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A Modern Day Fundraising Dilemma

Reviewing the ethical statements now required to be accepted when renewing my Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) status last month, I was particularly struck by the following points in the International Statement of the Ethical Principles of Fundraising: Fundraisers will always respect the free choice of all individuals to give donations or not. Fundraisers [...]

Giving to the Arts Holds Steady

The arrival of new data from Giving USA each year is an always an important moment for those of us who rely on philanthropic revenue to build and sustain our organizations. It's a time when those who study charitable giving draw conclusions based on how much was given last year, from whom, and what cultural [...]

Giving USA 2019 Results – Giving Reaches Record-Breaking High, But Not Everyone Benefited

Do you feel like giving was up last year? Do you feel like it was down? Well, either way you could be right. According to the findings of Giving USA, 2018 was an uneven year for philanthropy, with some subsectors experiencing significant increases, while others saw significant decreases. It was also a year that [...]

Four Do’s and Don’ts for Nonprofit Success in 2019

As you strategize and think through what 2019 will look like for your nonprofit organization, I encourage you to avoid making these four common mistakes. You can think of them are New Years Resolutions or just good advice from a fundraising consultant who’s been helping nonprofits succeed for nearly 30 years.  DON’T Over-solicit We recently [...]

3 Keys to Nonprofit Financial Resilience

Last month, the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) wrote about an interesting study conducted by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in coordination with Fiscal Management Associates (FMA), which works with organizations around issues of capacity building. The subject was how to help nonprofits achieve and maintain financial stability.  Year in and year out, this [...]

Four Ways to Empower Your Nonprofit Board for Success

Nonprofits could not achieve their goals without the collective manpower and connections of their board members. Yet, managing them effectively can be a challenge. Rather than struggling to reign in a troublesome board, here are four ways nonprofit leadership can set their board and organization up for success.

Best of Web: Employee Giving Campaigns

Not every organization will choose to conduct an employee giving campaign, but for us the central question is, “Why not?” Our experience includes many examples of joyful giving from employees regardless of their compensation.

Insights Don’t Come From Confidential Studies

The confidential feasibility study model is a barrier to the process, not a catalyst, and a disservice to clients. Here’s why …

5 Ways Small Nonprofits Can Improve Financial Health

Nonprofits face many of the same challenges as their commercial counterparts. They are under-capitalized, lack reserves to withstand a crisis or act on a special opportunity, and struggle to stay afloat from one pay period to the next. So, how can small charities overcome these obstacles and improve their financial health?

How To Choose The Best Fundraising Counsel For Your Nonprofit

Seven things organizations should keep top of mind when considering hiring fundraising counsel but often neglect to do.