Be a SMARTIE: An Equity-Forward Approach to Goal Setting

Published February 8, 2021

By Michelle Bibbs, Associate Senior Consultant at The Alford Group “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King The start of a new year usually inspires goal-setting. In the social impact sector, we all strive for more than to just get things done. […]

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Embrace the Virtual Experience

Published February 2, 2021

By Advancement Resources   When the COVID-19 quarantines rolled out in March 2020, many organizations had to make some creative decisions about how to meaningfully engage their donors and potential donors in the virtual space. Perhaps planning was already under way for a live event when leadership made the decision to go virtual or, because […]

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Four Lessons from 2020 – And How You Can Act on Them Now

Published January 8, 2021

By Pat House, Executive Vice President at Graham-Pelton   “Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” – Henry David Thoreau No doubt there are few among us eager to relive 2020… and indeed, we are wise to heed Thoreau’s encouragement to keep moving forward, especially in the face of a pandemic […]

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Iconic Impact Initiative: Women and Protest

Published January 4, 2021

Cultural Icons for Social Change: The Iconic Impact Initiative Bridge Philanthropic Consulting (BPC) is publishing a series of position papers called The Iconic Impact Initiative to explore the historical nature of multi-cultural philanthropy and the foundations of giving that were built by modern-day leaders of color—from ordinary individuals to the most famous pop-culture icons. While […]

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Pivot to Virtual Events Helps Nonprofits Sustain 2020 Fundraising Goals

Published December 22, 2020

By Jenna Jameson, Corporate Communications Manager at OneCause   Nonprofits across the country continue to feel the impact of COVID-19 on their fundraising. The pandemic has been a catalyst for innovation and experimentation, as organizations were compelled to find new online revenue streams to supplement projected revenue from in-person fundraising events. In our recent report, […]

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Major Donor Insights for Uncertain Times

Published December 3, 2020

By Lisa Wolf, Vice President of Consulting Westfall Gold   Now, more than ever, it is critical for nonprofits to have a strong major donor base. Organizations that have effectively engaged major donors have found they have been a lifeline during the COVID-19 crisis. Earlier this year, Westfall Gold held a webinar with philanthropists to […]

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Counterintuitive Fundraising

Published November 13, 2020

By Timothy M. Winkler, Sr., MA, CFRE, Principal, Founder, and CEO at Winkler Group   When I was younger—right out of college—I thought it would be cool to learn how to white water kayak. I lived close to excellent kayaking spots, so I signed up for a three-day introductory class at a white water center […]

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Will Reactionary Sustainer Donors Retain? Here’s What History Tells Us

Published October 30, 2020

Britt Fouks, Vice President and Managing Director at TrueSense Marketing   2020 has brought more challenges (and distractions) than any other year in the recent past. Not all challenges are negative, however. Some organizations are experiencing a positive uptick in new donors to aid their mission, including new sustainer donors. Many of the organizations experiencing […]

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A Vote for Philanthropy: Election Season and Boundless Generosity

Published October 20, 2020

Written by President and CEO Elizabeth Zeigler, Executive Vice President Pat House, and Senior Counsel Gina Vaughn at Graham-Pelton   There is a real theme of tenacity in American culture. Picture the Energizer Bunny, the one that keeps going and going. Or The Little Engine That Could, which, well, did – and this year celebrates […]

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