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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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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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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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Rethinking Site Visits

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” –Confucius Your organization has great collaterals for sharing its impact—a vibrant annual report, videos, program profiles on social media, and maybe even an impact page on your website. But are you bringing visitors to see and experience your organization’s work? …

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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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8 Keys to Smart Fundraising

Generating gifts that can transform your nonprofit and its impact depends on creating a culture of philanthropy at your organization, and building donor loyalty. To help do that, you should: 1. Raise awareness — internally and externally — of community needs. 2. Get to know donors and the causes they care about. 3. Recognize donors’ …

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Applying for a Federal Grant? The Key Is Collaboration!

  What are the biggest benefits of collaborating with organizations when applying for a federal grant? It can help an organization that does not have visibility and an extensive track record in the community. In addition, it shows the funder that the organization is leveraging resources and a better investment. Organizations should: Identify collaborating partners …

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How Can Nonprofits Impact Policy?

  Can your nonprofit strengthen its capacity to use advocacy to impact governmental policy? Here are five steps to make it happen: Review your mission. What types of policies would enable you to better meet your goals? Engage policy makers by building relationships with local and state public officials. Be sure that your staff and …

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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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Social Ventures: Innovative Ways to Raise Funds

Today more non-profits are having conversations about social ventures or social entrepreneurship. Social and community needs grow, while funding from government and philanthropic institutions shrink. These institutions are also asking the question, “What is your plan for financial sustainability?” The terms social venture and social entrepreneur are sometimes used interchangeably and may have different meanings …

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