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  • Donors Really Don’t Like Change That Much

    By Stephanie Ceruolo — November 8, 2016

    It is said that people are “creatures of habit” who tend to do the same things over and over. That’s certainly the case in fundraising. Donors tend to repeat previous behaviors, including responding to the types of appeals they previously found compelling. Getting donors to repeat their previous actions is critical to donor retention and revenue.

  • Election 2016: Nonprofits Fan Out To Safeguard Voters’ Rights

    By Andy Segedin — November 7, 2016

    Philadelphia, Pa., will be among the country’s most-watched locales during tomorrow’s presidential election, with the southeastern portion of blue-tinted Pennsylvania seen as a key battleground for the state’s 20 electoral votes.

  • 15 Years & Counting: Volunteer Keeps 9/11 List Serve Running

    By Andy Segedin — November 7, 2016

    If the print newspaper industry is in trouble, its demise cannot be attributed to Arnold Korotkin.

  • Federal Faith-Based Office Less Controversial, But Still Stirs Discussion

    By Eleanor Clift — November 7, 2016

    The faith-based initiative established with such fanfare by President George W. Bush isn’t in the headlines much anymore. Contrary to reports of its demise, the program, now called the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is alive, though configured somewhat differently under a more secular minded Democratic administration than it was under Bush, a born-again evangelical Christian.

  • NPT 100: Public Dollars Buoy Nonprofits

    By Mark Hrywna — November 7, 2016

    The nation’s largest nonprofits continued to see revenue steadily rise during 2015 through a combination of increased public support, program and other revenue, that made up for declines in government funding and investment income.

  • Small Vets’ Charity Changes Name

    By Mark Hrywna — November 7, 2016

    A Florida veterans’ charity has changed its name to avoid confusion with a larger, more well-known veterans’ organization.
    Wounded Warriors of South Florida last week announced its new name, Wounded Veterans Relief Fund (WVRF), effectively immediately. The organization formally announced its new name during its fifth annual All Branches Military Ball and Gala, presented by the Military Officers Associations of America (MOAA) on Saturday.

  • Nonprofit Hopes Hillary Or Donald Float Donors’ Boats

    By Andy Segedin — November 4, 2016

    On the heels of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announcing a “donor wall” to feature the etched-in names of supporters, an environmental organization is hoping that the same concept can fetch them two much-needed boats.

  • High-Income Chinese-Americans Target Science, Tech

    By Mark Hrywna — November 2, 2016

    Affluent Chinese-Americans put a greater emphasis on science and technology nonprofits (20 percent) than wealthy Americans generally (9 percent) but almost half of both groups prioritize children’s and education charities.

  • Classy Secures $30 Million In Financing

    By Mark Hrywna — November 2, 2016

    Cloud-based fundraising platform Classy closed on $30 million Series C financing, bringing its total raised to $53 million since it was founded 10 years ago. It’s the second round of funding secured within the last 17 months.

  • Study Proves Triple-Digit Revenue Hike From Sustainers

    By Andy Segedin — November 1, 2016

    National Harbor, Md. — Fundraisers are frequently hungry for more donors and revenue, but they might be leaving both on the table by not diving into sustainer programs. In fact, converting donors to sustainers could result in a post-conversion revenue increase of up to 300 percent.


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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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