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The Expert’s Guide to Nonprofit Fundraising Events

Raising funds for a nonprofit can be a challenge. Even with the right advisers, team, plan, and dedication, pulling off a successful fundraising event can be quite difficult. Many organizations have adapted their fundraising efforts to new technology and trends; using mobile technology and donor management software has become common. Whether you choose to remain traditional or switch to more tech-savvy methods, here are some lessons that can help you increase your donations and grow your fundraising community.


The Top Five Things You Need to Know for the 2018 Giving Season

I’m sure you have a long to-do list to prep for the Giving Season, but do you know how you can reach millions of donors and funders with just a bit of your time? The answer is simple—by updating your existing GuideStar Nonprofit Profile!

Your nonprofit’s information goes out to more than 200 charitable websites and applications powered by GuideStar, including AmazonSmile, Facebook, Network for Good, and Charity Navigator. To make the most out of your Giving Season, here are the top five things you need to know:


The Fundraising Cheat Sheet for Board Members

Attention spans have shrunk today, especially with board members and volunteers who have myriad responsibilities weighing upon them. In this vein, here’s a quick recounting of the most important fundraising truths they need to know.


7 Game-Changing Things Nonprofits Can Learn from For-Profits

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CrowdRise by GoFundMe Announces $300,000 in Prizes for Nonprofits

With #GivingTuesday and the holidays fast approaching, we wanted to make sure nonprofits in the GuideStar community were aware of a great opportunity available to them this season.

At CrowdRise by GoFundMe, the world’s largest social fundraising platform dedicated to nonprofits, we’re excited to announce our annual Holiday Challenge, a fundraising competition for charities with $300,000 in competition prizes for nonprofits. The annual fundraising competition engages charity participants by turning donors into fundraisers while leveraging peer-to-peer fundraising to amplify charitable giving efforts.


The 3-Step Playbook to SEO Keyword Research

By the time you finish reading this post, Google will have processed 117 million search queries worldwide. In total, that’s about 3.5 billion searches a day.


5 Strategies to Determine If Your Nonprofit Is Keeping Up

Part 1 of this two-part series, “How to Sustain Nonprofit Relevancy and Fundraising Effectiveness,” suggested five questions to ask in order to determine whether your nonprofit is simply resting on its laurels when it comes to your fundraising strategies. If this is the case, you’ll have trouble moving forward and pushing beyond the status quo to achieve excellence.


How to Sustain Nonprofit Relevancy and Fundraising Effectiveness

The late Jerold Panas*, fundraising guru and author of a bunch of books (two of which, Asking and The Fundraising Habits of Supremely Successful Boards, I frequently use with boards to inspire philanthropy), left us with a gem of a final article published in the GuideStar Blog: Nurturing Your Potential as a Fundraiser.


6 Things Members Actually Want from Your Nonprofit—But Probably Aren’t Telling You

Is your nonprofit struggling to retain members? If so, you’re not alone. Technologies like social media and online giving platforms have changed the way people behave and what they expect from organizations, making it harder to keep members coming back.


7 Signs Your Nonprofit Organization Needs an ERP System

Nonprofits, just like for-profit organizations, face a variety of challenges. There are issues related to legal compliance and workforce performance. They need to keep track of employee performance, delivery of orders, different processes, and the integrity of their databases. All these issues, if not managed well, might interfere with the fulfillment of their missions.

Many nonprofits make do with spreadsheet software and email to run different operations. But, as an organization grows in size or the complexity of its programs increases, the logistics of maintaining this information manually take their toll. Multi-faceted ERP (enterprise resource planning) software that utilizes a unified database can increase your overall organizational operational efficiency.

What are some of the major signs that your nonprofit organization needs an ERP system?


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