

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Do you know how to not only interpret your organization’s financials, but also how to present them to others as a compelling story that offers transparency and increases donations and impact?

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 178: Winning Back Lapsed Donors

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While lapsed donors are inevitable, there are strategies you can use to both reacquire them and prevent attrition in the first place.

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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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 176: Giving Effective Feedback

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Feedback is a gift, but the thought of giving feedback can be scary. However, whether you are giving the gift of feedback to an employee, a manager, a teammate, a donor, a supporter, an advocate or a peer there is a process you can use to ensure your gift is better accepted.

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.

Pricing Items for Your Virtual Auction: 4 Key Steps

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Which new strategies that you adopted in 2020 effectively generated support, engaged donors, and reached new audiences? Chances are virtual events have played a role in your COVID-era tactics.