Practicalities

Garbage in, garbage out: a nonprofit database

A database churns out the quality that you put into it. There’s no time like the present to invest time in data integrity and data hygiene.

Sticks and straw: building a database to support you in crisis

In times of crisis, decisions must be made quickly and accurately—but a poor database makes this difficult if not impossible. It is essential—crisis or no—to have a useful and well-used database.


Planning during COVID: creating a strategic plan, even now

If you find yourself in the midst of a sudden health, social, and economic crisis, and without a development plan—well, there is no time like the present to create one. Here’s how to do that.

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Gifts table: a fundraiser’s best friend—even during pandemic

Planning is essential for fundraising success, and a table of gifts is the most important tool in a fundraiser’s arsenal.


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Strategy during COVID: no time like the present to review, update your plan

Having a strategic plan sets a nonprofit apart from its peers. Now is the time to carefully review your strategic plan and make necessary adjustments in light of the current crisis.

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A (second) wake up call for higher education philanthropy

The coronavirus pandemic puts many colleges and universities at great risk of decreasing fundraising revenue. Unfortunately, poor planning has made them this vulnerable.


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Foundations respond to current need

I spoke to foundation leaders about how they are responding to the coronavirus situation and how that affects grantees. Here’s what they told me.

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Three tips for winning grants—before and after COVID

If you’re reaching out to foundations in the midst of this pandemic, best practices are not much different. But it’s more important than ever that you stand out from the crowd. Here’s how you can do that.


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Foundation solicitations during COVID: stay in touch, stay the course

The market is down and we are all stuck at home. One thing hasn’t changed: foundations are required to spend 5% of their corpus.

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Virtual events during COVID: reimagining canceled events

Don’t despair over canceled events and extended quarantine procedures. Instead, be creative and see how you can go virtual to engage your audience.




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