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Advantages of Small Non-Profits

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Small but powerful isn’t a statement often associated with nonprofits. Bigger, better known organizations have obvious advantages over their smaller counterparts. Does this mean that small nonprofits can never be powerful agents for change? Not at all. So, what advantages do small non-profits have over large non-profits?   Who you callin’ small? What do we […]

4 Ways Foreign Aid Helps Your Community

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It is logical to think “Why give tax dollars and charitable dollars abroad when so many people are suffering in America?” The reality, however, is that there is a long list of seemingly unconnected benefits to Americans for giving tax dollars as well as private dollars as foreign aid. Those benefits are tangible and intangible […]

5 Clever Ways To Boost Donations – Fundraising in the New Presidential Era

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Every new president brings policy and economic changes that affect charities and their fundraising.  Possibly never before has the nation been so uncertain about the future than with the new Trump administration, however. Changes can be good for you – if you adapt with them to keep being successful. Here is what you need to know about how […]

The 5 Whys: What Toyota Can Teach Your Nonprofit

5 whys what toyota can teach your nonprofit

The intersection of nonprofits and big business was almost unthinkable a few decades ago – unless of course, the big business in question was making a substantial donation to the latest campaign. Fast forward to today and nonprofits are tapping into classic business strategies to find success in the escalating battle to deliver more services […]

17 Mistakes Fundraisers Can Stop Making Now

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The nonprofit world is unique. We’re mostly people here because the robot that can do our job has yet to be invented. Mistakes and blunders can and do happen. This is the measure of what makes us human, along with our compassion, drive, integrity, loyalty, not to mention conviction and impressive fortitude. Think for a […]

The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle: Can Penniless Charities Help the Hungry?

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The nonprofit starvation cycle is a grim truth, the not-so-hidden, murky underbelly of the social benefit sector. The sad reality is the majority of nonprofit organizations are trapped in a vicious progression of inadequacy and chronic under-funding. This toxic cycle has been the omnipresent, dark cloud on the nonprofit horizon. With funders, donors and grantees […]

6 Tips to Apply Positive Persistence to Get Your Donation!

apply positive persistence to get your donation

As a fundraiser, the best way to cope with constant rejection is increased persistence. The most common response to a fundraising request is silence. Then the second most common responses are “no,” “not now,” “we can’t help you,” or variants of the same. The most successful fundraisers are persistent – those that keep trying, those […]

5 Effective Year-End Fundraising Strategies Your Nonprofit May Be Overlooking

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With the year almost over, your nonprofit is probably looking for ways to optimize your fundraising. Luckily, your supporters are in a giving mood: Up to 50 percent of total annual income for nonprofits comes from the year-end ask alone! Let’s take a look at five ways to to amp up your year-end fundraising:   […]

8 Tips for Making a Nonprofit Video

Videos for nonprofits

If you don’t have a good video for your nonprofit work, you need one! YouTube has over 1 billion users (1/3 of all internet users), and even if you have a limited or nonexistent budget, you can make a video that helps share your mission and impact to the world. Here are 8 tips to […]

25 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Save Money Like Benjamin Franklin

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What nonprofit wouldn’t like to save money? Benjamin Franklin wisely counseled, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Like all great entrepreneurs, Franklin knew the value of a buck. For most nonprofits, a shoestring budget is part of the day-to-day reality. By cutting excessive costs, a penny-pinching strategy can free-up capital for mission initiatives and […]

Pledge Campaigns: 6 Tips for Increasing Donations

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A successful pledge campaign requires a good amount of detail work but is worth your while to increase donations. A pledge campaign, simply put, is asking people to commit to giving to your organization or cause at some point in the future or on a regular basis.  Compare a pledge to a “buy now pay […]

Nonprofit Statistics and Data: 10 Essential Resources

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We love statistics for a reason. They break down our complex ideas to simple numbers and make our work measurable. You don’t need a statistic to know how much statistics help your nonprofit – to backing up the need for your work with real community indicators, to measuring and tracking your impact and comparing yourself […]

Your Nonprofit’s Reputation and How to Protect It

How to protect your nonprofit reputation

For any organization, having an excellent reputation is non-negotiable and protecting that reputation is vital. We’ve come a long way since public relations meant local media and the press. What are people saying about your organization? Stakeholders get the lowdown on a nonprofit out there on social media and consumer review sites.     Protect […]

How to Get Millennials to Donate to your Cause

Millennials are a generous generation, with about 80% giving to charity according to the Blackbaud Generational Giving Report. But how do you get millennials to donate to Your cause? What has worked to appeal to their parents and grandparents will not necessarily work for millennial however, and nonprofits need to rethink their fundraising strategies accordingly […]

Engaging Multi-Generational Donors

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As volunteer fundraisers for schools and clubs, or nonprofit professionals, we need to engage multi-generational donors that make up our local communities. We need to recognize that our audience is made up of many diverse people with different values and goals. The American public consists of four distinct generations, each of them unique, approaching life […]