Category Archives: Fund Development

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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What Are Some Characteristics of Diverse Donors?

Nonprofit donors from diversity backgrounds share common characteristics. Below are a few to help expand your nonprofit’s donor base: First-generation wealth Wealth from entrepreneurial enterprises in specific industries Live in multiple worlds/cultures Participate in multiple networks Bi-culturally fluent Most often prefer causes that impact their own communities Rarely limit giving to their own community Reluctant …

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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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Philanthropy in the Latino Community: How and Why They Give

New research shows that people within the Latino community are increasingly turning to philanthropy to provide support. Want to expand your donor reach in this market? Here’s how and why they give: Why Latinos Give: Emergency and financial assistance to family and “Como familia” in U.S. and abroad Religion Family-related issues, children/youth, elderly Community rights …

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Philanthropy in the African American Community: How and Why They Give

The face of philanthropy is rapidly changing to become as ethnically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse as our country’s population – and demographic trends show that communities of color are giving at increasing rates and levels. Aligned with the goals of the founder of Black History Month Carter G. Woodson (shown), greater attention is now being …

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The Nuts & Bolts of Building Your Resources Capacity

Organizations seeking to develop their resources capacity can take heart in knowing that resources are everywhere. How you identify and use them is what makes the difference. Successful resource development does not necessarily require doing more. Instead, it means being more strategic, thoughtful, and deliberate. Below are the five “I’s” of resource development, distilled from …

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Grant Writing: The Most Commonly Requested Attachments

  When applying for a grant, funders will often ask for specific attachments. Read the guidelines carefully and only send what has been requested. Funders may ask for the following to help shed more light on your organization.  Audited financial statement R.S. Determination Letter Board roster Project budget Organizational budget Letters of support or endorsement Resumes …

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Top Nonprofit Crowdfunding Sites

Causes: A platform for individuals and nonprofit organizations who want to change the world Crowdrise: Named the “Top 25 Best Global Philanthropist” CauseVox: A startup social site that focuses on helping small to mid-sized nonprofits raise funds and have a social impact DoJiggy: A complete online event registration/donation management system where constituents can fundraise Fundly: …

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Deciding on a Crowdfunding Site? Use this Checklist

  ✓ Aesthetics: Are the fundraising pages/template appealing to donors? Can you post videos and pictures?   ✓ Ease of Setup: How easy is it to create the fundraising page and are there technical skills needed?   ✓ Methods for Making Donations: Can donors make contributions through credit cards or e-checks and how quickly are …

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Applying for a Grant (Part III)? Important Steps to Follow

  These are the final yet all-important components of creating a grant-writing proposal. This is part of an ongoing blog series; read part II here.   STEP: Establish a Plan for Long-Term Funding ►Show the funder that your organization is working toward sustainability and self-sufficiency ►Determine how ongoing programs/services will be funded ►Develop a strategic …

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