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Do Your Nonprofit Stories ‘Knock Their Socks Off’?
October 16, 2017 at 11:48 am

Unfortunately, in the nonprofit sector, sympathy is one of the most common feelings caused by sharing a story. We rush to share some facts and leave little room to connect with the person and their conflict. We simply end up feeling sorry for the person. That is not the kind of storytelling that causes listeners and readers to take action...

Why Don’t You Start Asking Monthly Donors for Bequests?
October 16, 2017 at 11:41 am

Never think that monthly donors are too small to ask about bequest gifts. The fact that they give for multiple years and give multiple gifts is a much better indicator than anything else. So, if you need to decide whom to include in your next bequest mailing and your email message, go ahead and include your small monthly donors...

Out-of-Control Major Gift Events Program
October 16, 2017 at 11:36 am

Tell me what you think is wrong with this picture: There is a major gift officer (MGO) who has a caseload, and he is also charged with doing events for the organization. He has three staff members who work with him on this agenda...

Military Charities Could Be Failing Veterans, Charity Commission Warns
October 13, 2017 at 8:38 am

Military charities set up in the aftermath of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars could be failing to protect veterans, the Charity Commission has warned. The watchdog said it was concerned that some of the charities set up to help former military personnel by people "with good intentions" were not being run properly. In a report…

MacArthur Foundation Names 2017 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners
October 12, 2017 at 1:33 pm

The past year has been a whirlwind for Rhiannon Giddens, the Grammy-winning musician who became the first woman and first nonwhite person to win a major prize for excellence on the banjo and then celebrated the release of her latest album, “Freedom Highway,” with a performance at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility. But none of…

Rules for Charitable Giving
October 12, 2017 at 1:27 pm

With the recent spate of natural disasters devastating communities both in the U.S. and abroad, many people turn to charities to see what they can do to help those affected by these tragic events. Over the past two decades, charitable giving has grown considerably in the U.S. The number of public charities is up almost 60 percent, from about 643,000 in 2000 to more than 1 million today... 

Why Seed Names Are Important to Your Mailings
October 12, 2017 at 1:18 pm

Who is Travis Bickel? Heard of Nelson Brittles? How about Blanche DuBois? Well, these are all fictional characters from movies, TV as well as stage and screen. They represent my short list of seed names that I use in all my direct-mail marketing campaigns for my nonprofit mailings...

USC Rejects $5M Donation From Harvey Weinstein
October 11, 2017 at 12:45 pm

The University of Southern California doesn’t want Harvey Weinstein’s money. School officials said Tuesday that they had rejected a $5 million endowment from the media mogul to grant scholarships to female directors in the wake of his sexual harassment scandal. “The USC School of Cinematic Arts will not proceed with Mr. Weinstein’s pledge to fund…

NPP P2P Power Session Spotlight: Susan G. Komen Greater NYC
October 11, 2017 at 12:15 pm

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While we all should be more cognizant of how breast cancer affects those who are diagnosed with it and their family and friends, it’s easy to get lost in our own daily lives...

What ‘The Big Short’ Can Teach You About Increasing Revenue
October 11, 2017 at 12:10 pm

In the past 30 years, the way that economists understand people’s behavior has undergone a revolution. While classical economics is based on the notion that people act with rational self-interest, many of their decisions seem far from rational. Behavioral economics was born out of the necessity to explain these seemingly irrational choices...

Michael Jordan Donating $7M to Open Medical Clinics in Charlotte
October 10, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Charlotte Hornets owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan will help start up two medical clinics in North Carolina by donating $7 million, according to Deon Roberts and Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. The Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinics will be built in poor and troubled areas of Charlotte. "Michael really wanted to do something personally,…

6 Effective Ways to Help Build Risk Leadership at Your Nonprofit
October 10, 2017 at 12:04 pm

No matter the organization, some amount of risk leadership needs to be assumed to move forward and take on new and exciting initiatives. For nonprofits, risk is more complex and takes on another dimension as there is more to lose in terms of social impact and social value. Risk leadership needs to be assumed but…

The Time to Act Is Now
October 10, 2017 at 12:01 pm

The nonprofit sector in our community is the glue that holds us together. They fight for justice, care for the sick and vulnerable, and respond in times of crisis. One natural disaster or tragedy can wreak havoc on a nonprofit’s already thin bottom line...

4 Ways to Help Your Nonprofit Ride the Subscription Box Wave
October 10, 2017 at 11:11 am

These days, it seems like there’s a subscription box for everything—from snacks to skin care to dog treats. In fact, websites for subscription boxes received 800 percent more traffic in 2017 than in 2014. Even Condé Nast, the media giant, is making a name for itself in the subscription space...

A Failing Capital Campaign Is Not Possible (If You Do It Right)
October 9, 2017 at 10:49 am

Once you recruit powerful volunteers to serve in leadership positions of your capital campaign, you have an obligation to make sure they succeed. Period! The leaders and philanthropists of your community put their reputations on the line when they agree to serve on your campaign committees or in leadership positions. To let them down and embarrass them by letting a campaign fail will have serious negative consequences for years to come. So, don’t make failure an option...

What’s Your Techie’s Answer When It Comes to Monthly Donors?
October 9, 2017 at 10:40 am

Let me share this story with you. When I worked at a big animal welfare organization with a huge donor base, we had several wonderful people in our “systems support/technology/IT” department. As manager of monthly giving, I had to have regular meetings with these great “techies...

What Happens When Your Major Gift Officer Leaves?
October 9, 2017 at 10:34 am

Recently, one of our client managers for Veritus told me a story about one of our clients she is working with. When I heard this story, I was not shocked. Richard and I hear this kind of stuff all the time. This happens with major donors, because many nonprofits clearly have no structure in place for their major gift program...

UNC Aims High in New Fundraising Campaign
October 6, 2017 at 11:19 am

UNC-Chapel Hill will announce a drive to raise $4.25 billion by the end of 2022 in what would be the largest campaign in the Southeast and the second-highest total among public universities. In a celebration Friday and throughout the weekend, university leaders are unveiling a campaign that has been quietly underway for three years. Already,…

Mike Bloomberg Offers to 'Match Every Donation' to Fight Gun Violence
October 5, 2017 at 12:33 pm

On Wednesday afternoon, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg took to Twitter to announce that he will match donations given to Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit organization that advocates for gun control that he founded in 2014. "US has a gun violence problem," the billionaire wrote. "I'll match every donation. Give now." Bloomberg…