March, 2024

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Michael Bloomberg Tops the List of America's Biggest Donors in 2023

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Maria Di Mento and Jim Rendon Calla Kessler, The New York Times, Redux Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg contributed $3 billion last year to support the arts, education, environment, public health, and programs aimed at improving city governments around the world. The 50 donors gave a median of $100 million and a total of $11.9 billion.

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How Corporate Social Responsibility Is Impacting the Nonprofit Sector

NonProfit PRO

Corporate social responsibility has evolved. Here's how nonprofits can embrace corporate social responsibility instead of fighting it.

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How to Be a Good Leader: Nonprofit CEOs & Funders Share Their Perspective

NonProfit Leadership Center

Successful organizations start with strong leaders, but what defines a good leader? What traits do good leaders possess? We recently interviewed more than 20 nonprofit CEOs and funders to understand what they believe makes a leader most impactful. They shared seven qualities that are necessary to be a good leader in today’s ever-changing workplace.

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Fire Your Meetings, Refuel Your Leadership

Joan Garry

Back-to-back meetings are a drain. Yet, meeting overload is a common source of stress for nonprofit leaders. I call for a rethink on your meeting schedule. Here is one tool that can powerfully change your calendar and create meaningful space for you to reclaim power to refuel your mojo. The post Fire Your Meetings, Refuel Your Leadership appeared first on Joan Garry Consulting.

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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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Building Community Through Soccer: Maigan T. Bridgette’s Story at Sporting Kansas City

NonProfit Leadership Alliance

In the heart of Kansas City, where the pulse of soccer beats strong and the spirit of community runs deep, lies an individual dedicated to Kansas City’s (KC) community. Meet Maigan T. Bridgette , a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) whose career journey began with a simple desire – to make a difference. Graduating with the CNP credential from Rockhurst University in 2015, Maigan has seamlessly transitioned her skills into her role at Sporting Kansas City , a Major League Soccer team de

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Innovative Nonprofit Volunteer Retention Ideas to Keep Your Team Engaged

Donorbox Nonprofit

Volunteers are critical to your cause. Most nonprofits rely on volunteers in one way or another – whether that’s board membership, event committees, or program volunteers. The most recent U.S. Census Bureau and AmeriCorps survey, however, showed a drop in volunteer participation from 30% to 23.2% between 2019 and 2021. Nonprofit volunteer retention has struggled […] The post Innovative Nonprofit Volunteer Retention Ideas to Keep Your Team Engaged appeared first on Nonprofit Blog.

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5 Tips to Improve Sustainer Acquisition and Retention

NonProfit PRO

As donor count continues to decline, it’s important to find loyal supporters. Here are five tips to help you acquire and retain sustainers.

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Digital Public Infrastructure for the Developing World

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Sreevas Sahasranamam & Jaideep Prabhu On a recent visit to rural Andhra Pradesh we stopped to buy a cup of tea from a chaiwallah, an informal entrepreneur selling tea by the roadside. After producing a hot cup of masala chai, she gave us a QR code to make our payment. This lady in a remote rural location not only had a digital bank account that allowed her to receive digital payments, but she had the proof of identity needed for such an account: a unique 12-digit number linked to her biom

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Anti-DEI Lawsuits Threaten Nonprofits, Philanthropies

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: Rubenstein Rebello on pexels.com The nonprofit and philanthropic sectors are at growing risk for lawsuits challenging DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) measures, fellowship and intern practices, giving and grantmaking procedures, and even the provision of basic services. That’s thanks to a new wave of litigation, some of it already making its way through US courts, seeking to challenge virtually any consideration of race in myriad institutional practices and decisions.

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Celebrate Women’s History Month: Knowing Your History Is Key

Fundraising Leadership

Gloria Feldt, co-founder and president of Take The Lead, at a recent Power Up Conference. It’s Women’s History Month, a time of the year to acknowledge all that women have contributed to advance society and change the world. Being familiar with your history is the first of the nine power tools created by Gloria Feldt, co-founder and president of Take The Lead, and part of the 9 Power Tools To Advance Your Career Online Course.

