Jeffrey Magee – One-Degree Trajectory Change for Monumental ROIs

– Jeffrey Magee   To attain a higher ROI (return on investment) in everything you do, understand the Trajectory Code Model. We all start at point A in route to our individual and collective goals known as point C. Far too often, individuals and organizations get off track and mired in point B dead-end behaviors.…

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Wayne Elsey – Nonprofits: Stay Ahead of the Curve

– Wayne Elsey   Nonprofits today need to be thought leaders to raise more money. Some strategies that enable them to successfully fundraise in today’s environment, where everything changes at lightning speed, combine a mix of old-school principles and new techniques. Since the beginning of time, humans have communicated with each other by telling stories,…

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Amanda Babine, Hannah Jacobson – Use Background Data for Funding

– Amanda Babine and Hannah Jacobson   Using Data to Make Your Case for Funding   Not all nonprofits are good, and many are just mediocre. What is more frightening is that many organizations are unsure which they are. This uncertainty often comes from a lack of tracking and evaluating outcomes for their programs. There…

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Steven Sawalich – Giving Back

– Steven Sawalich   Growing up with parents committed to service provided me with valuable insight about the importance of giving back. Starkey Hearing Foundation, an international nonprofit that gives free hearing aids to people in need, was founded by my stepfather and mother, Bill and Tani Austin, on the premise that “Alone we can’t…

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Sabith Khan – Philanthropy and Youth in America

– Sabith Khan   As a $300 billion industry, philanthropy is considered as American as apple pie. Yet, there is tremendous scope for its study and practice. What role does philanthropy play in the lives of youth and how can it impact their lives? Alexis De Tocqueville’s comment that ‘associational democracy’ defines American society may…

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Vicki Brannock – Next Generation Giving

– Vicki Brannock   Each generation in American history inevitably inherits a defining set of traits, characteristics and labels that not only identify them as a group but also separate them from the ones before. It isn’t surprising that many of these adjectives and phrases – usually coined by the previous generations – include some…

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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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Andrew Belton – Overhead is Not a Dirty Word

– Andrew Belton   It’s been called the nonprofit starvation cycle, indirect cost issue, or overhead problem. It’s the subject that nonprofit leaders reluctantly broach with funders, but spend hours bemoaning. Honest communication between donors and grantees will produce more effective collaboration and better long-term outcomes. Successful nonprofit programs get the spotlight and attract funders.…

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