Practicalities

A primer on thinking through fundraising events

Too frequently nonprofit organizations rush—enthusiastically and blindly—into a fundraising event after fundraising event. Avoid wasted time and funds by reflecting on their value and, if you do host one, preparing adequately.

Hurricane Michael recovery efforts point to the power of local generosity after overlooked disasters

Two main suggestions for those wishing to help support survivors of disasters reevaluate how they choose to respond.


Popularity-based grants are irritating, harmful, and need to end

Funding contests where groups compete to get the most votes to win money from a corporate partner are well intentioned, but hurtful to nonprofits.

5 silly mistakes nonprofits make when applying for grants

The “sins” that foundation executives often cite in their work with nonprofit grantees.


Direct Mail Vendors: the used car salesmen of nonprofit fundraising?

Is your direct mail vendor ripping you off?


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NextAfter’s NIO Summit: a recap

The 2019 Nonprofit Innovation & Optimization Summit hosted by NextAfter had a lot of extremely useful tips for fundraisers. At the same time, it had a major blind spot for providing comprehensive advice for nonprofit organizations.

5 easy ways to identify new major donor prospects

Direct mail prospecting, sending letters to strangers who have a reasonable chance of being interested in your mission, remains the cheapest and most efficient way to acquire new donors.


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Christmas in September: why your year-end campaign starts now

Last Thursday, American Philanthropic and Philanthropy Daily convened fundraisers and nonprofit leaders in Philadelphia for an evening conversation on end-of-year fundraising. Here is a summary of the conversation.

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Four questions for recruiting top talent

Employing the right people is absolutely essential for running a successful nonprofit organization. Here are four questions to ask yourself to improve hiring at your organization.




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