February, 2023

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5 Ways To Recession-Proof Your Nonprofit

NonProfit Hub

5 Ways To Recession-Proof Your Nonprofit Lately, it’s hard to go more than a few hours—forget about a whole day—without being haunted by the joint specters of recession and inflation. We see the numbers at the gas pump and when we turn on the news. They insert themselves into small talk with co-workers at the water cooler. Or conversations with our partners and roommates about rising interest rates and rent hikes.

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5 Essentials for Enhancing Your Nonprofit Volunteer Program

Foundation Group

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Ford Foundation Creates First-of-Its-Kind Fund to Tackle Disability Bias in Technology

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Drew Lindsay Expanding its work on disability rights and inclusion, the Ford Foundation Tuesday announced a first-of-its-kind national fund targeting discrimination in technology against people with disabilities.

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7 Ways to Prioritize Donor Acquisition and Retention This Year

NonProfit PRO

Industry benchmarks reveal just 23% of first-time online donors return, compared to 64% of existing online donors. And over the last decade, nonprofits have continued to raise more funds from fewer donors.

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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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Beyond Employee Training: How to Create a Learning Culture in Nonprofit Organizations

NonProfit Leadership Center

Have you ever wondered why some organizations succeed and others struggle? From for-profit companies to nonprofits of every size, one of the best indicators of high-performing organizations is a dedicated focus on creating a learning culture. Over the years, I’ve witnessed a deep correlation between an organization’s commitment to talent development and continuous learning and their employees’ connection to one another.

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Transforming Your Board from Difficult to Dynamic: A Step-by-Step Guide

Joan Garry

Dealing with difficult board members? Before you throw in the towel, take a deep breath and read on. In this post, I reveal how to deal with dead weight on your board so you can focus your energy on loving up your Grade A leaders! The post Transforming Your Board from Difficult to Dynamic: A Step-by-Step Guide appeared first on Joan Garry Consulting.

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How to Write with Fewer Mistakes in 2023 [Tips and Tools]

Nonprofit Marketing Insights by GlobalOwls

How to Write with Fewer Mistakes in 2023 [Tips and Tools] Want to learn to write with fewer mistakes? See how the Grammarly tool can help you write content like a pro. If you’ve ever used Grammarly before you know how helpful it is. You also know how irritating the mistake alerts can be. You spend hours on writing and rewording the text you think is great, and then Grammarly greets you with this.

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Americans Are Volunteering Less. What Can Nonprofits Do to Bring Them Back?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Leslie Lenkowsky Recent surveys showing a decrease in volunteering largely blame the pandemic, but the problem isn’t new. Nonprofits need to figure out how to turn Americans’ desire to lend a hand to neighbors into more formal commitments to help their communities.

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10 Ways to Keep Board Members Out of Nonprofit Operations

NonProfit PRO

When a nonprofit is young, it may have few to no full-time employees. In that case, the board may have to be involved in operations. However, that’s not ideal as the organization grows. Here are 10 ways to ensure that your board is properly educated and empowered in its role and that it stays out of daily operations.

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Announcing the 2023 Nonprofit Tech for Good Report!

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The biennial Nonprofit Tech for Good Report seeks to gain a better understanding of how nonprofit organizations use technology for digital marketing and fundraising. The 2023 report is based on the survey responses of 1,732 nonprofit professionals that subscribe to or follow Nonprofit Tech for Good on social media. Survey questions covered website and email communications, online fundraising, social media, and professional development in the nonprofit sector.

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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 Things You Should Never Write in a Thank You Letter

Get Fully Funded

Writing a thank you letter should be the easiest task on your to-do list. There are just two simple words: thank you. And these two simple words are so powerful, showing gratitude and making the donor feel valued. Yet, it can feel hard sometimes to write a good thank you letter. Maybe you don’t know what to write. Or where to start. You want your letter to sound sincere, not like a form letter.

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Limitless Digital Mindset – Smash Limiting Beliefs to Unleash Digital Transformation

Pam Moore

Your best competitive weapon in a sea of digital change is a limitless digital mindset that smashes limiting beliefs. The only guarantee marketing and business leaders have today is change. Learning how to navigate digital transformation will make or break your business. Today I'm diving into the topic of limiting beliefs and how entrepreneurs and business leaders can smash them to reach their full human potential.

