Practicalities

5 silly mistakes nonprofits make when applying for grants

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

A free checklist to support your fundraising

2020 has been a whirlwind for all of us. As this year winds down and we prepare for 2021, here’s a tool to help you structure your development efforts.


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Digital during COVID: educating and entertaining your audience

Digital marketing is essential for nonprofit organizations—and increased digital traffic during the pandemic makes it of utmost importance. Today and tomorrow, find our tips for reaching and engaging donors digitally.

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5 tips to improve your hospital fundraising

Taking measures to strengthen your grateful patient fundraising can help your hospital raise significantly more money.


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Messaging donors while the votes are counted

We’re all biting our nails thinking about the election. Don’t forget to be in touch with your donors.

How to use front-end premiums in direct mail

Using premiums in direct mail can reduce or limit donor engagement—or it can boost results. Here’s how to use front-end premiums well.


Human-scale philanthropy: 3 tips for grantmakers

Foundations are best poised to succeed when they take reasonable measures to advance their mission.

4 tips for reimagining in-person events in the time of COVID-19

If you are going to host an in-person event—whether fundraising or to celebrate an organizational landmark—it’s important to get it right. Today, that means taking COVID precautions into account, as well.


Seeking a foundation grant? Write a successful LOI in 5 simple steps

Make sure that you are putting your organization in the best position for funding.

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4 tips for a new major-gifts officer

When you’ve recently been hired, your tendency is to prove yourself and seem like an expert fast—but leveraging your “newness” may be the best way to close gifts and engage donors.




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