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Nonprofit Statistics and Data: 10 Essential Resources

statistics for nonprofits

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

engaging multi generational donors

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 […]

Convergence of Social Enterprise and Nonprofits

Social enterprise, or businesses that strive to make profits with the social good in mind, is growing from an increasing customer awareness of global inter-connectivity that directly affects purchasing decisions. A 2014 Nielson report shows that 55 percent of global customers across 60 countries are willing to pay more for products that have positive social […]

8 Best Practices for Small Nonprofits

Best practices for nonprofits

There’s a misconception among some smaller nonprofits that “best practices” is a notion that only applies to the big guys. Wrong! Even in the beginning, a two staff, three volunteer (and the office cat) organization can benefit from adopting a higher standard of conduct. Loosely collected under titles such as “guiding practices,” “principles and practices,” […]

5 Fundraising Lessons from the For-Profit World

nonprofit versus for profit fundraising

Just because the for-profit world has customers and clients and the nonprofit world has donors and volunteers doesn’t mean that they both can’t stand to learn from one another. Nonprofits have major gift donors, and for-profits have big spenders. Nonprofits have recurring donors, and for-profits have loyal customers. And the parallels continue. Running an organization […]

CRM Tools and Donor Management

crm tools

We all know donor management is the key to personalizing donor communications and a vital factor in donor retention. Segmenting and managing donors effectively makes for  better relationships and encourages future engagement. But what is the best way to get this accomplished? Enter CRM – Customer/Constituent Relationship Management tools.     What to use CRM […]

Our Most Popular Articles from 2015!

best nonprofit articles

Put your group on the fast track to achieving its best year by revisiting the strategies outlined in our most popular content of 2015! These are the articles our readers found most helpful and shareable, providing useful information and dynamic tools. While these articles cover a wide variety of issues, we’ve loosely grouped them in […]

Personal Fundraising – 5 Ways to Fund Your Creative Social Project

personal fundraising

From organizing a grassroots community improvement project to creating an eye-opening documentary to writing a nonfiction book about marginalized people, you can do a lot of good to make our world a better place! And you don’t necessarily need to use a crowdfunding platform. There are other resources for successful personal fundraising. If you are […]

How to Fundraise – A Guide for New Fundraisers

how to fundraise

New fundraisers have a lot to learn: not only does the job of a fundraiser require finding donors and soliciting gifts, but also building relationships, tracking finances, writing proposals, planning events, strategizing, and organizing volunteers. Hardly any other job demands such a broad range of skills! For this ‘How to Fundraise’ guide, we’ve assembled the […]

How to Write a Winning Proposal for Your Nonprofit Program

winning proposals

Every nonprofit project benefits from a winning proposal, whether your organization is seeking grant funding, individual donations, or just a clear, strategic picture of what you are doing and why. This part of fundraising and project planning is often the most difficult for nonprofits, though it doesn’t have to be. Any project or program can […]

Planned Giving – How Even the Smallest Nonprofits Can Use It

The legal and tax components of planned gifts often seem so complicated that small nonprofits rule them out as a funding strategy. But ignoring planned giving could equate to ignoring new opportunities for major donors! Plus resources and support services to demystify planned giving make it much simpler for even the smallest of nonprofits to […]

The 4 Best and Worst Ways to Accept Donations

accepting donations

Fundraising is a hard enough task for your nonprofit – but you also need to think about how those donors are going to give to you while you ask them for a gift. Payment processing and grant management can be administrative nightmares for nonprofit managers that create more headache and cost than the value of […]

Keep Donors Giving! 7 Steps for Building a Donor Cultivation Strategy

donor cultivation strategy

“Cultivation” is development jargon for maintaining the relationships with your donors necessary to convince them to maintain and potentially increase their giving to your organization. Think of your donor pool like the plants in your garden – each variety needs different amounts of water, fertilizer, nutrients, space, sun, and pruning. Your donors are individuals that […]