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How Do You Measure Nonprofit Success?

If you bring up the question of how to measure nonprofit success to several organizational executives, you will probably receive many different answers...

Clarify Your Mission With Journey Mapping

Why does your nonprofit need journey mapping? Managing a nonprofit is complex, and no one who has ever tried it would argue this point. After all, the population you serve is broad...

Give Your Advocacy Campaign an Edge: 5 Social Media Tactics

Social media has become the global forum of activism, advocacy and social change. Roughly half of Americans have been civically active on social media in the last year, according to a Pew Research Center survey...

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Development

If you bring up the question of how to measure nonprofit success to several organizational executives, you will probably receive many different answers...

Many major gift officers across the country, and MGOs we serve in Canada and Europe, are still treating all donors the same vs. realizing that there is a hierarchy of value that must be managed...

I just read this from Seth Godin’s blog: “…years from now, your future self is going to thank you for something you did today, for an asset you began to build, a habit you formed, a seed you planted. Even if you’re not sure of where it will lead, today’s the day to begin.”...

Data Management

Why does your nonprofit need journey mapping? Managing a nonprofit is complex, and no one who has ever tried it would argue this point. After all, the population you serve is broad...

I hate to be sad or depressed. I know some people like a good cry; they feel it is cleansing, cathartic. I am not one of them. I’ve even been accused of wearing permanent rose-colored glasses because of the lengths to which I will go to avoid tearjerker movies or sob-inducing novels...

Many organizations are too often focused on established paradigms. As a result, they miss unique opportunities to leverage organizational talent and opportunities to reinvent their industries. At the Israeli-American Council, we strive to make sure we don’t miss the “Teslas”; and we have created a laboratory for experimentation in the field of social enterprise...

E-Philanthropy

Social media has become the global forum of activism, advocacy and social change. Roughly half of Americans have been civically active on social media in the last year, according to a Pew Research Center survey...

By 2025, the crowdfunding industry is expected to grow to more than $300 billion. In a nutshell, crowdfunding is raising money through many relatively small donations during a set period of time, typically for a specific campaign or goal, through an online platform...

Turnkey’s peer-to-peer clients describe Facebook fundraisers as a blessing and a curse. The money is great. It just shows up, which is both amazing and, well, great. Last year, Facebook fundraisers put over $300 million into the pockets of 750,000 nonprofit organizations...

Leadership Management

Many laws that impact the commercial industry are still applicable to nonprofit organizations. Good intention doesn't justify a lapse in protocol, and board members should take meticulous care to research regulations that might affect their operation. Let's take a look at three common legal issues that nonprofit boards experience, so that you can identify and avoid them...

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 dramatically changed the income tax laws for individuals and families in 2018. As a result, donors to charitable organizations may want to make some adjustments to their annual donations to maximize the income tax benefits of their charitable gifts. Before and after the tax act, donors who…

Last week I made a quick trip to New York City for the memorial service for fundraising legend Jerry Panas. I am sure that Jerry was smiling down on the gathering at the Century Club. Seeing Felicity, Jerry and others was heartwarming. It was a pleasure meeting new friends and learning nonprofit lessons from a fundraising leader...

Direct Marketing

For many organizations, the end of the nonprofit fiscal year can be a challenging time, with escalated pressure to achieve budget goals. Often, nonprofit leaders will look to their direct-response fundraising programs to fill budget shortfalls in the few remaining weeks of the year...

It's essential that your organization has a good way to communicate data, keep track of finances and structure information. Though it's certainly possible to communicate some of this information in writing, using nonprofit organizational charts can help keep you organized and make a greater impact on your audience...

Email marketing is one of the top channels for nonprofit marketers to communicate with key audiences. For nonprofit marketers, email marketing can help to retain existing donors but also to convert new ones through relevant, personalized and valuable content...

Sectors

I was recently with my niece who is a vice principal of an elementary school in Kentucky. She is very motivated and an excellent role model for her staff and students. While we were chatting at a family gathering, she told me she was interested in possibly obtaining a doctorate degree in education...

The root of the word “disaster” is based on the idea of a “bad star” or the stars misaligning. For foundations though, disasters can be a time to shine and provide aid and comfort while everyone else is flailing...

Turnkey’s clients include organizations like Church World Service and UNICEF, groups that address humanitarian crises around the world. We never expected to be confronted by a humanitarian crisis unfolding in our own home, on the southern border of the U.S. One created by our government...