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How to Move Up in Your Fundraising Career by Building Your Personal Brand

  Free Nonprofit Webinar: How to Move Up in Your Fundraising Career by Building Your Personal Brand 0:00 Marcello, well, why don't we go ahead and get started. And as Michelle said, this is being recorded, so you will get this as well. So let's, let's get started. Who is typed into the questions box? Right? Who is planning A career move within the next six months? My gosh, this is the era of the great resignation, isn't it? So I'd be curious who is planning a career move in the next six months? And I'll read off some of those. So, here I am, while you're typing into the questions box. I am your topic expert, Robin .... And, oh, my gosh. It says, over 25 years is closer to 30, at this...

Asking Styles: A Revolutionary Concept in Fundraising

  Free Nonprofit Fundraising Skills Webinar: Asking Styles: A Revolutionary Concept in Fundraising 0:00 Today, I'm delighted to be here talking about the asking style. 0:04 I am a lifelong asker nonprofit person. 0:08 I did not grow up saying, I wanted to be in the nonprofit world, and certainly not a fundraiser, but I fell into it, like many of us do. I went into the nonprofit world. And the next thing, I knew someone asked me to help with a special, then, somebody asked me to help with a grant, and I became a fundraiser. 0:28 And I spent 25 years at nonprofits, either being the head fundraiser, or being the executive director. 0:35 Before developing, asking matters. Because I thought that...

Featuring Our Wonderful Nonprofit Community: Serena Dallas

Today, we're featuring Serena Dallas, Marketing & Philanthropy Director at YMCA of Saskatoon Thank you, Serena! 💙💚 We love to provide you and all nonprofit professionals with high-quality training that can help your organization better reach your communities, strengthen relationships with your donors, and have the greatest impact on our societies.  We hope you can continue learning and impacting the world positively with the wonderful work that YOU do. - The CharityHowTo team.

Nonprofit Professional Developement: 5 Reasons Why You Need to Keep Learning

5 Reasons Why You Need to Keep Learning Nonprofit Professional development is key to fundraising success Fewer than 20 years ago, the nonprofit sector was a little behind the times. We were the tortoise to the corporate world’s hare, mostly when it came to technology.

Nonprofit Wellness - How to Prioritize Your Wellness During the Holiday Season

  Nonprofit Wellness: How to Prioritize Your Wellness During the Hustle of the Holiday Season   0:04 Right. I'm super excited to be here with you all today, depending on what time of day it is morning or afternoon. It's really fantastic to be here with you today. So we're going to talk about how to prioritize your wellness during the hustle of the holiday season. So I think it's a very timely and relevant topic, and I hope that you all enjoy it. My name is Claudia ..., as Marcella has already mentioned so. 0:27 Why am I qualified to teach this webinar? I will go through some of the credentialing, and then we'll just kinda talk through, from a personal standpoint, why I feel like I'm...

Grants for Nonprofits - Why Build Relationships with Grantmakers?

      Grants for Nonprofits: Why Build Relationships with Grantmakers? (Free Nonprofit Webinar) 0:00 Only mode. 0:02 Hello everyone and thanks for joining us for today's free webinar: Why Build Relationships With Grantmakers, I'll be your presenter today, Diane Leonard. 0:13 I want to do just really quick housekeeping about GoToWebinar to make sure that you get the most out of today's nonprofit training for grants. So that Yeah, we all spend a lot of time online these days, but let's make sure you know how to use this platform. 0:26 So when we do free webinars here at CharityHowTo, we get a huge audience. 0:32 And so the way that we handle participation is a little bit different than in our...

Social Media for Nonprofits -  5 Tips for Your Year-End Fundraising

  Free Nonprofit Webinar: 5 Social Media Tips for Your Year-End Fundraising In this free nonprofit webinar, Taylor Shanklin is going to teach you her tips for how to get the most out of your social media for your nonprofit during this busy and impactful time of year. 0:00 Awesome. Well, thank you Marcela for the warm and show. Hello, happy Tuesday. I think it's Tuesday. 0:07 It's good to see you all here, and please do type in questions, and we'll try to get to as many as possible. 0:14 My name is Taylor Shanklin, I'm the CEO and founder of Barlele. We help nonprofits and small businesses with branding and messaging, and marketing strategies and social media fundraising is one of the things...

