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The 4 Questions Nonprofits Need to Address as They Make 2018 Tech Plans

As 2017 draws to a close and 2018 comes into focus, nonprofit organizations planning for next year should be thinking through their technology priorities. That can be a daunting task, but the most successful nonprofits have defined processes for making technology decisions. According to the Nonprofit Technology Network’s (NTEN) 10th annual “Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments Report,” 65 […]

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30 Power Words That Convert on Social Media

When chosen carefully, the right words can prompt an audience to invest in your cause and spread your mission to the world. Below, we’ve rounded up 30 power words that convert on social media. But first, we dig into the science of copywriting and the psychology of headlines. Why Use Power Words? The right words in your online messages can […]

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7 Essential Matching Gift Steps to Take in the New Year

As we approach the end of 2017, it’s time to look forward to ways to increase donations in 2018. It can feel like you’ve exhausted every fundraising avenue already like your donors have given all they can give. But what if that weren’t the case? What if you could significantly increase your donations with no […]

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Write to Invite: 5 Secrets to Inspire Action on Your Nonprofit Appeal

You want to raise money with your year-end nonprofit appeal, right? Think about what inspires you about your mission. What are you passionate about? What drew you here and keeps you here? Look at your last appeal; does it sound like you know who you’re writing to? If not, you’re likely writing on auto-pilot, talking […]

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How to Find Your Next Great Board Member

Each board is unique, so its members must be too. The right dynamic between a board and its leadership will ensure the success of the organization, satisfaction of those who drive that success, and realization of your unique and powerful vision. Who is your dream board member? Quantitative research has shown that board giving has […]

First Time Donors

3 Ways to retain first time donors

  According to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, most first-time donors never come back to make a second gift. Nonprofits as a whole are losing 57% of their donors every single year. And 71% of first-time donors never return! Any fundraising professional will tell you that retaining existing donors costs less than acquiring new donors. The quickest and surest way to […]


5 Steps to Becoming a Stronger Networker

You curled your hair and put on your patent leather shoes. You even put on lipstick without your mom’s permission. You are ready for your first junior high dance. Will you ask Bobby to slow dance or stand near the wall with friends? Will you go near the chip bowl, or do you not want […]

nonprofit data

Data Appends: A Guide for Your Nonprofit

Analytics is all the rage in development offices. Data scientists and prospect researchers on the nonprofit payroll are working side by side to mine data within the nonprofit’s information system and create models that predict who is likely to give—and who is not. Adding highly skilled staff to do this analysis is expensive, but stretches […]

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Is Your Nonprofit Ready for #GivingTuesday?

Giving Tuesday 2016 yielded $168,000,000 in nonprofit donations. Is your nonprofit ready to leverage end-of-year giving in 2017? #GivingTuesday is right around the corner and presents a unique opportunity for nonprofits nationwide to drive in new donors (both financial and time-based). If you are not familiar with #GivingTuesday, it is a national campaign that begins the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (Nov. […]

major gifts fundraising

5 Research-Backed Lessons on Major Gifts Fundraising

Last month, the Blackbaud Institute released a report entitled “Share of the American Wallet,” which uses the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey data to explore how demographic attributes and discretionary spending patterns relate to philanthropy. The study provides useful and interesting insights on general philanthropic trends across the United States and confirms common wisdom about […]

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Building a Responsive Website Is Key to Engaging Your Audience

With more than 51% of web traffic viewed on mobile devices, it’s a no-brainer to make sure your nonprofit’s website is responsive. People aren’t just looking at social media or emails on their phones and tablets anymore — they’re creating sophisticated videos, filling out important forms and paperwork, coding on the go, and of course, […]


23 of the Best Fundraising Ideas for Growth

Historically, the path to nonprofit growth has been ill-defined. In fact, according to Tracy Palandjian of Social Finance, “of the 200,000 or so nonprofits that were created between 1975 and 2008, only 200—that’s 0.1 percent of these nonprofits—have reached 50 million in annual revenues.” But the tides are turning. An increasing number of nonprofits are […]