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Stress Management for Nonprofit Professionals

Stress and burnout are a huge problem in the nonprofit industry. Heavy workload, under-staffed teams, strenuous budgets, and secondhand trauma can take a toll on your mental and emotional well-being. 

Text-to-Give Fundraising Isn’t Just for Disaster Relief Anymore: 3 Ways to Use It

When cell phones became mainstream (and even more so with the rise of smartphones), text-to-give fundraising jumped onto the scene. 

Monthly Giving Programs: 3 Things to Consider Before Your Nonprofit Creates One

Nonprofit monthly giving programs are popping up everywhere. It’s one of the most popular (and amazing!) nonprofit trends. 

SEO for Nonprofit Websites: 7 Easy Tips for Setting Your Site Up to Rank on Google

Maybe you’ve heard other nonprofit professionals talking about it. 

Fundraising Psychology 101: What Is It? Plus 3 Strategies You Can Use

As nonprofit professionals, we “make the ask” at one point or another. But asking someone to donate to your organization can feel overwhelming.

Nonprofit Copywriting: 5 Major Dos and 4 Don’ts for Writing Effective Copy

Does this sound familiar? 

It’s Time! 5 End of Year Giving Campaign Tips Plus 3 Strategy Ideas

It’s Time! 5 End of Year Giving Campaign Tips Plus 3 Strategy Ideas

How Can Nonprofit Professional Development Prepare You for Nonprofit Leadership?

Today’s current nonprofit leaders were once in the same shoes you’re in now. 

How to Choose the Best Donor Management Software for Your Nonprofit

In the nonprofit world, professionals spend a lot of time fundraising and getting to the point where a supporter feels comfortable and compelled to donate. 

Disaster Relief Fundraising: 5 Ways to Do It | CharityHowTo

Disaster Relief Fundraising: 5 Ways to Get Smarter with Your Crisis Fundraising Efforts Depending on your nonprofit organization, you may be - at one point or another – tasked with fundraising quickly. 

Nonprofit Podcasts: Should Your Cause Have One | CharityHowTo

Nonprofit Podcasts: Should Your Organization Start One? Plus How to Do It! Since smartphones first found their way into our pockets, we’ve had the world at our fingertips. 

The Top 10 Things Board of Directors Do


Remote Work for Nonprofits 101: The Top Resources | CharityHowTo

Remote Work for Nonprofits 101: Your Complete Guide to the Top Remote Working Resources As the world started moving towards a digital space with technology at the forefront of business practices, more organizations started working from home. 

3 Ways to Use Facebook Ads for Nonprofits | CharityHowTo

3 Ways To Use Facebook Ads for Nonprofits to Increase Revenue and Make More Impact

The Nonprofit Guide to Sell More Event Tickets

The Nonprofit Guide to Sell More Event Tickets

How to Build Stronger Staff and Volunteer Relationships | CharityHowTo

How to Build Stronger Staff and Volunteer Relationships for Little to No Cost! Very rarely are nonprofit organizations one-person shows. They require plenty of teamwork to make the biggest impact possible.  And that either means working with nonprofit staff or nonprofit volunteers.  But there’s a difference between having people work with a nonprofit and getting them to love working with a nonprofit!  That’s why building strong nonprofit staff and volunteer relationships are so important. When your organization works to create a positive experience for all staff and volunteers, you reap the benefits.  And some of those benefits look like: Having staff and volunteers who give their all when...

Nonprofit Grant Writing 101: Here’s How to Start | CharityHowTo

  Nonprofit Grant Writing 101: So You Want to Write a Grant? Here’s How to Get Started!  It’s one of the biggest ways to secure funding for your nonprofit projects. And no, we’re not talking about reaching out to donors.  We’re talking about nonprofit grant writing in this article!  If you’re looking to start writing nonprofit grant proposals, then get ready – we’re giving you the basics on how to get started.  Class is in session!    What Are Nonprofit Grants?  A nonprofit grant is a financial contribution given to a nonprofit organization to help them with their mission or with smaller nonprofit projects within one, overall mission.  Now, we know. That sounds a lot like reaching out to...

