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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How To Calculate Donor Retention Rate?

Affnetz

How to Calculate Donor Retention Rate? / By Bala Guntipalli Introduction: When it comes to nonprofit fundraising, it’s not just about getting new donors. It’s also crucial to maintain and build relationships with existing supporters. One important question in this process is: How do we calculate donor retention rate? This metric holds the key to sustainable growth and impact for nonprofits.

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Nonprofit Leadership Center Welcomes Four New Board Members

NonProfit Leadership Center

The Nonprofit Leadership Center is pleased to welcome four new board members to our dynamic board of directors : Lisa L. Brody, Esq., Julie Perrelli, CFRE, Katie Schultz, Ed.D., and Jennifer Yeagley. Meet Lisa L. Brody, Esq. Lisa L. Brody is the chief strategy officer for the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg. She serves as a key member of the executive leadership team, responsible for strategy development and deployment and directly oversees the Foundation’s grant making, strategic initia

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How Corporate Social Responsibility Is Impacting the Nonprofit Sector

NonProfit PRO

Corporate social responsibility has evolved. Here's how nonprofits can embrace corporate social responsibility instead of fighting it.

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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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How Movement-Accountable Intermediaries Can Change Philanthropy (Blog)

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Sonya Childress , Sahar Driver , Aldita Amaru Gallardo , Jennie Goldfarb , Allistair Mallilin , Lindley Mease , alicia sanchez gill & angela vo Leaders of several intermediary organizations share how they envision their role within—and how they ultimately hope to upend—the philanthropic landscape.

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Innovative Nonprofit Volunteer Retention Ideas to Keep Your Team Engaged

Donorbox Nonprofit

Volunteers are critical to your cause. Most nonprofits rely on volunteers in one way or another – whether that’s board membership, event committees, or program volunteers. The most recent U.S. Census Bureau and AmeriCorps survey, however, showed a drop in volunteer participation from 30% to 23.2% between 2019 and 2021. Nonprofit volunteer retention has struggled […] The post Innovative Nonprofit Volunteer Retention Ideas to Keep Your Team Engaged appeared first on Nonprofit Blog.

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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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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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Creating clarity about vital community services

Big Duck

Related Content CampaignsParent Project Muscular DystrophyEngaging the community to raise funds BrandsNew York City Campaign Finance BoardUsing research to bring out more voters BrandsBlue EngineBuilding a brand for change BrandsKeshetBuilding a brand for a thriving organization BrandsShriver Center on Poverty Law Shaping a unified voice for a national audience

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Two Ways Nonprofits Get Donor-Centered Fundraising Wrong

Clairification

I find a widespread misunderstanding about the notion of what constitutes being donor-centered. It derives from two misconceptions: Assuming people don’t want to be asked. Spending all your time on cultivation, assuming folks don’t need an ask and will simply give spontaneously as a result of being wooed. Both of these rationales short-change your would-be donors.

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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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Michael Bloomberg Tops the List of America's Biggest Donors in 2023

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

By Maria Di Mento and Jim Rendon Calla Kessler, The New York Times, Redux Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg contributed $3 billion last year to support the arts, education, environment, public health, and programs aimed at improving city governments around the world. The 50 donors gave a median of $100 million and a total of $11.9 billion.

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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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New! 2024 Certificate in Digital Marketing & Fundraising Program Now On-Demand

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The next series of webinars required to earn a Certificate in Digital Marketing & Fundraising from Nonprofit Tech for Good starts October 23, 2024, but if you would like to earn the certificate now, you can purchase the notes and recordings from the last series presented in March and April 2024. Customized for nonprofits with limited time and financial resources, the certificate program covers the fundamentals of website and email marketing, online fundraising, and social media for nonprofi

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The Impact of MacKenzie Scott’s Open Call Grants

NonProfit PRO

MacKenzie Scott recently awarded $640 million as part of her open call for grant applications. Here's the impact it's already having.

