The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 153: Leadership During Times of Change

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Leadership During Times of Change. Leadership strategies. Using board members as fundraisers. WEBINAR: Leadership During Times of Change. Podcast leadership leading strategicallyHow do leaders embrace their role in the new normal today?

Philanthropy Is a Leadership Issue

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One of the things I love most about fundraising is that it is completely dependent on leadership. In the recent Nonprofit Sector Leadership Report , leaders admitted that most of this isn’t happening at their nonprofits. Please don’t just pass this book to your fundraising staff.

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3 Reasons You’ve Got to Have a Leadership Annual Giving Program

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The Importance of Leadership Annual Giving. Leadership annual giving programs are designed to bridge the gap between annual giving and major giving. Annual giving and major giving are both stronger with the help of an integrated leadership annual giving program.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 114: Leadership in the Connected Office

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What is leadership? Knowing that management is directive and leadership is connective is a great place to start, but social good leaders often struggle with understanding and balancing these two. Topics Discussed in This Episode: What fundraising leadership is really about.

5 Ways Nonprofit Leadership Should Engage With Employees


Image courtesy of Strategic Leadership Resources. It is important that your nonprofit’s leadership core is involved not only when their management skills are needed, but for when their people skills are needed, too.

Lessons in Capital Campaign Leadership: A Reflection

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending one of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Indiana Chapter’s continuing education luncheons. This blog by Willie Matis was originally posted on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Indiana Chapter blog. .

Arrogance in Nonprofit Leadership: It Just Doesn’t Belong Here

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I occasionally am exposed to a disease that shows up in nonprofit leadership: arrogance. . The real challenge for a true nonprofit leader or fundraiser is help others to not give up, even when the “finish line” is nowhere in sight.

The Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide


For some things, spontaneity is highly desirable, but any fundraising professional will tell you that planning a campaign isn’t one of them. But it isn’t enough to have a rough idea of messaging, an incomplete timeline, some scheduled tweets, and an arbitrary fundraising goal.

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Building A Nonprofit Leadership Team That Works


Planning events, organizing fundraisers, managing volunteers, and leading donation campaigns that’s culpable for enabling your nonprofit to complete its mission. On top of all that, depending on the size of your nonprofit, you’re responsible for assembling a leadership team.

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5 Reasons Nonprofits Need to Invest in Annual Fundraising Campaigns

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However, just because they are a fundraising staple doesn’t mean that annual campaigns don’t require the same amount of attention, creativity, and work that other campaigns do. fundraising nonprofit campaigns Development

[PODCAST] The Cost of Poor Nonprofit Leadership | Ft. Marc Pitman

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During that time he’s come to find that it’s not all roses with nonprofit leadership in our sector. Building upon his research, he developed the Nonprofit Sector Leadership Report 2016. One of the most important assets in nonprofit leadership is a well-trained board.

The Most Troubling Aspect of Nonprofit Leadership

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He is the CEO of The Concord Leadership Group and founder of Nonprofit leadership can be one of the most rewarding callings in the world. But nonprofit leadership can be one of the most challenging callings too. Featured Fundraising Human Resources

The Secret to Raising $1M During Your First-Year Fundraising Event

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I recently returned to Blackbaud after a 3-year stint working for a large cancer hospital where I established a brand new institutional P2P fundraising event—The Boot Walk to End Cancer. I credit much of the success to one key component of our P2P event strategy: Leadership Volunteers.

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Year-End Giving Prep: 21 FAQs Answered by Fundraising Experts

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Recently, Brock Warner (Senior Manager, Fundraising at War Child) and I hosted a webinar regarding end of year fundraising for nonprofits —the things we need to stop doing and things we should be doing instead. What are the 5 W’s for a fundraising appeal?

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Developing Fanatic Discipline to Meet P2P Fundraising Goals

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As we prepared to produce this year’s Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Study, I decided to dust off my copy of Great By Choice and re-read it. What does Great By Choice have to do with nonprofit organizations and peer-to-peer fundraising? What it all comes down to is leadership.

