February, 2024

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Women Leaders of Color Are Exhausted. Philanthropy Needs to Step Up.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

From unfulfilled racial-justice pledges to unionizing nonprofits, the pressures on woman leaders like me aren’t letting up. Donors need to recognize that and invest in our physical and mental health. By Sayu Bhojwani From unfulfilled racial justice pledges to unionizing nonprofits, the pressures on woman leaders like me aren’t letting up. Donors need to recognize that and invest in our physical and mental health.

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6 Exceptional Nonprofit Trends for 2024

NonProfit PRO

To learn more about what’s happening in the nonprofit sector, here's a sneak peek at NonProfit PRO's “40 Nonprofit Trends of 2024.

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Learning That Changes Lives: Local Leader Shares Journey to Nonprofit Success

NonProfit Leadership Center

Empowering. Collaborative. Transformative. These are the first words that come to mind for Erin McKenney, Esq. , when she thinks about the Certificate in Nonprofit Management graduate program at the University of Tampa. Now the capital campaign director at the University of Tampa where she spent 18 months earning this prestigious certificate, you might add the word ‘remarkable’ to Erin’s list when you understand her story.

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How Global Talent Enriches a Global Health Organization

NonProfit Leadership Alliance

As the CEO of a global organization, I have seen firsthand the power of global talent. Vital Strategies, the New York-based public health nonprofit I’ve led for the past two decades, employs nearly 400 people in 16 countries. We have staff from all walks of life, with a wide range of talent and experiences, and more than half of our staff is based outside the United States.

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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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Betting on Migration for Impact

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Jason Wendle Migration is often framed as a crisis : When the issue makes headlines, it’s portrayed as a burden, threat, or tragedy, and almost always politically intractable. In reality, migration represents an opportunity and a solution, and it needs to be disentangled from electoral politics. Indeed, we are at the beginning of a multi-decade, global trend of human movement, a trend which can be harnessed to unlock tremendous good for the world.

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How to gather high-quality nonprofit client feedback

Candid

Nonprofit organizations are always looking for ways to increase the impact of their work. One way to serve your clients more effectively is to gather feedback from participants, then use what you learn to improve services and support organizational change initiatives. At Listen4Good (L4G), we call this process a “client feedback loop.” This includes asking questions such as: “To what extent have we met your needs?

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Halt Declining Retention Rates with These Creative and Effective Strategies

NonProfit PRO

Discover the secrets to boosting donor retention and revitalizing your nonprofit in this guide, "Unlock the Secrets of Nonprofit Success: A Strategic Guide to Boost Your Donor Retention Game." Increasing donor retention rates by just 10% can result in a substantial 200% surge in the lifetime value of donors according to the Harvard Business Review. How can we counter the national decline in donor retention?

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The Criminalization of Homelessness

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash Across the country, it has become increasingly difficult for people to afford a place to live. Half of all renters now spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent and utilities, and nearly 600,000 people are homeless , unable to afford a place to live at all. Amid this growing housing crisis, just last month, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) agreed to hear a case that could exacerbate the problem by criminalizing people who seek she

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6 Reasons Why Nonprofits & Golf Tournament Sponsors Love Digital Exposure

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Jennifer Wemhoff , Communications Manager at GolfStatus – the leading event management platform for golf fundraisers. Now more than ever before, our world is online. When it comes to your nonprofit’s annual golf tournament fundraiser, leveraging digital channels throughout planning and execution is crucial to success. From promotion to registration to golfer engagement, digital tools improve fundraising outcomes and make life easier for nonprofit tournament organizers.

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Which Song from Fiddler on the Roof Describes a Nonprofit Fundraiser’s Job?

Clairification

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make me a Match! While you might be tempted to guess “If I were a Rich Man,” that’s not it. Because that would be making fundraising mostly about money. And, actually, fundraising is mostly about love. So the correct answer is “ Matchmaker.” That’s right. Your job is to make the perfect match between the values your organization enacts and the values your donor shares.

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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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Protecting the right to give according to our values

Candid

On January 31, the Eleventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals began hearing oral arguments in a case that holds significant implications for U.S. philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last June against race-conscious admissions in higher education, we were concerned that the decision could lead to further limitations on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts across the sector.

