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Good Work Requires Strong Infrastructure...

Almost every nonprofit needs grant funding. Grants are a great resource for powering your organization’s work forward. But even though they’re often a major revenue source, the infrastructure to support grant acquisition and management is commonly neglected. “Large nonprofits, hospitals, and educational institutions typically invest in infrastructure to support the grants process,” said Barbara Floersch, […]

Look Before You Leap Into Political Activity...

The coming months will feature the confirmation process of a new U.S. Supreme Court justice, a midterm election, and plenty of talking heads and Twitter handles sounding off on how their side is right and the other’s is terribly mistaken. It might seem natural for nonprofits leaders to want to weigh in and have their […]

4 Steps To Building A Portfolio-Review Tool...

How often would you check your oil if the little red light didn’t pop up on your dashboard? Regular maintenance is one way of paying a little bit now to enjoy benefits later. Managing and reviewing gift portfolios is no different. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute launched portfolio reviews in 2014, a bi-annual process. Six analysts […]

Hurricane Season Is Here Again: Tough Fundraising Questions...

Day-to-day nonprofit management can consist of a seemingly endless string of tough question and tougher answers. Perhaps at no time is this more true than when responding to a disaster; the questions roll up faster and there might not be enough time or resources to perfect answers. Julie Puzzo, vice president of development, and Chris […]

Turning Donors In Club Members...

Comedian Groucho Marx once opined that he’d never join a club that would agree to have him as a member. It’s a different story with donors. In her book “Effective Donor Relations” Janet L. Hedrick offers advice about starting a recognition gift club. They can be set up by constituency or specific interest, type of […]

Fundraising Weather Report: Summer Really Is Winter...

We are in the midst of summer which generally means that the kids are out of school, it’s vacation time, and you should really start preparations for your year-end campaign. Unlike Santa Claus, fundraisers and marketers cannot wait until back-to-school to get to work and still hope for their big, year-end plans to go off […]

11 Steps To A Micromanagement Meltdown...

It’s Friday night and you’re looking to make a nice week-ending dinner for a loved one. You have your recipe and plans, but you first need to hunt through the refrigerator and cabinet — jotting down what you already have on hand and what you need to run out to the supermarket to get. Creating […]

7 Steps For Finding Your Development Plan...

It’s Friday night and you’re looking to make a nice week-ending dinner for a loved one. You have your recipe and plans, but you first need to hunt through the refrigerator and cabinet — jotting down what you already have on hand and what you need to run out to the supermarket to get. Creating […]

7 Steps For Finding Your Development Plan...

It’s Friday night and you’re looking to make a nice week-ending dinner for a loved one. You have your recipe and plans, but you first need to hunt through the refrigerator and cabinet — jotting down what you already have on hand and what you need to run out to the supermarket to get. Creating […]

Using Bonds In 5 Easy Steps...

While learning about the bond market might not be as fun as watching James Bond fight bad guys and drink martinis (shaken, not stirred), understanding the appeal of your nonprofit to enter the bond market and the potential debts that may be incurred is important when first entering the capital market. During a session at […]