Persistent Decline in Fundraising

We continue our series on fundraising fundamentals. We wrote about building a campaign gift chart in February, building fundraising goals in March, and our 12 campaign beliefs in April. The Fundraising Effectiveness Project 2023 year-end data was released last week during the AFP ICON conference in Toronto, and the data is sobering. As the press […]

12 Campaign Beliefs

We have learned a set of truths while working on capital campaigns. We created our 12 Campaign Beliefs to document these truths. As we continue to help clients navigate the campaign process, especially during a challenging year, we are reminded of their relevance and importance. The number of capital campaigns will increase exponentially as the […]

Policies Impacting the Future of Nonprofit Work

In nonprofits, future sustainability is never guaranteed. We fight for it — by raising money, making tough choices, and relying on government and philanthropic leaders in our community to understand the realities of the individuals and communities we serve. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the funding landscape for housing and childcare organizations like ours, YWCA Columbus, […]

Building a Goal Chart

This column continues the series on fundraising fundamentals. Over the next few months, we will review various tools to help you achieve your goals. In last week’s column, we discussed building a campaign gift chart and how assessing the number of prospects at various gift levels can illustrate how to achieve a campaign goal. This […]

Building a Campaign Gift Chart

This column begins a series on fundraising fundamentals. Over the next few months, we will review various tools to help you achieve your goals. This week, we review gift charts. A campaign gift chart illustrates how many donors are needed at which giving level to achieve a fundraising goal. It’s important to think of a […]

Navigating Change and Building Bridges: A Journey in the Aging and Disability Network

Embarking on a career in the aging and disability network has been a transformative journey filled with rich experiences and intense learning. The changing demographics over the last decades have brought unprecedented challenges, but they have also ignited the creativity and dedication of individuals within the network. This blog post reflects on the incredible moments, […]

Importance of Board Education

Nonprofit board members have an obligation to build and sustain the board as an effective governing body. The chief executive plays a role in the recruitment, nomination, and onboarding of board members but, ultimately, it is the board who must advance itself. One important way to grow the board’s knowledge and capacity is to plan […]

Strategic Planning Primer

Many nonprofits start the new year with goals of crafting a new strategic plan. January is a great time to elevate out of the day-to-day and to think about your organization’s strategic direction. Every strategic plan is written in the context of external factors that are outside the organization’s control — the economy, public policy […]

2024 Nonprofit Sector Resolutions

We begin by reflecting on themes of the past and what we believe will be important themes this year. Since 2020, our company has had a tradition to offer nonprofit sector resolutions (revisit them here: 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023), and we continue with cautious optimism for 2024. It’s an understatement to say that this will […]

A Year in Review: Our Top Articles From 2023

We began publishing an annual list of our top ten most read articles in 2020. As we ring in 2024, we want to reflect on the messages you found most interesting and inspiring from last year. The following list of articles received the most engagement over 2023. Our most read column was a guest feature […]