The New (Digital) Normal

Published March 22, 2021

Even with all its numerous challenges, a silver lining could have emerged from 2020. As the doors of many organizations closed, nonprofits were forced to leverage the resources and tools they had available. With galas and runs canceled and direct mail paused, the sector braced for what was to come. If connecting with our colleagues […]

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Iconic Impact Initiative: NBA All-Stars of Philanthropy

Published March 18, 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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Looking Back and Charging Forward – We’re Still Standing!

Published March 17, 2021

These three things are now vital for the success of your organization. It’s been more than a year since the US went into lockdown from the COVID-19 pandemic. I clearly remember standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the BDI staff as we crowded into our conference room, watching live as the government declared a national emergency. I expected […]

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How to Attract Mega-Philanthropy, No Matter Your Organization’s Size

Published March 4, 2021

I recently solicited a prospective donor – over Zoom – for an eight-figure gift on behalf of one of our capital campaign clients. I have more than 30 years of fundraising experience under my belt, but I have NEVER asked a donor for such a substantial gift through a computer screen. But such is our […]

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Stop the Revolving Door in Nonprofit Development

Published March 2, 2021

In the nonprofit sector, it’s no secret that some development positions turn over too frequently. In fact, development director roles are often referred to as a “revolving doors”–with employees cycling in and out of organizations at an alarming frequency. According to a study by author Penelope Burk, the average fundraiser stays at his or her […]

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Iconic Impact Initiative: Robert F. Smith

Published March 1, 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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Iconic Impact Initiative: 12 Top Pioneers of Black Philanthropy

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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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Look Before You Leap Into Diaspora Funding

Published February 24, 2021

There is a gulf between the optimism of many nonprofits seeking funding from diaspora groups and the reality of just how challenging this can be. Before we take the leap and invest time, effort and cash, let’s explore the attraction of this funding stream, the real-life challenges, and ten practical things we can do to […]

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Gratitude is Power

Published February 23, 2021

As Development and Fundraising Counsel, our clients are often focused only on fundraising goals. In our role we have a duty to remind them of their superpower that, when used strategically, can change hearts and change the world through increased contributions. That power: showing gratitude to donors. Arthur Alley offers the strategies below. Please share […]

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