Planned Giving Success: Strategies to Maximize Donor Gifts

December 6, 2018

During the eight years I’ve been a consultant, I’ve worked mainly with social justice nonprofit organizations with budgets of $5 million or less. These groups typically have one, or if they’re larger, up to three full-time development staff members. They’re stretched thin generating resources to meet their organizations’ immediate needs. Few have time to focus on a long-term fundraising vision or to invest in planned giving, due to limited staff capacities and resources.

Maximize Impact through Board Accountability

November 26, 2018

As a part of a nonprofit board, you have the responsibility to your community to be an effective leader and steward of measurable, sustainable impact. Over the past decade, nonprofits have made remarkable strides in demonstrating impact to their stakeholders. In fact, our ability to effectively evaluate and measure our work has become the standard for success.

How to Really Succeed at Cause Marketing

November 12, 2018

For more than two decades, I have been helping U.S. nonprofits and corporations create high-profile cause marketing campaigns together, raising millions in the process. The one consistent question I have gotten through the years from almost every nonprofit I have worked with is, “how do I create a successful cause marketing partnership for my nonprofit?”  

Rebooting Your Board Culture

October 15, 2018

Creating a functioning board is a challenge.  There are many reasons that boards do not fulfill our expectations and perform the way we hope they would. The first is that the job description of a board member is a pretty boring job. Board members have three duties, obedience, loyalty and care. The most clearly defined part of their role is financial oversight. In other words, the position of board member is most importantly about legal accountability; they are tasked to prevent trouble more than promote success. 

Doing Good Better is a Journey

Doing Good Better is a Journey

September 10, 2018

We believe in the power of the story of Foundation Center. We also recognize that our story has many contributors – impassioned individuals who seek to change the world, committed nonprofits that meet the needs of community without tiring, inspired funders who desire to impact issues and the communities they care about most through grantmaking and partnership, our dedicated staff who strive to fulfill our mission daily and our partners who span the country and globe helping to ensure access to Foundation Center databases and tools.