May, 2024

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Turmoil at Vote.org

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The voter-registration group once promoted by Taylor Swift has been wracked by resignations, layoffs, and regulatory lapses. Former employees blame the CEO. By Jim Rendon Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images The voter-registration group once promoted by Taylor Swift has been wracked by resignations, layoffs, and regulatory lapses. Former employees think the CEO is to blame.

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Donor-Advised Funds Soar in Popularity as Nonprofits Successfully Engage New Donors

NonProfit PRO

Our DAF roundup includes the four biggest reporting DAF charities sharing year-over-year grant totals, as well as a look at how this revenue stream is impacting nonprofits.

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Camp Management Software | How to Run a Successful Camp

Affnetz

Camp Management Software | How to Run a Successful Camp / By Bala Guntipalli Introduction: In this comprehensive guide, we’ll dive into the world of summer STEAM camps, exploring the benefits, planning strategies, and the role of camp management software in ensuring a successful and memorable experience for both campers and organizers. This blog offers practical tips and insights about Camp management software to help your Nonprofit organization.

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Busting the Overhead Myth

NonProfit Leadership Alliance

How can nonprofits convince stakeholders to invest in capacity building? Capacity building is whatever is needed to bring a nonprofit to the next level of operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity, so it may more effectively and efficiently advance its mission into the future. Building team capacity is not a one-time effort to improve short-term effectiveness, but a continuous improvement strategy toward the creation of a sustainable and effective organization.

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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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Comment on How to Fundraise as a Team (and Build a Better Fundraising Team) by Bonnie

Amy Eisenstein

Having the specific positions described along with their roles is helpful. With regards to staff assistance — what does the relationship between the DD and the marketing and communications coordinator look like? What are best practices for a good working relationship?

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How to Create Great Content: Be Personal, Useful, and Timely (PUT)

Nonprofit Marketing Guide

How do you create great content as a nonprofit communicator? Or, more specifically, what should you put on your website , in your emails or newsletter , and on social media? You should put content in those places that’s “ PUT” — Personal, Useful, and Timely. This has always been true — we first blogged about PUT as an email newsletter content strategy in 2016.

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Nonprofits Can Now Apply for Grants of up to $50,000 to Further Climate Solutions

NonProfit PRO

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) announced that nonprofit organizations can apply for a grant of up to $50,000 from the utility's SoCal Climate Champions Grant program.

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The Hidden Ingredient of a High-Functioning Board

Joan Garry

What is the well-kept secret of a high-functioning board? Joan shares the hidden ingredient and why every board needs it. The post The Hidden Ingredient of a High-Functioning Board appeared first on Joan Garry Consulting.

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Service to Impact: Veteran Leadership in Nonprofits

NonProfit Leadership Alliance

Today’s nonprofit organizations exist in a world that is constantly evolving. This brings complex challenges that require both innovative solutions and exceptional leadership from all levels. Fortunately, there is an often-overlooked pool of talent that has exactly the skillset to thrive in this environment: veterans. As we look deeper into the invaluable contributions veteran leadership can make to a nonprofit, we’ll uncover a wealth of leadership, teamwork, diversity, resilience, adaptability,

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Love Is the Key to Democracy

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Michael McAfee Why are Americans worried about democracy to such an unprecedented degree ? The answer will not be found in the current election cycle. At the roots of the challenge we face is our failure, yet, to build a democracy that serves all people. Doing so means transforming our governing institutions, laws, regulations, and customs in a more fundamental way than tinkering around the edges with policy and programs.

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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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5 Useful Affirmations for the Nonprofit Marketer

Nonprofit Marketing Guide

Working in nonprofit marketing and communication teaches us many things, but perhaps most importantly, that we’re all in this together. No matter the size or type of our organizations, we face similar challenges every day. We strive to advance our missions with limited budgets and manpower, juggling multiple priorities and often battling misconceptions about the value of good marketing.

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An Activist and an Adversary Found Common Ground. Making Change Proved Harder

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Leah Garcés ran hard-hitting animal-rights campaigns. Craig Watts raised 700,000 chickens on a factory farm. Their partnership can be celebrated, but collaboration has its limits. By Marc Gunther Courtesy of Transfarmation Animal-rights activist Leah Garcés and Craig Watts, a former factory chicken farmer, stand in one of Watts’s chicken houses that was converted to grow mushrooms.

