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  • 6 essentials to a quality fundraising video

    By The NonProfit Times — October 12, 2015

    Though nonprofit managers come from a wide variety of disciplines from business to social work to law, film tends not to be one of them. With fundraisers looking at film as a means of getting advocacy messages to the public, some managers might be struggling with the ABCs of creating a successful video.

  • 10 digital best practices

    By The NonProfit Times — October 12, 2015

    As long-time donors age and new donors start to come of age, the digital world is becoming more comfortable with just about all facets of life. Fundraisers are going to have to become more comfortable with the digital age. Luddites need not apply for funds.

  • 10 tips to improving value in your insurance portfolio

    By The NonProfit Times — October 12, 2015

    How much do you know about your organization’s insurance portfolio? What sort of value are you getting? For those who may respond with a shrug, Scott R. Konrad, senior vice president and not-for-profit business practice leader at HUB International Northeast Limited presented “10 Practical Tips to Sharpen Value in Your Nonprofit’s Insurance Portfolio” at the 2015 Risk Summit.

  • 6 characteristics of effective fundraisers

    By The NonProfit Times — October 8, 2015

    With just about every aspect of an organization dependent on fundraising, fundraisers and their effectiveness could be the difference between a thriving organization and one lagging behind.

  • 7 tips for handling a crisis

    By The NonProfit Times — October 8, 2015

    Many nonprofit leaders pride themselves on analytical thinking and calmness under pressure. It is easy to lose one’s head, however, during times of crisis.

  • 6 legacy program basics

    By The NonProfit Times — October 7, 2015

    Though every little bit helps in fundraising, bequests are a means of moving toward organizational goals in leaps as opposed to steps. During the session “Planned Giving Marketing – Legacy Leadership Program” at the National Catholic Development Conference, Rich Fox of Rich Fox & Associates, Inc., in Carmel Valley, Calif. cited six basics to pursuing legacy gifts.

  • 8 online best practices

    By The NonProfit Times — October 6, 2015

    Piling up Facebook likes and Twitter followers is nice, but managers might be looking to take their online presence to the next level.

  • 5 elements of telling a good story

    By The NonProfit Times — October 6, 2015

    It’s all right to ask donors for money, because that’s what fundraisers must do for an organization to survive. A large part of the nonprofit-donor exchange is not just extracting but also offering the donor a chance to feel good about the experience.

  • A dozen things to know about bequests.

    By The NonProfit Times — October 6, 2015

    Fundraisers know that bequests are a very good source of financial support, and thus always looking for ways to improve those planned giving figures.

  • Planning for disaster and other unforeseen events

    By The NonProfit Times — October 4, 2015

    With Hurricane Joaquin headed up the east coast, some might have flashbacks to a girl named Katrina. This year marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, a disaster sill leaving its effects. And when disaster happens it is usually nonprofits working to bring relief.

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