CauseTalk Radio Ep47: What’s the Key to Nonprofit Success, Money or Talent?

Selfish Giving

What’s more important to a nonprofit’s success, money or talent? Megan and I talk to Lynda Gerty , co-author of The Abundant Not-for-Profit and Director of Engagement at Vantage Point. But Lynda presents a powerful, relevant case that the untapped treasure for nonprofits is talent, not money. That’s the topic of discussion on today’s CauseTalk Radio.

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From Cause Marketing to Corporate Causes

Selfish Giving

Your not-for-profit organization really is making a transformative difference in people lives. In the not-for-profit world, a lot of time is spent asking our neighbors, broadly defined, for support—both in terms of time and money.

The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


We've scoured the nonprofit-sphere for high-quality conferences and forums, informal trainings, and more that will be taking place all over the world, focusing on essential topics like: Nonprofit management. What are you waiting for? DMA / Washington, DC / Not available.

Can Penelope Burk predict the future?


I first found out about Penelope Burk when I was running a marketing agency that solely helped private sector companies (not nonprofits) back in 2009. But, that’s not what I’m writing about today. Do you know Penelope Burk?

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10 Organizations Leading The Way This Mental Health Awareness Month


Since 1949, May has been observed as Mental Health Awareness month to bring attention the ongoing need for proper support and health care services for those affected. South End Community Health Center is a non-profit health care organization for residents of the Boston’s South End.

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The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


If you loved our 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar get ready for our new, improved, and updated 2018 calendar! We've searched far and wide for the best and brightest nonprofit conferences from all around the country! 2018 Fundraising & Development for Nonprofits Conference.

The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Charity in England and Wales


If you’re looking to establish a business that has charitable or community-based objectives, you have a couple of options for your structure. Finding trustees for your charity. Make sure your charity has a ‘charitable purpose for the public benefit.’

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Leading the Resistance: 28 Organizations You Can (and Should) Support Today


There's a long fight ahead, but for issues that stir you, one simple, positive thing you can do today is give - your time, money, voice, or attention - because so many organizations need your urgent support. No matter how much you give or to whom, the important thing is to support those organizations whose tireless work is striving for a world you want to live in. Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice. Center for Medicare Advocacy. Black Women For Wellness.

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The Language of Change: 20 Words and Phrases that Impact Attitudes, Actions and Funding

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It's the difference between just another ‘not-for-profit begging for money' and a movement to change lives, save lives and impact lives. Funding veteran Tom Suddes will challenge participants to change the way they think while connecting on simple ideas that will help organizations of all types raise more money immediately. Download the presentation handout below 'Related Documents'!

Fiscal Sponsorship: A Solution for New Nonprofits

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You just filed for your 501(c)3 designation so the IRS will recognize your group as a tax-deductible nonprofit organization. Now you''re ready to start fundraising, but there''s a catch: Your donors can''t give to a tax-exempt organization, and you''re not eligible for grants yet because you aren''t officially recognized as a not-for-profit entity. However, there is a way you can apply for grants and raise tax-deductible funds: fiscal sponsorship.

Inclusive Conversations: Are Your Communications Making FRIENDS or FOES with People of Color?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

But not me. Why aren’t more people of color volunteering for our organization?”. So why are communities of color not reflected in giving to YOUR nonprofit? Not all of these can be impacted by communications professionals but there are some that can.

6 Lessons Learned on the Capital Campaign Trail

Fundraising Coach

It’s About the Vision—Not The Money. While preparing for a fundraising campaign can be a daunting enterprise, internalizing key lessons learned will help ensure your success. The first is that successful campaigns are not about money! Not many can say the same.".

The Power of Zilch: An interview with Nancy Lublin

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

Now, to our rescue, has come Nancy Lublin, CEO of Do Something and founder of Dress for Success. Her lessons and leadership are great examples, not just for business leaders, but also for our peers in the nonprofit world. You're not going to do it.

Careers in Fundraising: David Lalka

A Small Change

Like many development officers and consultants, I entered the field of fund-raising not by design, but by accident–and I stayed. Several things, I believe, are important for my “success.” What advice do you have for new fund-raisers?

Dear Foundation People

A. Fine Blog

Nancy writes, “We don’t say when we think you’ve made a bad decision, because in the hoity-toity world of big money (yours) and little not-for-profits (us), that would be impolite — and, on my part, stupid. We fear losing your money.&#. All right on the money. However, it’s that word that’s the problem: money. I give the money, you take it and that’s that.&#

#INTERVIEW: Christina Attard, Philanthropic Advisor, Blogger, and Development Director

Non Profit Marketing 360

She has been a Gift Planning Officer at two Canadian universities and is currently the Development Director for a Christian diocese in Regina, Saskatchewan. I had some money saved, but not enough. Joseph, she said, how do you plan to pay for your year here?

Data-fest: Great new stats and insights on social media, Twitter, mobile

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Article 3: Nonprofits are whipped into a frenzy about the state of mobile, thanks to the millions raised by the Red Cross for Haiti. As George Weiner puts it: “Everyone thinks getting a mobile text-2-donate short code will win them a huge pot of money (or medium pot).

