3 Steps to Getting Your Board More Involved in Fundraising


First things first, you should be able to articulate to your board what role you’d like to see them have in your development plan. Getting development teams and their nonprofit boards to work in alignment can be challenging. Tensions often arise when both sides start to feel that they aren’t getting the support they need. Fundraisers often lament that board members are shirking their commitment to helping fundraise.

My Theory of Practice

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology My Theory of Practice July 10, 2008 I finally had the reason to begin to more completely articulate my theory of practice.


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What software freedom means to me

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I realize that I haven’t talked about this in a while, and I’m not sure I’ve actually ever articulated this completely on this blog. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology What software freedom means to me June 25, 2008 I got some interesting comments on the last post about Linux desktops.

Place Matters: How Collective Impact and Place-Based Investment Can Empower Communities to Lead

NonProfit PRO

The place-based approach gives communities and funders the authority to identify their own greatest assets and needs, and to articulate their own priorities.

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Storytelling Workouts for Year-End Fundraising


This means knowing your key message, having a clear theory of change, being able to clearly articulate how donating makes a meaningful difference to that theory of change, and having anecdotes and episodic stories that support your narrative. As End of Year Fundraising quickly approaches we've started to think of what you can do now to ensure a successful fundraising season.

Luck Is Not a Strategy: The Process of Effectively Securing Grants


It took me another 20 years before I realized the importance of actually establishing a fully realized grantseeking program built on clearly articulated goals and objectives, as well as the importance of creating a specific strategy around each and every project that required funding.

Four Steps to Align Data with Your Mission and Goals

Association Analytics

SMART is an acronym people use to remember the five aspects of a well-articulated goal: SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound. However, articulating the best leading indicators for a goal is not as easy as articulating KPIs.

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Don't Let Association Data Myths Hold Back Your Analytics

Association Analytics

Again, it’s better to have organizational experience with data analysis and develop an understanding of your most relevant data-related processes before undertaking a significant project to fully articulate a data governance policy across all areas of your business.

Webinar: The One Thing You Forget to Talk About when Fundraising


How to articulate your money story. This webinar is hosted by Lori L. Jacobwith, Ignited Fundraising. When: Tuesday, October 26th at 2pm EST (FREE). Do you, your staff and board members feel uncomfortable talking about money? It’s much easier to talk about your amazing work.

Why Journey Mapping is so Important to Creating Amazing Member Journeys

The MatrixFiles

This journey took some time to articulate and make easy: Individual is with a member company but doesn’t already have a password. Matrix Group is working on an email signup project for a longtime client.

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Create Core Values

Eric Jacobson

Thursday, April 29, 2010 Create Core Values Sometimes when you are leading an organization or business and struggling to articulate your core values, it helps to see how others have stated theirs. skip to main | skip to sidebar Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership Welcome! This blogs tips and ideas are perfect for managers and leaders of all types of small to large businesses and nonprofit organizations.

What Is a Story and Why You Need To Tell Them

The Storytelling Non-profit

But by telling a story, you can not only communicate the services/programs you provide, you can also articulate their impact. Storytelling is an invaluable tool for non-profits.

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Another New eToolkit: Engaging Volunteer Leaders

VQ Strategies

Effectively advocating for volunteer leadership requires not only an ability to articulate the benefits of engaging volunteer leaders but also understanding what gets in people’s way of delegating and being able to reduce the barriers to delegation.

Three Unassuming Twenty Hats Posts that Volunteer Managers Need to Read

Twenty Hats

On the other hand, I feel like the existing posts do a good job of articulating my volunteer engagement philosophy: that quality volunteer engagement cannot occur without motivated, dedicated, and well-trained volunteer managers.

5 Steps to Prepare for a Successful Nonprofit Website Redesign

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Prior to soliciting proposals from vendors in a formal request for proposals (RFP), you can have informal conversations with them in a request for information or RFI process where you articulate your needs and invite them to provide feedback and express interest in your project.

