Sat.Nov 04, 2023 - Fri.Nov 10, 2023

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The Essential Year-End Fundraising Checklist

NonProfit PRO

Even if you’re behind on planning your year-end fundraising campaign, you can keep your efforts on track and raise critical funds when it counts the most. Here's a checklist to help you achieve your year-end goals.

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Crafting a Stellar Nonprofit Branding Strategy: 10 Quick Tips 

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In today’s competitive marketplace, it’s more important than ever for nonprofits to have a strong brand. A well-crafted branding strategy can help you stand out from the crowd, attract donors and volunteers, and make a lasting impact on your community. But what exactly is a nonprofit branding strategy? And why is it so important? What is a nonprofit branding strategy?

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Building Trust & Engagement with Your Planned Giving Program

Get Fully Funded

Imagine this scenario—your nonprofit wants to diversify its fundraising streams , specifically with planned giving. You want to try asking a donor for a bequest gift for the first time. You have a strong prospect in mind: a longtime donor who’s been deeply connected and involved with your mission for years. You meet with the donor, explain that your organization is exploring new types of giving programs, and ask if they’d be open to creating a bequest gift in their will.

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How Data Can Improve Your Nonprofit’s Response Rates

sgEngage

After many organizations received a fundraising boost during the pandemic, direct response professionals once again seem to be bracing for a decline. A recent survey by The Nonprofit Alliance found that nearly half of direct response consultants said their clients lowered expectations from 2022 to 2023, while less than 10% said they expected their clients to do more direct mail fundraising this year compared to last year.

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How To Cultivate Community Affinity Throughout The Generosity Journey

Speaker: Tim Sarrantonio, Director of Corporate Brand

This session will dive into how to create rich generosity experiences that foster long-lasting relationships. You’ll walk away with actionable insights to redefine how you engage with your supporters—emphasizing trust, engagement, and community over transactional giving models. 🤝 Industry expert Tim Sarrantonio will explore data-backed strategies to engage supporters as active participants in a community that values their contributions and shared ideals.

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They challenge your fundraising appeal. How should you respond?

Hands on Fundraising

So everybody’s got an opinion about your fundraising appeal… I do lots of copywriting. Case statements, email appeals, and especially mail fundraising appeals. I love it. It’s one of my favorite things to do. But over the years, I’ve also noticed I get the same questions. You too? Maybe I can help you head a few […] The post They challenge your fundraising appeal.

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Generational change in giving and philanthropy? 

Candid

In the coming years, trillions of dollars in wealth held by the Baby Boomer generation (born from 1955– 1964) are poised to transfer to their children and grandchildren, millennials (1981 – 1996) and Generation Z (1997 –2012). Today’s younger generations show signs of a radically different approach to giving than that of older philanthropists. The big question is: How will generational shifts and donors’ evolving values and social interests shape the face of future philanthropy and perceptions o

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Lessons Learned Living the Virtual Experiment

.orgSource

COVID made us lab rats in a variety of unusual experiments. Remote work was one of those unsettling tests. it was also an experience that transformed the employment landscape. When Kevin Ordonez, my business partner, and I wrote our Association 4.0 books , a home office was still a glimmer in every busy parent’s eyes. Despite the novelty, we were interviewing some of the most forward-thinking leaders in our community.

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Don’t Engage in Desperate or Apologetic Year-End Fundraising

NonProfit PRO

Desperation is never a good look. It is especially ill-advised when fundraising to support a nonprofit mission. Here are several good reasons why nonprofits should ditch appeals that employ a piteous or apologetic tone and focus instead on storytelling and making a solid case for a mission-focused need.

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Never ask job candidates to do unpaid assignments as part of your hiring process

Nonprofit AF

[Image description: A yellow and white cat standing on an open book, with a quizzical expression. The book is on a wooden table, and behind the cat are more books.

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A Deep Dive with CMAA: Getting the Most From All Your System Data – 11/16/23

Association Analytics

Hear how CMAA has expanded their tech stack with best-of-breed solutions and an analytics platform at the center pulling all the data together.

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The Retention Ripple Effect: Nonprofit Staff and Donor Dynamics

Speaker: Andrew Olsen, CFRE - EVP, Fundraising Solutions at DickersonBakker | Kat Landa, CFRE, CSD - SVP, Talent Solutions at DickersonBakker

Across the nonprofit sector, organizations invest heavily in donor retention efforts, yet the struggle of cultivating lasting relationships remains. While attracting new donors is crucial, the lack of repeat donors poses significant financial risks. Through a comprehensive analysis of industry data, experts argue that there is a direct correlation between donor burnout, donor retention, and the talent retention crisis.

