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). In a post-pandemic world, mastering your digital fundraising is critical. 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. 1. Your Why Must Be Your Rallying Cry Regardless of whether your organization is fundraising …

WATCH: The Dos and Don’ts of Fundraising During a Crisis

Charlie Imbergamo | Director of Strategic Programs Resources

As you navigate the “new normal” of nonprofit fundraising, seasoned fundraising consultant and NLC trainer Alyce Lee Stansbury shares up-to-the-minute strategies along with dos and don’ts of crisis fundraising. After watching this video, you will: Know the most effective ways to ask for gifts right now. Understand how to evaluate and pivot future fundraising strategies. Be able to deliver top-notch …

How to Write a Grant Proposal

Julé Colvin, President, Pathways to Growth Tips

You’ve identified a potential funder, and now your nonprofit needs to write a grant proposal that will win money for your organization to support your constituents and communities. These six tips for how to write a grant proposal will help you raise mission-critical revenue to continue your important work.  Before You Start Writing a Grant Proposal 1. Develop your key messaging …

WATCH: Grant Writing in Times of Crisis

Charlie Imbergamo | Director of Strategic Programs Resources

Grant writing is challenging in “normal” times, but when we add a crisis to the mix, many nonprofits aren’t sure where to turn next. Do we apply for grants? If so, which funders should we consider? Whether your organization is providing basic needs to help people impacted by the coronavirus or are considered less “mission-critical,” now is the time to …

From Survivability to Sustainability: 5 Steps Nonprofits Must Take to Survive the Coronavirus Pandemic

Steve Zimmerman, Spectrum Nonprofit Services Resources

In the nonprofit sector, the fragility of life is always present. Likewise, for nonprofit leaders, the fragility of our organizations is also always present. Fears of an impending recession and the decline in the percentages of individuals donating to nonprofits have made organizational sustainability a top concern for executive directors for quite some time. But none of us expected the sudden …

How to Fundraise in Uncertain Times: 10 Ways to Mitigate Revenue Loss from the Coronavirus

Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE Tips

Health advisories from federal, state and local officials in response to the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) have resulted in school closures, event cancellations, travel bans and many other containment measures across our nation. [You can read NLC’s response here.] Nonprofit special events and fundraising activities are among the many events that have been canceled or postponed, representing the potential loss of …

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Why Nonprofits Must Think Differently About Measuring and Reporting Impact

Sheff Crowder & Jesica D'Avanza Tips

In 2008, author and renowned philanthropy expert Dan Pallotta challenged nonprofits to find a better way to communicate organizational impact. More than a decade later, our sector still struggles to communicate how our work truly makes a difference. How should nonprofits measure and articulate their impact? How do we communicate what social returns on investment look like? As a sector, …

7 Secrets to a Successful Year-end Fundraising Letter

Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE Tips

Do you ever wish you could send a year-end fundraising letter to existing donors that says: “Hi friend. It’s that time of year. This is your reminder to give. Please give again this year.” If only it were that easy! Unfortunately, the “just-send-money” approach doesn’t work. Charitable giving is much different than paying a bill or meeting an obligation. It’s …

The Secret Year-End Fundraising Tool Most Nonprofits Overlook

Sara Leonard, MBA, CFRE Tips

I sat at my desk with a feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach. How do I raise enough gifts to meet our year-end fundraising goal? My team and I had hosted a donor appreciation event and conducted a mailing, but there were still donors who hadn’t yet made a gift. As I reviewed my donor list, I …