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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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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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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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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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3 Nonprofits that Successfully Rebranded — and How They Did It

There are many reasons why organizations choose to rebrand themselves. Outdated logos, mergers, and misperceptions of an organization’s mission are all compelling reasons to reinvent a nonprofit’s image. Here are three nonprofits that survived the rebranding process thanks to planning, strategy, and forward thinking. 1. YMCA of the USA  In 2010, the YMCA underwent a …

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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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