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An average of 7 percent of nonprofit emails end up in spam folders each month – and more than 10 percent during year-end campaigns – potentially costing charities as much as $7,400 in revenue each year.
Empathy sparked a fire in both Nicholas Midler and the late Alexandra Scott, two young entrepreneurs who each got a thriving nonprofit enterprise out of the starting blocks long before entering high school. And, though each eagerly started a daunting race, it was the timely handoffs and teamwork that saw their dreams of success reach fruition.
Religion and education seem to have a lot in common when it comes to donors using Fidelity Charitable’s donor-advised funds (DAF). The percentage of grant volume was 27 percent for religious groups and 15 percent for education during 2015. But the script was flipped when it came to percentage of actual grant dollars, with education leading the pack at 26 percent and religion coming in at 16 percent.
The Atlantic Philanthropies is looking to the future with a pair of multi-decade investments in the Atlantic Fellows program totaling nearly $200 million. The grants push total investment into the Atlantic Fellows program to $600 million, the foundation’s largest collective investment in its 35-year history, which will conclude this year.
More than 2,100 of 8,000 organizations evaluated by Charity Navigator, or about 27 percent, will see their ratings change due to a new ratings system to be activated on June 1. There is no change, however, to its embattled stand on joint allocation cost.
America’s iteration of Red Nose Day reeled in $31.5 million on Thursday, including $18 million from retail partner Walgreens. The second-year event, which benefits children living in poverty domestically and abroad, improved upon last year’s totals by more than $8 million.
The 92nd Street Y’s (92Y) Center for Innovation and Social Impact will be renamed the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at 92Y. The change comes following a $15 million donation to the center from the Belfer family.
A storm is brewing over universities’ rainy-day funds. State and federal government are eyeballing schools’ endowments, with forced spending and taxation among potential mandates to be levied.
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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!