January, 2024

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Why I Became CEO Of Nonprofit Leadership Lab

Joan Garry

The Nonprofit Leadership Lab welcomes Glennda Testone as the new CEO in February 2024! In this article, she explains how she knew that it was time to move forward and offers advice to leaders considering fresh opportunities. The post Why I Became CEO Of Nonprofit Leadership Lab appeared first on Joan Garry Consulting.

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What I Learned About Donor Power From Trying to Hire Nikole Hannah-Jones

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

I was dean at UNC-Chapel Hill when a donor pressure campaign blew up the appointment of the 1619 Project author. Clearer donor guidelines would have prevented this. By Susan King I was dean at UNC-Chapel Hill when a donor pressure campaign blew up the appointment of the 1619 Project author. Clearer donor guidelines would have prevented this.

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Cooperation Jackson at 10: Lessons for Building a Solidarity Economy

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: Drew Beamer on Unsplash This interview has been edited for clarity and length. Steve Dubb: Could you begin by talking about why you moved from California to organize the solidarity economy in Mississippi? Kali Akuno: I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, but my connection to Mississippi runs fairly deep on my maternal side. That side of the family goes back to being in the Natchez area since its founding.

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Segregation Helped Build Fortunes. What Does Philanthropy Owe Now?

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Claire Dunning In early 1926, Cafritz Construction placed an advertisement in The Washington Post celebrating the speed with which their “Life-time Homes” were selling in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC. Regular readers of the newspaper were likely already familiar with the development thanks to news articles that praised Morris Cafritz’s “vision and courage” and a constant stream of advertisements bringing his over 3,000 new units to market.

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Your FEC Filing Checklist

Donorbox Nonprofit

If you’re raising funds as part of a political campaign in the United States, you may be required to file with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). FEC filing can feel overwhelming, with several requirements in place to ensure the integrity of the federal campaign finance process. In this article, we’ll cover the basics of FEC […] The post Your FEC Filing Checklist appeared first on Nonprofit Blog.

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Highlights from Candid’s most popular philanthropic resources in 2023?

Candid

As the saying goes, “knowledge is power.” At Candid, we believe that sharing and learning from one another helps empower our sector’s collective success.  Candid’s Issue Lab is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing social sector knowledge. This vast library contains more than 34,000 freely available philanthropic resources authored by organizations in our sector—including reports, case studies, surveys, toolkits, and more.

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How Nonprofit Leaders Can Delegate Successfully

Joan Garry

There is a thin line between doing and leading. Here are 10 causes of ineffective delegation as a nonprofit leader. What are they? And what is the solution? The post How Nonprofit Leaders Can Delegate Successfully appeared first on Joan Garry Consulting.

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Helping Movements Meet the Moment: What Philanthropy Can and Must Do

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: hay s on Unsplash Several overlapping crises are wreaking havoc in the United States and across the globe. From climate catastrophe and forced migration to economic inequality to the erosion of democracy and the rise of political violence—these deep problems are also opportunities for major advances in progressive narratives and policies. 1 Yet too often, those of us committed to racial equity, economic inclusion, and multiracial democracy must fight rearguard battles against aut

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How Organizations Build Trust

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Kristen Grimm , Claire de Leon , Michael Crawford & Diana Chun Trust for institutions across society is declining. This is not a theory but a fact, affirmed by leading experts like the Edelman Trust Barometer , Gallup , and General Social Survey by NORC at the University of Chicago. This growing trust deficit is a serious problem. It erodes a high-functioning pluralistic democracy , compromises public health, and makes it impossible to solve collective problems like climate change.

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10 Strategies to Celebrate Nonprofit Donors on Valentine’s Day

Clairification

M onterey Bay Aquarium shares the love with their donors. Last year, you posted about sending donors valentines, which I came across a bit too late in the game, so I sent emails. But, this year, I kept that idea and planned for it, and sent handmade valentines to my top level donors. I felt like I was in 2nd grade with my glue stick and doilies, but the response has been amazing!

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Why Donors Love Direct Mail: 4 Key Differentiators

Top Nonprofits

As you build out your nonprofit’s fundraising strategy for the year, you may be wondering whether or not you should include direct mail. After all, this channel can be more costly than other avenues and may feel antiquated in today’s digital age. However, the return on investment (ROI) for direct mail marketing remains strong, with some marketers reporting up to 112% ROI.

