How to Calculate the Value of Volunteer Time

Sara Leonard, MBA, CFRE Tips

Some things in life are hard to put a value on — love, passion, dedication, selflessness. These are all attributes volunteers embody, but how can nonprofits determine the value of a volunteer hour? Each year, Independent Sector gathers data and conducts research on volunteerism in the nonprofit sector. The results of that research provide nonprofits a way to calculate the …

7 Tips for a Successful GivingTuesday

7 Tips for a Successful Giving Tuesday Campaign

Jesica D'Avanza, MPA, APR Tips

GivingTuesday is a global day of generosity that happens every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. As people are bombarded with ads, emails and social posts from nearly every organization about this day of giving, what can your nonprofit do to stand out from the noise? These GivingTuesday tips will help you craft communications that inspire more prospects and donors …

Secrets to Year-End Fundraising

Year-End Fundraising: Secrets to Inspire Greater Giving

Charlie Imbergamo | Director of Strategic Programs Resources

Research shows that people make nearly one-third of all charitable gifts in December, with 12% of all giving occurring in the last three days of the year. What is your nonprofit doing to capitalize on the critical year-end giving season? Develop a practical plan to boost year-end fundraising for your nonprofit and get new strategies you can implement immediately. WATCH: …

How to engage corporate partners

Corporate Sponsorships & Partnerships: Funders Share Advice on How to Engage Corporate Partners

Team NLC Tips

Companies gave nearly $17 billion to charities during 2020 (Giving USA 2020), representing a critical revenue source and strategic partner for nonprofits. With 8 in 10 Americans expecting businesses to positively impact society (Cone/Porter Novelli, 2018), gone are the days of companies merely being satisfied with visibility and their name on an event T-shirt. Today, engaging corporate partners requires nonprofits …

New Nonprofit Donor & Giving Trends: How to Apply Learnings at Your Organization

Jesica D'Avanza & Natalie Stamer Leadership, News

How many times have you and your colleagues analyzed questions that still have no clear answers: How do we recoup the revenue lost from our cancelled fundraising events? What will the year-end giving season look like? What is the long-term impact on our staff and operations? In our data-driven world, we’re used to having the numbers and analytics at our …

The Best 10 Books on Nonprofit Fundraising and Governance

Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE Resources

When it comes to the best books about nonprofit fundraising and governance, these 10 resources stand the test of time and should be on every leader’s bookshelf or e-reader. 1. “Ten Responsibilities of a Nonprofit Board” by BoardSource This short book outlines the primary responsibilities of nonprofit board service. In the most recent edition, the role of advocacy has been …

Build a Major Gift Fundraising Plan that Works

Major Gift Fundraising: Build a Plan that Works

Team NLC Tips

During economic downturns, data suggests that Americans typically give less to charity. Understanding how to raise funds in times of uncertainty is critical to respond to some of the greatest challenges our communities and constituents are facing. With the largest source of charitable giving coming from individuals (Giving USA), major gift fundraising is an essential strategy within nonprofit fund development …

How to Host a Successful Virtual Fundraising Event: Girls on the Run Case Study

Jessica Dvoracsek, Fundraising & Mktg Fellow Stories, Tips

Like most nonprofits impacted by COVID-19, Girls on the Run Greater Tampa Bay faced a pivotal challenge — how to deliver a major fundraising event with significant revenue goals and in-person mission programming virtually, all in a matter of weeks. Girls on the Run is a developmental, life-skills program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a …

New Resources to Respond to Nonprofit Needs

Team NLC News, Resources

In an ongoing effort to help nonprofits overcome challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis, we recently asked nonprofit leaders about their current mindset and most pressing needs. Nearly 100 nonprofit leaders responded to our online survey fielded between May 12 and 19, 2020. The outcome was clear: Nonprofit leaders are looking for supportive and innovative ways to overcome personal anxiety …

Is Your Nonprofit Prepared for Digital Fundraising Success?

Jessica Dvoracsek, NLC Fellow Tips

Online giving has grown 10% during the past three years (Blackbaud). As social distancing and COVID-19 prevent nonprofits from traditional fundraising events and in-person activities, mastering your digital fundraising is critical — today and every day. These digital fundraising tips from Nonprofit Leadership Center trainer and fundraising expert Sara Leonard will help your organization remain financially strong for long-term success. …