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Take Fundraising in Your Membership Organization to the Next Level

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“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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Partner Spotlight: The Willow Domestic Violence Shelter

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Byrne Pelofsky is excited to announce that our client, The Willow, opened its doors to a second domestic violence shelter location last week after successfully completing a $750,000 capital campaign. The Willow is a shelter, support, and referral organization for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking serving Douglas, Jefferson, and Franklin counties in Kansas. Byrne Pelofsky and The Willow…

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

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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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Grant Writing 101: Professor Morning Glory Explains it All

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By Karen West, Senior Grant Writer  While there are many requirements that must be addressed for each proposal, there are also some general issues that are common to all types of grants. The Professor’s top three tips can guide you to success. Tip Number One: Be a good storyteller Funders want to see proposals that are innovative, creative and demonstrates…

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Partner Spotlight: Kansas City Autism Training Center

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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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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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Client Success Story: KC Mayor Appoints Swope Health CEO, Jeron Ravin, to COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force

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Jeron Ravin, JD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Swope Health, has been appointed by Mayor Quinton Lucas to serve on Kansas City’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. Ravin joins an esteemed group of leaders on the task force whose roles range from healthcare and public health to operational and organizational logistics. Mayor Lucas assembled the task force to ensure equitable…

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

By | All Posts, Byrne Pelofsky Client Fundraising Success, Donor Cultivation, Education, Fundraising, Major Gift Solicitation, News You Can Use, Prospect Research | No Comments

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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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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Take the Plunge into Planned Giving in 2021

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2020 forced many nonprofits to think about establishing long-term sustainability. When the inevitable recession comes along and traditional fundraising must be put on pause, what programs do you have in place to fill the gaps? This is where a robust planned giving program can really come in handy.  Properly orchestrated, a planned giving program can provide wonderful benefits to your…

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