Nonprofit Leadership Skills Training to Offer Your Employees

Inside Look... This guide will cover the following topics: Introduction Understanding the job description Having clarity about the mission of the organization How the organization is governed The basics of nonprofit law and accounting Where to find needed information How to be a great ambassador for the organization Time Management Summary

Featuring Our Wonderful Nonprofit Community: Krystina Burow

Today, we're featuring Krystina Burow, Development Officer at Tapestry Charter School Thank you, Krystina! 💙💚 Your comments take us to the moon and back! We're thrilled to hear how much our resources have helped you become a better nonprofit professional. This has been one of the most outstanding testimonials we've gotten so far, and we appreciate you taking the time to provide us with such amazing feedback. We hope you can continue learning and impacting the world positively with the wonderful work that YOU do. - The CharityHowTo team.

Top 10 Tips on How to keep your Monthly Donors

Inside Look... This guide will cover the following topics: Keep the Value of Monthly Donors Top of Mind Don’t Keep Your Monthly Donors Waiting. Steward them early! Be as Committed to Your Monthly Donors as They are to YOU ACT Before Monthly Donors Leave Add Credit Card Account Updater Encourage Electronic Funds Transfers Test Call Your Organization Ensure You and Your Staff are Passionate about Monthly Giving Review Your Join and Retention Processes Look at Your Numbers   Introduction! “FIGHT TILL THE LAST GASP.” — William Shakespeare, Henry VI

Free Nonprofit Webinar! 5 Reasons Why Direct Mail Continues to Create Fundraising Home Runs

Free Nonprofit Webinar! 5 Reasons Why Direct Mail Fundraising Continues to Create Home Runs In today’s world, everyone is talking about nonprofit online fundraising. But before there was online fundraising, the nonprofit sector used a little something called “direct mail fundraising.”  But now that the world is making a shift to virtual fundraising strategies, is this type of fundraising no longer useful for nonprofits?  We’re talking all about it and how it continues to be a great option for nonprofits!    What is Direct Mail Fundraising for Nonprofits?  Direct mail fundraising for nonprofits involves sending letters or mailers straight to supporters’ mailboxes. The whole process involves...

Use This Fundraising Coaching Technique | CharityHowTo

Solve Fundraising Challenges with This 1 Fundraising Coaching Technique As a fundraiser for a nonprofit, your job is often critical to the success of the organization. After all, nonprofits rely on bringing in donations and other funding to create more of a positive impact in the world.  Knowing that means that having the role of a fundraiser can come with a lot of pressure.  If you feel like you’re ready to take the next step in your fundraising career and become an even more valuable asset to your organization, then it may be time to consider fundraising coaching!  And if now’s not the right time for a coach, don’t worry. At the end of this article, we have a free video training on how to...

Free Nonprofit Webinar! Boards & Asking Styles: A Roadmap to Success

Boards & Asking Styles: A Roadmap to Success 0:00 Then asking styles, I have been in the non-profit world and fundraising my entire life. As I'm telling you just a bit of background. 0:08 If you could type in where you are listening in from today, in your position, that would be great. Or you were the director of Development, the development staff, executive director of Board members. If you could type that in the chat box along with where you are, that would be wonderful. I love to get a sense of where everyone is at. I am sure if I asked you to hear grew up, saying, I want to be a fundraiser.

Grant Seeking: 10 Tips for a Successful Grant Strategy | CharityHowTo

Grant Seeking: 10 Tips and Tricks for a Successful Grant Seeking Strategy Finding grants for nonprofits is becoming increasingly difficult. With 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States alone, the pool is becoming a little more competitive.  That’s not to say there’s not enough room for everyone!  But it is to say that we need to be more strategic in how we find our funding. And the same goes for grant seeking.  Nonprofit grants are one of the most sought-after methods of obtaining funding for organizations. But with the number of nonprofits increasing, receiving grants can feel challenging.  And that’s why we’re here to help! We’re discussing what you need to know about...

Free Nonprofit Webinar! Beyond Virtual Facilitation: How to Maximize Engagement and Tackle Problems in Your Virtual Meeting

Beyond Virtual Facilitation: How to Maximize Engagement and Tackle Problems in Your Virtual Meeting 0:00 You'll be glad, this is beyond virtual facilitation, how to maximize engagement and tackle wicked problems in your virtual meetings. It's been about a year now that we've all had to rely on the virtual format to communicate with each other. 0:13 I think by now many of you probably have your favorite tools and methods, but there's always more that we can learn. I continue to be surprised by how many folks are still discovering tools that I've been using, you know, for months now. And how many new tools are coming up? So I hope in this short 45-minute virtual facilitation training, you're...

