November, 2023

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6 Ways to Create a Culture of Givers At Your Organization (a Tribute to Heidi Dressler)

Joan Garry

So many members of the Nonprofit Leadership Lab are pure, unadulterated Givers. But Heidi was the “Queen Giver”. The post 6 Ways to Create a Culture of Givers At Your Organization (a Tribute to Heidi Dressler) appeared first on Joan Garry Consulting.

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The State of Black Women Leadership Is In Danger

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: skyNext on istock.com “We have observed a disconcerting pattern where Black women leaders are vacating their roles, with some leaving the non-profit sector altogether, citing hostility toward their leadership, strain on their health and well-being, unfair job expectations, and limited opportunities for career progression” (3). “We have observed a disconcerting pattern where Black women leaders are vacating their roles.” This is the opening of a new report by the Washi

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Design Thinking Misses the Mark

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Anne-Laure Fayard & Sarah Fathallah Design thinking has failed to deliver on its promise to solve the world’s thorniest social challenges. Adopting a critical design stance can help designers serve communities, rather than their own methodology.

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I Spent 3 Years in Solitary Confinement. Why Isn’t Philanthropy Doing More to End this Torture?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

A movement to end solitary confinement is gaining momentum, but criminal justice donors feel their money is better spent elsewhere. That’s a mistake. By Johnny Perez Getty Images A movement to end solitary confinement is gaining momentum, but criminal justice donors feel their money is better spent elsewhere. That’s a mistake.

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Donorbox + Little Green Light: A Powerful Integration to Streamline Your Workflow

Donorbox Nonprofit

How much time does your fundraising team spend manually ensuring all your various tools are in sync? This time suck is not only burning out your employees. It’s also wasting valuable time you could spend sharpening your fundraising strategy – and raising more for your mission. That’s where the Donorbox + Little Green Light integration […] The post Donorbox + Little Green Light: A Powerful Integration to Streamline Your Workflow appeared first on Nonprofit Blog.

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Intermediary organizations are vital and funders need to increase funding going to them

Non Profit AF

[Image description: Beautiful bluish/purple mushrooms growing out of the ground, shiny and almost translucent, like jellyfish. They have gills, a ring halfway up a slender stem.

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Turn The Page: 11 Books You Need To Read Now And Give This Holiday Season

Fundraising Leadership

Check out these great 11 new books by women to keep for yourself or give as gifts. We can always use a new book, life approach, history lesson, toolkit or bible of strategies to improve ourselves and how we think and behave as leaders. Reading and learning is what great leaders do. At a time when books and the prohibition of books makes news across the country, it is necessary to maintain reverence for books as a way to create, recreate and reimagine our lives. “ We can always use a new boo

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Share Your Secret Sauce

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Elizabeth Cushing We love to talk about scaling solutions in the social sector. It feels good to imagine a day when every person who needs support can get it. The reality is, though, that scale is elusive for most of us. Yes, we successfully develop and implement effective solutions to pressing problems, but we can’t do it for everyone everywhere because it isn’t feasible, it’s too expensive, or both.

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Extra! Knight Taps News Veteran to Lead Its Plan to Revitalize Local News

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has named Maribel Perez Wadsworth to be its next president, making the Cuban-American news veteran the foundation's first woman leader. By Alex Daniels Gesi Schilling Longtime Gannett executive Maribel Perez Wadsworth will be the next president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The John S. and James L.

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5 Ways the Nonprofit Sector Has Changed Over the Past 20 Years

NonProfit PRO

Over the past 20 years, a lot has changed in the nonprofit sector, and with major giving in particular. Here are five ways major giving and the sector in general have changed, and what nonprofit professionals should keep in mind as they work toward their organizations’ missions.

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Never ask job candidates to do unpaid assignments as part of your hiring process

Non Profit AF

[Image description: A yellow and white cat standing on an open book, with a quizzical expression. The book is on a wooden table, and behind the cat are more books.

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Yay Or Nay: 5 Questions To Help You Decide To Take Promotion Or Pass

Fundraising Leadership

Deciding whether or not to accept a promotion requires weighing the pros and cons. A GenZ friend was recently agonizing to a handful of us at a party about her great job offer in the company where she has worked for seven years. The offer included a title promotion, raise, cost of living expenses, global travel and high visibility. What was the problem?