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The Climate Foundation Funded by Laurene Powell Jobs Has More Than $3 Billion to Spend — and a Deadline

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Jared Blumenfeld says the Waverley Street Foundation supports community-based climate groups that have been largely overlooked by past climate philanthropy. By Jim Rendon Courtesy of the Waverley Street Foundation Jared Blumenfeld became Waverley Street’s president in 2022 after a long history in the environmental movement. He began his career as a lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Quest for Quality: Your Guide to Overcoming Data Obstacles for Business Success

NonProfit PRO

The first obstacle in any quest for clean data is knowing what’s in it. Download this ebook to learn how data profiling can help you find, fix & monitor the bad data in your system to boost donor engagement, optimize fundraising efforts, and improve decision-making. Plus, learn how to overcome other common data obstacles to achieve a complete 360-degree customer view.

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Why Artisans Are Building an Alternative to Etsy

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash The portrayal of the starving artist might be commonplace, but it isn’t fair. Regardless of whether artisans are called artists, crafters, creatives, or makers, because they enjoy what they do, their work is too often considered a hobby that doesn’t merit fair financial remuneration. Long before the rise of the platform economy, artisans were already regarded as self-employed and outside the protection of national labor laws.

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Don’t Your Donors Deserve to Feel Appreciated?

Ann Green

We all like to feel appreciated and that includes your donors. Thanking your donors should be a priority for your nonprofit organization. Is that the case? Unfortunately, the answer is usually no. Thanking your donors is not just something you do after you receive a donation and then do nothing for a while. You need to show gratitude all year round and with Valentine’s Day coming up, that’s a great opportunity to thank your donors and show them how much you appreciate their support.

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How to Craft a Nonprofit Board Orientation Strategy

Clairification

Please don’t leave your new (or old for that matter) board members dangling! Being a board member is not something we’re generally taught. In fact, it can be a complete mystery. Folks feel proud to have been recruited to join your board, and excited to begin their service, but… what happens next can mean the difference between a fulfilling experience and a disappointing one.

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Could AI Speak on Behalf of Future Humans? (Blog)

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Konstantin Scheuermann & Angela Aristidou AI systems can give voice to previously unheard stakeholders and make collective decision-making processes more inclusive—but only if they are designed thoughtfully and deployed responsibly.

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Gen Z Is Open to Nonprofit Careers — but on Their Own Terms

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Ben Gose Tracie Van Auken for The Chronicle Young workers favor an informal work style and want a tightly defined work schedule. They're also demanding changes in how organizations operate. Plus: See the rest of our new issue , published online today.

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Should You Use Stamps on Your Direct Mail?

NonProfit PRO

Depending on who you ask, you will hear that the stamped envelope gets more donations, or it doesn't matter. What is a fundraiser to believe?

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Interim Executive Directors: All Your Questions Answered

Nonprofit Fixer

Have you ever wondered how to find and hire an interim executive director for your nonprofit? Or maybe you’ve considered whether taking an interim executive director job is the right career move. In the nonprofit sector, we don't talk much about interim executive directors. Yet these leaders play key roles in helping organizations of every size and type navigate change.

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How Black Entrepreneurs Forged a Community Path to Business Success

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: RDNE Stock project on pexels.com The following text is excerpted with permission from Believe-in-You Money: What Would It Look Like If the Economy Loved Black People? by Jessica Norwood (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, www.bkconnection.com , 2023). It doesn’t matter where I am or who I’m asking, Black founders most often explain that freedom is the reason that they start their companies.

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To bot or not to bot: Using generative AI in grantwriting

Candid

Amid all the talk about generative AI, fundraisers, especially grantwriters, may be asking themselves: Am I out of a job?  Will I be replaced by ChatGPT? Perhaps the question we should be asking instead is: How can we use these tools to create efficiencies and enhance our work? The two of us—combining our experience as a grantwriter, researcher, and grant instructor for 30-plus years and as an instructional designer who regularly uses generative AI, respectively—will discuss the basics: what gen

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Invest in Networks for Exponential Climate Wins

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Joe Ryan As Google grew, it faced an existential problem: how to maintain quality as the number of daily searches grew from millions to billions, such that concentrating information in a limited number of data centers was no longer feasible. Google solved the problem with networks : By engineering connections among hundreds of thousands of computers, Google radically expanded what their search technology could do.