Featuring Our Wonderful Nonprofit Community: Andrea Giannini

Today, we're featuring Andrea Giannini, Development Manager at National Kidney Foundation Thank you, Andrea! 💙💚 It's great to hear you found our resources useful, and that the things that you learned from our webinars have been useful to you and your team! We hope you can continue learning and impacting the world positively with the wonderful work that YOU do. - The CharityHowTo team.

Are You Afraid to ‘Make the Fundraising Ask’?

            Are You Afraid to ‘Make the Fundraising Ask’?   Many fundraisers are, but it’s a fear worth overcoming Everyone loves a juicy urban legend, right? Here’s one that, like most, may or may not be true. But it makes its point.

Cryptocurrency Donations: What’s Driving This Trend & How To Get Started?

      Free Nonprofit Webinar! Cryptocurrency Donations: What’s Driving This Trend & How Do I Get Started? 0:03 Awesome. Thanks for the introduction. 0:09 Let's get started. 0:10 Um, so our presentation today is talking about Cryptocurrency Donations. Crypto Philanthropy. 0:16 Is what we call the categorical idea of people donating crypto to charities that charities actively, fundraising it. There's corporate aspects and other stuff we get into as well. 0:27 Um, my background started in the pharma industry, but quickly jumped over to the Lucas Foundation, so, works at a non-profit as the Integration Director. 0:38 At the same time, started trading cryptocurrencies. 0:41 My co-founder outs...

Strategic Planning for Nonprofits: How to Develop a Workable Strategic Plan

  At the end of the 45-minute Nonprofit training, you will have the knowledge you need to create a strategic plan that will function as a road map to success for your organization. Nonprofits use strategic planning to focus their energy and limited resources on achieving their goals and objectives.    Strategic Planning for Nonprofits: How to Develop a Workable Strategic Plan for Your Nonprofit 0:01 Hello, my name is John Duffy and I'm pleased to be with you today to talk about strategic planning in this free for nonprofits webinar. 0:07 I have worked with strategic planning for nonprofits in numerous ways so I've seen the good and the bad. 0:13 Also I've worked in nonprofits in various...

Canva for Nonprofits: How to Manage Your Brand Using Canva

  0:00 Hello and welcome to this webinar on how to manage your brand with Canva for Nonprofits.  We have a lot of amazing content to go through today. But, before we do that, I would just like to do a quick introduction. Just so that, you know who you're going to be spending the next 45 minutes of your time with, my name is Artur. I'm a designer. And I have eight years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. I have worked for the United Nations. I have worked for the World Economic Forum. And I have worked with a number of nonprofits all over the world, helping them with design, storytelling, and, in general, innovate, in that brand, through design. And, right now, I'm working as a...

Best practices for recognizing, thanking and retaining monthly donors

This is probably one of the most common questions I get whenever I’m presenting a webinar or an in-person session or workshop: “How do I best recognize, thank, cultivate and retain my monthly donors?”  That’s why I’ve put together some common best practices. Of course, every organization is different, but most of these are very easy to implement. They don’t cost a lot of money and certainly they don’t take up a lot of your time.  The more you can do and prepare before you launch your next monthly donor appeal, the better off you are.  Here are three very important things to remember:   The more you do in the Recognition, Thanking and Cultivation stage, the higher your monthly donor...

Featuring Our Wonderful Nonprofit Community: Lena Jaffe

Today, we're featuring Lena Jaffe, Grant Writer of Downtown Streets Team. Thank you, Lena! 💙💚 We're really excited to hear that your grant writing has become better and more efficient as you've been learning from our courses. We hope you can continue learning and impacting the world positively with the wonderful work that YOU do. - The CharityHowTo team.

How to Conduct Nonprofit Board Recruitment in 3 Easy Steps

      Free Nonprofit Webinar: How to Conduct Nonprofit Board Recruitment in 3 Easy Steps Join Sabrina Walker Hernandez for this 45-minute interactive FREE charity course, where she will show you how to conduct board member recruitment in 3 easy steps.   See webinar transcript below: 0:00 Everyone, for a little space. And grace, as you can tell from the intro, I have a cough, does not culvert thank God. 0:08 But it may or may have to cough sometimes during this presentation. I apologize in advance. But where today, we're going to be talking about how to conduct nonprofit board recruitment in three easy steps. It's one of the, I love Board development and nonprofit board member recruitment,...