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Where Will the Movement for Palestine Go from Here?

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: Jewish Voice for Peace on wikimedia.com In early November, 300,000 people from at least 22 states flooded the streets of Washington, DC. They rallied between the Capitol building and the White House, and marched onward, demanding a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas, to lift the blockade on Gaza, and to end US aid to Israel.

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Building a strong reputation: how nonprofit professionals can shape their personal brand

Big Duck

Strategies nonprofit professionals can use to shape their personal brand, establish a strong reputation, and develop meaningful connections with key audiences.

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Fears That Charities Can’t Handle MacKenzie Scott Donations Are Unfounded, Study Finds

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Concerns that recipients would experience negative consequences have turned out to be untrue. Instead, nonprofits report more financial stability and expanded programs. By Maria Di Mento Blue Star Families MacKenzie Scott gave $10 million last year to Blue Star Families, which is using the money to broaden programs to help military families, hire more staff, and invest in its future financial health.

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The Case for Direct Mail in the Digital Age

NonProfit PRO

As digital marketing grew from its nascency to sheer dominance over the past quarter century in relation to overall marketing spend, its century-old cousin, direct mail, was all but declared dead and supposedly relegated to the annals of history.

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3 Ways to Make the Most of Non-Cash Giving

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Steve Latham , CEO & Co-founder at DonateStock – a fundraising platform that makes stock gifting to nonprofits easy and accessible. Philanthropy is at an inflection point and fundraisers are looking opportunistically beyond cash and credit as their sole sources of funding. Persistent inflation and higher living costs have resulted in fewer dollars left over each month, making it harder for most households to support their favorite organizations as they did in prior years.

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Maximize Event Revenue with Nonprofit Sponsorship Levels

Donorbox Nonprofit

Fundraising events can be hugely successful with the right strategy and planning. This is because people want to support your important mission – and they get to have some fun along the way! If you’re thinking about hosting an event, you must consider adding nonprofit sponsorship levels. Sponsorships help cover event expenses, boosting your overall […] The post Maximize Event Revenue with Nonprofit Sponsorship Levels appeared first on Nonprofit Blog.

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A Push for Reparations in New Jersey

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: Photo by Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash If one of the great myths of slavery in the United States is that it occurred only in the South, then New Jersey serves as a telling counternarrative to that falsehood. New Jersey was the last Northern state to abolish slavery, in 1866—many months after the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, which did not free slaves in Northern states, but only in the Southern “rebellious states” that had seceded from the Union.

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Lessons learned: Using demographic data to move from intention to action 

Candid

As more funders seek to use demographic data to inform their grantmaking decision-making, 125 partners have now joined the Demographics via Candid movement. To reduce the burden on grantees to provide this data, this sector-wide initiative also empowers nonprofits to collect and share staff and board member demographics—one time—in a standardized, reusable, and freely accessible format on their Candid profiles.

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After Year of Down Giving, Charities Make Push for Big GivingTuesday

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Matching gifts, social-media appeals, and collaborations with other groups are some of the strategies nonprofits are using to connect with donors. By Emily Haynes and Rasheeda Childress Matching gifts, social-media appeals, and collaborations with other groups are some of the strategies nonprofits are using to connect with donors.

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Year-End Fundraising Marketing Essentials

NonProfit PRO

In line with campaigns throughout the year, end-of-year marketing campaigns should focus on an organization’s mission and stay true to its branding. Here are some things to keep in mind as you develop your year-end fundraising marketing strategy.

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Making Revolution Irresistible

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano We designed the (Re)Generative Leadership Framework to be accountable to movements and future generations by creating the conditions to bring our best and full selves to achieve our vision.

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7 Blogging Mistakes You Need to Avoid

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Last week I shared some tips on making your blog a success. Today we look at what NOT to do when blogging… 1. Ignoring your readers. Who do you want reading and commenting on your blog? Your posts should be written for those people, not your staff, ED or board. 2. Having too many voices. While you can have more than one person writing your blog, switching from a corporate sounding tone to a friendly personal one (and vice versa) will confuse your readers.