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3 Keys to Lasting Participant Retention in P2P Fundraising 

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If you’ve been in peer-to-peer fundraising for any length of time, you don’t need a study to tell you how valuable repeat participants are to your event and your organization. This year’s Blackbaud Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Study shows retention rates declining for Walks and 5Ks.

Elevating Employee Voice with Social Fundraising

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Social fundraising has grown to include individual driven peer-to-peer fundraising, crowdfunding and more. As companies look to evolve their CSR strategies to speak to the modern workforce, social fundraising can offer an element of transformational engagement.

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Why Leadership is the Real Elicitor of Major Gifts

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As fundraisers, it’s a statement that should be engrained in our heads. Karla Williams , ACFRE, explained the concept further at the AFP Mid-America Conference on Fundraising last week. The post Why Leadership is the Real Elicitor of Major Gifts appeared first on Nonprofit Hub.

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Succession Strategy: Mapping the Next Generation of Leadership

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In the 2016 Nonprofit Sector Leadership Report, Marc Pitman found that 77 percent, or 3 out of 4 nonprofits, said they did not have formal succession planning in place. Picture this: your executive director is offered a new position right in the thick of your biggest fundraiser of the year.

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Mid-Year Appeals: Boost Fundraising in the Second Biggest Giving Month of the Year!

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Leadership and development staff are the mainstay of appeals, but other staff, board members and volunteers need to work collectively to drive the effort. Arts & Cultural Nonprofit Fundraising fundraising Mid-Year Appeal Mid-Year Fundraising nonprofit fundraising

3 Tips for Engaging Hospital CEOs in Fundraising

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As hospital fundraisers, one of our most powerful roles is leading our own CEOs through that uneasiness & unfamiliarity with philanthropy. But whether or not your leader is involved in your fundraising work, all of our CEOs face real barriers to engagement—lack of time or lack of familiarity top the list. Your job as the fundraising professional is to both ask and show gratitude for that gift just as you would for any other major donor. Your CEO as fundraiser.

Technology and the Shift to Donor-Centric Fundraising

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These high-level discussions focused on key thought leadership topics and trends shaping the industry. On December 31st, 2015, the busiest day of the year for online fundraising, we had just one email queued up to go out from NTEN.

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[New eBook] Fundraising Matters: Building a Culture of Philanthropy

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Fund released Underdeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising. And this culture cannot be achieved if the only people pushing for it are fundraisers—the very people whose time and resources are already stretched thin.

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Optimize Your Nonprofit Fundraising Team with Human Data

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Incorporating exercises that grow emotional intelligence and empathy can strengthen team dynamics, while preparing staff to take on greater leadership responsibilities in their current role and beyond.

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Diversity in fundraising

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posted by David Chappell, Fall 2019 Alumnus, ASU Master of Nonprofit Leadership & Management. The sector remains staggeringly white in its leadership structure and fundraising tactics. Illustration by Jocelyn Ruiz.

The Future of Fundraising is Already Here. Stop Fundraising! Start Inspiring!

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These high-level discussions focused on key thought leadership topics and trends shaping the industry. When asked about what I think the future of fundraising looks like, my best advice? STOP FUNDRAISING!

4 Ways Smart Integrations Can Improve Nonprofit Fundraising Results

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This 360 degree reporting also means that you can be more transparent with your donors and leadership. Nonprofits rely heavily on online fundraising campaigns, but raising money can sometimes feel like throwing things at a wall and trying to see what sticks.

Enhancing Your Major Gift Fundraising Strategy with Analytics

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As a fundraising analytics consultant, I see a variety of development program structures and fundraising strategies. When embarking on, or in the midst of, the silent phase of a campaign, look to analytics to help identify the giving capacity of leadership donors for the campaign.