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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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Ethical Nonprofit Storytelling: How to Interview Your Beneficiaries for Stories & Appeals

Donorbox Nonprofit

Chances are, your nonprofit was started because of storytelling – a story about a person, an animal, or a place in a dire state of need moved your founders to act immediately. That is the power of storytelling. An authentically, compassionately, and respectfully told story has the ability to mobilize action like no statistic or […] The post Ethical Nonprofit Storytelling: How to Interview Your Beneficiaries for Stories & Appeals appeared first on Nonprofit Blog.

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Foundation Compensation: When Are CEO Salaries Too High?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Without checks and balances, scrutinizing and challenging foundation leaders’ million-dollar paychecks is nearly impossible. By Craig Kennedy Without checks and balances, scrutinizing and challenging foundation leaders’ million-dollar paychecks is nearly impossible.

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Impact Survey Uncovers Widespread Unmet Community Needs Nationwide

NonProfit PRO

United Way Worldwide released the "2023 211 Impact Survey," which showed housing assistance referrals continue to increase and other trends.

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The fine art of sharing branding concepts with your team

Big Duck

Learn how nonprofits can navigate sharing branding work within your team, including key questions to consider, stakeholder engagement strategies, and tips for effective communication.

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Remaking the Economy: A Policy Vision from the Movement for Black Lives

NonProfit Quarterly

What are the economic policies the nation needs to build thriving communities in which Black Americans can thrive? As Amara Enyia wrote in the introduction to a recent NPQ series on The Vision for Black Lives: An Economic Policy Agenda , “the Black radical tradition has long been clear on the importance of economic justice.” This webinar conversation builds on the articles in that series, taking a deep look at what the elements of that agenda look like.

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Loyalty is the New Nonprofit Donor Currency: Part 1

Clairification

That’s right. Loyalty. Not wealth. Not money. Not even attention. Because merely grabbing the attention of someone with either capacity or inclination to give is no guarantee philanthropy will follow. Today I’d like to illuminate: Truths about what drives philanthropy, Challenges nonprofits have developing and implementing strategies that take these truths into account, and Suggestions for moving forward with a new paradigm to generate increased philanthropy.

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How to Start a Nonprofit in Hawaii

Donorbox Nonprofit

Hawaii is a beautiful vacation destination for many, but few have the chance to live here. Those who do have lives filled with opportunities and challenges, just like the rest of the world. Nonprofit organizations in Hawaii work tirelessly to address many of those challenges while simultaneously adding to the opportunities. Currently, there are over […] The post How to Start a Nonprofit in Hawaii appeared first on Nonprofit Blog.

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Mackenzie Scott, Stop Ignoring Small Nonprofits Like Mine

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Ninety-two percent of organizations — including mine — have budgets of less than $1 million and know what their communities need most. But Scott and others make it impossible for us to get needed funds. By Sneha Dave Ninety-two percent of organizations — including mine — have budgets of less than $1 million and know what their communities need most.

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40 Nonprofit Trends for 2024

NonProfit PRO

NonProfit PRO has released its 2024 report, featuring insights directly from nonprofit professionals across multiple key areas, offering essential trends to navigate the unpredictable nonprofit landscape. Download the report to gain valuable perspectives on big ideas, fundraising strategies, donor engagement, technology impact, data analytics, leadership strategies, mission awareness and much more.

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Spring Into Action by Paying Attention to Your Donor Retention

Ann Green

Donor retention is a perennial problem for nonprofit organizations. Many organizations spend all this time and energy on acquiring donors, concentrating more on volume and don’t seem to be concerned that they’re churning through different donors year after year. Just like the flowers and plants in your garden, you need to give them care and attention.

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Fewer restrictions, greater impact: How Candid shifted to unrestricted support 

Candid

Candid did something bold in 2023: We asked that funders put their trust in us by providing unrestricted grant support for our planned mission-critical work—projects we believed would make the biggest impact for the sector at large. This strategic pivot meant that we had to make the difficult choice to stop actively seeking programmatic support that had, until that point, made up a chunk of our contributed revenue.

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4 Keys to Raise Money in Today’s Attention-Sucking Nonprofit Jungle

Clairification

Wondering where fundraising is heading in our highly networked, overly saturated, noisy-as-all-get-out post-digital revolution world? A world that’s really a jungle, with so much competition for attention — for-profits, other nonprofits, socially conscious businesses, political campaigns, friends, and family? Your mantra can no longer simply be about “creating awareness.

