Legacy societies remain a popular method of both engaging donors and securing repeat gifts. All but 10 of the 120 largest American universities in terms of endowment size had a university-wide legacy society as of this past March. Nearly all, 104, of the institutions require no minimum gift for membership.
A good sushi roll is not only based on what’s inside, but how it is wrapped up and presented to you. You can’t be a great chef without taste and presentation. So if local branches make up your organization, you’ve got to have a unified brand to bring your message from good to great.
How is it possible to get people to care enough to support an organization or a cause, or even idea? And not just once, but over and over again, for as long as it’s possible?
It’s all about clicks. It’s all about likes. It’s all about engagement.
Tighter budgets and increased demand for services make decisions about staffing difficult, to put it mildly. The need never goes away, but sometimes the money does. And, someone is in the middle of trying to balance those conflicting pressures.
Innovation has been a byword of the world for the past two centuries. Entities that have been in step with rapid innovation have usually been able to survive, and even flourish. No matter how much demagogues of any stripe might call for a return to past centuries, continued rapid innovation across many walks of life will make such retrogression impossible.
People who submit funding requests to grantmakers don’t “write grants.” That’s the common language in the field. But, it’s wrong.
Nonprofit leaders are aware of the need for effective leadership, but one area in which they can overlook that need is fundraising. Speaking at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International Fundraising Conference in Boston, Nigel Harris, chief executive officer of the Mater Foundation in Australia, said that there are six R’s of fundraising leadership.
A strong foundation is the beginning to building a solid house. No matter how great your curb appeal, cracks in your foundation will cost you big time next time you renovate. Fundraising is the foundation your organization is built on, and should be a priority when proposing organizational change.
In the age of GoFundMe, Kickstarter, and IndieGoGo, people donating to other people rather than organizations is more prevalent than ever. Your organization can embrace this trend of “getting by with a little help from my friends” by turning donors into fundraisers with encouragement, motivation, and the right technology.
You have a job description, but on any given day, you're probably doing dozens of things outside the scope of that description. Combine that with the challenge of a fast-paced environment and the shifting priorities of funders, colleagues, and board members and it’s easy to fall short of doing your best. By being mindful of your limitations and capacity—and saying “no” when your plate is full—you can actually do more for your cause. In the sixth installment of the Raise and Engage podcast Danielle Johnson and Robin Anderson discuss the power of saying “no” at work.
In the most recent episode of Raise + Engage, Danielle is back with Brian Reich from little m media to discuss how nonprofit professionals can stay motivated and energized in their day-to-day roles. Brian shares his experience working with nonprofits and the lessons and tips he's learn from and shared with them over the years, including tips for avoiding a professional rut, creating forward momentum in your career and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you're considering making a career move or want to ensure you're on the right path, you won't want to miss this inspo-packed episode!
Episode 4: Apps and Hacks to Stay (Mostly) Sane, is all about tips, tricks and tools for sanity. Blackbaud’s own interactive product marketer, Julia Lenz, joins host Danielle Johnson to share some high tech. (and no tech.) productivity tips to help nonprofit professionals stay sane in the crazy world of philanthropy. Tune in to hear:
- Tips for how to spend the first 30 minutes of your day
- The benefits of 15 minute meetings
- Why notebooks are still relevant to a successful organization
- Ideas for better managing your inbox
- Why you should take lunch outside the box
- ...and much more!
Episode 3: Tech. Connection: Solutions, Strategy, and Staff In episode 3 of the Raise + Engage podcast, Danielle Johnson is joined by Chris Geady and William DaSilva, two IT experts in the nonprofit space, to talk technology integration for NPOs: when you need it, when you don’t, and how to do it successfully. Tune in to hear:
- When to say NO to integration
- How to set your strategic plan before even looking at technologies
- Ways to get your entire team on board
- The importance of identifying a project lead
- The RFP process - how it should and should not go
According to Danielle Johnson, straight-shooting host of the Raise + Engage podcast series, if your staff members aren’t the number one advocates for your cause on social media, you’re failing. In the most recent episode, Danielle is joined by Blackbaud’s own social media guru Madeline Turner to discuss overcoming social struggles and creating a social ambassador program at your organization. This entertaining and insightful duo dishes on the importance of making your social media presence human, making the case for a formal social program to leadership, how University of Michigan turned a one time social media campaign into a long term social program, and how Madeline's mom unknowingly became a social ambassador on #GivingTuesday.
In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!