The years of our city’s inferiority complex should be well behind us at this point. The dynamic and ever present advances we as a community are making (from social innovation to the arts and from economic development to education) present a city which has matured and is leading on many fronts. Where once we defaulted to positions of political and economic defeatism, we have now emerged into a “can do culture”; one that claims the future not shies away from it.
With respect to the philanthropy, one genesis point for this “can do culture” dates back just over a hundred years with the advent of the world’s first community foundation (the Cleveland Foundation) created by Frederick Goff.
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Nonprofits benefit by storing in their “sacred bundles” nuggets of wisdom gained from the important program assessment data they gather. The key is to identify — from among the many possibilities — what is most significant.
Something isn’t working with your planned giving program. You heavily invested in reputable software, recruited talented staff, and yet, the golden goose has yet to lay one single golden egg. Follow these three tips to develop a winning planned giving strategy.
Want to work smarter and not harder? Start a planned giving program. Begin with bequests, incite interest from stakeholders, and reach out for technical assistance as your program grows.
Donor-centered moves management is a major donor cultivation approach that combines love with a great management system to plan, make, and keep track of a targeted number of “moves” or “touches” per year to major gift prospects.
A common refrain among executive directors is that board members aren’t involved enough in fundraising. Fundraising, however, is one of the fundamental responsibilities of a board member. Here are a few ideas for board members to get more comfortable with fundraising.
As storytelling has jumped to the top of the nonprofit communications priority list, many of the clients we work with feel both invigorated and overwhelmed by the challenge of telling their organization’s stories. Just like good stories, good quotes are made of ideas so memorable and succinct that they are easily passed along. Here are five.
Part 2 continues with a few tips on sending a clean application packet, from your friendly neighborhood artist/activist who has taken several turns as a grant/fellowship reviewer and recipient.
If we can't play the same game the rest of the world plays in terms of professionalism, how can we be expected to be taken seriously (i.e., paid)? Here are a few tips from your friendly neighborhood artist/activist who has taken several turns as a grant/fellowship reviewer and recipient.