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Good News From Blackbaud: The Blackbaud Institute Reports Largest Growth in Giving since 2012

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The Blackbaud Institute recently released its annual Charitable Giving Report and found that giving in the United States grew 9%, which represents the largest increase in a decade. Blackbaud serves the “social good community” with innovative cloud-based software solutions.  The Blackbaud Institute is Blackbaud’s research and community impact arm, bringing together leading innovators and experts to foster collaborative solutions to…

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501c Success Series with Sandra Swirski: Cryptocurrency and 2022 Political Impact on the Nonprofit Sector

By All Posts, Commentary, Donor Cultivation, Education, Fundraising, Insights, Legislative + Advocacy No Comments

Sandra Swirski, Partner, Urban Swirski & Associates brought policy and practical fundraising advice from Washington, D.C. to Kansas City at the 501c Success National Speaker Series on February 25. Swirski’s 30 years of experience in management consulting includes working with nonprofits and large membership organizations to reimagine, build capacity and scale their public policy and advocacy infrastructures. She indicated the…

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Donor Retention vs. Acquisition: What You Need to Know

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As a nonprofit professional, you know that your donors are some of the most important people. After all, without their support and funding, your organization would not be able to achieve what it has for your mission. That’s why engaging donors and nurturing those relationships are so important. When fundraisers talk about donor engagement strategies, they’re likely referring to donor…

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Lisa Pelofsky Speaks at Aim4Peace Community Conversations

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Lisa Pelofsky recently spoke at a Community Conversations session hosted by Aim4Peace Violence Prevention Program. Aim4Peace’s Community Conversations is part of a series of workshops aiming to enhance the work of community leaders in Kansas City and empower the community to create safer and healthier neighborhoods. The workshops are facilitated by community partners who are leading experts on the topic….

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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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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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Top 5 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Giving USA 2021

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By Jeffrey D. Byrne Co-Founder + CEO  Giving USA 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.  Nonprofit organizations can use Giving USA 2021 data to help identify trends as well as opportunities to strengthen their fundraising in the coming years. Case in point, Giving USA…

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Congressional Earmarks are Back: What it means for nonprofits

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After being terminated nearly a decade ago, the practice of funding home-state projects is back. Members of Congress are once again accepting earmarks for spending bills for the next fiscal year allowing lawmakers to direct funds towards specific projects in their home states or districts. The practice was reinstated because lawmakers argue that the absence of these earmarks has weakened…

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Partner Spotlight: Kansas City Autism Training Center

By All Posts, Byrne Pelofsky Client Fundraising Success, Capacity Building, Education, Grants No Comments

Known to its families as Astra Day School, Kansas City Autism Training Center (KcATC) is committed to helping children on the Autism Spectrum fulfill their potential through ethical, evidence-based treatment, education, and training. Byrne Pelofsky has been working with KcATC over the past twelve months to grow their resource development efforts through grant research and writing and through major gifts…

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