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Foundations, How Aggravating Is Your Grantmaking Process? Use This Checklist to Find Out!

As we roll into 2017, there have been lots of articles about how philanthropy must adapt, including my post urging funders to increase payout and fund advocacy efforts, as well as this piece on moving away from “charity” toward “justice.” These conversations are critical and we must keep having them. While we figure that stuff out, though, let’s take care of a few logistical things foundations do that make us nonprofits want to roll up a printed-out copy of our tax filings and beat ourselves unconscious.


A Cautionary Tale: Not Enough Time to Raise Money

I recently spoke with Nancy, the development director of a small social service organization. Over a few minutes, she outlined for me the things she was called on to do in her job.

Nancy has a problem that you probably have too.


The IKEA Effect and the Social Sector

You worked hard to find and hire the best staff. You completely revamped your programs to make them new and innovative. You built a solid reputation within the community. And you have really great hair. Either you truly are as wonderful as you think, or, as research suggests, you may be the latest victim of the “Ikea Effect.”


Five Strategies to Take Your Fundraising Event to the Next Level

Fundraising events are an excellent way to bring in generous donations while engaging with your supporters in a fun, energetic environment.

Whether you’re planning a large, formal gala or a community-based school auction, these strategies will assist you in taking your fundraising event from okay to astounding.


Five Ways Boards Are Critical to a Nonprofit’s Brand

Nonprofit board members know they must oversee their organization’s finances, governance, and major initiatives. But an overlooked area of responsibility is maintaining the strength of their organization’s brand. Boards of organizations large and small must keep their organization’s brand healthy, vibrant, and free from liability. To do so, board members must:


Bridging the Gap Between Volunteer Engagement and Retention

Take a moment to think of all the ways you can engage your volunteers. There are many ways to reach your supporters but retaining them may be more of a challenge. Your organization spends countless hours training and recruiting volunteers. You put a lot of effort into every volunteer who participates with your organization. Wouldn’t it be nice to retain every volunteer you recruit?


My Reaction (as a Millennial) to the Millennial Impact Report Retrospective

Here at GuideStar, we have the saying no numbers without stories, no stories without numbers. Staying true to this motto, I’d like to shed some light on the statistics presented in the Millennial Impact Report Retrospective: Five Years of Trends by drawing upon my own life story—as a millennial and as an employee in the nonprofit sector.


Four Easy Steps to Boosting Your Visibility Online

Visibility is what too many organizations lack to be the best they can be and receive funding. Appeal, reach, storytelling, donor retention—none can grow without visibility. Here are some fundamentals to boosting your organization’s visibility online.


Stop Looking at How Much You Raise

This might sound radical to many fundraisers, but here’s my top recommendation for 2017: Stop looking at how much you raise.


Perspectives on the Johnson Amendment

 

Image by Wyoming_Jackrabbit (flickr)


Last week, President Trump
announced at the National Prayer Breakfast, “I will get rid of, and totally destroy, the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution.” Introduced in 1954 by Senator (and future president) Lyndon B. Johnson, the Johnson Amendment explicitly prohibits 501(c)(3) organizations (including churches) from engaging in partisan political activity.