Category Archives: Fund Development

Client Spotlight: YWCA Lower Cape Fear

In 2015, the YWCA Lower Cape Fear realized it needed to develop a new strategic plan. “There had not been one for at least six years,” says Jenni Harris, President of YWCA’s Board of Directors. “We were in a position where we needed guidance on how to grow into a strong, functioning organization.” YWCA contracted …

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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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Is #GivingTuesday Dead?

Launched in 2012 to kickstart the holiday giving season, Giving Tuesday has become a fundraising phenomenon in the U.S. and beyond. In 2016, donors from 98 countries and territories participated, bringing in $168 million dollars online. But is Giving Tuesday becoming too popular as a fundraising strategy among nonprofits? Jason Parker, a communications and development …

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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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Capacity Building Grants for Nonprofits: Trend and Resources

This article was written by Ruth Peebles, MPA, President of The INS Group for eCivis, Inc, the nation’s leading grants management software solution and the ideal platform for improving local governments’ and community-based organizations’ grants performance. For more information about eCivis, visit www.ecivis.com. To read the full article, click here.

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3 Strategies for Building Relationships with Funders

This article was written by Ruth Peebles, MPA, President of The INS Group for eCivis, Inc, the nation’s leading grants management software solution and the ideal platform for improving local governments’ and community-based organizations’ grants performance. For more information about eCivis, visit www.ecivis.com. To read the full article, click here.  

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Developing a Board of Directors

Board Development – Part 1: Seek and Find Developing a Board of Directors (BOD) can sometimes make you feel that you are on a seek and find mission. All non-profit organizations have at some time during their development struggled with finding persons willing to serve on their BOD. However, some non-profits seem to have mastered …

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Does Your Organization Need to Hire a Development Director?

Determining when to hire a development director is arguably one of the trickiest decisions for a nonprofit. Considerations include the existence of a dedicated fundraising staff, the internal and external capacity of the organization to solicit funding, and the willingness to assess and implement operational changes that a concentrated fundraising commitment potentially requires. Serious analysis …

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