We hate to encourage you to think the sky is falling, but when it comes to events we find that it is always best to expect the best out of your event, but to plan for the worst as well. Having good plans in place can help make your event memorable, even if something does go awry. It is always best to have plans in place and not need them versus needing to jump into action with no plan whatsoever.
When a nonprofit organization spends funds, it infuses money back into the local community by providing valuable programs and services, paying local workers, and supporting local businesses.
Corporations are often willing to giving nonprofit discounts on products and services; however, we have noticed that nonprofits often overlook negotiating when it comes to special events – something corporations have been doing successfully for years.
This blog outlines a few areas when organizations can negotiate when it comes time for hosting special events.
Special events season is either something that fills staff and volunteers with glee or makes them want to flee for their lives. In many cases, events are fun and effective ways to raise money, but sometimes they're not really all they are cracked up to be.
In this blog series on events, we are asking the question – "Are events really worth it?" How do we make top dollar without spending a fortune? How do we set up for success? How do we define what a good return is on an event?
So no, this series isn’t giving you centerpiece ideas, thoughts on color schemes, or links to amazing Pinterest boards – it’s helping introduce some critical perspectives on nonprofit events.
The community foundation model has three components – asset-building, grantmaking, and community leadership. The first two are somewhat self explanatory; however, the topic of community leadership has been debated in the field of community foundations for many years, and according to theory within leadership studies it is not an actual style of leadership – yet.
The phrase “We cannot be all things to all people” comes up a lot in my work with community foundations. Over the years, community foundations have taken on more responsibility or more roles than they are equipped to handle, and this has resulted in some practitioners and scholars questioning whether or not community foundations have been losing the community element of their work.
Donor Stewardship doesn’t have to be expensive and time intensive. While you should invest time and energy in donor stewardship, we understand that small nonprofits may struggle to have the capacity to create and sustain a comprehensive donor stewardship strategy.
However, donor stewardship is so important and should not be dismissed or overlooked. It IS vital to your organization’s long term sustainability, and should be treated as such. Donor stewardship can take many forms, and there are lots of creative and inexpensive ways to engage and cultivate relationships with your donors, even for the smallest nonprofit.
Sometimes, donors stop giving for a while and they fall through the cracks. Especially if you are a small nonprofit, it is easy to overlook lapsed donors and just focus on current and prospective donors. But good stewardship means maintaining and pursuing relationships- even with past donors that have not been engaged for a while. Reaching out and reconnecting with lapsed donors is important for building the rapport and credibility of your organization, and it may lead to even stronger relationships with these donors in the future.
Here are some tips for reconnecting with past donors:
In the nonprofit sector we are starting to speak more and more about capacity building. Although that popular buzzword is thrown around all over the place, there isn’t a lot of agreement on what that actually looks like at ground level.
Capacity building is, at it's most basic, “an investment in the effectiveness and future sustainability of a nonprofit.” We believe that one of the best and most cost effective ways to make your organization sustainable is through a (and excuse our language) kickass donor stewardship strategy.
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Random Fact: I love roller coasters! The steeper, the faster, the more upside-downs, the better.
In the world of nonprofits, we are lovers, social justice warriors, magical unicorns, and strive to keep faith in humanity high while dealing with problems in the world everyone has given up on. Our job as nonprofit professional is hard, and we are here to give you permission to quit trying so hard and give up on some things that are bringing you down related to communications.
When you have a bleeding heart you want everyone to be passionate alongside you, but the fact is that philanthropy is a voluntary action for the public good and in some cases there may be individuals that are just not that passionate about your mission. Basically, they just aren’t that into you, and that’s okay.
One of our big marketing pet peeves is when organizations do not want to set goals on communications strategy. Goals are important, and measuring your progress towards those goals is essential as well.
If you are a loyal follower to our blog you will remember our blogs about program evaluation, especially the logic model. Logic models are great for planning our programs and how you are going to assess them.