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California Amends Digital Fundraising Regulation

NonProfit PRO

California recently amended a law regulating digital fundraising platforms. Here are some of the changes nonprofits should look out for.

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Say It: How Speaking Up About Menopause at Work Improves Culture For All

Fundraising Leadership

Speakers at the recent “Let’s Talk Menopause” symposium (L to R): Dr. Mary Claire Haver; Dr. Sharon Malone; Tamsen Fadal; Dr. Lisa Larkin; Dr. Lauren Streicher; Dr. Sheryl Kingsberg; Stephanie Prendergast, MPT; Dr. Sameena Rahman. Very few people could pull this off, but Halle Barry sure did. On the steps of the U.S. Capitol recently, the i conic actress shouted, “I’m in menopause, OK?

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Everette Pearsall Joins Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Board of Directors

NonProfit Leadership Alliance

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) is proud to announce the appointment of Everette Pearsall to the organization’s board of directors. But who is Everette Pearsall, and why is his appointment so noteworthy? In this article, we’ll take the opportunity to spotlight Everette and the invaluable contributions he brings to our cherished organization and the rest of the nonprofit sector.

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Using Strategic Foresight to Create the Future We Want

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Marina Gorbis Amid a storm of seemingly unimaginable events—from a once-in-a-century pandemic to wars breaking out in different parts of the world—futures thinking is experiencing a revival. The word “future” is popping up in conference titles and think pieces. New futures-oriented organizations and associations, along with future-focused production studios , are emerging almost daily, and some foundations are hiring futurists in residence to inform their work.

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Should You Watermark AI-Images You Create?

Nonprofit Marketing Guide

Should nonprofits disclose when they incorporate AI (artificial intelligence) into their content creation for communications, marketing, and fundraising? When is AI a simple tool you don’t disclose, like using spelling and grammar checkers? When is it an original content creator whose “authorship” should be documented? As of today (in May 2024), we at Nonprofit Marketing Guide believe nonprofits should disclose when they use AI to create photographic images by placing a custom

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Melinda French Gates Announces Where $1 Billion in New Funds Will Go to Help Women and Girls

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The philanthropist asked women leaders to take part in distributing some of the funds, and she's financing a competition to attract new ideas to improve female health worldwide. By Alex Daniels AMMAR ABD RABBO-POOL, SIPA, AP The philanthropist asked women leaders to take part in distributing some of the funds, and she's financing a competition to attract new ideas to improve female health worldwide.

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Free Download: 2024 Nonprofit Tech Trends Report

NonProfit PRO

Prepare for where nonprofit technology is headed with Sage’s 2024 Nonprofit Tech Trends report. While the industry’s landscape is evolving at a rapid pace and every nonprofit is distinct, there are shared challenges and aspirations among you and your peers. Stay ahead of the curve by leveraging the experiences and perspectives of hundreds of nonprofit industry leaders.

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What to know about U.S. nonprofit sector demographics 

Candid

What’s the demographic composition of the U.S. nonprofit sector—in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability status? Are staff, leaders, and board members equally diverse? How does leadership diversity vary by organization size, revenue, subsector, and state? How do majority BIPOC-led (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) nonprofits fare compared with majority white-led ones?

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Meet April’s Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Cohort

NonProfit Leadership Alliance

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is excited to share the commencement of the April CNP Cohort for the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Professional Track program. This group of dedicated nonprofit leaders have begun their six-month journey, participating in one of only four cohorts offered annually. A Cohort of Changemakers The April Cohort, comprising of 33 professionals, brings together a group committed to making a positive impact on society.

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Where Strategic Philanthropy Went Wrong

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Mark Kramer & Steve Phillips Dramatic advances in the scale and sophistication of strategic philanthropy have not improved societal conditions at a national level. We propose empowerment philanthropy as a new approach to fostering political and economic self-determination by supporting people in finding their own solutions and ensuring an effective multiracial democracy.

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Grant Budgeting: Tips for Maximizing Funding Opportunities

The NonProfit Times

By Jackie Sue Griffin Securing grant funding is crucial to a nonprofit’s growth, and it starts with crafting a well-planned and realistic budget. In this article, we’ll explore effective grant budgeting strategies that nonprofits can implement to strengthen their grant applications, increase their chances of success, and ultimately, make a greater impact in their communities.

