2023

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How a Debate Over Vaping Might Derail the War on Tobacco

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Anti-smoking groups aren't just fighting big tobacco. They're fighting amongst themselves. By Marc Gunther Anti-smoking groups aren't just fighting big tobacco. They're fighting amongst themselves.

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7 Ways to Prioritize Donor Acquisition and Retention This Year

NonProfit PRO

Industry benchmarks reveal just 23% of first-time online donors return, compared to 64% of existing online donors. And over the last decade, nonprofits have continued to raise more funds from fewer donors.

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5 Public Speaking Tips That Can Help Nonprofit Professionals

Ann Green

Building public speaking skills can help you make a strong case to nonprofit donors and other audiences. Use these public speaking tips for better engagement. By Patti Schutte Fundraising is all about engaging with supporters and telling your organization’s story. When you build confidence as a public speaker, you can become a more effective fundraiser and nonprofit communicator.

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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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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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Best Nonprofit Team Collaboration Tools for 2023

Nonprofit Marketing Insights by GlobalOwls

Best Nonprofit Team Collaboration Tools for 2023 Manage and grow your nonprofit by collaborating better. Check out these Top Team Collaboration Tools for Non-Profits. Written by Lilian Sue. No matter how big or small your passionate non-profit team is, it can still be tough to have all team members on the same page on marketing strategies and campaigns, especially if you have team members working in different offices.

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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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Vital and invisible as air: An appreciation of nonprofit professionals

Non Profit AF

[Image description: A grassy hill, linted with pine trees, standing before a mountain. This was taken by me on a trip to Mt. Rainier. I had altitude sickness and could barely breathe!

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Is your nonprofit thinking about using ChatGPT? Your first step is to do no harm

Candid

In this article, we unpack the lessons learned from a nonprofit’s chatbot project to dispense mental health advice that went wrong, and how nonprofits can reduce the risks when adopting ChatGPT and other generative AI (Artificial Intelligence) technologies. Over the past five years of researching and writing about AI adoption for the nonprofit sector, we have argued for nonprofits to use AI ethically and responsibly—which means taking a human-centered, strategic, and reflective approach.

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How U.S.-based Nonprofits Can Deliver Disaster Relief Abroad: A Tigrayan Case Study

Blue Avocado

A five-step plan on how to deliver on-the-ground relief to internally displaced persons (IDPs) including formation of a nonprofit, fundraising drive, envisioning and implementing relief projects, formalizing partnerships which are key to international humanitarian work, and leveraging social media. The post How U.S.-based Nonprofits Can Deliver Disaster Relief Abroad: A Tigrayan Case Study appeared first on Blue Avocado.

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5 Things You Should Never Write in a Thank You Letter

Get Fully Funded

Writing a thank you letter should be the easiest task on your to-do list. There are just two simple words: thank you. And these two simple words are so powerful, showing gratitude and making the donor feel valued. Yet, it can feel hard sometimes to write a good thank you letter. Maybe you don’t know what to write. Or where to start. You want your letter to sound sincere, not like a form letter.

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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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It’s Open Season on Civil Rights. Philanthropy Must Not Retreat.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

As a new Supreme Court session begins today, an onslaught of lawsuits will use the affirmative-action decision to try to chip away at other rights. Donors should prepare to fight back and recommit to funding racial justice. By Stacey Abrams and Julián Castro J. Scott Applewhite, AP As a new Supreme Court session begins today, an onslaught of lawsuits will use the affirmative-action decision to try to chip away at other rights.

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4 Things Every Nonprofit Should Do to Optimize Fundraising Results

NonProfit PRO

Your nonprofit probably spends a great deal of time on fundraising. So, how can you raise more dollars without adding yet another campaign or event to the calendar? Let’s look at four effective ways to optimize your fundraising results.

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The Promise & Peril of Creator Tools Like ChatGPT for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently published an opinion piece, “ AI Can Help Nonprofits Reach More Donors But Fundraisers Can’t Ignore Potential Pitfalls ,” a topic that Allison Fine and I have been researching and writing about since 2017. In 2019, we did a deep dive on AI & Giving to look at the landscape of fundraising tools & platforms using AI and the implications.

