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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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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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The Board Scorecard – What’s Your Nonprofit’s Score?

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By Jeffrey Byrne Co-Founder + CEO Nonprofit Board members bring a diverse set of skills, experiences and connections to their organization.  Their voluntary involvement is the basis for the continued success (or failure) of an organization.  A Nonprofit Board member brings a specific skill set or a combination of skills to an organization which usually includes filling a knowledge gap,…

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Giving USA 2019: Americans gave $427.71 billion to charity in 2018 during a complicated year for charitable giving

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Giving USA 2019: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2018 Americans gave $427.71 billion to charity in 2018 during a complicated year for charitable giving Shaped by a mixture of counteracting economic and policy factors, total contributions grew 0.7% in current dollars, declined 1.7% adjusted for inflation Editor’s Note: If you live in the Greater Kansas City area,…

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Create Charitable Giving Magic – Without a Wand

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Beth Silverstein Senior Consultant When donor passion intersects with institutional aspiration, magic happens.  But the real magic is what it takes to get to the pinnacle of relationship where donor and cause are seamlessly, intensely aligned. It is a well-known trend that donors are beginning to focus their giving, narrowing the number of organizations they support.  They are also looking…

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You Can Change Board Conversations Around Philanthropy By Using the Fundraising Fitness Test

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Erik Daubert, MBA, ACFRE Chair of the Growth in Giving Initiative and the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, Faculty at Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, LaGrange College, and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Originally posted on Nonprofit Connect I have worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations who have used the Fundraising Fitness Test (FFT) and I am often asked, “How…

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Salvation Army Advisory Boards: In the Vanguard of the “Army Behind the Army”

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John Marshall Senior Vice President For the past 42 years, I have had the opportunity to work with a great number of Boards throughout the nonprofit sector: higher education, healthcare, culture and the arts, human services, etc. I have had many extraordinary experiences with a wide range of Boards” many functioning beautifully, some so-so and occasionally, well, some not so…

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Women as Leaders

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Veronica Gerrity Coordinator of Administration + Consulting With the fervor of International Women’s Day sweeping social media and news outlets last week, examples such as #pressforprogress and McDonald’s flipping their famous arches to make a “W” seemed everywhere. At JB+A, we wanted to explore the landscape of the nonprofit sector and look at how women are making an impact. In…

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Fundraising for your Botanical Gardens: If I Can Do It…

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Eric Tschanz Senior Consultant When I arrived at Powell Gardens, I told the Board I could build their garden, but I was NOT a fundraiser.  As President and Executive Director, I soon realized the need for outside funding if the Gardens were going to grow and prosper. Membership programs were started, earned income streams were developed, capital campaigns were initiated…

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Philanthropy is Business…and That’s OK

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As we close out another year with the turn of the calendar to January, many of us spend some time reflecting on the lessons learned over the past 12 months while setting organizational goals for the year ahead.  We need to take the time, not only to do this on a personal and organizational basis, but as a profession.  I…

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