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Do Youth Sports Influence Later Philanthropy?
December 15, 2017 at 10:42 am

I have always had a personality that cared about others. I have many weaknesses, but my one great strength is empathy. When I am with someone, I immediately place myself in their shoes. Another factor that has shaped my being is sports. I have loved sports from a very early age. I enjoyed playing individual sports and team sports. The thrill of competition is something that I have loved and have never forgotten...

New Crops, Technology Needed to Help Farmers Adapt to Rising Heat: Gates Foundation
December 14, 2017 at 11:18 am

New technologies are the key to helping Africa and Asia’s smallholder farmers adapt to climate change, said the Gates Foundation as it pledged funding to research new crops that can thrive amid rising heat, drought and erratic rainfall. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation unveiled a $300-million plan to help farmers on Tuesday, with funds…

Accept No Substitutes
December 14, 2017 at 11:05 am

Several years back, a popular consumer product used the tag line, “Accept no substitutes,” to claim singular distinction for their product. The implication here is that the quality of the product is so high, the essence of the experience so fulfilling that you’ll never want anything else. Ever...

The Truth About Your Nonprofit’s Swag
December 13, 2017 at 11:35 am

Your swag may be hurting your mission. When asked about people wearing a nonprofit’s swag, most fundraising professionals will respond, “The more the better!” But when it comes to the buttons, ribbons, wristbands, t-shirts—all the stuff that people wear with a nonprofit’s brand—more is not always better. Sometimes, more can be, well, less. Here’s why...

A Real Reality Show: MacArthur Grant Competitors Vie Onstage for $100M Prize
December 13, 2017 at 11:23 am

Some key differences between “Shark Tank,” the hit reality show airing on ABC, and 100&Change, the first-of-its-kind MacArthur Foundation grant competition that saw its version of a final four present their ideas before a Chicago audience Monday: “Shark Tank” is about bringing a product to market, a new twist on the paper clip or a…

How to Guide Your Nonprofit Toward Mission-Friendly Growth
December 12, 2017 at 11:18 am

About 80 percent of startups aspire to scale-up their current operations over the next year and a half, according to a recent Abila Nonprofit Finance Study, and it’s important for them to understand that without careful planning, growth—even the nonprofit variety—can turn toxic. As the founder of MEBO International and a seasoned nonprofit leader, I’ve seen many…

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!...

When Someone Says, ‘I Know All This Stuff!’
December 11, 2017 at 12:11 pm

It was time to trot out my PowerPoint presentation and go through all the points of what we did as a company, the results we secured and how we did it. I was invited into the office of the president of a very prestigious eastern nonprofit. The purpose of the meeting was to explain what…

Say ‘Thank You,’ Why Don’t You?
December 11, 2017 at 12:09 pm

A few weeks ago, I shared how I made 20 online donations on Black Friday. For some, this was a repeat donation; for others, it was my first. Of course, all organizations sent me an auto-responder message and a “thank you” email message. So far, so good...

3 Secrets to Boosting Year-End Donations
December 7, 2017 at 12:56 pm

These December days seem to be flying by so quickly. People are making their holiday preparations—decorating the house, planning parties and buying gifts for their loved ones—and that doesn’t always include donating to charity...

Top 5 Rhetorical Questions for Nonprofits (Holiday Edition)
December 7, 2017 at 11:37 am

It’s the holiday season: That time of year when things are busier, time seems to move faster and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s why we’re here to get you a super short list of our top five rhetorical questions around holiday giving. Sure, you might know the answers already, which is why they’re rhetorical, but sometimes a little reminder is a good thing...

Wells Fargo Commits $50M to American Indian/Alaska Native Communities
December 6, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Wells Fargo announced a 5-year, $50 million commitment to American Indian/Alaska Native communities to help address their unique economic, social and environmental needs. The company will expand philanthropy programs, work to improve products and services to meet the financial and banking requirements of the American Indian/Alaska Native community, and help create a greater awareness of…

Not All Holiday Fundraising Is Created Equal
December 6, 2017 at 12:04 pm

Who doesn’t love a holiday? The very word conjures up notions of celebration, warmth and love. If you’re a donor-centered fundraising practitioner, you’d be a fool not to take advantage. Why not tap into pre-existing positive vibes to increase the chances your appeal will be warmly received? After all, if you can channel something positive…

A Nice Touch: Year-End Statements
December 6, 2017 at 11:58 am

You want to be seen as organized, thoughtful and helpful, right? Those qualities are a must in fundraising. Few other donor communication methods convey those qualities as much as sending a year-end statement to acknowledge a donor’s itemized giving over the past year...

Want to Achieve Impact in the Nonprofit Sector? Here's Why and How
December 5, 2017 at 12:57 pm

Holiday travel—navigating aging airports, over rusting and pot-holed bridges—reminds us all of a national infrastructure desperate for repair. But an inspiring new book, "Engine of Impact: Essentials of Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector" (Stanford University Press), points to a more intangible infrastructure also needing renewal: the historical culture of America’s community associations and volunteer networks, people…

#GivingTuesday Donations Skyrocket, Reach Record High in 2017
December 5, 2017 at 12:54 pm

One of the most crucial days in a nonprofit organization’s fiscal year happens the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. An annual event, which is recognized as “#GivingTuesday,” was created in 2012 by the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y to celebrate and encourage charitable giving...

When ‘Doing Good’ is the Focus: Enabling Donors to Create Positive Change
December 5, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Many have called 2017 “the year of me.” In fact, we’ve heard the idea come up in a variety of conversations, and characterized in other forms, like the “you universe” or “the transformative me.” While there’s an unmistakable trend in the retail world this holiday season around self-gifting and a little more self-indulgence overall, there is another layer...