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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The New Roadmap…Slightly Updated

Published March 20, 2023

Avrum Lapin, President, The Lapin Group One year ago I posted an article that set forth several thoughts that I believed then, and continue to believe, that frame today’s philanthropic marketplace. I am always asked by clients and colleagues about the changes that have occurred in the fluid philanthropic space “since COVID.” I resist launching […]

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No, the Case still isn’t dead. But how we approach it should be.

Published March 13, 2023

Chad Paris, Principal and CEO of Parisleaf “Is the Case for Support dead?” I get this question often; mostly, from fundraising peers who have been in the game for decades. My opinion? Nope. The Case isn’t dead. The Case is alive and well – just wishful thinking. And hey, I get it.  The other day, […]

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CCS’s Annual Philanthropy Pulse Report

Published March 6, 2023

CCS’s annual Philanthropy Pulse report provides nonprofits with helpful data to navigate the ever-evolving philanthropic space. The 2023 CCS Philanthropy Pulse report provides a window into the fundraising practices of nearly 1,200 organizations across nonprofit sectors based on data collected in late 2022. Key findings include: Organizations across the board experienced fundraising revenue growth in FY21, […]

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