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What the YMCA Taught Me About Community, Civil Society, and Democracy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The regular people who worked at my local Y showed me how everyday institutions can bridge divides and level the playing field. By Eboo Patel B.R. Ryall YMCA 6-8th grade campers from B.R. Ryall YMCA on a field trip to YMCA Camp MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin. They participated in a team-building exercise where the campers were passed a hula hoop around the circle while holding hands.

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Postal Regulatory Commission Cautions USPS Against Pushing Price Hikes to Maximum Levels

NonProfit PRO

The U.S. Postal Service’s price hike will move forward, but the Postal Regulatory Commission expressed concerns over rapid increases.

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Crafting an Impactful Annual Report: A Step-by-Step Guide

NonProfit Leadership Alliance

For nonprofits, annual reports play an important role in maintaining both financial transparency and donor trust. As the name implies, most organizations create and publish these reports once a year, making them a staple that any nonprofit professional could benefit from brushing up on. To help you develop or improve your own impact reporting skills, this guide will explore the annual report creation process step by step.

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Effective Strategies to Attract and Retain Top Nonprofit Talent

NonProfit Leadership Center

Although nonprofit jobs comprise about 10% of the American workforce, nonprofits are experiencing a workforce crisis. In the most recent Nonprofit Workforce Survey conducted by the National Council of Nonprofits, nearly 3 in 4 nonprofits reported job vacancies (exceeding pre-COVID levels), primarily due to salary competition, budget constraints/insufficient funds and burnout.

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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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Arabella Founder Eric Kessler — Under Fire as 'Dark Money' Master — Talks About the Line Between Philanthropy and Politics

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The founder of the philanthropy consulting firm for left-leaning donors blames the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling for injecting billions of dollars into the political process. By Alex Daniels Courtesy of Arabella Advisors Eric Kessler, founder and former co-head of Arabella Advisors, a Washington, D.C.-based for-profit consulting company that advises left-leaning donors and nonprofits.

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The Most Popular Brand Archetypes for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Marketing Guide

As nonprofit communications has evolved over the years, we started exploring the concept of brand archetypes and how nonprofits can use them. While there are 12 brand archetypes, we think some of them make more sense for nonprofits than others. Today we’ll share the ones we think work best for nonprofits and which archetypes are the most popular for nonprofits.

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Comment on Attention Women Fundraisers: Plan Your Career Strategically by Lenita Dunlap

Amy Eisenstein

If you're a woman fundraiser, an aspiring nonprofit leader, or you simply want to improve your career, this post is for you!

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How Philanthropy Can Make Sure Data Is Used to Help — Not Harm

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Data on communities grantees serve should be accurate, accessible, and used for their benefit. Grant makers can ensure this happens. By Ryan Merkley Getty Images Data on the communities grantees serve should be accurate, accessible, and used for their benefit. Grant makers can ensure this happens.

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My Executive Director Hired a Marketing Consultant Without Telling Me

Nonprofit Marketing Guide

Let’s tackle the appropriate reaction for nonprofit communications pros to this situation: Your executive director or other senior managers may have just hired a marketing consultant without previously talking to you. They are excited about a meeting they just had — again without you. They think it’s going to be great and are so excited!

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Study Finds P2P Walk/Run Programs Struggling With Staffing, Facebook Fundraiser Declines

NonProfit PRO

A study by Nuclavis found that peer-to-peer fundraising programs are struggling to activate fundraisers and retain past participants in 2024.

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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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What Kind of Experience Are You Giving Your Donors?

Ann Green

What kind of experience are you giving your donors when they interact with your organization? Is it good, bad, or somewhere in between? It’s important for you to look at things from their perspective, not yours. Let’s examine some of the different aspects of fundraising and donor communication to see what kind of experience you’re giving your donors.

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Progress Is Won by Pursuing Justice, Not Waiting Patiently in Line

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Some in philanthropy say calls for equality are too divisive. Yet organized resistance led by Black Americans forged democracy’s greatest advancements. By Nwamaka Agbo VWPics via AP Images A Black Lives Matter protest outside the White House in June 2020. Philanthropy that aims to save democracy says calls for justice are too divisive. But organized resistance led by Black Americans forged democracy’s greatest advancements.

