Adrienne Golden-If It’s Not WOW, It’s Not Worth It: Fuse Project

– Adrienne Golden   The financial landscape for nonprofit organizations is changing. It used to be that through partnership with the United Way, the charitable foundation of a local corporation, a few small fundraisers, and dedicated givers, any organization could find success and longevity. But the truth is, since the early 1970s, only 2% of…

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Nonprofits that Work – Fuse Project

Fuse Project   One of the greatest challenges of the past generation in the nonprofit space has centered on the emergence of Millennials into leadership roles within the nonprofit organizational structure. How would Millennials mesh with the organizational structures that were built for previous generations? How would this demographic relate to an industry often focused…

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Cynthia Adams – Challenges of Seeking Grant Support

– Cynthia M. Adams   Change in the field of philanthropy can be so subtle that it often goes unnoticed. Look at one aspect of that field – grantseeking – and it becomes almost impossible to detect. To help us recognize and track these changes, we conduct a survey every six months to determine the…

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Jän Paul Ostendorf, Austin Munhofen – Positive First Impressions

– Jän Paul Ostendorf and Austin Munhofen   First impressions are important. For-profit and nonprofit organizations alike have a responsibility to present themselves authentically and accurately to their potential and current stakeholders. Appearance is a significant component to creating that first impression. Whether it’s a website, business card, or printed material, how your brand looks…

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Cynthia Adams – Simple Ways to Expand Your Grant Support

– Cynthia M. Adams   In our semiannual State of Grantseeking survey, we regularly hear, “We apply to grantmakers we are familiar with, but do not have time to search for other funding sources for specific projects or needs.” It’s easy to get stuck on a treadmill when it comes to grantseeking, and very difficult…

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Samantha Steidle – Supercharge Online Fundraising

– Samantha Steidle   Nonprofit organizations are competing in a highly digital marketplace that often leaves them behind due to a lack of resources. Here are the top 10 ways that your nonprofit can revamp its online fundraising efforts. With this hard-hitting advice, you can better reach target audiences and raise funds more efficiently in…

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Della Britton – Tackling Challenges Together: Jackie Robinson Fdn

– Della Britton Baeza    Established in 1973 by Rachel Robinson to perpetuate the memory of her husband, The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is one of the nation’s oldest and most effective college scholarship programs supporting minority college and graduate school students throughout the United States. JRF’s two-pronged approach provides generous, four-year grants in conjunction…

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Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday: Are You Ready?

– Sandy Birkenmaier   Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday are just over four weeks away. Is your nonprofit organization prepared to participate? Small Business Saturday was begun by American Express in 2010 to encourage everyone to shop at small local brick and mortar stores. It can be equally important for small nonprofit organizations. The…

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Leah Eustace – Philanthropy: From Diversity to Inclusion

– Leah Eustace   A few months ago, Blackbaud came out with a report called “Diversity in Giving: The Changing Landscape of American Philanthropy.” It’s based on a survey of just over 1,000 adults and looks specifically at the giving traditions, attitudes and values of African-American, Asian, and Hispanic donors. One of the statements in…

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Rob Touchstone – Doing Well and Doing Good! The Well Coffeehouse

– Rob Touchstone   Typically, when we think about giving to a cause, we see it as one-sided, that we’re making sacrifices for the sake of others. That’s what giving is: you’re giving to someone else. At The Well Coffeehouse, and at many organizations across our country, we are reframing that sense. We’re showing you…

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