Strong Donor Communication Starts with Knowing What Matters to Them

Published May 15, 2023

By: DonorSearch Fundraisers face two big questions daily: whom do we contact, and what should we say? Far too often, nonprofits struggle with both queries. A recent article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy criticizes nonprofits for relying on “vanity metrics” in communications to their donor community, a direct result of this struggle. DonorSearch solves this […]

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Making the Right Choice for Processing Offline Gifts: In-House or Lockbox/Caging?

Published May 9, 2023

By James Cowen, CEO of Aqubanc Processing offline gifts is a crucial aspect of fundraising for many organizations. The decision to handle it in-house or outsource it to a Lockbox/Caging operation can have significant implications. Nonprofits rely heavily on donations, especially those made offline. While online donations have become the norm in recent years, there […]

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From spark to sustainability: translating your nonprofit’s moment in the spotlight into long-term impact

Published May 1, 2023

By: Bonterra We’ve all seen it happen: A significant local, national, or world event takes place, and our attention is drawn to those communities most in need. And often, at the helm of addressing these needs sits a nonprofit. Thanks to a high volume of attention and traffic, folks rush to support this organization. The […]

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Maximizing Your Direct Mail ROI: 3 Essential Data-Driven Tactics for Success

Published April 25, 2023

By Dan Stevens, Co-Founder, SVP of Business Development & Operations at Windfall Data As prevalent as digital-first approaches and second screening have become, direct mail still plays a critical role in the marketing mix for many nonprofits. Direct mail’s staying power is driven by its superior response rates, which, according to DMA, can be up […]

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The 5 W’s of Board Membership

Published April 24, 2023

By Derek Alley , CFRE, Co-Founder and President of Arthur Alley board [noun]: a group of persons having managerial, supervisory, investigatory, or advisory powers The board. Whether its members serve as directors, trustees or advisors, a board can be a huge asset or an even bigger liability. Many times, the root of dissatisfaction with an […]

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Fundraising for Complex Social Issues: How to transform challenging social issues into effective fundraising opportunities

Published April 17, 2023

By Richard Tollefson, founder and president of The Phoenix Philanthropy Group Inspiring donors and raising philanthropic support for society’s most complex issues – those that cannot be solved by philanthropy alone and where positive impact may not be realized for years – is a challenge facing nonprofits worldwide. Homelessness is one case in point. Those […]

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The Power of Your Donors’ Stories

Published April 10, 2023

By Kurt Worrell Senior Vice President, Donor Engagement and Nonprofit Strategies at StoryCause Fundraisers use stories every day to talk about our mission, share the impact of philanthropy, and inspire donors to create a long-lasting emotional connection with our organization. Stories are powerful. They provide an important framework for how we understand our world by: […]

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Talent in Advancement – “Why” is part of the new Wisdom that is required.

Published April 4, 2023

By Ted Grossnickle, Senior Consultant and Founder of Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates It’s been said that the “why” questions in fundraising and strategic planning for nonprofits are the most important ones.  And that is very true when it comes to the ways we are trying to help our clients and our practices attract and engage […]

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Which comes first? Giving or Trust?

Published March 27, 2023

Barbara O’Reilly, CFRE, Founder and Principal, Windmill Hill Consulting “Public trust is the currency of the nonprofit sector” so states Independent Sector’s reports on Trust in Civil Society. Tracking trends in giving and donor retention is one thing. But what drives giving? Trust in the sector and, more importantly, in organizations. That said, it’s not […]

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