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Nonprofit Finance Study Reveals Compliance, People, and Process Complexities

Nonprofit finance and accounting can be tricky business. First of all—serving as a responsible steward of money coming in from a multitude of sources with diverse demands is a huge challenge. Then, rules and regulations are in constant flux. Compliance is becoming increasingly complex and burdensome. Fraud is a potential risk lurking around every corner. And, oh yeah. There’s the seemingly never-ending stresses associated with audit planning and prep. 


Planning Charity Auctions: The Ultimate How-To Guide

 

When it comes to event fundraising, many organizations opt for the charity auction.


Top Trending Nonprofit Profiles *#GivingTuesday Edition*

A few days after gorging yourself with turkey and various pies, you may have seen the tag #GivingTuesday floating around the Internet. What is #GivingTuesday? And how does it affect GuideStar's most highly viewed Nonprofit Profiles? We were curious to find out, too!


Three Year-End Annual Fundraising Tips You Haven't Thought About

Year-end annual fundraising is when the rubber meets the road. This is the time for creative fundraising campaigns!


A Meaningful Way to Give This Holiday Season

It’s the last day to nominate a local nonprofit for a chance to win a $20,000 grant. 


Celebrate Giving Tuesday with GuideStar

It's Giving Tuesday, and nonprofits are reaching out to donors to share their stories of mission and impact and celebrate and encourage philanthropic giving.


Stop Using These Three Common Fundraising Phrases

In my last post on the language of fundraising, I suggested changes to the way we talk about asking for gifts. In doing the research for that post, I received several suggestions from colleagues about getting rid of common fundraising jargon.


Drafting Fundraising Letters: Seven Top Tips

Year- end fundraising season is coming up, which means it’s time for your organization to start thinking about year-end appeals.


Data Playbook: A Measured Approach

Repair the World has one goal: to make service a defining element of American Jewish life. To achieve its mission, Repair relies on its programming to engage thousands of young adults every year in meaningful service opportunities. But the real magic of their work comes when they are able to inspire someone to go from one-time participant to serial volunteer.

So how do they accelerate this process? In a word: data.


Asking and Giving: The Twin Pillars of Philanthropy

I’ve met few who relish the idea of asking for a gift. Not many queue up to solicit. It takes practice and discipline. I find, however, that once they secure their first gift and taste victory, you can’t hold solicitors back. They practically lust for the call. I’ll give an example shortly.