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Future of Philanthropy: How Impact Investing Is Advancing Philanthropy

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By Katie Santambrogio Principal, Social Impact Collaborative Consulting Senior Consultant, Byrne Pelofsky  Foundations and nonprofit organizations have been engaging in impact investing since the 1960s. However, the last decade has seen the nonprofit sector take a greater strategic approach. By aligning endowments, investment portfolios, and cash management tools with mission-centered work, organizations are putting targeted social impact ahead of traditional…

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Fundraising Software: 7 Essential Features to Prioritize

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By Guest Author: John Killoran, Clover Leaf Solutions* Your fundraising software is central to everything that your organization does and aims to accomplish. It’s how you keep your data organized, plan your fundraising efforts, and how you pull off successful campaigns. That’s why it’s crucial to make a worthwhile investment in a solution that meets your unique needs and helps…

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Hybrid Board Meetings: What You Need to Know to Be Efficient

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While fully virtual strategies were sustainable at the peak of the pandemic, they’re not optimal for organizations that prefer connecting with supporters in person. With vaccines widely available, it’s becoming safer to meet face-to-face, which has organizations everywhere returning to in-person operations. While you’ve likely considered what the hybrid model looks like for your fundraising efforts, what about how it…

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How to Reduce Churn + Proactively Manage Your Giving Program

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A well-managed, sustainable recurring giving or membership program is an invaluable asset for nonprofits. Its benefits can be game-changing: A reliable source of unrestricted year-round revenue A vital community of supporters passionate about and engaged with your cause An audience of retained donors eager to hear about your next event, program, or campaign A healthy giving program gives you more…

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Mackenzie Scott Calling, Are You Ready to Answer?

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Editor’s Note: BP+A is pleased to feature our friend and colleague Alison Patterson, Principal and Philanthropic Strategist with Patterson Philanthropic Advisors, which helps individuals and families plan and connect to the meaning and impact of their philanthropic relationships. We’ve been hearing a lot about the transformational gifts given by philanthropist Mackenzie Scott over the last year, and many not for…

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Managing Board Expectations: A Two-Way Street

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Boards come in all shapes and sizes. Some with a cast of seemingly thousands of members and others with as few as six. Some with many committees and others with only an Executive Committee calling the shots. Some have a terrific composition and others could use some diversification. Regardless, all nonprofits (for the most part) are governed by Boards of…

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Grant Writing 101: Professor Morning Glory Explains it All

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By Karen West, Senior Grant Writer  While there are many requirements that must be addressed for each proposal, there are also some general issues that are common to all types of grants. The Professor’s top three tips can guide you to success. Tip Number One: Be a good storyteller Funders want to see proposals that are innovative, creative and demonstrates…

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Donor Stewardship: The Art of Saying Thank You

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Katie Lord Senior Consultant In today’s fast-paced digital arena, many nonprofits have moved to a digital donor acknowledgement system in an effort to save time and increase the speed of gift acknowledgement. While this system can be effective from a recordkeeping standpoint for the organization and the donor, this can often be a missed opportunity to 1) convey true donor…

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High-Quality Onboarding Essential to New Employee Success

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Sandi Grimm Director of Administration Have you ever started a new job and after the first day, you feel like a visitor to a new land? That sounds pretty normal, but hopefully everyone involved is speaking the same language. Proper onboarding will not only make lives easier, it makes for greater productivity. According to the Society for Human Resource Management…

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March 22: 2016 501 (c) Success National Speaker Series – Dr. Debra Mesch, Women’s Philanthropy Institute

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Gender Matters in Philanthropy:  register now for the 501 (c) Success National Speaker Series with Dr. Debra Mesch, Director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Tuesday, March 22, 2016 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. 7:30 a.m. – Continental breakfast served 7:55 a.m. – Program starts Kauffman Foundation Conference Center 4801 Rockhill Road Kansas City…

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