“Darling, I just wanted to tell you that …”
While fundraising is often a game of hitting singles and doubles, development staffs sometimes look to gear up for a homerun through a major gifts program.
“No job is finished until the paperwork is done.”
With the number of moving parts associated with considering organization risk, some managers might feel more comfortable laying it all out on the table, if only they knew where to start.
A grant proposal that includes a passionate, uplifting articulation of your organization’s vision for the program can inspire funders to support your request. But that inspiration won’t last long unless the proposal also describes the nuts and bolts of the approach–the specific activities and timelines you’ll use to produce the desired outcomes.
The average tenure of a major gifts officer in the philanthropic sector is 16 months, according to the Philanthropy Leadership Council. With the expense in time, money and missed opportunity associated with turnover, organizational leaders have a number of reasons for wanting to keep quality officers onboard.
Just as it’s easier to take a test when you know the questions you’ll be asked, fundraising can be made easier by knowing what potential donors are thinking.
Though nonprofit managers come from a wide variety of disciplines from business to social work to law, film tends not to be one of them. With fundraisers looking at film as a means of getting advocacy messages to the public, some managers might be struggling with the ABCs of creating a successful video.
As long-time donors age and new donors start to come of age, the digital world is becoming more comfortable with just about all facets of life. Fundraisers are going to have to become more comfortable with the digital age. Luddites need not apply for funds.
How much do you know about your organization’s insurance portfolio? What sort of value are you getting? For those who may respond with a shrug, Scott R. Konrad, senior vice president and not-for-profit business practice leader at HUB International Northeast Limited presented “10 Practical Tips to Sharpen Value in Your Nonprofit’s Insurance Portfolio” at the 2015 Risk Summit.
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!
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