Thoughts and ideas on nonprofit fundraising, membership and advocacy

The Value of Fundraising with a Social Entrepreneurship Mindset

The Value of Fundraising with a Social Entrepreneurship Mindset

In 2005, PBS ran a documentary series called "The New Heroes." Narrated by Robert Redford, it explored the approach, mindset and impact of 12 social entrepreneurs doing good in the world.  (You can watch full episodes on YouTube courtesy of the Skoll Foundation.) The...

How to Change Organization Culture – Without Resistance or Chaos

How to Change Organization Culture – Without Resistance or Chaos

For most nonprofits, organizational culture is an incredible source of strength and staying power. According to a Bridgespan study of 130 nonprofit management teams, “culture” rated as one of the top two organizational assets across the board. However, all too often,...

No More Running for the Hills: Fundraising Ideas for Board Members

No More Running for the Hills: Fundraising Ideas for Board Members

Have you ever noticed those board members that start to sweat when the monthly meeting agenda turns to the topic of fundraising? There are many reasons why this subject might make certain board members freeze up, – especially because they know that one day soon, if...

Cause Marketing: What Is It and How to Do It Effectively

Cause Marketing: What Is It and How to Do It Effectively

It was recently suggested by several industry thought leaders that, in the future, “all marketing will be cause marketing.” Whether this concept comes to fruition or not, the focus on these efforts is without question, growing exponentially among nonprofits and...

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