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Nonprofit Leadership Center Welcomes Four New Board Members

NonProfit Leadership Center

The Nonprofit Leadership Center is pleased to welcome four new board members to our dynamic board of directors : Lisa L. Brody, Esq., Julie Perrelli, CFRE, Katie Schultz, Ed.D., and Jennifer Yeagley. Meet Lisa L. Brody, Esq. Lisa L. Brody is the chief strategy officer for the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg. She serves as a key member of the executive leadership team, responsible for strategy development and deployment and directly oversees the Foundation’s grant making, strategic initia

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Fewer People Want to Lead Nonprofits. What’s the Answer?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

A new study finds that aspiring leaders, especially those of color, aren’t being pulled into leadership through support and positive role models but are more often pushed into top positions to escape difficult work circumstances. By Frances Kunreuther and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld Getty Images A new study finds that aspiring leaders, especially those of color, aren’t being pulled into leadership through support and positive role models but are more often pushed into top positions to escape difficult

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A Banker’s Case for Public Banking

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: nortonrsx on istock.com For over 20 years, I have explored how to change financial systems in the United States to promote greater equity and inclusion. This has led me to the conclusion that if we want to close the racial wealth gap, we need to get serious about public banking. Public banks, owned by state and local governments, are driven by a community-serving mission, Currently, financial systems favor White-owned firms and disfavor firms that are owned by people of color, li

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How to Use Charity Navigator for Nonprofits

Donorbox Nonprofit

Improving donor trust is a big fundraising trend these days, and for good reason. Most donors feel a need to believe that organizations will do what they promise to do in order to feel comfortable giving their hard-earned money. Charity Navigator rates nonprofits on a variety of topics to provide an overall charity score that […] The post How to Use Charity Navigator for Nonprofits appeared first on Nonprofit Blog.

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13 Top Secrets of Donor Thank You Letters Revealed

Clairification

Let’s begin with a question: What do you spend more time on? Asking or thanking? You’ve probably just completed a quarter hyper-focused on asking. I’ll bet you devoted a lot of time to this endeavor. Now… you should be devoting at least as much time to thanking the donors who responded to your appeals, with the goal of retaining and upgrading them over time.

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Consolidating Your Data: 3 Strategies for Nonprofits

Top Nonprofits

Nonprofits, large and small, collect and analyze data from various sources. Donor data, such as contact information and past giving behavior, enhances donor management and allows organizations to appeal to supporters’ unique reasons for giving. On the other hand, financial data keeps nonprofits organized and aware of the health of their operations. By properly collecting and analyzing data, these insights can be used to forecast donor behavior and even project fundraising revenue.

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Five green flags for funders in your grant proposal

Candid

Last year, we shared our crowdsourced list of red flags that funders look for in grant proposals—the things that immediately reveal the weak points in an application and raise questions about the organization’s credibility. Not surprisingly, the question we got most in response to that article was: What are green flags for funders? A green flag is anything that would immediately signal to a funder that the nonprofit is a strong candidate for funding.

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Diversity Work Isn’t Working. It’s Time to Consider a New Approach.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Too often, diversity initiatives encourage an us-vs-them mentality. Philanthropy should invest in efforts that unify rather than divide. By Eboo Patel Too often, diversity initiatives encourage an us-vs-them mentality. Philanthropy should invest in efforts that unify not divide.

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How Strict Abortion Laws Funnel Pregnant People Deeper into Poverty

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: Harrison Mitchell on unsplash.com On December 7, for the first time in at least 50 years , a woman had to petition a judge to be granted the right to terminate her pregnancy. Kate Cox, a 31-year-old Texas resident, wanted to have a baby. Still, after learning that her fetus had a chromosomal abnormality that is almost always fatal, she knew that she would have to seek an abortion to avoid risking her life and future fertility.

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How to Craft an Effective Nonprofit Elevator Pitch

Donorbox Nonprofit

When you’re speaking to potential supporters, you often only have a short amount of time to share details about your mission in a way that leaves a lasting impression. That’s where the nonprofit elevator pitch comes in. An elevator pitch is a short yet impactful overview of your nonprofit. Typically lasting around 30 seconds – […] The post How to Craft an Effective Nonprofit Elevator Pitch appeared first on Nonprofit Blog.

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Funders, do you have Main Character Syndrome and are engaging in crappy funding practices? We’re coming for you!

Non Profit AF

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How to Encourage Generosity Among Younger Generations

Top Nonprofits

Nonprofits are frequently told to diversify their revenue by seeking additional funding streams. However, you can also make your fundraising more sustainable by diving deeply into your funding streams and strategically targeting different segments of your nonprofit’s supporter base. There are various ways nonprofits can group their supporters, such as by location, giving history, and interests.

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5 Essential RFP Writing Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Alfredo Ramirez , CMO at Prosal – an RFP platform that connects great consultants, nonprofits, and other organizations via RFPs. Request for Proposals (RFPs) are a critical tool for nonprofits seeking services from vendors or consultants. A well-crafted RFP attracts the right partners and lays the foundation for successful projects. Pulling from experience with thousands of RFPs, Prosal shares five best practices to enhance your RFP writing process.

