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Top 3 Tips for Executing a Successful Online Giving Campaign

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According to the Blackbaud Institute’s latest annual report on charitable giving (released on February 16, 2021) online giving grew 21% during the global pandemic in 2020. It’s a clear sign that the digital transformation is upon us. Is your nonprofit ready to capitalize on this transition to digital fundraising? Online giving is a way for nonprofit organizations to raise money…

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How to Attract Mega-Philanthropy – No Matter Your Organization’s Size

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By Jeffrey D. Byrne Co-Founder + CEO I recently solicited a prospective donor – over Zoom – for an eight-figure gift on behalf of one of our capital campaign clients. I have more than 30 years of fundraising experience under my belt, but I have NEVER asked a donor for such a substantial gift through a computer screen. But such…

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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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Campaign Planning Studies: Is NOW the Right Time?

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By Jeffrey D. Byrne Co-Founder + CEO A number of our clients and contacts have asked us about the proper timing for a Campaign Planning Study in light of the ongoing pandemic. Whether you call it a “Feasibility Study,” “Campaign Planning Study,” or “Campaign Readiness Assessment,” a planning study is critical to laying a solid foundation for a large-scale fundraising…

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The Critical Role Nonprofits will Play in Our Changing World – with Rob Kaplan, President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

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Nonprofit Connect, Byrne Pelofsky and Bank of America were honored to host Rob Kaplan, President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Co-Chair of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, as a keynote speaker in the annual 501c Success National Speaker Series. This series brings prominent thought leaders to Kansas City to discuss the latest nonprofit research and…

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Fundraising on the Front Lines: Virtual Fundraising Success Stories in the Age of Social Distancing – with Susan Tideman + Laura Berger

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Byrne Pelofsky recently shared our Six Steps to a Successful (Virtual) Solicitation. But what happens when you put these tips and strategies into practice? We asked two seasoned fundraisers working in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area – Susan Tideman, Associate Vice President of Advancement at William Jewell College, and Laura Berger, Director of Development at Saint Luke’s Foundation, about what…

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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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Six Steps to a Successful (Virtual) Solicitation

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The bad news for nonprofits? It looks like we’re in it for the long haul with social distancing restrictions. The good news? Major gift solicitations on a virtual platform seem to be working. But as with all solicitations, there is a right and a wrong way to go about it. And without the personal foundation of a face-to-face connection, fundraisers…

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