With #IceBucketChallenge in the Rear View, Where Does Fundraising Go from Here?

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It was faster and greater than any such social fundraising campaign in the number of donors, from all walks of life—from President Bush, Bill Gates, media personalities and CEOs to teachers, students and more. This means lower program and fundraising costs.

Succession Planning for the Next Generation of Leadership

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In the 2016 Nonprofit Sector Leadership Report, Marc Pitman found that 77 percent, or 3 out of 4 nonprofits, said they did not have formal succession planning in place. Picture this: your executive director is offered a new position right in the thick of your biggest fundraiser of the year.

10 Common Misconceptions Nonprofits Have About Bitcoin Fundraising

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The recent spike in cryptocurrency fundraising was sparked by IRS guidance which provided clarity and ignited the trend. If you can embed a YouTube video, add a page or link to the menu on your website, then you have the technical skills required to fundraise with crypto.

Nonprofit Leadership Lessons from Mother Teresa

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nonprofit leadership nonprofit management. Because we only see the symbolic leader- not the teacher, administrator, fundraiser, and other functions she held along the way. This is the epitomy of nonprofit leadership!

4 Ways We Can Approach the Lack of Time as Fundraisers

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If I’ve learned anything in my 35 years in fundraising it’s that there really isn’t enough time. Enough time to learn how to maximize the new ideas that promise to revolutionize fundraising. Nonprofit Fundraising fundraising tips leadership nonprofit management time management

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Why You Should Start Creating a Mid-Level Donor Program ASAP

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

You can also pick a broader name like The President’s Circle, The Conservation Society, or the Leadership Club. fundraising major giftsBy focusing a little extra energy on your mid-level donors, you can raise more money and create a quality pipeline for your major gifts officers.

Book Review: Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership

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She has packed all that into her new book, “ Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership.” The book covers some standard leadership and managerial topics, but in an unique entertaining way that only Joan Garry can deliver.

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The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

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We have everything from: Fundraising & Grants. Nonprofit Leadership Alliance / Orlando, FL/ $625. Fundraising & Grants/ @CASEAdvance. Fundraising & Grants. USD School of Leadership and Education Sciences / San Diego, CA / TBD. Fundraising & Grants.

3 Things To Make Your Fall Fundraiser Stand Out


” But don’t let this time go to waste with mediocre fundraising tactics. The post 3 Things To Make Your Fall Fundraiser Stand Out appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology.

The Nonprofit Fundraising Solution

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If you serve on a nonprofit Board, are the executive director for a nonprofit, or are responsible for raising funds for your nonprofit, The Nonprofit Fundraising Solution , book by Laurence A. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Fundraising Laurence A.

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Making Fundraising a Priority of Presidential Proportions

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Here is my take on some of the challenges and possible solutions to making fundraising a presidential priority. Fundraising leadership

How Fundraisers & Grant Managers Can Collaborate to Achieve Stronger Results

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As a former grant manager who works on a daily basis with grant-makers, the complex, creative, diverse world of fundraising has been incredible to me. What has struck me as most interesting is how fundraisers and the staff they work with closely at foundations are quite similar.

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Nonprofits Using Tablet Apps To Improve Fundraising Abilities


The use of mobile tablet devices is changing the way many nonprofits conduct fundraising activities during live events by allowing staff members to be more efficient. Blog Fundraising Leadership Mobile Tech applications nonprofit tablets

Your Brand Story: Change the Fundraising Game by Driving Donations and Building Relationships

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Fundraising professionals continuously seek better methods to cultivate individual donors and obtain major gifts. If your leadership, staff and key stakeholders don’t know your brand story, how can they share it with others?

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Best Practices for Golf Fundraisers: 10 Tips for Nonprofits

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By Katie Casillas , director of marketing at , an event management platform specifically for golf fundraisers. Golf fundraisers are a huge opportunity for outreach, stewardship, and certainly for fundraising. Is fundraising your key priority?