Drop in the bucket? Or a donor deluge?

Let your donors know their gifts have impact Nonprofits often deal in large numbers, raising millions of dollars to feed hundreds of thousands of starving children or saving thousands of homeless animals, or rebuilding whole communities after a disaster. But for most people, those numbers don’t resonate. We hurt for those in need, but we wonder how much our relative drop-in-the-bucket donations can help. You know that every dollar matters. Your job is to let your donors know that, as well. Part of the solution is helping donors think in digestible numbers. This campaign does a really nice job of that. Texas-based nonprofit Artist Boat promotes awareness and preservation of coastal prairies,...

What Do You Need to Know Right Now?

 A quick word of advice: Don’t panic! Times are tough, but it’ll be OK Sometimes you just need a little assurance that everything’s going to be OK. That may be especially true for you, for fundraisers and change-makers, during these chaotic times. Here’s a bit of advice from fundraising maven Ellen Cobb Church, CEO at Thrive Marketing Group Virginia. Ellen has been a fundraiser for more years than she probably cares to say, so she has a pretty good feel for the heartbeat of the sector these days. “Don’t panic,” Ellen is quick to advise. “Yes, we are living in an unprecedented time for fundraising. And just as we have in other difficult times, nonprofits will continue to connect with donors...

Featuring Our Wonderful Nonprofit Community: Sunnie Scarpa

Today, we're featuring Sunnie Scarpa, Executive Director of E.C. Scranton Memorial Library. Thank you, Sunnie! 💙💚 We love how you are becoming a better nonprofit professional through our nonprofit courses. We hope you can continue learning and impacting the world positively with the wonderful work that YOU do.  

What’s Your Armadillo Story?

Honest Storytelling Deepens Your Impact Picture it: A trendy New York City restaurant crowded with hungry fundraisers fresh off a day of learning at a big annual conference. The chatter inside combined with the noise of a busy NYC street outside is deafening. That is until a voice rises above the crowd to say, “There are about 5,000 cases of leprosy in the United States. Most of them are caused by armadillos." All conversation fades out, wine glasses stop clinking and even the traffic outside silences itself. Or so it seems. Almost immediately the chatter begins again, traffic starts moving, waiters resume serving. Things get back to normal, but everyone within earshot is riveted. The...

Nonprofit Superhero Of The Month: The Good+ Foundation

Nonprofit Superhero Series: They say not all heroes wear capes. And from working with so many incredible nonprofit organizations, we can attest to that. We meet people from all different backgrounds working at organizations with diverse missions, but they all have one thing in common — they are passionately dedicated to making the world a better place. Their vision, their compassion, their determination … it all comes together in one powerful package — no cape required. Today’s Nonprofit Superhero:  Poverty is insidious and self-sustaining. It’s hard to pinpoint where it starts, and there are many questions to debate about the historical, cultural, societal, and socio-economic reasons that...

Nonprofit CRM Buyer's Guide: Tips for Choosing the Best Software Solution

Your nonprofit CRM is the central information hub for your organization. With this software solution, you can develop great relationships with supporters, track important fundraising campaign metrics, and assign internal tasks to your team.  Whether you’re looking for a new software solution or buying your first CRM, choosing the right software can be stressful and challenging.    In this guide, we’ve pulled highlights from Bloomerang’s nonprofit CRM buyer’s guide to provide some tips and tricks to help you through the process. We’ll dive into both the features that you should consider for a great solution and the steps you should take when choosing the best option for your nonprofit. ...

Nonprofit Professional Development

Never Stop Learning - Ongoing nonprofit professional development resources: essential for success! “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” —Socrates, NOT talking about nonprofit professional development ((but he could have been)   Fewer than 20 years ago, the nonprofit sector was a little behind the times. We were the tortoise to the corporate world’s hare, mostly when it came to technology. Go back further to the early ‘90s and, like most nonprofits, your organization probably had a shiny, but static, website with some pictures, your mission statement, contact info and a big, red DONATE button at the bottom. Maybe at the top too.

