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6 Ways To Entice Millennial Donors

July 18, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

They’re here. Millennials gain prominence in society and commerce each year, making them an attractive population to help expand and diversify your organization’s donor base. What remains elusive, however, is how to attract this sect of donors, larger in number than Baby Boomers, after years of focusing on predominantly older donors — those who tend to be the most likely to give.

The Light Of Public Scrutiny Burns Bright

July 17, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Whether you like it or not, your organization is not immune from the kind of scrutiny concerning organizational expenses that Wounded Warrior Project was slammed with in 2016. Here’s the key question organization leaders have to ask themselves, according to Lou Mezzina, retired partner at KPMG LLP: If that scrutiny comes, are you ready for it? During the session, “Expense Allocations and the New ASU” at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Not-For-Profit Conference in National Harbor, Md., Mezzina discussed “the overhead myth” and the need to properly document organization expenses. Mezzina opined that, given the differing complexity and level of staffing and working necessary to achieve missions from organization to organization, expense ratios are given too much focus. The problem with pivoting too far from organization expenses, he said, is that it hurts fundraisers who depend on being able to tell donors that “90 percent of contributions go to mission.”

Investment Returns Pop, But Don’t Keep Up

July 14, 2017       Mark Hrywna      

Private and community foundations saw their highest average returns in three years but spending rates also jumped, staying ahead of 10-year returns.

Progressive Protesting Proving to Be Profitable

July 13, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

All it took was eight women sitting around a table at a conference in Boston last year talking about sustainability and the planet, and a new nonprofit was born. Called Global Women 4 Wellbeing, it launched in October at the Georgetown home in Washington, D.C., that owners Leigh Stringer and John Hlinko affectionately call “the house that Trump built.”

Young Nonprofit Executives Seek Accessible Training

July 13, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Jamie Smith isn’t just the executive director of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN), she’s a member. When she first joined the network’s Chicago regional office in 2009, she – like many in the sector – found herself underpaid and underdeveloped. Now she’s leading the organization’s mission of connecting young, emerging leaders with resources, professional development and ideas.

Study: Nonprofits To Expand To Survive

July 12, 2017       Andy Segedin      

More than three-quarters (76 percent) of nonprofits are at least somewhat likely to expand fundraising efforts during the next 12 to 18 months – a product of a growing to desire to not make like an Annie Hall shark and die by not moving forward.

Study: Donors React To Direct Mail More Than Email

July 11, 2017       Andy Segedin      

“There isn’t enough reverence for the written word these days,” is a refrain shared among college professors, newspaper editors, coffee-shop poets, and direct marketers for nonprofit organizations. In the latter’s case, however, the numbers don’t quite back up the cry.

Deeper Pyramid For Donor Prospect Management

July 11, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Imagine being a carpenter and, each day of your 20-year career, knowing that you drive in a nail with a hammer. Now imagine that, one day, the hammer no longer works for you. Fundraisers are currently experiencing a similar sense of bewilderment with new donor behaviors and trends changing the landscape of giving.

Jay Love Stepping Aside At Bloomerang

July 10, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Cloud-based donor management software company Bloomerang is undergoing a changing of the guard as founding CEO Jay Love has stepped down from the role. Co-founder, chief operating officer, and chief financial officer Ross Hendrickson assumed the role effective July 1. Love will stay on as chairman of the board and transition into a part-time chief relationship officer role.

A Millennial’s First Day At Your Nonprofit

July 10, 2017       Andy Segedin      

Imagine that a Millennial is arriving today for the first day on the job at your organization. It’s their first full-time job. If given only a sentence to provide them advice for the rest of their professional career, what would you tell them? The answer largely depends on your generation.