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Racial Justice Programs Under Fire: Foundations Are Running Scared When They Should Double Down

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Perceived legal threats following the Supreme Court affirmative action ruling are causing grant makers to backslide, fueling notions that racial justice work is discriminatory or illegal. By Lori Villarosa , Ben Francisco Maulbeck, and Gihan Perera Getty Images Perceived legal threats following the Supreme Court affirmative action ruling are causing grant makers to backslide, fueling notions that racial justice work is discriminatory or illegal.

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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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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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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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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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How Foundations Can Co-Create Movement Infrastructure

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: RF._.studio on pexels.com Discussions of trust-based philanthropy have gained increased prominence over the years, but how can philanthropy operate as an effective part of social justice movements—beyond just providing grants to movement nonprofits? It’s a question that I have struggled to answer for years. Moving from being simply philanthropic critics to co-creating movement infrastructure…provided many opportunities to change longstanding practices.

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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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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.

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Healing Society through the Archaeology of Self™: A Racial Literacy Development Approach

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: “Neurons of the Mind’s Eye” by Martine Mooijenkind Editors’ note: This article is from Nonprofit Quarterly Magazine ’s winter 2023 issue, “Love as Social Order: How Do We Build a World Based in Love?” Imagine a civil society in which communities, individuals, and leaders (nonprofit, social movement, philanthropy, business, education, and more) regularly engage in the process of self-examination for the sake of improving our world.

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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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4 Features to Look for in Museum Management Software

Top Nonprofits

If you’re a leader at a museum, you know that managing this type of organization involves many moving parts. From developing educational content that engages visitors to building a membership program to collecting donations , a lot goes into creating a thriving museum. Fortunately, management becomes significantly simpler when you have the right tools on your side.

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How to Raise Money with Events

Donorbox Nonprofit

For decades, many nonprofit organizations have relied on events to bring in critical donations as well as spread awareness about their missions. But planning and hosting impactful events can take a lot of time and a big budget. So, you might be wondering how to actually raise money with events. The good news? There are […] The post How to Raise Money with Events appeared first on Nonprofit Blog.

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Activating Loving-Awareness

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: “I Will be the World” by Martine Mooijenkind Editors’ note: This piece is from Nonprofit Quarterly Magazine ’s winter 2023 issue, “Love as Social Order: How Do We Build a World Based in Love?” This article was adapted from “Activating Loving Awareness through Contemplative Technology” by Sará King, published in Can AI Heal Us? , ed. Angel Acosta (House of Beautiful Business and Acosta Institute, September 2023).

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Types of Content Nonprofits Post on Social Media vs What People Want

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

“What should I post on social media?” is one of the top questions nonprofit marketers ask. To help answer that question and to see if it lines up with best practices, we asked nonprofit communicators to tell us how often you share different types of content on social media. Here are the results found in our 2024 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report : 2024 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report Highlights: 46% of survey takers said they share news or upcoming events most of the time with the sa

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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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Surveying Your Donors: Why You Should Do It & How to Do It Well

Donorbox Nonprofit

When was the last time you asked your donors for input? If the answer is never, it’s time to consider sending a donor survey to get valuable feedback from those who support your organization. Surveying your donors allows you to gain insight into their experience with your nonprofit, while also making them feel like an […] The post Surveying Your Donors: Why You Should Do It & How to Do It Well appeared first on Nonprofit Blog.

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A Modern Nonprofit Podcast: A Different Approach to Earned Income for Nonprofits

The Charity CFO

John Renouard is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit organization, WHOlives. Like many nonprofit entrepreneurs, John’s career path wasn’t centered around becoming a 501c(3) director. For him, the journey truly started after he became curious about his son’s humanitarian and missionary work in Africa. The curiosity drove him and his wife to travel extensively through Mexico, Central America, and South America before diving deeper into exploration with a trip to Africa.

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RFP: Inclusive Boards Co-Facilitator

MNA Association

MNA is seeking proposals for a focus group facilitator. This facilitator will co-lead a focus group of Montana nonprofit leaders, volunteers, and board members to inform best practices, barriers, and opportunities in maintaining inclusive and diverse boards. The focus group will inform the creation of materials, tools, stories, and resources to lead towards thriving, diverse, and inclusive nonprofit boards.

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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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What is a Charity Governing Document?

Donorbox Nonprofit

A governing document is essential when starting a nonprofit in all countries because it provides a legal and operational framework, ensures transparency and accountability, clarifies the charity’s mission, and facilitates effective governance and financial management. Creating a governing document for charities can be complicated, but there are similar themes and rules to follow regardless of […] The post What is a Charity Governing Document?

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Five Lessons for Creating an Effective (and Accountable) Nonprofit Board

Blue Avocado

In my four decades as a senior fundraising executive, part-time consultant, and nonprofit CEO, I have worked with (or served on) 20 nonprofit boards. Having been the only one in my business school class who chose a career in the nonprofit sector, I was able to use my MBA training to lead change and turnarounds. In the process, I was exposed to a number of organizations whose boards struggled with a variety of issues.

