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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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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Nonprofits that Work – The Well Coffeehouse

The Well Coffeehouse   They love coffee. They love people even more. The Well is a coffeehouse community with a bold vision to make a difference around the world and in the local community. As a nonprofit missional coffeehouse they exist to make money…and then give it away! And there’s more. They also exist to…

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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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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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Asha Curran – International Day of Giving

– Asha Curran   Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday kick off the holiday shopping season with sales and bargains. #GivingTuesday begins the holiday giving season, refocusing on the importance of giving back. It’s become, through the generosity, creativity and entrepreneurialism of people and organizations, the first global day of giving. #GivingTuesday was created by…

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Point and Counterpoint – Generations in the Nonprofit World

Often in Nonprofit Performance Magazine, we have two viewpoints on topics that impact the overall effectiveness of leaders in a social benefit culture. This isn’t a debate – it’s dialogue from the perspectives of two experienced leaders. The goal is to provide different perspectives to stimulate creative thinking and bring leaders into a new paradigm…

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Devin Thorpe – How Values Relate to Fundraising

– Devin Thorpe   Your fundraising may be tied more closely to your organizational values than you realize. Your donors don’t learn your values from your website or your mailings; instead, they learn your values from your actions. All organizations, but especially nonprofits, must own and demonstrate certain universal values. These fundamental values revolve around…

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