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Three years into a stalled capital campaign, an arts nonprofit finally engineered bond financing in order to build the facility that the then-executive director and the board were determined to have.  A consultant was hired, changes were made, but despite all that, the campaign wasn’t completely successful.  Now, with the building built and five years removed from the campaign, the organization...Read more

According to Independent Sector, a volunteer’s time is worth over $22 per hour.  Last year alone, 62.8 million Americans volunteered almost 8 billion hours.  As a nonprofit, you know how valuable these people are to your organization.  By paying attention to how you work with your volunteers, you attract their devotion, enhance their experience, and make them part of your mission over the long term.

The Urban Institute reports that nonprofits need to...Read more

Read our guest post below from Swell Fundraising.

According to Morgan Stanley, the thoroughly-researched and well-documented millennial generation will benefit from the largest transfer of wealth in history. Have we ever heard and tried to understand so much about a generation? For nonprofit directors, understanding this generation is essential to the long-term health of your organization. 

Here are 5 steps you can take...Read more

Donations are the livelihood of your organization.  And fundraising can be challenging.  It’s both an art and a science.  In order to unlock the best practices out there, you need to find out what is making fundraising and research campaigns successful and, frankly, what’s not.  Here are five best practices for successful fundraising:

  1.  Capture Ticketing Data to Identify Donor Potential
    Arts and Culture organizations have a unique pool of individuals – their ticket purchasers – who already demonstrate a genuine interest in the mission and work of their
  2. ...Read more

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a nonprofit plunge head-first into a capital campaign.  

Here’s the scenario: A capital campaign gets fast tracked to start. Great, right? Well, no feasibility study has been performed. An astronomically high goal is set, because, hey, why not? This is a great organization, right? The board of directors is totally gung-ho, but they’re hand’s off. The CEO thinks it’s a great idea, but is also hand’s off. Everybody is on board except …

You guessed it. The Development Team.  

Have you ever felt as if you were thrown under the bus...Read more

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