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Six Questions to Improve Your Negotiating Skills

Often in negotiations, we rely on our intuition. However, there are tangible skills that can move our negotiating skills beyond intuition and into the realm of strategic negotiation. Here are six questions you can ask yourself to protect yourself against becoming overly influenced by your own feelings as well as leveraging empathy, data, outside resources, and your prior experiences as assets in the negotiation. 


How Cloud Computing Can Benefit Nonprofit Teams

You’d be hard-pressed to find an industry that hasn’t felt the positive effects of digital transformation in today’s business landscape. Innovative technology like cloud computing is becoming more widespread and more accessible, bringing its well-documented benefits to organizations of all shapes and sizes.

The advantages of implementing cloud tech as reported by the nonprofit sector include increased donations and improved productivity—and yet many charities have been be slow to adapt. In fact, NetChange’s survey of technology use by nonprofits found that just 11 percent of organizations rated their digital strategies as “highly effective.”


This 2002 Policy Is Still Affecting Nonprofits

From the Green New Deal to a 70 percent top tax rate, the 116th Congress is discussing policies with far-reaching potential. But what about reforms from more than a decade ago? New research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business uses GuideStar data to explore the unintended consequences for nonprofits of corporate finance reform put in place in 2002.


How to Keep Your Donors Giving Year After Year: Seven Revealing Factors You Need to Know

Year after year for the past decade, donor-retention rates have been sinking. Today they’re at an all-time low.

As more and more donors abandon ship, the cost of replacing them has grown so great as to be no longer affordable for most nonprofits.

It doesn’t have to be this way, as I show in my book Retention Fundraising. In those pages I outline a proven process for increasing donor retention.

Here I’ll touch on seven factors important for keeping your donors giving year after year.


Market Your Impact

A quick guide for nonprofits on how to create awareness, build buzz, and gain credibility through storytelling

Every nonprofit has an incredible story worth telling. Nonprofits work to lift up our communities and create much needed resources and opportunities for those in need. And, in order to get the support and donations you need to continue to do great work, it’s essential for you to share that impact with the world.


We’ve Changed the Way We Collect and Share Demographic Data!

As we launch a new and improved Demographics section of the Nonprofit Profiles on GuideStar, I’m having a very familiar feeling. 


Where to Begin: Candid Resources to Help You Support the Causes You Care About

A few days ago, my bank statement showed me that I’ve been making two recurring donations each month to the exact same social justice organization. With so much happening in the world, so many crises to defuse, and so many causes to support, I hadn’t even realized I’d set up these duplicate contributions. 

I’m guessing I’m not the only one feeling a bit disorganized these days. We have resources (be they money, time, or skills) to contribute to the issues we care about. We know we want to help. Maybe we start with a Google search, or browsing through Facebook. Perhaps we find what we’re looking for, but chances are we wind up easily overwhelmed. We keep coming back to the same question: where do I begin? At your local Funding Information Network (FIN) location, you can start getting some answers. 


California Hospitals Halved Charity Care Spending Following ACA

Hospitals in California have been spending significantly less on charity care for low-income patients since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation and Kaiser Health News, reports.


Do Tech Tools Really Help? (Spoiler Alert: Yes. Like These Free Resources for Nonprofits)

As a nonprofit professional or passionate advocate, you’re always on the lookout for ways to grow your organization. Maybe you’re looking to increase membership, donors, or engage volunteers?

The Internet is filled with articles and headlines revealing the benefits of the latest technology and tools. So, do they make a difference? And how do you know which ones to use?

It depends on what you’re doing and what you want to be doing.


How Foundations Can Leverage Digital Storytelling to Increase Their Impact

Traditionally, foundations have chosen to maintain an air of mystery about their grantmaking priorities, selection criteria, and even the organizations they support. However, in today’s increasingly digital and connected world, foundations have an opportunity to streamline their grantmaking processes, share their stories of impact to inspire others and attract potential collaborators, and highlight their grantees to draw other prospective funders and supporters to them.


Does the Nonprofit Sector Need Fundraising Physical Therapy?

Muscle memory. It helps us move and function.

A few years ago when I strained my hamstring while running, it was excruciating. Only months of dedicated physical therapy re-trained me for healing and strength. My body had to re-learn not to overemphasize and over-rely on just one set of muscles.

It’s about behavior patterns. And I believe the nonprofit sector has a muscle memory problem.

That’s especially true in light of the Giving USA report released in June.


U.S. Community Foundation Asset Growth Stalls While DAF Giving Outpaces Trends

The latest results from the Columbus Survey of community foundations, reflecting fiscal year (FY) 2018, are now live. This annual effort by CF Insights, a service of Candid, establishes a baseline understanding of where the community foundation field is today. It also helps inform those within the field who want to know how they compare with peers. This year, more than 250 community foundations, which together manage over 90 percent of the estimated dollars in this segment of the field, contributed their data to inform our findings, now available on our refreshed Columbus Survey Results Dashboard.


Building a 21st-Century Fundraising Strategy: A Quick Guide

Life is not the same as it was 30 years ago. Texting is the communication norm, our friends can all be found on the Internet, and we can research any information in just seconds with a couple of keystrokes into a search bar. As the world is evolving, shouldn’t your fundraising strategy evolve as well?


How Schools Can Attract and Retain Parent Volunteers

Is your school lacking in personpower to run events or help teachers and staff? Getting parents more involved can boost student performance and make parents feel welcome and appreciated. But attracting new parent volunteers and keeping them coming back can be difficult. Many parents who have never volunteered before are likely nervous because they’ve never done it, they’re afraid they won’t do it correctly, or they feel that they don’t have enough time in their schedules. There are ways to work around those fears, however. We’ve put together some helpful tips on recruiting and retaining more parent volunteers.


How Social Intrapreneurs Influence Organizations

Don’t underestimate the intraprenuers. When most people think of social innovation, they think of social entrepreneurs. They think of the social entrepreneurs finding innovative new solutions and building companies to make profit while making impact on pressing social challenges. Less celebrated are social intrepreneurs that are diligently working in more established organizations to initiate change. 


  Your Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar has a new Demographics section.