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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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Ethical Nonprofit Storytelling: How to Interview Your Beneficiaries for Stories & Appeals

Donorbox Nonprofit

Chances are, your nonprofit was started because of storytelling – a story about a person, an animal, or a place in a dire state of need moved your founders to act immediately. That is the power of storytelling. An authentically, compassionately, and respectfully told story has the ability to mobilize action like no statistic or […] The post Ethical Nonprofit Storytelling: How to Interview Your Beneficiaries for Stories & Appeals appeared first on Nonprofit Blog.

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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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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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Helping Movements Meet the Moment: What Philanthropy Can and Must Do

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: hay s on Unsplash Several overlapping crises are wreaking havoc in the United States and across the globe. From climate catastrophe and forced migration to economic inequality to the erosion of democracy and the rise of political violence—these deep problems are also opportunities for major advances in progressive narratives and policies. 1 Yet too often, those of us committed to racial equity, economic inclusion, and multiracial democracy must fight rearguard battles against aut

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Search Engine Optimization SEO for Nonprofits: 3 Best Practices

Marketing for the Modern Nonprofit

Chances are, your nonprofit uses its website as a central information hub. Here, people can learn more about the history of your organization, your mission, and how you serve the community. They may even use your website to donate, sign up to volunteer, or register for an event. However, none of this is possible if prospective supporters can’t find your website in the first place.

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Celebrate Women’s History Month: Knowing Your History Is Key

Fundraising Leadership

Gloria Feldt, co-founder and president of Take The Lead, at a recent Power Up Conference. It’s Women’s History Month, a time of the year to acknowledge all that women have contributed to advance society and change the world. Being familiar with your history is the first of the nine power tools created by Gloria Feldt, co-founder and president of Take The Lead, and part of the 9 Power Tools To Advance Your Career Online Course.

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Did a $100 Million Effort Reduce Homelessness? The Results Are In

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

San Francisco's Tipping Point Community pooled big private money to halve chronic homelessness in five years. A new study finds the effort failed to reach that goal, but lessons for philanthropy-government collaborations are rich. By Maria Di Mento Jeff Chiu, AP Photo Tipping Point spent nearly $100.7 million on 32 programs between 2017 and 2022 aimed at halving chronic homelessness.

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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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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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Why Nonprofit Text Messaging Has Evolved Beyond Text-to-Give in 2024

NonProfit PRO

Nonprofit text messaging now operates similar to an email program. Here are four reasons this channel has evolved beyond text-to-give.

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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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How to Start a Nonprofit in Hawaii

Donorbox Nonprofit

Hawaii is a beautiful vacation destination for many, but few have the chance to live here. Those who do have lives filled with opportunities and challenges, just like the rest of the world. Nonprofit organizations in Hawaii work tirelessly to address many of those challenges while simultaneously adding to the opportunities. Currently, there are over […] The post How to Start a Nonprofit in Hawaii appeared first on Nonprofit Blog.

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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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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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Anti-DEI Lawsuits Threaten Nonprofits, Philanthropies

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: Rubenstein Rebello on pexels.com The nonprofit and philanthropic sectors are at growing risk for lawsuits challenging DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) measures, fellowship and intern practices, giving and grantmaking procedures, and even the provision of basic services. That’s thanks to a new wave of litigation, some of it already making its way through US courts, seeking to challenge virtually any consideration of race in myriad institutional practices and decisions.

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Funders, do you have Main Character Syndrome and are engaging in crappy funding practices? We’re coming for you!

Non Profit AF

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A Little Lie? Why Fibs In Hiring And Workplace Happen and What You Need To Do

Fundraising Leadership

The workplace is complicated often by untruths from employers as well as employees. (Adobe Stock Photo) The truth is on hold on both sides of the hiring process at many career levels, as the recruiter often offers misleading information about the job and perhaps the company. Potential employees often pad their resumes. Does the employer’s white lie and candidate’s CV padding cancel each other out?

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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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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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Get Inspired: 40 Quotes About Nonprofit Leadership and Fundraising

Nonprofit Fixer

As a nonprofit leader, the day-to-day can start to feel like a slog. Between board meetings and fundraisers and staff management, it’s easy to forget why we’re working so hard (hint: to change the world!). So, I invite you to take a step back and reconnect with your purpose with 40 inspiring quotes for nonprofit leaders. One quick note: As many of us know, sometimes quotes are misattributed.