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Mobile Bidding: 6 Questions Every Nonprofit Needs to Ask

When it comes to nonprofit fundraising, charity auctions are one of the events organizations turn to again and again. However, even though these events have been a staple of nonprofit fundraising, many organizations fail to realize they could be getting more from these events.


The SMART Way to Create Fundraising Goals

If you’re looking to increase donations for your nonprofit organization, your first move will be to improve the fundraising goals you set for your organization. Most nonprofits have fundraising goals, but not all goals are created equal. In 1981, an article by George Doran, There’s a S.M.A.R.T. Way to Write Management’s Goals and Objectives, appeared in Management Review. It outlined a five-part method for creating smart objectives that is now used in many industries for project management.


Introducing Discounted GuideStar Data Sets for Academic Users

For more than a decade, GuideStar has supported academic exploration of the nonprofit sector.  GuideStar for Education gives collegiate faculty, students, and unsponsored researchers free or discounted access to GuideStar Premium. In 2017 alone, we shared $1.8 million worth of services through this program. GuideStar Library Services enables university libraries to provide patrons with on-site or remote access to GuideStar Pro at a price far below the cost of multiple individual subscriptions.


4 Methods to Sharpen Your Leadership Skills

On the Classy Podcast, we have the opportunity to sit down and talk with leading executives and influencers in the social sector, and we like to ask them: “What makes a good leader?”

It might seem like a simple question, but developing leadership skills can be difficult for anyone regardless of how big or small their organization is.

Two recent guests, Piper LeJeune, the director of digital strategy and engagement for the Salvation Army Southern Territory, and Jeff Roman, executive director for Convoy of Hope, both offer a wealth of knowledge about how you can foster leadership skills to grow your team and organization. Below, we dig into their expert insights.


Why Don’t Donors Trust Us, & What Can We Do About It?

I once heard a quote that went something like: “Trust takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair.”

If you’ve ever felt betrayed, this sounds on point. It’s true in life, and it’s true in the nonprofit sector.


5 Ways to Demonstrate Progress Toward Your Nonprofit’s Goal

Most nonprofits have a single, lofty goal that they’re relentlessly pursuing, whether it’s curing a disease or ending childhood hunger. While your ultimate goal is most likely why your supporters came to you in the first place, it can be difficult to keep up momentum when your lofty goal feels far away. 

To keep supporters engaged on the long path toward your goal, there are several ways you  can connect with your community through your nonprofit’s blog, email newsletters, social media, and other platforms. Complex problems have complicated solutions, but when you show how you’re delivering on your mission even before you reach the finish line, your supporters will be there with you every step of the way. 


5 Tips for Asking for a Major Philanthropic Gift

You’re about to step up and speak to your supporters at your organization’s annual fundraising gala. You’re about to issue a “call for cash”—asking attendees to give anywhere from $1,000 to $25,000 more. 

Last year, the gala’s donations fell shy of the targets, so the pressure is on. How do you ask for a major philanthropic gift in a way that makes your supporters eager to play a huge part in your organization’s success? 


The State of Our Sector Is Resilient

I am deeply grateful to the thousands of you who raised your voices to tell the country what’s at stake by taking the 2018 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey. For the eighth time, NFF is proud to publish this collective megaphone, which has become a widely cited barometer of U.S. nonprofits’ financial and operational health, and a crucial evidence base for a wide array of sector funding discussions.

Here is what we heard from almost 3,400 of you, leaders of nonprofits large and small that address many issues on many community frontlines across all 50 states.


Moving Through (Not Around) Racial Equity Work: Lessons from a Community Foundation

“Look within. Be explicit. Don’t be afraid to be messy. Commit for the long term.” Jennifer Aronson, the Boston Foundation’s (TBF) Associate Vice President for Programs, shared these recommendations for shaping a racial equity lens at this month’s Grantmakers for Effective Organizations national conference. These tips ring true for most social justice work both within the philanthropic community and among our partner nonprofits. Understanding that this work, of looking both inward and outward when bolstering our racial equity lens, is not linear is necessary to move through, and not around, difficult conversations about race, power, and privilege. I would humbly add “be hopeful” to Jennifer’s tips, as there is more traction and more motivated people on similar journeys to building or strengthening the racial equity lens in their work than you might think.


Digital Currency: Proceed With Caution

It seems like news headlines about digital currency—another name for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin—pop up on a daily basis. With so many people talking about this, I’ve been asking myself if I should be taking part in the conversation. I'm new to the topic myself, and, frankly, skeptical about the value of jumping on this trend before some issues are worked out.