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Include Finance Folks in Fundraising Plans

Fundraising Breakthroughs

Luckily for organizations around the Washington-Baltimore area, she lives and works around here. "I I agree that the treasurer does not need to be the chair of the Development Committee. Us CPA and number-crunching types are not usually the best thinkers in this area and may tend to be too pessimistic about new ideas. Too often, the fundraising think of something a little too interesting for raising money and don't bother to check it out with finance.

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Elain Evans: Featured Fundraiser

A Small Change

Thank you Elain for sharing your wisdom. What kind of fundraising do you do and who do you do it for? I choose the organizations that I work for carefully because in the 16 years that I have been a fundraiser, working for a half dozen organizations in four different countries I have always aligned myself with a mission that I am passionate about. Fundraising is not just a paycheck. For the most part I love what I do but a few things come to mind.

Ode To Boomers

The Agitator

And proud to be a Boomer, I thought I’d indulge in another stab — hopefully not all that necessary — at why fundraisers should focus on, well, me (and my ilk, of course). One of his assignments is to focus on ‘generational fundraising’ for his agency. Here’s what he had to say … Dear Tom, I agree with you that our industry’s preoccupation for reaching the young, specifically Gen Y, is a wholly misplaced priority — for many reasons.

Grants for U.S. Or International Nonprofit Academic Research & Applied Science Suicide Prevention Or Support Programs

Seeking Grant Money Today

Deadline: December 1, 2010 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Accepting Applications for Research Grant Programs The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those impacted by suicide. Visit the AFSP Web site for complete program information and application instructions.

Giving and Communications

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

Here's some more food for thought from the report: "Not-for-profits are usually passionate about their work. The report was written for and about the Pacific Northwest (specifically, the Puget Sound area), but most of it is relevant to organizations everywhere.

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What Are Endowments or Endowment Funds And Does Our Nonprofit Need One? Probably.

Seeking Grant Money Today

Nonprofits raise endowment funds (usually a larger singular amount of money that is raised and then sits over a large amount of time in the organization's bank or other financial institution of its choosing to earn investment capital), in order to have a nest egg sitting in the organization's back pocket because an endowment fund (once in place) provides that nonprofit with many different smart and even strategic benefits. Endowments establish quality and permanence for the charity.

Do Something Awards Get Youth Involved and Give Out Grants Perhaps In Part Through Crowd Sourcing Which Isn't Clear - And If It Does, It's Not Ultimately Sustainable Fundraising For Nonprofits

Seeking Grant Money Today

I am half with this philanthropic and community support rallying effort and half not. Current Do Something CEO, Nancy Lublin founded the well known and successful nonprofit Dress for Success in 1996. On VH1's Do Something Awards Nominees web page (for the event) they offer the opportunity for website visitors (to log into VH1) and vote for their favorite "Do Something Award" youth contender. They either win awards or simply kudos for their effort at the Awards.

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Wow, What A Shock. Another Example of Piss Poor Fundraising.

Seeking Grant Money Today

It can be found at: [link] ] It's among about five to ten basics that I repeatedly discuss, in this blog, as critical for non profit organizations to do if they want to be successful fundraisers. What non profit doesn't want to be an excellent fundraiser? Well, up until recently, maybe The Bellevue Arts Museum located in Bellevue , Washington; which has been long plagued by some catastrophic difficulties that honestly would have shut most non profits down a bit ago.

Grant Writing.Grant Writers.What's the Hubbub? My 100th Post!

Seeking Grant Money Today

Other non profit staff talk about other non profits; and grant donors discuss potential grant recipients with each other. As a group of professionals who work for non profit organizations (i.e. 501(c)(3) organization, as defined by the IRS; governments, Tribes, religious affiliations, research organizations, schools, and many other not for profit entities) we are often trying to walk a fine line. It must be budgeted for.

About the Nonprofit's Governing Documents, Especially the Bylaws and How They Can Be A Powerful Tool for the Organization's Success

Seeking Grant Money Today

Nonprofit organizations, when they are started, are required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and often states and other jurisdictional governments or agencies to have specific governing documents finished in order to receive official charity or nonprofit status from them (thus being allowed to, depending on the type of nonprofit being formed, perhaps legally raise tax free dollars, among other rights, for example). Do not take it as such. It is not a private company.

Grant Writers, Commissions, Best Practices, and the "Why?" of it All.

Seeking Grant Money Today

Our country is indebted to you for your selfless and brave service. For service people who've returned home, consider contacting your federal representatives to request that the U.S. She eagerly shared that they've been without a grant writer for a few months, and they provide their grant writers with a commission from each grant received. Our friend did not understand why it should be so. Let me reiterate them: - Grants are not raised by the grant writer.

Scale Up: Why the Nonprofit Model (Still) Works for the Arts

Mission Paradox Blog

The nonprofit model, also known as the 501c3 model, for producing art has been given a bad rap. The latest example of this is this article "Is the Not For Profit Structure Model Self Destructive " by James Undercofler(h/t to Thomas Cott).  All of them cost a ton of money to produce properly. Now I know this is the point where some of you will tell me about how you produced an epic musical and ran it for 5 weeks for $5,000. 


Seeking Grant Money Today

The recent American economic up-tick offers non-profit organizations hope for more funding opportunities. After the shock of the attack on civilians, on the American notion of freedom, capitalism, democracy, and our formerly more open society we Development professionals, like others who had been effected, finally found our legs to stand back up and sort out how to go forward for the non profit organizations that we raise support for.