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??How Community-Based Public Space Can Build Civic Trust: Lessons from Akron

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: Cory Hartman on wikimedia Seven years ago, when resident Starleen Saulsberry learned that a group of people in her city, Akron, OH, were embarking on an effort to reimagine some neglected civic spaces in her neighborhood, she was skeptical. Many times, government and nonprofit representatives had come to Starleen’s Summit Lake neighborhood and indicated that things were going to improve, but not much ever came of it.

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Advice for Social Media Marketing Campaigns in 2023

Nonprofit Marketing Insights by GlobalOwls

Advice for Social Media Marketing Campaigns in 2023 Social media marketing campaigns in 2023 call for a dynamic and adaptive approach. To embrace video content, leverage influencer partnerships, invest in augmented reality experiences, prioritize personalization and customer care, utilize chatbots, harness user-generated content, and keep up with emerging platforms and features Businesses seeking to engage with their target audience in the fast-paced digital realm have found social media marketi

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How Gig Work Exploits Instead of Empowers Women in the Global South

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Irene Mwendwa , Bonnita Nyamwire & Sally Roever Roughly six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of international media outlets reported on a silver linings story in Uganda. A Kampala woman who had lost her logistics job during the shutdown founded a new, all-women ride-hailing app called Diva Taxi, hiring dozens of Ugandan women, many who were also laid off or furloughed, providing these workers an economic lifeline and women riders a safer option for travel.

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12 Ways to Use ChatGPT and Other AI Tools for Fundraising

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Meredith Gray , Head of Marketing at Keela – a complete software solution for nonprofits looking to grow revenue, centralize and manage data, and deepen donor engagement. Does it seem like everyone you know is raving about a new tool that’s revolutionizing the way employees in all industries are doing their work? Yes, we’re talking about ChatGPT , an AI-powered tool that’s gaining widespread popularity on social media and revolutionizing the common workplace.

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21 “nonprofit math” problems that expose the absurdity of doing good

Non Profit AF

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TikTok, Reels, and Shorts: Candid’s big swing at short-form video 

Candid

By now you’ve probably heard that short-form video on social media is an important tool for reaching new and younger audiences. This is not groundbreaking news, yet many nonprofit organizations (Candid included) have hesitated to jump in for a variety of reasons. Despite the real and perceived challenges of creating short-form video, there are compelling and research-backed reasons to consider incorporating it into your social media strategy: 88% of people say they’ve been convinced to buy a pr

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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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Which Fundraising Events Bring in the Most Money for Small Nonprofits?

Get Fully Funded

A very common “go-to” funding idea for small nonprofits is fundraising events. Events are a great way to bring like-minded people together and have a good time in the name of your cause. Some fundraising events are huge, drawing attendees and sponsors like moths to a flame. Other events are smaller, more intimate gatherings where guests are directly asked for money.

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Why All of Us Need to Give to Nonprofit News Outlets

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

If less than half a percent of all private contributions went to journalism nonprofits, we could replace the loss of local newsrooms and strengthen democracy. By Brian Eule If less than half a percent of all private contributions went to journalism nonprofits, we could replace the loss of local newsrooms and strengthen democracy.

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The 3 Keys to Future-Proofing Your Fundraising

NonProfit PRO

The future’s looking bright for fundraising, but the rapidly upcoming generational shift has a lot of nonprofits looking to the future. Focusing on the traditional donor profile isn’t going to work going forward — which is why future-proofing your fundraising should be No. 1 on your priority list.

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Evolving Top Nonprofit Storytelling Practices

Clairification

Everyone knows storytelling = good. Humans wired for stories. We want to enter into them … become part of them… see ourselves, in some way, expressively reflected in the characters, plot and struggle. Everyone responds, all ears, to “Shall I tell you a story?” Yet there’s been a brouhaha of late around so-called “donor-as-hero” stories. I’ve long been a proponent of encouraging donors to jump right into the narrative to give it a happy ending.