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What nonprofits can expect in 2024 and how to be better prepared

Charity Village

This article is the first in a two-part series exploring the four big trends shaping the new year. In an ever-evolving landscape, nonprofits find themselves at the intersection of unprecedented challenges and a burgeoning need to deliver services. As we usher in 2024, NPOs will have to navigate through a sea of change, ranging from […] The post What nonprofits can expect in 2024 and how to be better prepared appeared first on CharityVillage.

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Why Digitizing Annual Reports Is the Future

NonProfit PRO

Many nonprofits think about annual reports as something that they have to do. With digitization, you can shift the lens of your annual report from something that you have to do to something that you want to do that’s valuable to your board, major donors, corporate supporters, and your team.

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The Benefits of Festival Sponsorship: Why Brands Should Invest

The Sponsorship Collective

I usually write my blog content from the perspective of beginner sponsorship seekers, as those are my clients and who I work with the most frequently. However, I’ve worked on both sides as a sponsorship seeker and a sponsor, so I understand the process from the two perspectives. Today’s post is aimed at brands, companies, […] The post The Benefits of Festival Sponsorship: Why Brands Should Invest appeared first on The Sponsorship Collective.

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VisionCSI 2023 – 11/15/23

Association Analytics

Experience the future of cybersecurity and IT at the VisionCSI conference by designDATA. Stay ahead of technological shifts with virtual sessions and in-person interactions.

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Nonprofits Are Leveraging the Cloud, but Does It Have to Be So Complex?

Effectively managing cloud technology is getting more complex. From cybersecurity concerns, vendor lock-in, cost increases, or lack of transparency on costs, it can quickly get out of control. Knowing what you can control and finding a platform that’s built with nonprofits in mind is key.

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Optimize your website to improve donor conversions this holiday season

Charity Village

47% of Canadians prefer to receive a charitable gift that makes an impact. Is your organization’s website ready to optimize on potential donors this holiday season? Getting your donors to your website is half the battle; getting them to donate is the next step. To improve the conversion rate of your donors, in other words, […] The post Optimize your website to improve donor conversions this holiday season appeared first on CharityVillage.

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It’s Time to Rethink Nonprofits

NonProfit PRO

Although the U.S. is a generous nation, Americans are skeptical about charities. Some major donors are shifting away from donating to nonprofits because, in their minds, nonprofits always ask for money, and the problems are never solved. Here are two critical ways that the sector can pivot to address this.

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Mastering Major Gifts: The Ultimate Guide to Raise More

Bloomerang

Did you know that, on average, 88% of total nonprofit donations comes from just 12% of donors? This small portion of your nonprofit’s supporter base is known as your major donors. To secure the support of these crucial donors, your nonprofit needs to build a robust major gifts fundraising strategy. Because major gifts are so large, it requires time and dedication to cultivate and acquire more of these donations.

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Lessons learned: Using demographic data to move from intention to action 

Candid

As more funders seek to use demographic data to inform their grantmaking decision-making, 125 partners have now joined the Demographics via Candid movement. To reduce the burden on grantees to provide this data, this sector-wide initiative also empowers nonprofits to collect and share staff and board member demographics—one time—in a standardized, reusable, and freely accessible format on their Candid profiles.

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Nonprofit Technology Kick Start: Free World Class Board Meeting Software

Looking for cost reductions for your nonprofit? Why not consider modernizing with a digital board management system that's designed to work with remote meetings, with immediate cost reductions if you still distribute paper packets to members? Get going in less than an hour on a fully hosted cloud solution built on the latest technology that runs on any device - from desktops to tablets and smartphones - without any installation.

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Apply now for funding through the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy Program

Charity Village

The Government of Canada‘s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy Program (YESS Program) aims to provide funding to organizations to deliver a range of activities to support young Canadians (aged 15 to 30) to develop the skills and gain the experience they need to find and keep quality jobs. Programming focuses on youth facing multiple barriers […] The post Apply now for funding through the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy Program appeared first on CharityVillage.

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Is Your Strategic Plan Missing These Nonprofit Trends?

NonProfit PRO

As a nonprofit leader, you might wonder what trends are emerging with strategic plans. Whether you're a seasoned nonprofit professional or just embarking on this journey, here is an exploration of the latest trends that can help guide your strategic planning efforts.

