Management Tips

The Truth About Fundraising and Capitalization

May 2, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Nonprofit sector leaders have fooled themselves into thinking that breaking even at the end of the year means success, or that an endowment is needed in the struggle to pay the bills. It’s time to step back and challenge these long-too-held assumptions, challenge how flawed planning, communications and funding norms perpetuate our broken business models.

Fundraising As Social Change

May 2, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

“If there was ever a time for fundraising professionals and social change advocates to work together, this is it. Philanthropy can be a powerful tool for social change, but we must all pull together,” said Ligia Peña, M.Sc., CFRE, global legacy manager at Greenpeace International in Quebec, Canada.

7 Secrets of Building Donor Loyalty Through Monthly Giving

May 1, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Does your declining donor renewal level keep you awake at night? If so, you’re not alone.

Pivoting: The Secret to Successfully Handling Difficult Donor Conversations

May 1, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

There comes a time in every prospect visit that can remind one of the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem. To paraphrase, “When the visit was good, it was very very good, but when it was bad, it was horrid.”

Giving Platform Helps Solve Problems (Sponsored Content)

May 1, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

One of the coolest parts of working with nonprofits all over the country is that we get unprecedented insight into the day-to-day routines of fundraising professionals who are funding amazing work around the world.

Text Giving Getting Popular (Sponsored Content)

May 1, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

As more people interact with nonprofits on their cell phones, fundraisers are looking for mobile-friendly ways to engage their donors. One fundraising method that’s growing in popularity is text giving. Nonprofits can put their supporters’ phones to good use, encouraging donors to make gifts by texting a keyword and donation amount to a shortcode. Recent advancements in text giving platforms let donors give more than the $5 or $10 donations supported by legacy text giving programs, and nonprofits can get their money in days, not weeks.

5 Steps For Prospecting for Funders

April 25, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Grant managers at nonprofits “take a reactive approach to finding funders,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. A funding need arises, and staff members scramble to find an appropriate grantmaker for the situation.

9 Ideas For A New System

April 25, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

They’re like movie monsters. Everyone fears them, fights them, tries to prevent them from happening, but they keep cropping up anyway. They’re new ideas. No matter how hard people fight them, they’ll keep coming back.

Hispanic Countries All View Philanthropy Differently

April 18, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

It is normal to view people from roughly similar backgrounds in the same light, for example viewing all people from Spanish-speaking (or even Portuguese-speaking countries) as the same. In her book “Diversity and Philanthropy,” Lilya Wagner illuminates several distinctions about Hispanic countries. For example:

Beware of Awareness Outcomes

April 18, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Outcomes rule when it comes to grant proposals. Outcomes are the results that nonprofits claim will come about from the proposed grant-funded program. Because funders invest in positive social change, specific and measurable outcomes are an essential element of a successful grant proposal.