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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.

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.

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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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Top 10 bbcon Sessions for Nonprofit Fundraising and Communications Professionals

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Virtual bbcon 2020 is fast approaching, with thousands of nonprofits registrants, many of whom are fundraising, communications and marketing pros like yourself: ready to expand your vision with fresh ideas and actionable inspiration!

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 163: Prepping for a Virtual Audit

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It’s hard to believe that we’re already well into September and it’s time to start thinking about year-end audits. This year, many social good organizations will be having virtual audits, and now is the time to learn about how best to prep for them.

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 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.

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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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.

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 the Currier Museum of Art Prepared for Its Reopening

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After our complete closure on March 16, 2020 due to COVID-19 , our museum staff was busier than ever preparing to navigate these uncharted times. Our focus was to maintain a connection with the public and our members.

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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.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 162: Why You Need a Planned Giving Strategy

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Too many nonprofits overlook the opportunities for planned giving. While planned giving may not be the most typical type of gift, it can be a powerful driver of growth for nonprofit organizations and can be a way of deepening donor relationships.

A Guide to bbcon 2020 for Higher Ed Professionals

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While you might not be able to join us in person this year, one thing is for certain – bbcon 2020 Virtual will still expose you to new ideas and people and hopefully inspire you when you return to work.

The Top Seven Reasons to Integrate Your Fundraising CRM and General Ledger

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Directors of Development and Directors of Finance often find themselves working in a love/hate relationship. Not with each other, no; but rather with the numbers for which they are each responsible.

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 sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 161: The State of the Social Sector

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We’ve seen evolving challenges and change of 2020, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the racial justice movement. From economic challenges to increased service delivery demands, social good organizations have been impacted in many ways.

How Financial Aid Professionals Can Get the Most Out of bbcon 2020

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bbcon 2020 Virtual is right around the corner! Whether this is your first virtual conference, or one of many you’ve virtually attended this year, below is guidance to help higher education financial aid and scholarship professionals make this their best bbcon yet! Tips for Success at bbcon 2020.

Disaster Preparedness: The Math Behind How & Why You Should Invest

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As we enter the beginning of disaster season, it can’t help but feel like we have already been in disaster season all year long. There is no denying that we have seen destruction in 2020, whether natural or man-made, but all of which have taken a toll on our businesses.

Examining Portfolio Optimization at bbcon 2020

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I’m excited… bbcon2020 is just around the corner and with it being virtual this year, I’m looking forward to seeing more of my peers’ and colleagues’ sessions, and meeting and networking with many attendees – some of whom I may not have been able to meet were it not virtual.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 160: Reimagining Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Events

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Running peer-to-peer fundraising events present a challenge in the current environment. However, the organizations that will be successful this fall are those who realize they must pivot and start proactively planning for these events.

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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Future of Volunteering from the Volunteer Canada Perspective

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We got the opportunity to sit down for an interview with Elizabeth Dove, the Director of Corporate Citizenship for Volunteer Canada.

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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.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 159: Building Your Personal Brand

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What is your personal brand, that is, how would others talk about you when you aren’t in the room? Whether you are looking for a new role or just want to be more effective in your current role, personal branding is important.

Frequently Asked Questions About Virtual Volunteering

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Covid-19 has completely readjusted how we all think about our day-to-day lives, including how we give back and make a difference in our communities.

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.

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.

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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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 154: How Responsive Philanthropy Can Advance Racial Equity

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Over the past months, racial equity and racial justice have come to the forefront of public consciousness and advocacy in the U.S. and around the world.

Fundraising from 6 Feet Away: Tips for Making Your Giving Day an Online-Only Event

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In the coming days many people may start to feel lonely or isolated due to the necessary public health emphasis on social distancing. They will look to the networks they know and love for comfort and friendship.

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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. This panel brought together four executive panelists from the charitable sector to discuss learnings from the impact of COVID-19 and how organizations, regardless of size, can pivot their strategy to remain strong and resilient, even in a challenging fundraising climate. .

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Higher Education Content Strategy 101: The Fundamentals

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Working in marketing at a university is one of the hardest jobs in the world. The National Association for College Admission Counseling reported in 2015 that 36% of first-time freshmen apply to seven or more colleges.

The Benefits of Having Digitally Savvy Board – for Museums & Nonprofits Too!

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This year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Information Systems Research released a study that showed just how much companies in the commercial sector benefit from having a tech-savvy board.

How Game On Cancer Cracked the Code on Engaging Physicians and Cancer Survivors

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Without the backing of a national organization’s flashy brand, sexy advertising campaign , or robust budget – engaging grateful patients at a local level can sometimes feel impossible.

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6 Creative Program Ideas for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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Have you ever been to a museum with no permanent exhibits ? On a recent trip to Chicago, I checked out the Museum of Contemporary Art. I was surprised to discover that every exhibit there was a special exhibit.

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Developing a Nonprofit Tech Strategy: A Step-by-Step Guide

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As a nonprofit professional, you’re probably all too familiar with some of the many ways in which technology has completely changed how work gets done in our sector. Maybe you love new tech, or maybe you feel exhausted by it sometimes.

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Who Should Be on Your Content Squad?

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“Content is the gateway drug of small organizations.” – Gary Vaynerchuk. Your organization probably needs to create more content than it is right now. Like, much more. In fact, it’s maybe the only way to accomplish some of your big organizational goals. Do you want to become a thought leader?

5 Ways Good Technology and Data Improve Our Community Foundation’s Morale

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Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF) is a statewide community foundation with a staff of 38 and offices in Portland and Ellsworth, plus three remote offices in Maine and one in New York, NY. In 2019 we awarded 6,363 in grants and scholarships worth more than $40 million.

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. Faster access to capital and removal of administrative burden have become the clarion-call from nonprofits struggling to meet the intensified demand of constituents. If ever there was a mandate to reexamine the role and process of funding, now is that time.

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The Keys to Conducting Feasibility Studies for Fundraising Campaigns

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Conducting a comprehensive feasibility study is a critical first step in every major fundraising effort. I think of it as determining how much water is in the pool before you “dive in” to a fundraising campaign. It’s hard to find a nonprofit executive who would disagree with this logic.

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. Virtual fundraising has become more accessible and intuitive than ever before thanks to the extensive internet and the wide variety of donation tools available.