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Notable Examples of Philanthropy

The National Philanthropic Trust references the word philanthropy in a history of modern philanthropy. This word comes from the Greek word philanthropia, meaning the love of mankind...

Facebook Fundraising—Your New Constituent Acquisition Device. Yes, Really.

Let’s face facts: Facebook is in our peer-to-peer fundraising space. And while that is scary, it opens up a world of possibility if we choose to come out and play. Let’s talk about the playing field, how to get on it and what might happen to your organization if you do...

Make Your Nonprofit Financially Sustainable

You know that delivering on your organization’s mission over time requires financial resources. The alternative is not pretty—no money, no mission, as it is said. As a board member, one of the most important components of your governance role is to ensure that the finances of the nonprofit you help oversee are sustainable...

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E-Philanthropy

Let’s face facts: Facebook is in our peer-to-peer fundraising space. And while that is scary, it opens up a world of possibility if we choose to come out and play. Let’s talk about the playing field, how to get on it and what might happen to your organization if you do...

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...

Leadership Management

You know that delivering on your organization’s mission over time requires financial resources. The alternative is not pretty—no money, no mission, as it is said. As a board member, one of the most important components of your governance role is to ensure that the finances of the nonprofit you help oversee are sustainable...

One skill a powerful nonprofit board needs is fundraising. This blog will focus on why this is important and tactics to help build a fundraising board culture in your organization...

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...

Development

Overwhelming 2018 data indicates significant charitable giving increases in giving by high-income donors (incomes over $1 million annually), but an overall decline in giving for lower-income individuals because of the new tax laws...

When you think about the case for support, do you immediately think “brochure?” Do you imagine a beautiful, glossy multipage piece with wonderful images of the families you serve or the animals you save? Perhaps you imagine a donor reading it and being moved to write a big check...

A few days ago, I received this wonderful email from an organization in Alaska. “Erica—we are up to 35 monthly donors, with an annualized income of $10,500!” It always makes me happy to hear from organizations that keep chipping away at their program...

Data Management

When you were in fifth grade, everything was planned. Safe. Secure. You’ve been in school a few years now. You get the drill. You’ve mastered the playground. The challenges of adolescence aren’t even on the horizon...

The disruption economy is changing consumer expectations more quickly than ever. Disposable income and wealth distribution, commerce, technology, laws and politics are all changing. And nonprofits are not insulated from these market disruptions just because of the good work they do. Without strategic shifts, charities risk massive revenue loss that threatens their missions and makes it far less likely they’ll solve the problems they were created to solve...

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...

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...