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The Executive Director’s Role in Fundraising When EVERYTHING Demands Your Attention for executive directors fundraising time management

In any one day, a nonprofit executive director’s duties can include managing operations; satisfying funders and donors; informing and inspiring board, staff and volunteers; listening to clients; communicating your mission and accomplishments to the public; assessing community needs;...

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The Community Contract building community support

Nonprofit organizations exist to meet community needs, are governed by community members, and funded through community contributions. Nonprofit agencies leverage their scarce resources by fostering community relationships. Nonprofits even receive special tax-exempt status based on their...

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The 12-Step Cure to Event Addiction fundraising special events time management

by Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

Why are so many nonprofits addicted to special event fundraising? I’ve observed several reasons for this addiction. First, for many organizations they seem like the only way out of the fundraising dilemma. They aren’t aware of the diversity of fundraising...

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Keeping Community Partnerships Going building community support

So, you’ve increased the number of people and organizations supporting you, either financially, by volunteering, through leadership service, by referring clients to you, advocating for your cause, or promoting your agenda. You’ve worked hard to achieve as much support as you have. You...

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Making a Good First Impression on Potential Community Supporters building community support

So, you’ve clearly defined your nonprofit’s identity. Your internal and external materials communicate a unified message. You’ve identified what groups and organizations you want to partner with. Now it’s time to approach them.

Do Your Research

To make the most of your...

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What Does the Community Really Think of Your Nonprofit? building community support

What do potential supporters think of you? Do they even know you exist? How do you know? Have you asked them? The only way to confirm your perceptions of what the community thinks is to ask them. You may be surprised at what you find.

Defining Your Community

The first thing to do to find out what...

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Think Outsourcing! financial management

By:  Kathleen M Clayton, CPA

Really need a CFO but can’t afford one?  Outsourcing might be the answer for your organization. 

Outsourced accounting professionals help direct the financial processes that would typically be done by your or your own employees. The services can...

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Influencing the Conversation About You building community support

Does your nonprofit have an image you want to change?

To successfully affect a change in your image, you need to define who you are to the community. You need to tell your community precisely what you do and how you do it. You need to know the values that permeate your organization and its...

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Who Do You Think We Are? building community support

Image One:  Do-Gooders Needing Money 

In last week’s blog, The Community Contract, we outlined what many community members think of nonprofits: do-good organizations who are poor and unsophisticated, fighting an uphill battle, always asking for money. And it’s no wonder...

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