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How Black Literary Organizations Are Continuing the Work of Liberation

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: Marcus Jackson for Cave Canem Black writers have played a critical role in the fight for Black liberation. During slavery, the work of people like Phyllis Wheatley —the first African American to publish a book and achieve international acclaim as a writer—helped to shed light on the Black experience and counteract stereotypes about the intellectual capabilities of Black people.

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Nonprofit Salaries See Marginal Movement in 2023

NonProfit PRO

Nonprofit salaries remained relatively stagnant from 2022 to 2023, according to the “2024 AFP Compensation and Benefits Report.

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A New Look at How US Nonprofits Get Really Big (Blog)

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Ali Kelley , Darren Isom , Bradley Seeman , Julia Silverman , Analia Cuevas-Ferreras & Katrina Frei-Herrmann In 2007, we published research analyzing how nonprofits with more than $50 million in annual revenue were funded. Has anything changed?

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Major Funders Bet Big on Rural America and 'Everyday Democracy'

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Takeaways from a new cross-ideological venture that plans to spend $50 million in philanthropy-starved regions: “No one is coming to do this work for us." By Drew Lindsay Courtesy of Sipp Culture Grocery stores near Utica, Miss., have closed, so residents came together with the nonprofit Sipp Culture to create a community farm and commercial greenhouse.

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Does Your Nonprofit Think Too Small?

Clairification

I’m going to guess “yes.” I’m sure some will hate me for saying this, but after 30+ years in the nonprofit trenches and another 10+ as a coach and consultant, I’m still amazed at how small many of us think. In 2008 during the big recession, and 2020 during the pandemic, all I heard was cut, cut, cut. No one wanted to talk about how to grow, grow, grow so that more (not less) needs could be met.

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5 Community-Building Tactics to Boost Donor Acquisition

NonProfit PRO

Use these cost-effective community-building tactics to boost donor acquisition and make new donors feel at home in your organization.

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The Biggest Branding Mistakes Nonprofits Make: 3 Essential Fixes

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Lyn Chamberlin , founder of LC Leadership – a strategic brand development consultancy. Branding can make or break a nonprofit, yet many organizations struggle to communicate their value effectively. Despite meaningful and transformative missions, nonprofits often fall into common branding traps. Small and medium-sized nonprofits, in particular, often lack the resources and expertise to craft compelling narratives, engage supporters, and clearly define the problems they address.

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How a Grassroots Lahaina Fundraiser Found a Better Way to Help Fire Survivors

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Help Maui Rise fund has drawn praise for its transparency and a commitment to disbursing donations more equitably by using data. By Matthew Leonard, Honolulu Civil Beat HONOLULU (AP) Lindsey Wasson/AP Wilted palm trees line a destroyed property after the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century destroyed a seaside community, in Lahaina, Hawaii, on Dec. 8, 2023.

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Groundbreaking Study to Tackle Cancer Disparities among Black Women

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: Klaus Nielsen on pexels.com In May of 2024, the American Cancer Society announced the launch of the VOICES of Black Women study, a first-of-its-kind initiative that aims to enroll 100,000 participants in “the largest behavioral and environmental focused population study of cancer risk and outcomes in Black women in the United States.” If the study meets its aims, it could serve as a tremendous step forward in understanding disparities in cancer detection, treatment, and survivorsh

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Fiscal Sponsorships: A Growing Trend in the Nonprofit Sector

NonProfit PRO

Creating a charitable organization is expensive. Fiscal sponsors are an excellent way to grow an American charity beyond its local base.

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Building connections with funders as Black nonprofit leaders 

Candid

Research has shown that Black nonprofit leaders face unique challenges , particularly in securing adequate funding for their organizations. A study by Candid found that nonprofits with Black CEOs are more likely to have smaller revenues than those with white CEOs. Similarly, Cause Effective’s study Money, Power and Race: The Lived Experience of Fundraisers of Color sheds light on the systemic issues Black individuals encounter in fundraising.

