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  • Scaling Up Collaborative Impact

    By The NonProfit Times — April 11, 2016

    The point of collaboration is not feel-good fuzziness. It’s the impact that all the feeling good will have.

  • Face-To-Face retention At 45%

    By The NonProfit Times — April 5, 2016

    The Nature Conservancy entered into the face-to-face fundraising realm during the 2010 fiscal year, fresh off the economic downturn. The downturn exposed the Arlington, Va.-based organization’s heavy reliance on direct mail and the need for building onto its list universe with a younger base.

  • Register Now For Federal Grants Data

    By The NonProfit Times — April 5, 2016 is the go-to website for finding federal grant opportunities and submitting proposals. “The feds have transformed the initial 2002 propeller-plane version of the site into a rocket ship,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “Now it’s a powerhouse portal into the federal grants universe.”

  • 8 Elements of Valued Support

    By The NonProfit Times — April 5, 2016

    Hello, I’m calling on behalf of DoGood Charity, and …”

  • 5 Unique Elements For Outcome Goals

    By The NonProfit Times — April 4, 2016

    Reaching goals is usually a good thing, but even setting or having goals can be beneficial, providing us with something to which we can aspire.

  • 7 Things To Know For Impact Volunteering

    By The NonProfit Times — April 4, 2016

    Nonprofit volunteering usually involves a warm and fuzzy feeling somewhere along the line, but warm and fuzzy won’t work if volunteers are not getting a feeling of making a real difference, of really contributing.

  • Change Process In Four Easy Steps

    By The NonProfit Times — April 4, 2016

    Day-to-day crisis management is not too many people’s idea of a good time, but that is exactly what many organizations go through all the time. Does it really have to be that way?

  • 2 concepts to boost membership participation

    By The NonProfit Times — March 29, 2016

    National Geographic, headquartered in Washington, D.C., faced a conundrum several years ago: How could it build a pipeline for long-term membership while not disturbing magazine renewals?

  • 99 grant acronyms on the wall…

    By The NonProfit Times — March 29, 2016

    The universe of federal grants is renowned for acronyms, abbreviations, and confusing terminology. What’s an AOR with MPIN or a pass-through entity? If your organization participates in the federal grants system, you’ll need to get a grip on this particular brand of jargon.

  • Those giving to you have a “type”

    By The NonProfit Times — March 29, 2016

    People give in a variety of ways, some of which differ strongly and some of which overlap at odd junctions.


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