September 2, 2014
Four Fun Ways to Show Donors Your Heartfelt Thanks

Four Fun Ways to Show Donors Your Heartfelt Thanks

As many managers of non-profit organizations know all too well, getting someone to donate for the first time can be difficult. But getting them to give a second or third time is even tougher. Researchers who looked at a group of 1.8 million donors found that only around 43 percent of them gave money to the same group two years in a row, Urban notes. In many cases, these generous souls are…

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August 28, 2014
Follow-Up from Vanessa Chase’s August 21 Webinar with GuideStar, “Storytelling Basics for Nonprofits”

Follow-Up from Vanessa Chase’s August 21 Webinar with GuideStar, “Storytelling Basics for Nonprofits”

The preceding is a follow-up post where Vanessa Chase answers some popular questions from her August 21 Webinar, “Storytelling Basics for Nonprofits.”  To view the recorded webinar, click here. To access the slides from that presentation, click here. To download Vanessa Chase’s Story Collection Template, click here. For a comprehensive list of recorded GuideStar Webinars, click hereto visit our…

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August 27, 2014
How to Work When No One is Watching

How to Work When No One is Watching

Recently, I moved from my office job in Washington, DC to working remotely in a small town in North Carolina. To say this was a huge change is an understatement. I left the bustling, fun offices of GuideStar, where most of us eat lunch together every day, and co-workers know more about my personal life than my mother, to working full-time out of my apartment in a strange, new city.

I’m extremely…

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August 25, 2014
Measuring Fundraising Progress

(This is the last post in a series of five about building fundraising momentum in your organization. 

Measuring Fundraising Progress

(This is the last post in a series of five about building fundraising momentum in your organization. 

August 8, 2014
Call for Applications to the LeaderSpring Fellowship Program for Nonprofit Executive Directors

Are you an executive director of a nonprofit based in the East Bay who wants to improve your leadership and management skills? 

Call for Applications to the LeaderSpring Fellowship Program for Nonprofit Executive Directors

Are you an executive director of a nonprofit based in the East Bay who wants to improve your leadership and management skills? 

August 7, 2014
Join Social Media for Nonprofits in Austin, Texas August 13

Join Social Media for Nonprofits in Austin, Texas August 13

socialmediaDoes your Austin-based nonprofit need to explore social media strategy, how to use visuals and memes to increase engagement, how to raise more funds, and how to measure and benchmark your social media efforts, among other topics? If so, don’t miss the Social Media for Nonprofits Conference in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, August 13th!

Social Media for Nonprofitsis the world’s premier conference…

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August 6, 2014
Five Great Ways to Get Your New Board Members on Board

Five Great Ways to Get Your New Board Members on Board

The following is a cross-post from Board Assist’s February 17th blog post.  Click here to read the original article. 

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Getting new board members fired up about your organization is not something that automatically happens once they take the job. Some may come in with unbridled enthusiasm, sure. But you still have work to do if you want that initial exuberance to turn into prolonged engagement. It…

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August 5, 2014
Bad picture; awesome people. The rising stars of @stanford’s #philanthropy program a decade ago. Each has gone on to do great things! Recognize anyone? Hint: one of them is our fair leader @jacobcharold

Bad picture; awesome people. The rising stars of @stanford’s #philanthropy program a decade ago. Each has gone on to do great things! Recognize anyone? Hint: one of them is our fair leader @jacobcharold

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August 4, 2014
Peace of Mind – It’s as Easy as Pushing a Button

Peace of Mind – It’s as Easy as Pushing a Button

VersaicFor over ten years, Versaichas been helping corporations and foundations manage their giving programs.  Like many of our clients, we started small, with programs focused on community events and donations.  Today, Versaic is the engine behind programs for more than 100 clients across a spectrum of industries, representing tens of thousands of transactions, and supporting thousands of non-profits…

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August 1, 2014
How One Question Changed This Nonprofit Board Meeting

How One Question Changed This Nonprofit Board Meeting

 DiscussionAfter attending various board meetings from numerous types of nonprofits over the last 20 years, one particular gathering of the board for a local charity stands out as my favorite. Surprisingly, it wasn’t a board retreat or a strategic planning session.

A simple question changed everything

The particular meeting started like nearly every other ordinary meeting:

The prerequisite approval of the…

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