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7 Ways to Get Millennials Involved with Your Cause


How many times a day
do you hear the term “Millennial”? Likely, you hear it often because they are one of the most talked about generations. This generation is in constant search of the next best thing and how it will benefit them personally. 

Many nonprofits are in search of how to involve this generation with their cause. 


We need to stop treating nonprofits the way society treats poor people


During a drink with one of my favorite program officers, I brought up some feedback about how onerous their grant reporting process was. Even though the foundation is really flexible on how the funds can be used, they still ask for exactly how much of each line item the foundation pays for. And their line items don’t line up with ours, so we have to spend significant time translating our budget into theirs. And once the report is submitted, it affects what we report to other foundations, leading to a funding Sudoku that wastes endless hours of my and my team’s time. 


Trying to engage donors? Behave yourself!


Think about the last time
you gave to a charitable organization. Would you have given more if you’d been approached in person by someone who happened to share your first name? Would you have given less if you had more factual information about the cause at hand? Would you have avoided that fundraiser altogether if there’d been a side door to duck into? And, at the end of the day, would you wildly overestimate your own generosity?


Win Up to $500 in the Nonprofit Summer Games


You don't have to travel to Rio this summer in order to go for the Gold—or Platinum. Here's how to win big by representing your organization in GuideStar's first-ever Nonprofit Summer Games!


IRS Updates, July 2016

1. New requirement for organizations intending to operate under Section 501(c)(4): Submit Form 8976

New legislation enacted at the end of 2015 added section 506 to the Internal Revenue Code. Section 506 requires an organization to notify the IRS of its intent to operate as a section 501(c)(4) organization.


The Seven Cardinal Rules of Fundraising Writing

Fundraising is a funny profession. It requires you to learn a specific style of writing that's unlike any other you're likely to have learned—such as business writing, journalism, or grant writing.


Your Supporters are Talking. Are You Listening?


Our ultimate guide shows how nonprofits can use social listening to engage their supporters.

Ever get the sense that people are talking about you? Well, it turns out they are.


What Would You Ask the World’s Most Successful Fundraisers?

As we prepare to launch the Nonprofit Fundraising Masters conference series in Silicon Valley on 7/27 and San Francisco on 10/19 and share the secrets of some of the world’s most successful fundraisers with a live audience of nonprofit professionals, I’ve been debating what questions to ask these leading luminaries.


8 Best Practices for Building an Online Donation Page


Have you ever tried to assemble a piece of furniture without instructions? It can be incredibly frustrating--you have all of the pieces in front of you, and you know they all go together somehow, but you have no idea how. 


Four Early Lessons Learned in the Quest to Improve Feedback Loops in Philanthropy


Do nonprofits and foundations listen to the people they seek to help and act on what they hear?

The answer is…sort of…

 



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Tell People What You Believe In


share_your_passion.jpgHow often does this happen?

You're at a gathering and someone asks you what you do. As soon as you say you work for a nonprofit, the next question is, "What does your nonprofit do?"

This is the point where most nonprofit professionals recite their organization's mission statement. Tailored to the person you're talking to, your response probably sounds something like:


Oprah is Not a Fundraising Strategy (And 8 Other Truth Bombs)


I sat down for lunch with a generous donor. 

Her last gift was six figures.  She’d recently received a sizable settlement.  Her net worth had mushroomed.  We made small talk.  We ordered salads.  I mustered my wits and invited her to consider a capital gift 5 times bigger than her last to create a technology center for girls. 

Her face turned as white as a sheet. 


Brexit: A lesson on power for the philanthropic state


The vote this week from the UK to leave the EU has stunned people around the world, leaving the world’s press and much of the UK itself, baffled. Why on earth would people vote to do something that is evidently against their economic interests? Why, in particular, would those with the least vote for something that will – as all financial challenges do – affect them disproportionately to others? You can feel sympathy for home-owners who will lose value in their properties but it is those who don’t own homes and lose jobs that will really suffer. So why on earth did they do it?


Two New Resources for the Nonprofit Diversity Conversation

Two works related to nonprofit diversity arrived at GuideStar last month. The first, "Engaging Nonprofit Employees: 3 Key Strategies to Retain and Engage the People Behind Your Cause," adds more evidence of diversity's importance to the sector. The second, "If Your Board Looked Like Your Community," offers steps for moving toward a more inclusive sector.


Analysis of Catholic Fundraising Foundations


A growing number of religious organizations
are relying on stand-alone fundraising foundations to increase overall contributions and endowment giving. A new report by Walter J. Dillingham Jr. of the Wilmington Trust, "The Advancement of Religious-Based Fundraising Foundations in the United States," analyzes Catholic fundraising foundations.


Among its findings:


Embrace Relationship Fundraising to Stop Losing Donors


Do you regularly break your donors’ hearts?

If you’re like the average nonprofit, sadly, you do.

It’s not conscious, of course.

But that doesn’t make it any better.  You’re not excused for being asleep at the wheel.

Remember the old adage: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Now think about what you’re doing to your donors -- most of the time – when you’re not asking for money. What, you say?  You’re not doing anything?