Happy Fiscal Year End

June brings an end to school, the beginning of summer, and, for many nonprofits, the transition from one fiscal year to another. For those nonprofits with a June 30 fiscal year-end, we wish you the best as you close in on your goals and celebrate your Fiscal New Year’s Eve. The days leading up to […]

The Power of Gratitude: Amplifying Nonprofit Impact

In a world that moves at lightning speed, the power of gratitude can easily be overlooked. Yet in any nonprofit organization, gratitude is essential to forge strong relationships and fuel community impact. In the past 8 years, my nonprofit organization, Seeds of Caring, has grown from impacting 200 child participants in year one to over […]

Power + Nonprofit Boards – Part Two

Last week, we reviewed the power dynamics of nonprofit boards and donors, the larger cultural context at play, and how those challenges impact chief executives and the sector. This week, we highlight a study commissioned by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) with the research of two professors — Drs. Erynn Beaton and Megan LePere-Schloop […]

Power + Nonprofit Boards – Part One

“Over the door to the nonprofit’s boardroom there should be an inscription in big letters that says: ‘Membership on this board is not power, it is responsibility.’” – Peter F. Drucker[1] There is nothing new about nonprofit board members acting as power brokers or donors using their affluence for influence. There is also nothing new […]

Top 5 Myths About Prospect Wealth Screenings

New tools like A.I. are exciting and full of big promises, but does that mean the tools that have been around a long time are less effective? Although they’ve been around for decades, wealth screenings remain a valuable and surprisingly affordable tool — that still gets misunderstood. Following are the top 5 myths about prospect […]

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 […]