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The 9 Considerations for a Successful Budget Process

Building a successful budget is a key component in accounting, and nonprofit accounting is no exception. Whether you are just starting a nonprofit or have been in existence for years, your organization requires a budget. A good budgeting process engages those who are responsible for adhering to the budget and implementing the organization’s objectives in…

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11 Expert Tips for Nonprofits to Embrace Technology for Even Greater Impact

Last week I had the privilege of networking with over 2000 nonprofit experts and professionals at NTEN‘s Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC). This conference brings together some of the top minds in nptech and gives attendees a chance to discuss what’s happening across the industry and share best practices for how to work smarter and create…


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Actigiving—The Next Phase in the Evolution of Episodic Giving

Goodbye, slacktivism. Hello, actigiving. For more than a decade now, there has been much debate about whether online activists would ever turn their clicks into gifts. Would these so called “slacktivists” ever do more than like a video or share a link and then feel like they had done enough? Today, we now know the…

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9 Things to Look for When Evaluating a Grant Proposal

Ensuring that your foundation makes impactful grants to the right nonprofit partners starts with a thorough proposal evaluation. A proposal should include more than just the organization’s mission statement and program description. To help you better evaluate submissions so that you are set up for success, here are nine items you should look for in any grant…


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Advocating from Anywhere: How to Make Your Mission Heard by the Masses

Advocacy is a way to showcase your organization’s mission while solving a problem at the same time. With a plan and resources, you can arm your biggest supporters with the tools they need to be stewards for your cause. But how do you create an advocacy program that actually works? This year, I had the…

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How Nonprofits Can Use Storytelling to Boost Donor Retention

Blackbaud’s 2016 Charitable Giving Report shows us that donor retention for first time donors is still remarkably low – 29% for offline donors and 21% for online donors. But if donors are retained passed that first year, the retention rate jumps significantly to 60% for offline donors and 58% for online donors. This data shows that…


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The Three Major Components of a Successful Annual Giving Campaign

Americans are generous and enjoy the sense of being a part of a worthy cause achieved by charitable giving. In 2015, America set a record for charitable giving, beating the previous record by four percent. This astonishing amount totaled $373 billion in cash donations! Over the past six decades, individual donors continue to be the largest…

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How World Wildlife Fund Used Segmentation to Activate Social Influencers for Their Cause

The Oracle at Delphi told Oedipus “Know thyself!” If the Oracle were speaking to nonprofits today, it might say “Know thy supporters!” For nonprofits interested in engaging supporters through online advocacy, this is especially true. These days, individuals receive a LOT of email and see a LOT of posts on their social media feeds. It’s not uncommon to hear a…


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Ways We Can All Help Advance Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment

Women’s and girls’ empowerment is a sweeping topic, defined and shaped by family beliefs and cultural norms in the community and country where one lives.  Some people associate the empowerment of women and girls primarily with challenges faced in communities where poverty and lack of access to education determine one’s level of empowerment. And while…

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How Accusations of ‘Financial Mismanagement’ Impact All Fundraisers

I recently read another “vindication” of a nonprofit that had been subject to a media expose. In this case, a thorough investigation by BBB Wise Giving Alliance (WGA) revealed that splashy accusations of financial mismanagement reported by multiple media sources had no merit. It’s been disappointing to see that media outlets are less aggressive about reporting…