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  • Use technology to know what supporters think

    By The NonProfit Times — March 9, 2016

    This is only a test, but that does not mean taking no action. Testing can be applied in a variety of ways, and results of testing can be applied in many places across the fundraising spectrum

  • 5 systemic guidelines to put in place

    By The NonProfit Times — March 3, 2016

    Problems are best handled if they are prevented from ever becoming problems. That’s easy to say, but trying to install system-wide quality can be a better approach than dealing with each disaster as it arises, even if it looks like more work.

  • Religion and Elections: 10 Things You Can’t Do

    By The NonProfit Times — March 2, 2016


  • 3 risks, three plans of attack

    By The NonProfit Times — March 2, 2016

    Nonprofit managers face risk, both in day-to-day operations and over the long term. The types of risks are many and varied.

  • 4 ways of relaxing in complexity

    By The NonProfit Times — March 2, 2016

    One lesson to be learned from the everything-right-now 21st century is that everything must be not only right now but also very simple. The 2016 presidential campaign is showing America that simplistic jingo is what everyone wants and will get.

  • Peer-To Peer Events Require Fundraising Endurance

    By Andy Segedin — February 23, 2016

    There’s a joke among the endurance event community: “How do you know somebody is training for a marathon? They’ll tell you.” Smile Train, based in New York City, has turned endurance events and participants’ desire to share their experiences into a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign that has helped buoy the nonprofits’ fundraising efforts.

  • How to handle unexpected responses

    By The NonProfit Times — November 17, 2015

    There is nothing quite like a face-to-face meeting with a prospect, especially if that prospect could become a major or sustaining donor.

  • A dozen fundraising board tools

    By The NonProfit Times — November 17, 2015

    Although organizations embrace the concept with varying degrees of enthusiasm, board involvement in fundraising is one of the foundation stones of nonprofit operations. That’s easy to say, but often board members are not sure of what exactly is required of them.

  • 5 tips for finding the right funders

    By The NonProfit Times — November 17, 2015

    Writing a fundraising pitch that spurs readers to donate money is an important part of the fundraising process. Focusing too keenly on the right word can draw attention away from the best places to make the pitch.

  • Prepare for special event risks

    By The NonProfit Times — November 16, 2015

    More than three-quarters (79%) of organizations depend on special events for fundraising, according to Melissa Engel, vice president and product team leader for the United States Liability Insurance Group’s nonprofit package.


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