Nonprofit Superhero Of The Month: Reading Connections

Nonprofit Superhero Series: They say not all heroes wear capes. And from working with so many incredible nonprofit organizations, we can attest to that. We meet people from all different backgrounds working at organizations with diverse missions, but they all have one thing in common — they are passionately dedicated to making the world a better place. Their vision, their compassion, their determination … it all comes together in one powerful package — no cape required. Today’s Nonprofit Superhero: When we think of illiteracy, we typically think of adults who fell through the cracks in the education system and struggle every day making their way in the world and, often, depending on others...

Free Nonprofit Webinar! Google Ad Grants 101: With $10K/Month In Free Ads

FYI: You must be a registered nonprofit (501c3 if based in the US) to be eligible for Google Grants. *Government entities, hospitals & schools are not eligible*. Nonprofits! Would you benefit from boosting your online awareness, raising more money, or getting more event attendees? You can achieve all that and more through the Google Ad Grant: a program that gives nonprofits $10,000 PER month in free advertising. Yes, you read that right. This information-packed webinar is led by David Ries and Ilia Khairetdinov of ConnectAd, an Ad Grants Certified Professional company. They’ll tell you everything you need to know about the program, how it can benefit your nonprofit, and the actual process...

Six Capital Campaign Best Practices to follow for a Super Successful Campaign

This a guest blog post by RobinCabral Capital campaigns are the most ambitious fundraising campaigns that a nonprofit organization will ever embark on during its lifecycle. Because of this, systematic steps need to be followed to ensure that a campaign will ultimately be successful.  Over many years, these steps have been refined into capital campaign best practices. The following are recommendations based on these capital campaign best practices that one should follow to ensure the ultimate success of their next nonprofit capital campaign. Steps to Improving Your Nonprofit’s Next Capital Campaign 1. Conduct a capital campaign feasibility study in advance. Feasibility studies are conducted...

Free Nonprofit Webinar! How To Use Gratitude to Build and Strengthen Relationships with Donors

    Fundraising is all about building relationships. Having a gratitude attitude will help you connect and strengthen your bond with donors.  Too often, gratitude is an almost forgotten afterthought to fundraising asks. And yet it is the thank you that can be the deciding factor in whether a donor donates again or not! Join Ephraim Gopin and learn to use proper gratitude to help you succeed in meeting your organizational goals. During this free webinar recording, we’ll review your donors' giving motives, dive into why gratitude is crucial to ongoing giving and you’ll learn best practices, get expert advice and receive useful tips for saying a heartfelt thank you to every single donor. ...

Nonprofit Superhero Of The Month: Unbound Houston

Nonprofit Superhero Series: They say not all heroes wear capes. And from working with so many incredible nonprofit organizations, we can attest to that. We meet people from all different backgrounds working at organizations with diverse missions, but they all have one thing in common — they are passionately dedicated to making the world a better place. Their vision, their compassion, their determination … it all comes together in one powerful package — no cape required. Today’s Nonprofit Superhero:     Christa Mayfield, Unbound Houston From the darkness, hope Unbound Houston tackles human trafficking from a place of faith Human trafficking arguably is the most heinous atrocity slithering...

96 Ideas For Nonprofit Fundraising Events

Finally, I’ve sorted the ideas by type, so you can easily find the kind you’re looking for. Then further divided them into these 4 groupings: Chapter 01 | 18 Food and Drink Event Ideas Chapter 02 | 21 Active Event Ideas Chapter 03 | 29 Social, Community, and Other Events Chapter 04 | 28 Mega Event Fundraising Ideas Dig in, and enjoy! 01 | 18 Food and Drink Event Ideas Many of the classic fundraising ideas rely on big events. Here are all the ones we could find to help you out! 1. Bake Sale Overhead Cost: $ Complexity to Plan: 1 Expected Return: $ The bake sale is a classic. It’s something everyone knows how to do, and your audience knows what to expect from it. Also, since you’re dealing in...

