May, 2024

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Can Big Donors Ever Move the Needle on Controversial Causes? Lessons From the Long Marijuana Campaign

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The 50-year movement to legalize cannabis was funded by a handful of very rich and ideologically diverse philanthropists, including Hugh Hefner, George Soros, and Sean Parker. By Marc Gunther Illustration by The Chronicle; AP, Getty Images, USA TODAY NETWORK Clockwise from left: George Soros, founder of the Open Society Foundations; Playboy founder Hugh Hefner; John Sperling, founder of the private for-profit University of Phoenix; Peter B.

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Camp Management Software | How to Run a Successful Camp

Affnetz

Camp Management Software | How to Run a Successful Camp / By Bala Guntipalli Introduction: In this comprehensive guide, we’ll dive into the world of summer STEAM camps, exploring the benefits, planning strategies, and the role of camp management software in ensuring a successful and memorable experience for both campers and organizers. This blog offers practical tips and insights about Camp management software to help your Nonprofit organization.

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Maximizing Impact: How to Leverage Generative AI in the Nonprofit Sector

NonProfit PRO

Join us as we explore ways generative AI can be used in the nonprofit sector, including automating processes, improving efficiency, and generating new content and ideas. We’ll discuss best practices for the responsible and ethical use of AI as well as specific examples of generative AI in action within nonprofits.

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Busting the Overhead Myth

NonProfit Leadership Alliance

How can nonprofits convince stakeholders to invest in capacity building? Capacity building is whatever is needed to bring a nonprofit to the next level of operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity, so it may more effectively and efficiently advance its mission into the future. Building team capacity is not a one-time effort to improve short-term effectiveness, but a continuous improvement strategy toward the creation of a sustainable and effective organization.

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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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The Hidden Ingredient of a High-Functioning Board

Joan Garry

What is the well-kept secret of a high-functioning board? Joan shares the hidden ingredient and why every board needs it. The post The Hidden Ingredient of a High-Functioning Board appeared first on Joan Garry Consulting.

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Love Is the Key to Democracy

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Michael McAfee Why are Americans worried about democracy to such an unprecedented degree ? The answer will not be found in the current election cycle. At the roots of the challenge we face is our failure, yet, to build a democracy that serves all people. Doing so means transforming our governing institutions, laws, regulations, and customs in a more fundamental way than tinkering around the edges with policy and programs.

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What to know about U.S. nonprofit sector demographics 

Candid

What’s the demographic composition of the U.S. nonprofit sector—in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability status? Are staff, leaders, and board members equally diverse? How does leadership diversity vary by organization size, revenue, subsector, and state? How do majority BIPOC-led (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) nonprofits fare compared with majority white-led ones?

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California Amends Digital Fundraising Regulation

NonProfit PRO

California recently amended a law regulating digital fundraising platforms. Here are some of the changes nonprofits should look out for.

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Service to Impact: Veteran Leadership in Nonprofits

NonProfit Leadership Alliance

Today’s nonprofit organizations exist in a world that is constantly evolving. This brings complex challenges that require both innovative solutions and exceptional leadership from all levels. Fortunately, there is an often-overlooked pool of talent that has exactly the skillset to thrive in this environment: veterans. As we look deeper into the invaluable contributions veteran leadership can make to a nonprofit, we’ll uncover a wealth of leadership, teamwork, diversity, resilience, adaptability,

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Elevate Your Membership Management

Bloomerang

In the dynamic world of nonprofits, managing supporters effectively often feels like juggling too many tasks at once. But what if you could simplify this? Imagine harnessing the power of unified data to streamline operations, boost engagement, and drive retention. Enter Bloomerang Membership Management , a feature-rich add-on that merges donor and membership data seamlessly, helping you create a holistic engagement strategy.

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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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Using Strategic Foresight to Create the Future We Want

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Marina Gorbis Amid a storm of seemingly unimaginable events—from a once-in-a-century pandemic to wars breaking out in different parts of the world—futures thinking is experiencing a revival. The word “future” is popping up in conference titles and think pieces. New futures-oriented organizations and associations, along with future-focused production studios , are emerging almost daily, and some foundations are hiring futurists in residence to inform their work.

