July 24 Headlines: Boards vs Board Members (there is a difference)

Communications

  • 4 Steps to a Winning Fundraising Case Statement, Tom Ahern via bloomerang. The four steps are: Dramatize the problem, Make the donor the hero whose gift will solve the problem, Build conviction and Ask for money. Click through to see an illustration of how to make this work for your organization.
  • [INFOGRAPHIC] A Guide to Nonprofit Blogging via Bloomerang. I’ve been encouraging my clients to blog, or at the very least provide a stream of ongoing content that can be used in communications. A question I often get asked then is “what should I blog about?” Two of the top ideas included in this infographic are: new and updates concerning the mission you serve and educational information for your constituents. More is included in this blog post.

Fundraising Planning

Fundraising Tactics

  • Nonprofit 411: Written Acknowledgements for Donors by Jeanne Pagnozzi for Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. If a donor wants to claim a tax deduction for a gift that is $250 or more, they are required to have a receipt on file to do so. Jeanne provides an outline of the information that must be included on this receipt.
  • How to Get More People to Register for Your Next Event by Lisa Toner for HubSpot. While this post focuses on for-profit events, the majority of ideas referenced here are great promotion ideas for nonprofit events as well. Start creating content that will help potential attendees discover – and register for – your event.

Leadership

  • Insufficient Collaboration – Barriers to Growth, Part 8 by Roger Craver for The Agitator. We are better together! In this article, Roger provides some benefits to collaboration as well as some examples of what this might look like on the fundraising side of things.
  • Nonprofit Boards and the Board Member: A Distinction with a Difference by Simone Joyaux for Nonprofit Quarterly. The terminology we use does make a difference! The key point: what the board is responsible for and what individual board members are responsible for may be different – or at least different sides of the same coin. This post includes specific examples (and links to some great references that Simone offers on her website).

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