Social Media Fundraising In The Real World

INTRODUCTION Social fundraising is a critical concept to understand, but can also be a confusing and complicated one. The focus of this series is to explain the five key concepts introduced when social fundraising is added to nonprofit fundraising campaigns. A fundraising campaign can include an annual donation request, dinner or gala, a peer-to-peer campaign, an organized 5K, etc. This social media training for charities is a must-read! How to use this guide By the end of this series, our goal is to have communicated the value and opportunity, core principles to follow, and some next steps in order to use the power of social fundraising to benefit your organization. There are five key...

How To Engage Nonprofit Board Members In Fundraising

01 | Introduction Boards and fundraising, I find, often mix as well as water and oil. You know this. You’ve seen it. Perhaps you are living it, dealing with board members who say “I’ll do anything but fundraise” and who tell you that they couldn’t possibly give you the name of one person who might care enough about what you do to make a charitable gift. Believe me, you are not alone. I do a lot of board training. Typically, I walk into a room full of lively, engaged people. Then I get introduced, and someone says, “Janet is here to talk with you about fundraising.“ And suddenly, these engaged people cross their arms and legs, purse their lips, and resolutely stare at the floor. Boards are...

Step-By-Step Stewardship | Donor Retention Strategies That Work!

01 | Introduction Clients, people who read my blogs and newsletters, and those who participate in my training all know that I firmly believe that philanthropy starts with gratitude. Alas, that is the one thing that seems to always get lost. I think of gratitude as “And then?” — those actions that happen after a person says yes. It’s what you do once the gift is given. THESE ARE DONOR RETENTION STRATEGIES AND THEY ARE CRITICAL FOR KEEPING YOUR DONORS HAPPY. Keeping donors happy is just plain good sense. A happy donor is likely to become a donor again. And again. Unhappy donors, however, are likely to become lapsed donors. That is the 60% or so of donors who never make a second gift to an...

Mastering the In-Person Fundraising Ask

Inside Look – this blog will cover the following topics: 01 | It Starts With You 02 | Keys to a Successful In-Person Fundraising Ask 03 | When Fundraisers Are Afraid to Ask for Funds 04 | The Actual Meeting: Tips and Structure 05 | When to be Quiet 06 | 5 Sure-Fire Ways to Blow a Face-to-Face Fundraising Ask 07 | The Problem with Leadership 08 | Your Asking Style 09 | A Step-by-Step Plan for Nailing the In-Person Fundraising Ask 10 | More About the Follow-Up 11 | What if the Answer is No? Before we really get going, here are the 6 most important rules for mastering the In-Person Fundraising Ask Relationships Relationships Relationships  Preparation  Preparation  Preparation Do you have a...

7 Reasons To Focus On Monthly Donors

Donors young and old are interested and willing to give monthly You allow the donor to make a difference in a way that's convenient and affordable to them.   2-5x Monthly donors give more money. Typically they give two to five times more. And it is unrestricted.     It is not expensive to get started with monthly giving. You already have the tools in-house with your payment processor, donor base, and email program.   Monthly donors will continue to make extra gifts if asked and can be upgraded at least once a year.   Monthly donors will provide the funds you can count on, month after month. You can plan your cash flow better and you'll know funds will come in no matter what.  

Calculating Your Key Fundraising Metrics

Welcome! Evaluating the effectiveness of an organization’s fundraising program may, quite simply, be one of the most overlooked tasks in fundraising 101. But, it is extremely important in order to improve your development efforts and, thereby, the long-term health of your development program. There are common measurement tools and fundraising training resources available for the nonprofit industry. If this evaluation process is completed and the tools are utilized correctly, it can help transform your funding program. The end result will be a greater focus on your development efforts and higher returns. This resource emphasizes the importance of fundraising cost-effectiveness by fundraising...

15 Grant Readiness Tips

Grant readiness in grant-seeking organizations can be something that brings out the best of grant professional humor. When an organization is asked to consider if they are “grant ready,” the answer is usually a resounding, “Of course we are! We are ready to receive grant money!” Joking aside, grant readiness is one of the most important factors for grant seekers to consider, relative to each and every potential application. Grant readiness comes through in all aspects of your grant seeking. It impacts how you decide what your priorities are for grant revenue and, therefore, who and what you research as part of creating a proactive grant-seeking strategy. It impacts how you sell your...

