Des Moines Rocked! A Quick Look Back at #ACCE18

Des Moines Rocked! A quick look back at the 2018 ACCE Convention

The 2018 ACCE Convention did not disappoint! Very strong content and wonderful network development for EVERYBODY but the real star of the show may have been the place, not the program. I don’t think I’ve ever heard so many raves about…

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Donors v. Investors: 5 Differences You Need to Know

Fundraising

Over 20 years ago, the idea of discussing "investors" and "return on investment" in relation to nonprofit organizations seemed preposterous. Today, however, it is not uncommon to hear both terms used widely throughout the sector. So what is the difference…

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Four Vital Signs of a Healthy Capital Campaign

Capital Campaign
Four Vital Signs of a Healthy Capital Campaign

Before a surgeon can operate, the surgical team must check the patient’s vital signs to ensure they are healthy enough to undergo the procedure. Similarly, a capital campaign is a major operation impacting the financial health of your nonprofit. A…

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3 Steps to Become Less Reliant on Government Funding

Fundraising
3 Steps to Become Less Reliant on Government Funding

Many nonprofit organizations have been solely dependent on government funding for so long that the idea of pursuing private sector funding can be a bit intimidating. Where do you even begin? I recently had the opportunity to talk about effective…

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Annual fund coming up short? 3 actions you need to avoid.

Fundraising
Annual fund coming up short? 3 actions you need to avoid.

It's the end of the fiscal year and you're a few bucks short of your annual fund goal. The reserves are thin. What should you do to close the gap? Here are the top three things you should never do.…

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Promise Programs — Creating a new philanthropic world

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Promise Programs - Creating a new philanthropic world

If your state or community has a Promise Program, chances are you've heard your funders say something along these lines: "I only give scholarships, so if Community College is 'free,' where does that leave me?" "I guess I should think…

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Redefining ROI: Moving from a transactional to a transformational mindset

Redefining ROI: Moving investors from a transactional to a transformational mindset

We've all been there. You go in to meet with a potential investor, begin to outline your strategic plan and funding needs and are having a great dialogue. Frankly, you’re in the zone and loving it. After all that great…

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The #1 Question Your Feasibility Study Must Answer

The #1 Question Your Feasibility Study Must Answer

Feasibility studies are a critical first step in fundraising. They typically are 20 to 30 questions in length and give you a great perspective on your organization: how people view the board, the effectiveness of the team, and who in…

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The Five W’s of Investor Relations

The Five W's of Investor Relations: A highly effective way to engage key investors well beyond the capital campaign.

Your capital campaign is over. You've secured the funding needed to implement your strategic plan, grow your services, make capital improvements, etc. Now what? Having a strong investor relations program is a critical element of every capital campaign... and the work…

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Telling the Story of Impact

Fundraising
Telling the story of impact

Does your case for support look something like this? "We have to serve more people, so you need to give us more money." Unfortunately, many nonprofits tend to put out a similar message. Inevitably, at the end of the fiscal…

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