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A $500 Million Pledge to Support Local News

Non Profit Quarterly

Image credit: Jon Tyson on Unsplash The decades-long decimation of local news—and the dangers that the trend poses for public oversight, an informed citizenry, and democracy itself—remains very much underway. Since 2005, some 2,200 local newspapers have closed, according to a press release by the MacArthur Foundation. In an effort to turn this trend around, the MacArthur Foundation unveiled in September 2023 the Press Forward initiative, a coalition of 22 founding donors set on “strengthening

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From Cold Calls to Closing Deals: Mastering Sponsorship Prospecting Techniques 

The Sponsorship Collective

I’ve been helping clients with their sponsorship aspirations long enough to identify common stumbling blocks among sponsorship seekers. Prospecting is certainly near the top of the list. What is it about prospecting that sponsorship seekers struggle with? They usually focus on the wrong criteria, chasing the almighty dollar and getting nothing out of their efforts. […] The post From Cold Calls to Closing Deals: Mastering Sponsorship Prospecting Techniques appeared first on The Sponsorsh

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How to Design a Seamless & Personalized Digital Donor Journey

Speaker: Tim Sarrantonio

The average nonprofit uses five or more different software platforms to create their donor’s journey, making the experience clunky and disjointed. If you want to design a magical online giving experience for donors, making their journey as seamless as possible is key. In this webinar with expert Tim Sarrantonio, you’ll learn the fundamental steps to create an immersive and personalized online giving experience for your donors.

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24% of Canadians expect to need access to charitable services to meet essential needs within the next six months

Charity Village

CanadaHelps has published the findings from a new Ipsos poll that reveals 24% percent of Canadians (up from 22% last year) say they expect to need support from charitable services within the next six months to meet essential needs such as food, shelter, or health services – 42% of which are under the age of 35. […] The post 24% of Canadians expect to need access to charitable services to meet essential needs within the next six months appeared first on CharityVillage.

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3 Tips for Collecting Impact Data

NonProfit PRO

Telling your donors that you’ve made progress toward achieving your mission is one thing, but showing how you’ve accomplished this with data does a better job of painting that picture. Here are three tips for collecting impact data.

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How to Prepare Your Nonprofit for a Fundraising Crisis

DonorPerfect

In an emergency situation related to your mission, your nonprofit may feel the impact both financially and operationally. For example, an educational nonprofit responding to a local school shooting may have increased financial goals and more urgent campaign tasks. In a fundraising emergency, there is little time to accomplish a whole lot. Staff members may Read More » The post How to Prepare Your Nonprofit for a Fundraising Crisis appeared first on Nonprofit Technology & Fundraising Blogs.

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Leading with Joy – Three Takeaways

John Kenyon

Reading Leading with Joy by Akaya Windwood & Rajasvini Bhansali. Some tips from the authors, from their recent book party on how to cultivate joy as a leader. Create the conditions for joy. Find ways to bring joy into your life (not add it to your to do list). Reflect on what brings you joy, what makes you happy. Think of simple things – a walk on the beach or in the woods, catching up with that friend you haven’t connected with lately, spending time gardening, or cooking.

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Donor Engagement Guide: 8 Key Steps to Better Retain and Engage Donors

Are your donors your biggest fans, or are you lacking donor loyalty? The truth is, your donors have expectations of what their relationship with your organization should look like. This ebook will help you learn how to live up to those expectations!

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Building Long-Term Relationships with Festival Sponsors

The Sponsorship Collective

Festivals are all about relationship-building with vendors, partners, and other parties. Naturally, you should extend that good faith to your sponsors, but how do you build solid professional relationships? Here are some tips for building long-term festival sponsor relationships: Be friendly Take an interest in their problems Stay in touch Keep them posted Ask for […] The post Building Long-Term Relationships with Festival Sponsors appeared first on The Sponsorship Collective.

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Report: In Sharp Reversal, Climate Giving Flat in 2022

NonProfit PRO

After record giving in 2021, philanthropic funding to slow climate change was stagnant from 2021 and 2022, according to the 2023 Funding Trends Report. The report tracks philanthropic giving across sectors and geographies and highlights funding gaps for climate action.

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Giving Tuesday Advice: Insights and Ideas for Your Upcoming Campaign

DonorPerfect

Most people are aware of Giving Tuesday as a movement, and many (53%) say it inspires them to be more giving, according to the Global Awareness survey. If your organization passes it up, you won’t just miss out on a day’s worth of donations – you could be missing out on a chance to inspire Read More » The post Giving Tuesday Advice: Insights and Ideas for Your Upcoming Campaign appeared first on Nonprofit Technology & Fundraising Blogs.

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The Art of Grant Budgeting: A Guide for Nonprofit CFOs

Blue Avocado

Is your organization’s CFO ready to put together a grant proposal budget that will make an impact with potential funders? The post The Art of Grant Budgeting: A Guide for Nonprofit CFOs appeared first on Blue Avocado.

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Nonprofit Technology Adoption: Why It Matters and How to Be Successful

Organizations like yours are increasingly realizing that technology adoption is only as good as the technology you choose. Statistics from a 2014 NTEN study show that seriously investing resources in training for your staff corresponds to higher adoption and ultimately technology effectiveness. In this report, we’ll give you a high-level overview of how to get your organization in shape for technology adoption and best practices for facilitating this critical process.