Accountability

Global Crackdown on Over 300 UK Charities Due to Illegal Funds
July 27, 2017 at 3:49 pm

Bank accounts of over 300 charities based in the U.K. have been shut down within the past two years due to a global crackdown on illegal funds, Reuters reported. In addition, Charity Finance Group told Reuters that delayed payments have disrupted operations in thousands of charities, which has caused financial loss and risks to employees...

Donors Are Responding More to Personalized Emails (But Which Ones?)
July 27, 2017 at 11:01 am

What’s a trend that has been popping up on the nonprofit radar as of late? We’ll tell you: personalization. Let’s think realistically—anyone can write a letter or type up an email. The key is not to sound like an automated voice message...

Involvement Yields Insight and Money
July 26, 2017 at 11:46 am

As a strategic planning practitioner, I love the process and the outcomes, but I am saddened when a well-conceived plan just sits on the shelf. From a fundraising perspective, a strategic planning process that engages key constituencies and great minds is a wonderful cultivation opportunity, and the resulting plan should give confidence to donors who might invest in making the plans a reality...

Leveraging Our Biases to Fundraise
July 26, 2017 at 11:43 am

Unconscious bias affects our ability to raise funds for our missions. But their effect doesn’t always have to be negative. Understanding bias allows us to navigate around it, sometimes mitigating its effect, so that it doesn’t impact our bottom lines...

How to Tell Strategic Nonprofit Stories That Raise Money
July 25, 2017 at 11:20 am

Storytelling has been "hot" for some time now and for good reason. Our human brains are wired for storytelling. We’re automatically open and receptive. So, you’d be foolish not to use this to your advantage when it comes to your nonprofit marketing and fundraising—especially if your goal is to raise money. Storytelling is not difficult once you get the knack of it...

How to Increase the Success Rate of Fundraising Campaigns
July 24, 2017 at 11:29 am

Most nonprofits rely on donors to fund campaigns that allow their organization to pursue its mission and achieve goals. Convincing prospects to become donors can be challenging if a nonprofit is not taking a strategic approach to identify the most convertible prospects...

Tips on Selling Anything in Major Gift Fundraising
July 24, 2017 at 11:26 am

The point is that in major gifts, the successful major gifts officer (MGO) needs to identify the interests and passions of the donor, then present a program to that donor that matches those interests and passions. Done correctly, these activities eventually cause an economic transaction...

4 Steps Nonprofit Leaders Can Take to Tackle Workplace Negativity
July 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm

Call it gossip, scuttlebutt, tittle-tattle or rumor—workplace negativity is an insidious morale buster that can distract even the most dedicated employees. And nonprofits aren’t immune to it. People are people, even when working for the greater good...

Don’t Be Out of Your Major Donors’ Minds!
July 20, 2017 at 12:06 pm

How often is “enough” for a prospective donor to see you? Often, organizations have stewardship and cultivation plans that may outline five, 10 or even more “touches” for donors...

Introduction to Strategic Nonprofit Major Gifts Moves Management
July 19, 2017 at 11:26 am

Today, we’re going to look at a great tool for building those important relationships with top prospects over time. And we all know that is what will result in the big gift. You know how important it is to put a plan in place to build relationships, right? It’s super de-duper important if you want to secure major gifts. I’m talking about “moves management...