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Turmoil at Vote.org

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The voter-registration group once promoted by Taylor Swift has been wracked by resignations, layoffs, and regulatory lapses. Former employees blame the CEO. By Jim Rendon Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images The voter-registration group once promoted by Taylor Swift has been wracked by resignations, layoffs, and regulatory lapses. Former employees think the CEO is to blame.

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5 takeaways from the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s 2023 data

Candid

The Fundraising Effectiveness Project ’s (FEP) Quarterly Fundraising Report analyzes year-to-date trends in fundraising from individual donors, based on sample data from GivingTuesday and the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Growth in Giving database. Since Candid data is focused on institutional grantmaking, we thought we’d complement that data by highlighting FEP’s findings on individual giving.

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Free Download: 2024 Nonprofit Tech Trends Report

NonProfit PRO

Prepare for where nonprofit technology is headed with Sage’s 2024 Nonprofit Tech Trends report. While the industry’s landscape is evolving at a rapid pace and every nonprofit is distinct, there are shared challenges and aspirations among you and your peers. Stay ahead of the curve by leveraging the experiences and perspectives of hundreds of nonprofit industry leaders.

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Everette Pearsall Joins Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Board of Directors

NonProfit Leadership Alliance

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) is proud to announce the appointment of Everette Pearsall to the organization’s board of directors. But who is Everette Pearsall, and why is his appointment so noteworthy? In this article, we’ll take the opportunity to spotlight Everette and the invaluable contributions he brings to our cherished organization and the rest of the nonprofit sector.

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MacArthur Offers $100 Million For One Good Program

The NonProfit Times

Round Three of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s $100 million 100&Change competition has launched with roughly 1,000 nonprofits expected to vie for the winner take all award. Think of it this way, the chance of winning the Powerball lottery is one in 292.2 million. The competition is open to organizations and collaborations working in any field, anywhere in the world, according to Chris Cardona, MacArthur’s managing director, discovery, exploration, and programs.

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Nonprofit Event Fundraising: They’ll Never Forget How You Made Them Feel

Clairification

In Part 1 we looked at establishing event goals and objectives; then determining if an event was the most efficient and effective way to achieve desired outcomes. In Part 2 we reviewed 4 top event planning tips. In this last article of a three-part series on event planning we’ll look specifically at how to make the event “stick” emotionally. 1.

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Gen Z Donors Are Coming. Here's What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

A new report looks at how young donors like to give and how nonprofits are engaging them By Emily Haynes Getty Images Although members of Generation Z are still far from their prime giving years, it's never too soon for fundraisers to learn how to attract their support.

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Did nonprofit leadership become more racially diverse after 2020? 

Candid

Since 2020, we’ve seen a greater sense of urgency to address racial inequities in the social sector—especially around access to power and resources. As the largest source of nonprofit demographic data, at Candid we’re often asked whether this push has resulted in actual change. Are more people of color serving in nonprofit leadership roles? Have we closed the racial leadership gap?

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One Big Change to Make for Ethical Storytelling

NonProfit PRO

Nonprofit client storytelling can often be a cringe-worthy topic. Instead, here's how to create content that supports clients.

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Nonprofit Professional Development | Resources for Success

NonProfit Leadership Alliance

As a dedicated nonprofit professional, you understand the critical role of continuous learning in the field. The nonprofit sector is dynamic, shaped by technological advancements, ever-evolving trends, and shifts in marketing and public relations strategies. If you’re not learning in the field, you’re likely falling behind. This is where nonprofit professional development comes in.

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Boy Scouts Of America Rebrands To Scouting America

The NonProfit Times

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which in recent years has been rocked by declining participation, a coronavirus pandemic that limited in-person gatherings, sexual abuse litigation and Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring for the national organization, is being rebranded. As of February 8, 2025, the Irving, Texas-based national organization will be known as Scouting America.

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How to Prevent Donor Fatigue in a Nonprofit

Get Fully Funded

Donor fatigue is real, and it’s hurting lots of small nonprofits that are over asking their donors without balancing those asks with enough feel-good interactions. Some experts say donor fatigue is a myth. Others say it’s an excuse used by lazy fundraisers to justify their poor results. I say it’s a real phenomenon that occurs when fundraisers are so focused on the money that they forget where the money comes from.