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Why Organizers Need Mobilizers and Mobilizers Need Organizers

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Amanda Tattersall & Nina Hall Social change practitioners often pit “ organizing” against “mobilizing ,” as competing ways of creating change: While mobilizers believe that the bigger the crowd, the greater the power , organizers tend to focus on developing quality individual leaders and to measure success in terms of those leaders’ skills and commitment to the cause.

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My Son’s Identity Doesn’t Make Him a Victim. Why Does the Social-Change World Insist It Does?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Equating identity with oppression harms social movements and those they seek to help. By Eboo Patel Equating identity with oppression harms social movements and those they seeks to help.

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Some Alerts Are More Important Than Others

NonProfit PRO

PHLYSense is a 24/7 property monitoring and alert solution. Organizations get real-time alerts if water is detected or temperatures reach a hazardous level. The program includes sensors and 24/7 monitoring and support all at no-cost to policyholders with property coverage.

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[ASK AN EXPERT] When Should You Hire A Development Consultant?

Bloomerang

Our Ask An Expert series features real questions answered by Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE, our very own Fundraising Coach , also known as Charity Clairity. Today’s question comes from a nonprofit employee who wants advice on whether they should hire a development consultant: Dear Charity Clairity, I’m a one-person development shop, wondering if I should hire a consultant to help with some of the work that’s not getting done.

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Is your nonprofit organization ‘grant-ready’? 

Candid

Foundation grants can be one of several revenue streams in a nonprofit organization’s sustainable fundraising plan. In 2022, foundation funding accounted for about $105.21 billion , or 21% of total U.S. charitable giving. As a share of all revenue streams, including government funding, program revenue, and investment income, foundation and corporate grants made up 15.3%.

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Invite Nonprofit Donors Into Your Story, Giving Them a Powerful Role to Play

Clairification

You must invite your donor into the story. Take yourself out of the equation. Donors don’t care about you, but about what they can do through you. Stop talking about your good work. Talk, instead, about the good work your donor wants to do. How? 5-Step Strategy to Illuminate the Donor’s Role in Repairing the World 1.Tell a quick story about a specific project.

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Using ‘Purple Glasses’ to Achieve Gender Equity in Mexico

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Luz María Velázquez & Patricia Torres We are Lumi and Paty. Our stories are different, but they have similarities. We both have worked across a variety of disciplines, including teaching, ethics, economics, architecture, and design. And although we belong to different generations, we share a culture and experiences as Mexican women. Our observation and understanding of gender inequalities derive from this unique intersection of knowledge.

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The Next Generation of Big Donors Favors Causes Over Institutions

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Maria Di Mento and Jim Rendon Valerie Chiang for The Chronicle Racial justice, the environment, and scientific research are getting an influx of money from wealthy people seeking tangible change.

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3 Questions to Get to Know Your Donor Base Better

NonProfit PRO

If someone asked about your nonprofit's donor's experience, what would you say? Here are tips to get to know your donors and have an answer.

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Knowing the Seasons of Your Nonprofit’s Work

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I’m writing this post three days into Spring in North America. I love the equinoxes and solstices because they mark the passage of time in very clear and natural ways. These natural cycles or rhythms are essential to all life. Yet when we look at the nonprofit organizations we work for, we often treat them and ourselves as employees like machines, rather than living organisms.

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Setting work-life boundaries when working from home 

Candid

The shift to remote work is one of the most significant workplace trends we’ve seen in recent years. Already on the rise before 2020, it became the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic. Four years later, many organizations ( including Candid ) continue to offer work-location flexibility. It has also increasingly become a highly desired perk. One study found that U.S. employees are willing to give up 8% in annual pay for a remote job.

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Why Would a Donor Give to Your Charity?

Clairification

What gets donors going? The heart, not the head. “ People do not give to the most urgent needs, but rather they support causes that mean something to them.” This is the finding from a report done by the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy at the University of Kent: “ How Donor Choose Charities.” They begin their study from the widely-accepted premise that charities exist primarily to help needy people and the desire to meet needs is a key criterion in the selection of charitable benef

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The Challenge of Science Communication in the Age of AI (Blog)

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Carsten Könneker There are exciting possibilities, but we are also facing a deafening cacophony of scientific communication, and much of it will not be positive.