July, 2024

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A Guide to Nonprofit Video Storytelling

NonProfit PRO

Videos are one of the best ways to share your story with potential and current donors. Here's how to use them to support your mission.

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[Free Webinar] Beyond Affluence: Cultivating Community Affinity in the Generosity Experience

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2024 Time: 1 pm ET / 10 am PT (1 hour) Cost: Free Presented by: Tim Sarrantonio , Director of Corporate Brand at Neon One 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.

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Top Companies That Donate to Nonprofits

Wild Apricot

Explore the top companies that generously donate to nonprofits. You'll also learn the different types of donations and tips for requesting donations.

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3 tips to prepare your organization for new technology

Nimble AMS

When you decide to go on a major road trip, you often begin planning months in advance. The same can be said for your organization, as it is making plans for its next association management software (AMS). You can lead your association to new a new AMS platform! Read our blog to begin preparing your organization for new technology today. How to build an expert internal AMS selection team “Every selection team for new technology needs representatives across the board,” said Collier Faubion, Nimbl

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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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GivingUSA 2024 | What Small Nonprofits Need to Know

Pamela Grow

The latest GivingUSA report on charitable giving in the United States is out. What do smart fundraisers, particularly those heading up “one-person” development shops, need to know? Charitable giving in the U.S. declined by 2.1% in 2023 after adjusting for inflation. Nonprofits have been concerned about the decreasing number of American donors for years, and the 2023 report reinforces these worries.

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5 Ways Maps Can Help People Find Your Mission

NonProfit PRO

Maps can be a great visualization tool and an engaging way for supporters to connect with the causes they care about. Here are five ways nonprofits use maps to support their missions.

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Strong Proposals Start with Asking 11 Internal Questions

The NonProfit Times

Albert Einstein once said: “If you cannot explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” As grant directors, managers, and writers you need to understand what you are writing about in your proposals, especially if you aren’t involved directly in the project or program development. If you don’t understand it in writing, potential funders won’t understand it in review either.

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Non-Dues Revenue for Nonprofits: The Basics

Wild Apricot

Everything you need to know about non-dues revenue nonprofits. Learn how to diversify your revenue stream with fundraising, monetization, advertising and more!

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Don’t invoice me when you want a gift

Hands on Fundraising

Playing cute tricks with donors isn’t the win you think it is I’ve been stewing about a certain kind of gift solicitation. I’ve hesitated to write about it. But I get more annoyed the more I think about the damage these things can do. Want some examples? This is an email I got. (Good organization; […] The post Don’t invoice me when you want a gift appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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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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The crucial role of software testing in your AMS implementation

Nimble AMS

Is your organization preparing for its association management software (AMS) implementation? It’s not uncommon for an association to face challenges during its AMS implementation. If you’re like other organizations, you might have some concerns about data migration, specifically when moving your existing data from a legacy system into your new system.

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Indigenous youth leaders encouraged to participate in Senate program

Charity Village

The Senate Committee on Indigenous Peoples is excited to launch Voices of Youth Indigenous Leaders 2024to spotlight the strengths of present-day First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and their inspirational young leaders. Are you a young Indigenous leader who inspires and motivates others through your work, art, academic achievements or actions?

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Key Strategies to Help Young Nonprofit Professionals Succeed

NonProfit PRO

After decades in the nonprofit sector, I still learn every day from others. Here are some of my tips for those just starting in the sector.

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Centering communities: Leaning into participatory grantmaking to increase equity 

Candid

Two days after COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, the Boston Foundation set up a special fund to provide rapid-response support to local nonprofits serving communities disproportionately affected by the outbreak. We streamlined the application process, eliminated the written reporting requirement, and, 18 days later, awarded the first round of grants in Greater Boston.

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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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Ideas to Make Your New Member Orientation a Success

Wild Apricot

New member orientation doesn’t have to be boring. With these orientation tips and activities, your organization can welcome new members smoothly and easily, inspiring member engagement and retaining them longer.

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Former NRA Exec Barred From Nonprofits

The NonProfit Times

Former NRA Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Wilson “Woody” Phillips has agreed to a deal banning him from serving as a fiduciary of a nonprofit in New York for 10 years. The deal also requires the now retired executive to undergo training should he return to the sector. A jury this past February found Phillips, 75, liable for violating his duties in managing the NRA and its financial affairs and ordered him to pay $2 million in damages.

