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Nonprofit Branding: 3 Questions to Ask Your Organization
January 15, 2019 at 11:43 am

As a nonprofit professional, you have a mandate to understand your supporters. The competition for discretionary dollars is extraordinary. So when it comes to nonprofit branding, there are three questions to ask...

What’s the Buzz With Metrics—and How They Can Help Your Nonprofit Measure Success
January 4, 2019 at 3:13 pm

Long gone are the days where your nonprofit is guessing or estimating how well its doing. Every nonprofit needs to establish a process of calculating and measuring its success, if they haven’t done so already. But let’s take a closer look at success—what does that really entail? Success varies from one nonprofit to the other;…

The Orr Group: The Power of the Team
December 12, 2018 at 1:18 pm

From its beginning, Orr Group’s culture has been infused with values drawn from Steve Orr’s background as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs. Orr Group’s focus is on building relationships, measuring ROI, accountability and metrics. The culture fosters entrepreneurship, whilst drawing on the knowledge of staff with firsthand experience inside nonprofits, from serving as major…

Being in Fifth Grade—Strategic Fundraising
November 29, 2018 at 12:58 pm

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...

Shake It Up: Shifting Your Strategy in the Disruption Economy
November 20, 2018 at 12:26 pm

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...

The Orr Group: Campaigns—Changing the Game
November 16, 2018 at 12:26 pm

What kinds of things should nonprofits look at, and seek advice on, if they are considering embarking on a campaign? In this video, Orr Group leaders discuss three critical components: 1) the need for a big idea and a big vision to motivate and inspire donors 2) the value of a dynamic, authentic and credible…

Clarify Your Mission With Journey Mapping
November 15, 2018 at 1:17 pm

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...

P2P 201 Speaker Spotlight: Steven Nardizzi
November 2, 2018 at 1:35 pm

Faced with a growing population in need of its services, but an economy in the midst of the greatest recession in generations, how one organization consciously bucked conventional fundraising wisdom and heavily invested in fundraising at a time when most were scaling back...

Don’t Leave Your Donors Depressed
October 16, 2018 at 11:01 am

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...

Why Should Nonprofits Consider Impact Reporting?
October 3, 2018 at 1:16 pm

In the nonprofit world, every organization strives for change—change for a better world and change in the name of social good—and every nonprofit seeks donors who will support and donate to their causes. But in order to find those quality long-term donors that nonprofits look for, nonprofits need to understand that, in this day and…

Organized Chaos and Giving Up Control: 2 Keys to Social Enterprise Innovation
October 2, 2018 at 10:12 am

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...

Maximize Nonprofit Galas With Audience Development
October 2, 2018 at 10:06 am

As nonprofit organizations around the country are busy planning fall galas, it feels like a great time to share some insights about audience development. When my agency works with clients to plan events, we encourage them to be strategic in how they think about the various audiences that support a gala...

Why Your Data Is Crucial for Effective Donor Retention
September 13, 2018 at 1:03 pm

Yes, this is another article that talks about data instead of how to effectively craft a full-fledged marketing strategy for your nonprofit. But what you need to know is that your marketing strategy is already partially crafted by the data you’ve been collecting...

Top 5 Nonprofit Impact Metrics of 2018
August 28, 2018 at 11:50 am

In a recent MobileCause poll of fundraising professionals and nonprofit board members, we gleaned insights into which metrics, beyond the obvious “dollars raised,” demonstrate nonprofit impact...

Donor Data Is at Risk in the Nonprofit Sector: What Can Be Done?
August 21, 2018 at 12:35 pm

A colleague of mine, who happens to be a former fundraiser, has said to me that if she were a thief, one of the places she would hack first is a nonprofit organization. She’s probably right. Let’s think about it for a moment...

Does Your Year-End Fundraising Drive Include IRA Owners Over Age 70½?
August 21, 2018 at 12:26 pm

With the new tax reform law in place, the ability of your donors ages 70½ and older to donate the distribution from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) to charity has been made permanent. This is good news. Previously the provision was tenuous and had to be renewed every year. Let me explain...