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 "overhead myth" is centered on the idea that nonprofits are valued by how little they spend on overhead. Overhead includes salaries for non-program management, office space, office technology and office supplies -- the non-sexy budget line items of a nonprofit organization.
We are the epitome of the first world clashing with the third. European luxury cars cruise by people sleeping under a lean-to, as if it is morally justified to drive a car worth more than a house where that sleeping person could inhabit.
In a society that struggles to be empathetic, this is the kind of loving experience that many of our children need. It's an experience that lifts them out of pure consumerism and strives to teach about generosity of spirit.
When teachers sit down to complete their federal taxes this year, they will see one big change: the $250 classroom supply deduction. The failure to extend this tax break for teachers has gone largely unnoticed. It should be a source of outrage.
I have grown increasingly nervous about the future of diverse arts institutions in the United States. So many have disappeared, others are facing huge cash problems and most are watching as donors shift their priorities to other interests.
The CrowdRise #HolidayChallenge just ended last week, and you won't believe how much the organizations raised collectively in small donations for their nonprofits: $2,394,827, more than double last year's total for the Vets Challenge.
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.
Honesty is the best policy when appraising your organization's fundraising ability. It is important for non-profits to take a self-inventory that results in a wholly accurate assessment of current resources and their capacity to build on them.
Millennials are the most connected generation in history and therefore are in a better position than any other group to promote your organization's work. Embrace change, embrace new technologies, embrace the future of the nonprofit industry.
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.