Arnon Shafir – Do-Good Science Meets Do No Evil

– Arnon Shafir   At first glance, online fundraising and crowdfunding are old-new avenues for nonprofits to raise more funds. Unlike traditional online giving, Intelligent Fundraising is more than an art; it’s a science. Imagine being told that restricting contribution ranges can bring in more donors and boost donations and that shortening campaign time frames…

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Jill O’Donnell-Tormey – Collaboration and Donor Engagement

– Jill O’Donnell-Tormey   Giving has changed significantly in my two-plus decades at the Cancer Research Institute (CRI). When I arrived at CRI, donors believed in our mission and were willing to make donations to do something about cancer, but were less hands-on, trusting the organization to do good. Now donors want to know what…

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Wendy Friswell – Collaboration for Ripple Effects

– Wendy Friswell   What if nonprofits could work together to meet the deeper needs of a community? That was the question that was present in our community as we started Spirit of Giving. Spirit of Giving is a collaborative, nonprofit organization with focus on children and families in South Palm Beach County, Florida. It…

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Sarah Cunningham – Creating a New Religious Community

– Sarah Cunningham   With my dad as a pastor, I never imagined church was perfect. But worship was exciting to me and a core part of my identification as a member of my local church. My first job was as a church staffer in my early 20s, an idealistic life stage when I wanted…

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Jeff Fromm – Designing for Millennials

– Jeff Fromm   Most nonprofits have a lot of equity in old schemas, but Millennials have little equity in them, creating a fundamental conflict. If we start by looking at the core product or service that the nonprofit offers, and examine it for what reasons people are engaged by and resonate with it, we…

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Kyle Gracey – Closing the Millennial-Board Divide

– Kyle Gracey   To the average Millennial, serving on a board of directors seems as distant as paying off the mortgage or collecting Social Security, if it crosses their mind at all. Similarly, too many board members consider filling open slots with Millennials about as often as they think of filling them with toddlers…

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Connor Gwin – Millennials and the Church

– Connor Gwin   Millennials are the topic of many conversations in the Christian church these days. Depending on whom you ask, this generation will either destroy or save Christianity. Either way, most agree that Millennials are not in the pews. Every two weeks or so, a blog post lists the “Five Ways to Attract…

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Cynthia Adams – GrantStation Forum on Changes in Philanthropy

– Cynthia M. Adams   Over a year ago, I read a report that changed my long-held belief that philanthropy, especially in the world of grant makers, seldom changes and, when it does change, the change is slow. The report was called 10 Innovations in Global Philanthropy, published by a group out of London called…

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Drew Lichtenberger – The Ambiguity of Modern Adulthood

– Drew Lichtenberger   “Growing up today is like sliding down a water flume. You’re held tightly around the turns as you move; then all of a sudden you’re ejected into the water.” Matthew, 25, painted this picture in a frank discussion about what it is like being plunged into adulthood.  He did not think…

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