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Nonprofits are NOT self-reliant

Fundraising Coach

One of the biggest red-herrings I see nonprofit boards pursue is a pipe dream of “self sufficiency” for their nonprofit. Rather than pursuing their mission, the board directs the executive director to look at selling things and renting things in a quixotic attempt to be financially independent. It’s as though they see fundraising as a “stop gap” solution.

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Millennials Had the Biggest Increase in Giving Among the Generations, New Survey Finds

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Emily Haynes Getty Images Millennial donors turbocharged their giving over the past six years, according to a new report by Giving USA and the fundraising firm Dunham+Company.

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I Asked ChatGPT to Write a Fundraising Letter. Here’s What Happened.

NonProfit PRO

Are you afraid that ChatGPT is coming for your job? After talking to multiple copywriters who share the fear of losing their jobs to artificial intelligence, I put ChatGPT to the task of writing a fundraising letter. Here is what happened.

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How Nonprofits Can Grow Their Following on Social Media

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Heather Mansfield , founder and editor-in-chief of Nonprofit Tech for Good The average growth rate for social media ranges from.64% to 3% per month , depending upon the platform. In other words, the era of organic growth on social media is over. To grow your nonprofit’s following on social media, you need to make a concerted effort to let your supporters and donors know how to find your nonprofit on social media. 1) Feature social media icons on your website.

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Top Secret Strategy to Communicate with Nonprofit Donors

Clairification

Did you ever wonder if there is a foolproof way to communicate with donors? Actually, there is! And it’s not about process. It’s about another ‘P’ word. Can you guess? I’ll give you a hint. It relates to the secret business your nonprofit is in. You may think you’re in (arts, healthcare, human services, environment, social justice, animal rescue, education or whatever) but, fundamentally, your core business is something else.

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3 Strategies to create an effective nonprofit homepage

Candid

Your nonprofit’s digital presence makes a huge difference in how well you’re able to engage supporters. This is where an effective nonprofit homepage becomes especially important; it’s not only the first landing page supporters see. It also solidifies their first impression of your organization and influences whether they’re interested in further exploring and supporting your cause.

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The 10 roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit Board of Directors

Get Fully Funded

Every nonprofit has a Board of Directors. Yet most people don’t understand exactly what the Board’s job is. And this is a problem. You see, it means that hundreds of people are sitting on nonprofit Boards and have NO IDEA what they said “yes” to. It’s surprising. And concerning. Unfortunately, there’s no “Board School” to send people to when they join a Board, so new members just do the best they can, following the lead of seasoned Board members.

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Value of Big Gifts Declines, Report Finds, but 'Money Is Still There'

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Emily Haynes Phil Ashley, Getty Images Despite the year-over-year decrease in the value of gifts of $10 million or more, the number of those gifts actually increased 3 percent from 2021 to 2022.

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How Florida’s Stop WOKE Act Impacts Nonprofits, Part 2

NonProfit PRO

In part one, I described the difficulties nonprofits are facing trying to comply with the Stop WOKE Act. Now let’s take a deeper look into what complying with this law means for nonprofits with employees doing business in the state — discussing everything from human resources to donor relations.

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4 Easy Ways to Acquire New Donors for Your Nonprofit with Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Shay Lessman , Content Writer and Editor for Qgiv — an online fundraising platform empowering 20,000+ nonprofit fundraisers to raise money for their causes while keeping costs low. Peer-to-peer fundraising is a great way to engage your existing supporters and get them to fundraise on your behalf. But did you know it’s also a great way to acquire new donors for your nonprofit?

