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George Lucas Family Foundation Gives USC Film School $10 Million Endowment
March 28, 2017 at 8:42 am

The George Lucas Family Foundation has granted the USC School of Cinematic Arts with a second endowment of $10 million to provide financial support to African-American and Hispanic students, raising the foundation’s student diversity support effort to $20 million. The foundation was established at the school in the fall 2016 semester with an initial $10…

Can Religious Charities Take the Place of the Welfare State?
March 28, 2017 at 8:42 am

President Trump’s initial budget proposal would end aid for poor families to pay their heating bills, defund after-school programs at public schools and make fewer grants available to college students. Community block grants that provide disaster relief, aid neighborhoods affected by foreclosure and help rural communities access water, sewer systems and safe housing would be…

5 Keys to Discovering Social Media Fundraising Opportunities
March 28, 2017 at 8:42 am

When was the last time you purchased something you didn’t really need because it jumped in front of you? Perhaps because you saw it on a sidewalk stand while walking down the street. Or at the check-out line. Or it popped up as an ad or sidebar on your computer...

Myth or Reality: Exposing the Flaws in Fundraising
March 28, 2017 at 8:35 am

In Roger Craver’s recent blog post, he challenged the nonprofit industry to “rev up the discussion” around what he calls the clichéd dictum of “mail more, raise more.” He goes so far as to suggest that most direct response fundraisers are buying into the myth that the only way to effectively increase revenue is to mail more...

Legal Potpourri: 6 Questions (and Answers) for Your Nonprofit
March 28, 2017 at 8:29 am

We take a moment to explore the many legal questions nonprofit organizations face on a daily basis. Just as nonprofits themselves are diverse and cover many topics, so too are the legal issues they face—employment law, tax questions and queries straight out of Business Law 101...

$8M Gift to GW University Will Expand Clark Engineering Scholars Program
March 27, 2017 at 8:31 am

The Clark Charitable Foundation has made an $8 million gift to the George Washington University to expand an engineering scholars program that rewards SEAS students with financial assistance, professional development and leadership and networking opportunities. The Clark Engineering Scholars Program began in 2011 with an $8 million gift from the late A. James Clark, a…

How Are You Treating Your ‘C’ List Donors?
March 27, 2017 at 8:31 am

I’ve been thinking a lot about the C-level donors on your portfolio lately. Why? Well, I was reviewing a mid-level program the other day and tracking all the donors that have moved from mid-level to major-gift portfolios… It was quite impressive...

Treat Your Monthly Donor Like Your Best Friend (Until Death Do You Part)
March 27, 2017 at 8:31 am

If you’re an organization that has had monthly donors for a while, you’ll know that some of your monthly donors can and will stay with you for decades! Of course that in part depends on their age when joining. Typically, I’m seeing that those donors continue to give monthly for 5 years to 7 years...

4 Ways Storytelling Persuades Donors
March 27, 2017 at 8:31 am

Throughout the last few years, the entire world has been buzzing about the power of story. On the surface, all this conversation makes it seem like we've collectively forgotten the millennia of storytelling sprawled out before us in museums, history books, novels and campfires...

Accidental Culture Change: The Awesome Power of Monthly Giving
March 27, 2017 at 8:30 am

Two decades ago, Human Rights Campaign introduced “Partners,” our new monthly giving program. But we did so much more than that—in large part, unknowingly. We didn’t just create a program. We embarked on a journey to create an organizational culture. A culture of sustained giving...

Mattel Commits $50M to UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital
March 24, 2017 at 8:18 am

Mattel, Inc. announced a $50 million gift to UCLA Health that will fund an expansion of the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and help establish a world-class pediatric care center and research hub focused on improving children’s health. A committed partner for more than 20 years, Mattel has provided more than $80 million to UCLA in…

Why Good Nonprofit Fundraisers Are Hard to Keep: Part 2
March 24, 2017 at 8:18 am

While I do believe too many fundraisers are underpaid relative to their skill sets and performance, I have a hunch it’s not the real chief culprit for fundraiser dissatisfaction. What is?...

Does the Charitable Tax Deduction Motivate You to Donate?
March 24, 2017 at 8:18 am

I spend a great deal of time thinking about potential donors. I believe research is one of the keys to success in fundraising. My excitement comes when I engage with people and ask for a gift. The greatest percentage of a fundraising person’s time, unfortunately, is not exciting...

Why the High Employee-Turnover Rate?
March 24, 2017 at 8:17 am

It’s no secret that nonprofits have an alarmingly high employee-turnover rate. Why are there new faces around the office so regularly? Many have brushed it off as “burnout,” but what does that really include? Tech Impact took a closer look at the causes of nonprofit turnover in this infographic...

5 Myths of Evergreen Philanthropy: Part 3
March 23, 2017 at 8:28 am

The entire nonprofit community—in the U.S. at any rate—is obsessed with “major gifts.” You know the ones. Those gifts, which are of such size, that create big waves as they wash up on the beach of the nonprofit...

DonorsChoose.org Helps Teachers Pay for Students’ Basic Needs
March 23, 2017 at 8:28 am

DonorsChoose.org, the nonprofit organization dedicated to funding children’s educational needs, launched its Student Life Essentials Program earlier this year. Prior to the launch, DonorsChoose conducted a survey that included 2,000 teachers who were from high-poverty schools throughout the nation...

Texas Hunger Initiative Receives $3M Grant From Walmart Foundation
March 23, 2017 at 8:27 am

The Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University has received a $3 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, the university announced this week. The grant will fund child-nutrition programs and university-based research, along with new Hunger Free Coalitions meant to bolster the Texas Hunger Initiative’s eight state offices. “[The Walmart Foundation] enjoys funding innovation, and that’s…

Creating Compelling Success Stories for Your Nonprofit
March 23, 2017 at 8:27 am

Generating compelling success stories won’t happen by magic. In order to get the stories, you need to help your staff understand the importance of stories in the organization’s marketing and fundraising efforts and to feel comfortable asking clients for their stories...

Fundraising and Spring Skiing: Not All That Different
March 23, 2017 at 8:27 am

Every few years, my husband and I venture out for some springtime skiing—when the skies are bluer, the temperatures are higher and the crowds are thinner. As I catch my breath from a day on the slopes, I’m reminded that spring skiing has some similarities with fundraising...

Jacob Harold’s State of the Sector: The GuideStar Chief Talks Election
March 22, 2017 at 8:37 am

Seeing some of the conversation in the media, to me, reflected a lot of common misconceptions and misunderstandings about the role nonprofits play in our society. And so we did a piece of analysis to kind of take advantage of all this attention and hope we could provide some education, and to show, for example, some of the differences between the two institutions...