Engagement Tools to Prepare Your Board for a Capital Campaign
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by Christine Deska
6d ago
If you’re reading a blog post with the words “capital campaign” and “board” in the headline, you might be spiraling through questions that are keeping you up at night (hopefully, it’s not 2 a.m.):  Did we set appropriate capital campaign goals with our board?  Is our board on track for the public phase?  How can we get our board more involved?  Whether you’re already riding the momentum of an exciting campaign or just considering the planning phase, know you have access to the right engagement tools and tips to prepare your board for a successful capital campaign. The Imp ..read more
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6 Tips to Retain Volunteers
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by Tanya Fitzgerald
1w ago
Volunteers are superheroes! They are your advocates, champions, ambassadors, and worker bees. They fill many roles in different capacities, bringing diverse skills as board members, committee leads, exhibit guides, ushers, admins, and more. It’s imperative that you recruit a strong volunteer base and, more important, retain volunteers by valuing their time, effort, and skills.   Volunteer motives vary, but generally, people who get involved do so for one (or more) of the following reasons:  They want to contribute to a cause in which they believe  They feel they need ..read more
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3 Tips to Integrate Social Media with Your Nonprofit Website
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by Murad Bushnaq
1w ago
In today’s digital-centric world, your organisation has plenty of choices when it comes to marketing your organization—from generating content on social media accounts like Instagram and Facebook to your nonprofit website. However, rather than treating these as disparate platforms, develop a cohesive marketing plan by integrating social media with your website. Creating a bridge between your social media and nonprofit website can help set up two-way traffic between these two key channels, allowing you to increase your social media follower count and organic traffic on your site. As a result, y ..read more
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AI in Action: Deploying Responsible, Effective, and Trustworthy AI
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by Carrie Goldberger
1w ago
Although AI has become a buzzword recently, it’s not new. Artificial intelligence has been around since the 1950s and it has gone through periods of hype (“AI summers”) and periods with reduced interest (“AI winters”). The recent hype is driven in part by how accessible AI has become: You no longer need to be a data scientist to use AI. With AI showing up as a wonder tool in nearly every platform we use, it’s no surprise that every industry, every business unit is suddenly racing to adopt AI. But how do you ensure the AI you want to deploy is worthy of your trust? Responsible, effective, and t ..read more
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From Prospective Student to Active Alum—Engagement Fosters Lifelong Support
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by Melissa Rancour
2w ago
When you hear the name of your alma mater, what feelings bubble up? What keeps you engaged? In our family, my husband, daughter, and I all have three very different perspectives.   1. Engaged student and alum supporter: My daughter gets very excited when she hears talk about the university she attended. That’s because her school did a great job of engaging her while she was still a student. A few years post-graduation, she continues to financially support and stay connected to her alma mater. She is among the mere 9% of alums who donate. Why?  Her school ..read more
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How to Get Leadership Buy-in for Streamlining Your Grantee Application
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by Carrie Watkins
2w ago
As a grants manager, you know how important it is to have a clear and efficient grantee application process. You want to collect the data you need to make informed decisions, support your grantees’ success, and demonstrate your impact. But you also want to respect your grantees’ time and resources and avoid asking them for information that you don’t use or that they have already provided elsewhere. The challenge isn’t knowing what to do. It’s getting buy-in. Getting your leadership on board with streamlining your grantee application may require some planning. Your Executive Director, your boar ..read more
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Reimagining Graduate Student Recruitment: 4 Tips to Get Started
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by Micaela Lenhart, EdD
2w ago
Students pursue advanced degrees with the promise of invaluable research opportunities, specialized skills, and increased earning potential. Accordingly, many college and university graduate programs have grown significantly over the last few decades. In fact, from 2011 to 2021, the rate of growth of earned master’s and doctoral degrees outpaced bachelor’s and professional programs. However, according to the Council of Graduate Schools, the shrinking enrollment pipeline playing out in undergraduate programs across the U.S. may be reaching the graduate education community. Contributing factors ..read more
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AI, Analytics, and Your Nonprofit’s Technology Strategy
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by Ian Craddock
3w ago
Nonprofit leaders often have an all-or-nothing response to the question of using artificial intelligence (AI) tools. Either they’re all in from the start—“What if AI solves all our problems?”—or they opt out before they even understand what AI could do for them.   In most cases, AI will land somewhere in between solving everything and just not being the perfect tool for you. But you need to be open-minded about AI, recognizing that while it is a powerful (and, to me, very cool) innovation, it isn’t always going to be the right fit. To help understand where AI can or should play a role, I ..read more
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How to Use AI Fundraising Tools to Boost Donor Engagement
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by Allison Gannon
3w ago
Artificial Intelligence (AI) fundraising may seem like no more than the newest philanthropy buzzword. In reality, many nonprofits like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have already been using AI solutions to streamline their workflows and increase efficiency, and AI usage will only grow moving forward. If your nonprofit is ready to dive deeper into the world of AI fundraising to boost donor engagement with your mission, this is the place to start! In this guide, we’ll review the basics of AI fundraising tools and a few strategies for using these solutions to improve donor relationships. H ..read more
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4 Ways to Help Your Grantmaking Organization Adopt an Emergent Learning Mindset
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by Carrie Watkins
1M ago
Curiosity, transparency, diversity, vulnerability, and collaboration. At PEAK Grantmaking, these qualities and practices of emergent learning are an everyday endeavor that the team embraces in their work and advocates to members. Unlike traditional, linear modes of learning, emergent learning organizations like PEAK are dedicated to continually learning, sharing, and evolving, which is one of their guiding Principles. In our webinar with Satonya Fair, CEO and President of PEAK Grantmaking, she shared these tips for shedding the idea of “best practices” and how grantmaking organizations can cul ..read more
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