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The Exodus of Everyday Donors Is Bad for America. Here's How to Stop It.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The decline in charitable giving by average Americans threatens democracy. Among the solutions: pooled micro-donations, giving incentives, and a focus on the donor relationship. By Victoria Vrana Getty Images The decline in charitable giving by average Americans threatens democracy. Among the solutions: pooled micro-donations, giving incentives, and a focus on the donor relationship.

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Nonprofit Managers: Get Better Results With This Simple Management Practice

Nonprofit Fixer

In all my years of nonprofit leadership and management, I have searched for simple tools that get solid results. I am busy, so I want simplicity, not complexity. When you find a management tool or practice that works consistently and is easy to employ, it becomes a power go-to practice. Nonprofit leaders are hired to get results. They need to “Get Sh*t Done” (GSD).

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10 Tips to Thank and Retain Your Donors

NonProfit PRO

Nothing should be more personal and passionate than thanking donors. Here are 10 lessons that are essential to retaining and upgrading donors.

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Is Climate Change Making Loneliness Worse?

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: Miriam Alonso on pexels.com Loneliness is “the most human of feelings,” Jeremy Nobel, faculty at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, said on the podcast Harvard Thinking. When people’s need for social connection isn’t met, that feeling can turn serious, with potentially devastating consequences for their emotional and physical health as they spiral into isolation.

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Class Action Denied In Blackbaud Data Breach Case

The NonProfit Times

A plaintiff’s motion for class certification in a Blackbaud data breach case has been rejected by a judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina Columbia Division. Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr. indicated that a method proposed by the plaintiffs’ expert had not shown how class members would be determined. By some counts, the class size could have reached 1.5 billion members, reflecting the number of records compromised.

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Spring cleaning: How to do a social media audit

Candid

Spring is the time when we throw open the windows and clean up the debris of the winter. It’s also the perfect time to do a social media audit for your nonprofit organization. Like your annual spring cleaning, it’s something you should do every year, and it’s a great way to clean up your digital space. A social media audit involves reviewing your organization’s complete social media presence, not just analyzing the metrics (to learn about assessing metrics, read my article on creating a social m

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Melinda Gates's $12.5 Billion Separation Agreement Is a Windfall for Women's Causes

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The philanthropist said in her departure message that gender equality will be the focus of her new endeavors. By Alex Daniels and Stephanie Beasley AP Photo/Ted S. Warren Melinda French Gates could create one of the 10 biggest grant makers in the United States. While she is widely expected to devote billions to women’s causes, she has been undertaking other efforts that could be just as consequential for philanthropy.

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What leading with courage looks like

Nonprofit Leadership Podcast

To affect big change in the world, a nonprofit leader must be willing to take risks and must be willing to fail along the way. To put it simply, it takes courage. Today’s guest, Adrien Lewis, explains what is required to be a courageous leader. Rob’s guest, Adrien Lewis, is the founder and President of CarePortal. CarePortal is a technology platform that drives action for local kids and… Source To affect big change in the world, a nonprofit leader must be willing to take risks

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How Important Is Artificial Intelligence If You’re Not Even Doing the Basics?

NonProfit PRO

I’m concerned that everybody is diving head-first into AI. If you don't cover these basics first, AI won't help you raise one more dollar.

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Reparations Requires Changing the System

NonProfit Quarterly

The following is a transcript of the video above, from our webinar “Remaking the Economy: How to Change Our Stories about the Economy.” View the full webinar here. Jeremie Greer: So, I think one of the biggest misunderstandings about the racial wealth gap is this idea that we’re going to person-by-person individualize our way out of it…and then the data points to this, right?

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5 Keys To Successful Executive Leadership Recruitment

The NonProfit Times

Recent studies have estimated that more than 75% of current nonprofit executives plan to retire from their positions during the next five to seven years. In addition, it is estimated that 10% of nonprofits expect to hire a new executive director. As a member of the Board of Directors of a nonprofit organization, hiring your new executive director will be the most important responsibility you are likely to assume.

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Do You Need an Attitude Adjustment?

Veritus Group

Shifting your attitude about your work shifts how you feel about it, which opens up space for more flow and creativity. The post Do You Need an Attitude Adjustment? appeared first on Veritus Group.

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