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5 Tested Tips to Fine-Tune Your Nonprofit Tech Strategy

At the heart of it, your nonprofit’s software solutions are in many ways the backbone of your organization’s fundraising strategy. Your technology tools power your team’s operations and make it easier to manage your data, monitor your campaigns, and stay in touch with donors and volunteers.

Since you rely on nonprofit software for so much, it’s important to periodically take inventory of your technology strategy to make sure you’re getting as much from your solutions as you can.

Unfortunately, many nonprofits aren’t even aware they have a nonprofit technology strategy, much less if they’re maximizing it!


Interview with GlobalGiving’s Mari Kuraishi, Part 2: Core Values and CEO Search

On December 31, 2018, Mari Kuraishi will step down as president of GlobalGiving, which she co-founded with Dennis Whittle in 2001. Gabe Cohen, GuideStar’s senior director of marketing and communications, sat down to talk with Mari. Yesterday’s post looks at GlobalGiving’s founding and early years. Today’s post discusses GlobalGiving’s values and the qualities the organization is looking for in its next leader.

Gabe: I was looking at your website and came across the core values, and I was curious if you could talk a little bit about how they were created, if they evolved at all over the years, why you picked those values, and how they’ve played out in a meaningful way for the organization.

Mari: So the core values were something that we felt we had lived by for a long time, but we only put together formally in 2006 or 7 or so.


Interview with GlobalGiving’s Mari Kuraishi, Part 1: Launching the World’s First Crowdfunding Community

On December 31, 2018, Mari Kuraishi will step down as president of GlobalGiving, which she co-founded with Dennis Whittle in 2001. Gabe Cohen, GuideStar’s senior director of marketing and communications, sat down to talk with Mari. Todays post looks at GlobalGiving’s founding and early years. Tomorrow’s post discusses GlobalGiving’s values and the qualities the organization is looking for in its next leader.

Gabe: What is GlobalGiving?

Mari: GlobalGiving is the largest global crowdfunding community, connecting nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country. We help nonprofits from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe (and hundreds of places in between) access the tools, training, and support they need to be more effective and make our world a better place.


Make It Compelling

You are about to read the first page of a superb appeal letter. It was one of a series of recent direct mail pieces from a medical center.


Finding the Right Nonprofit Board Members? Formulate a Plan

Nonprofits from civic organizations to member associations to philanthropic foundations share a common opportunity and challenge—recruiting and retaining strong and effective boards. There is intense competition for effective and committed nonprofit board members, and organizations must be both strategic and targeted in the way in which they approach prospective candidates. While some of the best members serve on multiple not-for-profit boards, the majority of top candidates only have time and resources for one or two substantive commitments.


A Foundation Insider’s Eight Tips to Help You Win Your Next Grant

One of my favorite sections in the revised edition of my book the Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Winning Foundation Grants is called “The Grant Seeker’s Reality Check.” In 10 brief chapters I examine, from the vantage point of one who served for 40 years as a foundation CEO, a host of dos and don’ts when preparing and submitting proposals. 


Giving: The Science of Lasting Happiness

You know those deep, gaping, and painful existential feelings of inadequacy, loneliness, and meaninglessness you’ve been feeling all your life? That bottomless void that you’ve been so desperately trying to fill with yoga, meditation, a spiritual trip to the Himalayas, and a monthly subscription to seven of the latest and greatest “mindfulness” apps. 


Six Expert Tips to Make Facebook Ads Work for Your Nonprofit

Facebook advertising is fast becoming a popular channel for nonprofits to reach their goals, whether that means growing their membership, filling up their events, or finding new donors.

And they’re turning to Facebook ads because they work—often better than more traditional channels.


Boost Your Donor Retention Rates: 5 Fundamental Strategies

Year after year, campaign after campaign, nonprofits find themselves asking the same old question: why aren’t we seeing healthy retention rates?


And the Greatest Challenge for Nonprofits Is: A Lack of Time and Staff

We at GrantStation are writing and publishing the results of our most recent survey, the Spring 2018 State of Grantseeking Report series. Over the years, the most frequent response to the survey question “What, in your opinion, is the greatest challenge to successful grantseeking?” has remained the same. This spring, 21 percent of our nearly 5,000 respondents told us that grantseeking’s greatest challenges stem from the lack of time and staff for grantseeking activities.