Category Archives: Donors

Client Spotlight: First Baptist Church of Raleigh

In early 2015, Dr. Dumas Harshaw, Jr. began to to realize that his church’s congregation was changing. The pastor of First Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina knew that his church needed a new plan for the future. “I could see the generation that had been so strong in sustaining the church begin to die …

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Why Staff Buy-In Matters

The process of organizational change can be daunting: How will staff be onboarded? Has leadership made the right decision? Will the organization thrive? Like many corporations, nonprofits often make decisions from the top down. However, incorporating staff into the decision making process can have tremendous benefits for organizations—and make change easier in the long run. …

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5 Tips for Hiring Your Next Executive Director

For nearly two decades, Band Together has carried out a unique mission: using live music to raise funds and awareness for local nonprofits. Since 2001, the organization has helped its Triangle-area nonprofit partners fundraise nearly $8 million, in the process transforming itself into what it calls a “philanthropic machine.” Earlier this year, Band Together’s longtime …

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4 Tips for Developing Strong In-Kind Relationships—from an Expert

Michael McLawhorn, an In-Kind Senior Manager for TROSA in Durham, NC, is responsible for sourcing nearly $4 million of in-kind donations each year for his organization’s residential substance abuse program. Here, he shares four strategies for increasing in-kind giving and making the most effective ask. 1. Before making an ask, consider everything your organization needs—from …

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Is Your Nonprofit Ready to Take on Social Entrepreneurship?

Multiple nonprofits have successfully become social enterprises to create new revenue streams and further their mission. Girl Scouts of the USA sells cookies and empowers girls, Juma Ventures operates concessions stands and employs economically disadvantaged teens, and the Women’s Bean Project hires women with backgrounds of chronic unemployment to manufacture gourmet goods. Social enterprise means …

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Client Spotlight: Center for Inquiry-Based Learning

For more than 15 years, the Center for Inquiry-Based Learning (CIBL), a Durham-based nonprofit, has provided STEM kits, STEM program consulting, and professional development to teachers and schools across North Carolina. But in 2014, CIBL’s leadership realized they had a problem. Earlier that year, CIBL had begun to see an ominous shift in its funding …

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Why Every Board Needs at Least One Millennial

Millennials have been skewered in the media as selfish, lazy, and apathetic. In 2013, Time magazine declared them as the “Me Me Me” generation. Yet Millennials—defined as individuals born between 1980 and 1996, or those 20-36 years old today—have unique perspectives and skillsets to contribute to nonprofit organizations. Here are three reasons why you should …

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Rethinking Site Visits

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” –Confucius Your organization has great collaterals for sharing its impact—a vibrant annual report, videos, program profiles on social media, and maybe even an impact page on your website. But are you bringing visitors to see and experience your organization’s work? …

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How to Motivate Donors to Continue to Give?

  Donors of all types are increasingly demand information about what you are working to achieve and how you will know if you succeed. Here are some best practices to help you fully inform donors of your organization’s strategy to help you motivate and inspire them to continue to give: Share multiple types of data, …

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Writing Nonprofit Bylaws: 14 Must-Have Items

“An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” These infamous words spoken by Benjamin Franklin remind us to take preventative measures. This is especially true when determining how to govern a nonprofit organization. Bylaws are to your organization as the Constitution is to the United States. They detail the procedures an organization …

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