How to Make Monthly Giving Easy in a Nutshell

By Erica Waasdorp, A Direct Solution, author of Monthly Giving. The Sleeping Giant and Monthly Giving Made Easy How to Make Monthly Giving Easy in a Nutshell Monthly giving is not hard. It doesn’t require much investment at all, and a little bit of time and effort go a long way. I hope this will help you change your mindset, and you’ll find that monthly giving truly is very easy. Why?

Five Steps to Prepare for Your Nonprofit’s First Capital Campaign

Introduction Capital campaigns are one of the most extensive campaigns that an organization will ever undertake. In most cases, an organization needs to fund capital purchases, upgrades, and/or renovations and repairs. Given their highly episodic nature, organizations that are seeking to undergo a capital campaign must do so with foresight and preparation geared to success. The most critical steps are taken before even the actual capital campaign plan is drafted and far before an actual solicitation happens. Organizations that are embarking on their first-ever campaign or who have not undergone such intensive efforts in a while would be wise to take heed of the following preparatory steps...

Mobile Apps Make Nonprofit Messaging Precise, Immediate

These days, a nonprofit communications plan is about micro-audiences, immediacy, and precision. Any lag and you’ve lost them. Anything but what they want to know, and they’ll “swipe left” on your message. And while there are many ways to connect with your donors and other people who need to hear from you — from nonprofit direct mail to text — none hits on those three points as efficiently and effectively as a mobile app. Mobile apps cut through the clutter, making it more convenient — and likely — for your supporters to act. A mobile app is a superhighway from Point A (your organization) to Point B (your donor, your volunteers, your community, etc.) and from Point B back to Point A,...

How To Create A Storyteller System That Inspires Action

Inside Look | This guide will cover the following topics: 01 Introduction 02 Outline Your Nonprofit Storytelling Ambassador Plan 03The 6 Best Types of Stories for Nonprofits to Share 04 Conclusion 01 Introduction What is nonprofit storytelling, what does it do, and what does it matter for your nonprofit? Storytelling should be actionable - inspiring listeners or readers to take an action on your behalf, whether your goal is to get more members, donations, event attendees etc. It should also make readers want to share the story with others. Let me start with two scenarios. SCENARIO 1: You receive a dry-form letter in the mail from a breast cancer research charity that bought your name from...

Part 2: Setting Up Your Nonprofit Endowment Program

In the first blog of this two-part series on How to Launch Your Endowment Giving Program, we discussed the fact endowment is not just for large organizations. Any nonprofit can benefit from having a pool—or pools—of money that could help to ensure the organization’s future. An endowment can fund a program, pay for staff, help to enhance operations. And having an endowment program signals to funders and donors that your organization plans to be around for the long haul.

Part 1: What Is Endowment And Are You A Good Fit

Over the course of two blogs, you will be guided on how to launch an endowment-giving program for your nonprofit. In this first blog, we will look at what endowment is, what endowment funds are, how endowment funds are given, and—most critically—whether endowment is a good fit for your organization. In Part 2, we’ll look at all those policies and procedures, and consider who your endowment donors are and how you can find them. We’ll drill more deeply into how endowment funds are given and then we’ll look specifically about launching an endowment giving program. Let’s get started by looking at endowment and what it actually is.   01 Introduction When the topic of endowment comes up in...

6 Ways The Google Ad Grant Can Help Grow Your Nonprofit’s Impact

The Google Ad Grant offers eligible nonprofits $10,000 per month in free advertising credits, but what exactly can those credits do for your nonprofit?  If you’re thinking about applying for the Google Ad Grant, knowing how it can be used can help you decide whether or not it is worth your time. If you’re already a grantee, reading through these 6 common ways that organizations leverage the Grant can provide you with new ideas and strategies, and show how the Google Ad Grant can increase its tangible impact on your nonprofit—both on and offline. 1. Raise Awareness Through Informational or Educational Content Google Ads opens your nonprofit up a whole new audience to inform about your cause...

