Agencies & Consultant

6 Reasons Why You Need a Capital Campaign Consultant
December 11, 2017 at 12:18 pm

During a recent client coaching session, we spent an hour talking about the reasons why it’s so important to hire a capital campaign consultant. Yes, we’ve covered this topic before, but the question keeps coming up. Besides, we thought of even more reasons that hiring a consultant is such a good idea. Why? Because any nonprofit that’s planning a capital campaign should really make the oh-so-worthwhile expense of hiring a consultant a budget priority!...

Relationship Status Complicated? What It Takes to Build a Healthy, Collaborative Partnership With Your Consultant
November 13, 2017 at 11:40 am

Today, understanding donor and constituent behavior requires an entirely new level of knowledge and skill-sets. With the onset of data and more complex applications of technology, the influence of social media and the constantly evolving media habits of consumers, maintaining a sense of all that change is incredibly difficult when you’re balancing fundraising and advocacy strategy, donor expectations and board approval...

Cybersecurity Questions to Ask Your Vendor: Part 2
October 4, 2017 at 12:55 pm

Strapped for time and resources, nonprofits often need vendors to get things done. But just because you outsource projects, it doesn’t mean your data is safe from cybersecurity threats. In part one of this series, “Employ These Corporate Cyber Security Safeguards Now," we examined critical initiatives you can employ to help protect your constituent data internally...

Andrew Olsen Joins Newport One as Vice President
July 18, 2017 at 11:38 am

Andrew Olsen, CFRE, has been in the fundraising field for almost two decades and has raised over $200 million within that timespan. Olsen has recently been appointed as VP of Newport One, a fundraising consulting practice, where he will play a key role in new business development...

How Mobile CRM Helps Your MGOs
June 27, 2017 at 10:40 am

When your major gift officers end their meetings with major donors or prospects, what do you think is the first thing they do? You probably guessed right. Your team member grabs his or her mobile device to check emails and social media. We live in a world that is all about on-demand information...

Executive Issues: Half-Truths About Talent Management
June 14, 2017 at 12:09 pm

In this period of fake news and alternative facts, we might feel a bit weary of hearing a term such as “half-truths.” But there is an anonymous quote that approximates what I mean by a half-truth: “Beware of the half-truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half...

5 Guidelines for a Simplified Nonprofit Strategic Planning Process
June 8, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Everything I knew and read about strategic planning said that it took a lot of time and money. I struggled every day to figure out how to get everything done with very limited resources. All the books I read and all the classes I attended bombarded me with copious information and theory. How could I narrow it down and make it work for me in my small nonprofit?...

Make Video a Powerful Tool, Not a Wasted Resource
June 7, 2017 at 10:04 am

We are huge proponents of video—carefully planned video with a clear objective. In most campaigns that are focused on major gifts, we are not big fans of a fundraising video, unless there is a reason that prospective donors can’t see impact of the client’s work firsthand...