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How To Determine The Best Charities

August 23, 2016


As a prospective donor, identifying one or a few causes that ignite your passion can be challenging. With almost one million public charities in the US, there is no shortage of nonprofits seeking donors to make a contribution.  Determining which organizations will steward your money wisely and enable you to make the most impact with your gift can be overwhelming. Beyond the large nonprofits that are often rated and ranked by philanthropy watchdogs such as Charity Navigator, Guidestar, and the Wise Giving Alliance, there are qualifiers that you as a donor can review to determine the best of those seeking to do good. Read more


Five Qualities of an Excellent Nonprofit Board Member

August 16, 2016


Serving on a nonprofit board is both an opportunity and a privilege. As a board member, you govern the organization and make decisions regarding why and how the organization will impact the community, improve the lives of others, and leave a legacy. As such, being an excellent board member means more than just showing up at regularly scheduled meetings or lending your name to marketing materials. Being an effective board member requires: enthusiasm, expectations, experience, education, and energy. Read more


Philanthropy Trends: Transactional vs. Transformative

July 26, 2016


Years ago asking a prospective donor was relatively easy.  You simply explained that you were making a difference in the lives of others and offer a brief description of how that might be as simple as helping abused children, sheltering homeless animals, or providing scholarships.  Based on your good intentions and plausible success, most donors were happy to open their wallets with almost no additional questions asked.  Today, donors have much higher expectations and demands before opening their wallets, and naming rights are no longer the biggest enticement to a prospective major donor.  We have moved to an age of the “transformative” donor, who wants more than a transaction and recognition.  So, what are the primary differences between a transactional donor and a transformative donor? Read more


Why Nonprofits Are The True Innovators

July 19, 2016


When we think of innovators, we think of people like Steve Jobs and his numerous Apple devices or Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.  Yet, innovators exist beyond the spheres of technology, medicine, and product development.  To innovate simply means “to introduce something new, make changes in anything established.” (Dictionary.com)  At its core, this is the nonprofit sector- the sector tasked with taking the world as it is and turning it into something better- the innovators.  Nonprofits innovate on behalf of humanity for three distinct reasons: Read more


Corporate Collaborations: A Payoff for Both Sides

June 28, 2016


Corporate/business partnerships or sponsorships are or should be an important component of any nonprofit’s fundraising efforts.  Typically, nonprofits look to businesses to provide cash donations in the form of sponsorships (often just for events), yet business partnerships can provide so much more than cash including: services and skills of highly qualified volunteers, in-kind products, increased organizational efficiency, and awareness and public relations.  Enjoying these benefits means that you must establish a true collaborative relationship for both your organization and the business that benefits both parties, which involves five steps. Read more


Making The Most Of Your Collaborations

June 21, 2016



Although collaboration has many benefits, it is hard work.  The most basic collaboration, marriage, is successful 50% of the time or less in the countries with the highest divorce rates.  Just like premarital counseling can decrease the rates of divorce, there are actions that you and your organization can take to increase your success of a possible collaborative partnership. Read more