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Your Engine of Impact: Impact Evaluation

In a widely circulated 2013 essay, the philanthropist Bill Gates extolled the role that measurement plays in improving the human condition. He offered examples of ways in which measurement had improved the delivery of vital services worldwide. But he also offered a rueful observation. “This may seem basic,” he wrote, “but it is amazing how often it [measurement] is not done and how hard it is to get right.”


Trends in Healthcare Philanthropy: New York State

Recent years have been ... eventful ... for the healthcare industry. Economic pressures have led smaller community hospitals to close or merge with larger systems. Regulatory changes have forced hospitals to adopt new processes. How have these changes affected hospital foundations? A new report by the Wilmington Trust examines this question for New York State hospitals.


Year-End Fundraising: Give Donors What They Want

President Harry Truman once famously said:

The secret of raising children is to find out what they want to do and then encourage them to do it.”

I think that’s great advice—and so did my kids!

Note to self (and to you, too): Apply the same advice in your outreach to donors.


How to Request Year-End Donations from Important Donors

The end of the year is fast approaching and, since nearly 30 percent of all annual giving happens in December, this is an important time for any nonprofit organization.


How to Maximize Your GuideStar Nonprofit Profile, Part 3

For part 3 of this series, we’ll be discussing one of the most important tools you’ll need to update your organization’s Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar—a level (to balance your nonprofit’s checkbook).


Your Engine of Impact: Strategy

Every nonprofit needs a strategy—a planned set of actions that will enable it to achieve the all-important mission that provides its reason for being.

The development and implementation of a viable strategy can be a daunting task for nonprofit leaders, but valuable tools and frameworks are available to help guide them. Many of these tools and frameworks originated in the discipline known as business strategy. Nonprofits, of course, differ from for-profit corporations in that they exist to serve a social purpose rather than to increase shareholder returns. But like businesses, nonprofits operate in markets, and the basic principles of economics apply to them, too.


Use #GivingTuesday to Kick Off Your Year-End Fundraising Campaign

Since it was founded in 2012, #GivingTuesday has exploded in popularity. In 2015, $116.7 million was donated in this one day. The next year, that number jumped to $168 million. 2017 is expected to be record-breaking as well.

So, what can you do to make sure you get your piece of the giving day pie?


10 Corporate Philanthropy Programs Nonprofits Should Know

As a nonprofit professional, you’re likely familiar with the plethora of ways that organizations can raise money. From traditional strategies like fundraising events and direct mail to more technological methods like text-to-give and online donation pages, fundraising has morphed into a smorgasbord of options.


How to Establish 100% Board Giving

Achieving 100% board giving can be a challenge for some nonprofits.


Your Engine of Impact: Mission

The mission of a nonprofit organization is its raison d’etre and its guiding light: A nonprofit exists to fulfill its mission—and its mission, as encapsulated in its mission statement, will ideally ensure that it stays on course. Yet, despite the paramount importance of having a clear and focused mission and mission statement, most nonprofits fall short in this area.