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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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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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Managing Organizational Growth: A Success Story

The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle launched in 1989 with a simple observation: edible food was being thrown out by food vendors instead of making it to the hands of the hungry. Twenty-eight years later, the Food Shuttle has evolved into into a thriving nonprofit that recovers over six million pounds of food a year across seven …

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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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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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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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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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Storytelling for Nontraditional Outcomes

Many nonprofits have impact that is difficult to quantify. For example, how does an organization offering experiential learning programs for urban youth share the transformation and wonder that occurs when children learn outdoors? Or what about a nonprofit that puts incarcerated individuals and graduate students in the same classroom so they can learn from one …

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Collective Impact: Management & Design Best Practices

Design and implement your collective initiative with a priority placed on equity. Address systemic structures and practices that create barriers to equitable outcomes for all populations, particularly along lines of race and class. Be intentional about the collective design to ensure that an “equity lens” is in place throughout the process. Include community members in …

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