Free Nonprofit Webinar! 5 Weirdly Easy “Life Hacks” That Will Make Your Fundraising Work MUCH Better

5 Weirdly Easy “Life Hacks” That Will Make Your Fundraising Work MUCH Better 0:00 OK, thank you, Adriana, and thank you for being here. I'm glad you've joined us, and I hope you get something useful and good that helps your life, get just a little better. Before we get to the material, let me introduce myself. I've been in fundraising for a really long time, 30 years. You know, I like to tell people: I started when I was nine years old. And I've been largely in direct mail, newsletters, digital, kind of everything, OK? 0:26 Now, I'm probably lazier than you are. But I love fundraising for nonprofits. It's like the best profession, as far as, like, but certain, so in 30 years of being lazy,...

Free Nonprofit Webinar! Start a Monthly Donor Program NOW

Start a Monthly Donor Program NOW. 7 Reasons why you can’t afford to wait! Donors are the lifeblood of successful nonprofit organizations because they make up a large chunk of fundraising efforts. But having to search for new nonprofit supporters and take them through the donor cultivation cycle is a much more difficult process than reaching back out to past supporters.  So, what if you could reach out to your previous donors? Better yet, what if you could streamline the entire process so you could count on their monthly donation?  That’s where monthly donor programs come in handy. In this article, we’ll share how to start your monthly donor program. Plus, we’re sharing an opportunity for a...

Free Nonprofit Webinar! How to Build Your Major Donor Portfolio

Free Nonprofit Webinar: How to Build Your Major Donor Portfolio 0:00 Oh, and I should add in any size, fundraising shop. So we promise we're not going to take questions, questions, per se, but I just want to get a feel for the kind of who's on the webinar. So if you can just type into the questions box, What percentage of your funding stream relies on major donors? 0:20 If you just want to type that in, What percentage of your funding stream relies on major donors? 0:30 Alright, and while you're typing that in, I'm gonna get started with a little bit about who I am. I'm your topic expert, as Marcella said, Robin.

Free Nonprofit Webinar! How to: Use Linkedin, Marketing Collateral, and Messaging Templates to Expand Your Network

How to Use Linkedin, Marketing Collateral, and Messaging Templates to Expand Your Network 0:02 Alright, hello, everybody. I am so excited to be here today and chat with you guys about some of my favorite tips and tricks on how to use LinkedIn, marketing collateral, and messaging templates to expand your network. So before we get started, I want to tell you a little bit about myself. 0:23 My, I have about nine-plus years of fundraising and marketing consulting experience. I am also the CEO and Founder of Corporate Giving Connection. 0:34 We are a full-service marketing and fundraising agency that focuses on three core areas, advising, strategy, and day-to-day execution. And we love to work...

Free Nonprofit Webinar! Cybersecurity & Your Nonprofit: How to Manage your Passwords

  Free Nonprofit Webinar! Cybersecurity for Nonprofits: How to Manage Your Passwords   Your nonprofit organization was created to do great things. The  organization was built to help make the world a better place. And we know your mission continues to strive to do just that.  But there are some people out there who don’t always have the best intentions.  And sometimes, those people target businesses and even nonprofits in what’s known as cyber attacks.  Thankfully, there is always something you can do to make sure your nonprofit organization and donor portfolio is all protected.  We’re discussing cybersecurity for nonprofits in this article, and you won’t want to miss it:  Why Does...

Nonprofit Superhero Of The Month: The Harvest Fund

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: Imagine you’re a single mother. You have three children and, each day, a decision to make: Which one to feed? Who ate last? And how long can the others wait to eat again?

