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

Fundraising
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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Funding Feasibility Studies 101

Funding Feasibility Studies 101

Conducting a funding feasibility study is an important first step every organization must take before launching a capital campaign. This process helps you determine the viability of your project before investing significant time and money into the campaign. A well-executed…

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How Fast Does Your Website “De-Dumb” a Reader?

Chamber of Commerce
How fast does your website de-dumb a reader?

I love business-led, civic-economic nonprofit entities (chambers of commerce), but the affection is seldom nurtured by their electronic identities. I know and respect what they do and who they represent! Why don't chamber websites and social media accounts demonstrate and…

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