3 Smart Branding Strategies for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Since its inception, the new brand has attracted 30 new families to the synagogue and coalesced the existing members around the clearly articulated, distinguishing features of the community.

You Don’t Want to Miss Our Next Free Training

Social Velocity

If you haven’t attended one of the free trainings in the Social Velocity series about moving from scarcity to abundance , you are missing out! I have been blown away by the energy and engagement of the hundreds of people who have already participated in our monthly free training series.

Loss and Grief in Volunteer Engagement

VQ Strategies

When I think of the six people who mentioned to me in the last week that they have been struggling with loss and grief, it’s hard not to consider the many others who are also struggling, but weren’t brave enough, comfortable enough, or simply able to articulate that.

The Nimble Nonprofit: A Full Circle Strategy For Mission Growth

Donor Search

One of the more frustrating situations that can occur when rolling out a major campaign is having different departments articulate different messages to donors. This blog was adapted from the recent Flash Class by NeonCRM and Nonprofit Garden, partners of DonorSearch. The marketing team may be focusing on highlighting stories about a specific program while… Major Giving

The Nimble Nonprofit: A Full Circle Strategy For Mission Growth

Donor Search

One of the more frustrating situations that can occur when rolling out a major campaign is having different departments articulate different messages to donors. This blog was adapted from the recent Flash Class by NeonCRM and Nonprofit Garden, partners of DonorSearch. The marketing team may be focusing on highlighting stories about a specific program while… Major Giving

Storytelling, Design, and Communicating With Your Audience


The first step is articulating a strong story about the organization, then making sure that every element on the website reinforces that. Samihah Azim. Product Design Manager. Bluenose Analytics. When pie charts about pie detract from your story: how to hold content as the star and design as the back-up singer. I work to weave the story of customer success into the core of the product.

Fundraising Videos Your Nonprofit Should Be Utilizing


Do people in your community know who you are, but have trouble articulating what your mission is? For this type of video, you should interview people within your organization who can properly articulate what it is you do.

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Going First: The first step to transformational leadership starts with taking it


The fact is, there is always something we can do to lead those around us, whether it means articulating values, clarifying vision, reinforcing behavior, confronting problems, or simply encouraging people around us. Jeff Shuck. Plenty Consulting. Want to see leadership in action? Look no farther than the local pre-school, where line leaders show their peers the way forward. If we think about the idea of leadership as being at the front of the line, we find both opportunity and obligation.

The Surprising Gift of Doubt—Using Uncertainty to Become the Exceptional Leader You Were Meant To Be

Top Nonprofits

She has spent almost thirty years working in the nonprofit world helping organizations understand and articulate their value so they can ask for and receive what they want, need and deserve. Nonprofit leadership is challenging in the best of times, and even more so now.

How to Write an Effective Nonprofit Mission Statement

Get Fully Funded

Consider Your Organization’s Goals Your mission statement should succinctly articulate what your nonprofit aims to accomplish. Futuring can be used in a variety of ways, but progressive organizations can use it to better articulate the ultimate purpose behind their actions to outsiders.

How To Write The Best Year-End Fundraising Appeal


In the below example, Meat Fight clearly articulates the projects their funds will support. In Dorcas Ministries Season of Thanksgiving Appeal, the nonprofit clearly articulates in detail how donations will impact the organization in the coming year. What Is A Fundraising Appeal?

Want to Kiss Self Doubt Goodbye?

Social Velocity

You can articulate it with pen and paper, or (my favorite) via the laptop. Did you know that self doubt is one of the biggest hurdles you face? Truly. You think your funders, your board members, your staff, or policymakers are a tough crowd? I bet your toughest crowd is actually you, yourself.

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A Case for Crowdfunding


Because crowdfunding campaigns tend to have many donors giving smaller gift amounts, make sure you articulate the difference a gift will make if it is $15, $25, $50, $75, $100, and so on. Crowdfunding is the simple act of raising money from many people to fund a project, appeal, or cause.