CharityHowTo.com Reviews - What People Are Saying About Our Webinars

        Read Our Nonprofit Customer Reviews of Our Various Premium & Free Nonprofit Webinars Below:   Free Nonprofit Webinar: Cybersecurity & Your Nonprofit: How to Manage Your Passwords December 15th, 2021 “Thank you very much for this very useful and FREE webinar. I am always on the lookout for the free ones because our organization has limited funds for training. Thank you CharityHowTo!” Sarah Perkins, Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School December 15th, 2021 “This was the best and most practical cybersecurity webinar I have participated in over the past year.  The tools shared will help me to strengthen my company's cybersecurity without a lot of hassle.  Thanks so much for this FREE...

Top 7 ways to Find New Monthly Donors Right Now, even during the coronavirus.

First, let me start by asking: I hope you’re doing okay?  I hope your event cancellations; the staying at home; the working from home; with or without kids who now must be homeschooled; and perhaps worries about parents or other family members aren’t driving you totally crazy.   Take good care of yourself and give yourself a break.  Then, let’s spend a bit of time looking at some of the ways you can make up for the lost revenue from those events and at the same time help you get ready for any future disasters or crisis that may come your way so you’ll feel much better getting on that next rollercoaster.  This is where monthly donors are so tremendously powerful!  Organizations that have...

Ask a Nonprofit Expert – Answers to 7 Questions about Starting a Monthly Donor Program NOW.

As a follow up to the recent free webinar ‘7 Reasons why you should start a monthly donor program NOW’, we’re happy to share the answers to some of the questions we didn’t have a chance to answer during the webinar.  These are very short answers of course. But feel free to contact Erica Waasdorp at erica@adirectsolution.com if you have any additional questions or join her in one of the upcoming advanced monthly donor webinars. Question: Do you recommend that we set up a specific donor web form for monthly gifts? Yes, absolutely. Ideally, you’ll have at least two web forms. One that has one-time and recurring, one form that offers monthly only.  When you’re promoting monthly giving and you...

Six ways to future proof your website with WordPress

As the global population moves online, most people will end up with a more connected digital life than they had before. That includes your nonprofit community. The new shift to virtual interaction we’re experiencing won’t rebound completely back to traditional mediums of communication. Virtual interactions are becoming just as meaningful and almost as real as face-to-face conversations. Now that more people are active online, your website needs to be set up for frequent and fast changes.  The internet changes faster than the real world. Future-proof your nonprofit website using WordPress. WordPress allows your organization to easily update, change, and maintain your site with tools...

Ask a Nonprofit Expert – Beyond Virtual Facilitation: How to Maximize Engagement and Tackle Wicked Problems in Your Virtual Meeting

We’ve joined with a number of our nonprofit experts to bring you blog posts that will help answer some of your nonprofits toughest questions. In this post, nonprofit expert Caliopy Glaros answers some questions that came from nonprofit professionals during her last free live webinar with us “Beyond Virtual Facilitation: How to Maximize Engagement and Tackle Wicked Problems in Your Virtual Meetings“. See Caliopy’s answers below, and check out all of her webinars with CharityHowTo. Question: How is facilitating meetings among millennials and young professionals different when they seem afraid or powerless to share? Hierarchies and office dynamics can affect people’s participation in a virtual...

Ask a Nonprofit Expert – How to Budget In Crisis

We’ve joined with a number of our nonprofit experts to bring you blog posts that will help answer some of your nonprofits toughest questions. In this post, nonprofit expert Cherian Koshy answers some questions that came from nonprofit professionals during his last live webinar with us “How to Budget In Crisis“. See Cherian’s answers below, and check out all of his webinars with CharityHowTo here. Question: One of our challenges is forecasting revenue when we are trying new ideas and there is pushback on committing to underlying assumptions.  Should we budget in a range, or just nail down a baseline scenario, etc…? If we don’t commit to any forecasting, we can’t make any decisions. Answer:...

20 Free Resources to Support Your Nonprofit Through Coronavirus

There’s no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic — and its related restrictions and shutdowns — has wreaked havoc across all elements of society.  But even as businesses everywhere are shuttering their doors and windows — temporarily, at least — shutting down isn’t an option for most nonprofits. Charitable organizations are needed now more than ever as unemployment rises and hunger, poverty homelessness and depression are starting to affect people who have never experienced these things before. And those who have feel the impact more acutely. At the same time, nonprofit organizations are facing a reduced workforce due to the illness and social distancing — and possible reduced income as...