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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Considering the Collective Impact Model? Where to Look, What to Ask

Here are a few places to turn to when seeking partners for a collective: State and Community Partnerships Identify community organizations and those focused on systems change. Support and Intermediary Organizations Develop relationships with grassroots organizations and universities that can help with research and offer skills and professional development for partners. Grantmakers They can help build …

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What Are the 5 Key Components of Collective Impact?

When using a Collective Impact model, organizations from different sectors will agree to solve a specific social problem using a common agenda, aligning their efforts, and using common measures of success. Here are the 5 key components for success to the Collective Impact approach: Common Agenda: Participants must have shared vision for change or common …

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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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Do’s & Don’ts When Creating an Annual Operating Plan

One of the most important components of an organization’s strategic plan is the annual “operating plan.” This details the major goals and activities to be accomplished during the upcoming fiscal year. A few dos and don’ts:      DON’T exclude people who will be responsible for implementing your plan.      DO create an action …

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What Are the Components of an Effective Nonprofit Strategic Plan?

The components of an effective organizational strategic plan include:      Monitoring & Evaluation – This includes the criteria for monitoring and evaluation as well as the responsibilities and frequencies of monitoring the implementation of the plan.      Communication – This describes the actions that will be taken to communicate your plan and to …

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How to Best Communicate Your Nonprofit Strategic Plan

An organization’s strategic plan is a blueprint to the future that allows leadership to evaluate its mission to determine strategy, advance its mission, and set realistic goals and objectives. The plan, however, should not be created and left to collect dust in a file drawer. Some stakeholders should get complete copies of your plan, including …

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How Nonprofits Can Build Relationships with Diverse Communities

Here are some strategies to help your organization build stronger relationships with people from underrepresented groups: Offer internships and fellowship programs for potential members of color Partner with existing membership organizations that reach these groups, i.e. community-specific chambers of commerce Create a mentoring program pairing board members with board members who are from communities of …

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