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Impact is Everything! Donors Care Little About How Much Money You Raise from Year to Year

By |November 6th, 2013|

Why do the majority of philanthropic reports always seem to look at how much money was raised the year before rather than measuring the impact of the actual work accomplished? I’m really getting sick and tired of seeing one article after another where some groups are up by 4% while others are still down from the Great Recession of 2007/2008. As a donor, I don’t give a rip about how much a nonprofit’s budget as increased or decreased for that matter. All that tells me is how sleek their oiled machine of fundraising is. But it does not tell [...]

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Give a Donation to Your Competitor and Learn How They Treat Their Donors

By |November 5th, 2013|

If you work within the nonprofit sector in any capacity, then you should understand the larger sector as a whole. You should not be so focused on your charity, your mission and your agenda that you are clueless of even potential collaborative partners. Nor should you be so focused that you have no idea who is the competition and how they are actually beating you to the sub-sector within your scope of work. The truth of the matter is that there is an overwhelming amount of data out there on the Internet that any nonprofit leadership team can quickly [...]

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Tea Party, Obamacare, Sequester, Progressives & Philanthropic Giving

By |November 3rd, 2013|

With the recent government shutdown, some philanthropists have stepped up and written large checks to fill the gaps. When it comes to nonprofits in America receiving government funding, this can be a politically hot button issue. As articles have been written in recent days whether or not big philanthropy can be a substitute for government to other nonprofits being hit by everything from the sequester to the shutdown, how much funding should a nonprofit depend upon the government? This is a critical question and it will most likely flow from your own political ideology. Some groups are heavily weighted [...]

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Do You Desire to Raise More Money for Your Nonprofit?

By |November 1st, 2013|

Do you desire to raise more money for your nonprofit?

 

Do you want to create a bigger impact and make a more significant difference in the lives of others?

 

Do you seek to move from a small grassroots organization into a nationally known and funded movement?

 

Do you desire to reach the next level as an organization for unlimited potentiality?

 

If you answer yes to any of these questions, then The Nonprofit Fundraising Solution by Laurence Pagnoni is one of the greatest tools you can use to launch your organization to the next level of greatness.

 

This one book single handedly takes you through a step-by-step [...]

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Love, Marriage, Relationships, Divorce, Cheating and Charities

By |October 31st, 2013|

Will you fall in love with me? Will you always adore me? Will you never leave me or forsake me? Will you marry me and be with me till I die? These might be the words and thoughts of two lovers before they get married, but these are also very much the thoughts of every nonprofit with its donors. They want you to love and stay in love with them. And even once you die, they want to know how much you loved them by receiving a life insurance policy through their estate planning and will. They want you [...]

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Are You Having to Turn People Away Because You’ve Already Met Your Quota?

By |October 30th, 2013|

There are some fundraising galas that almost any person will pay any price to attend, while there are other events where almost no one will even glance at the invitation. Why is this the case? It primarily has to do with the reputation of the charity. Just because you are a nonprofit does not mean you have a good reputation or that you are going to receive funding because you are doing good social work for the greater good of the community. Who cares? I can point to thousands of good social work going on within one’s community doing [...]

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Fun People. Sexy People. Nerdy People. Shy People – They are All Donors!

By |October 29th, 2013|

Some people are just fun. Sadly some aren’t. These are the facts of life. Reality. The more fun people you have working for your organization, the more happy and productive it can be. Of course you might find yourself having too much fun and easily get distracted from the real work that is in front of you, but when people see their lifework as fun, then it makes for a healthier work place. Well, the same is true for hosting a fundraising event. Are your fundraising events actually fun? Just study the word “fundraising” – fun is embedded within [...]

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Are You Worried About Cash Flow? Does Your Nonprofit Maintain an Endowment Fund?

By |October 28th, 2013|

Everyone seems to be tight on money these days, worried over what is occurring in Washington DC, and not showing lots of confidence with the overall economy or future forecasts of job growth. With these many concerns looming in the background or forefront of people’s thinking, it is often hard for many to pony up large extra cash for charity. Yes, they still love their charities and they want to see them thrive and not just weather the storms of life. And this is why it is so critically important for all nonprofit, social sector service groups to maintain [...]

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Have You Reached the Next Level?

By |October 27th, 2013|

Most nonprofits think about getting to the next level only in the form of dollars raised, invested or managed for their agenda. Whether it is raising funds for a new building campaign, investing in programs to help the poor and needy, or managing funds within an endowment, money is often the only mental modality that nonprofits think of when talking about reaching the next level. And the same is often true for the business world. If we only had more money, then we could reach the next level, or if we only could raise more money, get more exposure, [...]

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Who Do the Wealthy Talk To When it Comes to Philanthropy?

By |October 26th, 2013|

Who do the wealthy talk to when it comes to philanthropy? The wealthy often talk to the wealthy when it comes to giving and generosity. This does not happen on any center stage like the Clinton Global Initiative, nor does this happen so much in an intentional context of professional advisors within the philanthropy, finance or estate-planning context. But it does happen over coffee, on fishing trips, while playing a round of golf or in many other causal contexts. It simply occurs when friends talk with friends about how to give well. In other words, it occurs in their [...]

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