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June 2024’s Most Memorable Sponsorship Activations 

The Sponsorship Collective

Activation season takes off as summer gets into full swing. It’s a great time to get outside and engage new audiences with one’s brand, which is one reason of many why summer is among the best seasons for sponsorship activations. So, what kinds of attractions got people talking in June?

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Government of Canada launches consultation to inform design of Youth Mental Health Fund

Charity Village

Budget 2024 announced $500 million in funding over five years to establish the Youth Mental Health Fund (YMHF), which will provide resources and funding to communities, organizations, and stakeholders across the country who provide mental health supports and services to youth. The Honourable Ya’ara Saks, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, has […] The post Government of Canada launches consultation to inform design of Youth Mental Health Fund ap

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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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Ultimate Study Guide for School Fundraising

NonProfit PRO

Free Guide to Ultimate Study Guide for School Fundraising Host a successful school fundraising event with tips and tricks from GiveSmart.

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Quality demographic data: Respect, privacy, and accuracy 

Candid

We know that more and more U.S. nonprofits are engaging with demographic data about their staff, leadership, and board members—but what does quality demographic data look like? A study we recently conducted on behalf of Candid found that, in line with previous research , nonprofits are using demographic data to inform their work and sharing it. We found that 72% of respondents reported this data to at least one entity—including funders and philanthropy-serving organizations like Candid—and 46% r

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What Is a Solicitation Email and How To Write One + Examples!

Wild Apricot

Learn what a solicitation email is, how to write one effectively, and explore practical examples to inspire your next fundraising campaign to get more donations!

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Let’s Do This! Advocate for the Profession

VQ Strategies

Despite all the valuable work that those who lead volunteer engagement do for organizations and the community, the role is not recognized as a profession in the US.yet! Al!ve, the Association for Leaders in Volunteer Engagement, is working to enhance the profession through official recognition by the Bureau of Labor and others. (While we at VQ Volunteer Strategies have a global reach and honor our colleagues from beyond the US, this post is particularly relevant to our fellow US residents).

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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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Launching a campaign or rebrand? Start with vision.

Big Duck

Discover how aligning your vision with staff and board members leads to success in your branding and capital campaign efforts.

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New report explores experience of Indigenous Peoples in leadership positions

Charity Village

The Canadian Council for Indigenous Business, in partnership with the Diversity Institute, presents Skills for Inclusive Workplaces and the Advancement of Indigenous Peoples. This report investigates the experiences of Indigenous Peoples in leadership positions to understand the barriers and enablers that have shaped their pathways, and the impact of diversity in the workplace.

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10 Fundraising Strategies to Adapt to Philanthropic Giving Trends

NonProfit PRO

With reports of fewer donors and dollars, here are 10 strategies you can employ now to boost your fundraising success.

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Where are we seeing sustained changes in grantmaking practices to reduce grantee burden?  

Candid

In the summer of 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the national reckoning on race, more than 800 foundations signed on to the Council on Foundations (COF) COVID-19 Pledge to “loosen or eliminate the restrictions on current grants.” “[R]ecognizing the critical need to act with fierce urgency to support our nonprofit partners as well as the people and communities hit hardest by the impacts of COVID-19,” they implemented measures such as converting project-based grants to unrestricted support, a

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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.

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The Best Nonprofit Event Management Software

Wild Apricot

Execute flawless events with ease by using event management software built for nonprofits. Discover powerful tools tailored to streamline planning, engagement and fundraising efforts. Check out the 15 best event software for nonprofits!

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How to unearth the stories you need

Hands on Fundraising

I’m convinced we’re made of stories And if that sounds a little goofy, then I’m guilty. But I’m sticking to it. The stories we tell ourselves about our lives and loves. The stories we hear from other people that shed light on who they are. And the stories that we read… whether in a great […] The post How to unearth the stories you need appeared first on Hands-On Fundraising.

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Introducing Powerful Email Builder Updates Featuring AI Writing Assistance

Bloomerang

Storytelling is your superpower. It’s how you connect with supporters, inspire action, and make a difference in your community. But, creating engaging content can be time-consuming, especially with limited resources. That’s why we’re excited to announce exciting updates to the Bloomerang email builder , designed to boost your impact and lighten your workload.

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