[Part 1] Make A Case For Your Nonprofit’s CRM


Additionally, it can be sometimes difficult to articulate exactly how a CRM can do all these great things we just outlined. Identify those individuals and be able to articulate how that specific employee will benefit. Whether it is boosting fundraising dollars a few percentage points, increasing your donor retention, or keeping better track of your volunteers, what makes your CRM a success should be clearly defined and well articulated.

Freedom to Connect


This video is an articulate defense of the freedom to connect, and a well-told, real-world story of people working together. In honor of the life and contributions of the activist Aaron Swartz, and in honor of our customers in thousands of communities who work to connect people every day.

3 Reasons Your Nonprofit Needs a Brand Guide

The Modern Nonprofit

There are many great free or cheap resources for branding and design available for your nonprofit to use, but even these resources are best utilized alongside a well-constructed brand guide articulated by your organization.

Is a crisis management plan enough?

ASU Lodestar Center

Organizations should also articulate the particular characteristics and leadership traits needed for different types of crises within their plans. Illustration by Yuxin Qin. posted by Natalia Hurley Spring 2021 Alumna, ASU Master of Nonprofit Leadership & Management.

What Hocus Pocus Can Teach You About Major Gift Fundraising


Are you able to articulate the impact their gift will have on your mission. Every October, I watch the 90s classic “Hocus Pocus.” Believe it or not, I’ve found that there are parallels between one of the greatest Halloween movies ever made and major gift fundraising.

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Avoiding Conflict: It’s All about Expectations

VQ Strategies

That’s the first opportunity to clearly articulate the expectations for the volunteer – and to assess whether the role is, in fact, realistic. As I prepare to deliver a training today on navigating sticky situations with volunteers for a statewide network of food banks, I am reminded once again of my favorite statement about conflict: Conflict occurs when we demand and expect others to behave in a way that is not natural or known. Monica Wofford, Make Difficult People Disappear ).

Leveraging Engagement to Sustain Our Organizations

VQ Strategies

Being able to articulate and quantify how your organization engaged volunteers prior to the pandemic and since the outbreak is equally important to understanding the trends across the sector.

The Benefits of Nonprofit-Corporate Partnerships

The Modern Nonprofit

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes The Benefits of Nonprofit-Corporate Partnerships. Why should your nonprofit partner with a for-profit company? There’s one obvious benefit to nonprofit-corporate partnerships: every nonprofit could use financial support from a partner in the for-profit sector.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly RFPs

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

A mistake I see very often in RFPs is an imbalance in what is articulated in the RFP, and the kind of work that is required to pull off what’s needed. Hire a strategic consultant who really understands technology and the technological details of what you are looking for to help you figure out whether or not you can afford what you really want, and how best to articulate those needs in an RFP.

Q&A: Do capital campaigns make sense in a time of crisis?


Articulate a simple, clear, and compelling case for support that ties together your needs, your community, and the impact that increased capacity will have. Simply put, you’ll need to clearly define and articulate your need, and then build your unique campaign from there

3 Tips for Keeping Gift Officers Motivated


Gift officer managers (and really all leaders) need to have: A clear and articulated vision of success that aligns with the mission. As you work to implement your fundraising vision, its likely gift officers play a vital role.

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Guest Post: Things to consider before engaging in corporate employee volunteerism

Twenty Hats

If it’s a situation where by creating a volunteer opportunity to satisfy the corporate group, make sure you can articulate why it bears costs. What’s more important than engaging more corporate volunteer groups? Ensuring that their goals align with yours.

Building Blocks of Effective Creative: Impact


Impact provides a direct link to an individual’s response (volunteering, emailing Congress, becoming a sustainer) and the need we’ve already articulated. Read time: 4 minutes. We recently released a guide to help nonprofits develop creative that reaches your goals while living your values.

Incredibly Important Opening at Benetech

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

A cover letter that articulates why this person wants to work for Benetech in this role and a resume is all we need. We're looking for someone great to take on a crucial new position at Benetech, Vice President, Fund Raising. Benetech has been expanding its impact rapidly over the last few years, and we need a dynamic executive to join our senior leadership team.

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