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Your Group Isn’t Unique—and That’s a Good Thing

From time to time, my phone rings. A nonprofit staff or board member begins to talk.

“We’re in a unique situation,” this person says.

Silently, I roll my eyes.

Or maybe, “We have a unique problem.”

Actually, you don’t.


The Good and Evil Words of Fundraising

Fundraising has two magic words. One is enchanting, the other has sinister force to weaken your writing. When you control these two words, as I explore in my book, How to Turn Your Words into Money, you can wield wizard-like powers.


Underappreciated Elements of Nonprofit Disaster Preparedness Planning

Like ugly holiday sweaters, disasters come in a variety of forms and sizes. As we follow the news of big events like earthquakes, wildfires, and hurricanes affecting millions of people, we can’t forget that a simple burst pipe can seem just as disastrous for a single nonprofit. Yet, because we are all so busy with our nonprofit’s mission, taking the time to create a plan, document it, and practice it may fall by the wayside. Indeed, a new report from the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and Portland State University confirms that, despite a high level of awareness of—and concern about—the potential for certain disasters, many nonprofits still do not have a high degree of preparedness for those events.


2018 Was Another Wild Ride. Can We Unbuckle Our Seatbelts Yet?

It’s hard to believe 2018 will soon be in the rear-view mirror.

Doesn’t it seem like yesterday, when we greeted January with the new Tax Bill of 2017 in effect?

We all wondered if we’d see more of the fundraising volatility we experienced from late 2016 through 2017. We all wished for a less challenging, more stable year for funding our nonprofit work! But we also worried about how the changes to charitable deductions might affect giving. We hoped for the best, but buckled up tight.


Nonprofit Event Planning: 6 Web Tactics to Boost Engagement

Nonprofit organizations of all sizes rely on fundraising events to keep their supporters engaged with their work during and between major fundraising campaigns. While nonprofit events come in all shapes and sizes, from formal galas and auctions to casual lunches and street fairs, the importance of smart planning strategies is a constant.


Special Gratitude for Donors Who Give to Local Nonprofits

Online platforms, such as GlobalGiving, are removing borders and barriers to make giving farther away easier than ever before.

Yet, as the world continues to shrink, we express special gratitude to donors who give local.


6 Tools to Launch Your Peer-to-Peer Campaign to Success

For any nonprofit with a group of dedicated supporters who have demonstrated their commitment to the organization as donors or volunteers, a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign has the potential to benefit everyone involved.


Is Microvolunteering Right for Your Nonprofit?

For most nonprofits, it can be easy to think of volunteering in black and white: people are committed volunteers with certain shifts or volunteer duties, or they don’t volunteer much at all (if ever). The good news is that volunteering is shifting—many nonprofits and causes are moving from ongoing, long-term arrangements to smaller, infrequent volunteer opportunities that take volunteers’ busy work schedules into account.


Cultivating a Culture of Philanthropy on Your Board

Ask not-for-profit board members if they enjoy fundraising and their responses will vary widely. Some members are happy to participate if given the green light by their organizations. In my experience, however, many board members find soliciting donations uncomfortable or even distasteful. Some feel they don't have the necessary personal connections or wealth. Or they say, "It's just not my job."

Today, however, fundraising is everyone's job if a not-for-profit is to be successful and sustainable.


Grateful Givers: A Lesson from Dad

Seasons Greetings, Gratitude, and Greatness

I don’t ease into personal stories well.  This one, however, resonates at the time of year where we seem to have too much stuff … and too little gratitude. Also, this message is timely since we are all constantly looking to create a greater and more meaningful donation experience for our givers.


  New research reveals nonprofit transparency leads to increase in contributions. Click to learn more.