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[RESEARCH] What Makes For A Truly Great Fundraising Event?

Almost every nonprofit puts on some kind of fundraising event, whether it be a black-tie gala, golf tournament or simple open house. But what is it that ultimately makes an event successful, and how can events provide new and potentially exciting forms of value for participants? New research from Adrian Sargeant, Professor of Fundraising and…

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8 Ways Nonprofits Can Get Started Finding Corporate Donors

Do you feel like companies are always overlooking your worthwhile nonprofit? Does it seem like the ‘big guys’ and those ‘easy’ causes get all the good sponsors? Don’t know where to start? One of the first exercises I’ll do when I sit down with a small/medium charity is to work meticulously through their network to…


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8 Ways Nonprofits Can Get Started Finding Corporate Donors

Do you feel like companies are always overlooking your worthwhile nonprofit? Does it seem like the ‘big guys’ and those ‘easy’ causes get all the good sponsors? Don’t know where to start? One of the first exercises I’ll do when I sit down with a small/medium charity is to work meticulously through their network to…

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4 Ways Nonprofit Board Members Can Prevent Abuse Before It Happens

This article from Nonprofit Quarterly should be a warning to board members of nonprofits far and wide. Several misuses of funds occurred at a Ventura County, California community foundation, and most should have generated red flags amongst its board. When the local paper is saying the following, perhaps more than a wake up call is…


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4 Elements of An Effective Nonprofit Strategic Planning Process

The winds of change can blow harshly. And in today’s environment, change can come rapidly and unexpectedly. So, what’s the point of strategic planning? First off, there is a difference between having a plan and having an effective planning process. Dwight Eisenhower said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless,…

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[VIDEO] The 7 Lessons of #DonorLove

Jen Love and John Lepp – the Agents of Good – recently joined us for a webinar in which they shared lessons in how to love your donors, using specific and successful examples of inspiring storytelling and brilliant design. In case you missed it, you can watch it here: Full Transcript: Steven: All right, my…


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Can 1.8 Million U.S. Nonprofits Sustain Themselves?

A recent article imploring individuals excited about a cause to not even think about starting a nonprofit triggered a multitude of thoughts. Dahna Goldstein makes so many excellent points in her post, however one paragraph literally stood out as if it was in bold print: “Existing organizations, particularly those that rely on outside funding in…

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5 Ways to Cultivate Your Majors Donors Personally

Our data tells us that you must have a minimum of two personal contacts per year with each of your major donors if you plan to keep them engaged and giving at higher and higher levels. Here are my top five suggestions for the most personal and effective contacts: 1. Call them! Have your CEO…


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[VIDEO] Bloomerang Customer Spotlight – The Patachou Foundation

When you’re a small nonprofit with limited resources, having a donor database that is powerful, yet easy to use is critical. Matthew Feltrop, Executive Director at The Patachou Foundation, shares his thoughts on Bloomerang in the video below. Full Transcript: Indianapolis youth face a really unparalleled hunger crisis. Indianapolis is ranked the worst food access…

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4 Reasons To Treat Grant Funders More Like Major Donors

What size grants do private and corporate foundations make to your organization? $10,000? $50,000? Much more? Most likely, grant funders are some of your most major donors. Like with your top individual donors, your grant funders should receive personal interaction and a tailored approach. Here are four reasons you should be approaching grant funders more…