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Less Than 2% of Philanthropic Giving Goes to Women and Girls. Can Melinda French Gates Change That?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Her $1 billion commitment, announced Tuesday, and the momentum generated if others join her, could break through that ceiling. By Thalia Beaty, Associated Press Jose Luis Magana/AP Melinda French Gates plans to give $1 billion over the next two years to people and organizations working on behalf of women and families globally. Her $1 billion commitment, announced Tuesday, and the momentum generated if others join her, could break through that ceiling.

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Philanthropy Facilitators Make It Easy for People to Give

NonProfit PRO

When you don’t make it easy for donors to choose to support your charity, they'll choose not to. Here's how to encourage their support.

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Elevate Your Membership Management

Bloomerang

In the dynamic world of nonprofits, managing supporters effectively often feels like juggling too many tasks at once. But what if you could simplify this? Imagine harnessing the power of unified data to streamline operations, boost engagement, and drive retention. Enter Bloomerang Membership Management , a feature-rich add-on that merges donor and membership data seamlessly, helping you create a holistic engagement strategy.

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Is Climate Change Making Loneliness Worse?

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: Miriam Alonso on pexels.com Loneliness is “the most human of feelings,” Jeremy Nobel, faculty at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, said on the podcast Harvard Thinking. When people’s need for social connection isn’t met, that feeling can turn serious, with potentially devastating consequences for their emotional and physical health as they spiral into isolation.

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Revitalize Parks to Strengthen Democracy

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Geneva Vest , Cary Simmons & Howard Frumkin The Trust for Public Land developed a framework to build community power through the creation and stewardship of green spaces. Our work demonstrates the power of parks to enrich democracy. | Open access to this article is made possible by The Trust for Public Land.

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5 Secret Nonprofit Donor Retention Action Strategies

Clairification

Giving is an emotional experience. It deserves an emotional response. Be human. Ever notice how sometimes when we put on our work hats we cease to be human? How we somehow morph into little robotic “professionals” and become enamored of jargon? “Lybnts.” “Sybnts.” “Recaptures.” Not that those things aren’t important. You need goals and objectives. And given the dreadful state of donor retention in the U.S. today (and in the U.K and Canada as well), it’s vital you be able to measure how you’re do

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The Exodus of Everyday Donors Is Bad for America. Here's How to Stop It.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The decline in charitable giving by average Americans threatens democracy. Among the solutions: pooled micro-donations, giving incentives, and a focus on the donor relationship. By Victoria Vrana Getty Images The decline in charitable giving by average Americans threatens democracy. Among the solutions: pooled micro-donations, giving incentives, and a focus on the donor relationship.

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Maximizing Impact: How to Leverage Generative AI in the Nonprofit Sector

NonProfit PRO

Join us as we explore ways generative AI can be used in the nonprofit sector, including automating processes, improving efficiency, and generating new content and ideas. We’ll discuss best practices for the responsible and ethical use of AI as well as specific examples of generative AI in action within nonprofits.

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Nonprofit Leadership Group Coaching: All Your Questions Answered

Nonprofit Fixer

1. How much is the group coaching program “Fixer Fellowship?” The group coaching program is $2500 ($2000 if you already purchased the Executive Director Boot Camp). You can pay $250 a month for 12 months if you would like a payment plan. 2. What’s included in the Fixer Fellowship Group Coaching Program? The Fixer Fellowship is a suite of resources designed to work together to propel your nonprofit leadership forward.

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Can You Really Do More By Doing Less?

Veritus Group

Being busy isn't the same as being productive. Here's how to focus your work on the priorities that truly matter in fundraising. The post Can You Really Do More By Doing Less? appeared first on Veritus Group.

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5 takeaways from the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s 2023 data

Candid

The Fundraising Effectiveness Project ’s (FEP) Quarterly Fundraising Report analyzes year-to-date trends in fundraising from individual donors, based on sample data from GivingTuesday and the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Growth in Giving database. Since Candid data is focused on institutional grantmaking, we thought we’d complement that data by highlighting FEP’s findings on individual giving.

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Boy Scouts Of America Rebrands To Scouting America

The NonProfit Times

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which in recent years has been rocked by declining participation, a coronavirus pandemic that limited in-person gatherings, sexual abuse litigation and Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring for the national organization, is being rebranded. As of February 8, 2025, the Irving, Texas-based national organization will be known as Scouting America.

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