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Anger, Protests, and Vandalism Break Out Over Philanthropy’s Support of the Police

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

While philanthropy debates public safety, critics question whether private dollars should support policing. In Atlanta, it’s all coming to a head. By Jim Rendon John Spink, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, AP Dave Wilkinson, CEO of the Atlanta Police Foundation, center, examines damaged property at the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center in March 2023.

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4 Techniques to Improve Nonprofit Email Response

NonProfit PRO

Enhance the effectiveness of your organization's fundraising emails by spotlighting impact goals. Here are four tips to get started, and stand out from the crowd.

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What Does Early Spring Mean for Nonprofit Communications Strategies?

Clairification

This week the groundhog told us it’s going to be an early spring! Spring is always a good time for re-awakening, rebirth and just plain dusting away the cobwebs. And what a dreary, grave, cobwebby period it’s been. We’ve got a lot to clean up, reorganize and rethink. So much, in fact, it’s downright overwhelming. So, as I sat down to write today’s article, I thought about what you actually have within your power to do.

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The Vision for Black Lives: An Economic Policy Agenda

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: cottonbro studio on pexels.com With this article, we begin a new NPQ series, The Vision for Black Lives: An Economic Policy Agenda. Co-produced with the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), this series will examine the many ways that M4BL and its allies are seeking to address the economic policy challenges that lie at the intersection of the struggle for racial and economic justice.

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Must Reads: 17 Great Books From Women Leaders for 2024

Fundraising Leadership

It’s time to get your reading list ready and Take The Lead is here with recommendations from 17 authors. The books range from memoir to essays, historical overviews and several practical guides to being the best leader you can be. “ It’s time to get your reading list ready and @Takeleadwomen is here with recommendations from 17 authors. #mustreads #bookrecs ” 1.

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Health Care Takes on Climate Change

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Josh Karliner At Health Care Without Harm, we have worked with partners around the world to launch a global movement to get the health-care sector to zero emissions. Our experience provides lessons for forging global change to reverse the climate crisis.

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The Nonprofit at the Heart of a Collision Among Science, Politics, Business, and Big Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Everglades Foundation has been at the forefront of restoring the Florida wetlands for 30 years. Not everyone is on board with its environmental plans. By Eden Stiffman Mac Stone The Everglades Foundation has been at the forefront of restoring the Florida wetlands for 30 years. Not everyone is on board with its environmental plans.

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Moving Up or Moving Out: A Donor-Centric Approach to Portfolio Management and Handoffs

NonProfit PRO

Join our expert panel featuring two seasoned fundraising experts as they cover the state of portfolio management and share best practices for when to move up or move out. Key topics include the keys to seamless donor relationship continuity and how to build internal processes to support smooth gift officer transitions.

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Build Donor Trust with a BBB Accreditation

Donorbox Nonprofit

In today’s philanthropic landscape, trust and transparency are paramount. For years, individuals have gone to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to report complaints and issues with businesses and nonprofits. Organizations of all kinds can also receive BBB accreditation to showcase their dedication to good business practices. The BBB provides accreditation to national and regional charities […] The post Build Donor Trust with a BBB Accreditation appeared first on Nonprofit Blog.

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Choosing a Marketing Automation Application for Your Nonprofit: 5 Steps to Success

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Rob Leighton , Executive Director and Founder at iMission Institute – a social sector marketing agency and technology consulting firm specializing in helping nonprofits raise more money, fire up engagement, and streamline work. They’re out there by the hundreds, maybe by the thousands. Your potential donors. These are people who are sure to be moved by your mission.

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Why Reparations Can Counter the Legacy of a 50-Year “War on Drugs”

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: Mike Von on Unsplash This is the third article in NPQ’s series, The Vision for Black Lives: An Economic Justice Agenda. Co-produced with the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), this series will examine the many ways that M4BL and its allies are seeking to address the economic policy challenges that lie at the intersection of the struggle for racial and economic justice.

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Stop Treating Donors Like ATMs: Here’s How

Allison Fine

By Allison Fine Simple steps to get off the hamster wheel of transactional fundraising and move toward relational fundraising.