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Want to Rock Your Year-End Fundraising? Here's How

As a nonprofit, it can be hard to focus on your year-end goals when it’s still the middle of the year. It can be even harder to decide what you need to do to accomplish year-end goals when you’re still trying to meet Q2 or Q3 goals. But the real benefit of year-end planning comes from the ability to transition your current efforts into results for the rest of the year. When you plan correctly for end of year, you’ll build powerful momentum that helps you get more donors and a larger audience.


Borealis Philanthropy Launches Fund to Advance Racial Equity in Philanthropy

We are excited to announce the launch of the Racial Equity in Philanthropy (REP) Fund, a collaborative funding effort based at Borealis Philanthropy that currently includes the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Our first round of grants totaling $14 million over three years will support 19 philanthropy-serving organizations committed to advancing racial equity within the sector and beyond.


Organizational Sustainability, Capacity, and Growth: Not Just for the Big Guys!

I recently had the opportunity to meet with a small, grassroots nonprofit organization that was justifiably proud of its growth. It had proven organizational sustainability by reaching the 10-year milestone and had proven capacity by quintupling its annual budget since its inception. And, the organization had a current grants strategy that was for a larger amount than the entire annual budget during its first years. However, it still operates on an annual budget of less than $500,000—not one of the “big guys,” but still quite successful.

This got me thinking about the fine line between success and failure for small nonprofit organizations.


The Next Big Things in Fundraising

What are the “next big things” in fundraising? With charitable giving expected to fall, demand for services rising, and “donor inequality” increasing, many nonprofits are looking for something new.


Why Internal Controls Should Matter to Your Nonprofit

Almost every month news articles are published about an employee at a nonprofit that was caught in fraudulent behavior.  Unfortunately, the “do good” missions of nonprofits and their staffs do not necessarily make them less susceptible to incidences of internal fraud. According to the 2012 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the median loss related to fraud for a nonprofit is $100,000 per occurrence. When it happens, it not only depletes the organization of precious financial resources but also damages the nonprofit’s reputation among its donor community.


Eliminate Donor Drop-Off with These 6 Tips

It takes a lot of work for nonprofits to get donors to their fundraising pages—maintaining a strong social presence, running consistent email campaigns, running ads—all in the hopes of getting a donation. While these practices may be successful in getting page visits, they don’t guarantee donation completion. To get specific, studies put the average donor “drop-off” or “abandonment” rate for online donations at somewhere between 50 percent and 70 percent; in other words, more than half of the donors who start the donation process won’t finish it. All that effort and money spent on getting a potential donor to your site could fail at the very end. Here are six tried and true ways increase donor completion.


Overcome Nonprofit Board Fundraising Resistance through Storytelling, Part 2

In Part 1 of this two-part series we discussed your board members’ role in fundraising, and how to help them embrace it more fully. It begins with taking away their fears and showing them how to reframe the task from “yucky chore” to “gift of a compelling tale.”

The next step is figuring out the types of tales your board members (and you!) can tell and/or elicit from the prospects they approach for gifts.


Overcome Nonprofit Board Fundraising Resistance through Storytelling, Part 1

Is your board resisting fundraising? Are you having a difficult time motivating them to be a part of this essential activity at your organization?

One way to help your board discover the joy of fundraising is to show them it’s really about telling and hearing stories, not asking!


Why Is Overhead Expected in the For-Profit Sector, but a Punishable Offense for Nonprofits?

How the perception of overhead is hurting the causes we love

Somewhere along the way, our society decided to think differently about overhead in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. This decision did not consider the consequences and how it can negatively affect the organizations that could change the world. Why is it that we consider helping people to be worth less compensation, and that a career that helps no one should be worth over double the salary? How can nonprofits scale, and therefore expand their causes, when they are expected to forego investment? Wouldn’t we prefer that a cure for cancer be found, or every person on Earth have clean water, no matter how much the organization spends on administration?


4 Fundamental Donor Management Tips for Small Nonprofits

For smaller nonprofit organizations, one of the biggest challenges you can face is building out a robust donor management strategy.