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People Want To Belong To Your Nonprofit’s Community

Bloomerang

A wise boss once told me: “ A community is defined by caring for its members. Otherwise, it’s just a zip code.” I never forgot this. One of the things you are responsible for as a development professional is building and nurturing community. Let’s Define Your Community Since your mission is to facilitate philanthropy in order to move your mission forward, let’s talk about your philanthropic community – the donors, volunteers, advocates and ambassadors who fuel your work, making your impact the g

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The ABCs of DAFs: How to tap into donor-advised funds 

Candid

In the previous blog of this two-part series, we introduced our jillionaire friend, Bob, and his love of animals in his hometown to help illustrate what DAFs are all about. We also explored how he arrived at the decision to give his money to nonprofits that support his favorite animals in perpetuity through his own donor-advised fund. Well, this is all well and good for Bob.

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The Emerging Field of Political Innovation

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Johanna Mair , Josefa Kindt & Sébastien Mena Civil society has attended to social problems for decades while intentionally refraining from overt engagement with politics. But a new field of practice seeks to reinvigorate democracy by emancipating social innovation from this stricture.

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More Kinds of Digital Giving Are Gaining Popularity Globally

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Rasheeda Childress A new report looks at digital giving trends in eight countries, including cryptocurrency, contactless giving, donor-advised funds, workplace giving, and impact investing.

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The Nonprofit World’s Robot Problem: AI Does Not Replace Donor Engagement

NonProfit PRO

In November, a new online artificial intelligence (AI) program called ChatGPT was released in a free test mode. It can hold a conversation, answer questions and create eerily accurate written statements. It reminded me of an old saying, “If you don’t want to be replaced by a robot, stop behaving like one.

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7 Ways to Honor Black History this February and Beyond

Volunteer Match

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. This list offers a few ways to delve deeper into Black history and support a more equitable future.

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Text-to-Donate campaigns are easier than ever with upgraded features.

Bloomerang

Are you looking for a way to make donating even easier for your supporters? Text-to-Donate is a powerful Kindful Fundraising Tool that gives you new ways to reach donors, and our latest updates make it easier than ever to set up and manage. Easy to set up and manage. Some features to make campaign setup and management easier include the flexibility to choose your own phone number directly within the app, so you’ll never need to rely on support.

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Removing cost as a barrier to nonprofit training 

Candid

At Candid, we recognize that nonprofit leaders and fundraising professionals, particularly those working at small or under-resourced organizations, need access to the nonprofit training and resources that equip them to do good. As Candid moves to more proactively promote equity in the broader social sector, we also continue to reflect on what our own role might be in supporting that effort.

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In Search of Inclusive Social Entrepreneurship

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Edgard Barki , Marcus Alexandre Yshikawa Salusse , José Guilherme F. De Campos , Thomas Novais Rocha & Ute Stephan DJ Bola is a social entrepreneur born in Jardim Ângela, a poor neighborhood in São Paulo, Brazil, considered in the 1990s to be one of the most dangerous places in the world. When he was 18 years old, he worked as a motorcycle courier during the day and at night he started a new endeavor: A BANCA, an organization that worked with hip-hop in order to improve the live

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The Rule of Law Faces Threats in the U.S. and Abroad. Philanthropy Needs to Pay More Attention.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By William H. Neukom Getty Images Addressing myriad societal problems depends on a strong rule of law. Unfortunately, developing, promoting, and enforcing this fundamental component of healthy democracies isn’t on most donor radars.

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Donor Giving Increases Dramatically With the Right Donor Offer

NonProfit PRO

Oftentimes, donors are not giving what they could because you are not presenting them with a donor offer that motivates them to give more. Here’s the reason why.

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Working through Grief: How to Build a Supportive Workplace

Blue Avocado

It can be difficult to know how to support employees who are grieving or experiencing grief as the result of a loved one dying. Done insensitively and without forethought and training, managers and colleagues can come across as uncaring and even complicit in a conspiracy of silence that deprives people of the support that work can offer in times of mourning.

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8 Tips for Managing Your Nonprofit’s Memorial Donations

Bloomerang

Contributing memorial donations is a meaningful way to honor someone’s life after they’ve passed away. Memorial contributions help foster positive change in the wake of loss. Your nonprofit should have a clear strategy for managing memorial donations and building relationships with donors and the family of the deceased. When you can build relationships with families, friends, and donors, you can strengthen your nonprofit’s community and foster more legacy giving in the future.