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  • Personality is definitely a point of view

    By The NonProfit Times — January 11, 2016

    When Neil Simon’s play “The Odd Couple” was made into a movie, people loved craggy Walter Matthau as the slovenly Oscar and trim Jack Lemon as the prissy Felix. Perfect casting.

  • 5 ideas for personalizing the experience

    By The NonProfit Times — January 5, 2016

    Giving donors or supporters a painless online experience is key to getting them to donate or in other ways support an organization or cause.

  • 4 entities with which you need to communicate

    By The NonProfit Times — January 5, 2016

    Communication failures cause many of the problems organizations confront in managing grants. “Clear, consistent communication takes time and focus,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center, in Los Angeles, Calif. “But communication tasks are often left out of the structured grant management system. Everyone just assumes everyone else is communicating. And that’s a mistake.”

  • 7 essential elements of a call report

    By The NonProfit Times — January 5, 2016

    Once you’ve visited a major giving prospect, you’ll have to document the event and elements of the conversation. Your call report or trip report will help others know about the prospect, and will be a refresher the next time you contact the potential donor.

  • 11 engagement strategies being employed

    By The NonProfit Times — December 22, 2015

    What’s working, what isn’t? Fundraisers have developed many strategies that have become enshrined in the playbook. But, those in the nonprofit sector also understand that there is still a strong element of a work in progress.

  • 20 ideas for return on fundraising investment

    By The NonProfit Times — December 22, 2015

    Fundraisers routinely check their return on investment (ROI), but they don’t always take a close enough look at just what they are tracking or hoping to learn.

  • 5 ideas for good grants management

    By The NonProfit Times — December 22, 2015

    The phrase “grants management” tends to conjure up visions of rules, regulations, and U.S. Office of Management and Budget circulars. “Grant recipients tend to think of grants management in terms of staying out of trouble and avoiding ‘gotchas,’” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center, in Los Angeles, Calif.

  • 4 elements of key performance indicators

    By The NonProfit Times — December 15, 2015

    Any grantmaking entity wants to make sure that organizations receiving its support assess and monitor the health, performance and sustainability of grant fundraising efforts. In plain English, organizations that receive money want to make sure they are getting the most out of their donated dollars, and the organizations donating those dollars want to make very sure that the organizations are making the most out of their donated dollars.

  • 5 gift annuity organizational considerations

    By The NonProfit Times — December 15, 2015

    Establishing a charitable gift annuity (CGA) is more than just accepting the donor’s contribution and saying thanks, although those are important.

  • 5 ideas for mobile-friendly online forms

    By The NonProfit Times — December 15, 2015

    Forms, forms, forms. Who likes ’em?

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