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The American Rescue Plan – How does the Biden Stimulus Package Help Nonprofits?

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Both the stimulus plan enacted in December 2020 and the Biden Administration’s proposed plan contain measures aimed at relieving stress on nonprofits that are providing critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic. What’s in the December 2020 Stimulus Package? The main highlights from the December stimulus package include the extension of the temporary charitable deduction available to people who don’t itemize…

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Make Your Grants Successful in 2021: Top 4 Tips Before You Hit Submit

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By Lisa Pelofsky Co-Founder + CEO So, your organization is making grant funding a big priority for 2021. It’s not a bad idea considering that COVID-19 has dramatically changed the grant-making environment for nonprofits. Many foundations have pledged to increase their giving next year, grant restrictions are loosening up and foundations are giving more than ever. But before you sit…

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What Fundraisers Can Learn From Political Campaigns

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By Lisa Pelofsky Co-Founder + CEO I began my professional fundraising career on Capitol Hill in 1986 working on a Senatorial political campaign. My candidate was challenging an incumbent, and although we lost the race, we broke the Senate fundraising record at the time. I went on to serve in various fundraising positions on Congressional and Senatorial political campaigns across…

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501c Success Series with Rachel Hutchisson, Blackbaud – Generosity in 2020 and the Future Ecosystem of Good

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Rachel Hutchisson feels hopeful about the future of generosity. As the keynote speaker at our last 501c Success National Speaker Series of 2020, Rachel closed out an unusual year on a high note. As the VP of Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy at Blackbaud, Rachel is responsible for leading the company’s corporate social responsibility efforts. She is also a Senior Advisor…

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Fundraising during Election Season – How to Break through the Noise

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2020 political fundraising is already breaking records. As the pandemic continues and fuels a divisive political climate, nonprofits are wondering how to stay top of mind with their donors and compete with their political priorities this fall. Although it may seem like political fundraising yields an enormous amount (which it does), it’s nothing compared to overall charitable giving. In fact,…

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A Fundraising Mantra During COVID-19: Keep in Touch with Your Donors

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By John Marshall Senior Consultant No corner of our society has escaped the impact of COVID-19, including the non-profit sector. Charitable organizations have been forced to look at how they are delivering services and their fundraisers are being counted on more than ever to raise the funds needed to keep the doors open. It hasn’t been easy, yet there is…

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Top Five Ways Nonprofits Can Use Giving USA 2020

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By Jeffrey Byrne Co-Founder + CEO Giving USA is a powerful tool. It is the most trusted annual report on the sources and uses of philanthropy in the United States, but it’s also a valuable resource in helping us improve philanthropy.  Although 2019 may feel like a distant memory in light of the transformative events of 2020, nonprofit organizations can still…

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Grant Making is Changing: It’s About Time

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By Lisa Pelofsky, Co-Founder + CEO Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Byrne Pelofsky grants team has been paying close attention to how funders are responding to the rapidly evolving needs of nonprofits. Funders are reevaluating the way they conduct grant making activities requiring our team to pivot and refocus our strategy with a number of our grant…

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Six Steps to Fundraising Success in the Post-COVID “New Normal”

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As the Kansas City Metro heads into the second month of the mandated lockdown, we are looking ahead to what a post COVID-19 world could look like for the nonprofit sector. Over the next nine months, nonprofits need to be proactive in order to minimize the damage of this crisis. But what effect(s) will this pandemic have on the future…

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The Future of Fundraising Events After COVID-19

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By Barb Bloch, Director of Major Gifts  If your annual fundraising gala is a major source of your organization’s revenue, COVID-19 has understandably complicated your year. You have made the difficult, but necessary decision to postpone your event. But now what? Can you still hold an event this year? And what will fundraisers look like in the new normal? Here…

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