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A $150 Million Grant Will Strengthen Catholic Education in Northwest Indiana

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By M.J. Prest Big Shoulders Fund Students from the Diocese of Gary Catholic Schools in northwest Indiana, which is receiving support from the Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation. Plus, the Shubert Foundation awarded $40 million in unrestricted grants to 653 nonprofit arts and culture organizations, and the Helmsley Charitable Trust gave $15 million to remove 15 million pounds of floating plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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8 transformative things I’ve learned from 35 years in fundraising

Jeff Brooks

I just realized that some time late last year, I hit the 35-year mark as a fundraiser. (Yep, I started when I was nine years old!) As a belated celebration, here are some of the things I’ve learned over those three and a half decades: Fundraising is not about you. It’s about donors. If you make your fundraising about what donors can accomplish and how your cause connects to their values, you will do well.

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Duke Energy Foundation to Award $700,000 in Natural Disaster Preparedness Grants

NonProfit PRO

The Duke Energy Foundation is accepting grant applications to help support natural disaster resiliency in North Carolina communities.

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[ASK AN EXPERT] Do I Really Have To Worry About AI?

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 how small nonprofits should approach using artificial intelligence (AI): Dear Charity Clairity, Everyone is talking about AI, so I fear I can’t ignore it.

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Community Health Centers' New Crisis: The Need for Backup Power

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Unreliable power is a widespread problem for community health centers, which serve more than 30 million patients at 14,000 locations. By Gabriela Aoun Angueira, Associated Press HEALDSBURG, Calif. Nic Coury, AP Photo In May, Alliance Medical Center turned on a new rooftop solar and battery storage system that was paid for by humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief.

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Announcing Candid insights: The ‘big picture’ on the nonprofit sector 

Candid

Candid is doubling down to expand the ways we provide the information you need to do good—from a trusted source, all in one place. Today, we’re launching Candid insights—our unique perspective on trends to watch, tips for efficiency and impact, and data-driven, expert takes from both Candid’s team and across our sector. Whether you’re a nonprofit staffer, program officer, researcher, donor, or volunteer, we’ll offer quality information to help you deliver on your mission.

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5 Insights From the ‘GivingPulse Q1 2024 Report’

NonProfit PRO

GivingTuesday released its third GivingPulse report, which revealed trends in recurring donations, solicitation and more in Q1 2024.

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Harnessing the Power of AI for Positive Impact: A Conversation with Juan Lavista Ferres

NonProfit Quarterly

The relationship between AI and health, environmental sustainability, and humanitarian efforts is complex. On one hand, when it comes to vulnerable communities, AI has been used for surveillance , has perpetuated economic inequalities , and sometimes, has served as an instrument of violence and domination. Through irresponsible and biased models, AI has also exacerbated preexisting inequities in healthcare.

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A $50 Million Gift Will Help Underinsured Children Get Orthopedic Care

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Meyer and Renee Luskin’s donation will enable the Luskin Orthopaedic Institute for Children to further its patient care, research, and medical education programs. By Maria Di Mento Reed Hutchinson Meyer and Renee Luskin pledged $50 million to support the Luskin Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s work treating orthopedic conditions and injuries. The hospital primarily treats underinsured children and is associated UCLA’s health system.

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Engaging your board for communications projects

Big Duck

Learn key questions to plan nonprofit board engagement strategies in your branding or communications project.

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Evolve Your Print Strategy & Redirect Funds to Your Cause

NonProfit PRO

Explore how revolutionizing your print strategy can unlock valuable insights, streamline information capture, enhance security for your business and generate cost savings for your mission. Say goodbye to manual document processing and hello to a more efficient and secure way of managing your printing needs. View the eGuide today.

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10 Threads & X Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

This is the ninth post in a blog and webinar series called 101 Digital Marketing & Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits , written and presented by Heather Mansfield. Please sign up for Nonprofit Tech for Good’s email newsletter to be alerted of new posts. Thank you! Related Webinar: Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits Related Certificate Program: Certificate in Social Media Marketing & Fundraising Threads Nonprofit Tech for Good launched in 2005 as a Myspace page.