Karen Graham, Idealware, on 4/22/19 8:00 AM
Roger Maftean, on 4/19/19 8:00 AM
You’ve worked endlessly on designing the schedule. You did your outreach.
You’re all ready to go.
But—on the day of the event, there are more empty chairs than occupied ones.
What went wrong? The event is free, and it offers an excellent service. Is there a way to grow your audience to ensure seats won’t be empty again?
I recently had the honor to be part of a panel discussion releasing a new report on the state of fundraising in the U.S.
Julieta Mendez, on 4/17/19 8:00 AM
Tatiana Morand, Wild Apricot, on 4/16/19 8:00 AM
But many nonprofit leaders still have a lot of questions about how the different pieces of an online marketing strategy can fit together.
Exactly one month from today, millions of nonprofits will face the filing deadline for their annual information returns, i.e., IRS Form 990-N, 990-EZ, 990, or 990-PF. With that deadline in mind, we thought it would be a good time to share the IRS’s tips for 990 filers.
It’s been almost two months exactly since Foundation Center and GuideStar joined forces to become a brand new nonprofit entity known as Candid. These two infrastructure organizations have a long history with the IS [Independent Sector] community, and it’s quite a feat to have completed a merger on this scale, bringing together more than 85 years of combined expertise and experience.
Beth Kanter and Connor Diemand-Yauman, on 4/11/19 8:00 AM
It’s 2019, and by now, you’re probably all too familiar with one of the great scourges of the modern workplace: burnout. It’s the uniquely current sensation of exhaustion from feeling like you need to be working all the time.
And for those of us who work in nonprofits, sometimes that feeling can be exacerbated by the importance of the work we’re doing; after all, when your job is to make the world a better place, time spent not doing your job is time not making the world a better place. There’s a sense that we always need to be doing more with less.
Natalie Rekstad and Michele Dilworth, on 4/10/19 8:00 AM
Black Fox Philanthropy and Candid (formerly Foundation Center, which recently combined with GuideStar to form a brand new organization) co-hosted a gathering for capacity building partners and NGOs at Opportunity Collaboration last October. Why? We had a burning question for the Funder and NGO attendees that could help clear a path to stronger alliances and greater impact:
“What do you wish each other knew that would make a difference in your relationships, how you do your work in the world, and the impact you are having?”
That wasn’t my plan. In fact, there wasn’t any plan.
As the popularity of social media has risen over the last few years, marketing campaigns have seen a shift as well. Traditional print or media advertisements have made way for videos on social media, aimed toward consumers of content. And the shift makes sense: videos encourage engagement through click-throughs, shares, or donations for nonprofits. Many users find videos helpful when finding causes to support or places to volunteer. People are more likely to choose video over text, and 95 percent of viewers remember a video ad rather than a blog or text ad.
In the commercial world, money-back guarantees are everywhere. They are a cost of doing business if you want to sell anything to anyone, and they’re increasingly gutsy. We see guarantees of double (even triple) your money back and other elaborate guarantees that might make you ask how those who make these guarantees stay in business.
Vu Le, on 4/4/19 8:00 AM
A few months ago, I was talking at a conference about what race, equity, diversity, and inclusion look like in every day practices. “These concepts have been like coconut water,” I said, “everyone’s drinking them after hot yoga. But how are we actually changing our hiring, communications, board governance, evaluation, fundraising, and other areas?”
Michael W. Kahn, on 4/3/19 8:00 AM
Few of us think twice when we pull out a card to pay for a shopping cart full of groceries or a plane ticket. We enjoy the cashback or miles we’ll be getting, and whatever the merchant has to pay in processing fees is of no concern to us.
George Crankovic, on 4/2/19 8:00 AM
Marie Kondo is the high priestess of tidying up. The essence of her method, which everybody’s heard of by now, is this: If a thing gives you joy, you keep it. If it doesn’t, you thank it and let it go.
Erica Roberts, on 4/1/19 8:00 AM
Do race and ethnicity affect women’s giving? A new report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute provides insight into this question.