Donor-Advised Funds: Insight from the Experts

Connection Cafe

Donor-advised funds are a hot topic. According to a study released this fall by the National Philanthropic Trust , the assets held in these charitable funds increased almost 24% last year to a whopping $70.7 Further, contributions coming out of these same funds grew by 27%.

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Donor-Advised Funds: Philanthropy’s Hot-Button Issue

Connection Cafe

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) have become one of the hottest tools in philanthropy over the last few years. While the funds have been around for decades, the 1990s ushered in an increasing interest in DAFs as financial planning and planned giving tools.

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Trending Sources

How World Wildlife Fund Used Segmentation to Activate Social Influencers for Their Cause

Connection Cafe

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) used segmentation to identify the right supporters to join them in urging the U.S. Urging House leadership to support the Green Climate Fund. The Green Climate Fund emails asking supporters to retweet received a combined 2,000+ retweets.

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5 Best Practices for Negotiating Funding for a Thriving Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

In the nonprofit world, the beneficiaries of nonprofit services usually provide little, if any, of the revenue to fund the services they receive. 5 Best Practices for Nonprofit Funding: 1. Your mission needs funding to be sustainable and successful.

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New and Improved Data Visualization Tool: Maps for Media Funding

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Nonprofit data nerds will love this new resource from Media Impact Funders and Foundation Center called “ Foundation Maps for Media Funding ,” a free, interactive mapping and research tool that shows the full scope of philanthropically funded media projects worldwide since 2009.

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Infographic: How Technology Increases Funding

TechImpact

The post Infographic: How Technology Increases Funding appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology.

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Program Sustainability is Not Just About Funding

NonProfit Hub

In fact, the promoters of program sustainability read like many best practices for operating a non-profit: diversified funding, program champions, evaluation and performance measurement, and collaborative partners. We now know that program sustainability is not just about funding.

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Five Ways to Help Your Nonprofit Learn from Feedback (and Earn More Funding Too!)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

They have also provided resources for nonprofits to learn how to use tools to get feedback in t he Feedback Commons or the DIY Toolkit , and join GlobalGiving to earn points (which leads to more funding!)

What I Learned From Grantmakers About Funding Technology

Idealware

Over the years, I’ve talked to a lot of foundations about funding grantee technology. But our recent three-part course How to Get Your Technology Project Funded: Tips from Grantmakers revealed more than a few interesting takeaways. Most funders don’t fund technology, per se.

5 Online Strategies to Grow Your Nonprofit’s Annual Fund

John Haydon

The annual fund campaign is a cornerstone of most nonprofit fundraising strategies. Annual fund campaigns refer to a set of strategies that nonprofits implement to raise the funds needed to cover their operational expenses.

10 Best Practices for Planning Successful Crowd Funding or Giving Day Campaigns

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The next day, I facilitated a workshop on Best Practices for Crowd Funding that blended traditional instruction with innovation lab facilitation techniques. Giving Day Campaigns and Crowd Funding Campaigns Are Than Dollars Raised. Successful crowd funding depends on great storytelling.

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7 Step Policy Guide for Nonprofit Operating Reserves

Connection Cafe

This week, let’s walk through seven steps to developing a policy to manage the use and replenishment of reserve funds. 7 Steps for Developing a Policy to Manage Operating Reserves: Inception – Make the case for the need for an operating reserve fund to the board.

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Fund Accounting Fundamentals: Bottom Line for Fulfilling Nonprofit Missions

Donor Search

For-profit organizations focus on profitability, whereas nonprofits use fund accounting to focus on accountability. What sets nonprofit organizations apart from for-profit businesses? The answer is simple. Each has its own criteria for financial success.

Metrics for Building, Scaling, and Funding Social Movements

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It is less about how to raise funds for their organizations (although that’s important) but focused on the big picture: What is the long-term change that we want to see? Investing in movements or networks for social change is a strategy that some funders are using.

Get Your Nonprofit Grant Funded By Asking These 5 Questions

John Haydon

Every nonprofit grant proposal is both a funding opportunity and a chance to share your vision and connect with a new audience. The post Get Your Nonprofit Grant Funded By Asking These 5 Questions appeared first on John Haydon.

Attract Funding in 2014 with ClickTime's Web Timesheet Solution

Tech Soup Blog

With that growth comes competition for funds and projects: as a public benefit corporation in the current economy, proving your impact is crucial for survival. Secure Funding by Reporting Successful Outcomes. Overhead costs can make or break your ability to attract funding.

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4 Nonprofits That Gamified Their Funding (and Tips for You to Copy)

NonProfit Hub

The post 4 Nonprofits That Gamified Their Funding (and Tips for You to Copy) appeared first on Nonprofit Hub. Nonprofits all have one thing in common: They need to raise money. There are some that do it better than others, and they’re usually the ones who manage to make the biggest impact. Reaching a larger audience is a key aspect of increasing donations. It doesn’t have to be huge donations, either. Even small ones that are made frequently can have a big impact.

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3 Ways Community Foundations Can Become the Donor’s Choice

Connection Cafe

Donors are often overwhelmed by the number of causes to fund. What they need is a funding adviser. In addition to sharing information and building trust, focus on enhancing the giving experience through Donor Advised Funds (DAF). We know people like to give.

Attention Nonprofit #DataNerds: A Few Recent Research Studies on Data, Technology, Funding, and Trends

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In the last few weeks, there have been a few good research studies and web sites relaunched that cover technology, data, funding, and trends. Here’s a roundup.