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DAFs as Disruptors: How Donor-Advised Funds Are Changing Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Drew Lindsay DAFs are turning up everywhere — in grant-maker collaboratives, impact investing, workplace giving, and even wedding-gift registries. Will 2024 see new regulation? This story is a sneak peak into Trends 2024, an in-depth look at the forces that will shape philanthropy and the nonprofit world. The special report goes live tomorrow.

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Love as Social Order

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: “Oxygen” by Martine Mooijenkind / www.knutselfabriek.com Editors’ note: This piece is from Nonprofit Quarterly Magazine ’s winter 2023 issue, “Love as Social Order: How Do We Build a World Based in Love?” How do we build a world based in love? This is a critical question for social change agents. If we do not consider what drives our work, we may inadvertently be driven by fear or rage. bell hooks may have been the first theorist to popularize the concept of a love ethic.

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How to Attract Changemakers to Your Nonprofit

Donorbox Nonprofit

The term changemaker has become common in the software, education, and business world, but what does it really mean? While anyone can make a change, true changemakers are rare and require a level of passion, patience, and persistence that can be uncomfortable for many. After all, famous changemakers like Martin Luther King Jr, Ceasar Chavez, […] The post How to Attract Changemakers to Your Nonprofit appeared first on Nonprofit Blog.

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I Have No Idea What You’re Talking About [Nonprofit Jargon]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Every workplace has it. Every fandom has it. Every group of like-minded people has it. I am speaking of the dreaded JARGON, of course! Whether it’s very technical terms or phrases that permeate a specific genre or culture, if you aren’t a part of that group, you have no idea what anyone is talking about. See if you know what I mean when I say: TV “Be a goldfish.” ( Ted Lasso ) “Jar!

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Grab This Fundraising Plan Template for New Nonprofits

Get Fully Funded

If you’re starting a new nonprofit, you already know that you need to raise money. What you might not know is that the right fundraising plan template can make the job much easier. In the beginning you may self-fund your fledgling organization. (Many founders do.) Or you may ask your friends, coworkers, and family to give a few bucks. But long term, you can’t run an entire organization from the generosity of only a handful of people.

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Make The Most of P2P Fundraising In 2024

NonProfit PRO

Supercharge your peer-to-peer fundraising this year by joining hundreds of nonprofit professionals at P2PForum24 in Philadelphia from February 21-23. Whether you’re a senior leader or staff member, this is the place to learn from experts and your colleagues at other organizations. Join us for a gathering that will help you improve your program’s performance in this critical year.

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What MacKenzie Scott Wants in a Grantee — a New Analysis Offers Clues

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

A study of the billions in gifts by the maverick philanthropist reveals a little about which organizations she favors. By Drew Lindsay Harvard researchers mined information about the maverick philanthropist's nearly 2,000 grants to offer the best window yet into the types of organizations she favors.

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How to Close the Racial Homeownership Gap

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: Jacob Wackerhausen on istock.com Homeownership is a key contributor to wealth generation, yet homeownership rates vary significantly by race. According to the National Association of Realtors , as of March 2023, while 72.7 percent of White Americans were homeowners, only 44 percent of Black Americans were homeowners (the rate for Latinx Americans was 50.6 percent and for Asian Americans 62.8 percent).

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10 Strategies to Actively Build Nonprofit Donors Trust

Clairification

Trust defines the credibility and legitimacy not only of your organization, but of the entire social benefit sector. Yet too few organizations make the effort to operationalize this construct into their fundraising and marketing planning. You should. Without donor trust and confidence in philanthropy there’s no future for social benefit organizations.

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Building Sustainable Value Chains From Hemp and Flowers

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Guillaume Carton & Julia Parigot Industrial activities are one of the main causes of the depletion of natural resources. Earth Overshoot Day marks the day when the planet consumes more natural resources than the biosphere can regenerate. In 2023, this occurred on August 2. The planet is in the red: Despite industry-led initiatives to use natural resources more prudently—from the use of sustainable labels to improve resource traceability to encouragements for companies to rely on more sust

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10 Tips And Tricks For Fundraisers Kicking Off The New Year In A New Role

Bloomerang

Happy New Year! As we embark on a fresh chapter, I’m excited to share some valuable insights for those of you who have recently stepped into new roles within the nonprofit fundraising sector. The initial 30 days can be a rollercoaster of emotions, but with the right priorities, you can set the stage for a successful and fulfilling journey at your new organization. 1.

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Why Nonprofit Text Messaging Has Evolved Beyond Text-to-Give in 2024

NonProfit PRO

Nonprofit text messaging now operates similar to an email program. Here are four reasons this channel has evolved beyond text-to-give.

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Has the Giving Crisis Reached the Point of No Return?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Rasheeda Childress Sarah Jones for The Chronicle The giving crisis is finally beginning to hit nonprofits where it hurts — the pocketbook. But organizations are fighting to win back everyday donors.