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What Would an Economy That Loved Black People Look Like?

NonProfit Quarterly

Image Credit: PeopleImages on istock.com What would it look like if the economy loved Black people? I hold this question in my heart every day as I reflect on our current economic conditions and strategize about building a reimagined economy rooted in equity, justice, and liberation. To be serious about closing the racial wealth gap and building an economy that loves Black people, we need to focus our attention on the US South.

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How to Start with Nonprofit Influencer Marketing in 2023

Nonprofit Marketing Insights by GlobalOwls

How to Start with Nonprofit Influencer Marketing in 2023 Want to make good use of the power of influencer marketing to promote your nonprofit, charity or social enterprise? Check out these tips by Lilian Sue. For this post, I wanted to put the focus on how an overarching marketing concept such as influencer marketing can have a positive impact on non-profits.

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The 10 Most Popular SSIR Articles of 2023

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By SSIR Editors The end of the year is often a time for reflection and looking back, but when you examine the list of SSIR ’s most-read articles of 2023, you’ll find they’re focused on shaping the future: Improving the practice of design thinking to solve social problems, preparing organizations to adopt AI responsibly, telling better stories for transformational social change, coordinating impact investing so communities thrive, achieving equity and justice for all, and more.

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2023 Cause Awareness & Giving Day Calendar for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Cause awareness and giving days are powerful themes upon which to launch digital marketing and fundraising campaigns. In addition to the international days listed below, see also public holidays by country , Days of the Year , and Wikipedia’s List of Commemorative Months. January. 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service — #MLKDay. 28: Data Privacy Day — #DataPrivacyDay.

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

Non Profit AF

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5 things to know about philanthropy to HBCUs

Candid

For every $100 foundations give to an Ivy League school, how many dollars do you think foundations give to a historically Black college and university (HBCU)? That’s a trick question—it’s not a matter of dollars, but of cents. In fact, for every $100 foundations gave to the average Ivy League, they gave 56 cents to the average HBCU. HBCUs have long played a pivotal role in the United States.

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Nonprofit Radio for September 11, 2023: Donor Retention

Tony Martignetti

Dennis Fois: Donor Retention The challenges are real and widespread: Aging donors; smaller gifts; and abysmal retention rates. Dennis Fois brings strategies and tactics to raise your consciousness and turn things around. Let’s talk about emotional connections, multithreading, and multichannel, just for starters. He’s CEO of Bloomerang. Listen to the podcast Get Nonprofit … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for September 11, 2023: Donor Retention → Dennis Fois: Donor Retention The ch

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Examples of Nonprofit Storytelling to Increase Donations and Involvement

Get Fully Funded

Words are everything in fundraising. Your success is found in the strength of your nonprofit storytelling. The way you tell your story and engage people in your message can make or break your fundraising efforts. Again, words matter. You’ve probably heard this already – that storytelling is important. But do you really understand it? What do we mean by storytelling?

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What Would Philanthropy Look Like if Black Women Were in Charge?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

In her introductory column for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Cora Daniels explores the innovative approaches of Black women leaders and why the sector should follow their lead. By Cora Daniels Getty Images In her introductory column for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Cora Daniels explores the innovative approaches of Black women leaders and why the sector should follow their lead.

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8 Major Nonprofit Trends for 2023

NonProfit PRO

NonProfit PRO has continued its annual tradition of asking prominent thought leaders in the sector to make nonprofit trend predictions. We sought out experts from nonprofit organizations, agencies and technology providers to learn what’s on their minds and what might be 2023’s top nonprofit trends.

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Do You Know How to Use AI for Your Nonprofit?

Clairification

Have you been struggling with whether – and how – to incorporate generative artificial intelligence (AI; ChatGPT) into your work? Or perhaps you’ve been worrying your job will soon be obsolete? You’re not alone. Honestly, the whole AI thing scares the you-know-what out of me on most days. But, let’s consider the encouraging present rather than worry so much about the possibility of a bleak future (as in destruction of humanity?!).