Big News: Startup Challenge to Fund & Showcase Social Impact Ventures By Women

Frogloop

Did you know that only 7% of women-led startups receive investor funding, despite that fact that women-led startups have 35% more return on investment than tech companies founded by men. The lack of funding for women-led startups is unacceptable, and we want to do our part to change it.

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Donor Spotlight: Lavelle Fund for the Blind

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

One foundation that has been a committed supporter of our work is the Lavelle Fund for the Blind. The Lavelle Fund exemplifies the tremendous social return that bold philanthropy can create. The Lavelle Fund also supports programs benefiting the developing world.

Investing in Infrastructure: What Holds Foundations Back From Funding Technology?

Idealware

Even so, they admitted that they struggle with how to make funding decisions and whether technology funding aligns with their foundations’ priorities or will satisfy their trustees. Based on conversations I’ve had with grantmakers, here are the top three reasons why they are reluctant to fund technology. “I One program officer had a bad experience funding a CRM system. Now the foundation is cautious about funding other technology projects.

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SafeNight: App That Helps Domestic Violence Nonprofits Crowdsource Funding for Shelter

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It’s an app that helps fund a hotel room for people leaving violent situations.

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How To Develop Your Nonprofit Operating Reserves

Connection Cafe

The real takeaway here is to be able to articulate why the particular reserve funds exist for your organization and what their purposes are, rather than getting hung up on the aggregate number. In some cases, spending may be dictated by external restrictions imposed on contributed funds.

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Will Give Local America Be The Largest Crowd Funding Event in History?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: Give Local America , powered by Kimbia’s technology, is an effort to coordinate giving days on one platform. Last year, Give Local America raised more than $53 million from more than 306,000 gifts in 2014.

Relationships That Raise Funds: 5 Tips for Creating Successful Peer-to-Peer Fundraisers

NetWits

Whether it’s your first fundraising event, or tenth, helping supporters be great peer-to-peer fundraisers is always on the mind of successful event fundraising organizations.

Can Your Nonprofit Accounting Software Do This?

Connection Cafe

For organizations dealing with funds designated for a specific use (i.e. Fund accounting solutions are designed specifically to ease the burden of reporting against these restrictions and, for organizations with diverse funding sources, should be seen as a must have.

Knowing When to Choose a Nonprofit-Specific Accounting Solution

Connection Cafe

Commercial accounting solutions may be an acceptable option for smaller organizations, but a larger organization will find it increasingly difficult to efficiently manage projects, grants, and restricted funds when accounting needs become more complex.

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The 7 Steps to Choosing Nonprofit Accounting Software

Connection Cafe

Common benefits to consider: Keeps fund ledgers separate. Common issues that organizations face when implementing fund accounting software are: Decreased productivity during ramp-up period while staff learns the new product.

The Three Major Components of a Successful Annual Giving Campaign

Connection Cafe

Focus on these action items as you begin to shape the campaign : Set a realistic annual fund goal. Your development team should focus on the annual giving campaign until they reach the annual fund goal.

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Funding Services AND Advocacy: The Smart Choice for Grantmakers

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Funding Services AND Advocacy: The Smart Choice for Grantmakers – guest post by Aaron Dorfman, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Some grantmakers shy away from funding advocacy, preferring instead to fund direct services.

Evidence = Funding: A new blueprint for evaluation plans

NTEN

Social Innovation Fund. The White House's Social Innovation Fund has developed a new program evaluation guide based on best practices. Michael D. Smith. Director. And it's not even our birthday!

5 Cases for Building Nonprofit Operating Reserves

Connection Cafe

In the annual State of the Sector Survey, Nonprofit Finance Fund reports that recovery of the US economy hasn’t addressed the systemic and perpetual funding challenges facing nonprofits (2015).

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Preparing for the Annual Audit—Identifying Risks and Establishing Strong Internal Controls

Connection Cafe

Organizations who receive governmental funds must check certain vendors against the federal and state debarment database. Nonprofit Management annual audit financial management fund accounting internal controls internal controls system nonprofit accounting risk management

Are Crowd Funding Platforms the New Patrons of Independent Media?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I invited her to share her experience in crowd funding. I am currently raising funds for a story that I believe needs to be told about the 2011 people’s uprising in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin Rising trailer and Kickstarter Campaign from samayfield on Vimeo.

Even More Benefits to Tracking Outcomes

Connection Cafe

With the power of knowledge derived from measuring outcomes, funders are able to make better decisions about projects and organizations to fund. ” Transparent Outcomes, Improved Funding.

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How Nonprofits Can Build Trust with Strong Internal Controls

Connection Cafe

For nonprofits looking for funding sources, trust is paramount. And if your big promise to donors or funding agencies feels a little shady, you will not be trusted to grow your mission and do the good works you are looking to fund. Fraud or embezzlement of funds.

Honoring both Funders and Fundraisers on National Philanthropy Day

Connection Cafe

It also means the faces behind the many other organizations that provide critical funding in our communities, from foundations, corporations, small businesses, and government at all levels. Happy Thanksgiving…a week early.

Nonprofits and Foundations: Bridging the Technology Funding Gap Together

Tech Soup Blog

Wouldn't it be great if nonprofits, charities, and foundations had a frank discussion about how to improve the technology funding process? I learned that both nonprofits and foundations have a lot of work to do to help close the technology funding gap.

Buy Me! Support the 11NTC Scholarship Fund

Amy Sample Ward

I’m really happy to be part of the 11NTC Scholarship fundraising campaign this year.

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