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Client Partner Spotlight: After the Harvest Celebrates Earth Day

By | All Posts, Byrne Pelofsky Client Fundraising Success, Commentary, Current Events/News, Fundraising, Healthcare, Insights, News You Can Use, Nonprofit Marketing, Social Media, Social Services, Special Events | No Comments

After the Harvest’s (ATH) mission is to fight hunger, improve nutrition, and reduce food waste by rescuing fresh produce and distributing it to organizations that feed hungry people. Each week, ATH delivers fresh produce to more than 360 agencies that serve over 35,000 hungry people in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The organization has saved nearly 25 million pounds of…

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Take Fundraising in Your Membership Organization to the Next Level

By | All Posts, Commentary, Organizational + Personal Development, Planned Giving, Social Services, Strategic Planning | No Comments

“We do not engage in fundraising. We’re a membership-based organization.” This is the response we have received when engaging with associations and other nonprofits that operate on a membership model. While we understand developing a giving program sounds like a lot of work, you do not need a sophisticated development department to make giving a part of your organizational culture….

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More than just Fundraising Consultants: How Three Decades as an Executive Director Prepared me for the World of Fundraising

By | All Posts, Capacity Building, Commentary, Fundraising, Insights, Planned Giving | No Comments

Yes, we have experience with raising funds for projects, but the three Senior Consultants at Byrne Pelofsky also bring over 75 years of upper-level management experience as Executive Directors to the table.  This gives us a different perspective on fundraising situations as well as overall institutional management.  We have been there as staff, have had to work with and understand…

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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

By | All Posts, Commentary, Fundraising, Grants, News You Can Use | One Comment

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

By | All Posts, Commentary, Current Events/News, Donor Cultivation, Fundraising, Insights, Legislative + Advocacy, News You Can Use | No Comments

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

By | All Posts, Commentary, Current Events/News, Fundraising, Giving USA, The Giving Institute | No Comments

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

By | All Posts, Commentary, Donor Cultivation, Fundraising, News You Can Use, Planned Giving | No Comments

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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