Category Archives: Fundraising

How Can Your Resource Development Committee Be Most Effective?

What your nonprofit resource development committee should be doing to developing donor relationships that lead to long-term organizational sustainability: Develop policies and procedures Ensure a strong case for support Develop plans/procedures for board fundraising Help develop strategies for the involvement and cultivation of major gifts Track environmental factors affecting fundraising Evaluate prospects’ increased levels of …

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Your Fundraising Toolkit: What You Need When “Making the Ask”

You’ve built the relationships and scheduled the appointments. Now, with the following resources on hand, making the ask – and securing gifts – will be more effective than without them: Elevator or grocery line speech Case statement document Strategic fund development plan FAQ (frequently asked questions) one-sheet Annual report Rack card or tri-fold brochure Newsletter Fact …

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Nonprofit Board Checklist: Roles & Responsibilities

Maintaining an effective board of directors, communicating their roles and responsibilities, and holding the board accountable is critical to the growth of every nonprofit. Here’s a useful checklist for your board to follow: Understand plans/programs for fundraising Endorse the case why someone should contribute to the nonprofit Contribute the fullest measure of means Offer names …

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3 Must-Know Fundraising Trends (and 3 Strategies)

Nonprofits that stay in step with fundraising trends and anticipate what funders will be asking for will be best able to build their capacity in 2018. Here are some top trends:      Trend: There will be heightened demand for nonprofits to articulate the anticipated results of their work and to track whether those results …

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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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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 #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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