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Getting the Most From Your Most Potent Board Members

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.10.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

As virtually every arts organization tries to improve their fundraising results, the pressure to get help from board members becomes a priority. And yet, try as they might, I find that many arts managers find it difficult, and often impossible, to get board members to assist, actively, in the fundraising effort.

Crowdfunding Gets Personal

Jeff Smith | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Jeff Smith

We have witnessed the evolution of empowering the individual around cause, from content to technology, and now to commerce. With the advent of social media, people have the power to become their own media source.

Consider the Giraffe, That Improbable Change Agent

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Valerie S. Lies

Can we make the necessary changes, set aside our differences (including the differences in status, influence and power), and still create connective spaces for honest exchanges to take place in order to achieve true change?

Tunisia's Donor Assistance Glossed Over Sectors Related to Economy

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Mehrunisa Qayyum

With Tunisia's new technocratic government taking office as caretaker, economic reform remains one of the legacy challenges since Ennahda won power in 2011.

Likely vs. Able

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The fact that people once came to a gala, made a modest contribution or attended a performance -- and happen to have a great deal of discretionary funds -- does not make them strong prospects for a capital campaign.

The Trouble with the Trib

James Moore | Posted 04.20.2014 | Media
James Moore

The Texas Tribune has been hailed as a new journalism model to save the craft from collapse after the success of the Internet. But can a news outlet take huge donations from lobbyists and corporations and not be influenced?

In Defense of Mission

Anne Wallestad | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Anne Wallestad

Oftentimes, when a charity experiences a scandal, the public outcry is "How dare they abuse donors' funds that way?" While this is understandable, I believe it's misplaced outrage.

Is Someone Accountable for Your Nonprofit's Fundraising Mistakes?

Phil Cooke, Ph.D. | Posted 03.08.2014 | Impact
Phil Cooke, Ph.D.

Accountability matters in fundraising. Don't let personal relationships, loyalty or long term employment cloud your vision when it comes to results. The stakes are too high. If things aren't working, you need to act, and act now.

Should International Aid to CSOs End After Graduation?

Fron Nahzi | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Fron Nahzi

The economic and political development of the country does not necessarily lead to the development of its philanthropic sector. But what can be done in a time when the need for Western support across the globe far exceeds the availability of funds?

Why Nonprofit Storytelling Won't Be Enough in 2014

Shayla R. Price | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Shayla R. Price

Yes, crowdfunding and social media have taught nonprofit staffs how to convey great stories to pull donors' heartstrings to open wallets and purses. However, the information age also yields more vigilant contributors who want to be reassured.

The Ideal Board

Michael Kaiser | Posted 02.15.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The ideal board is a zero-based approach to designing a board. It starts with the assumption that the board has no members and we describe the salient characteristics of the board members we want.

When Cultivation Events Are Not Cultivation Events

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I think there is a great deal of confusion about the meaning of 'cultivation event.' Every arts organization I know mounts several of these a year - ...

What's on Your Thanks Giving Menu?

Gary Laermer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Gary Laermer

Invitations, décor, seat arrangements, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, and of course, cranberry sauce - planning, organizing and creating a Thanksgiving feast for your friends and family can take months of preparation.

4 Things Wealthy Donors Really Care About

www.nytimes.com | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact

WE have entered giving season. This is the time of year when charities increase their outreach to donors who traditionally wait to the fourth quarter ...

5 Ways to Land -- And Stay -- On A Donor's Top-5 List

Gary Laermer | Posted 12.13.2013 | Impact
Gary Laermer

Let's face it. With thousands of organizations competing for donor dollars, it's more important than ever to develop a thoughtful and meaningful rel...

Who Sets the International Development Agenda? We do!

Weh Yeoh | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Weh Yeoh

I wonder if we could collectively put disability back on the agenda: if ordinary people could show those that are in positions of power that this is an important issue that cannot afford to be overlooked again and again.

How a Recession and a Myth Revealed What We Already Knew

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

Facing increased demand for services, nonprofits with limited resources did the best they could to stretch those dollars further, and many funders stepped in with emergency stopgap resources to help.

Making "the Ask" in a Brave New World

Gary Laermer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Gary Laermer

Philanthropy is all about looking ahead. That means development and fundraising professionals need to identify and attract those who will become our donors of tomorrow - not just those who will sustain our work today.

Volunteers Need To Benefit From Their Charity Work

philanthropy.com | Posted 08.28.2013 | Impact

Many donors are figuring how to use their time and money to make a difference for themselves while making a difference to a nonprofit. And that’s a ...

My Visit to Prague

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.21.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

They all agreed that the most important thing they learned at the Kennedy Center was courage, the courage to ask for money, the courage to embrace a new funding paradigm, the courage to do something different than others in the Czech arts ecology.

Work in Progress

Greg Woodburn | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

The focus on non-profit organizations' overhead expenses as a top benchmark for performance has hindered capacity-building efforts and limited the entrance and retention of talent in the sector.

Jewish Mothers, Jewish Eggs (Sperm Don't Count)

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 08.05.2013 | Science
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

When my son Jack was born 19 years ago in London, my mother insisted I call an orthodox rabbi to organize his Bris -- the Jewish circumcision ritual.

Something to Talk About

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 07.06.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

College and university officials must learn better how to communicate to audiences that are different from and react differently to the message that they deliver. Communication is the vehicle through which the case is made, relevancy is determined, and a future is assured.

What's the Future of Foreign Aid?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 06.08.2013 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The real change in -- and the future of -- development assistance is not coming from its traditional donors but from its recipients.

Social Entrepreneurship Changes Donor & Development Cultures

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Donor countries, like the U.S., the UK and Canada have noticed the social entrepreneurship potential. Each are revamping their donor agencies to partner with institutions that focus on working with social entrepreneurs.