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Facing Federal Inaction, Local Governments Call for Ceasefire in Gaza

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: Journalist Steve Ahlquist One week after Providence city councilor Miguel Sanchez was fired from his job as a constituent services staffer for posting that the United States was “actively aiding in genocide” in Gaza, he decided to make it count. On November 2, Sanchez helped organize a ceasefire resolution to stop the Israeli military’s ongoing bombing of Palestinians on the council floor: “This resolution urge[s] our federal delegation and the president to support something that m

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Understanding how California AB 488 impacts online charitable fundraising

Candid

If you are a California-based nonprofit or solicit any donations in California, it’s critical to understand California AB 488 (AB 488). A new law that went into effect in California on January 1, 2023, AB 488 is aimed at improving transparency and accountability in online charitable fundraising. While AB 488 is a California law, it could impact all charities in the United States that solicit donations in California, not just those headquartered in the state.

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GivingTuesday Results Are Flat; Nonprofits Raise $3.1 Billion

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The number of donors who gave declined by 10 percent compared with last year. By Emily Haynes and Rasheeda Childress United Way Bay Area BMO Financial Group volunteers put together more than 1,000 personal-care kits on GivingTuesday at United Way Bay Area. The number of donors who gave declined by 10 percent compared with last year.

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Common Sense Activities to Fulfill Fiduciary Duty

NonProfit PRO

An annual board assessment can help a board identify and address structural and process challenges to fulfilling fiduciary duties. Here are five ways this process can fail, and how to avoid them.

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How can you bring accessibility and inclusion into your communications?

Big Duck

Discover how accessibility and inclusion impact nonprofit communications and learn to design effective internal processes for your organization.

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A Blueprint for Designing Better Digital Government Services

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Joe Lee , Annie Newman & Bry Pardoe Public perceptions about government and government service delivery are at an all-time low across the United States. Plagued government legacy systems—too often using outdated programming language—are struggling to hold up under the weight of increased demand , and IT modernization efforts are floundering at all levels of government.

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How to Fight Power by Building Power

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: Mikael Blomkvist on pexels.com How can organizations build the movement we need to overcome corporate power? Over the past five years, PowerSwitch Action has experimented with weaving together seven local affiliates in California to grow statewide power. The goal: challenge corporations on behalf of the low-wage workers, people of color, and immigrants who make the state’s economy churn.

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Turn your season of giving into a season of gratitude 

Candid

It’s true. People are more generous at the end of the year. So, a year-end fundraising goal and plan is important for nonprofits to take full advantage of donors’ kindness. In fact, recent research shows that a quarter of annual nonprofit revenue is raised in the month of December. But unfortunately, the average donor retention rate in 2022 was 42.6%, making it the lowest rate on record.

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Philanthropy’s Job in Polarized America: Make Partners of Enemies, a New Poll Says

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Drew Lindsay Scott G Winterton, The Deseret News, AP Protesters from Patriots Prepared and Black Lives Matter debate at a march in Salt Lake City, Utah, in July 2020. Many Americans see foundations as key to brokering peace and forging partnerships between opposing sides.

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The Essential Year-End Fundraising Checklist

NonProfit PRO

Even if you’re behind on planning your year-end fundraising campaign, you can keep your efforts on track and raise critical funds when it counts the most. Here's a checklist to help you achieve your year-end goals.

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The True Meaning of Giving Tuesday

Clairification

This year Giving Tuesday is November 28 th. So, soon. If you’ve not done so already, now is a good time to think about whether or not you want to jump on the bandwagon and, if so, how. There is more than one way to slice this particular piece of pie. And, really, that’s what Giving Tuesday is – just one piece of your total annual fundraising strategy.

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2023 Nonprofit Holiday Gift Guide

NonProfit Leadership Center

The Nonprofit Leadership Center’s Nonprofit Holiday Gift Guide highlights gifts for everyone on your list, with some or all of the proceeds benefiting nonprofits. Gifts in this 2023 guide were curated by the Nonprofit Leadership Center’s nonprofit community through a submission process in November. As you celebrate the holidays this season, thank you for supporting nonprofits that strengthen our communities.

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What Do Public Libraries Have to Do with Climate Justice?

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: Drazen Zigic on istock.com Across the United States, public libraries are under attack. They’re caught in the middle as books are banned in record numbers, with parents and others objecting to fiction and nonfiction that include queer characters or storylines, characters of color, experiences of racism, or an acknowledgment of human-caused climate change.