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Creating An Individual Giving Program

February 7, 2017

According to the GivingUSA reports for at least the last 5 years, more than 70% of the $378 billion contributed to nonprofits each year has come from individuals—and if you factor in family foundations, that number probably comes close to 80%.  Since individuals consistently make up the largest donor group, it is worth looking at how to can create a sustainable fundraising model that focuses on building relationships with your donors.

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Ten Characteristics of High Performing Nonprofit Organizations

February 2, 2017

Despite the size of the $1.5 trillion nonprofit sector in the U.S.—nearly 10% of the economy—nonprofits are subject to rather minimal independent professional scrutiny beyond annual audits. If you work at a nonprofit and want to assess your own performance or if you are an investor looking to give to the most impactful organizations, how can you spot superior performance?  Here is a brief overview of ten things you should look for when determining if a nonprofit organization is a high performer.

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Are We Listening For What Is Trying To Happen?

January 31, 2017

Most working professionals spend more than half their time in meetings. Feel the pain? Me, too! Early in my career, I realized that I needed my meetings to be significantly transformed. So I began paying attention and trying to figure out how to lead more effectively. I learned from different sources, and recognized that every meeting was a chance to expand my powers of observation. Here's what I began to notice that makes some meetings better than others. 

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Your Check Engine Light is On

January 27, 2017

I’ll be the first to argue that staff (and donors!) need some restorative time after the year-end hustle. But, it is also an opportune time to pause and examine your personal and departmental strategies. I encourage development professionals to take a critical look at three areas that play an important role in the success of your organization: personnel, programs, and patrons.

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Mmm...Making Meetings Meaningful (Again!): 3 Tips

January 24, 2017

Years ago, after a long day of facilitating meetings, I was having dinner with some of the meeting participants, and after a big sip of wine, I said, “Gosh, but I bet most of you just want to hit the snooze button on these meetings, right?” Wrong. The group at the table actually enjoyed meetings, with qualifiers. Here are three less-talked about approaches for making meetings meaningful.

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Tips for Finding In-Kind Sponsorships

January 17, 2017

Have you ever noticed that often the only way to find out whether or not a company sponsors nonprofits is to visit or call them? Once you know that they sponsor, there’s often no way to find out if they’ve maxed out for the month. Did you know that SponsorLane can be used to look up local corporate sponsorship opportunities?