Free Nonprofit Webinar! Start your 2022 Nonprofit Grant Strategy Off Right

Nonprofit Grants: Start Your 2022 Grant Strategy Off Right!  Nonprofit grant writing is an excellent way to increase funding for your nonprofit organization. But because nonprofit grants are so competitive, having the right strategy is key.  With the number of nonprofits registered rising year after year, it’s been more competitive than ever to be awarded grant funding.  We’re sharing 7 tips to help you start on the right foot with your nonprofit grant strategy:  

Move Up in Your Fundraising Career with Personal Brands | CharityHowTo

How to Move Up In Your Fundraising Career by Building Your Personal Brand   Maybe we’re biased, but working as a staff member for a nonprofit is nothing short of rewarding. Knowing that the work you’re doing day in and day out is creating a positive impact on the world is enough to get you jumping out of bed and sprinting to the office.  Okay, maybe that’s not every day. But it sure is a lot of them! That’s why a fundraising career is such a sought-after position.  But at a certain point within your fundraising career path, it’s a good idea to establish yourself from the rest of the crowd of nonprofit professionals.  And one of the best ways to do that is by taking inspiration from the...

Free Nonprofit Webinar! 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.

Free Nonprofit Webinar! 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: Build Relationships with Grantmakers | CharityHowTo

  Grants for Nonprofits: Why Should You Build Relationships with Grantmakers?  Submitting grant proposals for your nonprofit doesn’t have to be an impersonal action.  It can very well be an entire process that also consists of a helpful relationship between you (the grant writer) and the grantmaker.  But getting to that point doesn’t happen by chance. Normally, it takes work to establish relationships between the two parties.  We’re discussing why you should build relationships with grantmakers in a free video training at the end of this article!  In the meantime, let’s dig into how to create relationships to help you secure more grants for nonprofits.    Who Are Nonprofit Grantmakers?  A...

Free Nonprofit Webinar! Social Media for Nonprofits -  5 Tips for Your Year-End Fundraising

Free Nonprofit Webinar! Social Media for Nonprofits - 5 Tips for Year-End Fundraising Social media for nonprofits is here to stay. Especially seeing as more and more social media platforms are popping up all over the place.  Considering a vast majority of people in the United States and across the globe have a smartphone and social media accounts, it makes sense to build an online presence for your nonprofit.  We’re talking all about social media for nonprofits in this article, and how you can start building your presence online.  Plus, we have a free nonprofit webinar at the end of this post from Taylor Shanklin of Barlele, who’s sharing 5 tips for your year-end fundraising!  What Are the...

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.

Free Nonprofit Webinar! Cryptocurrency Donations: What’s Driving This Trend & How To Get Started?

Free Nonprofit Webinar! Cryptocurrency Donations: 3 Things to Know About This Nonprofit Trend n any industry, certain trends come and go. And with changes and advances in technology, there are plenty of trends that revolve around the digital world.  For this sector, one of those nonprofit technology trends is none other than cryptocurrency.  No longer do nonprofit organizations need to be dependent on checks and cash donations. Nor do they need to only accept credit and debit cards or payment apps like Venmo, Zell, or PayPal.  Cryptocurrency donations are on the rise. And we’re here to tell you the 3 things you need to know about this nonprofit trend.  Plus, we have a free nonprofit webinar...

Free Nonprofit Webinar! How to Develop a Workable Strategic Plan for your nonprofit

  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

Canva is your one-stop design platform to help you create all kinds of content for your nonprofit brand.  Their mission is to empower everyone all around the world to unlock creativity and improve their design skills. They’re also focused on doing as much good as they can for the world.  That’s why they created a special program specifically for nonprofit organizations: Canva for Nonprofits.  With this program, you’ll enjoy the features and benefits of using Canva Pro for your nonprofit organization. Create banners and posters, design your brand elements, and even create your nonprofit social media content. All in one platform.  Creating impactful, inspiring graphics for your nonprofit...

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.

Free Nonprofit Webinar! How to Conduct Nonprofit Board Recruitment in 3 Easy Steps

  Free Nonprofit Webinar! How to Conduct Nonprofit Board Recruitment in 3 Easy Steps As nonprofit professionals, we may spend our time recruiting talent or volunteers. And when anyone mentions recruiting, that may be the first thing we think of.  But there’s another part of a nonprofit organization that requires plenty of thought – nonprofit board recruitment.  Your nonprofit board is a group of people who focus on the overall strategy and accountability of your organization.  While your volunteers and staff oversee day-to-day operations, your nonprofit board manages the bigger picture.  So having the right nonprofit board members is crucial to running the organization the best way...

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.