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GoFundMe Says $30 Billion Has Been Raised on Its Crowdfunding and Nonprofit Giving Platforms

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The most common donation on GoFundMe is $50. By Thalia Beaty, Associated Press NEW YORK Adrian Kraus/AP GoFundMe crowdfunding campaigns have generated $30 billion since 2010, the fundraising platform announced Tuesday, as younger generations look beyond institutions to make their donations.

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Download GiveSmart’s 2024 Fundraising Calendar

NonProfit PRO

Embark on a year-round journey with our 2024 Annual Fundraising Calendar, capturing moments that matter. Each page highlights giving moments, holidays, and fundraising opportunities. Join GiveSmart in turning the pages of year-round success!

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Multi-Year Gift Agreements: Your Donor Retention ‘Ace-In-The-Hole’

Bloomerang

Nonprofits who care about donor retention employ numerous strategies to keep their donors coming back year after year. Personal acknowledgments, impact reporting, and a strong monthly giving program are some of the cornerstones to a high donor retention rate. But there’s one unsung strategy that can elevate your donor retention rates, while expanding mid-level and major giving: multi-year gift agreements.

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Beyond Fundraising Metrics: How Great Managers Get Results

Veritus Group

Are you leaning on fundraising metrics as a crutch, or are you investing in the kind of management that leads to real success in major gifts? The post Beyond Fundraising Metrics: How Great Managers Get Results appeared first on Veritus Group.

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From Activist to Foundation Leader: Deepak Bhargava to Deliver 'Lightning Bolt' to Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The new president of the JPB foundation will increase grant making to $510 million this year to support nonprofits focused on multiracial democracy and worker power. By Alex Daniels The JPB Foundation Deepak Bhargava is a longtime progressive movement organizer who plans to give big to democracy-strengthening efforts. The new president of the JPB foundation will increase grant making to $510 million this year to support nonprofits focused on multiracial democracy and worker power.

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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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Elevating Nonprofit Events: A Strategic Guide To Guest Curation

Bloomerang

In nonprofit fundraising, success often hinges on thoughtful development planning, effective resource development, and engaging your supporters—donors and volunteers. When you curate a guest list that not only gathers people but also garners support, it can significantly impact the outcome of your fundraising events by transforming attendees into active contributors to your mission.

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How to Start a Church: Everything You Need to Know

Foundation Group

Starting a church correctly is hard work, but it's important for reaching people and fulfilling your mission. Read our expert guide to learn how to start a church.

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Silent Donor Platform Offers Anonymous Donations to the Mainstream, as Privacy Debate Rages

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The platform allows people to route donations through a donor-advised fund. By Glenn Gamboa, AP Business Writer NEW YORK Nam Y. Huh/AP Tim Sanders founded Silent Donor after making a donation and being put off by the amount of mail he received afterward. “And 10 years later, I was still on their email list,” he says, “and others were coming out of the woodwork.

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The Ultimate Nonprofit Accounting Guide

NonProfit PRO

The best accounting eBook for your team is here! Download this comprehensive resource for the latest best practices for budgeting, closing books, audits, managing payroll, compliance, and much more.

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Love is in the Air Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Links + Free Resources

Clairification

Good (February holiday) news department, and couldn’t we use some! The groundhog predicted an early spring. The Year of the Dragon means good fortune. Valentine’s Day reminds us to come from a place of love President’s Day gives a long weekend (in the U.S.) to relax But one of my favorites, on February 17th, is little known, and perfect for the social benefit sector.

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Understanding Governor Lee's Proposed Budget

Momentum Nonprofit Partners

A rundown of the proposed budget for tennessee Nonprofits shouldn't miss the state's proposed budget unveiling. Why? It's a roadmap to their future. Funding streams can dry up or new opportunities bloom depending on where the money flows. It's policy in action, revealing priorities that might impact their work. Budgets whisper hidden grant possibilities, waiting to be discovered.

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Lisa Yang Gives $35 Million to Boost Global Wildlife Conservation

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The 1974 Cornell alumna’s gift will expand a center that conducts research, trains future wildlife health leaders, and provides experiential learning opportunities for students. By Maria Di Mento Rachel Philipson/Cornell University K. Lisa Yang’s name will adorn the Cornell Wildlife Health Center. Plus, we report on big donations to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Monmouth College, and a new history museum in Wisconsin.

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New Benevity Report Reveals a Surge in Corporate Volunteerism

NonProfit PRO

As companies look to boost employee connection in a hybrid work world, new research from Benevity reveals an uptick in corporate volunteerism.

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Get Your Donors to Stop Stressing About How the Money is Spent!

Veritus Group

The financial relationship of a donor to a non-profit is delicate. Here are five tips to tackle common concerns about how the money is spent. The post Get Your Donors to Stop Stressing About How the Money is Spent! appeared first on Veritus Group.