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    1. Better Understanding Business Models in the Nonprofit Sector

      Better Understanding Business Models in the Nonprofit Sector

      In talking with the leaders of nonprofit organizations across the sector, there is a single truism that undergirds all of our conversations: limits on overhead create a pressure that deeply impacts the choices and tradeoffs leaders wrestle with every day. At Bridgespan, we have spent the last decade hearing this story from nonprofit leaders, and in turn, working with funders to counter the “overhead myth.”

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    2. Are Emotional Attachments Obstructing Your Nonprofit’s Growth?

      Are Emotional Attachments Obstructing Your Nonprofit’s Growth?

      The emotional attachments that some nonprofit stakeholders possess are remarkably powerful. It takes enthusiasm, pride, dedication, and passion to coagulate a community of supporters who are loyal to an organization and its mission.

      These emotional attachments might include ideas, mindsets, feelings, programs, relationships, people, and places that are associated with a nonprofit.

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    3. Top Trends in Volunteering and Volunteer Screening

      Top Trends in Volunteering and Volunteer Screening

      What motivates someone to volunteer for your nonprofit? How many hours a month do volunteers give to their favorite organizations? And how can we ensure volunteers and the populations they serve are safe? These are all questions you may ask when evaluating your volunteer programs. The trends around volunteerism in the United States change all the time, as do the trends around screening, vetting, and rescreening volunteers.

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    4. Top 9 Tips for Managing Your Junior Board

      Top 9 Tips for Managing Your Junior Board

      Every day BoardAssist is approached by enthusiastic millennials who are eager to be agents of change on a nonprofit board. Unfortunately many of these terrific candidates are either too young to be considered for a full board seat by our clients, or unable to meet the financial commitment required by our nonprofit clients. Until recently we had not been able to accommodate these terrific people and their generous desire to give back. Now we can, with our new Pilot Junior Board Matching Program!

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    5. 6 Ways Nonprofits Can Prepare For Year-End Giving Season

      6 Ways Nonprofits Can Prepare For Year-End Giving Season

      The major giving season of ever year is literally upon us. November and December often provide a majority of the funds raised for nonprofits from individuals annually. You do not want to miss out!

      Some fundraisers have been planning for this since the end of last year’s giving season. Don’t panic if you are not one of them; you can still salvage a success with some last-minute activity. Here are six ways to get started:

      Filed under: Fundraising
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    6. Smarter Nonprofit Networking: Building a Professional Network That Works for You

      Smarter Nonprofit Networking: Building a Professional Network That Works for You

      “You are not ever a genius all by yourself. Your ideas are a function of the people you are connected with…” – Carol Dweck, Author, Mindset

      Your professional network is your greatest asset no matter what stage you are in your nonprofit career, whether you are an emerging leader or an acknowledged thought leader in your industry or somewhere in between.

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    7. Closed for Business: The Billions Nonprofits Are Missing Out On

      Closed for Business: The Billions Nonprofits Are Missing Out On

      Nonprofits are missing the boat on fundraising with businesses. Last time I checked the average nonprofit raised just five percent of their revenues from businesses. Compare that number to the 72 percent nonprofits raise from individuals.

      Nonprofits would be eager to target businesses more if they knew just how much potential they had – and why businesses just might be the untapped future of giving.

      Let me explain.

      Filed under: Nonprofit Programs
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    8. 5 Ways Every Nonprofit Can Be Donor-Centric

      5 Ways Every Nonprofit Can Be Donor-Centric

      Over the last few months I have heard the terms “donor-centric” and “donor-centricity” being tossed around in various discussions, conference presentations and even a few blog posts like this one.

      Like so many things in life it makes us feel good to talk about it, but it seem so much harder to watch real action steps fall into place, which will make donor-centricity truly come to life.

      Donor-Centric Pledge

      Filed under: Fundraising
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    9. Data Science, a Critical Tool in the Nonprofit World in 2015

      In 2015, the social sector is changing. Nonprofit organizations are realizing the many benefits of utilizing data to effectively assess the impact and value of their work. However, many of these organizations, particularly the smaller ones, can feel intimidated by the many methods, products, and sources at their disposal. What many nonprofits don’t realize is that they can focus on small pieces of this collected data and organize it into ways that are both simple to understand and useful.

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    10. Want to Increase Nonprofit Funding? Start by Increasing your Transparency

      Want to Increase Nonprofit Funding? Start by Increasing your Transparency

      On July 16th, GuideStar partnered with GlobalGiving, Foundant Technologies, and The California Endowment for a live demonstration on how nonprofits can update their GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and give their organization the potential to increase its funding through major foundations, corporate giving portals, and individual donors. In case you missed it, click here to download the full recording and slides from this webinar.

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    11. Do Nonprofits and Donors Align When it Comes to Engagement?

      Do Nonprofits and Donors Align When it Comes to Engagement?

      Yes, there have been a number of studies done on donor engagement. Many of which provide valuable insights for nonprofits from a donor perspective. Channel preferences? Check. Generational preferences? Check. Social media preferences? Check.

      However, many of these studies have been done in isolation without a holistic view of the entire donor ecosystem.

      Filed under: Fundraising
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    12. Ten Signs of Financial Trouble for Board Members

      Ten Signs of Financial Trouble for Board Members

      Over 90% of BoardAssist placements are serving as leaders on the boards where we place them within 12 months of being placed.  What does being a leader mean?  Among other things, it means being able to support your nonprofit in fiscal matters by spotting the early signs of trouble before it is too late. This week’s guest blogger, finance pro Paul Konigstein, provides us with a terrific check list for trouble in this week’s terrific guest post. Thanks Paul!

      Filed under: Senior Executive Issues

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