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Engaging With Professionals Online

  Let’s Get Professional   When you’re surrounded by people who are motivated by the same things you are, conversations are filled with passion, knowledge, and new ideas. One of the reasons we started covering events around the country is to help bring new ideas to you, but also to help invigorate our writers and … Continue reading

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10 Great Nonprofit Research Resources

  The quality of research and data is important for today’s nonprofits. From gaining useful information to using research in daily operations, great resources can help improve your organization.   The Council of Nonprofits provides Research, Reports, and Data on the Nonprofit Sector, a list of resources for individuals in the sector.   10 Great … Continue reading

planned giving's role in your development strategy

Planned Giving’s Role in Your Development Strategy

Planned giving, according to Giving USA, was up 7.2% (to $27.73 billion) in 2013. So, if your nonprofit doesn’t have a planned giving program, start one. It’s a smart and easy way to secure your organization’s growth and financial stability. Regardless of the size, mission, or budget of your organization, planned giving should be a … Continue reading

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Nonprofit Research on Fundraising

The Nonprofit Research Collaborative has announced that it has opened a very important study on fundraising! This will look at the little-studied topic of the relationship between the CEO (or ED) and the head of development. It will examine relationship aspects (trust, communication, respect) that are associated with raising more funds. The study also asks about the success of various fundraising … Continue reading

4 Top Productivity Tips for nonprofits

4 Top Productivity Tips for Busy Nonprofit Pros

At the start of each new year, we all vow to be more productive and accomplish the goals leftover from last year. Let’s make this the year we actually do those things!   There are many ways to increase the productivity at your nonprofit, so get ready to benchmark new achievements to share with your … Continue reading

Tips on Using Linkedin Groups

“Getting” Linkedin Groups

Belonging is an important human attribute human attribute. The corner deli, the pub, the coffee shop–those “third places” where people gather have significance. Online, social plays that role virtually. Professionally, LinkedIn is a leader for connecting with relevant career contacts. It’s also a place to find others with similar interests.   Joining Linkedin groups is a … Continue reading

Roots of Fundraising

The of Roots of Fundraising: How We Got Here

Let’s take a look at the roots of fundraising.   Did the history of professional fundraising in the U.S. begin with the Village People? Not exactly, but the YMCA played a significant role.   The origins of America were ripe with fundraising, as the wealthy came to the aid of the new colonies, according to Philanthropy … Continue reading

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The Added Values of High Net Worth Donors

When considering your consituents, surely High Net Worth donors, those with $1 million in investable assets or annual income of $200,000+, are always high on your target list. A new report from Bank of America provides some great insight on the charitable habits of High Net Worth (HNW) donors, as well as a few trends, which are … Continue reading

Understanding Corporate funders

Understanding the Corporate Funder

Understanding the Corporate Funder Mentality   What are corporate funders thinking as it relates to charitable giving in the 21st Century? In 2013, according to the Giving USA Foundation, corporations donated $16.76 billion to charity. Although as a total percentage of giving, this is significantly less than donations by individuals, it is still sizable and … Continue reading